Health Week in Review
A Wrap-up of the Week's Top Medical News
Oct. 13, 2006 -- Researchers find a link between diet and Alzheimer's
disease, doctors order kids to play more, and a study shows men chose to watch
sports over visits to the ER. Get a snapshot of the week that was.
Diet May Influence Alzheimer's Risk
What you eat today just may help determine your risk for Alzheimer's disease
late in life. Two new studies offer preliminary evidence that dietary choices
could help prevent age-related mental decline or slow its progression. Which
foods may lower your risk?
Antipsychotics Bad for Alzheimer's?
Deciding which drugs to give Alzheimer's patients just got harder. A newly
published study concludes that the antipsychotic drugs Zyprexa, Seroquel, and
Risperdal may help some Alzheimer's patients, but their side effects should be
weighed carefully. The drugs are often prescribed to treat Alzheimer's-related
psychosis, aggression, or agitation.
Doctor's Orders: Kids Should Play More
Pediatricians have come out in defense of playtime. According to a new
report, unstructured playtime fosters children's imagination and dexterity and
helps them reach important physical, mental, and emotional milestones and
Psoriasis May Raise Heart Attack Risk
Psoriasis -- a chronic skin condition that affects 2% to 3% of adults -- may
also be a risk factor for heart attack. Researchers found that psoriasis was
associated with an elevated risk of heart attack in all age groups, but
especially in younger patients with severe forms of the condition.
Health Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors
More than a third of adult survivors of childhood cancer develop serious,
disabling, or life-threatening health problems in the decades following
treatment, and three out of four experience some chronic health issue, a new
study shows. The recommendation: Childhood cancer survivors should be closely
monitored as adults.
Daily Weigh-ins May Keep Pounds Away
It's not exactly a high-tech breakthrough, but researchers have found that
people who weigh themselves on a daily basis are more successful at maintaining
lossweight loss. Does anything
else work? .
Decaf Doesn't Mean Caffeine-Free
Think you're avoiding caffeine by drinking decaf? Think again. A new study
shows that even decaffeinated coffee comes with at least a small dose of
caffeine. And some decaf varieties have a lot more caffeine than others.
Men Delay ER Trips to Watch Sports
Some men may take their sports too seriously, delaying trips to hospital
emergency rooms during major sports events. And it doesn't only happen during
championship games like the Super Bowl, researchers say.
Arthritis Rising in U.S.
Extra pounds and a sedentary lifestyle may be contributing to an increase in
the number of Americans with arthritis. According to a new report, more than 46
million U.S. adults – more than 21% -- say they've been told by a doctor that
they have arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. .
FDA OKs Drug for Advanced Lung Cancer
The FDA has approved the colon cancer drug Avastin for use with chemotherapy
in treating advanced lung cancer. Avastin, which is given intravenously, has
been shown in clinical trials to increase survival time for people with
non-squamous, non-small-cell lung cancer.