Migraines May Leave Permanent Damage

Migraines may change your brain, according to a new study published by the journal Neurology. Approximately 37 million Americans have had a migraine or suffer chronic migraines and scientists now say the intense headaches may permanently affect the brain. According to the recent data, the risk of white-matter brain lesions jumps 68% for individuals who suffer migraines with aura, a warning sign before the migraine such as wavy vision, difficulty speaking, flashing lights or seeing dots. A neurologist at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Dr. Messoud Ashina said, “our review and meta-analysis study suggests that the disorder may permanently alter brain structure in multiple ways.” More here

Elderly Employment Rates Remain High

According to a new study, older Americans are much more likely to have a job or be offered a job over a younger adult. The study states that the economy may have influenced the recent switch in the United States hiring demand. Researchers say that when employment rates fell an increasing number of younger adults were left jobless while many older adults kept the jobs they have had for years. Also, employers are taking long-term experience into consideration when hiring, helping boost elderly employment rates. More here

Fruits And Vegetables May Reduce Cancer Risk

A recent study has found that women who consume large amounts of vegetables and fruits may be at a lower risk of developing bladder cancer. The study was published in the Journal of Nutrition and consisted of 185,885 individuals. Women who ate the most yellow-orange colored vegetables were 52% less likely to develop bladder cancer than those who did not consume as many. Women who incorporate high levels of vitamins C, A and E into their diets may also be at a lower risk. Song-Yi Park of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center said, “our study supports the fruit and vegetable recommendation for cancer prevention.” More here

Rheumatoid Arthritis May Increase Blood Clot Risks

New research has found that people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis may have an increased risk of developing fatal blood clots in the lungs and legs. The study states that people who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis are three times more likely to deep vein thrombosis and twice as likely to develop a thromboembolism. Dr. Tore Kvien, editor-in-chief of the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases said, “I would call this a moderate increased risk.” More here

Timely Stroke Treatment May Reduce Permanent Damage

Research has found that people who suffer a stroke have better survival and recovery rates if treated within 90 minutes of the event. Clot-busting medications, taken within 90 minutes of the first stroke symptoms, can decrease the risk of permanent damage. Professor of neurology and director at the Duke Comprehensive Stroke Center in North Carolina, Dr. Larry B. Goldstein said, “there’s good evidence that treatment can be effective up to 4.5 hours after onset…but just because you have that (long) doesn’t mean you should take that long.” A few stroke symptoms are speech difficulty, facial drooping and arm weakness. More here

Physicians Accepting More Medicare Patients

According to a Department of Health and Human Services report, the number of doctors accepting Medicare patients has grown. From 2007 to 2011 the number of new Medicare patients that physicians accepted grew by 1/3. Experts say that the number of accepted Medicare patients now exceeds the number of accepted private insurance patients. The principal deputy administrator for the Center for Medicare Services, Jonathan Blum said, “I think the report comes at a time when people are asking questions about Medicare; it provides a more complete picture of how physicians choose to participate in the Medicare system.” More here

Researchers Find Ways To Lower Blood Pressure

Researchers have found that giving patients medication that is easier to take, along with having no-copay doctor visits may help lower blood pressure and control deaths caused by high blood pressure. The eight-year study involved 300,000 patients who had previously been diagnosed with high blood pressure. The study states that less than half of the patients had their blood pressure under control at the beginning of the study. By the end of the study, 80% of the participants had lowered their blood pressure significantly. Dr. Goutham Rao, a family medicine specialist at NorthShore University HealthSystem said, “If we were able to keep everyone’s blood pressure under control in the United States, the number of new strokes and heart attacks would go down just exponentially.” More here

Raw Garlic May Reduce Cancer Risk

A new study has found that garlic may help prevent many chronic health problems and, more significantly, may prevent lung cancer. Consuming raw garlic may cut the risk of lung cancer for non-smokers by 44% according to researchers from the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China. Raw garlic contains a chemical called allicin which is created when garlic is chopped, mashed or diced. Allicin holds anti-inflammatory properties and can also reduce damage to cells caused by free radicals. Researchers are unsure if cooked garlic may have the same benefits as raw garlic. More here

New Hope For Lung Cancer Treatment

Medical News Today reports that an experimental treatment used to yield growth and kill ovarian and breast cancer cells may also help treat certain types of lung cancer. The drugs, ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, are believed to fight against many non-small cell lung cancer tumors. A scientist at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, Dr. Chris Lord said,  “lung cancer is hard to treat and unfortunately has very poor survival, so there is an urgent need to find new treatments.” Non-small cell lung cancer tumors account for 80 to 95% of all lung cancers. More here

401(k)s Create Confusion For Many Americans

A new study shows that many older Americans may experience confusion concerning their 401(k) plans. The study was conducted by the Charles Schwab Corporation and found that, while most people realize the importance of 401(k)s, they do not understand exactly how they work. The survey stated that almost 50% of the participants were uncertain whether they were making a good investment, while over 1/3 reported being overwhelmed with stress over the matter. Approximately 6 out of 10 of those surveyed said they would like employers to offer financial advice on their personal 401(k) plans. More here#img1#