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Revisited: Should men have a PSA test?

In many ways it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since I wrote the post Should Healthy Men Have a PSA Test for GE’s Healthy Outlook blog. At the time, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force was on the brink of recommending against routine screening for men who have no symptoms of prostate cancer, regardless […]

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Technology Innovations for Independent Aging

Meeting Baby Boomers’ expectations for long-term independent aging.  There are 77 million American Baby Boomers and they are turning 63 at a rate of nearly one every seven seconds. Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., and Director of AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), refers to Baby Boomers as “generation expectation” because they expect to live […]

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The Anti-Diet: Winning the War on Obesity

The obesity problem is huge, literally. A new report funded by the CDC estimates that 42 percent of American adults could be obese by the year 2030, compared to 33.8 percent in 2007-2008. Obesity is responsible for staggering costs: an extra $190 billion a year in healthcare and more than $73 billion a year in lost productivity. […]

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Social Media Can Help Reduce Caregiver Stress

Perhaps you or someone you know is a caregiver, as there are more than 34 million Americans who are providing care for older, chronically ill or disabled family members at home. Caregiving can be deeply rewarding yet highly stressful, as caregivers face many day-to-day challenges that can lead to exhaustion, feelings of helplessness, unspoken heartache […]

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Addressing Men’s Hidden Health Concerns

A large majority of men’s hidden health concerns are not being addressed, according to a new Canadian survey. Their top five health concerns were: mobility impairment; memory loss; medication side effects; vision loss; and hearing loss. With the exception of medication side effects, only 9-40% of the men reported that these top issues had been […]

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$50 Artificial Knee Wins Global Health Innovation Award

When people in a war-torn developing country lose their legs above the knee due to a landmine blast injury, many cannot afford an artificial limb that costs $100. Even if they can afford one, most of the artificial knees available use older technology developed in the 1950s and only provide minimal functionality. In North America, […]

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2011 Breakthrough of the Year – HIV Treatment as Prevention

2011 will be remembered as the year the game changed forever in the battle against HIV/AIDS. A breakthrough study known as HPTN 052 found that treatment as prevention can reduce the risk of HIV transmission.  The news is a long time coming – it has been thirty years since the contagion was first discovered and […]

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High Blood Sugar Linked to Colon Cancer

A new study suggests that a surprising factor, high blood sugar, may be a key culprit for fuelling the disease among older women. Researchers have previously suspected that there could be a link, but the handful of other studies to date has been inconclusive, with some showing a relationship and some not. According to the American Cancer […]

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Biotech Firm Wins FDA Approval for C. Difficile Antibiotic

The number of newly approved antibiotics has declined significantly since the 1980s as large pharmaceutical companies have mostly withdrawn from research and development in this critical market segment. Fortunately, the biotech industry is now stepping up to the plate to develop much-needed antibiotics to fight a rising number of drug-resistant superbugs, such as Clostridium difficile (or C. […]

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Shoes That Help The World

How many pairs of shoes are in your closet? You likely have more than you really need or would like to admit you own. We tend to take them for granted, but in many developing countries, shoes play a key role to help protect against injuries, soil-transmitted diseases and parasites, and make it possible for […]

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