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12/15/2017

Veterinarians across the country are collecting hair, nail and fluid samples from more than 3,000 purebred golden retrievers for the $32 million Golden Retriever Lifetime Study in which researchers hope to gain insight into cancer and other diseases that afflict dogs and people. Owners of participating animals also submit information about their dogs' daily lives and environments, and veterinarian Sharon Albright says the owners are a "passionate cohort."

12/15/2017

Photographer Julius Motal attended a fundraiser for cats one night in July and subsequently "rode the wave from one cat extravaganza to the next." The experience led to a documentary titled "Cat People."

12/15/2017

Many young women who undergo treatment for breast cancer subsequently experience arm swelling and loss of function despite falling rates of axillary node dissection, according to a study presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. More preoperative counseling and postoperative interventions may be beneficial, researcher Anne Kuijer said.

12/15/2017

Researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005 to 2014 and found that the overall prevalence of diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes among US veterans was 20.5% and 3.4%, respectively, in 2013 to 2014. The findings in the CDC's Preventing Chronic Disease revealed that diabetes prevalence increased from 15.5% in 2005 to 2006 to 20.5% in 2013 to 2014.

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12/15/2017

A study in Diabetes Care showed that higher levels of certain advanced glycation end products and lower levels of the oxidation product methionine sulfoxide were associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease among adults with type 2 diabetes. Researchers used a cohort of 716 patients with and without diabetes from the Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial and the ACCORD study and found that those with prior CVD had higher carboxymethyl lysine, glyoxal hydroimidazolone and 3-deoxyglucosone hydroimidazolone, compared with those without prior CVD.

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12/15/2017

Type 2 diabetes patients who received GLP-1 receptor agonists experienced a 10% reduction in their risk for a combination of stroke, heart attack or death from heart disease, a 13% reduction in heart disease mortality risk and a 12% reduced risk for all-cause mortality, compared with those on placebo, according to a study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. UK researchers evaluated data from four trials and found no significant differences in terms of severe hypoglycemia, pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis between the groups.

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12/15/2017

Researchers found no significant link between proton pump inhibitor exposure and increased odds of dementia or Alzheimer's disease among patients with newly diagnosed dementia. The findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, based on data involving 3,484 individuals ages 65 and older, also found that duration of PPI use wasn't tied to dementia risk.

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12/15/2017

Non-perishable protein, such as a snack-sized bag of nuts, is great for holiday travel survival kits, said registered dietitian nutritionist Leslie Bonci. Add in freeze-dried fruit or vegetable chips, some healthy or gluten-free carbohydrates and easy-to-make individual cups of noodles with vegetables.

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12/15/2017

The Northern Illinois Food Bank partners with Chicago-area organizations in offering the 10-week Whole Body Approach to Disease Prevention Program, which teaches people who come in for food about preventing chronic diseases. "It's a nontraditional approach toward healthy eating and we are really teaching our participants how to have a healthy relationship with both food and physical activity," said registered dietitian Mary Carol MacDonald of Presence St. Joseph Hospital.

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12/15/2017

Children who had regular family meals when they were 6 years old were more physically fit, consumed fewer soft drinks and had more social skills when they were 10, compared with children who did not have regular family meals, according to a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Having regular family meals also was associated with a lower likelihood of behavior problems in children.

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