Healthy Living News

May212015

Home Walking May Help Leg Arteries

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

Support groups that encourage people to walk may help people with clogged leg arteries, a new study suggests. The study included 194 people age 65 or older. All of them had peripheral artery disease. This is a narrowing of leg...read more

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

May202015

Study Tracks Amyloid Links to Dementia Risk

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Deposits called amyloid plaques may appear in the brain 20 years or more before people develop signs of dementia, a research review finds. These plaques are more often found in older adults. But they also are seen more often...read more

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

May192015

Steroid Pills May Not Help Disk Pain

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

Taking corticosteroid pills for 2 weeks may help people with sciatica move better, a new study finds. But the pills did not reduce pain any more than a placebo did. The study included 269 people who had endured back pain...read more

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

May152015

Grip Strength Linked to Early-Death Risk

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

How's your hand grip? A new study suggests that answering this question could help assess your risk of heart attack, stroke and early death. Grip strength has been shown to be a good indicator of overall muscle strength. In...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

May142015

THC Pill No Help for Dementia Behaviors

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

In a small study, a "medical marijuana" pill did not help behavior problems caused by dementia any more than a placebo, researchers report. The study included 50 people. They were having behavior problems linked with...read more

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

May132015

Study Backs 'Slow Metabolism' Link to Weight

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A small new study suggests that some people really may have a harder time losing weight because of a "slow" metabolism. The study of 12 obese men and women took place in a laboratory. For the first 3 weeks, people...read more

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

May122015

Study: Resistant Typhoid More Widespread

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A drug-resistant strain of the bacteria that cause typhoid fever is spreading through Asia and Africa, a new study warns. The strain is known as H58. It is now one of the most common forms of the bacteria Salmonella typhi, the...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

May082015

Statins May Help in Advanced Prostate Cancer

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Men who take statins may be better able to fight off advanced prostate cancer than those not taking statins, a new study suggests. The new study included 926 men with advanced prostate cancer. They were taking drugs to reduce...read more

Categories: Men's Health, Prostate Cancer

May072015

Healthier Diets Linked to Less Mental Decline

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People who eat healthier diets may also be less likely to lose mental sharpness as they get older, a new study finds. The study included nearly 28,000 older adults from 40 countries. Researchers gave them tests of mental...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Diet & Fitness

May042015

2-Minute Walks May Offset Effects of Sitting

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

Recent research suggests that sitting for long periods is harmful even for those who get regular exercise. But a new study finds that getting up and moving for just 2 minutes each hour can help reverse those effects. The study...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Fitness, Healthy Living

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