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Dietary strategies to help with blood pressure control have just expanded. Australian scientists analyzed nine randomized controlled trials and found that eating probiotic foods or products daily for at least two months lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure slightly.... (Read More)
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The Women's Health Initiative began more than two decades ago. The study recruited over 160,000 women over the age of 50 20 years ago and has followed them ever since. New data from the observational arm of this study has... (Read More)
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Fish oil has been controversial as a heart protection supplement. New research may prove equally controversial. Addiction researchers report that fish oil can reverse the ravages of alcohol addiction in brain cells. The investigators cultured brain tissue and exposed it... (Read More)
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When patients are discharged from a hospital they are frequently given new medications and instructions. A new study shows that many people, especially heart patients, make medication mistakes while they are recovering at home. When contacted by phone, more than... (Read More)
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How risky is it to eat lots of salt? A new study suggests that people with type 2 diabetes double their chance of cardiovascular disease if they consume high-salt diets. Because heart disease and strokes are major killers for people... (Read More)
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Asthma is usually treated with inhaled corticosteroidsto reduce airway inflammation and reactivity and help people breathe better. They are undeniably the first line treatment for this common and often dangerous condition. But two new reviews of randomized controlled trials show... (Read More)
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You may know that exercise is good for your heart, but did you know that sitting is actually bad for your cardiovascular health? Scientists from the University of Texas analyzed data from 2,223 Americans who answered questions for the National... (Read More)
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Many studies have previously shown that people with high circulating levels of vitamin D are less prone to a variety of cancers. Now, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials shows that cancer patients who take vitamin D supplements are less... (Read More)
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Television commercials warn men about the dangers of Low T. Reduced levels of testosterone are associated with symptoms such as fatigue, reduced sex drive and depression. But critics point out that as men age, testosterone levels naturally decline and warn... (Read More)
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Two new topical prescription drugs have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of nail fungus. Last month, the agency gave the green light to a drug called Jublia (efinaconazole). This month, the FDA approved Kerydin (tavaborole) which is... (Read More)
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Many people with knee pain due to arthritis hope that replacing the joint will banish the pain. A new study indicates that as many as one-third of the patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery have taken this drastic step even... (Read More)
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Combining two stop-smoking medicines helps smokers quit more readily than either one alone, according to research published in JAMA. In the study almost 500 healthy South African smokers were randomly assigned to either a nicotine patch or a placebo patch... (Read More)
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Aromatase inhibitors such as Aromasin are frequently prescribed after surgery or radiation in postmenopausal women with breast cancer. Now a study of 4,600 premenopausal women shows that this drug can reduce recurrence significantly for them as well. All the women... (Read More)
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Researchers have been debating the pros and cons of alcohol against heart disease for decades. Two new studies add to the evidence that moderate alcohol consumption appears to be beneficial for cardiovascular health. In one study, researchers identified 12,195 patients... (Read More)
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People plagued with insomnia are often advised to exercise during the day but not close to bedtime. The fear has been that vigorous physical activity in the evening might be stimulating and make it harder to fall asleep. A new... (Read More)
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Exposure to pesticides in utero may increase the likelihood that children will experience symptoms of autism or other developmental disabilities. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, tracked nearly 1000 women and their children. The mothers who lived in close... (Read More)
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An underactive thyroid gland can cause fatigue, weakness, constipation, dry skin and depression. New research now shows that it can also have a negative impact on driving safety. When thyroid hormone levels drop, the consequences can include clumsiness as well... (Read More)
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Older people with mild cognitive impairment may benefit from a new type of exercise that mimics real-life work. Researchers in Queensland, Australia, developed a 10-week program to provide mental stimulation and physical exercise that they call Functional Task Simulation. It... (Read More)
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Scientists have suspected that cocoa polyphenols, the anti-oxidant compounds found in cocoa and chocolate, might boost brain power. Now research in mice indicates that a special high-polyphenol extract of cacao called Lavado cocoa extract may be able to prevent or... (Read More)
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Veterans Affairs investigators have found a link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the risk of dementia. The study included nearly 190,000 veterans over the course of approximately seven years. The veterans, average age 68, did not have any signs... (Read More)
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Another Indian generic drug company is recalling an important heart medicine called metoprolol. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories determined that their 25 mg metoprolol tablets did not dissolve as expected. Over a million pills are affected by the voluntary recall, although it... (Read More)
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Millions of people in the US have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels run higher than normal though they are not so high as in diabetes. Researchers are interested in ways to keep prediabetes from progressing to outright... (Read More)
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Despite many studies demonstrating that low levels of vitamin D are linked to chronic conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, falls, cancer, depression, arthritis, hypertension and heart disease, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just recommended against screening healthy people... (Read More)
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The hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A has been found in a wide range of consumer products, from plastic water bottles and the linings of food and beverage cans to cash register receipts and tooth sealants. A new study suggests that when... (Read More)
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The endocrine disruptor BPA has now been linked to a more difficult prognosis for an aggressive type of breast cancer. A collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency and two North Carolina universities used living cell assays to evaluate the impact... (Read More)
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Negative publicity about the hormone disrupting chemical BPA has encouraged chemical companies to look for substitutes for bisphenol A. One such compound, bisphenol S, is often used in BPA-free consumer products made of plastic. Animal research indicates that BPS may... (Read More)
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When blood levels of vitamin D drop too low, the risk of premature death doubles. A systematic review of 32 studies that evaluated levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and followed subjects for an average of nine years found that blood levels... (Read More)
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A team of scientists has just discovered that physiological reactions to one of our most popular drugs--caffeine--differs between men and women. More precisely, it differs between male and female adolescents aged 15 to 17. The study included 54 boys, 47... (Read More)
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Public health officials concerned about the epidemic of diabetes and pre-diabetes have focused on weight loss through exercise and healthy eating. A new study suggests that routine water-only fasting one day a week can pull cholesterol out of the fat... (Read More)
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German researchers have shown that the rewards of a healthy lifestyle include lowering the risk of suffering a stroke. They analyzed data from nearly 24,000 people and determined that those who maintain a healthy weight, don't smoke, exercise regularly, consume... (Read More)