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Oct172014

2 Nurses Get Ebola; Response under Scrutiny

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

In a hearing October 16, members of Congress criticized mistakes that may have allowed Ebola to spread at a Dallas hospital. Nurses Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson were diagnosed this week. Both took care of Thomas Eric Duncan...read more

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

Oct162014

Psoriasis Linked to Poor Blood Pressure Control

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

People with severe psoriasis may have more problems with controlling high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Psoriasis causes scaly patches on the skin. Earlier research showed that people with this condition were more...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Oct152014

Black Diabetics More Likely to Lose a Leg

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Amputation rates for Americans vary greatly depending on their race and where they live, a study shows. Blacks were 3 times as likely as non-blacks to have a leg amputated. The report is published on the website of the...read more

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

Oct142014

Gender May Affect Heart's Reaction to Stress

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Stress may affect women and men with heart disease in different ways, a new study suggests. The study included 254 men and 56 women. They were given 3 mentally stressful tasks. Men showed greater increases in blood pressure...read more

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

Oct102014

Cold Temperatures Change Fat Behavior

by Howard Lewine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Body fat can burn more calories in colder temperatures, a study has found. The study examined belly fat in 55 people. Samples were taken in the summer and winter. Belly fat is generally considered to be white fat,...read more

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

Oct082014

Diabetes: Screen all Adults 45 and Older

by Howard Lewine, MD
Harvard Medical School

Adults age 45 and older should be screened for type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, says new advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Younger people with diabetes risk factors such as obesity or family history...read more

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

Oct032014

Liberian in U.S. Has Ebola; 100 Being Watched

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A Liberian man visiting the United States has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the case this week. Thomas Eric Duncan is the first person to be diagnosed with...read more

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

Oct012014

Study: Social Ties Help Heart Attack Recovery

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

Social support may help younger as well as older adults avoid depression and poor quality of life after a heart attack. That's the main finding of a study among 3,400 adults. All were age 55 or under. They answered questions...read more

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

Sep302014

Neurology Group Backs Less Use of Narcotics

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Narcotic pain relievers are usually too risky for long-term treatment of headaches, low back pain and fibromyalgia, new guidelines say. The statement comes from the American Academy of Neurology. Prescription narcotics are...read more

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

Sep262014

CDC: Half of Gay Men with HIV Get Treatment

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Only about half of gay and bisexual men who know they are infected with HIV get treatment, a new study shows. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did the study, based on national surveys. It focused on...read more

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

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