Healthy Living News

Apr162015

Sleep Apnea May Speed Up Memory Problems

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

Loud snorers and people with sleep apnea may develop memory problems much earlier than those with normal breathing during sleep, a new study suggests. But getting treatment for sleep apnea may restore normal risk levels. The...read more

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

Apr152015

Pharmacists May Help People Stick to Pills

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Pharmacists may have a role to play in helping people on blood thinners take their pills on schedule, a new study finds. The study used information on outpatients in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system. The...read more

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

Apr142015

Listeria Reported in Ice Cream, Hummus

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

Two popular food brands have recalled products contaminated by listeria. Blue Bell brand ice cream has been linked with 8 illnesses and 3 deaths. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Apr102015

Being Short May Be Hard on the Heart

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Short people may be more likely to have heart disease, and that could be linked to their genes, a new study finds. The study looked at genetic data and height for more than 18,000 adults. Researchers found that those who were...read more

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

Apr092015

Arts, Computers, Social Life May Support Brain

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

People who engage in arts and crafts, use computers or have an active social life may stay mentally sharp longer as older adults, a new study suggests. The study included 256 adults, ages 85 or older. They had normal brain...read more

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

Apr082015

Physical Therapy or Surgery for Back Pain?

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Physical therapy may relieve one type of back pain as well as surgery does, a new study finds. The study included 170 people in their late 60s. All of them had lumbar spinal stenosis. This is a narrowing of the channel inside...read more

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

Apr072015

More Intense Exercise May Extend Life

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Working up more of a sweat when you exercise may help you live longer, two new studies find. And for most people more vigorous exercise appears to be safe, a third study suggests. All of the studies focused on middle-aged or...read more

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

Apr032015

Report: Poor Americans Lose the Most Sleep

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Many Americans are sleep-deprived, and those with lower incomes are losing the most sleep. That's the main message of a brief report issued April 2 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report was based...read more

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

Apr022015

Test May Show Return of Lymphoma Sooner

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

Measuring a type of DNA found in tumors can help detect whether the most common type of lymphoma has returned after treatment, a study finds. The study focused on diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, known as DLBCL. It often can be...read more

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

Apr012015

Blood-Pressure Advice Targets Heart Patients

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Three expert groups have released blood-pressure treatment guidelines for people who already have heart problems. The guidelines focus on people with coronary artery disease. This is a narrowing of arteries to the heart...read more

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

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