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Alzheimer’s clinical trial includes area site

A nationwide trial of an investigational drug for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease is currently recruiting participants between the ages of 50 and 85 at more than 40 sites nationwide, including one in Chesterfield Valley.

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Don’t wash raw chicken, USDA advises

A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] reveals that the majority of Americans are putting themselves and their families at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry before cooking it, by contaminating food preparation areas with potentially harmful bacteria.

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Walking speed related to blood cancer outcomes

A recent study conducted at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston has potentially identified a simple way to get critical information about older blood cancer patients’ health. They found that gait speed – measured by how slow or fast a person is able to walk four meters, or about 13 feet – is a strong predictor of unplanned hospital visits as well as overall survival, regardless of age, cancer stage or treatment type.

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Cases of serious vaping-related lung illness on the rise

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the sudden emergence of severe lung disease linked to “vaping” – or e-cigarette use – in at least 22 states. One person in Illinois, which has experienced a high number of reported illnesses, died as a result, and many more have been hospitalized nationwide. The number of confirmed cases had risen to nearly 200 as of Aug. 23.

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Oasis seeks tutoring volunteers for milestone 30th year

As part of its mission to promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and service, St. Louis-based Oasis launched its Intergenerational Tutoring program here in 1989.  Since that time, thousands of older adults have served as Oasis volunteer tutors nationwide, impacting the lives of nearly half a million children.

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Backpack safety for better spine health

Kids from kindergarten through college are once again filling their backpacks with books and supplies for the upcoming school year. Unfortunately, for many students that also means dealing with back problems.

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Risks of excessive screen time becoming clear

Health experts nationwide are expressing increasing concern about the effects of time spent looking at phones, computers, tablets and TVs on the well-being of all Americans. A growing amount of data clearly suggests that, when it comes to screen time, less is more.

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