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Life Line Screening Friday Roundup Post: The USA Targets Alzheimer’s, Coffee’s Health-Giving Effects, And HBO Tackles a Weighty Issue in New Documentary

admin - May 18, 2012



Friday Roundup:

 

USA Sets Goal to Tame Alzheimer’s by 2025

As part of the first-ever National Alzheimer’s Plan, Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius recently announced that the United States is seeking to develop an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. Citing an ageing population, spiraling medical costs, and figures that estimate that the current 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s or related dementias will grow to 16 million Americans afflicted with the disease by 2050, “Mrs. Sebelius said the Alzheimer’s plan was a “national” effort and not a centralized push by the federal government. ‘Reducing the burden of Alzheimer’s will require the active engagement of both the public and private sectors,’ she said,” according to the May 15th BBC article.

Among some of the tactics and research called for in the plan are better training for doctors to recognize the disease earlier, greater public awareness on the disease, and more support for care-givers dealing with Alzheimer’s patients. Most exciting are two trial tests designed to investigate treatments for Alzheimer’s – one concerning a drug that attacks the protein amyloid that is thought to cause Alzheimer’s, and the other testing an insulin nasal spray and its ability to restore memory to those with the disease.

“We are at an exceptional moment,” declared Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in regards to the National Alzheimer’s Plan.

You can read the full article on the new National Alzheimer’s Plan and upcoming research by visiting this website page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18076186

 

Coffee Drinking Linked to Longer Life

A new study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine as reported by CNN says that even several cups of coffee a day is unlikely to harm your health, and may even lower your risk of dying from such chronic diseases as diabetes and heart disease. This is an interesting study because coffee consumption has at times been considered good for you, and at other times been cited as a negative influence since caffeine has been theorized to have negative effects on blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate – all elements that can contribute to heart disease.

Coffee and heart healthAccording to the article, “The new study is by far the largest of its kind to date. As part of a joint project with the AARP, researchers from the National Institutes of Health followed more than 400,000 healthy men and women between the ages of 50 and 71 for up to 13 years, during which time 13% of the participants died. Overall, coffee drinkers were less likely than their peers to die during the study, and the more coffee they drank, the lower their mortality risk tended to be. Compared with people who drank no coffee at all, men and women who drank six or more cups per day were 10% and 15% less likely, respectively, to die during the study.”

As usual, more research will need to be conducted on these findings, and if you’re not already a coffee drinker you will want to consult with your doctor before starting to consume the very popular and powerful beverage. Life Line Screening also offers health screening services for both diabetes and heart disease to our customers across the United States.

You can read the full article on the new study on coffee consumption and its health benefits by visiting this website page: http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/16/health/coffee-drinking-longer-life/index.html?hpt=he_c1

 

HBO’s The Weight of the Nation – The wait is Over

This week HBO unveiled its latest documentary project – a startling and candid look at the state of American health in regards to obesity. Kudos go out to HBO for tackling this controversial subject matter with scientific and journalistic integrity, for often times it seems obesity is either ignored or else very stereotypically addressed with little new knowledge added to the collective mindset about the condition. While almost everyone would agree that being overweight causes serious health problems particularly as one advances in age, there is still a huge amount to be learned if we are to stem the rising tide of obesity, and the HBO documentary aims to do just that – provide information and offer some helpful solutions. A few facts to consider about obesity right now in America are:

  • Over 1/3 of American adults are obese.
  • 12.5 million children aged 2 to 19 years of age are obese in America – 17% of our children; almost 1/5 of our kids.
  • Obesity, like diabetes and stroke, affects all ethnic backgrounds, income and education levels, although the highest levels of obesity in our country are found among minorities, lower income and education levels, and in rural populations.
  • High blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and stoke are all health consequences of being overweight or obese. Life Line Screening offers health screening services for all these conditions.

Life Line Screening encourages all our readers and customers to watch this riveting 4-part documentary and to learn what you can do to lose weight as well as to keep those you love within healthy weight zones for their entire lifetime. As goes the motto for this documentary project, “To win, we have to lose.”

You can learn much more about the new HBO documentary series on obesity by visiting the documentary website page: http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/about-the-project




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