Reading to your kids might boost their social skills

(HealthDay)—Parents who read to their infants and toddlers may help them develop skills that pay big dividends when they start school, a new study suggests. Specifically, reading aloud and pretend play may offset disruptive behaviors—such as hyperactivity and aggression—and improve attention, researchers found. “When you read with your child, it’s really a warm, nice time together,” said lead researcher Dr. […]

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Study locates circadian clock that controls daily rhythms of aggression

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia commonly experience the sundown syndrome – a sudden worsening of confusion, agitation and aggression at the end of the day. Its daily pattern suggested that “sundowning,” as the phenomenon is also known, may be governed by the body’s internal biological clock. Synchronized by light and darkness, the circadian clock exerts control […]

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Controlling blood pressure even when older can prevent dementia in African Americans

Controlling blood pressure with any of the commonly prescribed antihypertensive medications can prevent dementia in older African-Americans with hypertension according to a new study from Regenstrief Institute researchers. African Americans are especially at risk of both hypertension and dementia. The new study provides substantial evidence of significant reduction of risk of onset of dementia for African American men and women […]

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Payments to doctors linked to prescription practices for two cancer types

Physicians who received payment from pharmaceutical companies for meals, talks and travel were more likely to prescribe those companies’ drugs for two cancer types, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-led study has found. The study was published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. The preliminary findings were presented last year at the […]

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Caregiving costs for heart disease and stroke survivors projected to soar to $128 billion by 2035

In a new analysis released today, the American Heart Association projects that the cost of informal caregiving for Americans with heart disease and stroke will more than double from $61 billion in 2015 to $128 billion by 2035. These new data on caregiving would increase the association’s predicted 2035 price tag for cardiovascular disease (CVD) total costs to $1.2 trillion […]

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Trapping mozzies at home to detect disease

Householders and school children are being urged to get behind a University of South Australia campaign to help keep the State free from nasty viruses and diseases. UniSA is launching its Mozzie Monitor project, asking people to take on the role of citizen scientists by capturing mosquitoes in a plastic trap each week so experts can identify the breeds and […]

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Exercise could outsmart genetics when it comes to heart disease

Exercise, especially cardio fitness, could outweigh genetics when it comes to heart disease, according to new research. The study, published Monday in the journal Circulation, showed strength and cardiorespiratory fitness lowered the risk for heart disease across the board – whether people were categorized with low, intermediate or high genetic risk. “Genes don’t have to determine destiny,” said Dr. Erik […]

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Index of tumor cells opens a new perspective to prevent cancer progression

Researchers from the School of Medicine in Ribeirão Preto (FMRP), at the University of São Paulo (USP), in collaboration with international groups, have developed indices that provide information about the prognosis of cancers, aid in the choice of the most appropriate therapy and identify potential targets for the development of new drugs. Their paper, titled “Machine Learning Identity Stemness Features […]

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Pakistan launches new polio vaccination drive

A Pakistani official says authorities have launched a new polio vaccination drive, aiming to reach 38.7 million children under the age of 5. Pakistan is one of few countries where polio is still endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria. Dr. Rana Mohammad Safdar, the national coordinator for polio eradication, says that some 260,000 polio workers will take part in the […]

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