MedDay – May 1st, 2019

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New York (CBS News) – A group in international researchers have made a distinction between alzheimer’s disease and another form of dementia they call “late.” the group finds that “late” doesn’t seem to have the same protein buildup as traditional alzheimer’s but it does affect cognition in a similar manner. It also progresses more gradually than alzheimer’s.  Researchers say their distinction should lead to disease-specific treatments that target the right patients.

The rates of suicide attempts by self poisoning have more than doubled in the last decade among US teens, tweens and young adults. That’s according to a study from national children’s hospital. Researchers say the rates more than tripled among girls and young women.  Previous research has shown males die by suicide more than females but females attempt it more often.

And a study of postmenopausal women found that quitting smoking significantly reduced their risk of bladder cancer. Researchers in Indiana say the biggest reduction in risk happened in the first 10 years after quitting. 

Those are some of the day’s top health stories.
Meg Oliver, CBS News, New York.

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