Laugh A Little To Help Protect Heart, Lower Blood Pressure

June 1, 2009

Laughter is not only an effective stress-reliever, but can be heart-healthy, according to research presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 56th Annual Meeting in Seattle. Two separate studies examined the role of a good laugh as it relates to health.

One of the studies took an inverted approach to previous research on the harmful cardiovascular tolls of stress and negative mood. A small group of healthy adults were instructed to watch either a comedy or documentary film, and were monitored for carotid artery activity during the films.
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Rite Aid And The Skin Cancer Foundation Help Customers Have Safe Fun In The Sun With Free Skin Care Guide, Online Info And Free Skin Cancer Screenings

May 30, 2009

To help customers have a safe and fun summer in the sun, Rite Aid and The Skin Cancer Foundation are partnering to raise awareness and offer free information on the importance of smart skin care practices. A free skin care guide aimed to encourage customers to protect their skin this summer will be available at nearly 4,900 Rite Aid stores nationwide and online at http://www.riteaid.com starting May 31.

The 12-page skin care guide contains information from The Skin Cancer Foundation on being proactive in preventing skin cancer, guidelines on how to use and choose sunscreen, and tips to avoid burning. There’s a section on how to protect the eyes with the proper sunglasses, as well as information on how different kinds of recreation call for different kinds of sun protection, such as sweat-resistant or water-resistant sunscreens and a lip balm of at least SPF 15.
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Rite Aid And The Skin Cancer Foundation Help Customers Have Safe Fun In The Sun With Free Skin Care Guide, Online Info And Free Skin Cancer Screenings

May 30, 2009

To help customers have a safe and fun summer in the sun, Rite Aid and The Skin Cancer Foundation are partnering to raise awareness and offer free information on the importance of smart skin care practices. A free skin care guide aimed to encourage customers to protect their skin this summer will be available at nearly 4,900 Rite Aid stores nationwide and online at http://www.riteaid.com starting May 31.

The 12-page skin care guide contains information from The Skin Cancer Foundation on being proactive in preventing skin cancer, guidelines on how to use and choose sunscreen, and tips to avoid burning. There’s a section on how to protect the eyes with the proper sunglasses, as well as information on how different kinds of recreation call for different kinds of sun protection, such as sweat-resistant or water-resistant sunscreens and a lip balm of at least SPF 15.
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Age Concern And Help The Aged On New Research On Dementia, UK

May 20, 2009

Commenting on the new research on Alzheimer’s by the the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director for Age Concern and Help the Aged said:

‘This research provides more scientific evidence that working is a crucial ingredient of that engaging and active lifestyle we know is key to healthy mental ageing.

‘Ensuring a more comfortable retirement is not the only reason why older workers want to work for longer. Keeping their brains active and their social relationships fresh are often equally important.
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Inventors Develop Novel Technique To Help Customize, Enhance The Effectiveness Of Bladder Cancer Treatment

May 18, 2009

Researchers in the University of Virginia Department of Urology have developed a novel method that could help physicians determine the best course of treatment for patients suffering from bladder cancer.

Bladder cancer is typically treated by neoadjuvant chemotherapy, a treatment in which chemotherapy is administered to reduce the size of the cancer prior to surgery, with the two most commonly used chemotherapeutic regimens being M-VAC (methotrexate, vinblastine, adriamycin and cisplatin) and GemCis (gemcitabine and cisplatin). While M-VAC has long been considered the more potent regimen and is often offered as the gold standard for treatment, it is quite toxic and known to successfully treat only about 25 percent of patients who receive it. Recent studies in metastatic cancer suggest that GemCis is equally potent and may be better tolerated among patients; thus, it is commonly used in the neoadjuvant setting.
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Bone Disease Markers Help To Monitor Response And Adherence To Osteoporosis Treatments

April 26, 2009

Roche Diagnostics offers one of the most complete ranges of tests for osteoporosis that can be performed on a single serum work area platform. As concerns are raised about the limited use of more expensive treatments for osteoporosis1, this comprehensive range of Elecsys bone marker assays provides valuable information for the diagnostic and prognostic assessment of bone metabolism in patients with, or at risk of, osteoporosis and other bone diseases, in addition to providing an early indication of response and adherence to treatment.
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Chrysler, UAW Nearing Deal On VEBA Payments To Help Chrysler Secure Remaining Federal Aid

April 21, 2009

Chrysler Group and United Auto Workers are close to a deal in which the automaker would use company stock to fund half of its obligation to a health care fund for retired workers, the New York Times reports. According to the Times, Chrysler owes $10.6 billion to a voluntary employees’ beneficiary association that funds health coverage for the company’s retired autoworkers. Chrysler is seeking the concession as it attempts to develop a restructuring plan before an April 30 deadline set by President Obama (Vlasic, New York Times, 4/17).
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