Dutch researchers found 31% increased odds of reaching age 90 among women who were about 5 feet 9 inches tall and remained thin over the study period than those who were around 5 feet 3 inches tall and heavier, but a similar association was not observed in men. Published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and based on more than 7,800 men and women, findings also showed that men who exercised for more than 90 minutes a day had 39% higher odds of reaching age 90 than those who exercised for less than 30 minutes, while being physically active for up to 60 minutes daily raises women's chances of reaching age 90 by 21%.
Licensed clinical social worker Jennifer Alvaro, who facilitates a program designed to teach adults how to recognize, prevent and respond to child sexual abuse, says talking with children about sexual abuse signs should be as routine as discussions about topics such as seat belt safety. "[T]his is just another conversation we have to have with kids," says Alvaro.
Arts and crafts offer great value to social and emotional learning, experts say, especially with thorough planning. "Because there is a lot of invention and also trials and tribulations that get worked out in the creative process, a child can learn how to manage frustration," says Marygrace Berberian, a clinical social worker and art therapist.
The first of five Virginia professional licensing boards to take up the issue of gay conversion therapy began the process of banning the practice for minors. The other boards are expected to take action similar to that of the Virginia Board of Psychology.
Mouse models with familial Alzheimer's disease that were given compounds to repress the epigenetic enzyme that catalyzes repressive histone modification had recovered spatial memory, recognition memory and working memory, as well as restored glutamate receptor expression and functioning in the frontal cortex, for a week, according to a study in the journal Brain. "If many of the dysregulated genes in AD are normalized by targeting specific epigenetic enzymes, it will be possible to restore cognitive function and behavior," researcher Zhen Yan said.
A Finnish study in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association showed that individuals without epilepsy who had Alzheimer's disease and received antiepileptic drugs had about eight more accumulated hospital days per person-year, compared with those who didn't take antiepileptic drugs. Researchers also found that accumulated hospital days between both groups had the greatest differences for neurological diseases excluding Alzheimer's disease, musculoskeletal and respiratory diseases, and mental and behavioral disorders except dementia.
The FDA granted Shanghai-based United Imaging Healthcare clearance for its uExplorer total-body PET/CT scanner, which was co-developed with University of California at Davis researchers. The uExplorer is expected to be available in the US early this year.
A study in JAMA Oncology found an increased risk of therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome or acute myeloid leukemia after chemotherapy for 22 solid cancers, but not colon cancer. The study suggests age could be a factor to consider in choosing treatments when "there's a risk of developing secondary malignancies because the patients will survive for such a long time," according to Shyam Patel of Stanford Cancer Institute in an accompanying editorial.
Youths with a history of dengue infection were significantly less likely to develop symptomatic Zika virus infections compared with those without a history of dengue, researchers reported in PLOS Medicine. The findings were based on data involving more than 3,000 children in Nicaragua.
A Mayo Clinic study found women who practiced more mindfulness during daily activities experienced fewer menopause symptoms. The findings, based on a survey of 1,744 women ages 40 to 65, were reported in the journal Climacteric.