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Hope for Repairing Muscles as We Age

As we age, stem cells throughout our bodies gradually lose their capacity to repair damage, even from normal wear and tear. Researchers from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa in Canada have discovered the reason why this decline occurs in skeletal muscles. Their findings were published online September 2014 in the journal Nature Medicine.

When Your Pet Has Cancer

Any pet owner who has been told their animal has cancer knows the two emotions: anxiety for the beloved pet’s life, and hope for an effective treatment.

“Many people consider their dogs and cats members of the family,” says Food and Drug Administration veterinarian Lisa Troutman. “Just as FDA reviews drugs for humans for safety and effectiveness before they can go on the market, the agency does the same for treatments for animals.”

Celebrate National Yoga Month!

Yoga, once a relatively unknown practice that many considered exotic, has gone so mainstream that September has been declared National Yoga Month. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 13 million adults in the U.S. practice yoga. And the number seems to be growing.

Too Many Patients Are Delaying Hospice Care

Although hospice can benefit terminally ill patients over a period of time, one in six cancer patients enroll it in only during the last three days of life, according to a new study.

The findings, by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, also revealed a profile of the kind of patient who is most at risk of these late admission.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: For a Good Cause…or Foolishness?



By Carole Brody Fleet

It all began quite simply.

A novel idea to raise awareness about a lesser-known terminal disease.

The idea: Dump a bucket of ice water over your head and donate $10.00. Choose against dunking and instead donate $100.00 (or whatever you are able).

An idea that took on a life of its own and catapulted awareness – and fundraising - to unprecedented heights.

An idea that also brought out the cruel in some people who – let’s face it – just do not get it.

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