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Your Health: Heart disease & Alzheimer's, children’s tobacco exposure, cancer remission

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Researchers at John Hopkins have discovered a possible link between middle age heart disease and Alzheimer's disease later in life.

This study was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It looks at people who have multiple risk factors for heart disease during middle age. And those same people with the same risk factors had an increased risk of Alzheimer’s as they aged.

Scientists tracked blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and more in 300 middle-aged adults.  Research showed people with several heart risk factors also had higher levels of brain proteins linked to Alzheimer's 25 years later.

However, heart health in older age did not affect levels of the brain. proteins.

Another study shows even though children are not directly exposed to cigarette smoke, they can still carry nicotine on their hands. The study by Cincinatti Children's Hospital claims the children of smokers they studied all had detectable levels of nicotine on their hands, and one had a tobacco metabolite in their saliva.

Even thirdhand exposure is shown to be causing health problems.

Experts say the only safe thing to do is ban smoking and tobacco in the home.

Many cancer patients run out of options in their battle for life. Such is the case for third grade teacher Amy Cheese. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a blood cancer that left a grapefruit-sized tumor in her chest.

A trip to Omaha, and she left her t-cells. They were sent to a California lab, re-engineered and placed back in her body two weeks later to pinpoint and destroy the cancer. Then she checked up with her oncologist, Julie Vose, to hear the results.

"Continuing improvement. It's now 2.7 and that means complete remission,” Vose said.

"I didn't think it was ever going to happen,” said Cheese. “That's what everybody wants to hear. ‘Complete remission.’”

And with successful cases like Cheese’s, the FDA is expanding the reach of clinical trials.

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