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Antibiotics Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Taking antibiotics might increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. Danish researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes tended to take more antibiotics in the years leading up to their diagnosis than Danes without the condition. "Patients with type 2 diabetes are overexposed to antibiotics compared with matched control persons without diabetes," said study researcher Dr. Kristian Hallundbaek Mikkelsen, a medical-doctoral student at the Center for Diabetes Research at Gentofte Hospital and the University of Copenhagen. "The overexposure is seen after, as well as 15 years, before the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes," Mikkelsen said. Although the researchers uncovered an association between antibiotic use and type 2 diabetes, it's important to note they did not establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship. For the study, the ... Read more

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Gains in Life Spans Seen Around the Globe

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Average life expectancy among people worldwide has risen by more than six years since 1990, and healthy life expectancy has climbed by more than five years, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 188 countries found that life expectancy for both sexes increased from just over 65 years in 1990 to 71.5 years in 2013, while healthy life expectancy rose from almost 57 years to slightly more than 62 years. The findings regarding healthy life expectancy versus total life expectancy mean that people are living more years with illness and disability, according to the authors of the study published Aug. 27 in The Lancet. "The world has made great progress in health, but now the challenge is to invest in finding more effective ways of preventing or treating the major causes of illness and disability," study author Theo Vos, a professor at the Institute for Health ... Read more

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Progress Slows Against Heart Disease Deaths for Adults Under 55, Study Shows

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – There has been a sharp drop in heart disease death rates among Americans 65 and older in recent decades, but declines in death rates are slowing in those younger than 55, particularly women, a new study says. The findings appear Aug. 24 in the journal Circulation. "We think that these trends are not related to differences in treatment and hospitalization, but rather to a lack of effective preventive strategies for young people, particularly women," senior author Dr. Viola Vaccarino, professor and chair of epidemiology at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, said in a news release from the journal. One expert cardiologist agreed. "This is a true wake-up call – as much as progress is being made, we are falling behind in a group of young women who should be aggressively treated, managed and where prevention is essential," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, ... Read more

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Insulin Pumps Nearly Halve Risk of Heart Disease Death for Type 1 Diabetics

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – People with type 1 diabetes who use insulin pumps seem to have a much lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke prematurely than those who rely on multiple daily injections of insulin, new research suggests. "As done in Sweden at the time of this study, insulin pump treatment almost halved cardiovascular mortality," said study author Dr. Isabelle Steineck, from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. The researchers found a 45 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease early for insulin pump users. And the risk of dying early from heart disease or stroke was 42 percent lower for insulin pump users, while the risk of all-cause death was 27 percent lower during the seven-year study period. Because this was only an observational study, the authors can't say for sure that insulin pumps lowered death risk during the study, although they did find a ... Read more

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Could Your Smartphone Help Boost Your Heart Health?

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – Smartphones could become a high-tech tool to help boost heart health, experts say. The apps and wearable sensors on many cellphones can track exercise, activity and heart rates, and while evidence of their effectiveness in reducing risk factors for heart disease and stroke is limited, they could prove useful, a new American Heart Association scientific statement said. Currently, 20 percent of American adults use some type of technology to track their health data. The most popular health apps are associated with exercise, counting steps or tracking your heart rate, the heart association said. The authors of the statement reviewed the small number of published, peer-reviewed studies about the effectiveness of mobile health technologies in managing weight, boosting physical activity, quitting smoking, and controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and ... Read more

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Blood Chemical Test May Predict Risk of Heart Disease Death

Posted 12 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 – Higher-than-normal levels of a certain blood chemical may place some patients at significantly greater risk of dying from heart disease, new research indicates. Scientists found that nearly one out of three people with diabetes and stable angina – a condition causing chest pain – who also had elevated levels of troponin in their blood died of a heart-related problem within five years. Troponin, a protein found in heart muscle, is released into the bloodstream when heart damage occurs. Normally detected in patients suspected of having a heart attack, troponin at much lower levels is also identifiable in a high-sensitivity version of a test commonly used in Europe but not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "I think we anticipated that there would be a strong relationship between the troponin test and future death from heart attack, heart ... Read more

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Moderate Exercise May Reduce Men's Heart Failure Risk

Posted 12 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 – Men who get regular, moderate exercise, such as walking or cycling 20 minutes daily, seem to have a lower risk of heart failure than inactive men or those who have higher levels of activity, according to new research. The researchers found that those who exercised by walking or cycling at least 20 minutes a day had a 21 percent lower risk of heart failure. Exercising more than an hour a week decreased risk by 14 percent, the study found. The least-active group had a 69 percent higher risk for developing heart failure, while the highest-intensity group had a 31 percent higher risk of heart failure, the study revealed. There was no information on whether the high-intensity exercisers did marathons or other similar activities, Rahman said. "We found both high and low extreme levels of total physical activity to be associated with an increased risk of heart ... Read more

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Screen Teens With Depression for Heart Disease, Experts Say

Posted 11 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 – Teens with major depression or bipolar disorder may face a higher risk for heart disease and they need to be followed closely, new recommendations from the American Heart Association state. "Youth with mood disorders are not yet widely recognized as a group at increased risk for excessive and early heart disease. We hope these guidelines will spur action from patients, families and health care providers to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among these youth," Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, a child-adolescent psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center at the University of Toronto, said in a heart association news release. Goldstein and his colleagues reviewed published studies and found that teens with major depression or bipolar disorder were more likely than other teens to have: high blood pressure; high cholesterol; obesity, especially around the ... Read more

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Exercise Boosts Obese Kids' Heart Health

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 – When obese kids get moving, their cardiovascular health quickly improves even if they don't lose weight, a new review finds. Australian researchers looked at six studies on the effects of exercise for obese children and teenagers. On average, the studies found no impact on kids' weight in the short term – six to 12 weeks. There was, however, a clear benefit seen when it came to kids' fitness levels and blood vessel function. That's important because cardiovascular health in childhood often "tracks" into adulthood, said senior researcher Jeff Coombes, a professor in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane. Past studies, he said, have shown that obese children often become obese adults, when they'll face heightened risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. But boosting kids' fitness levels and blood vessel function may ... Read more

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Hysterectomy at Younger Age Tied to Heart Disease Risks

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – Hysterectomy is associated with an increased likelihood of cardiovascular risk factors and disease, especially among younger women, a new study suggests. Mayo Clinic researchers looked at data from more than 7,600 women. Half of the group had a hysterectomy, while the other half (the "control" group) didn't have the procedure. Women who had a hysterectomy before age 35 were much more likely to have a stroke than age-matched women in the control group, the investigators found. In addition, among women aged 35 to 40, high blood pressure was much more common among those in the hysterectomy group than those in the control group. Although the study found an association between menopause and cardiovascular problems, the study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The study was recently published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American ... Read more

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

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by

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

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by

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

Posted 29 Jul 2015 by

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

Posted 28 Jul 2015 by

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

Posted 23 Jul 2015 by

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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