Health News

Mar302015

CDC Steps Up Efforts vs. Resistant Bacteria

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will increase its efforts to reduce excess use of antibiotics and the spread of bacteria that resist these drugs. The White House announced the effort March 27. The goal is...read more

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

Mar272015

Living Past 90 Closely Linked to Genes

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

The longer you live past 90, the greater the odds that your genes are a big reason, researchers say in a new study. The study looked at thousands of groups of siblings in New England. In all of the groups, at least one person...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Mar262015

Fitness May Reduce Lung, Colon Cancer Risk

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

Men who are fit in middle age may have lower risks of some cancers in later years, a new study finds. The study included nearly 14,000 men who were part of a long-term health study. Their average age when the study began was...read more

Categories: Men's Health, Fitness, Cancer

Mar252015

Brain Stents May Increase Stroke Risk

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Propping open a narrowed artery in the brain actually may lead to more strokes than giving medicines alone, a study has found. The study included 112 people. All of them had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or...read more

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

Mar242015

Exercise May Reduce Fall Injuries in Elderly

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

A structured exercise program may reduce the risk of serious injury from falls in older women, a new study suggests. The study included about 400 women, ages 70 to 80. All of them had normal vitamin D levels when the study...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Senior Health

Mar232015

Training Parents May Help Kids with ADHD

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

Training parents to care for their children with ADHD may lead to improved behavior, a new study suggests. The study included 156 low-income children, ages 6 to 12. Their doctors had referred them to specialists to find out if...read more

Categories: Children's Health

Mar202015

Study Supports Live-Donor Liver Transplants

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People with sudden (acute) liver failure do just as well if they receive a partial liver from a live donor as they do with a traditional transplant, a study finds. The donors seem to do well, too. The study found they had no...read more

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

Mar192015

Metabolic Problems Riskier than Weight for Some

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

In Mexican-Americans, problems with cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure are better predictors of artery disease than excess weight, a new study finds. Researchers measured all of these factors, and others, among 503...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Mar192015

Secondhand Smoke Increases Risk for Cleft Lip, Palate

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - Secondhand smoke puts pregnant women at increased risk for having a baby with a cleft lip, says a review of published research. Authors from Canada, Egypt and the United Kingdom reviewed 14 studies on the...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

Mar182015

Early Tests May Not Aid Elders' Back Pain

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Early imaging tests don't help older adults with new back pain feel better any faster, a new study finds. But the tests do lead to higher costs. The study included 5,200 people over age 65. All of them went to see doctors for...read more

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

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