Health Highlights: July 17, 201307/17/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Dementia Rates Fall Sharply in U.K.: Study
A new study finds that dementia rates among people 65 and older
in England and Wales have fallen 25 percent over the past two
decades, from 8.3 percent to 6.2 percent.
The researchers compared dementia rates among more than 7,600
seniors in Cambridgeshire, Newcastle and Nottingham between 1984
and 1994 and another group of seniors in the same areas between
2008 and 2011. The study was published in
This and a recent Danish study about improving rates of mental
acuity among people in their 90s challenge projections from some
advocacy groups and public health officials who predict a rapid
rise in the number of people worldwide with dementia, as well as
the costs of caring for them,
The New York Timesreported.
The same positive trends are likely occurring in the United
States, but studies are needed to confirm it, according to Dallas
Anderson, an expert on the epidemiology of dementia at the U.S.
National Institutes of Health.
"With these two studies, we are beginning to see that more and more of us will have a chance to reach old age cognitively intact, postponing dementia or avoiding it altogether," he told The Times. "That is a happy prospect."
Some experts have said that dementia rates would decrease and
mental acuity among the elderly improve as the population grew
healthier and better educated.
Dementia rates are lower among people with higher levels of
education, as well as among those who control their blood pressure
and cholesterol. This may be because some dementia is caused by
mini-strokes and other vascular damage,
So as more people take steps to prevent and control
cardiovascular disease risk and complete more years of schooling,
it makes sense that the risk of dementia might decrease, experts
'Glee' Actor Cory Monteith Died of Overdose
Actor Cory Monteith died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol,
the British Columbia coroner's office said Tuesday.
The 31-year-old actor on the popular television show "Glee" was
found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday and police
believe he was alone when he died, the
"There is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most tragic accident," the coroner's office said in a statement.
Monteith struggled for years with substance abuse and once said
he was lucky to be alive, the
Company Destroys Inventory of Sports Supplements
A company has destroyed its inventory of two popular sports
supplements that U.S. health regulators said could pose a serious
health risk to consumers, the Food and Drug Administration said
The products, called Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, were made by
USPlabs of Dallas and contained an amphetamine-like stimulant
called dimethylamylamine (DMAA), the
In April, the FDA issued a public advisory saying that DMAA was
an illegal dietary ingredient that could boost blood pressure,
potentially leading to heart attacks. The agency warned people not
to take it.
However, USPlabs continued to distribute its remaining inventory
of Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, which led the FDA to issue an
administrative detainment order for the products and ask the
company to destroy them.
"We don't want consumers using the products. We think they present a risk to public health," said Daniel Fabricant, the director of the F.D.A.'s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, the APreported. "We will leave no stone unturned to get them out of the marketplace."
U.S. Man Loses Memory, Believes He's Swedish
A 61-year-old American man says he can't recall his past and
believes he is Swedish.
The man was found unconscious in a Southern California motel in
February. His ID said he was Michael Thomas Boatwright from
Florida. But when he awoke in a hospital a few days later, he said
he'd never heart of Boatwright,
He couldn't remember that he was born in Florida or that he
served in the U.S. Navy. He couldn't explain why he had five tennis
rackets in his hotel room and didn't recognize photos of himself or
other people with him in photos.
On top of all that, he didn't speak a word of English. He said
his name was Johan Ek and that he was from Sweden. Today, the man
says he has accepted the name Michael Boatwright, but only because
doctors told him he should. He said he still feels like Johan Ek
from Sweden but can't explain why,
Randy Travis Recovering From Surgery After Stroke
Country music musician Randy Travis is showing progress in his
recovery from surgery after suffering a stroke, according to his
They said the 54-year-old singer, who was awake and interacting
with family and friends Monday, remains in critical condition and
on a ventilator, but was taken off a heart pump and is breathing
Travis' breathing support is gradually being reduced and he has
started the early phases of physical therapy, the doctors said in a
news release and video.
The doctors also said the singer will stay at The Heart Hospital
Baylor Plano in Texas for two or three more weeks before he's
transferred to another facility to undergo intense physical
It will take months for Travis to recover from the stroke,
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