Healthy Living News

Dec182014

Fitness Linked with Lower Blood Pressure;

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

Being fit reduces the risk of high blood pressure, a large new study finds. The study included more than 57,000 adults who were part of a large, long-term exercise study. Their average age was 53. They were referred by their...read more

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

Dec172014

Studies Suggest E-cigarettes May Aid Quitters

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

E-cigarettes may help smokers to quit, a new report concludes. But it noted that there's not much research so far about these new devices. The report comes from the Cochrane Collaboration. This is an independent group that...read more

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

Dec162014

Study: People Care about Uses of Medical Data

by Lori Wiviott Tishler, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People may be more willing to share their health records for research than for marketing, a new study finds. In this study, how the records would be used mattered more to people than whether they gave consent. The study...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Dec122014

Compound May Help Reduce Weight Gain

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

In early testing, a new compound appeared to help reduce weight gain, researchers said. The compound contains propionate. This is a fatty acid that is created when fiber breaks down in the colon. Among other things, propionate...read more

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

Dec112014

Study: Gout Attacks Increase at Night

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

Gout attacks are more than twice as likely to occur overnight as during the day or evening, a new study shows. It confirms a finding that many doctors and patients had observed. The study kept track of 724 people with gout for...read more

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

Dec102014

Night Bathroom Trips Common in Older Women

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Many older women get up often at night to use the bathroom, a study suggests. That could be just because they drank too many liquids in the evening, the authors say. But it also could be a sign of a medical problem....read more

Categories: Women's Health

Dec092014

No Ultrasound Benefit Found for Dense Breasts

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Adding ultrasound to mammograms for all women with dense breasts will lead to more tests, cost a lot and ultimately save very few lives, a new study says. Dense breasts have more non-fatty than fatty tissue. Women with dense...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Breast Cancer, Prevention

Dec052014

Flu May Be Severe, Shots Less Effective

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A strain of influenza that often causes severe disease is the one seen most often so far in this flu season, health officials say. And this year's flu vaccine may not protect against all of them. The U.S. Centers for Disease...read more

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

Dec042014

Study: Longer Surgery Increases Clot Risk

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

Being in surgery for a longer time may increase the risk of forming a dangerous blood clot, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at information about 1.4 million people. All of them had surgery under general anesthesia in...read more

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

Dec032014

Hospital Errors Reduced, Report Says

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Preventable hospital deaths are occurring less often, a new report says. The government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services did the report. It was based on medical records. The agency focused on preventable...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

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