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CF diagnosis may soon be simplified

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The genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) currently affects one in every 3,300 births in the United States. As Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month also takes place in May, a new and far simpler screening method for CF may soon help to ease some of the diagnostic burden for babies, families and physicians alike.   A Northwestern University-led research team has developed a gentle, easy-to-read sticker that, when applied to a baby’s skin, absorbs sweat and then changes color to provide an accurate diagnosis of CF within minutes. While measuring chloride levels in a sweat test has been the diagnostic standard for ...

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Treat apnea, prevent dementia?

CPAP device for sleep apnea

Seniors who have sleep apnea which is treated with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices may also be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, new research shows.

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Test interference

Thyroid hormone use is very common in older adults, especially people over age 65. However, nearly one-third of seniors who take thyroid hormone medication are at the same time taking other medications known to interfere with thyroid function tests, according to a new study.

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Possible breast cancer-soda link

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Researchers conducted a dietary study that specifically examined how the long-term prognosis of women with breast cancer might be related to how much sugar-sweetened soda they drank prior to battling the disease.

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Pandemic pets

Pandemic pet dog

According to the most recent National Poll on Healthy Aging, 10% of older adults between the ages of 50 and 80 added a new pet to their households between March 2020 and January 2021.

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The risks of going gray

Three friends with gray hair

During recent lockdowns, some older women who were unable to visit their hairdressers – and who weren’t leaving home much anyway – decided to let their hair go “natural,” which meant going gray.

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