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Aging and sleep: Making changes for brain health

By |2019-03-26T15:19:54+00:00March 26th, 2019|

As a neuropsychologist, my research interests have focused on the link between sleep and cognitive health. As I have gotten older, I have personally come to appreciate the restorative power of a good night’s sleep for thinking, memory, and functioning at my best. Sleep affects our overall health, including our hormones and immune system. Neurobiological [...]

With fewer kids vaccinated, more Minnesota schools are vulnerable to measles and chickenpox

By |2019-03-26T15:12:47+00:00March 26th, 2019|

The number of Minnesota schools with low kindergarten vaccination rates for measles and chickenpox has grown sharply in the last five years, prompting concern among state health officials that they are vulnerable to outbreaks of the highly contagious diseases. One-third of Minnesota schools had kindergarten vaccination rates below the level required for “herd immunity,” according [...]

6 simple tips to reduce your blood pressure

By |2019-03-26T15:01:46+00:00March 26th, 2019|

If you suddenly find yourself with high blood pressure (hypertension) under the new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, you might be wondering what to do. The guidelines, which were released in November, lowered the definition for high blood pressure to 130/80 from 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), [...]

California grower recalls avocados over possible listeria

By |2019-03-26T14:51:16+00:00March 26th, 2019|

Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor near San Diego, said that the recall covers conventional and organic avocados grown and packed in California. March 24, 2019, 2:24 PM EDT By Associated Press ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A Southern California company is voluntarily recalling whole avocados over possible listeria contamination. Read more...  

FDA approves first treatment for post-partum depression

By |2019-03-26T14:44:58+00:00March 26th, 2019|

Release Español The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zulresso (brexanolone) injection for intravenous (IV) use for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) in adult women. This is the first drug approved by the FDA specifically for PPD. "Postpartum depression is a serious condition that, when severe, can be life-threatening. Women may experience thoughts [...]

Molecular Genetic Insights Into Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), the vOka Vaccine Strain, and the Pathogenesis of Latency and Reactivation

By |2019-03-26T14:40:56+00:00March 26th, 2019|

Abstract Genetic tools for molecular typing of varicella zoster virus (VZV) have been used to understand the spread of virus, to differentiate wild-type and vaccine strains, and to understand the natural history of VZV infection in its cognate host.   Fisle CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons Read more...

Sugary Drinks

By |2019-03-26T14:36:59+00:00March 26th, 2019|

Sugary drinks (also categorized as sugar-sweetened beverages or “soft” drinks) refer to any beverage with added sugar or other sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, fruit juice concentrates, and more). This includes soda, pop, cola, tonic, fruit punch, lemonade (and other “ades”), sweetened powdered drinks, as well as sports and energy drinks. As a category, [...]

As You Age, Alcohol May Be Harder to Handle

By |2019-03-26T14:31:07+00:00March 26th, 2019|

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors may be more vulnerable to alcoholism, a psychologist warns. "As we age, it takes longer for the body to break down alcohol. It stays in the system longer. Tolerance also decreases. Excessive drinking can compromise your immune system and can lead to some forms of cancer," [...]