People who eat more red meat over a long period of time have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research from the National University of Singapore. The study found that increasing consumption by half a serving per day increased diabetes risk by 48 percent.
Though testosterone treatments are normally associated with aging men, the hormone has recently been found to improve verbal learning and memory among postmenopausal women. New research from Monash University in Australia determined that testosterone treatments could help protect aging women from cognitive decline.
A high-salt diet can raise a woman's risk of bone fractures after menopause – regardless of bone density. A study at the University of Shimane in Japan concluded that older women who consumed the highest amounts of sodium in their diets had four times the risk of suffering a bone fracture.
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The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
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With one of her kidneys not functioning at all and the other working at only 10 percent, 49-year-old Ruth Tucker is wheeled into an operating room at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago. There, a team of surgeons, led by Dr. Richard Lawler, is waiting, along with at least 40 other doctors who are just watching, some of them standing on tables in the back. A kidney from a woman who has just died in an adjacent OR is brought into the room, and Lawler begins what will be the world’s first successful organ transplant. In an hour and a half, Tucker has a working kidney. She will live five more years before she dies of heart failure. Dr. Lawler makes history, but he will never do another transplant operation.