Health News Roundup for March 8-13

Concussions

"A simple vision test using a stopwatch and a few flashcards may help parents and coaches screen young athletes for concussions, a small study suggests." (Read more at Reuters.com.)

Alzheimer's

A novel therapeutic approach for an existing drug reverses a condition in elderly patients who are at high risk for dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered. (Read more at hub.jhu.edu.)

"In the US, a person develops Alzheimer's disease every 67 seconds. By 2050, it is estimated that as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease. But researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland in Australia say they have made a "breakthrough" in treatment for the condition: a noninvasive ultrasound technology that can restore memory." (Read more at MedicalNewsToday.com.)

Cognitive Decline

"The results of the first ever randomized controlled trial investigating a comprehensive program to slow cognitive decline among older people have been published in The Lancet." (Read more at MedicalNewsToday.com.)

"Among older adults with profound hearing loss, cochlear implantation may improve cognitive function, speech perception and symptoms of depression. This is according to a new study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery." (Read more at MedicalNewsToday.com.)

Gut Microbes

"We can carry up to 2 kg of microbes in our gut. Within the tens of trillions of micro-organisms that live there are at least 1,000 species of bacteria consisting of over 3 million genes. What is more, two thirds of the gut microbiome - the population of microbes in the intestine - is unique to each individual. But do you know how your gut microbiota could be influencing your health?" (Read more at MedicalNewsToday.com.)

Measles

"Measles cases could almost double in countries hardest hit by the West African Ebola outbreak as overwhelmed health systems are unable to maintain child immunizations, scientists said on Thursday."  (Read more at Reuters.com.)

"More measles outbreaks are sure to occur in the United States because of people refusing vaccinations, researchers say." (Read more at LiveScience.com.)

Circadian Rhythm

"We've long known about the master clock in our brains that helps us maintain a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle. But in recent years, scientists have made a cool discovery: We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies — from our pancreas to our stomach to our fat cells." (Read more at npr.org.)

Healthy Eating

"A vegetarian diet might cut your risk of colorectal cancer by 20 percent, a new study finds. For fish-eating vegetarians, the protective link was even stronger, researchers said." (Read more at nlm.nih.gov.)

"Healthy eating should be simple. But since we know it can be hard to keep up with what you should be eating now, we created a list of the 50 Healthiest Foods of All Time (With Recipes).That list, comprehensive as it was, skewed toward foods you already know about. But we also came upon some super-healthy eats that will appeal to the more adventurous eaters out there." (Read more at time.com.)

Yoga

"The word yoga may conjure up images of super-limber women in leggings twisting their bodies into impossible poses. But stereotypes aside, yoga offers a variety of health benefits for men as well as women. Loren M. Fishman, MD, medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and an assistant clinical professor at Columbia Medical School, studied yoga in India, has written about it as a valuable addition to traditional medical treatment, and uses it in his rehabilitation practice to help with neurological and musculoskeletal problems." (Read more at everydayhealth.com.)