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Stricter Clean Air Laws Could Save Thousands of Lives a Year: Study

Stricter Clean Air Laws Could Save Thousands of Lives a Year: StudyTUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Daily exposure to ground level ozone increases city residents' risk of early death, researchers warn. Ground level ozone -- commonly found in cities and suburbs -- forms when pollutants react in sunlight. New study findings suggest that thousands of ozone-related deaths "could be potentially reduced under stricter air quality standards," according to study co-author Ana Vicedo-Cabrera and her colleagues. She is with the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine in Bern, Switzerland. For the study, the researchers analyzed data gathered between 1985 and 2015 from 406 cities in 20 countries. They concluded that thousands of deaths could have been avoided each year in those cities if their countries had stronger air pollution laws. The...

Two Experimental Drugs Disappoint With Inherited Alzheimer's

10 February 2020
Two Experimental Drugs Disappoint With Inherited Alzheimer`sMONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Two experimental drugs do not appear to slow memory loss or mental decline in patients in the early stages of a rare, inherited form of Alzheimer's disease, according to initial results from a clinical trial. The international phase 2 and 3 clinical trial separately evaluated the two drugs -- solanezumab (Eli Lilly and Co.), and gantenerumab (Roche and its U.S. affiliate, Genentech) -- in nearly 200 people with dominantly inherited Alzheimer's disease, also called autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease. People with this form of Alzheimer's suffer declines in memory and thinking skills starting in their 50s, 40s or even 30s. The patients were followed for up to seven years, with an average of five years. Initial analysis suggests that...

Caregivers Give Short Shrift to Their Own Health

8 February 2020
Caregivers Give Short Shrift to Their Own HealthSATURDAY, Feb. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More than 43 million American adults care for their loved ones every year, but a new survey shows they are more likely to neglect their own health in the process. The survey found that those who regularly care for a family member or friend with a health problem are less likely to access needed services due to cost or lack of health insurance. "Caregivers provide tremendous benefits for their loved ones, yet they may be at risk for lacking access to needed services, which puts their health in jeopardy," said study co-author Jacob Bentley, an associate professor of clinical psychology at Seattle Pacific University. "We found that caregivers were more likely not to have health care coverage or forgo needed medical appointments and services,"...

Diets Rich in Fruits, Veggies Could Lower Your Odds for...

29 January 2020
Diets Rich in Fruits, Veggies Could Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer`sWEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who regularly consume a group of antioxidants called flavonols may have a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The compounds exist in many fruits and vegetables, with the richest sources including green vegetables like kale, spinach and broccoli, apples and tea. The researchers found that of over 900 older adults they followed for six years, the one-fifth with the highest flavonol intake were 48% less likely to develop Alzheimer's than the one-fifth with the lowest intake. The findings do not prove the antioxidants are a magic bullet against dementia, the researchers stressed. But they add to evidence that a healthy diet -- including plenty of fruits and vegetables -- may help protect the...

Canadian Study Probes Links Between Food Access and Early Death

20 January 2020
Canadian Study Probes Links Between Food Access and Early DeathMONDAY, Jan. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- "Food insecurity" -- not having enough money to afford sufficient food -- increases the risk of premature death, new research suggests. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 510,000 adults in Canada between 2005 and 2017. Over the study period, nearly 25,500 people died prematurely. The average life expectancy in Canada between 2008 and 2014 was 82, so deaths at or before that age were considered premature. The study found that, compared with adults who had access to enough food, those with food insecurity were 10% to 37% more likely to die early from any cause other than cancer. Rates of premature death from infectious-parasitic diseases, unintentional injuries and suicides were more than twice as high among those with...

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