Healthy Living News

Sep172014

2 Drugs Slightly Better for COPD, Study Says

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Giving patients with chronic lung disease 2 drugs provides slightly better results than a single drug, a new study suggests. The study looked at drug treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This disease...read more

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

Sep162014

Study: Blood Pressure Rises Later in Fit Men

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Fit men tend to develop rising blood pressure nearly a decade later than those who are less fit, a study finds. The new research is based on data from a long-term health study. It included nearly 14,000 men. They received...read more

Categories: Men's Health, Heart Health, Fitness

Sep122014

FDA Approves Contrave, New Diet Drug

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced approval for the third new diet drug since 2012. Contrave combines two drugs that were already approved. One, naltrexone, is used to treat alcohol and drug addiction. The...read more

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

Sep112014

Blood Type May Influence Dementia Risk

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

People with the least common blood type may have a higher risk of dementia than those with other types, a new study suggests. The study included more than 30,000 people, ages 45 or older. They were given a series of tests of...read more

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

Sep102014

Statins May Reduce Diabetes-Related Damage

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol can raise blood sugar in some people. But these drugs may actually reduce the risk of diabetes-related problems such as eye and nerve damage, a study suggests. The study looked at...read more

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

Sep082014

New Drug May Further Shorten Flu Symptoms

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A new drug may reduce flu symptoms faster than current treatments, two studies suggest. The new drug is peramivir. It is given as a single injection. The studies included a total of 427 adults. They were randomly assigned to...read more

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

Sep042014

Poor Sleep Linked with Shrinking Brain Volume

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

A small study has found an association between poor sleep patterns and a reduction in brain volume over time. This does not mean that poor sleep caused the changes in brain size. Those changes may have caused the poor sleep...read more

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

Sep032014

No Clear Winner Among Diets

by Howard Lewine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

When it comes to weight loss, there is no "magic" diet, says a review of published studies. The review looked at 48 studies involving more than 7,000 people. Some were on low-carb diets, such as Atkins or South...read more

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

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

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