Pessimists may live longer, healthier lives

By: American Psychological Association

Older people who have low expectations for a satisfying future may be more likely to live longer, healthier lives than those who see brighter days ahead, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.“Our findings revealed that being overly optimistic in predicting a better future was associated with a greater risk of disability and death within the... READ MORE

Robotics can help the blind to navigate

By: Helen Knight

Technologies that help machines navigate are being adapted to help blind people find their way around.Robots need help navigating their surroundings and use sophisticated location systems to keep track of their position. Now the same technologies are being adapted to help blind people navigate indoor and outdoor spaces independently.One such system, being developed by Edwige Pissaloux and... READ MORE

How your diet affects prostate cancer risk

By: Beacon

“It seems nearly all men will develop prostate cancer if they live long enough,” said Karen Collins, a registered dietician and nutrition advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research. Thus, scientists have been searching for lifestyle measures that can help stack the odds in your favor.Promising research reveals three important diet strategies that can help you mount a ... READ MORE

Aspirin improves colon cancer survival

By: Marilynn Marchione

Aspirin, one of the world’s oldest and cheapest drugs, has shown remarkable promise in treating colon cancer in people with mutations in a gene that’s thought to play a role in the disease.Among patients with the mutations, those who regularly took aspirin lived longer than those who didn’t, a major study found. Five years after their cancers were diagnosed, 97 percent of... READ MORE

Families can make hospitals safer places

By: Lauran Neergaard

Head of the hospital bed raised? Check. Patient’s teeth brushed? Check.Those simple but often overlooked steps can help protect some of the most critically ill patients — those on ventilators — from developing deadly pneumonia. And if they knew about them, family members could ensure the steps weren’t forgotten.Hospitals are rife with infections and opportunities for ... READ MORE

Ten ways to reduce chronic inflammation

By: Holly Pevzner

Chronic inflammation plays a significant role (as either a cause or effect) in many diseases, including type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, and the three top killers in the United States: heart disease, cancer and stroke. And emerging research is focusing on the link between inflammation and brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and... READ MORE