ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some
Alcohol Abuse Can Damage Bones
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
CANCER
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
CAREGIVING
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Herb Shows Potential for Rheumatoid Arthriti
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
Eat Light - Live Longer
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Small Doses of Carbon Monoxide Might Help Stroke Victims
Main Ingredients in Household Dust Come From Outdoors
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
FITNESS
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
What you need to know about swine flu.
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
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
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
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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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