August 2014

Active ImageDoctors blame rise in belly fat for spike, despite blood pressure medications

Strokes have tripled in recent years among middle-aged women in the U.S., an alarming trend doctors blame on the obesity epidemic.

Nearly 2 percent of women ages 35 to 54 reported suffering a stroke in the most recent federal health survey, from 1999 to 2004. Only about half a percent did in the previous survey, from 1988 to 1994.

To read the full article Strokes among middle-aged women triple, click here.

Active ImageDoctors Turning To New Painkillers That Don't Cause Addiction

For many Americans, drug abuse is a painful fact of life. And pain is often the cause. By one estimate, more than 33 million Americans have abused prescription pain killers. For the second part of the series, Easing the Pain, CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook examines new prescription pain killers that are designed to prevent abuse.

To read the full article Relieving Pain With Abuse-Proof Drugs, click here.

Active ImageMedical Mystery: Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome
Private Moments Turn Public When PSAS Renders a Woman's Body Out of Her Control

If you thought "Grey's Anatomy" writers invented Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS), think again. PSAS, identified and named just six years ago, remains a mysterious condition that thousands of women wish they didn't have. They are constantly on the edge of orgasm regardless of time, place or circumstance. And while this situation might sound desirable, funny or just plain weird it is actually akin to being a prisoner: a nightmarish reality where a woman's body acts independently of her own desires.

To read the full article Medical Mystery: Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome, click here.

Active ImageFew meet recommendations for fruit, vegetables, fiber

A one-year follow-up study of patients with heart disease found that few are meeting recommendations for fruit, vegetable and fiber intake, and they were eating a "disturbing" amount of trans fat, Dr. Yunsheng Ma and colleagues from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester found.

They surveyed 555 people about their eating habits one year after they had been diagnosed with heart disease using coronary angiography. All had suffered some type of cardiac event, such as heart attack, abnormal heart rhythm, or chest pain.

To read the full article Heart patients rarely change eating habits, click here.

Active ImageStudy Shows Younger Siblings Shortchanged On Attention

 Firstborn children spend about 3,000 more hours of quality time with their parents during childhood than the next-oldest child, new research suggests.

The study found that in two-child households, the elder children typically got between 20 and 30 minutes more quality time with each parent each day between the ages of 4 and 13.

To read the full article Firstborns Get More Quality Parent Time, click here.

Active ImageUS Cancer Deaths Up by 5,400 in 2005; Death Rate Continues to Fall Among Total Population

U.S. cancer deaths rose by more than 5,000 in 2005, a somewhat disappointing reversal of a two-year downward trend, the American Cancer Society said in a report issued Wednesday.

The group counted 559,312 people who died from cancer.

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Active ImageA longer interval between the age a woman first begins to menstruate and her age when she first gives birth is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, the results of a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests.

To read the full article Breast cancer risk linked with fertility timing, click here.

Active ImageIT can happen for no reason, it seems, taking you completely by surprise. And it can be excruciating. Suddenly, a muscle contracts violently, as if it had been prodded with a jolt of electricity. And it remains balled in a tight knot as painful second after painful second drags on.

To read the full article A Long-Running Mystery, the Common Cramp, click here.

Active ImageTobacco smoke is known as a primary cause of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Now a new study finds regular use of cannabis (marijuana) is also associated with an increase of gum disease.

Researchers in New Zealand conducted a study looking at marijuana and gum disease. They included more than 900 participants who were born in 1972 or 1973. The participants were asked if they smoked marijuana at ages 18, 21, 26 and 32. The answers included never, some and often. Some was considered to be one to 40 times total during those four years, and often meant more than 41 times.

To read the full article Smoking Pot Causes Gum Disease, click here.

Active ImageMen who share the load (of laundry and otherwise) inspire lust

I had a party not too long ago where a funny thing happened. One of the guests
Active ImageSwedish Study Finds That Fast Food Can Stress the Liver

"Welcome to Fast Foods! How can we destroy your internal organs?"

It's not very catchy, but fast food restaurants may as well update their greetings, considering the negative effects their food can have on our health, our hearts and, now, our livers.

To read the full article Fast Food: The Fast Track to Organ Damage, click here.

Active ImageCDC Issues First-Ever Death Count From 'Choking Game'; Warns Parents to Watch for Signs

At least 82 youths have died from the so-called "choking game," according to the first government count of fatalities from the tragic fad.

In the game, children use dog leashes or bungee cords wrapped around their necks or other means to temporarily cut blood flow to their head. The goal is a dreamlike, floating-in-space feeling when blood rushes back into the brain.

To read the full article CDC: Death Count 82 for 'Choking Game', click here.

Active ImageNew Research May Pave Way for New Alcoholism Treatment Therapies

A drug known to inhibit the stress response in the brain may also be a potential weapon against alcohol addiction.

So suggests a small study on recovering alcoholics published Tuesday in the journal Science.

To read the full article Stress-Related Drug May Cut Alcoholics' Cravings, click here.

Active ImageSix Common Myths You Should Know To Protect Your Heart

Dr. Tim Johnson exposed heart disease myths on "Good Morning America" today.

February is National Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart disease, which remains the leading cause of death for American men and women. Ask yourself if you're taking care of your heart, and do not be fooled by these common myths.

To read the full article Heart Disease Myths Busted, click here.

Active ImageHerbal Options May Help Some Women Control Pain From Period

In the blinding, searing, white-hot moment of the first major cramp of the month
Active ImageMore women opt to have both breasts removed

When Cheryl Lawrence got a diagnosis of breast cancer, her surgeon told her she could save her breast. But Lawrence decided to have it removed anyway. And then she decided to have the healthy one removed, too.

"I didn't want to ever have to deal with this again," said Lawrence, 40, of Olympia, Wash. "I just didn't want to have to worry about it. For me, it was a matter of peace of mind."

To read the full article Choosing radical cancer surgery, click here.

Active ImageLifestyle Expert Sissy Biggers Offers Food For Thought To Chew On -- And Recipe

Who doesn't love comfort food, especially in the dead of winter?

We all have a few whose smells and textures evoke a cozy, safe, nesting feel. When we walk in a room and smell a meatloaf cooking or apple pie in the oven, they bring back childhood memories.

To read the full article Comfort Foods We Crave -- And Why, click here.

Active ImageNapping May Give The Brain A Chance To Reinforce New Memories, Sleep Experts Say

Take a daytime nap, and you might wake up with a sharper memory. That's what happened in a new napping study that involved 33 undergraduate students.

First, the students took three different tests of their short-term memory.

In one test, they had to learn and remember pairs of unrelated words, such as "alligator" and "cigar." In another test, they had to navigate and remember a maze shown on a computer screen. And in the last test, the students had to copy a complex drawing onto a sheet of paper, and then
sketch the drawing from memory.

To read the full article Daytime Nap May Boost Memory, click here.

Active ImageBreathing Problems During Sleep More Common in Older People, Study Shows

As people age, their breathing during sleep may become more irregular, a new study shows.

That news comes from a study of 163 healthy, non-obese adults who spent a night at a sleep lab, with their every breath monitored as they slept.

The researchers tracked the number of times each person's breathing was disrupted during sleep. Those disruptions included not breathing for at least 10 seconds or slowdowns in breathing.

To read the full article Sleep Disruptions May Arise With Age, click here.

Active ImageClean or Boiled Water as Good at Cleaning Wounds as Saline
Water may be a good alternative to saline when it comes to cleaning wounds.

A Cochrane Review finds using drinkable tap water to clean wounds does not increase infection rates. But there is no evidence that it reduces infection rates or increases healing compared to simply leaving the wound alone.

It is part of standard medical care to clean wounds caused by injuries but there is a debate about the best way to do it. Research shows using antiseptic with chemicals may slow wound healing. Many people recommend saline (salt solution) instead, but some worry this will wash away growth promoters and infection-fighting white blood cells. Sterile saline can be expensive and is not always available.

To read the full article Clean or Boiled Water as Good at Cleaning Wounds as Saline, click here.

Active ImageA common drug may help prevent bone fractures in postmenopausal women. A Cochrane Review shows women who take 10 milligrams a day of the bisphosphate drug alendronate (Fosamax) can help prevent the loss of bone mass and reduce the risk of fractures. This applies to women who have started to lose bone mass but have no fractures (primary prevention) as well as those who have lost a lot of bone mass and/or have had fractures (secondary prevention).

To read the full article Prevent Bone Fractures After Menopause, click here.

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Active ImageEmotional Stress Of Watching Championship Sporting Events Can Increase Heart Troubles

Study: Watching Sports May Up Heart Woes
Emotional Stress Of Watching Championship Sporting Events Can Increase Heart Troubles

To read the full article Study: Watching Sports May Up Heart Woes, click here.

A Little Girl with a Big Appetite and an Even Bigger Temper
While Dealing With Terrible Tantrums, Family of Obese 5-Year-Old Seeks Help

Since the story of Kayla Galo -- a 4-year-old who at 105 pounds is twice the average weight for a child her age -- was first posted on on January 31, it has had enormous response from readers. You can read those comments by clicking on the "Comments" link on the right side of this page. You can also see much more about this story tonight on "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. ET.

To read the full article A Little Girl with a Big Appetite and an Even Bigger Temper, click here.
Active ImageKeith Orr thought he would surprise his doctor when he came for a checkup. His doctor had told him to have a weight-loss operation to reduce the amount of food his stomach could hold, worried because Mr. Orr, at 6 feet 2 inches, weighed 278 pounds. He also had a blood sugar level so high he was on the verge of diabetes and a strong family history of early death from heart attacks. And Mr. Orr, who is 44, had already had a heart attack in 1998 when he was 35.

To read the full article Lessons of Heart Disease, Learned and Ignored, click here.

Active ImageStudy Shows More Women Under 45 Dying of Heart Disease, While Rate for Men Is Leveling Off

For decades, heart disease death rates have been falling. But a new study shows a troubling turn more women under 45 are dying of heart disease due to clogged arteries, and the death rate for men that age has leveled off.

Heart experts aren't sure what went wrong, but they think increasing rates of obesity and other risk factors are to blame.

To read the full article Heart Disease Kills More Women Under 45, click here.