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Stand, Don't Sit, to Get Healthier, Scientists Say

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THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Sitting too long may be hazardous to your health, even if you exercise regularly, Australian researchers report. A new study found that sitting appears to be linked to increased blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can lead to added weight, diabetes and heart ills. But standing more helps improve all these measures and can give you a trimmer waist to boot, the researchers said. "Switching some of your sitting time to standing could have benefits for your heart and metabolism," said lead author Genevieve Healy, a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland in Herston. "More time spent standing rather than sitting could improve your blood sugar, fats in the blood and cholesterol levels, while replacing time spent sitting with time walking could have additional benefits for your waistline and body mass index," she said. However, the study did not ... Read more

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1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has a Physical, Mental Disability: CDC

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THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – More than 50 million Americans live with a disability, health officials reported Thursday. The most common disabilities are mobility limitations, such as having serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs – affecting one in eight adults – followed by disabilities in thinking and/or memory, independent living, seeing and self-care, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This report is a snapshot of the percent of adults with disabilities in the U.S., so we can get a better understanding of who people with disabilities are," said researcher Elizabeth Courtney-Long, a health scientist at the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The researchers found that most people with disabilities live in southern states, such as Alabama (31.5 percent), Mississippi and Tennessee (31.4 percent). ... Read more

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Implanted Defibrillators Restore Healthy Heart Function to Many: Study

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WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – Many heart patients are advised to receive an implanted cardiac defibrillator to keep their heart functioning properly. Now, a new study of 1,200 people shows that, in many cases, these devices do their job very well. Within a few years of receiving a defibrillator, heart function in one in four patients improved to the point that they were over the medical threshold that qualified them for a defibrillator in the first place, the study authors found. These patients also had a much lower risk of death, the researchers said, so their defibrillators were now far less likely to have to deliver electrical shocks to correct heart rhythm problems. The study included heart patients aged 18 to 80 with implanted defibrillators – devices meant to prevent sudden cardiac death from abnormal heart rhythm. None of them had suffered a cardiac arrest. The study underscores ... Read more

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Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors

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TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans. Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. Meanwhile, spending on inpatient care showed the same pattern. Researchers called the findings striking. "The declines were steady throughout the study period," said lead researcher Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. "The trends are actually pretty jaw-dropping." For a public used to hearing how broken the U.S. health care system is, the findings might come as a surprise, Krumholz acknowledged. "As researchers," he said, "we often focus on finding deficiencies in health care, so we can work on them. And ... Read more

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Healthy Diet May Help Shield the Aging Brain

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THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 – Eating a healthier diet might reduce the risk of problems with certain brain functions as you age, findings from a recent study suggest. Older adults with healthier diets reduced their odds of impaired "executive function" by 35 percent. Executive function refers to a collection of things done by the brain, including memory, reasoning, multi-tasking, problem-solving and planning skills. "Healthy diet might affect cognition [thinking skills] through several mechanisms," said study co-author Carol Derby, associate professor of neurology and of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "Healthy diet is associated with reduced rates of cardiovascular disease, with more healthy weight and with reduced risk of diabetes, all of which are risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia," she explained. However, ... Read more

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When Bystanders Give CPR Right Away, Lives Are Saved, Study Shows

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TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Many lives could be saved if more people performed CPR immediately after seeing someone go into cardiac arrest, a new study contends. To come to that conclusion, the researchers looked at the results of a four-year program in North Carolina that promoted bystander CPR. "During that time, survival with good brain function increased from 7 to 10 percent for those who received bystander CPR," said lead researcher Dr. Carolina Malta Hansen, of the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C. In addition, patients who received CPR or defibrillation from bystanders, or defibrillation from first responders – such as police or firefighters – were more likely to survive, she said. "Early intervention, whether it's by bystanders or first responders, is associated with increased survival compared to EMS [emergency medical services]," Hansen said. Hansen pointed out ... Read more

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Blacks at Higher Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Than Whites: Study

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MONDAY, July 20, 2015 – Black Americans are more likely than whites to experience sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study. The study also found that sudden cardiac arrest often occurs at an earlier age in blacks than in whites. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical system of the heart malfunctions. This causes the heart to beat erratically or to stop beating. As a result, blood isn't pumped throughout the body. "Sudden cardiac arrest is significantly higher in black Americans compared to whites, at least twofold higher," said study researcher Dr. Sumeet Chugh, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. Blacks in the United States tend to have sudden cardiac arrest an average of six years earlier than whites, Chugh said. In his study, he found other major differences as well. "Blacks, in addition to being younger, tended to have more ... Read more

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Wildfires May Spark Heart Hazards for Miles Around

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WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 – Wildfires create air pollution that fuels the risk for heart hazards, including heart attacks, especially in older adults, researchers report. Wildfires that raged in Victoria, Australia, for two months several years ago were associated with a 7 percent increase in sudden cardiac arrests – an electrical malfunction that causes the heart to stop beating. Hospitalizations for heart disease rose nearly 2 percent and emergency room visits for heart disease increased more than 2 percent, researchers reported. Men and people 65 and older were most at risk for cardiac arrests, the study found. "Where there's fire, there's smoke, and the pollutants in the smoke can potentially have an impact on health," said lead researcher Anjali Haikerwal, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The report was published July 15 online in the Journal of the American Heart ... Read more

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Hospitalization Rates Jump Near 'Fracking' Sites: Study

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WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 – People who live near "fracking" sites may be at increased risk for hospitalization for heart problems, neurological disorders and other conditions, new research suggests. Hydraulic fracturing – widely referred to as fracking – is a form of oil and gas drilling that has increased dramatically in the United States over the past decade, raising concerns about water and air pollution. Pennsylvania is a hotspot for fracked wells, the researchers said. In this study, hospitalization rates in three northeastern counties in Pennsylvania were tallied. Two of the counties – Bradford and Susquehanna – had a significant increase in fracked wells between 2007 and 2011. No fracking was allowed in the third county – Wayne – due to its proximity to the Delaware River watershed. The researchers looked at the top 25 specific medical categories for more than 198,000 ... Read more

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More Evidence a Healthy Diet Can Lower Risks of Heart Disease, Cancer

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TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 – Eating a healthy diet was linked to lower death rates from heart disease, cancer and other diseases among low-income adults living in the southeastern United States, a new study reports. Previous studies have suggested that people with low incomes, particularly black men, have limited access to grocery stores and healthy foods, the researchers said. But few studies have examined the link between diet quality and disease-related deaths. "This is the first study to our knowledge reporting this association in a low-income population that largely comprises African Americans," the study's lead author, Dr. Wei Zheng, director of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center in Nashville, and chief of the division of epidemiology, said in a university news release. The take-home message: A better diet can help prevent illness "in this underserved population," said Zheng, who is ... Read more

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Wider Use of Statin Drugs Could Save Thousands More Lives: Report

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TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 – New expert guidelines from two major cardiologists' groups may boost doctors' ability to spot patients who should take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, researchers said. The updated guidelines were released in 2013 by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Now, a new report finds they are more accurate and efficient than earlier guidelines in identifying adults at high risk for heart trouble who could gain from statins. All of that should add up to lives saved, the researchers said. "Extrapolating our results to the approximately 10 million U.S. adults who would be newly eligible for statin therapy under the new guidelines, we estimate that between 41,000 and 63,000 cardiovascular events – heart attacks, strokes or deaths from cardiovascular disease – would be prevented over a 10-year period," lead researcher Dr. Udo Hoffman, ... Read more

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Hot Weather Safety Essential for Elderly

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SUNDAY, July 12, 2015 – As the thermometer rises, so do serious health risks for seniors and others with chronic medical problems. The risk of potentially deadly heat-related illnesses can increase with a combination of high temperatures, certain lifestyle factors and general health, according to the U.S. National Institute on Aging. Lifestyle factors that increase the dangers include not drinking enough fluids, lack of air conditioning, overdressing, being in overcrowded places and lack of mobility and access to transportation. On hot and humid days, older people and those with chronic health problems should stay indoors in cooler spaces. Those without air conditioners should go to places with air conditioning, such as senior centers, shopping malls, movie theaters, libraries or community cooling centers, the agency said in a news release. If you're using alcohol or are substantially ... Read more

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Only 1 in 10 Americans Eats Enough Fruits and Veggies: CDC

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THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Only about one in every 10 Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables, a new government report shows. Just 13 percent of U.S. residents consume one and a half to two cups of fruit every day as recommended by federal dietary guidelines, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The news on the vegetable front was even worse. Less than 9 percent of Americans eat two to three cups of vegetables every day as recommended, the report showed. Even residents of California, the state with the best consumption rate for these nutritious foods, fell woefully behind. Only close to 18 percent of Californians ate enough fruit every day, and only 13 percent ate enough vegetables. Tennessee and Mississippi ranked among the lowest in terms of people eating enough fruits and veggies. The authors of the study, published in the CDC's July 10 issue ... Read more

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Online 'Symptom Checkers' Often Miss Diagnosis, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Automated online "symptom checkers" that seem to offer patients a quick opportunity for self-diagnosis provide the right diagnosis in only about one-third of cases, a new analysis reveals. The study team found that online checkers – which are typically free services offered by medical schools, insurance companies, and even government entities – are a more reliable and effective means to get a handle on symptoms than using web search engines such as Google. The investigation also found that online medical checkers are about as accurate as primary care physician phone services that offer patients advice on whether or not a condition requires urgent care. "The goal with these symptom checkers is to try and streamline the process by which people search the Internet for information on health problems," explained study lead author Hannah Semigran, a research ... Read more

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Smoking, Preterm Births Increase a Woman's Heart Disease Risk

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THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Women who smoke and have had a premature baby are at significantly higher risk for heart disease, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from more than 900,000 mothers and found that those who smoked and also had a preterm birth were nearly three-and-a-half times more likely to develop heart disease than nonsmokers who had full-term births. That risk is 29 percent higher than the risk associated with either smoking or preterm birth alone, according to the study published July 9 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The risk of heart disease was even higher among mothers who smoked and had multiple or extremely premature births. "Fertility treatment is pushing up rates of preterm birth and smoking in pregnant women remains high, so knowledge of the impact of these conditions on [heart disease] is important for prevention efforts. Our research ... Read more

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