Health Care Buzz Today

August 3, 2011
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Sweetened Drinks Boost Heart Disease Risk. Beverages sweetened with fructose or high-fructose corn syrup can worsen cardiovascular risk factors, even in the young and healthy, researchers have found.

Sweetened Drinks Boost Heart Disease Risk. Beverages sweetened with fructose or high-fructose corn syrup can worsen cardiovascular risk factors, even in the young and healthy, researchers have found.

Habits and Poor Health in Midlife Can Shrink Your Brain. Scientists at the Framingham Heart Study are reporting that diabetes, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure and being overweight during the fifth decade of life can impact brain size and cognitive functioning after age 65.

Gene Variant May Predispose Some Blacks to Asthma. Variations in a single gene are responsible for the high risk of asthma in African Americans according to a new study in Nature Genetics.

Health-Care Companies Infected by Severe Case of Washington Jitters. The growing push to rein in health-care costs has had a negative impact on the entire health-care sector, especially companies that would feel the bite of Medicare cutbacks most directly, such as hospitals.

Cleveland Clinic Creates Incubator for Internal App Development. The famed provider is betting that its physicians, IT staff and others have some great ideas for apps and other mobile products. So much so, officials there have created a mobile “governance committee” of physicians, marketers, administrators, registered nurses and IT reps.