Healthy Living News

Mar272015

Living Past 90 Closely Linked to Genes

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

The longer you live past 90, the greater the odds that your genes are a big reason, researchers say in a new study. The study looked at thousands of groups of siblings in New England. In all of the groups, at least one person...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Mar262015

Fitness May Reduce Lung, Colon Cancer Risk

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

Men who are fit in middle age may have lower risks of some cancers in later years, a new study finds. The study included nearly 14,000 men who were part of a long-term health study. Their average age when the study began was...read more

Categories: Men's Health, Fitness, Cancer

Mar252015

Brain Stents May Increase Stroke Risk

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Propping open a narrowed artery in the brain actually may lead to more strokes than giving medicines alone, a study has found. The study included 112 people. All of them had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or...read more

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

Mar202015

Study Supports Live-Donor Liver Transplants

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People with sudden (acute) liver failure do just as well if they receive a partial liver from a live donor as they do with a traditional transplant, a study finds. The donors seem to do well, too. The study found they had no...read more

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

Mar192015

Metabolic Problems Riskier than Weight for Some

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

In Mexican-Americans, problems with cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure are better predictors of artery disease than excess weight, a new study finds. Researchers measured all of these factors, and others, among 503...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Mar182015

Early Tests May Not Aid Elders' Back Pain

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Early imaging tests don't help older adults with new back pain feel better any faster, a new study finds. But the tests do lead to higher costs. The study included 5,200 people over age 65. All of them went to see doctors for...read more

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

Mar162015

New Drugs Lower LDL, May Protect Heart

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A new type of drug lowers cholesterol and may also reduce heart attack and stroke rates, study results show. The 2 new studies look at drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. Both of the study drugs work by shutting down a...read more

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

Mar132015

Cochlear Implants May Help More than Seniors' Hearing

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Seniors with severe hearing loss who received a cochlear implant to restore hearing also had improved mood and thinking skills, a new study finds. A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that provides sound to a person...read more

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

Mar102015

Colon Cancer Risk Lower for Vegetarians

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Vegetarians may have a lower risk of colorectal cancer than meat-eaters, a new study concludes. Eating fish, but not meat, may reduce the risk even more, the study said. The study focused on more than 77,000 adults. They were...read more

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

Mar062015

Study: Statins May Increase Men's Diabetes Risk

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Men who take statin drugs to lower cholesterol may be more likely to develop diabetes than men who don't take the drugs, a study published this week finds. The study included 9,000 men. None had diabetes when the study began....read more

Categories: Men's Health, Diabetes, Medications

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