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For the elderly, grief can be not just an emotional experience but also a physically damaging one. Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. found that age changes how the body's immune system responds to grief.
They found elderly people are much more likely to become susceptible to infection than younger adults going though a similar situation.
The study states around age 30 an important stress hormone called DHEAS begins to decline, and the elderly only have about 20 percent of the DHEAS they did when they were younger.
Researchers think this shortage of hormones might be what causes the immune system to respond so negatively to stressful situations. In this case, we mean the development of infections as a result of a weakened immune system.
Studies have previously linked heart failure to grieving adults as well. The American Heart Association calls this "broken heart syndrome."
And whether it's the immune system or the heart, researchers say grief-related illnesses could even lead to death.
Which is why some have suggested cases like this are related: the death of Don and Maxine Simpson, a California couple who made international headlines when they died just hours apart.
Maxine was suffering from cancer when Don broke his hip and experienced a series of health problems as a result.
According to their granddaughter, the two lived out their last few weeks together before dying four hours apart.
DHEAS does come in supplement form, and researchers say they're considering looking into whether these supplements would help elderly people suffering from grief.Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:03:41 -0700
It's been a busy week for the global brewing industry. Dutch brewer Heineken rejected an acquisition offer from SABMiller, and now an eastern front has opened in the battle between the world's top beer makers.
SCARLET FU FOR BLOOMBERG: "New owners for Pabst Brewing. Oasis Beverages of Russia have a majority stake in Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer."
This comes after the Russian brewing company announced on Thursday it had acquired the maker of PBR, Colt 45 and Old Milwaukee. (Video via Pabst Blue Ribbon)
According to the press release, Oasis Chairman Eugene Kashper will become CEO of the Pabst Brewing Company — though the company's headquarters will remain in Los Angeles.
And while there don't appear to be any plans to brew a Schlitz-branded vodka, CNBC explains the acquisition may be indicative of a trend brewing in the industry.
JEFF CIOLETTI VIA CNBC: "Now there's been talk, and this has been going on and off for years now, of an SABMiller-AB InBev merger."
Heineken's rebuff of an acquisition bid by SABMiller renewed speculation that the company might be vulnerable to acquisition by Bud Light producer AB InBev. Those two companies currently combine for a 30 percent share of the global beer market.
And while a market share of that size could run up against antitrust regulations, AB InBev got around similar regulations less than two years ago to acquire Corona producer Grupo Modelo.
The move led New York Times columnist Adam Davidson to suggest the company was gearing up to fight what he calls the new global beer war, explaining: "As the traditional beer markets of the United States, Europe and Japan age, the most lucrative markets will be in China, India, Latin America, Eastern Europe, [and] the wealthier countries of Africa."
In those countries, which are experiencing population growth, beer markets are still developing, giving brewing companies an opportunity to reach a large new generation of customers.
Oasis Beverages' acquisition of Pabst seems to fall in line with this thinking, as the Russian beer maker claims to hold a 12 percent share of the beer market in Moscow and a 13 percent share in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:43:59 -0700
Celebrities are often influential on their fans, but Angelina Jolie took it a step further with her global impact on breast cancer screenings.
In May last year, the actress penned an op-ed piece in The New York Times about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after learning she carries a gene mutation that's said to increase breast cancer risk.
NBC: "The Pink Lotus Express Center applauds Angelina Jolie's bold choices regarding her BRCA mutation."
Now research shows Jolie's story did more than just inspire.
And they had good reason to. According to the National Cancer Institute, female breast cancer is the second leading type of cancer, with more than 200,000 estimated diagnoses this year alone.
Although experts say only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, the risk for those who do have the gene mutation rises by as much as 90 percent.
Experts say double mastectomies aren't always a solution in preventing the disease, and it can often become a difficult decision to cope with for those who do undergo the procedure.
But researchers say Jolie's "glamorous image" likely influenced other women not to be as fearful of the procedure.
In one study, researchers wrote: "This may have lessened patients' fears about a loss of sexual identity post preventative surgery and encouraged those who had not previously engaged with health services to consider genetic testing."
Other celebrities said to have made an impact on public health include Katie Couric, with her decision to have her colonoscopy performed live on the "Today" show.Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:16:30 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories