The risk for autism is heightened when children who have a
certain gene mutation connected with the disorder are exposed to
high pollution, according to a new study by scientists at USC’s
Keck School of Medicine.
Fifteen years after they have weight-loss surgery, almost a third
of patients who had Type 2 diabetes at the time they were
operated on remain free of the metabolic disorder, a new study
And six years following such surgery, patients had shaved their
probability of suffering a heart attack over the next 10 years by
40%, their stroke risk by 42%, and their likelihood of dying over
the next five years by 18%, additional research has concluded.
The two studies, both presented Wednesday at the annual meeting
of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in
Atlanta, offer the first indications of weight-loss surgery’s
longer-term health benefits for patients.
Researchers at the Buck Institute for Age Research in Novato have
made a discovery that could pave the way for the development of
drug therapies to reduce the risk to individuals most likely to
develop Alzheimer’s disease.
The research is published this week in “The Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences.”
Alzheimer’s drugs are often costly and they do not offer a cure.
But patients and family members who want to slow a debilitating
disease often pay the high prices, even if their insurance
doesn’t cover it.
Researchers in Spain have transformed mature cells into a
primitive, stem-cell state inside the bodies of mice. If the
approach can be refined for humans, it may be possible to treat
diseases such as diabetes and heart ailments by creating fresh
tissue inside a living patient.
Binge eating tied to other mental health problems, obesity to
physical symptoms in study patients
MONDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) — Bipolar disorder develops
differently in obese people and among those who binge eat, a new
Up to 4 percent of Americans have bipolar disorder, a serious
mental illness that causes extreme mood swings. Just less than 10
percent of people with bipolar disorder are binge eaters, which
the authors of the new study said is a higher rate than in the
This study found that bipolar patients who binge eat are more
likely to have other mental health problems, such as suicidal
thoughts, psychosis, anxiety disorders and substance abuse.
Tracy has agricultural roots and affordable homes, but a new
study reveals a less obvious distinction for this Central Valley
city: Doctors use internal radiation to treat men for prostate
cancer at the highest rate in California, more than four times
the state average.
By comparison, men living just 60 miles away near Stanford
University are much less likely to undergo the procedure known as
brachytherapy, or radiation seeds — only about half as often as
the state average.
Geographic differences also exist in treatments for early-stage
breast cancer, the study found. Livermore women are 92 percent
more likely than the state average to have a lumpectomy without
radiation. But across the bay in San Mateo, women are much more
likely to have a lumpectomy with radiation.
FEW sticker shocks are as bracing as the price of hiring someone
to help with the simplest activities — bathing, toilet use,
dressing, eating and moving. Whether recovering from surgery or a
stroke or suffering a chronic illness like arthritis, those
needing skilled help need deep pockets indeed.
And those requiring full-time nursing or assisted-living care
face even steeper costs.
A 2013 report by Genworth Financial, an insurance provider based
in Richmond, Va., estimates the national median daily cost of a
private room in a nursing home at $230 a day, an increase of 3.6
percent over 2012 — some $6,900 per month. Sharing that room is
only $27 less a day, according to the report.
For more than two decades, Wanda Remo has battled one illness
after another. Asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease, high
blood pressure, arthritis, depression, chronic pain, strokes.
Specialists treat her lungs, her heart and her joints.
Today, on National Healthcare Decisions Day, authors Kate
O’Malley of the California HealthCare Foundation and Nancy
Zweibel of the Retirement Research Foundation, discuss how
foundation efforts have contributed to the adoption and expansion
of a standard paradigm for end-of-life planning.
As CEO of Eastern Plumas Health Care — which operates the only
critical care facilities in rural Plumas County, north of
Sacramento — Hayes oversees care for a good percentage of the
population of a county the physical size of Delaware.
On Wednesday, state lawmakers, hospital leaders and labor unions
rallied at the State Capitol in support of a bill (AB 900) that
would stop a retroactive 10% cut to Medi-Cal reimbursements for
hospital-based skilled nursing services, the Sacramento Business
Journal reports (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 4/10).
California is reporting statewide improvements in key public
health measures, including rates for many chronic diseases,
sexually-transmitted infections, motor vehicle crashes and
accidental deaths, according to the County Health Status
Profiles 2013 report released today.
On Monday [April 1, 2013], a new state law took effect that
requires physicians to notify women if they have dense breast
tissue, which could be associated with a higher risk of breast
cancer, KQED’s “State of Health” reports (Aliferis, “State of
Health,” KQED, 3/29).
About the New Law
In September 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a bill
(SB 1538) — by former Sen.Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) — that
requires that women who receive mammograms be informed if they
have dense breast tissue.
The law also requires that those women be informed about how the
density of their breast tissue can affect mammogram results and
cancer risk (California Healthline, 9/24/12).
Expert says annual fecal blood test is equally
MONDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds that
getting screening colonoscopies may reduce the risk of developing
advanced colon cancer.
In average-risk people, screening colonoscopies were associated
with a 70 percent reduction in risk for new, late-stage colon
cancer, including hard-to-detect cancers on the right side of the
colon.Advanced colon cancer is the least curable form.
Although colonoscopy is widely used as a screening test for colon
cancer, there is little research that proves it is effective in
reducing colon cancer deaths, according to the study authors. The
researchers wanted to answer a simple question: If you ended up
with late-stage cancer, were you more or less likely to have had
a screening colonoscopy as many as 10 years before the disease
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Californians for Patient
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