Health News: May 2009

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Acid suppressing drugs are linked to pneumonia. Proton Pump Inhibitors or PPIs for short are among the most popular pills in the pharmacy. These are drugs like Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix and Nexium. They are extremely effective at preventing acid formation... (Read More)
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Perhaps patients with a propensity for stomach ulcers would do well to eat more arugula. Research from Saudi Arabia suggests that the dark green leafy vegetable has anti-ulcer activity. Scientists exposed rats to stress as well as a variety of... (Read More)
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People who suffer from chronic pain may also experience depression. A new study suggests that when patients have greater control of their therapy it is likely to produce better outcomes. Veterans with pain in the low back, hips or knees... (Read More)
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Women losing weight did just as well with brief support from a nurse as those who got much more intensive sessions with dieticians and personal exercise trainers. The New Zealand scientists randomly assigned 200 women who had already lost 5... (Read More)
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Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality. Over two million Americans are thought to suffer from this arrhythmia, but many people don’t even know they have it. With this condition, the upper chambers of the heart beat rapidly and... (Read More)
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The World Health Organization is almost ready to pull the trigger on a swine flu vaccine. Because it takes so long to develop a new flu shot, the public health experts have requested concerted action from vaccine makers. Scientists are... (Read More)
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Millions of Americans have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep. Insomnia is associated with significant negative health consequences, including high blood pressure, daytime drowsiness and depression. New research suggests that a technique called cognitive behavioral therapy works well... (Read More)
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Ginger has been prized for centuries for its ability to counteract nausea. A recent study in cancer patients shows that ginger’s anti-nausea activity goes beyond the status of old wives’ tale. More than 600 patients undergoing chemotherapy were given a... (Read More)
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Aging male baby boomers are starting to notice symptoms of prostate enlargement such as frequent or difficult urination. TV commercials for Flomax encourage men to ask their doctor if Flomax is right for them. A new study suggests that this... (Read More)
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Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction have a number of treatment options including Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. Each TV commercial makes it seem as if the drug being advertised is the answer to the problem. Which drug is really best?... (Read More)
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Millions of Americans pop a pain pill every day. Whether it is Advil, Aleve, aspirin or acetaminophen, many people assume that their over-the-counter pain reliever is perfectly safe. New labeling requirements may give people second thoughts. The FDA will require... (Read More)
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A vegetable rich diet designed to lower blood pressure also reduces the risk of congestive heart failure. Scientists studied 36,000 Swedish women for seven years. Those who came closest to following the criteria for the DASH diet were 37 percent... (Read More)
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Eating fish may help protect vision as people age. Australian investigators have been studying nearly 2,500 people for many years. Dietary data collected in this Blue Mountains Eye Study show that just one serving of fish each week reduced the... (Read More)
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Green tea has a reputation for fighting off certain cancers, but a new study suggests that slurping it hot can actually raise the risk of esophageal cancer. The researchers studied 5,400 Chinese adults and compared tea-drinking habits among those with... (Read More)
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Ever since news about the negative effects of hormone replacement therapy made headlines, women started cutting back on HRT. Within a relatively short period of time, epidemiologists noted a dramatic drop in breast cancer that seemed to be associated with... (Read More)
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An ingenious study shows that acupuncture can help ease back pain. Surprisingly, even the control group getting sham acupuncture administered with a toothpick got relief from their pain and reported improved ability to function. The study included 638 chronic back... (Read More)
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Adding the blood thinner Plavix to aspirin can reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. This irregular heart rhythm increases the risk of a blood clot landing in the brain and causing a stroke. A new study... (Read More)
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Appearance of New Flu Raises AlarmsAlthough public health officials are breathing a little easier about the danger from the new H1N1 flu virus, they are still concerned about what will happen this coming fall and winter. That is when flu... (Read More)