NEW YORK (CBS News) — New research blames the protein tau for attacking the parts of the brain responsible for staying awake during the day. Excessive napping often develops in alzheimer’s patients long before memory problems surface. Now, scientists at the University of California say that’s because tau buildup destroys the neurons responsible for wakefulness. They say focusing on the role of tau could hold the key to slowing the progression of the disease.
The racial gap is narrowing, but the latest figures show preterm black infants still lag behind their white counterparts in terms of care and health outcomes. The study in Pediatrics finds black preemies had higher rates of mortality, and complications such as hypothermia and late-onset sepsis than white infants.
And new findings suggest aspirin could be beneficial to certain breast cancer patients. Researchers from the University of North Carolina studied more than a thousand breast cancer patients and found the risk of dying was lower among patients who used aspirin and who also had specific DNA characteristics in their tumors.
Those are some of the day’s top health stories.
Hilary Lane, CBS News – New York