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Falls are taking a huge and rising toll on elderly brains

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 8 A.M.

The reason for the increase isn’t clear, the report’s authors said. But one likely factor is that a growing number of elderly people are living at home and taking repeated tumbles, said one expert.

Home remedies: what works, what doesn’t, what can’t hurt your cold

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

Hydration and rest are two of the best remedies for a cold. (Dreamstime / TNS)
Cold remedies are almost as common as the common cold, but are they effective? Nothing can cure a cold, but there are some remedies that might help ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable. Here’s a look at some common cold remedies and what’s known about them.

Diet sweetener sucralose suppresses appetite

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 7 A.M.

The artificial sweetener sucralose is sold under the brand name Splenda, and is included as an ingredient in many diet foods. (Dreamstime / TNS)
In what may be good news for dieters, a study has found that the artificial sweetener sucralose suppresses food intake. The study contradicts one published last year that found sucralose increases appetite.

GOP’s health reform plan threatens Medicare

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 6 A.M.

Little noticed in the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare is a tax cut that would benefit the wealthy and undercut Medicare, the federal program that insures 55 million older Americans and disabled people.

University of Washington creating next-gen mannequins with warm skin, wet mouths to train battlefield medics

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 2:33 P.M.

Jordan Gonzalez, right, climbs out of a simulated torso and legs used at the University of Washington Medical Center to create battlefield situations that are more real than just working with a mannequin. At left is Vanessa Ortiz and holding the torso is Troy Reihsen. (Alan Berner / Alan Berner/Seattle Times)
UW researchers are creating mannequin skin that’s warm to the touch, tongues moist with fake saliva, arms that reveal layers of fat when cut open, animatronic legs and more. By 2019 they expect to have a lifelike mannequin that looks and bleeds like a real soldier. And their technology may help the military move away from training its medics on live animals, a controversial practice that’s involved wounding and killing pigs and goats.

Even in middle age, your best running days may still be ahead of you

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 2:32 P.M.

Women's elite winner Cynthia Limo leads heading up Doomsday Hill during Bloomsday 2016 on Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Spokane. New research shows that while elite runners peak at age 35, the rest of us may not peak until we’re 50. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Elite road racers make running look effortless. While most of us appear to be in pain, their cadence and form belie any of that misery. But there’s good news, middle-of-the-pack runners, because we may have the last laugh: New research shows that while elite runners peak at age 35, the rest of us may not peak until we’re 50.

Tiny fruit flies offer a few clues to sleep-related Alzheimer’s mysteries

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 2:07 P.M.

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine assistant research professor Jason Gerstner leads the research team studying fruit flies' brains and sleep patterns for clues that could affect future Alzheimer's treatments and early warning signs. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Scientists have known that Alzheimer’s patients commonly experience disturbed sleep. WSU’s Jason Gerstner published a study this past summer in the Journal of Neuroscience Research that looked at the interaction between FABP and beta-amyloid in relation to sleep patterns, examining those dynamics in fruit flies.

First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts starting in July

UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017, 9:14 A.M.

In this Feb. 27 photo, Cambridge Hospital first-year residents Samantha Harrington, center, and Vikas Gampa, right, talk during “sign-out” at the hospital in Cambridge, Mass. That’s when the rookie doctors exchange information about their patients during shift change. Effective this summer, rookie doctors can work up to 24 hours straight under new extended limits. A Chicago-based group that establishes work standards for U.S. medical school graduates has eliminated a 16-hour cap for first-year residents. (Steven Senne / Associated Press)
First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts in hospitals across the United States starting July 1, when a much-debated cap that limits the physicians to 16 consecutive hours of patient care is lifted, the organization that oversees their training announced Friday.

Deadly fungal infection that doctors have been fearing now reported in U.S.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017, 8:29 A.M.

Nearly three dozen people in the United States have been diagnosed with a deadly and highly drug-resistant fungal infection since federal health officials first warned U.S. clinicians last June to be on the lookout for the emerging pathogen that has been spreading around the world. The fungus, a strain of a kind of yeast known as Candida auris, has been reported in a dozen countries on five continents starting in 2009, where it was first found in an ear infection in a patient in Japan. Since then, the fungus has been reported in Colombia, India, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Korea, Venezuela and the United Kingdom.

Americans having less sex, new study finds

UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017, 6:34 P.M.

Americans have been saying more often: Honey, not tonight. And that has been especially true for married couples and older adults, according to new study out of San Diego State University.

Risk & reward: Stopping a cancer drug to see if you’re cured


Rick and Nina Schmidt sit at the table of their home in Hartland, Wis. Nina Schlidt was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in 2009 and had to take drugs to control it for six years. After she went into remission, she qualified for a study led by the Medical College of Wisconsin, allowing her to go off treatment completely. Her husband had to delay retirement until age 70 so they would have insurance to pay for the drug. (Carrie Antlfinger / AP)
New treatment guidelines in the U.S. say certain leukemia patients can consider stopping Gleevec or similar drugs that were long thought to be needed for the rest of their lives. It’s just a pill or two a day but the drugs are expensive and have side effects.

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