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Monday, May 07, 2012

Top Medical News: Joggers Live Longer, Spouses and Dementia, Gym Mistakes, Meningitis Vaccine & More

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1. Joggers Live Much Longer: Results from the Copenhagen City Heart study reveals that regular jogging considerably increases life expectancy of men by 6.2 years and women by 5.6 years. In order to gain the optimum benefits for longevity the researchers recommend jogging at a slow or average pace for between one to two and half hours per week.

2. Bayer challenges India cancer drug ruling: German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has challenged a ground-breaking Indian ruling that allowed a local firm to produce a vastly cheaper copy of its patented drug for kidney and liver cancer.

3. Five Common Mistakes You’re Making at the Gym: Hitting the gym every day is great — unless you're doing it wrong. We've asked fitness experts to help tweak your workout to make it more effective.

4. When Illness Makes a Spouse a Stranger:
Like many others, Ruth French finds herself grappling with her spouse’s frontotemporal dementia, a group of brain diseases that eat away at personality and language.

5. Multitasking Makes You Feel Good: Though Not Productive, Multitasking Fills Emotional Needs, Study Shows.

6. Germs Behind Urinary Tract Infections Becoming More Resistant to Drugs: E. coli bacteria’s resistance to ciprofloxacin (Cipro), the most widely prescribed antimicrobial for urinary tract infections in the United States, increased five-fold between 2000 and 2010, according to a new study.

7. Argentine 'miracle baby' tiny but stable a month on: An Argentine baby who was mistakenly declared dead and whose parents found her breathing in the morgue 12 hours later has survived her first month of life, weighing in at just under 1 kilo (2.2 pounds).

8. Early well-child check-ups can help identify children at risk of emotional, behavioral problems: A new study suggests clinicians might be able to identify children at risk of later emotional or behavioral problems by paying attention to a few key signs during early well-child check-ups.

9. Researchers closer to meningitis vaccine: Australian researchers say they are a step closer to developing a vaccine against the type of meningitis that mostly affects Europe and North America and kills hundreds every year.

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