Study: Walnuts May Have Lifesaving Benefits

The heart-health benefits of nuts have been known for some time, but now researchers say that walnuts slow the growth of prostate and breast cancer as well.

Investigators from the University of California, Davis, and other institutions also found that both walnuts and walnut oil helped to reduce cholesterol and increased sensitivity to insulin. The walnut diet also reduced levels of IGF-1, a hormone previously linked to both prostate and breast cancer.

The study was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

Marriage Counseling for Older Couples Is Needed

The findings of a nationally representative study done at Michigan State University suggest the need for marriage counseling and programs aimed at promoting marital quality and well-being for couples into their 70s and 80s, according to lead investigator Hui Liu, associate professor of sociology. The research showed that older people in troubled marriages -- particularly women -- have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage.

5 Tips to Prevent Dry Eye This Winter

By Brian Boxer Wachler MD

1. Warm Compresses
Dry eye is caused by a lack of natural tears, which are composed of water and a much-needed oily substance. Over time, cells in the glands may harden, keeping the oil from getting into the tear film. Without that oil, the water in tears evaporates too quickly, leaving eyes feeling dry. A warm compress can help liquefy those plugs so the oil can flow into tears.

Telemedicine Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy

A telemedicine program to screen for a leading cause of blindness called diabetic retinopathy found the condition in about one in five people screened, according to a study published online in November 2014 by JAMA Ophthalmology. The program took place at urban clinics and a pharmacy predominantly serving racial/ethnic minority and uninsured patients with diabetes.

Alzheimer's-Related Memory Disorder Identified

A multi-institutional study has defined and established criteria for a new neurological disease closely resembling Alzheimer's disease called primary age-related tauopathy (PART). Patients with PART develop cognitive impairment that can be indistinguishable from Alzheimer's disease, but they lack amyloid plaques. Awareness of this neurological disease will help doctors diagnose and develop more effective treatments for patients with different types of memory impairment.


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