Today’s Headlines: Taking Supplements Together, Alzheimer’s on the Rise, and Biennial Mammograms

Some Supplements Are Better Taken Together: Do you like pairing the perfect wine with your dinner? Or pairing the right pair of shoes with your outfit? Various studies have shown the benefits of taking more than one supplement together to fight fat or cancer. For example, taking a combination of mangosteen and Indian sphaeranthus can help reduce body fat, as suggested by a recent study, and taking black pepper with turmeric can boost its cancer-fighting properties by enhancing how the body absorbs it into the blood stream. (Shape)

US Alzheimer Cases to Nearly Triple by 2050: Researchers project that 13.8 million people will have Alzheimer’s in 2050, compared to the 5 million people who currently have the illness. This can lead to a big future strain on our health-care system and on future caregivers. “Researchers analyzed information from 10,802 black and white Chicago residents, ages 65 and older, from 1993 to 2011.” Based on projections and census data, they were able to make their projection for 2050. One main reason for this is the aging of the baby boomers. “The population of people 65 and older is expected to more than double from 40.3 million to 88.5 million, according to the 2010 Census.” (USA Today)

Do You Only Need a Mammogram Every Other Year? After examining records of about 140,000 women between the ages of 66 and 89, researchers found evidence that suggests that annual mammograms “did not reduce women’s risk of being diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer, as might have been expected.” The number of aggressive tumors was similar among annual screeners and biannual screeners. They also found evidence that annual screeners are at a higher risk of false-positive readings. (LA Times)