Healthy Living News

Sep292014

Pediatricians Back Long-Acting Birth Control

by Henry H. Bernstein, D.O., M.H.C.M.
Harvard Medical School

Long-acting birth control methods should be the first choice for teenagers who have sex, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. The two long-acting methods are intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormone implants. The new...read more

Categories: Sexual / Reproductive Health, Women's Health

Sep252014

Similar Results for Varicose-Vein Treatments

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

Three common treatments for varicose veins all help to improve symptoms, a new study finds. Differences in results among the 3 groups were small. Nearly 800 people took part in the study. They were randomly assigned to...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health

Sep242014

Diabetes Growth May Be Slowing Down

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

After nearly 20 years of rapid increases, U.S. diabetes rates may be rising more slowly. That's the conclusion of a new study. The study was based on data from a national health survey. Diabetes rates didn't change much in the...read more

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

Sep232014

Doctors Urged to Watch Out for Chikungunya

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

Doctors in the United States need to be on the lookout for patients with chikungunya virus, a commentary in a major medical journal says. The virus originated in Africa. It spread to the Caribbean in 2013. Cases also have...read more

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

Sep222014

Outbreak of Severe Virus Now in 22 States

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

At least 160 cases of a sometimes severe virus have been confirmed in 22 states, U.S. health officials say. The cause of the confirmed cases is enterovirus D68. It is part of a family of germs that cause the common cold. Most...read more

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

Sep192014

CDC Backs 2nd Pneumonia Vaccine for Seniors

by Mary Pickett, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Adults age 65 and older should get 2 vaccines to prevent pneumonia, U.S. health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the new advice September 18. The CDC already recommends another...read more

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

Sep182014

Healthy Habits Urged to Help Prevent Dementia

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A healthy lifestyle may help to prevent dementia as well as problems such as heart disease and diabetes, a new report says. The report comes from Alzheimer's Disease International. It is being issued in advance of World...read more

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

Sep172014

2 Drugs Slightly Better for COPD, Study Says

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Giving patients with chronic lung disease 2 drugs provides slightly better results than a single drug, a new study suggests. The study looked at drug treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This disease...read more

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

Sep122014

FDA Approves Contrave, New Diet Drug

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced approval for the third new diet drug since 2012. Contrave combines two drugs that were already approved. One, naltrexone, is used to treat alcohol and drug addiction. The...read more

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

Sep112014

Blood Type May Influence Dementia Risk

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

People with the least common blood type may have a higher risk of dementia than those with other types, a new study suggests. The study included more than 30,000 people, ages 45 or older. They were given a series of tests of...read more

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

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