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December 7, 2023 | Volume XIV | Issue 49

Cocoa extract may have cognitive benefits for older adults with unhealthy diets

Healio reports:

Cocoa extract supplementation given over 2 years was linked to benefits for cognition among older adults with unhealthy dietary patterns compared with placebo, according to study data published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Prior research has reported positive associations between cocoa extract and its components like flavanol with multiple health outcomes, including gut wellness, CVD mortality risk and brain function.

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Desperate families search for affordable home care

Reed Abelson, The New York Times

It’s a good day when Frank Lee, a retired chef, can slip out to the hardware store, fairly confident that his wife, Robin, is in the hands of reliable help. He spends nearly every hour of every day anxiously overseeing her care at their home on the Isle of Palms, a barrier island near Charleston, South Carolina.

Robin Lee, 67, has had dementia for about a decade, but the couple was able to take overseas trips and enjoy their marriage of some 40 years until three years ago, when she grew more agitated, prone to sudden outbursts, and could no longer explain what she needed or wanted. He struggled to care for her largely on his own.

“As Mom’s condition got more difficult to navigate, he was just handling it,” said Jesse Lee, the youngest of the couple’s three adult children. “It was getting harder and harder. Something had to change, or they would both perish.”

Frank Lee’s search for trustworthy home health aides — an experience that millions of American families face — has often been exhausting and infuriating, but he has persisted. 

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I'm worried about the boys too

Jonathan Haidt writes for The Free Press:

Since 2015, I have been trying to solve a mystery: all of a sudden, around 2013, rates of depression, anxiety, and self-harm began rising rapidly for American adolescents. Those born in and after 1996—Gen Z—have the worst mental health of any generation for which we have data (going back to the “Greatest Generation,” born 1900 to 1925).

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Rising cancer rates among young women highlight how medical systems fall short

PBS NewsHour

New research is confirming something that doctors have already been noticing, an increase in cancer diagnoses among young women. Ali Rogin explores the reasons behind the increase and the challenges medical systems have when treating young women.

Watch the video HERE.




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