Healthy Living News

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

Jul032014

Steroid Shots May Not Improve Back Pain

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

A new study suggests that steroid shots may not help people with a common back pain problem. The study focused on spinal stenosis. With this condition, the open space in the spinal canal is narrowed. This squeezes nerves,...read more

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

Jul022014

Transplant May Help Adults with Sickle Cell

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A partial transplant of bone-marrow stem cells may reverse sickle cell disease in adults, a new study finds. People with sickle cell disease have abnormally shaped red blood cells. They get stuck in blood vessels. This causes...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

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