Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints Can Predict Dementia

A study involving nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents found that nearly 1 in 10 met criteria for pre-dementia based on a simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints. People who tested positive for pre-dementia were twice as likely as others to develop dementia within 12 years. The study, led by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center, was published online on July 16, 2014 in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University|25-Jul-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Investigators From Montefiore and Einstein to Present Data at 2014 International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies World Congress

New research from Montefiore and Einstein is being presented at the 2014 International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies World Congress

– Montefiore Medical Center|25-Jul-2014 1:00 PM EDT

American Society of Anesthesiologists Launches National Perioperative Surgical Home Learning Collaborative

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) today announced the launch of its ASA Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Learning Collaborative, a national initiative designed to improve the patient experience before, during and after surgery. More than 40 leading health care organizations from across the country will participate in the collaborative, which will convene for the first time at the ASA’s PSH Learning Collaborative Launch, July 25-26, in Schaumburg, Ill.

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)|25-Jul-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Whitehead Institute Researchers Create “Naïve” Pluripotent Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Embryonic stem cell (ESC) research has been hampered by the inability to transfer research and tools from mouse ESC studies to their human counterparts, in part because human ESCs are “primed” and slightly less plastic than the mouse cells. Now researchers in the lab of Whitehead Institute Founding Member Rudolf Jaenisch have discovered how to manipulate and maintain human ESCs into a “naïve” or base pluripotent state similar to that of mouse ESCs without the use of any reprogramming factors.

– Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research|25-Jul-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Primary Texting Bans Associated with Lower Traffic Fatalities, Study Finds

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States that allow officers to pull over a driver for texting while driving saw fewer deaths than those that use secondary enforcement of texting bans.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham|25-Jul-2014 12:15 PM EDT

Climate Change Increases Risk of Crop Slowdown in Next 20 Years

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The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global corn and wheat yields because of climate change, according to NCAR and Stanford University research. Such a slowdown would occur as global demand for crops rapidly increases.

– National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)|25-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Age-Related Macular Degeneration—Optometry and Vision Science Presents Research Update

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Recent years have seen major strides in basic science and clinical research on age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. The August issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry, is a theme issue devoted to advances and challenges in AMD research. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins|25-Jul-2014 11:15 AM EDT

Reminder for Adults: Immunizations Are Still Needed and Can Be Lifesaving

Though kids often stay on track with receiving vaccines due to school requirements, with no system in place, adult rates remain low, according to one UAB expert.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham|25-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT
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