Mutations Linked to Blood Cancer Surprisingly High in Older People

Researchers have found that at least 2 percent of people over 40, as well as 5 percent of people over 70, have genetic mutations linked to leukemia and lymphoma.

The findings, from investigators at Washington University School of Medicine, don’t mean that people with the mutations are destined to get blood cancer. The incidence of leukemia and lymphoma is less than 0.1 percent among elderly people.

Calorie Counting and Your Brain

We’ve all seen those little booklets that tell you how many calories are in different kinds of food. As it turns out, you might not need one; researchers say the brain has its own kind of calorie counter.

The findings, by researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, were published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

4 Ways to Break The Salt Habit

Although salt is enjoyed by billions of people, it comes with some serious health risks if it’s overused. According to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), it’s been linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke, as well as kidney damage. Experts at HSPH’s Department of Nutrition have worked with the Culinary Institute of America to create some smart, scientific strategies to cut back on salt while still eating tasty food. Here are four of them:

Personalized Ovarian Cancer Vaccines

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found a new way to identify protein mutations in cancer cells. The novel method is being used to develop personalized vaccines to treat patients with ovarian cancer.

Dogs and Our Health: The Benefits of our Furry Friends

For thousands of years, dogs have been domesticated and bred to have qualities humans deemed suitable–a literal transformation from wild animal to man’s best friend. They are our companions, friends, family, and service dogs. That feeling we get when we see our furry friend jump with joy, give us a kiss (and accidentally hit us with that wagging tail!) is well known. The health benefits of dog ownership, however, is often less talked about. Here, we round up the scientific evidence of how dogs can significantly enhance health and quality of life.


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