Healthy Living News

Aug292014

Electric Brain Stimulation Improves Memory

by Howard Lewine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A small study has found that electrical stimulation to certain parts of the brain can improve memory. The study included 16 adults, ages 21 to 40. They took a test in which they tried to associate a given word with a photo of...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Aug282014

Polyp Removal and Future Colon-Cancer Risk

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

People who have low-risk colon polyps removed may have a lower-than-average risk of future colon cancer, a new study suggests. But those who have high-risk polyps removed may still have a higher risk. The study was done in...read more

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

Aug272014

Aspirin May Cut Risk of 2nd Deep-Vein Clot

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Aspirin may offer some long-term protection for people who have had blood clots in the legs or lungs, a new study suggests. The study combined the results of two similar, smaller studies. They included 1,224 people who had a...read more

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

Aug262014

'Sleep Drunkenness' Common, Study Finds

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A new survey suggests that about 15% of Americans have what's sometimes known as "sleep drunkenness." Doctors call it confusional arousal. This means that you wake up feeling confused and not knowing where you are,...read more

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

Aug222014

2 Americans Recover after Ebola Treatment

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Two Americans treated for Ebola infection were released from Emory University Hospital this week. Kent Brantly, M.D., 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59, were infected while working at a hospital in Liberia. They were part of the...read more

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

Aug202014

Non-Car Commuters Thinner, Study Finds

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Walking, biking or even riding public transit to work can help with weight control, a new study suggests. The study was based on a survey of about 7,500 people in the United Kingdom. Nearly 74% commuted by car. About 10% of...read more

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

Aug192014

Many Get Cancer Screening at Advanced Ages

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Many older adults who are unlikely to live more than 10 years still are given routine screening tests for cancer, new studies show. But those tests are unlikely to help them and may have risks, the authors say. One study used...read more

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

Aug142014

Studies Look at Sodium's World Health Impact

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

Two new studies add to the discussion about salt and its role in high blood pressure and heart disease. In one study, researchers used data from 66 countries to estimate sodium consumption by age, sex and country. They...read more

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

Aug132014

New Home Test Finds Most Colon Cancers

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

U.S. regulators have approved a new home test that detects more than 90% of colorectal cancers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Cologuard test August 11. Like the older fecal occult test, Cologuard checks...read more

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

Aug122014

Robin Williams Dies; Suicide Suspected

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Comedian and actor Robin Williams, who had fought substance abuse and depression, was found dead in his California home August 11. The Marin County sheriff's office said the cause of death was suspected to be "suicide due...read more

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

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