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In this photo taken May 19, 2015, Judith Chase Gilbert, of Arlington, Va., is loaded into a PET scanner by Nuclear Medicine Technologist J.R. Aguilar at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Gilbert shows no signs of memory problems but volunteered for a new kind of scan as part of a study peeking into healthy brains to check for clues about Alzheimer's disease.  [Evan Vucci | Associated Press]

Peeking into healthy brains to see if Alzheimer's is brewing

WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer's, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or t …

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New campaign aims to prevent accidental child deaths

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In overweight teens, food ads appeal to mouth and brain

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  1. Peeking into healthy brains to see if Alzheimer's is brewing

    Research

    WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

    In this photo taken May 19, 2015, Judith Chase Gilbert, of Arlington, Va., is loaded into a PET scanner by Nuclear Medicine Technologist J.R. Aguilar at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Gilbert shows no signs of memory problems but volunteered for a new kind of scan as part of a study peeking into healthy brains to check for clues about Alzheimer's disease.  [Evan Vucci | Associated Press]
  2. Florida dentist accused of running 'house of horrors' agrees to quit

    Health

    A Florida children's dentist accused of running a "house of horrors" that included performing surgical procedures without anesthetic agreed late Friday to stop practicing dentistry.

    Protesters wave signs outside Schneider’s dentist office last month in Jacksonville. The children’s dentist performed unnecessary tooth extractions without anesthetic, parents say.
  3. In overweight teens, food ads appeal to mouth and brain

    Health

    When a sitcom's laugh track stops and the camera pans seductively up the height of a glistening bacon cheeseburger, the teen brain snaps to attention — especially if that brain sits atop a body that carries excess fat, a new study says.

  4. Bardmoor Outpatient Center in Largo closes due to sprinkler malfunction

    Medicine

    LARGO — Due to a fire sprinkler malfunction and flooding inside the building, the Bardmoor Outpatient Center at 8787 Bryan Dairy Road is mostly closed today.

  5. New campaign aims to prevent accidental child deaths

    Health

    TAMPA — In the past five years, 150 children in the Tampa Bay area died from accidental drowning, head trauma or suffocation — all of them preventable, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

  6. Doctor group seeks to clear confusion in cancer screening

    Medicine

    WASHINGTON — Screening for cancer has gotten more complicated in recent years with evolving guidelines that sometimes conflict. Now a doctors' group aims to ease some confusion — and encourage more discussion of testing's pros and cons — with advice on screening for five types of tumors.

  7. Study finds dense breast tissue isn't always a high cancer risk

    Health

    A new study offers help to patients and doctors who are trying to deal with mammogram results that many women consider troubling and confusing: the finding of "dense" breast tissue.

  8. Put your body weight to work

    Health

    Vibram running, Kangoo jump workouts, slide boards, six-minute abs, shake weights, the ThighMaster ... fitness trends and gadgets come and go. But one type of exercise has stood the test of time: body-weight training.

  9. Enjoy the health benefits of avocado in a streusel muffin treat

    Health

    For me, this has been the year of the avocado.

    Lime and Avocado Streusel Mini Muffins are a healthy treat.
  10. Lean bison, it's what's for dinner

    Health

    Thanks to the conservation efforts of former President Theodore Roosevelt and William Hornaday, American bison, sometimes mistakenly referred to as buffalo, are available today as a healthy red meat. The grass-fed herbivores, the largest land mammals in North America, weigh up to 2,000 pounds and stand about 6 feet …

    A bison burger on a bed of mixed salad greens makes for a fast and tasty meal. Bison has high levels of conjugated linoleic acid and a healthy omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio.