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Aerobic fitness helps aging Brains, Nanotechnology fights brain infection, Prostate cancer tests

Today's Health Articles:

Aerobic exercise could keep aging brains young

A new study shows that aerobic exercise may keep elderly brains young. The findings provide the groundwork for further studies. Engaging in regular aerobic exercise might reverse changes that occur in anatomy and blood flow to the brain that occur with age. Aerobic exercise may be the fountain of youth when it comes to brain health. Read More

Nanotechnology Developed To Fight Brain Infections

Scientists have found a new way to treat deadly and often disabling brain infections, using nanoparticles that penetrate the blood brain barrier. Infections of the brain can occur at any age, and can be caused by bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Read more

Value of prostate cancer screening test not proven says report

A new report suggests that the prostate cancer screening test, prostate specific antigen (PSA) has minimal value when it comes to finding prostate cancer, especially in older men. The report, published in CA: A Cance…

Cancer, Michael Jackson, Gardasil, Flesh Eating Bacteria

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Animal Fat Boosts Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Results of a new study reveals a link between consuming animal fat from dairy, and possibly red meat, and pancreatic cancer. In men, the relative increased risk of pancreatic cancer increased fifty three percent – for women, the risk increased twenty three percent, compared to a low animal fat diet. read more

Oxycontin and Michael Jackson's Death

Oxycontin, a prescription pain killer, is rumored to have been used daily by Michael Jackson for pain control. According to an ABC report, a senior law enforcement official reported that oxycontin was a part of Michael Jackson’s daily medical regimen in addition to the pain killer Demerol. read more

Gardasil Safety Again Questioned

Since the introduction of Gardasil HPV vaccine, the FDA has reported forty seven deaths. Gardasil was approved in 2007. Cervical cancer is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus) and is easily spread. Adverse events from Gardasil in 2008 totaled 6,273…

Colorectal Cancer on the Rise in Young Adults

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Colorectal cancer has been on the decline, but those statistics are not true for young adults. New research shows that colorectal cancer is on the rise in young adults, developing before age 50.

Colorectal cancer has been declining for more than two decades, in part because of increased screening for colorectal cancer after age 50. Young adults are not screened routinely. The research authors say the increase in colorectal cancer under age 50 may be due to obesity and fast food consumption.

The study, published in the June 2009 issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, suggests the need for a further look at the trend. Colorectal cancer has been increasing in young adults recently. The research, led by Rebecca L. Siegel, M.P.H., from the American Cancer Society found that between 1992 and 2005, colorectal cancer rates among 20 to 29 year olds rose 5.2% per year in men and 5.6% per year in women, the youngest age group analyzed.

Between the late 1970s and the mid-1990s chi…

MRSA Found in High Numbers of Nursing Home Residents

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A new study underscores the need for tighter infection control practices in nursing homes. Queens University Belfast and Antrim Area Hospital researchers conducted a study, finding that one in four nursing home residents in the UK are colonized with MRSA, but do not show signs of having infection. The results show that high rates of MRSA found among residents of nursing homes should take priority among infection control specialists.

The study looked at MRSA rates among 1,111 residents and 553 staff in 45 nursing homes in Northern Ireland. The study is the largest to date measuring the incidence of MRSA in UK nursing homes.

We decided to carry out the study after noticing an apparent increase in recent years in the number of patients who had MRSA when they were admitted to hospital from nursing homes, says Dr Paddy Kearney, Consultant Medical Microbiologist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Nursing home staff was found to be colonized with MRSA in twenty-eight of facilities.…

Inexpensive Measures Could Stop Childhood Pneumonia

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A study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that inexpensive measures, that can be easily implemented could stop childhood pneumonia. Immunization, improving indoor air quality, and good nutrition could reduce pneumonia deaths among children by ninety percent.

The research, implemented in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and public health schools determined that the most effective way to stop childhood pneumonia and deaths is by getting children vaccinated, promoting breastfeeding, and providing zinc supplementation to children. The measures would result also reduces healthcare costs. Improving indoor air quality by eliminating the use of wood and other solid fuels for cooking would reduce twenty percent of cases of childhood pneumonia.

Louis Niessen, MD, PhD, lead author of the study and associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health says, “The interventions we examined already exist, but are not fully impl…