Healthy Living News

Apr232015

Doctors Say It's Hard to Talk about End-of-Life Care

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

Doctors often find it hard to talk with patients about end-of-life care, a new study shows. And differences in culture, ethnic group and language make things even more difficult, they told researchers. The study was based on a...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Apr222015

Blue Bell Recalls All Frozen Desserts

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Blue Bell Creameries has removed all of its frozen dessert products from the market because of possible listeria contamination. The Texas-based company made the announcement April 20. Blue Bell also reported results of recent...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Nutrition News

Apr212015

New Guidance on Treatment after First Seizure

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

New guidelines may help decide who should take medicine after a first seizure. About 10% of people in the world have at least 1 seizure in a lifetime. But the risk of having more seizures varies. The updated guidelines come...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Apr172015

Weight Tied to Risk of Worst Prostate Cancers

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Obesity appears to increase the risk of aggressive prostate cancer, especially in black men, a new study finds. The study included nearly 3,400 black men and almost 22,700 white men. When the study began, they were at least 55...read more

Categories: Men's Health, Prostate Cancer

Apr162015

Sleep Apnea May Speed Up Memory Problems

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

Loud snorers and people with sleep apnea may develop memory problems much earlier than those with normal breathing during sleep, a new study suggests. But getting treatment for sleep apnea may restore normal risk levels. The...read more

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

Apr152015

Pharmacists May Help People Stick to Pills

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Pharmacists may have a role to play in helping people on blood thinners take their pills on schedule, a new study finds. The study used information on outpatients in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system. The...read more

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

Apr142015

Listeria Reported in Ice Cream, Hummus

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

Two popular food brands have recalled products contaminated by listeria. Blue Bell brand ice cream has been linked with 8 illnesses and 3 deaths. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Apr102015

Being Short May Be Hard on the Heart

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Short people may be more likely to have heart disease, and that could be linked to their genes, a new study finds. The study looked at genetic data and height for more than 18,000 adults. Researchers found that those who were...read more

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

Apr092015

Arts, Computers, Social Life May Support Brain

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

People who engage in arts and crafts, use computers or have an active social life may stay mentally sharp longer as older adults, a new study suggests. The study included 256 adults, ages 85 or older. They had normal brain...read more

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

Apr082015

Physical Therapy or Surgery for Back Pain?

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Physical therapy may relieve one type of back pain as well as surgery does, a new study finds. The study included 170 people in their late 60s. All of them had lumbar spinal stenosis. This is a narrowing of the channel inside...read more

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

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