Resveratrol — an antioxidant found in foods and drinks such as red wine, chocolate and grapes — has been purported to have anti-aging effects, but a new study suggests the compound may not help people live longer after all. In the study of about 800 older adults in Italy, people who ate a resveratrol-rich diet were just as likely to die over a nine-year period, compared with those who consumed small amounts of the compound.
Visiting the doctor can be … well, awkward. No one enjoys donning an onionskin gown and waiting in a chilly room for a pelvic exam or prostate probing and testicular palpation. Perhaps a colonoscopy will be performed or a catheter placed. Fresh humiliations lie at every turn and within every orifice. Medical emergencies thrust us into even less dignified circumstances, without the luxury of a mental rehearsal.
Scant research has been done on the long-term safety of drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new analysis shows, though millions of American children have been taking them for decades. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 11 percent of American children between the ages of four and 17 - or 6.4 million - had been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. About half were taking drugs to treat the disorder.
Talking up the power of big data is a real trend at the moment and Google founder Larry Page took it to new levels this week by proclaiming that 100,000 lives could be saved next year alone if we did more to open up healthcare information. Google, likely the biggest data owner outside the NSA, is evidently carving a place for itself in the big data vs life and death debate but Page might have been a little more modest, given that Google’s massive Flu Trends program ultimately proved unreliable.
Nursing jobs are poised for a change according to Philip Greiner, professor and director of the school of nursing at San Diego State University and member of the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing’s future task force. He said there are many changes on the horizon. Due to the ever-evolving nature of technology, the aging population, and the Affordable Care Act, nursing, which has already undergone many changes, will be poised for even more changes in the future.
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