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Will an E-Cigarette Harm Your Heart?

Posted 1 day 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – The nicotine in e-cigarette vapor may cause adrenaline levels to spike in the heart, potentially increasing risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death, a new study reports. Electronic cigarettes have been promoted as a healthier alternative to tobacco cigarettes because they deliver vastly lower levels of carcinogens, researchers say. But laboratory studies show that e-cigarettes still could pose a threat to health because of the nicotine that the devices typically deliver, said lead researcher Dr. Holly Middlekauff. She's a cardiologist with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes appear to promote a fight-or-flight response by the sympathetic nervous system, causing a release of adrenaline that increases heart rate and reduces the amount of time between heart beats, researchers ... Read more

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Health Tip: Medication Suggestions for Older Adults

Posted 2 days 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- It may be difficult and confusing for older adults to manage an ever-growing list of medications and supplements. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests: Take only medications and supplements recommended by your doctor. Keep a medication and supplement list, and share this information with all doctors and caregivers. Be aware of potential drug/supplement interactions and side effects. If you have a question or are unsure, ask your doctor. Review all medications and supplements with your doctor at your annual physical. Read more

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Restaurant Rules for Weight Loss

Posted 2 days 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Is eating out your diet downfall? Getting together with friends is fun, but a tempting menu can quickly derail your weight loss efforts. Try these restaurant rules to stay on the calorie track. First, choose a restaurant that offers healthier fare. Japanese, Thai and other Asian cuisines are usually vegetable-based with little saturated fat in the other ingredients. Greek and Spanish restaurants serve foods from the healthy Mediterranean diet, so you'll likely be able to choose from fish, grilled lean meats and salads. If your willpower fades the second you face a menu, decide what to order before you set foot in the restaurant. If its menu isn't online, call ahead and ask for recommendations by phone. Remember that restaurants want to accommodate you. If you're trying a new cuisine and want to sample unique dishes, make it your goal to limit calories. Never ... Read more

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Obesity Rates Have Stopped Rising for Young Americans

Posted 2 days 15 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Youth obesity rates are leveling off in the United States, with about one-third of kids and teens now overweight or obese, a new report shows. "Obesity rates are still far too high, but the progress we've seen in recent years is real and it's encouraging," said Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). "That progress could be easily undermined if leaders and policymakers at all levels don't continue to prioritize efforts that help all Americans lead healthier lives," Besser said. The findings were recently detailed in the annual State of Obesity report from the RWJF (a philanthropy that supports research and programs targeting health issues in America) and the nonprofit Trust for America's Health. John Auerbach is president and CEO of Trust for America's Health. He said, "It's clear that the progress we've made in fighting ... Read more

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Death Risk From Triathlons May Be Higher Than Thought

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Could some triathlon participants be pushing themselves too hard? New research suggests the odds that an athlete will die during these tests of endurance are higher than previously believed. "We identified a total of 135 deaths and cardiac arrests in U.S. triathlons from the inception of the sport in 1985 through 2016," said study lead author Dr. Kevin Harris. Most were due to undiagnosed heart issues. "The vast majority of the deaths occurred in the swim," added Harris, a cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Researchers also discovered that race-related fatalities most often involved middle-aged or older men. And the investigators found that sudden death, cardiac arrest, and trauma-related death during triathlons are not rare. Overall, risk of dying during a triathlon was 1.74 for every 100,000 athletes – the ... Read more

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U.S. Seniors Getting Healthier, Especially When Wealthy and White

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – American seniors are getting healthier overall, but the well-educated, rich and white are seeing the greatest gains, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed federal government data on more than 55,000 older adults. They found that between 2000 and 2014, there was a 14 percent increase in the rate of those who reported good health. However, those with graduate degrees had the most improvement – 56 more healthy people per thousand – while the rate remained flat among those with only a high school diploma. Rich seniors had the best rate of good health throughout the study period, with the rate increasing from 490 per 1,000 to 603 per 1,000. Overall, 52 percent of older adults with good health had high incomes. Just 31 percent of those with poor health had high incomes. Whites were more likely than blacks or Hispanics to have good health. The rate of good health ... Read more

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Nearly 25 Million U.S. Workers Now Have High-Deductible Health Plans

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – The number of American workers with high-deductible health insurance plans rose by 3.2 percent in 2016 – reaching 24.8 million, new research reports. While premium prices rose modestly for people with employer-provided coverage, their deductibles rose 10 percent on average, University of Minnesota researchers found. "High-deductible health plans are increasingly becoming the norm in commercial insurance, and there is every reason to expect this trend to continue," said Katherine Hempstead, senior advisor at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The foundation funded the study. For the study, researchers analyzed national data and found more than 58 million American workers were enrolled in an employer-sponsored insurance plan in 2016. The average deductible was $1,696 for single plans, a 10.1 percent increase from 2015. The increases averaged $155, the study ... Read more

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Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure?

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – You probably already know that certain healthy lifestyle behaviors can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, but is any one behavior more important than the others? Maybe, as new research suggests maintaining a healthy weight is the No. 1 behavior to prevent unhealthy blood pressure levels. "Our results indicate by maintaining a healthy body weight into middle age, you can help preserve low blood pressure," said the study's lead author, John Booth III. He's a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "There have been increases in blood pressure at younger ages, which are linked to heart disease and stroke," Booth said. "We evaluated the long-term impact of maintaining healthy behaviors on [high blood pressure]." Booth and his colleagues looked at the effects of five healthy behaviors: Never smoking Drinking 7 or fewer ... Read more

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Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – Women who develop pre-eclampsia earlier in pregnancy may be at increased risk for heart problems soon after giving birth, a new study finds. "These women should be screened for major cardiovascular risk factors and prevention strategies should be implemented as soon as possible," said study author Dr. GianLuca Colussi. He's an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Udine in Italy. Pre-eclampsia is a dangerous increase in blood pressure that occurs in the second half of pregnancy. Researchers assessed heart structure and function in 65 women one month after they gave birth. None had high blood pressure before pregnancy, but developed pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. Thirty-seven percent of them had early onset pre-eclampsia – before the 34th week of pregnancy, the study authors said. The study also included 16 nonpregnant women with high blood ... Read more

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Republicans Take Another Run at Obamacare Overhaul

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – Senate Republicans on Wednesday introduced a plan to roll back key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and use that money to provide block grants to states. It's widely seen as a last-ditch attempt by the GOP to fulfill its vow to replace the health reform law often called Obamacare. Republicans in the Senate only have until Sept. 30 to pass a repeal-and-replace bill under "budget reconciliation" rules that waive the usual 60-vote threshold in the Senate, Timothy Jost, emeritus law professor at Washington and Lee University, said Wednesday in a Health Affairs blog. The bill sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin would give states more decision-making authority on how to allocate health care dollars. On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday, Cassidy said Republican and ... Read more

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Can Coffee or Tea Extend Survival With Diabetes?

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – A diagnosis of diabetes comes with a long list of "don'ts." But new research suggests that coffee and tea probably shouldn't be off-limits because each may help prevent an early death. Well, at least if you're a woman with diabetes, that is. Men with diabetes didn't seem to reap the rewards of consuming caffeine in the new study. The research found that women with diabetes who had up to one regular cup of coffee a day (100 milligrams of caffeine) were 51 percent less likely to die than women who consumed no caffeine during the 11-year study. "As caffeine is consumed by more than 80 percent of the world's adult population, it is essential to understand the impact of this factor concerning cardiovascular, cancer and all-cause mortality," said study researcher Dr. Joao Sergio Neves, an endocrinology resident at Sao Joao Hospital Center in Porto, Portugal. "Our ... Read more

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Take a Stand Against Sitting Too Much

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Days spent sitting for hours may increase your risk for an early death no matter how much you exercise, researchers say. In a new study, people who sat the most had twice the risk of dying over a 4-year period as people who sat the least. But taking a break every 30 minutes to get up and walk around might help decrease the risk, the study authors said. "What's most troubling is it's like I exercise in the morning and I think I'm good, but in addition to exercise I should also be mindful of not being sedentary for long periods throughout the day," said lead researcher Keith Diaz. He is an associate research scientist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. It's more than exercise, Diaz said. "You have to do more. You have to move, you have to get up often and break up your sedentary habits if you want to have the lowest risk of death," he ... Read more

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Does Study Claim a Cure? Beware of Scientific 'Spin'

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Take with a grain of salt any flashy reports from clinical trials boasting groundbreaking results, a new scientific review warns. A majority of clinical trials published in medical journals hype their findings, presenting them in a way that makes them look more favorable than they actually are, said senior researcher Lisa Bero. An evidence review conducted by Bero and her colleagues found more than half of clinical trials "spin" their results either in the abstracts (summaries) or the main text of the published report. "'Breakthrough' studies are quite rare, so any study making bold claims about [effectiveness] or causality should be viewed skeptically," said Bero, who's chair of medicines use and health outcomes with the University of Sydney in Australia. "Science is an accumulation of knowledge, so new studies need to be put in the context of others," she ... Read more

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Do E-Cigarettes Damage Blood Vessels?

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Nicotine in e-cigarettes may cause stiffened arteries, which can lead to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a small Swedish study suggests. With the dramatic increase in e-cigarette use ("vaping") over the past few years, questions have arisen about their safety. And while many people think the devices are harmless, especially compared with regular cigarettes, little is known about long-term effects of these devices, according to lead researcher Magnus Lundback, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "Increased arterial stiffness has previously been demonstrated following exposure to conventional cigarettes," said Lundback, who is a research leader and clinical registrar at the Danderyd University Hospital. "We think that chronic exposure to e-cigarettes with nicotine may lead to stiffer arteries and, in the long run, an increased risk of ... Read more

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'Healthy' Obese Still Face Higher Heart Risks

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Obese people face an increased risk of heart disease, even if they are free of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a large new study suggests. Researchers said the findings, based on 3.5 million British adults, cast doubt on the notion of "healthy obesity." In recent years, some research has suggested that obesity may not be a heart risk – as long as a person is "metabolically healthy." That typically means being free from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. The new findings paint a different picture. Researchers found that even metabolically healthy obese adults had a heightened risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke over the next five years. "It does not appear that obesity is benign," said Jennifer Bea, a researcher at the University of Arizona Cancer Center who wrote an editorial accompanying the ... Read more

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