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Scientists Spot Three More Genes Linked to Glaucoma Risk
Scientists Spot Three More Genes Linked to Glaucoma Risk MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The discovery of three more genes linked to the most common type of glaucoma could boost efforts to fight the eye disease, researchers report. The three newly identified genes associated with primary open angle glaucoma bring the total number of such genes to 15, according to the study published online Jan. 11 in Nature Genetics . "Just in time for Glaucoma Awareness Month (January), this unprecedented ana...
Sugary Drinks Tied to Increase in Deep Belly Fat
Sugary Drinks Tied to Increase in Deep Belly Fat MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who drink sugary beverages every day tend to accumulate more deep belly fat over time, new research suggests. The study, of over 1,000 adults, found that those who downed at least one sugar-sweetened drink a day had a bigger increase in deep abdominal fat over the next six years. Researchers said the results are concerning because that type of fat -- known as visceral fat -- surrounds a number of vital orga...
Scientists Identify Sugar-Busting Enzyme in Rats
Scientists Identify Sugar-Busting Enzyme in Rats MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've identified an enzyme in rats that might dampen the toxic effects of excess sugar on cells and may someday point to treatments for obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans. At issue: Can scientists manipulate the fuel processing system inside body cells? As diabetes specialist Dr. John Wilding explained, cells try to maintain a balance between two types of fuel -- glucose (sugar) and lipids (fat...
Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds
Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Wrestlers are much more likely to suffer skin infections than other U.S. high school athletes, new research shows. The study authors examined five years of data on skin infections among athletes in 22 high school sports. Nearly 74 percent of skin infections occurred among wrestlers, and just under 18 percent among football players, the investigators found. The actual rates of skin infections per 100...
Smog's Health Effects Persist for Decades, Study Finds
Smog's Health Effects Persist for Decades, Study Finds TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later, one of the longest running air pollution studies suggests. British scientists found the negative health effects of air pollution -- such as a higher risk of lung and heart disease -- can persist for more than 30 years. The study authors suggested that more research into the long-term health effects of air pollution -- often called sm...
Short Flashes of Light May Treat Jet Lag
Short Flashes of Light May Treat Jet Lag TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are working on a faster light-based therapy to prevent jet lag. Currently, light-based jet lag prevention involves exposure to bright lights for hours at a time during the day to help the body clock adjust to a new time zone in small steps before going on a trip, the researchers explained. But, exposure to short flashes of light -- similar to camera flashes -- while people are sleeping appears to be a fast and...
Studying Tick Biology With Lyme Prevention in Mind
Studying Tick Biology With Lyme Prevention in Mind TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who sequenced the genome, or genetic composition, of the Lyme disease-transmitting deer tick hope the achievement will lead to new ways to control the blood-sucking parasites. The decade-long effort involved an international team of 93 scientists from 46 institutions. "The genome provides a foundation for a whole new era in tick research," project leader Catherine Hill, a professor of medical entomolo...
Study Ties School Calendar to Asthma Flare-Ups
Study Ties School Calendar to Asthma Flare-Ups MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Greater exposure to cold viruses may help explain why children with asthma tend to suffer their worst symptoms when their school reopens after a break, a new study suggests. "The school calendar predicts common cold transmission, and the common cold predicts asthma exacerbations," said senior author Lauren Meyers, a professor of integrative biology and statistics and data sciences at the University of Texas at Austin...
Study Links Concussion to Higher Risk of Later Suicide
Study Links Concussion to Higher Risk of Later Suicide MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Average people who suffer a concussion may be three times more likely to commit suicide years after their brain injury, a new Canadian study suggests. Further, the long-term risk of suicide appears to increase even more if the head injury occurs during a weekend, researchers found. Based on these results, loved ones and physicians should keep a close eye on anyone who's had a concussion, even if the head inju...
Spelling Prowess Relies on Multiple Brain Areas, Study Finds
Spelling Prowess Relies on Multiple Brain Areas, Study Finds MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The brain relies on several areas on the left side (hemisphere) of the brain to spell words, a new study says. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore pinpointed these regions by studying the brains of 33 stroke patients who lost the ability to spell. Their spelling struggles were due to damage in seemingly unrelated parts of the brain. "When something goes wrong with spelling, it's not o...
Super Bowl Safety: Protect Kids From Toppling TVs
Super Bowl Safety: Protect Kids From Toppling TVs SATURDAY, Feb. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As families gather to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, they should protect children from television tip-overs, experts say. More than 17,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for injuries from a toppling TV, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics . That works out to about one child every 30 minutes, with kids younger than 5 years at greatest risk, the researchers said....
Steroids Might Help More Than Just Very Premature Babies: Study
Steroids Might Help More Than Just Very Premature Babies: Study THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Giving steroids to pregnant women at risk for late preterm delivery may reduce the risk of severe respiratory problems in their babies, a new study finds. The study included more than 2,800 pregnant women with a high risk of late preterm delivery (34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy) who were randomly selected to receive two injections over 24 hours of either the steroid betamethasone or a placebo. The ste...
Suppository Eases Vaginal Dryness in Small Study
Suppository Eases Vaginal Dryness in Small Study TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For postmenopausal women, suppositories containing the hormone DHEA may reduce vaginal dryness, discomfort and pain during sex without raising overall estrogen levels, researchers report. DHEA is an anti-aging hormone produced by both women and men. In supplement form, it is used to improve thinking skills in older people. But DHEA is also a hormonal precursor of estrogen and testosterone, so some women who have l...
Study Links Home Births to Slightly Higher Infant Death Risk
Study Links Home Births to Slightly Higher Infant Death Risk WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born outside of a hospital are more likely to be stillborn, or to die within a year of birth, a new Oregon study suggests. However, the risk of death in both groups was small. The study found nearly four deaths for every 1,000 babies born outside of a hospital compared to approximately two deaths for every 1,000 deliveries that occurred in a hospital. "There is a small risk of serious complic...
Safe to Use Blood Thinner Before Major Cancer Surgery, Study Finds
Safe to Use Blood Thinner Before Major Cancer Surgery, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News)-- Blood-thinning drugs can safely be given to certain patients before major cancer surgery, a new study suggests. Operations increase risk for blood clots in the legs, which can dislodge and travel to the lungs, a potentially fatal complication called pulmonary embolism. Blood thinners such as heparin are commonly given to patients after surgery, but there is little data on their safety and effecti...
Study: Extremely Premature Babies at Greater Risk for Autism
Study: Extremely Premature Babies at Greater Risk for Autism MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born very prematurely are at higher risk for developing autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests. Researchers found differences in the brains of babies born before 27 weeks' gestation who were later diagnosed with the disorder, commonly known as autism. Autism is usually linked with genetic factors, but the study's authors suggested birth weight and complications can increase children's ri...
Scientists Discover How Rudolph Sees Through Dense Arctic Fog
Scientists Discover How Rudolph Sees Through Dense Arctic Fog THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rudolph's red nose has reliably led Santa's sleigh through Arctic fog for decades, and scientists have finally figured out how. Researchers at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., analyzed previous studies on the unique eyes and vision of Rangifer tarandus , commonly known as Arctic reindeer. The investigators found that Arctic reindeer can see ultraviolet light that is invisible to people. This trai...
Slight Signs of Lingering Brain Damage Seen in Young Athletes After Concussion
Slight Signs of Lingering Brain Damage Seen in Young Athletes After Concussion TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young children may suffer minor, but lingering, brain damage from a single concussion, a small study suggests. The findings don't prove that a single concussion caused the differences that were revealed in brain scans and thinking tests that were given an average of two years after a reported concussion. And even if just one concussion did some damage, it's not clear that the childre...
Smoke Weed in College and Your Grades May Go to Pot
Smoke Weed in College and Your Grades May Go to Pot TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- College students who smoke marijuana appear more likely than their peers to skip classes -- which eventually leads to poorer grades and later graduation, a recent study suggests. The study, which followed more than 1,100 college students for eight years, found that those who smoked pot tended to skip more classes. The more frequent their marijuana use, the more often they missed class. Those skipped classes, i...
Skin-to-Skin Contact May Lower Preemies' Risk of Death: Review
Skin-to-Skin Contact May Lower Preemies' Risk of Death: Review TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny newborns who get prolonged skin-to-skin contact with mom while they're in the hospital may have better survival odds, a new review finds. Experts said the analysis, of 124 studies from around the world, confirms the value of "kangaroo care" for premature newborns. The concept goes back to the 1970s, when a doctor in Colombia started advocating the practice as an alternative to incubators, which...
Study Suggests Link Between Gum Disease, Breast Cancer Risk
Study Suggests Link Between Gum Disease, Breast Cancer Risk MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Gum disease might increase the risk for breast cancer among postmenopausal women, particularly those who smoke, a new study suggests. Women with gum disease appeared to have a 14 percent overall increased risk for breast cancer, compared to women without gum disease. And that increased risk seemed to jump to more than 30 percent if they also smoked or had smoked in the past 20 years, researchers said. "...
Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Not Be So Sudden
Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Not Be So Sudden MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sudden cardiac arrest may not be as sudden as doctors have thought, researchers report. Roughly half of cardiac arrest patients experience telltale warning signs that their heart is in danger of stopping in the month preceding their attack, new study findings suggest. Those symptoms can include any combination of chest pain and pressure, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and flu-like sensations (such as nausea, b...
Study Touts Benefits of Group Prenatal Care
Study Touts Benefits of Group Prenatal Care MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young mothers and infants might get significant health benefits from group prenatal care, a new study indicates. Group prenatal care includes all the same components as individual care. But it provides additional time for education and skill building, plus the opportunity to talk with other pregnant women and learn from their experience, according to the researchers. "Few clinical interventions have had an impact on bi...
Study Maps Areas of Brain Linked to PTSD
Study Maps Areas of Brain Linked to PTSD FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heightened fear responses occur in certain areas of the brain in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study reports. The research included 67 U.S. military veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001. All had been involved in traumatic events, and 32 of the veterans had been diagnosed with PTSD. The veterans underwent a series of tests, and had MRI brain scans during those tests. Th...
Stem Cell Transplants May Not Help Tough-to-Treat Crohn's, Study Says
Stem Cell Transplants May Not Help Tough-to-Treat Crohn's, Study Says TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cell transplants seem no better than conventional therapy for Crohn's disease that hasn't responded to other treatments, a new study finds. The European study also found that for patients who cannot undergo surgery for the condition, stem cell transplants resulted in serious side effects, including infections. "In this group of the most resistant cases of Crohn's disease, stem cell trans...
Surgery May Beat Radiation for Men With Early Stage Prostate Cancer
Surgery May Beat Radiation for Men With Early Stage Prostate Cancer TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men with prostate cancer that's still confined to the organ are more likely to survive if they have surgery rather than radiation therapy, a new Canadian study suggests. This type of "localized" prostate cancer is the most common form of the disease, accounting for about 80 percent of cases, said a team led by Dr. Robert Nam of the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toront...
Shingles Linked to Raised Heart Risks for Seniors, Study Finds
Shingles Linked to Raised Heart Risks for Seniors, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who develop the painful rash known as shingles appear to face a short-term increase in their risk for having a stroke or heart attack, new research indicates. The finding was based on the tracking of heart health among more than 67,000 newly diagnosed shingles patients who were aged 65 and older. The analysis revealed that stroke risk more than doubled in the first week following a shingles ...
Scans Show Many Injured U.S. Vets May Have Brain 'Scarring'
Scans Show Many Injured U.S. Vets May Have Brain 'Scarring' TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds brain "scarring" in many members of the U.S. military who suffered concussions during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. "More than half of the military service members we studied have one or more lesions on the brain that can be thought of as scars in their brains," said study lead author Dr. Gerard Riedy, a radiologist specializing in the brain at Walter Reed National Military Medic...
Standing on World Stage Has Its Perils
Standing on World Stage Has Its Perils MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Elected national leaders often go gray quickly -- just look at President Obama's silver-tipped crown. Now, a new study says they tend to die prematurely, too. "The stress of governing may substantially accelerate mortality for our elected leaders," study senior author Dr. Anupam Jena, an associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, said in a Harvard news release. Jena and colleagues compared 279 elec...
Suspicious Pigment Spots More Common on Darker Skin
Suspicious Pigment Spots More Common on Darker Skin MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with darker skin are about one-third more likely to have potentially dangerous pigment "spots" on their palms and soles, a new study finds. In rare cases, these "acral pigmented lesions" turn out to be melanoma skin cancer. People with these lesions should have them checked by a dermatologist to be sure they are benign, the researchers said. Reggae musician Bob Marley, for example, died from acral melano...
Serious Illness Affects Bone Health
Serious Illness Affects Bone Health FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A critical illness can lead to bone loss, a new study finds. The research included 66 seniors who spent at least 24 hours on a breathing machine in an intensive care unit (ICU). One year after their ICU stay, the patients had 1.6 percent less bone density in their lower spines and 1.2 percent less bone density in their thigh bones than would be expected. This bone loss may increase their risk of fractures, according to study a...
Stress May Boost Risk for Alzheimer's-Linked Thinking Problems
Stress May Boost Risk for Alzheimer's-Linked Thinking Problems FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Increased stress could be a risk factor for the kind of thinking difficulties that can lead to Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. However, the research did not prove that stress caused cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's. "We know that, in general, stress makes it harder to think clearly," said Dr. Gayatri Devi, a neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who was not involved in th...
Seniors Who Head Back to School May Reduce Dementia Risk
Seniors Who Head Back to School May Reduce Dementia Risk FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Going back to school could help older people stave off dementia, a new study suggests. Taking college courses may boost brain functions, such as memory, decision-making and planning, the researchers said. The Australian investigators pointed out that their findings add to a growing body of evidence that healthy lifestyle choices -- such as exercise, brain games and an active social life -- may help slow ag...
Scientists, Ethicists Debate Future of Gene Editing
Scientists, Ethicists Debate Future of Gene Editing WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- What if faulty genes in your DNA could be easily corrected, avoiding the ravages of diseases like cystic fibrosis or certain cancers? That is the promise of gene editing, a new technique being heralded as an enormous advancement in genetic engineering. Scientists say its speed, efficiency and cost-effectiveness make it an excellent tool for replacing rogue genes that cause human suffering and early death. But...
Slowed Walking in Seniors May Signal Alzheimer's Danger
Slowed Walking in Seniors May Signal Alzheimer's Danger WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who walk more slowly may have higher amounts of a protein linked to Alzheimer's in their brains, a small, new study suggests. Researchers found a modest association between higher levels of amyloid plaques -- dense deposits of a protein known as beta amyloid -- and slower walking speeds among older adults. "These results suggest that subtle walking disturbances, in addition to subjective memory co...
Sleep Apnea Devices Lower Blood Pressure
Sleep Apnea Devices Lower Blood Pressure TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For those suffering from sleep apnea, the disrupted sleep and reduction of oxygen getting to the brain can contribute to high blood pressure, but the two common treatments for the condition both lower blood pressure, Swiss researchers report. A comparison of the treatments -- continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and mandibular advancement devices (MADs) -- showed that each produces a modest reduction in both systoli...
Smog Linked to Heart Disease in Seniors
Smog Linked to Heart Disease in Seniors TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older people living in cities with high levels of a particular type of air pollution are more likely to be hospitalized for heart disease, a new study reveals. The type of air pollution in question is known as coarse particulate matter. Increased levels of this kind of air pollution have been linked to construction projects, desert winds and farming, according to the researchers. These microscopic particles are larger than...
Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Your Teeth
Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Your Teeth MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even sugar-free sodas, sports drinks and candy can damage your teeth, a new study warns. Australian researchers tested 23 sugar-free and sugar-containing products, including soft drinks and sports drinks, and found that some with acidic additives and low pH levels (a measure of acidity) harm teeth, even if they are sugar-free. "Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your ris...
Sweat to Help Reduce Your Risk for Prostate Cancer
Sweat to Help Reduce Your Risk for Prostate Cancer FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vigorous exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking may dramatically reduce a man's risk for aggressive prostate cancer, new research suggests. Nearly half of lethal prostate cancer cases in the United States would be prevented if men over 60 followed five or more healthy habits, lead author Stacey Kenfield, an assistant professor in the urology department at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center,...
Smog Raises Heart Risks in Those With Diabetes, Study Says
Smog Raises Heart Risks in Those With Diabetes, Study Says WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long periods of exposure to air pollution -- including dust and car exhaust -- heightens heart risks for women with diabetes, a large, new study indicates. Building on prior research linking shorter exposures to air pollution to higher heart disease in the general population, the scientists found that those with diabetes are especially vulnerable. "People respond differently to levels of air pollution...
Screening Inmates for Hepatitis C Benefits General Community: Study
Screening Inmates for Hepatitis C Benefits General Community: Study MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A prison-based hepatitis C screening and treatment program could benefit the broader community, researchers suggest. Besides reducing the spread of hepatitis C after prisoners are released, "universal [hepatitis C] testing and treatment in prisons would reduce outcomes of advanced [hepatitis C] such as liver cancer, end-stage liver disease and death among prisoners," said study senior author Jag...
Scientists May Have Spotted Happiness' Home in the Brain
Scientists May Have Spotted Happiness' Home in the Brain FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists may never figure out why people are happy or not, but they're a bit closer now to figuring out where happiness resides in the brain. A team at Kyoto University in Japan used MRI to scan the brains of volunteers who were asked how happy they were in general, how intensely they felt emotions and how satisfied they were with their lives. The scans pinpointed an area of the brain called the precuneu...
Shorter People Less Likely to Get Lung Transplants
Shorter People Less Likely to Get Lung Transplants THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Short adults are much less likely than average-height adults to get a lung transplant, and they're more likely to die while waiting for one, the findings from a new study suggest. Women are particularly affected by this bias because they tend to be shorter than men, the researchers said. "Surgeons commonly try to match small transplant candidates with small donor lungs, because they believe it leads to better ...
Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Rates Rising for First Time in Years: CDC
Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Rates Rising for First Time in Years: CDC TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of cases of three key sexually transmitted diseases increased last year for the first time since 2006, concerned U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. In 2014, 1.4 million cases of chlamydia were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- a 2.8 percent increase since 2013. This is the highest number of cases of any STD ever reported to the CDC, the gove...
Swiss Report Highlights Danger of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Swiss Report Highlights Danger of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new report on a patient in Switzerland who nearly died after catching a highly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis illustrates exactly what public health officials around the world fear most. Although antibiotics have largely eradicated tuberculosis in the United States in recent decades, experts say evidence is mounting that the bacteria is becoming increasingly resistant to these medications....
Strong Legs Linked to Strong Mind
Strong Legs Linked to Strong Mind WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having powerful legs might empower your brain as you grow older, researchers report. A 10-year British study concluded that leg strength is strongly linked with healthier brain aging. Also, the King's College London team said the findings suggest that simply walking more to improve leg force and speed could help maintain brain function as you age. The study included 324 healthy female twins, aged 43 to 73, in the United Kingd...
Side Effects Cause Some to Stop Taking Blood Thinner Brilinta
Side Effects Cause Some to Stop Taking Blood Thinner Brilinta TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Side effects like bleeding or shortness of breath cause some heart attack survivors to stop taking a potentially lifesaving new blood thinner during clinical trials, researchers report. About one in five people assigned to take the highest dose of the blood thinner Brilinta (ticagrelor) during clinical trials stopped taking the drug due to side effects, the new research found. Even a lower dose of Br...
Some Kids With Heart Defects Struggle in School
Some Kids With Heart Defects Struggle in School TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children born with heart defects often do worse in school than their peers, a new study finds. Researchers led by Dr. Matthew Oster of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta analyzed end-of-grade test results for third-grade students in North Carolina public schools between 1998 and 2003. Compared to other children, those with a congenital heart defect were 40 percent less likely to meet reading proficiency standards, 2...
Study Finds Blood Test May Detect Concussion in Kids
Study Finds Blood Test May Detect Concussion in Kids TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test may one day be able to detect concussions in children, a new study suggests. The test, which has already been used in adults, detected traumatic brain injuries in kids 94 percent of the time. More important, a negative result means a CT scan, and the radiation exposure it brings, may not be needed the researchers said. "When a child comes in with a head injury, we have to decide whether th...
Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Might Benefit Type 2 Diabetics
Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Might Benefit Type 2 Diabetics TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Short sessions of high-intensity exercise may provide more health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes than longer bouts of less intense activity, a new Canadian study suggests. The research included 76 adults recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Their average age was 67. They were randomly assigned to do either one 30-minute exercise session five days a week at 65 percent of their target h...
Sex Is Safe for Heart Patients With a Defibrillator
Sex Is Safe for Heart Patients With a Defibrillator MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Worries about sex can be daunting after a cardiac patient receives an implanted heart defibrillator. But, a patient's lover likely is more worried than the patient, a new study found. Intimate partners are often concerned that the patient will suffer cardiac arrest during sex. Some even worry that they'll receive an electric shock if their partner's defibrillator goes off during sex, according to research presen...
Studies Explore Link Between Diet, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Studies Explore Link Between Diet, Rheumatoid Arthritis SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your diet may influence your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis, two new studies suggest. The results show "that a healthy diet may prevent [rheumatoid arthritis] development, and our team is interested in conducting further studies to look at why diet is associated with this risk," said lead investigator Dr. Bing Lu, an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medi...
Smoggy Days Linked to Most Severe Type of Heart Attack
Smoggy Days Linked to Most Severe Type of Heart Attack SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution increases the risk of a serious heart attack for those who have heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on thousands of people treated for heart attack in and around Salt Lake City between 1993 and 2014. Their aim was to see how air pollution affects heart attack risk and which type of heart attack in particular. The study found a strong association between bad air quality...
Sleepwalkers Feel No Pain When Injured: Study
Sleepwalkers Feel No Pain When Injured: Study FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some sleepwalkers don't feel pain when they suffer an injury -- even a severe one -- during a sleepwalking episode, a new study finds. But sleepwalkers are at increased risk for headaches and migraines when they're awake, the researchers added. The researchers assessed 100 sleepwalkers and a control group of 100 people with normal sleep habits, and found that the sleepwalkers were nearly four times more likely to suff...
Scarlet Fever Resurfacing in Some Parts of the World
Scarlet Fever Resurfacing in Some Parts of the World THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scarlet fever, a childhood disease that had been largely relegated to the history books, is reappearing in some parts of the world, researchers warn. Outbreaks have been reported in the United Kingdom and Asia, said scientists at the Australian Infectious Diseases Center at the University of Queensland. "We have not yet had an outbreak in Australia, but over the past five years there have been more than 5,000...
Sleep Patterns May Affect a Woman's Diabetes Risk
Sleep Patterns May Affect a Woman's Diabetes Risk WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who experience a big increase in hours of sleep each night may face an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The study found that women who added more than two hours of shuteye a night showed a 15 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers also suggested that women who regularly slept six hours or less a night might have higher odds of developing type 2 diabetes...
Study Links Having Children to Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk
Study Links Having Children to Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The more children a woman has, the lower her risk of ovarian cancer may be, a new study suggests. The study also found that the risk is lower in women whose fallopian tubes have been tied -- a procedure called tubal ligation. British researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 women to determine risk factors for the four most common types of ovarian cancer: serous, mucinous, endometrioid and clear cell ...
Smoking Common in Foreign Films, Study Finds
Smoking Common in Foreign Films, Study Finds TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Movies made in other countries are more likely to depict smoking than films made in the United States, a new study finds. But in movies that did depict smoking, only those from Argentina showed smoking on screen for a longer time frame than those from the United States, the study authors said. And, drinking was common in movies from all of the countries studied. Previous research found that smoking in movies can lead ...
Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men's Risk for Heart Failure
Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men's Risk for Heart Failure MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who regularly consume sodas or sweetened fruit drinks may have a higher risk for heart failure, researchers report. In the study, Swedish men who drank two or more servings of sweetened beverages a day had a 23 percent higher risk of suffering heart failure, said lead author Susanna Larsson, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "People who regularly consum...
Severe Obesity Costs Medicaid $8 Billion Annually, Study Finds
Severe Obesity Costs Medicaid $8 Billion Annually, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Severe obesity is putting a huge financial strain on both the U.S. Medicaid system and severely obese patients themselves, new research suggests. The study pegs the national bill for providing obesity-related health services for the severely obese at $69 billion a year. Severely obese is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher, the study authors said. (BMI is a rough estimate of a person's ...
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