In Old Age, Lack Of Emotion And Interest May Signal Your Brain Is Shrinking

(Newswise)–Older people who have apathy but not depression may have smaller brain volumes than those without apathy, according to a new study published in the April 16 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Apathy is a lack of interest or emotion. “Just as signs of memory loss may signal […]

Young Athletes From Higher Income Families More Likely To Suffer Serious Overuse Injuries

(Newswise)–A Loyola University Medical Center study is reporting for the first time a link between overuse injury rates in young athletes and their socioeconomic status. The rate of serious overuse injuries in athletes who come from families that can afford private insurance is 68 percent higher than the rate in lower-income athletes who are on […]

Local Doctors Volunteer To Give Hope To 29 Uninsured San Diegans

SAN DIEGO–Veronica Renteria has been living with painful infected tonsils for 26 years. This Saturday, she and 28 other San Diegans suffering with pain, injury, and other debilitating conditions will receive life-changing medical treatment for free. Thanks to Super Saturday Surgery Day, a twice-annual event provided by the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation and […]

Record Number Of Older Adults Completing Living Wills

Ann Arbor, MI—(Newswise)–A record number of elderly people are completing living wills to guide end-of-life medical treatments – up from 47 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2010 – according to new research from the University of Michigan and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. However, even with nearly double the number of […]

Want Spring Allergy Relief? Avoid Stress

Arlington Heights, Ill–(Newswise)–Stress doesn’t cause allergies, but easing your mind might mean less allergy flare-ups this spring. According to a study published in the April issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of theAmerican College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, allergy sufferers with persistent stress experience more allergy flares. “Stress can cause several […]

Knowing Whether Food Has Spoiled Without Even Opening The Container

DALLAS–(Newswise)–A color-coded smart tag could tell consumers whether a carton of milk has turned sour or a can of green beans has spoiled without opening the containers, according to researchers. The tag, which would appear on the packaging, also could be used to determine if medications and other perishable products were still active or fresh, […]

Precise Reason For The Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate: Mystery Solved


DALLAS–(Newswise)–The health benefits of eating dark chocolate have been extolled for centuries, but the exact reason has remained a mystery –– until now. Researchers reported here today that certain bacteria in the stomach gobble the chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart. Their findings were unveiled at the 247th […]

Five New Pertussis Cases Reported


SAN DIEGO–Five new cases of pertussis where others in the county may have been exposed to the disease have been reported to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. “Pertussis continues to infect infants and children throughout San Diego County and it is important that they, as well as their caretakers and household […]

10 Ways To Stay Safe When Biking And Walking

San Diego County employee Melinda Therkalsen bikes to work regularly.

SAN DIEGO–Spring is here, and though our winter was nothing to hide from, the season and longer days do turn our thoughts outdoors. Two events coming up encourage San Diegans to get out and spend more time on their bikes. CicloSDias returns March 30, this time inviting cyclists to car-free sections of Pacific Beach. Then […]

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Among Children In The U.S. On The Rise

CHICAGO–(Newswise)–Infections caused by a specific type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. children, according to new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. While still rare, the bacteria are increasingly found in children of all ages, especially those 1-5 years old, raising concerns about dwindling treatment options. “Some infections […]