Tomorrow's Health: Mental Activity Could Fend Off Dementia


Story Updated: Jul 1, 2014

Keeping the brain busy might protect older people from the onset of dementia.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic studied nearly 2,000 senior citizens. They found that a higher level of education and intellectual activity may delay the start of Alzheimer's symptoms by nearly nine years.

Supplements During Pregnancy

A new study finds that using calcium plus vitamin D supplements might be helpful for pregnant women with gestational diabetes.

The condition affects about 7 percent of American pregnancies and can lead to long-term complications for both mother and baby.

Researchers say that using the supplements together could significantly reduce the symptoms of gestational diabetes, improving insulin and cholesterol levels.

Born Too Soon?

New research finds that nearly one out of 25 babies are born too early.

The study at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia looked at millions of births over a 15-year period. It found that too many babies are induced or delivered early by C-section, even though it's not medically justified.

Those early deliveries can create health risks for infants.

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