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Fracture Risk Falls with Cataract Repair

Cataract surgery not only restored vision, it can also lessened the likelihood of hip fracture, a large retrospective study found. Full story… TweetPin It

Counting Carbs When You Use Insulin

Rely on insulin to manage diabetes? Knowing how to properly count simple and complex carbs can have a major impact on your health. View Slideshow › TweetPin It

Which Vitamins Do You Really Need?

Getting the right amounts of the right vitamins can boost mood, fight pain, and increase energy. Are you on track? Take Quiz › TweetPin It

Milestone Medical Tests in Your 50s

You’re in your 50s. It’s the prime of your life — or it should be. Don’t let illness rob you of your health. Read more… TweetPin It

Heart Disease – 5 Urgent Warnings

Heart attack isn’t the only serious heart condition. Learn about lesser-known heart problems and their danger signs. View Slideshow › TweetPin It

Warning Signs of Bladder Cancer

Treatments can be highly successful when bladder cancers are caught early. That’s why it’s key to know the symptoms. View Slideshow › TweetPin It

Generic vs. Brand-name Drugs

Generic drugs usually cost much less than brand-name medications. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office estimates generic drugs save consumers $8 billion to $10 billion a year. But are they the same as the brand-name version? Read more… TweetPin It

The Truth About Coffee

How many gallons of coffee do you think the average American drinks in a year? Plus, how to protect your teeth. Take Quiz › TweetPin It

Fish Oil Does NOT Lower Heart Risk in Diabetics

If you have diabetes or prediabetes, fish oil supplements might not be so helpful after all in cutting heart disease risk. Read more … TweetPin It

The 10 Best Foods for Your Heart

Improve your diet with these tasty choices that contain the top nutrients your heart needs, from vitamins and minerals to antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Read more… TweetPin It

Fertility – 8 Myths Debunked

Surveys show that many women are misinformed about fertility and conception. Do you know the facts behind these common rumors? Read more… TweetPin It

Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Going to Kill Me?

Type “artificial sweetener” into any Internet search engine and expect to be inundated with a barrage of false claims. These unsubstantiated side effects include… Read more… TweetPin It

Keep an Eye on Changing Moles

Q: I have a mole on my face that started as a small freckle. In the last two or three weeks, another growth has erupted from it that looks like a wart. What could be happening here? Read more… TweetPin It

Shift Work Hikes Heart Attack & Stroke Risk

Shift workers had a significantly higher risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, and coronary events compared with the general population, a review of published data showed. Read more… TweetPin It

Exercising After Total Knee Replacement

Q: What kind of exercises would you recommend for someone who’s had a total knee replacement? I can’t do any jumping or running, and I’m also overweight.  A: The type of exercise you should perform after a knee replacement really depends on how long ago you had the surgery. Read more… TweetPin It

RA Drug Fails to Curb Psoriatic Arthritis

Methotrexate has no benefit on synovitis in patients with active psoriatic arthritis. Read more… TweetPin It

High fructose corn syrup vs table sugar – which is better?

Here is a brief rundown of the facts about high fructose corn syrup compared to table sugar, and how both affect the body. Read more… TweetPin It

Keep Cool in Extreme Heat

When temperatures and humidity levels soar, so can the risk of heat-related illness. People at highest risk include those with a chronic disease, the elderly, young children and infants. Read more… TweetPin It

Playing Sports Helps Teens Fight Fat

Team sports may fight weight problems better than other forms of exercise among high schoolers, researchers found. Read more… TweetPin It

Egg Therapy May Help Allergic Kids

Exposing children with egg allergies to egg in a carefully controlled setting can dramatically reduce and even eliminate potentially life-threatening allergic reactions for some children, new federally funded research shows. Read more… TweetPin It

Stroke Prevention Pay Off

“Primary prevention pays off,” researchers said. They found that people who avoided high cholesterol and smoking have a longer, healthier old age. Fewer are at high risk for stroke and dementia, and fewer need expensive long-term care. Read more… TweetPin It

Melanoma on Rise with Indoor Tanning

More evidence points to indoor tanning as a cause for melanoma, particularly among young sunbed users. Read more… TweetPin It

Whooping Cough Heading to a 5-Decade High

Babies Most Vulnerable; Pregnant Women Need Booster Whooping cough cases could be headed toward a 50-year high in the United States, and the Center for Disease Control says the nation is on track for record rates of the disease. Read more… TweetPin It

Tick Disease Up Among Elderly

Researchers reported an uptick of babesiosis cases over a three-year period, with regional cases increasing up to ten times greater than national rates. Read more… TweetPin It

Salt Cravings May Start in the Playpen

If you crave salty snacks, the preference might have started in infancy. Read more… TweetPin It

Extreme Dieting KOs Heart Fat in Diabetics

Cutting calories to just 500 kcal/day may eliminate the need for insulin and improve heart function in some patients with type 2 diabetes. Read more… TweetPin It

Renewed Warning on Baby Acetaminophen

The FDA is renewing a warning about the potential for dosing errors with liquid acetaminophen products for infants, which may have been compounded by the recent introduction of a new 160 mg/5 mL strength. Read more… TweetPin It

Activity May Lower Heart Attack Risk, Owning a Car May Raise It

Physical activity during leisure time and on the job was associated with a lower likelihood of having an MI (Myocardial Infarction or heart attack).  In addition, people who owned both a car and a television were more likely than those who owned neither to have an acute MI. Read more… TweetPin It

Diabetes, Obesity Ups Risk of Breast Cancer

Having diabetes and being overweight in older age may raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Read more… TweetPin It

Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Rates Falling

The 2008 recommendation against prostate cancer screening for men 75 and older led to a prompt decrease in the incidence of early-stage disease in this age group, a researcher found. Read more… TweetPin It

Early Help May Improve Preemies’ Behavior

Helping parents better understand and interact with their newborn premature infants may make a difference in their children’s behavior by the time they are ready for school. Read more… TweetPin It

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome NOT linked to Virus

The editors of the journal Science have retracted a controversial 2009 paper claiming to prove a link between a virus and chronic fatigue syndrome.  Although a study caused many to begin taking drugs to fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, scientists started raising questions about the paper almost as soon as it was published. Read more… TweetPin It

COPD Drug Wins FDA Approval

The FDA has approved aclidinium bromide (Tudorza Pressair) for long-term treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Read more… TweetPin It

Shedding Pounds Protects Knee Cartilage

Weight loss among obese individuals can help prevent the loss in thickness and quality of cartilage associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Read more… TweetPin It

Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer Risk

An email rumor suggests underarm antiperspirants cause breast cancer. Read more… TweetPin It

FDA OKs Aclidinium Bromide for COPD

The FDA has approved aclidinium bromide (Tudorza Pressair) for long-term treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the agency announced Monday. Read more… TweetPin It

Fish a Week Keeps the Brain at Its Peak

Eating fish at least once a week could help lower older patients’ risk of developing dementia. Read more… TweetPin It

Soccer Players at Risk for Brain Injury

Soccer players who use their head to work the ball may be at risk for white matter abnormalities similar to those seen in traumatic brain injury. Read more… TweetPin It

Shift Work Raises Diabetes Risk in Women

Women who worked a rotating night shift had an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.  Fewer than 10 years of shift work saw a 5% excess risk.  More than 10 years raised the risk 40% and more than 20 years to almost 60%. Read more… TweetPin It

Mediterranean Diet Good for Small Brain Vessels

The Mediterranean diet continues to reveal its bounty of health benefits — this time protecting against damage to small blood vessels in the brain, researchers found. Read more… TweetPin It

Omega-3s May Help Slow Vision Loss

The combination of vitamin A supplementation and a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids may slow the loss of visual acuity for patients with retinitis pigmentosa. Read more… TweetPin It

Too Much Water Bigger Threat Than Too Little

Hyperhydration, rather than dehydration, may pose a greater health risk to athletes, according to two articles in a British medical journal.  Heat-induced dehydration rarely causes athletes to collapse during workouts or competition. In most cases, the culprit is exercise-associated postural hypotension. The primary treatment should be recovery in a head-down position, not fluid intake. Read […]

Carb Counting May Abate Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Limiting carbohydrate intake just two days a week can mitigate some risk factors for breast cancer by burning body fat and improving insulin sensitivity, researchers said here. Read more… TweetPin It

Antibiotics No Help for Sinusitis

Researchers found that antibiotics won’t chase away your sniffles any faster than watchful waiting. Read more… TweetPin It

Marathons Pose Little Risk to Heart

Despite well-publicized stories of people dropping dead during or after running a marathon, the race isn’t all that risky. Read more… TweetPin It

Fast Food Health Toll Spreads East

Eating Western-style fast food on a regular basis significantly increased the risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease among Asians. Read more… TweetPin It

High Dose Vitamin D Prevents Fractures

High doses of vitamin D prevent fractures in older people – as long as they take it regularly, researchers reported.  In a meta-analysis, oral doses of at least 800 IU were associated with reductions in the risk of both hip and nonvertebral fractures, according to Heike Bischoff-Ferrari, MD, DrPH, of University Hospital in Zurich, and […]

IVIG Stops Alzheimer’s in Its Tracks

VANCOUVER — Three years of treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG, GammaGard) prevented further cognitive decline in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a small study presented here. Four patients who received the full 36 months of treatment showed no decline in scores, reported Norman Relkin, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. […]

 

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