ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
CANCER
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Is Coffee Good or Bad for Your Health?
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
FITNESS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
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Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems

FRIDAY, Jan. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with diabetes now have to worry about whether their disease might slow their thinking, as Canadian researchers report that declines in mental function are accelerated among those with the blood sugar condition.

In the analysis, published in the January issue of Neuropsychology, scientists from the University of Alberta culled data from a large study that has been tracking signs of aging every three years. In the diabetes study, the researchers looked at 41 adults with diabetes and compared them to a group of 424 adults without the disease.

Healthy adults performed better than adults with diabetes in terms of executive function, with significant differences across four different tests, and speed, with significant differences across five different tests. There were no marked differences on tests of episodic and semantic memory, verbal fluency, reaction time and perceptual speed.

The differences existed no matter what the age of the participants, a pattern that suggests that diabetes-linked cognitive deficits appear early and remain stable.

"Speed and executive functioning are thought to be among the major components of cognitive health," study co-author Roger Dixon said in a news release from the journal's publisher. Since the incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing among adults of all ages, Dixon said that public health programs could check the cognitive status of people with the disease.

"There could be some ways to compensate for these declines, at least early and with proper management," Dixon added.

Previous research has linked diabetes to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, so further study would show whether mild early deficits in speed and executive function might be precursors to serious cognitive impairment later.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new cases of diabetes nearly doubled in the past decade, with almost one new case for every 100 adults between 2005 and 2007.

More information

For more on type 2 diabetes, go to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



-- HealthDay staff



SOURCE: American Psychological Association, news release, Jan. 5, 2009

Last Updated: Jan. 09, 2009

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