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Friday Roundup: Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu, 2012 Medical Breakthroughs & More

admin - January 11, 2013

Looking for the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. Below, we examine recent headlines featuring the best ways to prevent colds and flu, how one study shows memory trouble starts at 50 and memorable medical breakthroughs from 2012.


15 Best Ways to Ward Off a Cold or Flu 

15 Best Ways to Ward Off a Cold or FluThis time of year is often referred to as cold and flu season, because the colder temperatures make us more susceptible to sore throats, fever, runny nose and more. ABC News tells us that on average, adult Americans get three colds per year, each lasting a week or two. On top of that, 5 to 20 percent of adults will get the flu this year.

So how can you make an effort to prevent yourself from succumbing to a cold or flu this year? Take your health into your own hands by doing a few things known to help prevent these illnesses, such as frequent hand washing, meditation, eating more garlic, exercising, getting vaccinated and eating fewer sweets, among others. Read the full list from ABC News.

Life Line Screening urges all individuals at risk for disease to take control of their health by practicing preventive measures, such as health screenings. These screenings can help identify a serious health condition before it reaches catastrophic levels. Learn more about preventive health screenings today.


Study: Trouble Remembering Object Names Starts at Age 50

As we get older, we notice small changes in our ability to remember things, such as someone’s name. One study from researchers in Belgium found that as early as age 50, memory of the names of common objects doesn’t come as quickly when compared to younger people.

In the study, people in their 50s weren’t able to name objects as quickly as participants in their 20s and 30s, but once they did remember the name, the people in their 50s were as accurate as the younger group. People in their 60s and 70s, however, were not as accurate with remembering object names.

“We don’t know yet why this happens,” said study researcher Clemence Verhaegen in a Fox News article. “[I]t may indicate changes in our language abilities only or it may be caused by physical factors that have nothing to do with language. More studies are needed to reveal what it really going on.”


Top Medical Breakthroughs of 2012

A lot happened in 2012, and even though researchers didn’t discover a magic pill to make us all look and feel younger, they did make many notable discoveries. For instance, one paralyzed woman successfully became the first person to ever move her prosthetic limb with brainpower.

Other outstanding medical insights from 2012 include a milestone met when laws made the majority of U.S. cities smoke free, new genetic discoveries made in association with autism, Alzheimer’s and mental illness, and one early study found promise for a lung cancer vaccine. Read more about these medical breakthroughs from


What’s Trending on

Want to get in on the discussions going on right now at Check out what’s trending now:

Flu Season: What Are You Doing to Prevent the Flu? Flu season is here, and we’re all trying to avoid it. What are your tips for preventing the flu?

Do You Dream and Remember Your Dream? When you dream, do you remember them after you wake up? Do you write down your dreams? Join the discussion here.

Stuck in the Middle…Sandwich Generation? Are you a caregiver and a parent being pulled in two different directions? Is it making you overwhelmed? Share your experiences here.


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