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Nov202014

At Best, Type 1 Diabetes Doubles Death Risk

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

No matter how well they control their blood sugar, people with type 1 diabetes have at least twice the normal risk of early death, a new study finds. The study included 34,000 people with type 1 diabetes. They were compared...read more

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

Nov182014

Study: 23% in High School Use Tobacco

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

About 23% of U.S. high school students use some form of tobacco, new survey data show. And about 90% of those teens smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes or hookah, the survey found. The new study was based on a 2013 national survey...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Tobacco Cessation

Nov182014

If A Dental Implant Fails, Try Again, Study Says

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - If a dental implant does not fuse with the jawbone, chances are still good that a second implant will work out, says a study. The study was done by researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. They...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

Nov172014

How Long to Take 2 Anti-Clotting Drugs?

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People who take anti-clotting drugs longer after a heart procedure may reduce their risk of heart attack, a new study finds. The study included nearly 10,000 people who received balloon angioplasty and a small metal tube...read more

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

Nov172014

Japanese Study: No Heart Protection from Aspirin

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

In a study from Japan, taking daily low-dose aspirin did not reduce the risk of early death for people who had a high risk of developing heart disease. The study included 14,464 people, ages 60 to 85. All of them had high...read more

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

Nov142014

U.S. Investigates Generic Drug Price Hikes

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

U.S. officials are investigating recent large price increases in several generic drugs. A commentary published November 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine addresses the issue. For example, the price of doxycycline, an...read more

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

Nov132014

B12, Folic Acid Pills May Not Help Memory

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

B-vitamin pills may not help preserve memory in certain high-risk older adults, a study finds. The study included more than 2,900 older adults. Their average age was 74. All of them had high blood levels of homocysteine. This...read more

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

Nov122014

Study: End-of-Life Care Costs Less in Hospice

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Cancer patients in hospice care are much less likely than other patients to receive aggressive end-of-life-care or die away from home, a new study finds. The study included more than 36,000 Medicare patients. All of them had...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Cancer, Caregiving

Nov122014

Decay or Not? Watchful Waiting Often Helpful

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - There's a white spot on a tooth, but X-rays don't show decay. What should dentists do? A study from the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network had dentists keeping an eye on 1,033 questionable spots...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

Nov112014

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Older longtime smokers and ex-smokers on Medicare soon may be able to get screening tests for lung cancer. These tests can find cancers early enough that they may be curable. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Lung Cancer, Prevention, Tobacco Cessation

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