Elderly Woman Dies Of Complications Due To Flu

SAN DIEGO–The County Health and Human Services Agency reported its first flu-related death of a 73-year-old woman who died of complications due to influenza. The unvaccinated woman, who had existing medical conditions, tested positive for influenza A and died on October 4 after a brief hospitalization, the health agency says. “This is one of the earliest deaths […]

UC San Diego Health Joins Precision Medicine Initiative To Tackle Pancreatic Cancer

(Newswise)–Physician-scientists with Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health have been leading the way in pancreatic cancer care by investigating new therapies as well as offering innovative clinical trials and the latest treatments with a personalized medicine approach. This expertise led to the selection of Moores Cancer Center as one of 12 clinical trial […]

New Evidence Supports Biological Link Between Zika Infection, Guillain-Barré Syndrome

(Newswise)–In a collaborative effort with scientists at six Colombian hospitals, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report what they believe to be the strongest biological evidence to date linking Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Epidemiology data have long suggested a close relationship between rising Zika virus infection rates and instances of Guillain-Barré. The new study’s results, […]

Can Older Adults With Dementia Continue To Drive?

(Newswise)–How do you know when it’s time for an older adult with mild dementia to stop driving? Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. It can impact a person’s ability to drive safely. Although all people with dementia will have to stop driving eventually, […]

University Of Miami: Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Alters Brain Chemistry

MIAMI–(Newswise)–In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University showed that increased carbon dioxide concentrations alters brain chemistry that may lead to neurological impairment in some fish. Understanding the impacts of increased […]

Palomar Health To Host Free Weight Loss Program

SAN DIEGO–Palomar Health will host a free weight loss program at Pomerado Hospital in Poway in September. Independent Health Coach Susan Meram, MD will provide a free introduction to the Take Shape for Life Weight Loss Program using Medifast products. The free class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., September 13 at the […]

Palomar Health To Host Free Bariatric Dietary Education Class

SAN DIEGO–Palomar Health will host a bariatric dietary education class at Pomerado Hospital in Poway next week. Bariatric dietitian Karen Merdinger, RD will discuss preparations for weight-loss surgery, and guidelines for a successful recovery. The free class will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., September 7, and 1:30 to 3 p.m., September 20 in […]

Potentially Deadly Heart Condition Plagues Family Members Around Same Age

CHICAGO–(Newswise)–People with a family member who had an aortic dissection—a spontaneous tear in one of the body’s main arteries—should take note of the age that family member was when the aortic dissection occurred. According to a new study published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, aortic dissections have the potential to run in […]

Calorie-Burning ‘Good’ Fat Can Be Protected, Says Study

(Newswise)–UC San Francisco researchers studying beige fat — a calorie-burning tissue that can help to ward off obesity and diabetes — have discovered a new strategy to cultivate this beneficial blubber. Beige fat cells have the ability to switch back and forth between an energy-hoarding “white” state and an energy-burning “brown” state, the new research […]

Is A Messed-Up Microbiome Link To Obesity?

Newswise — ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For people with weight problems, news headlines in recent years may have brought relief, as researchers studying the microscopic creatures inside our bodies reported possible links between obesity and an out-of-whack balance of microbes. But a new study, done by pooling data from most of those studies, throws cold […]