Health Center – Brain scan may detect Alzheimer’s early
Japanese scientists have developed an innovative brain imaging technique that can detect the build-up of a destructive protein named tau that is closely linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease in that the brain starts to die years before patients actually experience any symptoms. At that point, drug therapy is usually too late. The disease also is a problem for scientists because an Alzheimer’s diagnosis cannot definitively be made until a patient has died and an autopsy is performed.

CBS Sacramento – New choices for seasonal flu vaccines
It’s fall. The kids are back at school, college football rivalries are in high gear, and — oh, yeah — it’s time to get a flu vaccine.
In the past, flu protection basically boiled down to a choice between a shot or a sniff of a nasal spray. But this year there are new options. Some may protect you from additional strains of flu, while others make getting vaccinated a little easier. Read on to find out which may be best for you and your family.

Reuters – Make healthy food cool to kids, Michelle Obama asks TV executives
First Lady Michelle Obama asked television and food company executives at a White House gathering on Wednesday to sell youngsters on healthy food with the pitch: “If anyone can make our kids eat their vegetables, it’s all of you.”
Mrs. Obama cited the power of advertising, now a torrent touting salty, fatty and sugary goodies, in calling for a switch to marketing, “foods that have real nutritional value, foods that are fortified with real fruit and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.”

The Washington Post – House to vote on bill to cut food stamp funding by nearly $4 billion a year
The House is poised to vote on cutting nearly $4 billion a year from food stamp assistance, now used by 1 in 7 Americans.
House Republican leaders were still working for support as they scheduled a vote on the measure for Thursday. Some GOP moderates questioned the 5 percent cut to the almost $80 billion-a-year program as Democrats united strongly against it.

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