Good Stuff To Know January 2020

Playing board games may help protect thinking skills in old age

People who play games — such as cards and board games — are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life, a study suggests. Those who regularly played non-digital games scored better on memory and thinking tests in their 70s, the research found.

Stem cell therapy helps broken hearts heal in unexpected way

Heart treatment controversy. A study shows stem cell therapy helps hearts recover from a heart attack, although not for the biological reasons originally proposed two decades ago that today are the basis of ongoing clinical trials. The study reports that injecting living or even dead heart stem cells into the injured hearts of mice triggers an acute inflammatory process, which in turn generates a wound healing-like response to enhance the mechanical properties of the injured area.

Brush your teeth to protect the heart

Brushing teeth frequently is linked with lower risks of atrial fibrillation and heart failure, according to a new study.

Permanent hair dye and straighteners may increase breast cancer risk

Scientists found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t use these products. The study suggests that breast cancer risk increased with more frequent use of these chemical hair products.

Aspirin’s health benefits under scrutiny

New research shows benefits no longer clearly outweigh harms in adults without heart disease. Taking a baby aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack or stroke should no longer be recommended to patients who haven’t already experienced one of these events, new research suggests.

You create your own false information, study finds

People misremember numerical facts to fit their biases.Along with partisan news outlets and political blogs, there’s another surprising source of misinformation on controversial topics — it’s you. A new study found that people given accurate statistics on a controversial issue tended to misremember those numbers to fit commonly held beliefs.

Poor diet linked to age-related macular degeneration

Participants who ate a diet high in red and processed meat, fried food, refined grains and high-fat dairy were three times more likely to develop late-stage age-related macular degeneration.

Want to avoid the holiday blues? New report suggests skipping the sweet treats

A new study from a team of clinical psychologists suggests eating added sugars — common in so many holiday foods — can trigger metabolic, inflammatory and neurobiological processes tied to depressive illness.

Your DNA is not your destiny — or a good predictor of your health

In most cases, your genes have less than five per cent to do with your risk of developing a particular disease, according to new research.

Healthy diet could save $50 billion in health care costs

Investigators analyzed the impact of 10 dietary factors — including consumption of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, processed meats and more — and estimated the annual CMD costs of suboptimal diet habits.

Sickeningly Sweet: High-Fructose Corn Syrup’s Possible Role in Intestinal Cancer

High-fructose corn syrup can be found in almost all of the sweetened, pasteurized, and processed foods we consume. It is cheaper and sweeter than cane sugar, which is why it is a part of so many of these foods. High-fructose corn syrup has also been implicated in the growing epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome in the United States. This has led some states to place restrictions on the sale of items containing high-fructose corn syrup, such as the number of large-volume sodas that can be purchased at any one time






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