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Why diet sodas aren’t the answer for your sugary drink cravings

(HealthDay)—The health risks of sugary drinks, from juice to soda, are well known. They can lead to overweight and diabetes, stroke and other problems in the brain, including poorer memory and smaller brain volume. But diet sodas aren’t the answer. A number of studies have found an association between artificially sweetened beverages and an increased […]

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Mechanical, oral antibiotic bowel prep yields no benefit for colectomy

(HealthDay)—Mechanical and oral antibiotic bowel preparation (MOABP) does not reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) or the overall morbidity of colon surgery versus no bowel preparation (NBP), according to a study published online Aug. 8 in The Lancet. Laura Koskenvuo, M.D., from University of Helsinki, and colleagues randomly assigned (1:1) 396 patients undergoing colon resection to […]

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Adherence to surgical guidelines low for salpingo-oophorectomy

(HealthDay)—Only two-thirds of all health care providers are fully adherent to surgical guidelines for risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Annelise M. Wilhite, M.D., from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues retrospectively evaluated health care provider adherence to the surgical protocol endorsed by the National […]

Pet Care

Join Us for Our Clear the Shelters 2019 Adoption Event!

blog_clear-shelters-promo_080719_main.png Malcolm is currently available at the ASPCA Adoption Center Come meet your new BFF! On August 17 2019, the ASPCA Adoption Center will be welcoming guests to celebrate our fifth annual Clear the Shelters adoption event! But this exciting event doesn’t stop at our Adoption Center—it’s a call across the country for adoption. Hundreds of shelters […]

Health Problems

Substituting poultry for red meat may reduce breast cancer risk

Results from a new study suggest that red meat consumption may increase the risk of breast cancer, whereas poultry consumption may be protective against breast cancer risk. The findings are published in the International Journal of Cancer. For the study, investigators analyzed information on consumption of different types of meat and meat cooking practices from […]

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How to check for ticks this summer

With summer in full swing it’s more than likely you’ll be enjoying outdoor adventures. But with the great outdoors comes the possibility of not so great ticks. These are tiny creatures found in woodland, moorland, grassland and parks. Young ticks can be as small as a poppy seed, whilst older ticks look like a tiny […]

Health Problems

Paradoxical outcomes for Zika-exposed tots

In the midst of an unprecedented Zika crisis in Brazil, there were a few flickers of hope: Some babies appeared to be normal at birth, free of devastating birth defects that affected other Brazilian children exposed to the virus in utero. But according to a study published online July 8, 2019, in Nature Medicine and […]

Pet Care

Is It Safe for Your Furry Friend to Join You Poolside?

blog_apcc-pools_071619_main.jpg With summer weather comes the opportunity for our families (including our furry friends) to spend more quality time outdoors. Waterside activities are summertime favorites for beating the heat, but the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) wants to make sure we’re keeping our animal buddies safe before taking the plunge. Bring Drinking Water blog_apcc-pools_071619_body1.jpg Water play […]

Health Problems

New role for microtubules in diabetes

The failure of pancreatic beta cells to release appropriate amounts of insulin in response to rising blood glucose levels is a hallmark of type 2 diabetes. During the past decade researchers have shown that microtubules—part of the cell’s cytoskeleton—play an important role in regulating the delivery of insulin granules to the cell membrane for secretion. […]