Health News

May222015

Depression Linked with Poor Oral Health

by Nancy Volkers

In older adults, having symptoms of depression is linked long-term to certain mouth conditions and to poorer oral health, a study says. The study ran from 1998 to 2008. It included 944 adults. They were at least 65 years...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

May222015

Pregnant Women Skip Whooping-Cough Shot

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Many pregnant women are not getting recommended shots to protect themselves and their babies against whooping cough, a new study shows. The study comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Newborn & Babies' Health, Pregnancy, Vaccination, Prevention

May212015

Home Walking May Help Leg Arteries

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

Support groups that encourage people to walk may help people with clogged leg arteries, a new study suggests. The study included 194 people age 65 or older. All of them had peripheral artery disease. This is a narrowing of leg...read more

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

May202015

Study Tracks Amyloid Links to Dementia Risk

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Deposits called amyloid plaques may appear in the brain 20 years or more before people develop signs of dementia, a research review finds. These plaques are more often found in older adults. But they also are seen more often...read more

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

May192015

Steroid Pills May Not Help Disk Pain

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

Taking corticosteroid pills for 2 weeks may help people with sciatica move better, a new study finds. But the pills did not reduce pain any more than a placebo did. The study included 269 people who had endured back pain...read more

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

May182015

Study: Kids Don't Move Much in Preschool

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Young children may not get much physical activity in a day at preschool, a new study finds. The study included nearly 100 preschool children from 10 child-care centers. Researchers spent 4 full days at each center, watching...read more

Categories: Children's Health

May152015

Grip Strength Linked to Early-Death Risk

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

How's your hand grip? A new study suggests that answering this question could help assess your risk of heart attack, stroke and early death. Grip strength has been shown to be a good indicator of overall muscle strength. In...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

May142015

THC Pill No Help for Dementia Behaviors

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

In a small study, a "medical marijuana" pill did not help behavior problems caused by dementia any more than a placebo, researchers report. The study included 50 people. They were having behavior problems linked with...read more

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

May142015

Gum Disease Risk Increases with Weight Gain

by Nancy Volkers

Gaining weight may increase a person's risk of gum disease, says a study. The study looked at data from previous research. It included only long-term studies that focused on possible links between weight gain and gum...read more

Categories: Dental / Oral Health

May132015

Study Backs 'Slow Metabolism' Link to Weight

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A small new study suggests that some people really may have a harder time losing weight because of a "slow" metabolism. The study of 12 obese men and women took place in a laboratory. For the first 3 weeks, people...read more

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

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