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Fish eaters may be lowering their risk of Alzheimer’s disease

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For the first time, researchers have found a direct relationship between eating baked or broiled fish and lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers from the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine studied 260 people with no memory problems, finding that eating fish at least once a week seems to preserve gray matter in the brain.
Participants were chosen from the Cardiovascular Health Study.
The investigators used the National Cancer Institute Food Frequency Questionnaire to determine how often the study participants ate fish: 63 patients consumed fish on a weekly basis, and most ate fish one to four times per week.
Advanced 3D MRI, using Voxel-based morphometry was used to measure the volume of gray matter in the brain at baseline and then again 10 years later.
The research team compared gray matter volume among people who ate fish, matching the finding with eating fish. They also adjusted the findings for age, gender, BMI, ethnici…

Avoid jock itch, athlete’s foot and other fungus at the gym

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If you enjoy spending time at the gym, chances are you or someone you know has been plagued with some sort of fungus. Jock itch, ringworm and athlete’s foot are spread easily, making it important to take steps to avoid fungus at the gym.
Jock itch causes a raised, red, itchy rash in the groin area. The medical term for jock itch, which can affect women too, is tinea cruris. The best way to avoid the problem is to dry off after a workout and change into loose clothing. Jock itch and other fungi thrive in a moist environment and start from sweating. Make sure you dry off completely after showering.
Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is easily picked up from wet floors at the gym. The condition usually begins with intense itching between the toes. Without treatment athlete’s foot can spread; causing the skin to peel.
You can avoid athlete’s foot by wearing clean dry socks, avoiding sweaty shoes and wearing shower shoes at the gym. Make sure you wash and dry your feet completely every day. After …

Women report humiliation and stress from cervical smears

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A new investigation reveals women interviewed think getting a PAP (cervical smear) test is humiliating and stressful. 
Researchers say a woman’s feelings about cervical smears shouldn't be ignored, and that health care providers should recognize and discuss expectations and anxiety women might experience from the tests.
In findings from University of Leicester, published in the international journal Family Practice, women report they aren’t always treated kindly when they have their exam to detect cancer.
In their study, the researchers found women would like a more personalized approach.
According to Dr Natalie Armstrong, Lecturer in Social Science Applied to Health at the University of Leicester:
"Attitudes towards cervical smears remain something of a paradox. On one hand, screening appears to command impressive levels of public support - as demonstrated by campaigns to widen the eligibility criteria - but on the other hand there is considerable evidence suggesting that individ…

CDC report highlights overdose deaths from prescription painkillers

A new report from the CDC highlights the problem of overdose and death from prescription painkillers. According to the CDC, physicians, consumers and policy makers can act together to ensure patients receive safe pain management.


According to the finding, A large portion of overdose deaths are the result of people taking the medications recreationally. According to the CDC, in 2010, 12 million Americans over age 12 said they took painkillers in the past year just to get high, rather than for medical purposes.


The report also found more men than women die from drug overdose from prescription painkillers that include oxycodone, methadone and hyrdocodone. 


Read the rest of the story at EmaxHealth.