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2012 Tour de Cure: Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life!

The mission of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is:  To prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Every year, the ADA holds a series of fundraising cycling events called the Tour de Cure. The Tour—held in 44 states nationwide—is a ride, not a race. During the two-day …

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Support Needed for National Pediatric Brain Injury Law

To an outside observer, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are invisible…and medically, the injuries are not well understood. As a result, those who suffer often don’t receive adequate—or even minimal—treatment. But the truth is that TBI changes lives. Any head injury is a tragedy, but when TBI happens to children, adolescents, or young adults, the tragedy is …

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Exercise Can Save Your Brain!

Alzheimer’s disease makes just about everyone’s short list of aging fears. The disorder robs individuals of their memories…their sense of self…their connection to friends and family. It’s hard on everyone who has to watch their loved one disappear before their eyes. Now, scientific research published in The Archives of Neurology offers a small—but statistically significant—ray …

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Lower Quality of Care at For-Profit Nursing Homes

Results of a new study suggest that the nation’s largest for-profit nursing homes deliver significantly lower quality of care, compared with smaller and not-for-profit nursing homes. Why? Fewer staff nurses (despite profits). The study looked at quality in the 10 largest for-profit chains, which control about 13% of all nursing home beds in the country. …

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How Brain Injury Affects Marriage

What survives of a marriage when a spouse suffers brain injury? According to an article in The New York Times, that’s the question being investigated by Dr. Jeffrey S. Kreutzer and other psychologists at Virginia Commonwealth University (V.C.U.) in Richmond. In addition, the psychologists are working to develop marriage counseling techniques for affected couples. According …

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Making Teen Driving Safety a 2012 Resolution

Car wrecks are the leading cause of death among North Carolina teens, and crashes are surprisingly common. In NC, teenage drivers are involved in car wrecks approximately every 24 minutes. According to research, the most common mistakes that cause teen wrecks are speeding, inattention and distraction, and failure to yield. And while drunk driving is …

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Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated

True or false: All suspicious deaths are investigated so that justice can be done if foul play is discovered. Answer: It depends on how old you are. According to an article on the website ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom, and PBS’s Frontline, if a senior citizen died under suspicious circumstances, there’s no guarantee that anyone …

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