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Could 6 Minutes of Exercise Help Shield Your Brain From Alzheimer's?

Could 6 Minutes of Exercise Help Shield Your Brain From Alzheimer`s?THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Six minutes of high-intensity exercise might prolong the lifespan of a healthy brain, perhaps delaying the start of Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s diseases, a new, small study suggests.Researchers found that short but intense cycling increased the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is essential for brain formation, learning and memory. It's thought that BDNF might protect the brain from age-related mental decline.“BDNF has shown great promise in animal models, but pharmaceutical interventions have thus far failed to safely harness the protective power of BDNF in humans," said lead study author Travis Gibbons, from the University of Otago in New Zealand. "We saw the need to explore...

New Year: Time for Your Memory Screening Appointment

11 January 2023
New Year: Time for Your Memory Screening AppointmentWEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Many conditions cause memory issues, and early detection is essential for effective treatment, according to a national Alzheimer’s disease organization.The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) encourages people to get a memory screening in the new year. The foundation offers free, confidential virtual memory screenings. It doesn’t set a minimum age and there are no insurance prerequisites. “Annual memory screenings should be part of everyone’s health and wellness routine, even if you’re not currently experiencing memory problems. Just like other facets of our health, our brains need regular checkups, too,” said Charles Fuschillo, Jr., foundation president and CEO. “Start the new year off by being proactive about your brain...

Almost 700,000 Rocking Sleepers Recalled After 15 Babies Die

9 January 2023
Almost 700,000 Rocking Sleepers Recalled After 15 Babies DieMONDAY, Jan. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Following the deaths of 15 infants, families are advised to immediately stop using all models of Kids2 Rocking Sleepers, according to a second recall notice.Four of those 15 babies died after the first recall notice, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported. The company is recalling 694,000 Rocking Sleepers. Parents can contact the Kids2 company for a refund.The CPSC says the deaths occurred after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances. However, in some of the reports, Kids2 has been unable to confirm exactly what happened or that the product was a Rocking Sleeper, according to the company.The original recall was announced in April 2019. This new...

U.S. Stroke Deaths Fall, But New Rise in Strokes Is Likely

9 January 2023
U.S. Stroke Deaths Fall, But New Rise in Strokes Is LikelyMONDAY, Jan. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. stroke deaths have dramatically declined in the past several decades. But, researchers caution, their new study also found the potential for a resurgence.“After nearly four decades of declining stroke-related mortality, the risk appears to be increasing in the United States. Our research underscores the need for novel strategies to combat this alarming trend,” said lead study author Cande Ananth. He is chief of epidemiology and biostatistics in the obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences department at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.“This study didn’t identify a cause for this trend, but other research suggests the main culprits are increasing rates of obesity and diabetes,” Ananth said in...

Letting Doctors Know a Patient Has Overdosed Might Curb Opioid Overprescribing

9 January 2023
Letting Doctors Know a Patient Has Overdosed Might Curb Opioid OverprescribingMONDAY, Jan. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- One low-cost intervention could make a difference in America's epidemic of opioid overdoses, a new study suggests.When health care providers were notified that one of their patients had died from an overdose, they wrote fewer opioid prescriptions for up to a year later.The University of Southern California (USC) study built upon earlier findings that letters like these could reduce opioid prescribing over a few months.For the new study, they sent letters to 809 clinicians — predominantly medical doctors — who had prescribed opioids to 166 people who then suffered fatal overdoses in San Diego County.The letter was intended to be informative and respectful in tone, according to the study authors. It provided information about safer...

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