August 2014


Active ImagePeople Who Lower or Keep Anxiety Levels Steady Up to 60% Less Likely to Have a Heart Attack or Die

Here's another reason to learn relaxation techniques. Researchers have found that lowering or keeping anxiety levels in check dramatically cuts the risk of heart attack or death in people with heart disease.

In a study of more than 500 heart patients, those who reduced or kept their anxiety levels steady were about 50% to 60% less likely to have a heart attack or die compared with those who experienced an increase in anxiety levels.

To read the full story, Lower Your Stress, Spare Your Heart, click here.

Active ImageStudy Shows Stress on Anniversary of a Parent's Death Can Raise Risk of Sudden Death

 If the anniversary of the loss of a loved one is approaching, try to prepare for the grief you will experience. That's the advice of doctors who found that the psychological stress associated with that date may raise your own risk of dying suddenly.

"The anniversary of the death of a close family member, especially a mother or father, is an important trigger of sudden death, especially in males," says researcher Ivan Mendoza, MD, of the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas.

To read the full story, Sudden Death Linked to Grieving, click here.

Active ImageFew of us embrace the signs of aging skin--those fine lines and creases that creep up after 30. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and using a moisturizing sunscreen will help preserve complexions, but they won't make a 50-year-old look 35. And for those who want a dramatic age reversal, there are plenty of medical solutions
Active ImageStudy Showing Vytorin Does Not Improve Heart Disease Prompts Return To Older Statin Drugs

Leading doctors urged a return to older, tried-and-true treatments for high cholesterol after hearing full results Sunday of a failed trial of Vytorin.

Millions of Americans already take the drug or one of its components, Zetia. But doctors were stunned to learn that Vytorin failed to improve heart disease even though it worked as intended to reduce three key risk factors.

To read the full story, Doctors Rethink New Cholesterol Treatments, click here.

Active ImageNot all fish is safe to eat raw, chefs caution

As Japanese sushi conquers restaurants and homes around the world, industry experts are fighting the side-effects of the raw fish boom: fake sushi bars, over-confident amateurs, poisoned consumers.

Once a rare and exotic treat, seaweed rolls and bites of raw tuna on vinegared rice are now familiar to most food fans. So familiar, in fact, that many hobby cooks in Europe and the United States like to make them in their own kitchens.

To read the full story, Experts warn about sushi risks, click here.

Active ImageDon't even think about putting your purse on the kitchen counter

Location, location, location: Store owners aren't the only ones concerned with finding the perfect spot in which to situate their stuff. Researchers in a wide variety of fields know that how you organize your environment
Active ImageDecision expected by summer on vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider whether to expand use of a vaccine intended to prevent cervical cancer to women aged 27 to 45, the vaccine maker said Wednesday.

Gardasil, made by Merck & Co., currently is approved for use in girls and women aged 9 through 26 to block four types of human papilloma virus, which can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.

To read the full story FDA to consider HPV shot for women up to 45, click here.

Active ImageStudy: Constant chest compressions triple survival in out-of-hospital cases

A new approach to cardiac resuscitation designed to maintain nearly constant chest compressions triples the rate of survival of "out-of-hospital" cardiac arrest, study findings suggest.

To read the full story New approach to CPR may save more lives, click here.

Active ImageA stressed one can be worse than being single, new study suggests

A happy marriage is good for your blood pressure, but a stressed one can be worse than being single, a preliminary study suggests.

That second finding is a surprise because prior studies have shown that married people tend to be healthier than singles, said researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad.

To read the full story Good marriage equals good blood pressure, click here.

Active ImageResearch Shows That Men Are Likely To Eat More Meat, While Women Eat More Vegetables

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then Mars is a land where the refrigerators are stocked with meat and frozen pizza and Venus has a bounty of yogurt, fruits and vegetables, a new study suggests.

The study of eating habits of adults - called the most extensive of its kind - was a telephone survey of 14,000 Americans. It confirmed conventional wisdom that most men eat more meat than women, and women eat more fruits and vegetables.

To read the full story Men And Women Have Different Eating Styles, click here.

Active ImageTurning the Tables May Not Be Best Solution, Experts Say

On Tuesday, one day after being sworn into office, New York Gov. David Paterson and his wife Michelle appeared before the press to defuse the issue of their past infidelity to one another.

"I betrayed a commitment to my wife several years ago, and I do not feel I've betrayed my commitment to the citizens of New York state," Paterson said during the press conference. "I haven't broken any laws, I don't think I've violated my oath of office, and I saw this as a private matter."

To read the full story Does 'Revenge Cheating' Work?, click here.

Active ImageDoctors are overprescribing antibiotics for common sinus infections and related conditions, possibly in the false belief they may help in cases where symptoms are protracted, researchers reported on Friday.

Bacteria can cause rhinosinusitis -- an inflammation of the sinuses -- but a virus such as the common cold is often a more likely culprit so antibiotics seldom work, the researchers reported in the journal Lancet.

To read the full article Antibiotics overprescribed for common viruses: study, click here.

Active ImageBreast cancer patients who are overweight have more aggressive disease and are likely to die sooner, U.S. researchers reported on Friday.

A dangerous type of breast cancer, known as inflammatory breast cancer, was seen in 45 percent of obese patients, compared with 30 percent of overweight patients and 15 percent of patients of healthy weight.

To read the full article Overweight women have worse breast cancer: study, click here.

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Active ImageStudy Shows Youngsters Use Inhalants As "Gateway" To Other Illicit Drugs

A newly released federal government report points to an alarming trend - that preteens and young teens who use drugs chose inhalants as a "gateway" drug to other illicit drugs.

The findings released at the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition's latest news conference reveal that among young drug users, 12- and 13-year-olds sniff common household chemicals to get high, often before moving on to marijuana or abusing pain pills.

To read the full article Tweens Favor Inhalants To Get High, click here.

Active ImageUp 12% Among Gay/Bisexual Men; 7th-Straight Year Of Increases After Being Nearly Eliminated

A raging epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases in gay/bisexual men drove U.S. syphilis rates up 12 percent in 2007 - the seventh-consecutive year of syphilis increases.

Meanwhile, a CDC study found that tests for another common STD -gonorrhea - miss one in three infections among men who have sex with men.

To read the full article Syphilis Skyrockets In U.S., click here.


Active ImageStrong Smells, Loud Noises Also Cited As Headache Triggers

It isn't clear whether frequent headache sufferers can predict the weather, but most believe weather changes trigger their headache pain.

In a survey conducted by the National Headache Foundation (NHF), three out of four people who had frequent headaches reported weather or barometric pressure changes as triggers.

To read the full article Sufferers Say Weather Behind Headaches, click here.

Active ImageBetter Mood May Be as Close as Your Next Workout

It's about that time of year when the sight of wool makes your skin crawl
Active ImageHow you respond to eating cues can affect how much you weigh

Most people probably think they stop eating when they're full. They don't realize that feeling satisfied comes from a combination of signals, including how good the food tastes or how quickly certain hormones get released into the body. It may also depend on where they live.

To read the full article Stop when you're full? You must be French, click here.


Active ImageSoldiers coming home with permanent hearing damage and ringing in ears

Large numbers of soldiers and Marines caught in roadside bombings and firefights in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home with permanent hearing loss and ringing in their ears, prompting the military to redouble its efforts to protect the troops from noise.

Hearing damage is the No. 1 disability in the war on terror, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and some experts say the true toll could take decades to become clear. Nearly 70,000 of the more than 1.3 million troops who have served in the two war zones are collecting disability for tinnitus, a potentially debilitating ringing in the ears, and more than 58,000 are on disability for hearing loss, the VA said.

To read the full article Hearing loss is silent epidemic in U.S. troops, click here.

Active ImageCDC Survey Finds 5.8M Older Adults Reported Falls In 3 Months; 1.8M Hurt Themselves

When Shirley Keegan started falling, life as she knew it took a tumble, CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports.

"Its very frightening," she said. "You don't know you are gonna fall, very unexpected and as you are going down you are saying 'oh no,' you know, and in your mind your saying 'oh no.'"

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released today found that over a three-month period, 1.8 million adults hurt themselves from falling.

To read the full article Millions Of Older Adults Get Hurt Falling, click here.


Editorial:

If you are concerned about falling and injuring your self? If you have episodes of dizziness (vertigo),  any loss of function due to back or lower extremity pain, you should
Active ImageExpert Offers Tips On How To Keep Your Back Pain-Free

Back pain is among the most common medical problems. Millions of Americans deal with it daily.
But structural issues with bones, muscles, and more are only part of the back-pain equation.

Chiropractor Todd Sinett, author of "The Truth about Back Pain," explained the roles of other factors, nutrition and emotion, and offered tips for keeping backs pain-free, on The Early Show's Saturday Edition.

To read the full article Putting Back Pain Behind You, click here.

Active ImagePsychologist Says More Men Help With Housework and Those That Do May Get More Sex

American men still don't pull their weight when it comes to housework and child care, but collectively they're not the slackers they used to be. The average dad has gradually been getting better about picking himself up off the sofa and pitching in, according to a new report in which a psychologist suggests the payoff for doing more chores could be more sex.

To read the full article Men Who Do Housework May Get More Sex, click here.

Active ImageStudent Josh Sommer Is Determined to Rid the World -- and Himself -- of Cancer

In 2005, Josh Sommer, then 18, had just started college life at Duke University when he found out he was dying.

"It was just utter shock," Sommer said. "I guess the best way I could describe it is the same feeling I felt after 9/11. Just total helplessness, hopelessness, not knowing what I should do next. I have a tumor in my head and not only that, it's in a difficult location within the center of my head."

To read the full article Racing to Find the Cure for His Own Cancer, click here.

Active ImageLow-intensity aerobic exercise can increase energy levels and decrease fatigue, finds a new study.

Researchers at the University of Georgia found that when a group of sedentary people were exposed to low-intensity aerobic exercise for 20 minutes three times a week for six weeks, their fatigue levels dropped by 65 per cent and their energy levels rose by 20 per cent.

To read the full article Low-intensity exercise can boost energy, curb fatigue, click here.

Active ImageManorexia. Orthorexia. Diabulimia. Binge Eating Disorder. All are dangerous variations on the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia, and have become buzzwords that are popping up on Web sites and blogs, on television and in newspaper articles. As celebrity magazines chronicle the glamorous and the suffering, therapists and a growing number of researchers are trying to treat and understand the conditions.

To read the full article Starving Themselves, Cocktail in Hand, click here.

Active ImageThose took a more active role had higher blood pressure, study says

People who take a proactive role in their healthcare may be better-informed, but that may not necessarily translate into better health, results of a study hint.

In the study of 189 adults with high blood pressure, researchers found that those who wanted a greater say in their healthcare tended to have higher blood pressure and cholesterol than patients who let their doctors have most of the control.

To read the full article
Active Image11 states waive fees for worst mistakes, but most will charge you or insurer

When Kevin Baccam of Urbandale, Iowa, went in for hernia surgery in August 2005, he expected to come home with a scar on the right side of his groin.

But the 33-year-old school district controller actually wound up with two scars in the delicate region
Active ImageDr. Emily Senay Reports On The FDA's Investigation Of The Drug Heparin

Every day thousands of Americans rely on the blood thinner Heparin to survive. Now that drug is under suspicion for 21 deaths and hundreds of allergic reactions. Baxter International, a major manufacturer of the drug, has stopped selling almost all forms of Heparin.

To read the full article Blood-Thinning Drug Under Suspicion, click here.