Health News

Sep222014

Outbreak of Severe Virus Now in 22 States

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

At least 160 cases of a sometimes severe virus have been confirmed in 22 states, U.S. health officials say. The cause of the confirmed cases is enterovirus D68. It is part of a family of germs that cause the common cold. Most...read more

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

Sep192014

CDC Backs 2nd Pneumonia Vaccine for Seniors

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Adults age 65 and older should get 2 vaccines to prevent pneumonia, U.S. health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the new advice September 18. The CDC already recommends another...read more

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

Sep182014

Healthy Habits Urged to Help Prevent Dementia

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A healthy lifestyle may help to prevent dementia as well as problems such as heart disease and diabetes, a new report says. The report comes from Alzheimer's Disease International. It is being issued in advance of World...read more

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

Sep172014

2 Drugs Slightly Better for COPD, Study Says

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Giving patients with chronic lung disease 2 drugs provides slightly better results than a single drug, a new study suggests. The study looked at drug treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This disease...read more

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

Sep172014

Health Coaching Helps Gum Health in People with Diabetes

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - People with diabetes may have better blood-sugar levels and gum health if they work with a health coach. The study included 186 people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers focused on two health measures: ...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

Sep162014

Study: Blood Pressure Rises Later in Fit Men

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Fit men tend to develop rising blood pressure nearly a decade later than those who are less fit, a study finds. The new research is based on data from a long-term health study. It included nearly 14,000 men. They received...read more

Categories: Men's Health, Heart Health, Fitness

Sep152014

Study: Kids Get Double Antibiotics Needed

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

Doctors prescribe antibiotics twice as often as needed for children with common respiratory infections, a new study concludes. The study was based on 24 previous articles. They were published between 2000 and 2012. This was...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Medications

Sep122014

FDA Approves Contrave, New Diet Drug

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced approval for the third new diet drug since 2012. Contrave combines two drugs that were already approved. One, naltrexone, is used to treat alcohol and drug addiction. The...read more

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

Sep112014

Dental Implant Failure Rate Higher in People Taking Anti-Depression Drugs

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - Dental implants may be more likely to fail in people taking certain types of drugs to treat depression, says a study. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal did the study. They followed 490 people for...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

Sep112014

Blood Type May Influence Dementia Risk

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

People with the least common blood type may have a higher risk of dementia than those with other types, a new study suggests. The study included more than 30,000 people, ages 45 or older. They were given a series of tests of...read more

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

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