Health News

Jan302015

Survey: Many Skip Drugs Because of Cost

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

About 8% of Americans don't take their medicines as prescribed because they can't afford them, a new survey finds. Many also use other tactics to save on drugs, the survey found. About 15% have asked their doctors for a...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Medications

Jan292015

Study: Effect Stronger for 'Expensive' Placebo

by Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A small new study of people with Parkinson's disease underscores the power of what's known as the "placebo effect." And it suggests that price matters. People who think they got an expensive drug may feel better than...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Medications, Parkinson's

Jan282015

Study: High Cholesterol in Middle Age Risky

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Having high cholesterol for a long time, even in your 30s and 40s, can increase your risk of heart disease later, a new study finds. Researchers used information from a long-term study. The new study focused on 1,478 adults...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Heart Health, Cholesterol

Jan282015

Blood Thinners Safe for Dental Surgery Patients

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - People who are taking blood thinners should not stop taking them before dental surgery, says a review of published research. Blood thinners, or anticoagulant drugs, help to prevent blood clots. These clots...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

Jan272015

Extra Tests May Not Help for Chest Pain

by Lori Wiviott Tishler, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People who go to a hospital with chest pain, but are not having heart attacks, may not be helped by extra tests to predict their future risk, a study finds. The study was based on private insurance claims for more than 690,000...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Heart Health

Jan262015

Measles Cases Linked to Disneyland Rise to 78

by Henry H. Bernstein, D.O., M.H.C.M.
Harvard Medical School

At least 78 cases of measles have now been reported in an outbreak traced to Disneyland, public health officials say. The outbreak began in the third week of December. New cases directly linked to the park are no longer being...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Children's Health, Infectious Diseases

Jan232015

Authors Urge Less Focus on Exercise Amount

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

It may be a mistake to urge people who are inactive to aim for 150 minutes a week of exercise, 2 new articles suggest. Rather, the authors say, the main message should be simply to sit less and move more. Health experts...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Fitness

Jan222015

Tooth Loss May Be Marker for Health Risks

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - People who have lost teeth also are more likely to have metabolic syndrome, says a review of national survey information. Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that increase a person's risk of heart...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

Jan222015

Possible Risk of Stomach Sleep for Epileptics

by Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

If you have epilepsy, sleeping on your stomach may increase the risk of sudden death, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed 25 earlier studies about unexplained deaths among people with epilepsy. Such deaths are rare. The...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Sleep

Jan212015

Study Questions Strict Salt Limit after 70

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Adults over 70 might not need to tightly restrict salt, a new study suggests. U.S. guidelines recommend no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium daily for most adults. That's the amount in a teaspoon of salt. But the...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Senior Health, Heart Health

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