Healthy Living News

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

Nov072014

Study: Obesity Surgery as Safe as Other Types

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Gastric bypass causes no more short-term problems than other common types of surgery, a new study finds. Gastric bypass is a type of weight-loss surgery. It shrinks the stomach. It also causes food to bypass part of the small...read more

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

Nov062014

Some NSAIDs May Increase Stroke Deaths

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

People who take certain pain relievers may be more likely to die soon after a stroke, a new study finds. The study looked at use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They include celecoxib (Celebrex), known as a...read more

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

Nov052014

Guidelines Push Liquids to Prevent Stones

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

The best thing people who have had a kidney stone can do to prevent more is to drink lots of water, new guidelines say. The guidelines come from the American College of Physicians. The group looked at evidence for treatments...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Nov042014

Study: More Bleeding with Pradaxa than Warfarin

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

People who take dabigatran (Pradaxa) to prevent stroke may have more bleeding problems than those taking warfarin (Coumadin), a study finds. But people taking warfarin had a higher risk of bleeding in or around the brain....read more

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

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