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A New Test for Parkinson’s Patients

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It’s Your Health Minute. Scientists in Australia have created a drawing test that can diagnose the severity of Parkinson’s disease.   They asked a groups of Parkinson’s patients and healthy volunteers to draw a spiral on a computer tablet. Using special software they calculated a score based on writing speed and pen pressure. The test could identify which patients had…

No ATV’s for Kids Under 14 in Massachusetts

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Fewer children being hurt in ATV accidents in Massachusetts In Your Health Minute today, a Massachusetts law limiting the use of all terrain vehicles by kids and teens has significantly reduced the number of injuries. New data shows a-t-v related e-r visits and hospitalizations among children dropped 41 percent after the law was passed in 2010. The legislation restricts a-t-v…

Green Spaces in Big Cities Help Kids with asthma

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Living near a park has health benefits for inner city kids with asthma.   Inner city children with asthma suffer less often if they live near a park. Researchers at Johns Hopkins asked parents how many days their child had shortness of breath, chest pain or wheezing over the past two weeks. Children had one extra days symptoms for every…

Dust from 9-11 Linked to Heart Disease

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The dust from 9-11 is affecting the health of those who were trapped in it. Children exposed to dust fumes after the collapse of the World Trade Center 16 years ago are showing early signs of heart disease. A new study looked at blood tests from over 100 children who came in direct contact with the dust on 9-11. Those…

The Future of Children Who Survive Cancer

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  Researchers studying adults who had cancer as children.   Survivors of childhood cancer  are living longer but, face a much higher risk of health problems as adults. Researchers at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital followed over 5-thousand patients diagnosed with cancer as a child. On average, they had twice as many chronic health conditions by the age of 45 than…

Fighting Colorectal Cancer with Whole Grains

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Increased grains and decrease your risk of colon cancer. If you eat lots of whole gains, you could prevent colorectal cancer. A new Harvard Study found 3 daily servings of whole grains, like brown rice or whole wheat bread reduced the risk of colorectal cancer by 17 percent. On the other hand high amounts of hot dogs, bacon and other…

Lots of Middle Aged Americans Don’t Like Their Teeth

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Dentist say too many middle aged Americans not keeping their appointment. One in 3 middle aged Americans say they are embarrassed by the condition of their teeth, according to a new University of Michigan poll. An even higher percentage says dental issues have caused pain, difficulty eating and even missed work days. But, despite the problems, 40 percent do not…

Millenials Less Likely than their Parents to Take Pain Killers

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Opioids not the first choice for millenials   When is comes to managing chronic pain, millenials prefer lifestyle changes over taking opioids. A new survey found millenials were hald as likely as baby boomers to take opiods and one in five regret using addictive painkillers. However, young adults were more likely to take opioids without a prescription and less likely…

Most Drivers Daydream Behind the Wheel

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  A new study finds many of us daydream when we drive. Researchers at George Mason University found that during a simulated work commute, people’s minds wandered up to 70 percent of the time. WOW! They also noticed specific changes in brain patterns during these periods of inattention. People’s minds were more likely to wander on the second drive, or…

Weighing the Risks of Drastically Lowering High Blood Pressure

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An earlier study analyzed the effects of drastically lowering high blood pressure, finding it greatly reduced cardiovascular events and heart disease deaths. But, it also increased the risk of kidney disease for some. However researchers at the University of Utah took a fresh look at the data and say for many people the heart benefits of lowering blood pressure appear…