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Higher Genetic T2D Risk Tied to Increased Mortality

This article is a reprint! Association held true for whites and blacks, but not Mexican Americans A higher genetic risk for type 2 diabetes was linked to a greater risk for all-cause mortality, independent of body mass index (BMI), lifestyle and metabolic risk factors, and whether a person had diabetes at baseline, researchers reported. For each [...] Read more

You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.

This article is a reprint! Leah H. Somerville, a Harvard neuroscientist, sometimes finds herself in front of an audience of judges. They come to hear her speak about how the brain develops. It’s a subject on which many legal questions depend. How old does someone have to be to be sentenced to death? When should someone get to vote? Can an [...] Read more

People Who Are Middle-Aged Or Older May Gain Survival Boost From Gastric Bypass Surgery.

This article is a reprint! By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery -- good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests. However, the news is not the [...] Read more

Benzodiazepines Appear Not To Increase Seniors’ Risk For Dementia.

This article is a reprint! WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking one of a class of anti-anxiety pills that includes Ativan, Valium or Xanax does not increase older adults' risk of dementia, a new study finds. However, experts note that these drugs -- collectively called benzodiazepines -- can have other side effects and should still [...] Read more

Faced With High Costs, Some Consumers Opt For Limited Coverage Plans.

This article is a reprint! Last fall, Shalonda Brown decided she’d had it with paying nearly $1,000 a month for a family health, dental and vision plan through her job at an independent lab in Dallas. Casting about for an alternative, she checked out individual family plans on healthcare.gov. No dice: Their income was too high to qualify for [...] Read more

Sleeping Less Than 8 Hours A Day May Increase Likelihood Of Being Overweight, Study Suggests.

This article is a reprint! By Barbara Quinn / The Monterey County Herald (TNS) Besides the obvious fact that this is the season to throw diets out the window, there could be another reason why we tend to gain weight over the holidays. This time or year we tend to trade sleep for all the activities that require our wakefulness. The connection [...] Read more

Supreme Court refuses to hear another Obamacare case

This article is a reprint! Supreme Court Obamacare WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to consider yet another challenge to Obamacare. The justices turned down a challenge from conservatives that contended Congress violated the Constitution when it approved the law in 2010 by sending a bill that raised revenue through the Senate before [...] Read more

Fragmented Sleep In Older People May Be Linked To Higher Risk Of Unhealthy Brain Changes.

By Andrew M. Seaman This article is a reprint! Reuters Health - Older people who have trouble sleeping through the night are at an increased risk of unhealthy changes in the brain, a new study found. The brain changes are tied to increased risks of strokes and other problems like dementia, the researchers say. While the study itself is not [...] Read more

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