Healthy Living News

Jul252014

Tylenol May Not Relieve New Back Pain

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Though it's used widely for many kinds of pain, acetaminophen (Tylenol and generics) may not help new back pain, a study suggests. The study included 1,650 adults with new pain in the lower back. They were randomly divided...read more

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

Jul242014

Taking Pulse May Help Track Stroke Risk

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

People who have had strokes and their family members can help detect an increased risk of a second stroke, a new study suggests. The technique used was a simple one: checking the pulse. The study included 256 people. Each...read more

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

Jul222014

No Heart-Attack Drop for Younger Adults

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Though heart attacks have declined among older adults, a new study finds that rates have stayed the same for those under 55. And younger women continue to do worse than younger men after heart attacks. The new study covered...read more

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

Jul182014

Deaths Drop Sharply in HIV Population

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People infected with HIV in wealthier countries are 28% less likely to die early than they were in 1999, a new study shows. Only 29% of deaths were related to AIDS, the disease caused by HIV. They were still the most...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, HIV / AIDS

Jul172014

Potassium May Cut Death Rates with Diuretics

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Giving extra potassium to everyone taking "water pills" might help people with heart failure live longer, a study suggests. Loop diuretics are often given for heart failure, which can cause people to retain fluid....read more

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

Jul162014

'Telecare' May Improve Pain Management

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

An automated program to monitor symptoms may improve pain treatment more than typical care, a study suggests. The study included 250 people who had long-term muscle or joint pain. They were randomly divided into 2 groups. One...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Jul152014

People Quit More Often if Pills Look Different

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

People may be more likely to stop taking generic drugs if the color or shape changes, a new study suggests. Generic medicines may change color and shape if made by different manufacturers. This is more likely to occur if...read more

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

Jul112014

Weather Not Linked to Back Pain in Study

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Does bad weather make your back hurt? Researchers have taken a close look at this question and concluded that the answer is no. The study included nearly 1,000 people. All of them visited primary care clinics because of acute...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Jul102014

Doctors' Duty: Protect Brain-Injured Athletes

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

Doctors have a moral duty to help protect athletes from the effects of concussions, a new policy statement says. The statement comes from the American Academy of Neurology. Neurologists treat concussions and other brain...read more

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

Jul082014

Carotid Ultrasound Not Recommended for All

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Most adults don't need to be tested for narrowing of the arteries leading to the brain, an expert group says. The new statement is a final guideline from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. This expert group provides...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Prevention, Stroke

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