Health News

Jul292014

Study: Bump Beats Shake for Germ Control

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

To reduce the spread of germs, at least in hospitals, a new article argues for bumping fists instead of shaking hands. Researchers worked in pairs. Both put on a pair of new, germ-free (sterile) gloves for each experiment. One...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Jul282014

RSV Drug Recommended for Fewer Babies

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

A large group of children's doctors says that only certain high-risk babies should receive a drug to prevent severe problems from a common virus. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that evidence now shows other...read more

Categories: Newborn & Babies' Health, Medications, Children's Health

Jul252014

Tylenol May Not Relieve New Back Pain

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Though it's used widely for many kinds of pain, acetaminophen (Tylenol and generics) may not help new back pain, a study suggests. The study included 1,650 adults with new pain in the lower back. They were randomly divided...read more

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

Jul242014

Bacteria and Gum Disease: Unraveling the Mystery

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - People with gum disease have more bacteria in their mouths than people with healthy gums do, say German researchers. The researchers also found that people with gum disease have more Porphyromonas gingivalis...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

Jul242014

Taking Pulse May Help Track Stroke Risk

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

People who have had strokes and their family members can help detect an increased risk of a second stroke, a new study suggests. The technique used was a simple one: checking the pulse. The study included 256 people. Each...read more

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

Jul232014

Study Tallies Cancer-Spread Risk of Procedure

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A study has provided new estimates of the risk that one surgical technique to remove the uterus might spread an undetected cancer. The study looked at morcellation. This technique uses a power cutter to slice the uterus into...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Cancer

Jul222014

No Heart-Attack Drop for Younger Adults

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Though heart attacks have declined among older adults, a new study finds that rates have stayed the same for those under 55. And younger women continue to do worse than younger men after heart attacks. The new study covered...read more

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

Jul212014

Teens at Top High Schools Take Fewer Health Risks

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Going to a top-performing public high school can reduce very risky health behaviors among low-income teens, a new study suggests. These behaviors include binge drinking, substance use at school, risky sex and joining a gang....read more

Categories: Children's Health

Jul182014

Deaths Drop Sharply in HIV Population

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People infected with HIV in wealthier countries are 28% less likely to die early than they were in 1999, a new study shows. Only 29% of deaths were related to AIDS, the disease caused by HIV. They were still the most...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, HIV / AIDS

Jul172014

Potassium May Cut Death Rates with Diuretics

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Giving extra potassium to everyone taking "water pills" might help people with heart failure live longer, a study suggests. Loop diuretics are often given for heart failure, which can cause people to retain fluid....read more

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

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