Healthy Living News

Nov262014

Half Million Cancers a Year Tied to Obesity

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

Nearly half a million cancers worldwide each year are linked with excess weight, a new study estimates. The study was based on 2012 cancer data. Researchers looked at 184 countries. They found there were 481,000...read more

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

Nov252014

Study: Yogurt May Reduce Diabetes Risk

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A cup of yogurt a day may help keep diabetes away, a new study suggests. But the reduction in risk was relatively small. The study was based on information about the diets of nearly 200,000 health professionals. They were part...read more

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

Nov212014

No Solution Found for People Skipping Pills

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Only half of people who take medicines on their own actually take them as prescribed, studies show. Either they don't take the medicines at all or they don't stick to the prescribed schedule. But other research has found no...read more

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

Nov202014

At Best, Type 1 Diabetes Doubles Death Risk

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

No matter how well they control their blood sugar, people with type 1 diabetes have at least twice the normal risk of early death, a new study finds. The study included 34,000 people with type 1 diabetes. They were compared...read more

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

Nov172014

How Long to Take 2 Anti-Clotting Drugs?

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People who take anti-clotting drugs longer after a heart procedure may reduce their risk of heart attack, a new study finds. The study included nearly 10,000 people who received balloon angioplasty and a small metal tube...read more

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

Nov172014

Japanese Study: No Heart Protection from Aspirin

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

In a study from Japan, taking daily low-dose aspirin did not reduce the risk of early death for people who had a high risk of developing heart disease. The study included 14,464 people, ages 60 to 85. All of them had high...read more

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

Nov142014

U.S. Investigates Generic Drug Price Hikes

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

U.S. officials are investigating recent large price increases in several generic drugs. A commentary published November 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine addresses the issue. For example, the price of doxycycline, an...read more

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

Nov132014

B12, Folic Acid Pills May Not Help Memory

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

B-vitamin pills may not help preserve memory in certain high-risk older adults, a study finds. The study included more than 2,900 older adults. Their average age was 74. All of them had high blood levels of homocysteine. This...read more

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

Nov122014

Study: End-of-Life Care Costs Less in Hospice

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Cancer patients in hospice care are much less likely than other patients to receive aggressive end-of-life-care or die away from home, a new study finds. The study included more than 36,000 Medicare patients. All of them had...read more

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

Nov112014

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Older longtime smokers and ex-smokers on Medicare soon may be able to get screening tests for lung cancer. These tests can find cancers early enough that they may be curable. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...read more

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

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