Preventing Sudden Death In Athletes - Day Care Influence Studied - Aging Skin - Lung Cancer Blood Test - Breastfeeding Not A Factor In Intelligence - Coffee Can Contort Sleep Cycle - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Medical Matters 10/4/06

Preventing Sudden Death In Athletes - Day Care Influence Studied - Aging Skin - Lung Cancer Blood Test - Breastfeeding Not A Factor In Intelligence - Coffee Can Contort Sleep Cycle

A new study shows there is an effective way to screen young athletes to prevent sudden death. Doctors in Italy screened more than 40-thousand athletes, ages twelve to thirty-five, for signs of heart problems by using the patient's history and performing a physical exam and electro-cardiogram. The major finding is the pre-participation screening reduces the incidence of sudden death in young athletes by almost ninety percent. The screening costs about 40 dollars per athlete. If you worry about a daycare's influence on your child's development, experts say give yourself a break. Researchers says there's only a slight link between child care and child development. They say family life is two to three times more strongly linked to a child's development than daycare during the preschool years. Most women don't need a scientist, to figure this one out. But here's the official word anyway. Female skin ages faster than male skin. Researchers say they've found women lose collagen faster than men and when that happens, in come the wrinkles. Solution? they say various laser techniques combined with anti-aging cosmetics. A new blood test may allow doctors to detect lung cancer in people much earlier than they could using traditional methods. Preliminary results from the test show that it can distinguish between lung cancer and other types of lung ailments, such as emphysema. Earlier detection means cancer patients have a better chance at beating the disease. While most doctors agree that breastfeeding has its benefits in the healthy growth and development of infants, new research indicates it doesn't necessarily make a child any smarter. Specialists say when they accounted for maternal intelligence, home environment and socio-economic status... Breastfeeding made less than half a point difference in a child's intelligence scores. They also found no difference between the intelligence of one child who had been breastfed, and a sibling who was not. Grabbing a cup of coffee to get through a late night could make you more tired in the long run. A study shows the effects of drinking caffeine at night hurt your chances of catching up on deep sleep the next day. Researchers say it basically contorts your body's internal clock.
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