Health Alert: Effectiveness of diabetes screenings questioned

(CBS) - Screening programs for diabetes do not appear to lower death rates. That's the finding of a large trial in England. Researchers divided more than 20-thousand patients into three groups -- one was screened for type two diabetes and then received routine care, a second group received intensive management after screening, and the third group didn't get screened at all. After a ten year period, there was no difference in mortality rates between the groups.

(CBS) - A mother's high blood pressure during pregnancy may affect her child's intelligence all the way into old age. Researchers in Finland tested hundreds of men in their 60's. They found the thinking skills of men born to mothers who had high blood pressure were several points lower than men whose mothers had normal blood pressure levels. Researchers think the cognitive decline may be related to problems in utero where the majority of brain development happens.

(CBS) - Aspirin may help with a person's thinking skills. Researchers tested the physical and mental ability of hundreds of elderly women. Those who took aspirin every day for five years scored higher on intellect tests -- like verbal fluency and memory speed -- than elderly women who did not take aspirin daily. All the women in the study were at high risk of heart disease.


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