I like that 60 Minutes features Health and Science “articles” – seems like almost every week. Couple of weeks ago, I featured people who couldn’t forget a day in their lives. This week it’s research right here in Orange County at University of California, Irvine, that sheds new light on factors that may allow us to live longer and may provide insights on what causes Alzheimers and dementia. I have about 10 students in my classes right now who are LVNs or CNAs, wanting to be RNs, and taking care of the elderly in hospices or in home health care, and I know this interests them. So here’s the 60 Minutes article – note that there are two videos.
In brief, here’s what impressed me about the study on these people who are over 90 years old:
- Exercising 45 minutes is best. Longer or shorter didn’t make much difference in longevity.
- Vitamins made no difference
- Up to two drinks a day led to a 10-15% reduced risk of death compared to non-drinkers, and it doesn’t have to be red wine
- It’s not good to be skinny when you’re old
- Most of all (and this relates to anatomy!), there is NO correlation between clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia and the tangles and plaques in the brain that we thought caused them. Back to the drawing board!
This upcoming weekend’s 60 Minutes (from their website):
Long eradicated in the West, rheumatic heart disease caused by strep throat kills hundreds of thousands of African children each year. A hospital in Sudan, founded by Dr. Gino Strada, offers a life-saving surgery for free. Clarissa Ward reports on Sunday, May 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Unless there’s breaking news, it’s likely this will be a topic on next week’s The Cerebral Lounge. I think one student even has that as a topic for his final paper! I hope he’s watching!