Healthy Living News

Mar052015

Hepatitis E Shots Protect at Least 4½ Years

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

A new vaccine protects against hepatitis E infection for at least 4½ years, a new study shows. Hepatitis E is uncommon in the United States. It is spread by poor sanitation, such as in refugee camps. In the developing world,...read more

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

Mar042015

Study: Few Thyroid Lumps Turn Cancerous

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A new study suggests that people with non-cancerous lumps on the thyroid may not need the close follow-up they get now. About half of people develop these lumps, called nodules, by age 60. Most are found when people get...read more

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

Mar032015

Study Links Nuts with Lower Death Rates

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Eating tree nuts, peanuts and peanut butter may help people live longer, a new study suggests. The study looked at diet and death rates for more than 200,000 people. They were part of 3 long-term studies in China and the...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Nutrition News

Feb272015

CDC: Flu Vaccine Only 18% Effective

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

The flu vaccine is even less effective than health officials thought against the strain of influenza making most people sick this season. Getting the vaccine has reduced the risk of illness from the H3N2 strain of flu by only...read more

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

Feb262015

Wider Spread for Hospital-Linked Infections

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

In a recent year, more than 450,000 Americans had a type of severe diarrhea that most often occurs in health-care facilities. But one-third of them had not been in a hospital or nursing home recently, a study found. About...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Feb252015

Study Tallies Painkiller Risk after Heart Attack

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Some common painkillers may increase the risk of second heart attacks when taken along with drugs to prevent clots, a large new study finds. The study adds to concerns about potential heart risks of nonsteroidal ...read more

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

Feb202015

Hospital 'Superbug' Outbreak Linked to Scopes

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

About 100 patients at a Los Angeles hospital may have been exposed to dangerous drug-resistant bacteria. The exposure occurred through contaminated medical devices, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said. Seven patients have...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Feb192015

Study Links Virus to Giant Cell Arteritis

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

A new study links the shingles virus to another painful condition in the elderly, giant cell arteritis. The varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox. After symptoms go away, the virus can hide in the body for many years. If it...read more

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

Feb182015

Tools May Calculate Heart Risk Too High

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Calculators used to assess people's risk of heart problems may put those odds too high, a new study finds. Calculators use cholesterol levels, blood pressure and other factors to estimate risk. They are based on research. The...read more

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

Feb162015

For Many, Hot Flashes Last 7 Years

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

For at least half of women with frequent hot flashes, the symptoms go on for more than 7 years, a new study finds. The study used data from a long-term women's health study. Women were asked about menopause symptoms each year...read more

Categories: Women's Health

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