Health News

Aug222014

More Dentists Mean Better Oral Health for City Kids

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - Children in urban areas have better oral health if more dentists are available near them, says a study. The research was done using 2007 data from a U.S. national survey. Researchers were from London; Bogota,...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

Aug212014

Exercise May Deter Heart Rhythm Problem

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

Exercise may help older women to avoid an abnormal heart rhythm, a new study suggests. The study focused on atrial fibrillation. In people with this irregular rhythm, the upper chambers of the heart quiver instead of...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Fitness, Heart Health

Aug202014

Non-Car Commuters Thinner, Study Finds

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Walking, biking or even riding public transit to work can help with weight control, a new study suggests. The study was based on a survey of about 7,500 people in the United Kingdom. Nearly 74% commuted by car. About 10% of...read more

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

Aug192014

Many Get Cancer Screening at Advanced Ages

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Many older adults who are unlikely to live more than 10 years still are given routine screening tests for cancer, new studies show. But those tests are unlikely to help them and may have risks, the authors say. One study used...read more

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

Aug182014

Shots Fight Cervical-Cancer Virus 8 Years

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

A vaccine appears to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV) for 8 years, a new study finds. Human papillomavirus causes most cases of cervical cancer. This was a long-term follow-up to an earlier study. In the original...read more

Categories: Cancer, Women's Health, Sexual / Reproductive Health

Aug152014

Best Flu Vaccines for Seniors, Kids

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

The nasal flu vaccine is more effective for young children, and the high-dose flu shot may be better for older adults, two new reports say. The advice on flu vaccines for children comes from a committee that advises the U.S....read more

Categories: Senior Health, Children's Health

Aug142014

Studies Look at Sodium's World Health Impact

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

Two new studies add to the discussion about salt and its role in high blood pressure and heart disease. In one study, researchers used data from 66 countries to estimate sodium consumption by age, sex and country. They...read more

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

Aug132014

New Home Test Finds Most Colon Cancers

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

U.S. regulators have approved a new home test that detects more than 90% of colorectal cancers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Cologuard test August 11. Like the older fecal occult test, Cologuard checks...read more

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

Aug132014

R U Flossing? Text Messages May Improve Oral Health Habits

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - Text messaging campaigns could help to improve oral health, says a study. Researchers enrolled 129 mothers of young children. About half of them received text messages for 7 days. The messages asked about...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

Aug122014

Robin Williams Dies; Suicide Suspected

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Comedian and actor Robin Williams, who had fought substance abuse and depression, was found dead in his California home August 11. The Marin County sheriff's office said the cause of death was suspected to be "suicide due...read more

Categories: Depression, Addiction, Women's Health, Men's Health

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