Healthy Living News

Sep222014

Outbreak of Severe Virus Now in 22 States

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

At least 160 cases of a sometimes severe virus have been confirmed in 22 states, U.S. health officials say. The cause of the confirmed cases is enterovirus D68. It is part of a family of germs that cause the common cold. Most...read more

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

Sep192014

CDC Backs 2nd Pneumonia Vaccine for Seniors

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Adults age 65 and older should get 2 vaccines to prevent pneumonia, U.S. health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the new advice September 18. The CDC already recommends another...read more

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

Sep182014

Healthy Habits Urged to Help Prevent Dementia

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A healthy lifestyle may help to prevent dementia as well as problems such as heart disease and diabetes, a new report says. The report comes from Alzheimer's Disease International. It is being issued in advance of World...read more

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

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

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

Sep092014

No Clear Winner among Osteoporosis Drugs

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Osteoporosis drugs do reduce the risk of fractures. But there's no evidence that one drug is clearly better than others, an evidence review concludes. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thin and brittle. They are more likely...read more

Categories: Women's Health, 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

Sep052014

Potassium May Lower Stroke Risk in Women

by Howard Lewine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Women who consume more potassium have a lower risk of stroke, a study has found. The study followed 90,000 women for an average of 11 years. All were between ages 50 and 79, and had gone through menopause. The average daily...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Stroke

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