Healthy Living News

Jan232015

Authors Urge Less Focus on Exercise Amount

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

It may be a mistake to urge people who are inactive to aim for 150 minutes a week of exercise, 2 new articles suggest. Rather, the authors say, the main message should be simply to sit less and move more. Health experts...read more

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

Jan222015

Possible Risk of Stomach Sleep for Epileptics

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

If you have epilepsy, sleeping on your stomach may increase the risk of sudden death, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed 25 earlier studies about unexplained deaths among people with epilepsy. Such deaths are rare. The...read more

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

Jan212015

Study Questions Strict Salt Limit after 70

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Adults over 70 might not need to tightly restrict salt, a new study suggests. U.S. guidelines recommend no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium daily for most adults. That's the amount in a teaspoon of salt. But the...read more

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

Jan162015

FDA Backs Weight-Loss Device to Curb Hunger

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

U.S. regulators have approved a device to help control appetite in very obese adults by stimulating a stomach nerve. The device is called the Maestro Rechargeable System. It is made by EnteroMedics Inc. It is implanted in the...read more

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

Jan152015

Spit Test May Help Find Lung Cancers

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

A new test of that gunk you cough up from your lungs may help to tell which lumps found in a lung CT scan are cancerous. Medicare now covers a yearly low-dose CT scan each year for certain long-term, heavy smokers and former...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Lung Cancer, Prevention

Jan142015

Study Links Optimism with Heart Health

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Optimistic people may have healthier hearts, a new study concludes. The study included 5,100 adults, ages 52 to 84. They were part of a longer-term study of atherosclerosis in different U.S. racial groups. Atherosclerosis is...read more

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

Jan132015

Study Questions Goals for Older Diabetics

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Many older diabetics are following "tight control" of blood sugar, though it may do them more harm than good, a study suggests. The study looked at blood sugar control for 1,288 people with diabetes. All were age 65...read more

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

Jan092015

Crimes May Be a Sign of Dementia

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Some people with dementia, especially one type, may commit crimes as a result of their disease, a new study finds. This happens most often in people with a subtype of frontotemporal dementia, the study found. The new study was...read more

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

Jan082015

Study: Avocados May Help Cut Cholesterol

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

Eating avocados may help improve cholesterol levels, a small study suggests. The study included 45 overweight or obese adults. For 2 weeks, everyone ate an assigned "average American diet." Then they ate 3 other ...read more

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

Jan072015

Study: Type 1 Diabetes Cuts Lifespan

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People with type 1 diabetes lose an average of 12 years of life because of their disease. But tight control of blood-sugar levels may reduce that loss. Those are the conclusions of 2 new studies. People with type 1 diabetes...read more

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

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