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  • Improved parenting may fortify low-income kids against poverty effects

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    For children growing up in poverty, the seeds of poor health in adulthood appear to be sown early. But a nurturing parent may be able to foster a child’s resilience to such conditions as allergies, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, says a new study. To gauge the lasting health effects of good parenting, the latest research returned to rural Georgia eight years after researchers completed their first clinical trial of a seven-week program called the Strong African American Families Project. Of the 667 African-American mothers and their children who participated in that trial, researchers returned to 272 of the child subjects, who were by now 19 to 20 years old. They collected blood samples and measured those samples for si

  • We Only Use 10% of Brain? That's a Myth

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    It’s a common conversation starter to assert that we only use 10% of our brains. In Lucy, the soon-to-be-released thriller about a woman forced to work as a drug mule for the Taiwanese mob, Professor Norman lectures, “It is estimated most human beings only use 10% of their brain’s capacity. Imagine if we could access 100%. Interesting things begin to happen," according to Now, I know Morgan Freeman is well versed in playing the wise sage, and I know that I haven’t earned my PhD yet – but professor, I beg to differ. You see, we all access 100% of our brains every day. And we don’t have to be telekinetic or memorise an entire deck of cards to do it. In the film, the drugs implanted into Lucy (played by Scarlett Johansson) leak into her system, allowing her to “access 100%” of her brain. Among other things, Lucy can move objects with her mind, choose not to feel pain, and memorise copious amounts of information. In a way, the idea that we only use 10% of our brains is rather inspiring. It may motivate us to try harder or tap into some mysterious, intact reservoir of creativity and potential. There are even products that promise to unlock that other 90%.

  • One-on-One with Richard Lueker

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    THE BASICS: Born Richard D. Lueker on Feb. 2, 1933, in Flagstaff, Ariz.; bachelor’s degree in science from Northern Arizona University; medical degree from University of Colorado; married to Meg for 20 years; four adult children: Rob, Steve, Alison and Kate; no pets. POSITION: Medical director at New Heart Inc. Lueker once teamed with a fellow student to write a 30-minute operetta based on their experiences in medical school. They set it to Gilbert and Sullivan tunes and performed it for faculty and students. “The psychiatry department said, ‘We’d like to record this,’” Lueker says with a chuckle. He and his wife, Meg, usually make an annual trip to India at their own expense to help at an eye hospital.

  • Inside the Oklahoma Mental Health System: The Community Response Team

    jean Williams | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Community Response Team is working to make outcomes better for those who have sought mental health or substance abuse crisis services in Oklahoma County. Through community partnerships, help is extending well beyond the crisis center doors.

  • Women's Health Expo to focus on heart health

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The third annual Women’s Health Expo takes place today and features local health care officials who are focusing on women’s heart health. The Expo will have about 44 vendors, as well as plenty of door prizes and gift bags for the first 100 attendees, but the main event will be two speakers from the local health community —Robin Wollard, a family nurse practitioner at Bothwell Regional Health Center who is board certified from the Missouri Heart Center, and Brandy Wilson, a May 2014 graduate of the State Fair Community College nursing program. “Robin Wollard will be speaking on the early signs of heart disease in women,” said Debra Andresen, office manager for the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • The supplement that may ward off Alzheimer's

    Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Fish oil is touted as a magical potion that boosts fertility, heart health, and weight loss and promotes a clear complexion, while lessening the effects of depression, ulcers, diabetes and many more conditions. But there’s another benefit to these glossy little capsules: They may prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to Yahoo Health. A new study of 819 people published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia found that taking fish oil supplements on a daily basis is associated with a significant decrease in cognitive decline (as measured by the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale and the Mini Mental State Exam) and brain atrophy — important findings in light of statistics that show that one person per minute is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use. Niacin is a type of B vitamin long sold over the counter and in higher prescription doses. Some people take it alone or with statin medicines such as Lipitor for cholesterol problems. Niacin users' main complaint has been flushing, so drug companies have been testing extended-release and combining other medicines with it to minimize that problem. Introduced in the 1950s, the drug hadn't been rigorously tested until recent years when makers of prescription versions were seeking market app

  • Latino Obesity Epidemic

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    A new nationwide survey has found that obesity among Latinos is widespread, and severe obesity is a particular problem among young adult members of the country’s largest and fastest-growing minority group. The obesity epidemic “is unprecedented and getting worse,” said Robert Kaplan, lead author of the study, published in this month’s Journal of the American Heart Association, and professor of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. “Because young adults with obesity are likely to be sicker as they age and have higher health care costs, we should be investing heavily in obesity research and prevention, as if our nation’s future depended upon it,” he said.

  • Tanzania's First Methadone Clinic A Smashing Success

    K. Lanktree | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    In 2011, the Tanzanian government opened the country's first methadone maintenance clinic, and a new study is highlighting successes the program has achieved thus far.

  • Va. teen runner died of cardiac arrhythmia

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A medical examiner has determined that a heart rhythm problem caused the death of a teenager who collapsed after completing a half-marathon in Virginia Beach. The Virginian Pilot ( ) reports that the Tidewater medical examiner's office found that 16-year-old Cameron Gallagher died of cardiac arrhythmia. The Richmond teenager collapsed after crossing the finish line at the Shamrock half-marathon in March. She was taken to a hospital, where she died. Gallagher's father, David Gallgher, tells WRIC-TV ( ) that she competed on a swim team, ran with her family and played basketball as a child, and didn't have any symptoms of any heart conditions.

  • Ex-Knick Ticky Burden has rare heart disease

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Knicks guard Luther "Ticky" Burden has a rare heart disease and is being treated at a Manhattan hospital. The 61-year-old Burden has ATTR amyloidosis, a disease that causes the body's immune system to produce abnormal forms of antibodies. "He's been ravaged," Dr. Mathew Maurer, who's treating Burden at New York Presbyterian Hospital, said Friday. A fundraiser is scheduled for July 25 at Albany High School in Burden's hometown of Albany. "We're trying to raise funds for his medical costs," said organizer Warren Mackey, a longtime friend. "He's flying back and forth every three weeks for treatment.

  • Study: Blood Proteins Signal Alzheimer's Is Coming

    Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    British scientists have made a "major step forward" in developing a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to BBC News. Research in more than 1,000 people has identified a set of proteins in the blood which can predict the start of the dementia with 87% accuracy. The findings, published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, will be used to improve trials for new dementia drugs, BBC News reports.

  • Vegan communities growing, along with research on health benefits

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    No, vegans are not extraterrestrials from a planet orbiting Vega, although many might consider their dietary habits to be completely alien. Plant-only eaters represent a mere 2 percent of the population; another 5 percent describe themselves as vegetarian. In contrast, Americans are noted for their penchant for overconsumption of such animal-based foods as meat, eggs and dairy along with high sugar intake. More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, more than a third having diabetes or metabolic syndrome. A poor diet is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, which carries with it a number of serious and life-threatening complications. Family history, low activity and excess body weight also increase a person’s chance o

  • Di Stefano 'grave but stable' after heart failure

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano continues to be in a grave but stable condition after suffering from heart failure, medical officials said. The club's honorary president, who turned 88 on Friday, continues to receive treatment at Gregorio Maranon hospital's coronary unit, the facility said in a statement Sunday signed by its head of cardiology, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles, and director Emilio del Valle Hernandez. Sunday's statement said Di Stefano had suffered from "cardiorespiratory failure" before arriving at the hospital and although he is "suffering from severe heart disease," he remains in a "grave but stable clinical and hemodynamic state.

  • Di Stefano in coma after heart attack

    Updated: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano was in a coma and in serious condition following a heart attack on Saturday. After being resuscitated on a Madrid street by paramedics, the 88-year-old Di Stefano was taken to Madrid's Gregorio Maranon Hospital where he remains in coma. The hospital medical report said Di Stefano was "stable" but "serious." It said he has been sedated, received a tracheal intubation, and was on mechanical ventilation. A spokeswoman for Madrid's emergency service Samur told The Associated Press that an ambulance was called to attend Di Stefano at Juan Ramon Jimenez street, just north of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, at 5 p.m.

  • Chronic pain statistic called exaggerated, misleading

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    MILWAUKEE — When faced with intense criticism for her agency’s approval of the powerful narcotic painkiller Zohydro, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg turned to a sobering statistic:100 million Americans are suffering from severe chronic pain, she said. The 100 million figure has become a central part of the debate over the use of narcotic painkillers. It is cited in news stories, by medical organizations and by drug companies seeking approval for new opioid therapies. When Hamburg spoke in April at a prescription drug conference, she noted it means debilitating pain affects more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. That number — the equivalent of more than 40 perc

  • Russia's Drug Treatment Plans Draw Criticism

    K. Lanktree | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Despite the Russian Federal Drug Control Services plans of creating a new system of drug treatment communes and labor therapy sites throughout rural areas, many activists and addicts are denying any positive changes are occurring.

  • Oklahoma Health Care Authority board leaders make tough choices over where to cut Medicaid services for some of the poorest residents

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    During a standing-room only meeting, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board voted Thursday on several changes, including changes in mental health services and increases in co-payments, that will affect some of Oklahoma’s poorest residents.

  • Authorities: Iowa inmate died of heart disease

    Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an inmate found unresponsive at the Johnson County Jail in May died of hypertensive heart disease. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says an autopsy revealed the cause of death for 47-year-old Gwendolyn Bolen, of Coralville. Those results were released to the sheriff's office Friday. Authorities found Bolen unresponsive in a cell on May 31. She was not breathing and was pronounced dead a short time later.

  • Inside the Oklahoma mental health system: Urgent Recovery

    jean Williams | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Getting help during a mental health crisis can play an essential role in helping a person get treatment for a mental illness, and knowing what help is available can reduce the confusion.