Healthy Living News

Dec172014

Studies Suggest E-cigarettes May Aid Quitters

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

E-cigarettes may help smokers to quit, a new report concludes. But it noted that there's not much research so far about these new devices. The report comes from the Cochrane Collaboration. This is an independent group that...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Tobacco Cessation

Dec162014

Study: People Care about Uses of Medical Data

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

People may be more willing to share their health records for research than for marketing, a new study finds. In this study, how the records would be used mattered more to people than whether they gave consent. The study...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Dec122014

Compound May Help Reduce Weight Gain

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

In early testing, a new compound appeared to help reduce weight gain, researchers said. The compound contains propionate. This is a fatty acid that is created when fiber breaks down in the colon. Among other things, propionate...read more

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

Dec112014

Study: Gout Attacks Increase at Night

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

Gout attacks are more than twice as likely to occur overnight as during the day or evening, a new study shows. It confirms a finding that many doctors and patients had observed. The study kept track of 724 people with gout for...read more

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

Dec052014

Flu May Be Severe, Shots Less Effective

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A strain of influenza that often causes severe disease is the one seen most often so far in this flu season, health officials say. And this year's flu vaccine may not protect against all of them. The U.S. Centers for Disease...read more

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

Dec042014

Study: Longer Surgery Increases Clot Risk

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

Being in surgery for a longer time may increase the risk of forming a dangerous blood clot, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at information about 1.4 million people. All of them had surgery under general anesthesia in...read more

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

Dec032014

Hospital Errors Reduced, Report Says

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Preventable hospital deaths are occurring less often, a new report says. The government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services did the report. It was based on medical records. The agency focused on preventable...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Dec022014

Study: Statins Don't Protect Bones

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Contrary to some earlier research, a large new study concludes that statins do not reduce the risk of broken bones. People take statin drugs to reduce cholesterol and inflammation. But some studies suggested that people who...read more

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

Nov262014

Half Million Cancers a Year Tied to Obesity

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

Nearly half a million cancers worldwide each year are linked with excess weight, a new study estimates. The study was based on 2012 cancer data. Researchers looked at 184 countries. They found there were 481,000...read more

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

Nov252014

Study: Yogurt May Reduce Diabetes Risk

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A cup of yogurt a day may help keep diabetes away, a new study suggests. But the reduction in risk was relatively small. The study was based on information about the diets of nearly 200,000 health professionals. They were part...read more

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

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