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Apr112014

Report Questions Need for Flu-Fighting Drugs

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A new report questions the practice of governments stockpiling drugs to prepare for wide-scale flu outbreaks. The nonprofit Cochrane Collaboration released the report. Cochrane assembled a group of flu experts. They reviewed...read more

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

Apr082014

Milk May Help Protect Women with Arthritis

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

Women who drink more milk may be able to fend off severe osteoarthritis longer, a new study suggests. The study included 1,260 women and almost 900 men with knee arthritis. They answered questions about what they ate....read more

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

Apr042014

Diet, Exercise Cut Death Rates in Pre-diabetes

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

People with blood sugar just below diabetes levels may live longer with diet and exercise, a new study has found. The study included 438 people who were randomly assigned to a program of diet and exercise and 138 who did not...read more

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

Apr032014

Early Fitness May Help Keep Brain Agile

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

Physically fit young adults may have more nimble brains later on, a new study suggests. The study included 2,700 men and women. They were 18 to 30 years old when the study began. They were given treadmill tests that involved...read more

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

Apr022014

2 Studies: Vitamin D Benefits Still Not Clear

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Current evidence still doesn't show any clear benefits from taking vitamin D pills, 2 new reports say. One report looked at hundreds of studies, including those that pulled together results from prior studies. The authors...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Apr012014

Stiff Arteries May Raise Risk of Alzheimer's

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Artery stiffness may increase the odds of developing dementia, a new study suggests. People are more likely to develop both stiff blood vessels and dementia as they grow older. The new study looked at links between these...read more

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

Mar272014

Brain Stimulation Helps Some Fibromyalgia Symptoms

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

Magnetic brain stimulation improved symptoms and quality of life in people with fibromyalgia. That's the finding of a study of 38 patients. Fibromyalgia causes chronic pain, fatigue and other symptoms. Previous brain imaging...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Mar252014

Study: E-Cigarettes Don't Help Smokers Quit

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) aren't all they're touted to be, according to a U.S. study. Researchers focused on whether they were effective smoking cessation tools. They found that e-cigarettes did not help people quit...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Tobacco Cessation

Mar212014

Guidelines Would Boost Statin Use by 13 Million

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Under new guidelines, statin drugs could be recommended for up to half of U.S. adults between 40 and 75. That's an increase of nearly 13 million Americans. The estimate comes from a new study. It focuses on the effect of new...read more

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

Mar202014

Middle-Age Diabetes Tied to Memory Issues

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

Having diabetes or high blood pressure in middle age may increase the risk of memory and thinking problems later, new research suggests. The study included more than 1,400 people. Their average age was 80. They had either...read more

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

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