Windshield Wiper Water Causes Legionnaires’ Disease - Use Wiper Fluid Instead
Using regular water instead of windshield wiper fluid can create an environment where the Legionella bacterium can develop. Researchers in England and Wales studied why long distance drivers were more frequently developing Legionnaires' disease.
They found that warm, stagnant water in a vehicle’s windshield wiper reservoir increased the chance of developing the rare but serious disease. The bacteria has also been found in hot tubs, hot water tanks, and air conditioning in large buildings. So use wiper fluid instead of water, and keep any warm, stagnant sources of water that you control as clean and fresh as possible.
Detecting the Onset of Alzheimer’s
New findings could accurately show when people are beginning to develop Alzheimer’s. The promising results could lead to faster progress with experimental drug treatments. Alzheimer’s is physically identified by a plaque on the brain that is found through a post-mortem brain biopsy, but a company called Avid Radiopharmaceuticals has developed a process that appears to reliably detect the plaque via radioactive dye that sticks to the plaque and a positron emission tomography (PET) scan.
Alzheimer’s is easy to misdiagnose, and if the dye is approved by the FDA, it could help researchers that think early detection and early treatment will improve the chance of success with experimental drug therapies.
New Heart Implants Call Your Doctor
A new implantable heart device communicates vital health information directly to your doctor every day, helping people stay healthy while avoiding office visits. The device works by sending information to a box you keep in your home that then transmits your health data to your doctor.
There are concerns, however, that too much data is being transmitted. Not all data allows doctors to respond with clear answers, and the sheer amount of information is becoming a challenge for America’s heart failure specialists. Doctors are also concerned if they will be held liable if they don’t read all the data. The devices are especially useful for people that have trouble traveling to their doctor’s office, or live far from their doctor.
Healthy Heart Tip
: Find opportunities to move your body! Take the stairs, not the elevator; in a parking lot, choose the farthest spot, not the closest.