Healthy Living News

Feb262015

Wider Spread for Hospital-Linked Infections

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

In a recent year, more than 450,000 Americans had a type of severe diarrhea that most often occurs in health-care facilities. But one-third of them had not been in a hospital or nursing home recently, a study found. About...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Feb252015

Study Tallies Painkiller Risk after Heart Attack

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Some common painkillers may increase the risk of second heart attacks when taken along with drugs to prevent clots, a large new study finds. The study adds to concerns about potential heart risks of nonsteroidal ...read more

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

Feb242015

Fewer Heart Deaths for Finnish Sauna Users

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Men who use a traditional Finnish sauna may be less likely than others to die from heart disease, a new study suggests. Most doctors now recommend that heart patients stay away from saunas because of the demands they place on...read more

Categories: Men's Health, Heart Health

Feb202015

Hospital 'Superbug' Outbreak Linked to Scopes

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

About 100 patients at a Los Angeles hospital may have been exposed to dangerous drug-resistant bacteria. The exposure occurred through contaminated medical devices, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said. Seven patients have...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Feb192015

Study Links Virus to Giant Cell Arteritis

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

A new study links the shingles virus to another painful condition in the elderly, giant cell arteritis. The varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox. After symptoms go away, the virus can hide in the body for many years. If it...read more

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

Feb182015

Tools May Calculate Heart Risk Too High

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Calculators used to assess people's risk of heart problems may put those odds too high, a new study finds. Calculators use cholesterol levels, blood pressure and other factors to estimate risk. They are based on research. The...read more

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

Feb122015

Stem-Cell Transplants Show Promise for MS

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

Transplants of their own stem cells may help people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a small new study suggests. The study included 21 people with MS. They were randomly divided into 2 groups. One group had stem cells removed...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Feb112015

Iron Pills Aid Recovery for Blood Donors

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Taking iron pills can help restore hemoglobin and iron in the body faster after blood donation, a study has found. Hemoglobin is made up of iron and protein. It is the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the...read more

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

Feb102015

Fewer Hearts Accepted for Transplant

by Lori Wiviott Tishler, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Transplant centers and surgeons are accepting only 1 in 3 donated hearts for use in patients, a new study shows. Rejection also rates vary by region, the study found. The authors say this shows there are no clear standards for...read more

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

Feb062015

Study: Fast Blood-Pressure Treatment Matters

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Treating high blood pressure quickly can make a big difference in people's future health, a new study finds. Researchers looked at medical records of about 88,000 high blood pressure patients. They found that people benefited...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

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