Today’s Top Medical News – May 17,  2018


In some of today’s top health stories – how seniors can improve their brain as they get older and a the push to screen people for lung cancer.

Many people who should be screened for lung cancer aren’t getting checked. A new study from the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting shows just 2-percent of nearly 8 million eligible smokers get tested.  Researchers say thousands of lives could be saved each year if patients have annual CT scans. 

A new study finds a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, nuts and fish may increase brain volume.   Greater brain volume is linked to better cognitive skills so researchers believe a healthy diet is a  good strategy to keep older adults mentally sharp.

And exercise does not slow cognitive impairment for people with dementia.   That’s according to researchers in the United Kingdom who found that while moderate exercise improved physical fitness, it did not stop the decline of brain function.

(Kenneth Craig, CBS News)

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