Safer Foot And Mouth Disease Vaccine Created

A new vaccine has been developed to help prevent foot-and-mouth disease. The vaccine is considered safer for the patient and easier to create, lowering costs and increasing productivity. The new vaccine may also be able to improve other vaccines such as the vaccine to prevent polio. An important factor- the vaccine does not contain the live virus making the vaccine’s production process and handling process considerably safer. More here

Soy May Extend Lung Cancer Life Expectancy

A new study has found that soy may extend the lives of women who have been diagnosed with lung cancer. The study involved 444 women who had been clinically diagnosed with lung cancer. The study found that women who consumed larger amounts of soy products were 7-8% more likely to live longer, and more likely not to develop lung cancer when compared to women who consumed normal amounts of soy. More here

Alzheimer’s Patients Struggle With Finances

Younger adults managing finances while caring for elderly individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s has become an increasingly difficult situation. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5-million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease and the number is expected to grow. A recent study stated that many caregivers are considered to be long-distance and have difficulty managing finances on their own. Experts recommend taking advantage of online banking to help aid in finance management. Some signs that an elderly person may be struggling with their finances are: trouble counting money, anxiety over cluttered mail, and increasing problems with their accounts. More here

Weekend Surgeries May Hold Greater Risk

A recent study found that surgeries being conducted on Saturdays and Sundays may carry more risk than those being performed during the week. The study analyzed 7,112 surgeries being performed for individuals suffering from ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis surgeries being performed on weekends had a 70% higher risk of complications while Crohn’s disease surgeries were not effected from weekend to weekday. The author of the study, Dr. Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan said, “this doesn’t mean that if you’re admitted on a weekend, you should fight surgery.” More here

Dairy Products May Increase Breast Cancer Risks

A recent study found that women who have been diagnosed and received treatment for breast cancer  may be at a higher risk of recurrence if they consume large amounts of dairy products.  Kaiser Permanente, a scientist in Oakland, California suggested the reason may be linked to the production of milk. Cows who produce milk for the public while nursing could hold a direct relation to breast cancer relapses due to the high levels of estrogen found in their milk. More here

Comprehensive Benefit Premiums May Rise

As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act becomes more prominent over the next year, prices are expected to increase for family and personal insurance plans that include comprehensive benefits, according to a new report. Plan premiums that cover prescription drugs and more are expected to increase by approximately 50% in 2013. Insurance plans that support comprehensive health benefits are 47% more expensive now than standard insurance plans, while deductibles are 27% cheaper for insurance plans covering comprehensive benefits. More here

Sugary Beverages Linked To Obesity Deaths

New research has found a direct correlation between obesity-related deaths and beverages with high sugar levels. 180,000 individuals die from obesity-related problems each year in the United States. Of those people who have died from obesity complications, 100 stemmed from drinking beverages high in sugar according to Gitanjali Singh, the study’s author. The United States now holds the third-highest death rate due to high-sugar beverages. More here

Physical Therapy May Provide Same Benefit As Knee Surgery

According to a recent study, physical therapy has been found to be just as productive as knee surgery for those suffering from a common knee injury. Individuals who endured six months or longer of physical therapy improved as much or more than individuals who received arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Jeffrey Katz, lead researcher said, “both are very good choices. It would be quite reasonable to try physical therapy first because the chances are quite good that you’ll do quite well.” More here

6 Factors That Determine Regional Popularity Of Life Insurance

New statistics show that life insurance coverage in the U.S. varies from state to state depending on independent variables. According to an associate professor of insurance and statistics at Drake University, Lisa Gardner, marriage rates carry a large impact on individuals taking out life insurance. Gardner stated that there were 6 key factors that may impact life insurance rates. These same factors also impact which states have the most individuals taking out life insurance plans. More here

Coffee And Green Tea Drinkers May Have Reduced Risk Of Stroke

A new study published in the American Heart Association Journal stated that coffee and green tea may help reduce the risk of stroke. Green tea drinkers may lower their risk of stoke by 20% when consuming four or more cups each day, while coffee drinkers may reduce their chances of stroke by 20% when drinking only one cup daily. The study involved 82,369 individuals who consumed either green tea or coffee daily for approximately 13 years. More here