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2 Nurses Get Ebola; Response under Scrutiny

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

In a hearing October 16, members of Congress criticized mistakes that may have allowed Ebola to spread at a Dallas hospital. Nurses Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson were diagnosed this week. Both took care of Thomas Eric more

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


Psoriasis Linked to Poor Blood Pressure Control

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

People with severe psoriasis may have more problems with controlling high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Psoriasis causes scaly patches on the skin. Earlier research showed that people with this condition were more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health


Medical Screenings in Dental Offices Could Catch Undiagnosed Conditions

by Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH - A dental visit may be a useful time to screen people for diabetes, kidney disease and other health conditions. That's one conclusion of a new study. The study was based at the University of Kentucky, more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health


Black Diabetics More Likely to Lose a Leg

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Amputation rates for Americans vary greatly depending on their race and where they live, a study shows. Blacks were 3 times as likely as non-blacks to have a leg amputated. The report is published on the website of more

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


Gender May Affect Heart's Reaction to Stress

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Stress may affect women and men with heart disease in different ways, a new study suggests. The study included 254 men and 56 women. They were given 3 mentally stressful tasks. Men showed greater increases in blood more

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


Calm Family Meals Linked with Normal Weight

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Research has linked family meals with a lower risk of childhood obesity. A new study suggests that a nice, calm atmosphere at mealtime also may help. The study included 120 families. Researchers asked them to record a week more

Categories: Children's Health, Weight Management, Fitness, Family Health


Cold Temperatures Change Fat Behavior

by Howard Lewine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Body fat can burn more calories in colder temperatures, a study has found. The study examined belly fat in 55 people. Samples were taken in the summer and winter. Belly fat is generally considered to be white fat, more

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


Lifestyle Factors Affect Stroke Risk

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

Women with a healthy lifestyle are half as likely to have a stroke, says research from Sweden. The study included more than 31,000 women. Their average age was 60. The women answered 350 survey questions. They were more

Categories: Women's Health, Stroke


Diabetes: Screen all Adults 45 and Older

by Howard Lewine, MD
Harvard Medical School

Adults age 45 and older should be screened for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, says new advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Younger people with diabetes risk factors such as obesity or family more

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


Teens and Parents Like School-Based Health Centers

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

School-based health centers make good medical homes for teens, a new survey finds. Researchers questioned about 500 teens who visited a school-based health center in Denver, Colorado. They wanted to know which services more

Categories: Children's Health

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