USA Today (5/3, Hellmich) reports according to data published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most adults in the US don't meet "the Federal physical activity recommendations for both aerobic exercise and muscle-strengthening activity." The research reveals approximately 79 percent of adults don't get "at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging." The Federal guidelines also recommend adults "do muscle-strengthening activities, such as push-ups, sit-ups or exercise using resistance bands or weights" at least twice a week. Research has shown that regular physical activity can reduce weight, prevent heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and stave off depression and some forms of cancer.
An Excuse To Pick Up A New Hobby? "Small Study: Singing May Benefit People With Early Alzheimer's, Dementia."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (4/19, Pabst) reported, "For people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, learning to sing new songs and then perform in concert, alongside a family member or friend, could improve memory, self-esteem and mood. That's what New York University brain and aging researcher Mary Mittelman believes after undertaking a pilot chorus program with 10 couples pairing a person with dementia and a family caregiver or close friend." Now, "with a two-year, $80,000 grant from the Helen Bader Foundation to the NYU School of Medicine, a similar pilot chorus program will be started in Milwaukee, only the second city to test Mittelman's innovative program."
There’s no substitute for the quality of life good vision offers. Adding certain nutrients to your diet every day – either through foods or supplements – can help save your vision. Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients such as lutein/zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc to reducing the risk of certain eye diseases, including macular degeneration and cataract formation.
The Los Angeles Times (2/12, Healy) "Booster Shots" blog reports that a new study published Tuesday in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension found that "steadily reducing sodium in the foods we buy and eat could save a half-million Americans from dying premature deaths over a decade." An immediate 40% reduction in salt intake could also increase the amount of lives saved this decade to 850,000. The estimates come from three separate teams from the University of California-San Francisco, Harvard University's School of Public Health, and Canada's Simon Fraser University "crunching the numbers" and reaching "estimates independently." Americans consume over 3,600 milligrams of sodium daily, and the teams agreed if this were to be reduced to 1,500, "as many as 1.2 million premature deaths could be averted over the course of a decade."
The Wall Street Journal (1/29, D1, Wang, Subscription Publication, 2.29M) reports on a new technology, known as Argus II, that may soon be available in the US, which combines an eye implant and video-camera-enabled glasses. The retinal prosthesis is awaiting approval by the Food and Drug Administration, and will most likely benefit patients with retinitis pigmentosa, as well as those with severe macular degeneration, which, according to the National Eye Institute, is an age-related disease that damages the part of the eye that perceives fine detail.
EyeRis Vision Center is excited to announce we are now accepting CommUnityCare Vision Program Vouchers. This is a locally funded program through grants from St. David's Foundation Community Fund & Impact Fund. Vision Voucher and Diabetic Retinal Screening Voucher will be accepted for eye exams. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (512) 292-9326 for more information.
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The AP (1/2, Marchione, Stobbe) reports, "Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating." Although "it's a small study and does not prove that fructose or its relative, high-fructose corn syrup, can cause obesity...experts say it adds evidence they may play a role." Investigators "used magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scans to track blood flow in the brain in 20 young, normal-weight people before and after they had drinks containing glucose or fructose in two sessions several weeks apart."
Print media covered a study suggesting that an increasing percentage of Americans are losing their eyesight due to the complications of diabetes. Because diabetes rates are on the rise, so are the complications of the illness, including those that affect eyesight.
USA Today (12/10, Szabo, Today) reports, "The nation's twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes are beginning to rob more Americans of their sight," according to a study published Dec. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "The percentage of American adults suffering from uncorrectable vision loss spiked 21% in only about six years, rising to nearly 1.7% of the population, according to an analysis of the years 1999-2002 to 2005-08." However, "rates of visual impairment doubled among poor people and those who had had diabetes for a decade or more," the study found.