Study explores Parkinson’s genetic roots

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: October 07, 2014

One million people in the United States (five million worldwide) suffer from Parkinson’s disease (PD), a neurodegenerative disease second only to Alzheimer’s in numbers of people affected.Motor symptoms of PD include tremor, stiffness and/or slowing of movement, and walking problems. Parkinson’s can also affect neurological and mental health. While they vary from person to ... READ MORE

New daily tablets may replace allergy shots

By: Linda A. Johnson
Posted on: October 04, 2014

For decades, seasonal allergy sufferers had two therapy options to ease the misery of hay fever. They could swallow pills or squirt nasal sprays every day for brief reprieves from the sneezing and itchy eyes. Or they could get allergy shots for years to gradually reduce their immune system’s over-reaction.Now, patients can try another type of therapy to train their immune system... READ MORE

Green burial, an alternate, natural way to go

By: June Corrigan
Posted on: September 30, 2014

It’s likely you’ve given some thought to what you would like to have happen to your body after you die. You may have decided a traditional burial that involves embalming, a steel casket and a concrete vault just isn’t for you.Yet the idea of cremation doesn’t sit quite right either. The relatively recent emergence of a practice known as a “green burial”... READ MORE

Before docs check your vitals, check theirs

By: Lauran Neergaard and Jennifer Agiesta
Posted on: September 05, 2014

Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that.Being licensed and likable doesn’t necessarily mean a doctor is up to date on best practices. But consumers aren’t sure how to uncover much more. Just 22 percent of those questioned are... READ MORE

Lifestyle changes may slow aging of cells

By: Elizabeth Fernandez
Posted on: August 28, 2014

A small pilot study shows for the first time that changes in diet, exercise, stress management and social support may result in longer telomeres — the parts of chromosomes that affect aging.It is the first controlled trial to show that any intervention might lengthen telomeres over time.The study, published online in The Lancet Oncology, was conducted by scientists at UC San Francisco ... READ MORE

Feds diverge on proper use of painkillers

By: Matthew Perrone
Posted on: August 20, 2014

How do you have a conversation about prescription drugs that provide critical pain relief to millions of Americans yet also cause more fatal overdoses than heroin and cocaine combined?The answer is: It depends.Different parts of the federal government describe the problem — and potential solutions — of abuse with Vicodin, OxyContin and other opioid drugs in different terms.The... READ MORE