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The Sooner Type 2 Diabetes Arrives, the Worse for Your Heart

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FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – A type 2 diabetes diagnosis that comes early in life carries a deadly load of health risks, new research shows. It was associated with a 60 percent higher relative risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. Not only that, it was linked to almost a 30 percent higher risk of death from any cause, though a lower risk of dying from cancer was seen. "Type 2 diabetes in young ...

For Women, Blocked Arteries Not the Only Trigger for Heart Attacks

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FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Women don't need to have blocked arteries to experience a heart attack, a new study points out. Blocked arteries are a main cause of heart attack in men, according to researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They found, though, that about 8 percent of women who have chest pain but no blocked arteries actually have scars on their heart that indicate ...

FDA Warns Heart Patients About Antibiotic Clarithromycin

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FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – The antibiotic clarithromycin (brand name: Biaxin) may increase the long-term risk of heart problems and death in patients with heart disease, according to U.S. health officials. As a result, the federal Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it's recommending that doctors carefully weigh the benefits and risks of the drug before prescribing it to patients with ...

Take Early Clinical Trials With a Grain of Salt

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THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – More than one-third of early clinical trials exaggerate positive findings and may give patients false hope, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from 930 clinical trials published in 10 leading medical journals between early 2007 and mid-2015. The investigators found that a significant number of early trials reported effects that were 2.7 times greater than ...

For Older Men, Even Light Exercise Helps

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Just a few minutes of exercise a day – even light workouts – can reduce an older man's risk of early death, a new British study claims. Each additional 30 minutes a day of light activity – such as easy gardening or walking the dog – was associated with a 17 percent lower risk of death, said Dr. Barbara Jefferis, of University College London, and colleagues. Each ...

'Grey's Anatomy' Not Much Like a Real ER

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TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – As much as you might love watching the popular TV drama "Grey's Anatomy," don't mistake it for real medicine, researchers suggest. If you do, your expectations may exceed reality if you ever find yourself in an emergency room. The researchers, led by Dr. Jordan Weinberg, from the department of surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, compared the ...

Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Hundreds of New Meds

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THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – The U.S. National Institutes of Health spent more than $100 billion on research that led to 210 new medicines gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval over six years, a new study shows. Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development of 84 first-in-class drugs that use new biological mechanisms or targets. The study is the first to assess how ...

Here's to a Healthy Pregnancy

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THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Take good prenatal care of yourself and not only will you have a healthier baby, you'll also lower his or her risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. First, you'll want to monitor your weight while pregnant. A baby's future diabetes risk, for example, is higher if mom is under- or over-nourished during pregnancy, according to researchers at ...

Being a Single Dad Can Take a Big Toll on Health

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – Single dads have been played for laughs in countless TV sitcoms, from "The Andy Griffith Show" and "My Three Sons" up to modern takes such as "Arrested Development" and "Louie." But in real life, being a single dad is tough – so much so that it can lead to an early grave, Canadian researchers report. "We found that single fathers had a threefold higher mortality ...

Parents Find Kids' Weight Report Cards Hard to Swallow

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – Schools across the country are issuing special report cards that assess a student's weight and health – but parents often don't believe what they're seeing, a small study shows. Known as BMI report cards, they contain information about a child's body mass index – an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. BMI report cards also outline what families can do if ...

Want to Keep the Weight Off? Eat More Slowly

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TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – Instead of gulping your food, try eating more slowly. It may help you drop those unwanted pounds, a new study by Japanese researchers suggests. Also helpful: Avoiding after-dinner snacks and eating anything in the two hours before you go to bed, the researchers said. The study linked those simple changes to a smaller waist, and lower rates of obesity and overweight. ...

Health Tip:Heart Disease Risk Factors You Can Control

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-- About one in four women dies of heart disease in the United States, making it the most common cause of death among women. Some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as gender, race or age. Other factors involve your lifestyle. The U.S. Office on Women's Health provides examples: Smoking – If you smoke, quit immediately. Diet – Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and avoid saturated fats, ...

Make a Bucket List -- Then Share It With Your Doc

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FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – Do you have things you want to do before your time's up? If so, consider sharing that so-called "bucket list" with your doctors. Those discussions could help your doctors provide health care that fits your life plans, researchers say. And for people with a chronic or even terminal illness, it could also help with advance planning. A survey of more than 3,000 people across ...

How To Pick a New Primary Care Doctor

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THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – There are times in life when you need to pick a new doctor, or primary care provider. A primary care provider is your health gatekeeper, offering wellness visits, evaluating problems and suggesting specialists when necessary. There are different types of providers to choose from, such as internists; family practitioners who care for adults as well as children; and, for ...

Crash Diets Might Derail Your Heart Health

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TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – Everyone wants a beach-ready body, and many are willing to starve themselves to achieve it quickly. But new research suggests that fat lost on crash diets may clog the heart and reduce its function. The good news is that this effect appears temporary. And for healthy people, there probably aren't any ill effects, said the study's lead author, Dr. Jennifer Rayner. However, ...

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