James Harrison, Blood Donor Known as ‘Man With the Golden Arm,’ Retires

James Harrison, Blood Donor Known as ‘Man With the Golden Arm,’ Retires


James Harrison is being celebrated as the most prolific blood donor in the world.

The 81-year-old Australian made a promise when he was 14 — that he would begin donating blood as often as possible as soon as he was legally able. The pledge was prompted by surgery he’d received then, requiring 13 liters of life-giving blood.

Soon after Harrison began donating in 1954, his blood was discovered to contain unusually strong and persistent antibodies used to develop an injection called Anti-D, which helps fight against rhesus disease. > >> read more ...

Dr. Oz: How to Boost Your Immune System as You Age

Dr. Oz: How to Boost Your Immune System as You Age


 
Listen up. It’s true: Your immune system is challenged by the passing decades. Diversity among disease-fighting T- and B-cells declines; your innate immunity – that is, protection provided by your skin, sweat and tears, and a general inflammatory response – changes; and you develop inflammaging. Really, that’s what they call it! Inflammaging is the accumulation of inflammatory mediators in your tissue (oh, those random aches and pains).

But you can do a great deal to promote a more robust immune system as you age. You are never too young or too old to start accumulating the benefits of improved nutrition, increased physical activity, better sleep and less unmanaged stress. > >> read more ...

Intravenous Vitamin-Corticosteroid Cocktail Effective Against Sepsis

Intravenous Vitamin-Corticosteroid Cocktail Effective Against Sepsis


An intravenous vitamin-corticosteroid cocktail some had called “snake oil” is now the subject of two large studies after a Virginia doctor found it to be an effective treatment for sepsis, the leading cause of death in American hospitals, National Public Radio reported on Friday.

Sepsis is a condition in which the body’s inflammatory response rages out of control in reaction to an infection, often leading to organ damage or failure. It kills an estimated 700 people a day and strikes more than one million Americans annually. > >> read more ...

PTSD May Raise Risk for Irregular Heartbeat, Says Research

PTSD May Raise Risk for Irregular Heartbeat, Says Research


For reasons that aren’t yet clear, people who battle PTSD may also be at heightened risk for the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, researchers report.

It’s the first time a connection has been made between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and “A-fib,” which typically arises with age and is the most common type of heart rhythm problem. A-fib can raise a person’s odds for a stroke, and has previously been linked with high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and sleep apnea. > >> read more ...

Young Male Smokers Have Increased Stroke Risk

Young Male Smokers Have Increased Stroke Risk


Young men who smoke are more likely to have a stroke before age 50 than their peers who avoid tobacco, a small study suggests.
Smoking has long been linked to an increased risk of stroke in older adults, but research to date examining this connection in younger adults has mainly focused on women. For the current study, researchers examined data on 615 men who had a stroke before age 50 and compared their smoking habits to a control group of 530 similar men who didn’t have a history of stroke. > >> read more ...

Approximately Half of Cancer Docs Recommend Marijuana

Approximately Half of Cancer Docs Recommend Marijuana


Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use.

The results reflect how marijuana policy in some states has outpaced research, the study authors said. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer patients. But no rigorous studies in cancer patients exist. That leaves doctors to make assumptions from other research on similar prescription drugs, or in other types of patients. > >> read more ...

Exercise Helps Chronic Health Problems, Say Experts

Exercise Helps Chronic Health Problems, Say Experts


Exercise can help prevent many chronic illnesses as well as make it easier to manage health conditions, from diabetes to joint pain.

In terms of prevention, aim for the recommended 150 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking or cycling, each week. Along with eating a healthy diet, this can cut your risk of diabetes by more than a third, plus increase your level of good cholesterol. Exercise also lowers body weight, blood pressure and triglycerides, thus reducing key risk factors for heart disease. > >> read more ...

Cheaper, Better Robotic Hand Developed by Italian Researchers

Cheaper, Better Robotic Hand Developed by Italian Researchers


Italian researchers on Thursday unveiled a new robotic hand they say allows users to grip objects more naturally and features a design that will lower the price significantly.

The Hennes robotic hand has a simpler mechanical design compared with other such myoelectric prosthetics, characterized by sensors that react to electrical signals from the brain to the muscles, said researcher Lorenzo De Michieli. He helped develop the hand in a lab backed by the Italian Institute of Technology and the INAIL state workers’ compensation prosthetic center. > >> read more ...

Is Integrative Medicine Right for You?

Is Integrative Medicine Right for You?


Any approach that differs from conventional — or Western — medicine is typically considered complementary and alternative, or CAM.

But these practices have become much more mainstream, leading to growth in the health care approach called integrative medicine, which draws on traditional and non-traditional systems tailored to each individual’s needs.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health agency that reports on CAM therapies has even changed its name to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, to better reflect this shift in philosophy. Getting familiar with integrative health will help you decide if it’s the approach you want. > >> read more ...

Oldest Person in US Dies; Pennsylvania Woman Was 114

Oldest Person in US Dies; Pennsylvania Woman Was 114


A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home.

The Robert D Heath Funeral Home in Mount Union said that Delphine Gibson died Wednesday.

Lessie Brown, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 113, is now believed to be the oldest American, according to the Gerontology Research Group in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Gibson, who had been living at a Huntingdon nursing home since 2004, when she was 100, attributed her long life to good food, her faith in God and her church. > >> read more ...