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More U.S. Airports Offer Hands-Only CPR Training

Posted 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – Hands-only CPR training is now available at kiosks in three more major U.S. airports, bringing the total number to seven. The three airports are Cleveland Hopkins International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, and Orlando International, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Since 2016, more than 20,000 visitors have learned hands-only CPR from the kiosks at O'Hare International in Chicago, Indianapolis International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Baltimore-Washington International, the AHA said. "Only 46 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive bystander CPR before professional help arrives," said Dr. Clifton Callaway, a volunteer on the AHA's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. "The airport kiosks have proven to be an ... Read more

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With Pence as Tie-breaker, Senate Votes to Debate Obamacare Overhaul

Posted 20 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – With Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to overhaul Obamacare. Only two Republicans – Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both centrists – voted against the measure. The 51-50 vote was simply procedural, allowing the Senate to begin debate on revisions of major provisions of Obamacare, the controversial health reform law that was the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's domestic agenda. It's now up to lawmakers to begin the difficult process of negotiating an alternative to Obamacare. The Senate voted Tuesday on whether to use as a template a health care bill that narrowly passed the House of Representatives in May. That House bill, which would make substantial cuts to Medicaid, the government-run insurance program for low-income Americans, is unpopular ... Read more

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Walking the Dog, All the Way to Better Health

Posted 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – Your dog may be more than your furry companion – new research suggests it may also be an effective personal trainer. The study found that dog walking gives a significant boost to older adults' exercise levels year-round. Researchers looked at more than 3,000 older adults in England. Dog owners who walked their pooch got an average of 30 minutes more physical activity a day than other participants. The dog walking-linked boost in activity was especially noticeable in the winter when days are shorter, colder and wetter, the study authors said. "We found that dog walkers were much more physically active and spent less time sitting overall. We expected this, but when we looked at how the amount of physical activity participants undertook each day varied by weather conditions, we were really surprised at the size of the differences between those who walked dogs and ... Read more

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Senate Prepares for Health Care Vote

Posted 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – With Republican Sen. John McCain making a dramatic return to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, the Senate is preparing to vote on a proposal that could begin – or end – the GOP's seven-year quest to dismantle Obamacare. The 80-year-old McCain has been home in Arizona since last week when he started treatment for a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. In a statement, the respected six-term lawmaker said he "looks forward" to returning to work on health care legislation and other matters. The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to use as a template a health care bill that narrowly passed the House of Representative in May. That House bill, which would make substantial cuts to Medicaid, the government-run insurance program for low-income Americans, is unpopular with many Americans and even President Donald Trump has called it "mean." Majority Leader ... Read more

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Here's Why a Soda With That Burger Is Especially Fattening

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Combining a sugary soda with your burger or fried chicken can really prime your body to pack on more pounds, a new study suggests. Folks who had a sweetened drink with a high-protein meal stored more unused fat, compared to others who ate the same food with a sugar-free beverage, laboratory tests revealed. Their bodies did not burn about a third of the additional calories provided by the sugary drink, researchers found. The participants also burned less fat from their food, and it took less energy overall to digest the meal. "If we are adding extra carbohydrates on top of what's already in a meal, that will definitely have an effect on the body being able to use fat as an energy source, and it will more than likely go into energy storage," said lead researcher Shanon Casperson. She's a research biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sodas, sweetened ... Read more

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What's Ahead for Health Reform in 2018?

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – The Republican Party's quest to undo the Affordable Care Act – either by replacing it, repealing it or letting it fail – is creating enormous uncertainty for millions of Americans who buy their own health insurance. Senate Republicans huddled again Wednesday night to discuss a path forward on health care after several doomed attempts to move bills to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. Aiming to finally resolve the issue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he'll force a vote on proposed legislation early next week. Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday that the latest Republican health care bill would leave an additional 22 million Americans without insurance by 2026. Also Thursday, Politico reported that the Trump administration has ended two contracts to help people sign up for ... Read more

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How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Health initiatives typically center on diet and fitness. But the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society state that getting enough sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising. Your health can truly suffer if you're constantly shortchanging yourself on sleep. Heart disease, diabetes and obesity as well as the risk of accidents like car crashes top the list. More than the embarrassment of falling asleep at an important meeting, sleep deprivation can result in cognitive impairment – your judgment just isn't as sharp as it should be. Missing out on needed sleep leads to higher levels of stress hormones and the hormones that regulate hunger. That can lead to the possibility of overeating and gaining weight. Poor sleep also been associated with increases in the inflammatory markers often seen with autoimmune diseases. Over a ... Read more

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Healthy Heart in 20s, Better Brain in 40s?

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Folks with heart-healthy habits in their 20s tend to have larger, healthier brains in their 40s – brains that may be better prepared to withstand the ravages of aging, a new study reports. Twentysomethings who closely followed the "Life's Simple 7" guidelines from the American Heart Association had brains in middle age that appeared more than a decade younger than those who didn't follow the guidelines at all, said lead researcher Michael Bancks. He's a postdoctoral fellow at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "We found that individuals who maintained better cardiovascular health in young adulthood had higher brain volume in later adulthood," Bancks said. Brain volume loss, or shrinkage, has been associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, Bancks said. The Life's Simple 7 guidelines promote heart health by ... Read more

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As Efforts to Repeal Obamacare Fail, Future of Health Care Reform in Limbo

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – The collapse of Senate Republicans' efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act raises questions about the future of health care reform. After two more GOP senators rejected the measure Monday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shifted gears and said there would be a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) without an immediate replacement. But by Tuesday afternoon, that effort also appeared doomed after three Republican senators – Susan Collins of Maine, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – said no to the idea. "I did not come to Washington to hurt people," Capito said in a statement in The New York Times. "I cannot vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians. I have serious concerns about how we continue to provide affordable ... Read more

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More Evidence That Midlife Weight Gain Harms Your Health

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – For many adults, weight gain is slow and steady, but new research suggests that even a few extra pounds can boost your risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. "People don't become obese overnight," said study lead author Dr. Frank Hu. He's a professor in the departments of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "On average, people gain about a half a pound to a pound per year. Most people gain weight all the way to 55 and up," Hu said. "But once you cross the obesity threshold, it's difficult to go back. This study provides very strong evidence that prevention of weight gain is very important." The researchers found that for every 11 pounds gained, the risk of diabetes went up 30 percent. The same weight gain was linked to a 14 percent increased risk of high blood pressure and an 8 ... Read more

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Health Bill Flatlining as 2 More GOP Senators Defect

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Two more Republican senators announced Monday night their opposition to the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The announcement, by Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas, effectively kills – at least for now – the Republican Party's seven-year effort to get rid of Obamacare, the health reform law that was the signature domestic achievement of President Barack Obama's administration. Both senators said they could not support Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposed legislation as currently written. They joined GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, both of whom said last Thursday that they could not support the bill either. Those GOP defections leave McConnell at least two votes short of winning passage of the bill that was drafted behind closed doors, with no input from Democrats. Moran said McConnell's bill ... Read more

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Not All Plant Foods Are Equal

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – For years, the mantra has been that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains will ward off heart disease, but a new study suggests that choosing the wrong ones may backfire. The study, of over 200,000 U.S. health professionals, found those who ate plenty of healthy plant foods – such as vegetables, beans and whole grains – did have a lower risk of heart disease. That was not true, however, if people loaded up on foods that are technically plant-based, but not all that healthy. In fact, diets heavy in pasta, bread, potatoes and sweets appeared just as bad as, if not worse than, diets high in animal products. "Plant-based foods are not all the same," said lead researcher Ambika Satija, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. So it's crucial that people consider the nutritional quality of the plant foods they choose, she said. ... Read more

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9/11 Survivors More Likely to Have Heart, Lung Diseases

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Rescue workers and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center seem to have an increased risk for heart and lung diseases years later, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 8,700 people in the WTC Health Registry. This registry monitors the physical and mental health of the more than 71,000 people exposed to the air and debris after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. "Our findings indicate that intense exposure on a single day – the first day of the disaster – contributes substantially to the risk of developing chronic conditions," said study corresponding author Dr. Robert Brackbill, from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. People in this study were the ones most heavily exposed on 9/11. The group included 7,503 area workers, 249 rescue workers, 131 residents and 818 passers-by. Forty-one percent in ... Read more

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Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Odds for Obesity?

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Artificial sweeteners may be less helpful than many believe in helping people lose weight and avoid health problems associated with extra pounds, a new evidence review suggests. Aspartame, saccharin, sucralose and other artificial sweeteners did not lead to any significant weight loss in more than 1,000 participants in seven clinical trials, said lead researcher Meghan Azad. Clinical trials are considered the "gold standard" of medical research, added Azad, an assistant professor of pediatrics with the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. At the same time, the combined data from 30 observational studies involving more than 400,000 participants showed that artificial sweeteners are associated with obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart health problems. Observational studies cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship, however. These ... Read more

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Timing Is Everything With Heart Attacks

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – Times of high stress – Mondays and winter holidays – seem to be especially hard on the heart, according to new research that suggests these periods are when heart attacks are most likely to occur. On the flip side, heart attacks are least likely to occur when you're chilling out on the weekend or your summer vacation, the study found. The findings stem from an analysis of more than 156,000 heart attack cases. They were treated at Swedish hospitals over eight years. While other factors likely play a role in heart attack risk, stress appears to be a substantial contributor, according to study first author John Wallert, a Ph.D. student at Uppsala University in Sweden. However, he noted that this study is an observational study, and that means it cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship. It can only show a link between heart attacks and certain time periods. ... Read more

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