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Turning Back the Aging Clock -- in Mice

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – Aging mice became more youthful following a new cellular therapy about to be tested in humans, researchers say. The treatment reversed age-related loss of fur, boosted the rodents' vitality and improved their kidney function, according to a new report. The experimental therapy "restored health after the mice had already deteriorated," said senior study author Peter de Keizer. "So, I don't think it merely delays aging, but might actually – though more research is needed – counteract it once it has already happened," said de Keizer. He is a researcher of aging at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands. The research team is preparing to test the therapy in humans with a type of aggressive brain cancer, de Keizer said. "We think we could hopefully make a difference in the treatment of this non-curable disease," he added. Aging occurs when the body ... Read more

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Fewer Patients Die During Hospital Inspection Weeks: Study

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THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – Hospital patients may be less likely to die if they are treated during weeks that inspectors are checking on the staff, a new study suggests. In the United States, hospitals are accredited by a body known as the Joint Commission. Inspectors from the commission make unannounced visits to each hospital every 18 to 36 months, to make sure staff are complying with standards for patient safety and care. The new study asked a basic question: Do patients fare better if they are treated during an inspection week? The answer, it seems, may be yes. Researchers found that across nearly 2,000 U.S. hospitals, Medicare patients had a slightly lower risk of dying within 30 days if they were admitted during an inspection week, versus other weeks. The difference was small: Among patients admitted during a non-inspection week, 7.2 percent died within 30 days. That compared ... Read more

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House to Vote Thursday on Amended Obamacare Repeal Bill

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – As a critical vote to repeal "Obamacare" looms Thursday, House Republican leaders worked furiously on Wednesday to garner enough votes to begin dismantling the landmark health care reform law. Pressure to pass the repeal bill came directly from President Donald Trump on Tuesday, who met privately with House Republicans to convince defiant party members to keep their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Trump's visit was part of a full-out effort by House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders to secure the 216 votes needed to pass the bill in the lower chamber before sending it to the Senate for consideration. "President Trump was here to do what he does best, and that is to close the deal," Ryan said after the meeting. Ryan's plan, known as the American Health Care Act, is a budget "reconciliation" bill that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Metabolic Syndrome

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Metabolic syndrome is a collection of factors that boost your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests these measures to lower your risk of metabolic syndrome: Following a heart-healthy diet. Setting and achieving a healthy target weight. Keeping stress under control. Getting plenty of regular physical activity. Quitting smoking. Taking any medications recommended by your doctor. Read more

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Remote Amazon Tribe May Have Healthiest Hearts on Earth

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – A primitive Amazonian tribe appears to have the best heart health in the world, living a simple existence that inadvertently provides them extraordinary protection against heart disease, researchers report. The Tsimane people of Bolivia lead an active life of subsistence farming and foraging for food in the Amazon rainforest, said study author Dr. Gregory Thomas. He is medical director of the Memorial Care Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial, in California. Thanks to their unique lifestyle, most Tsimane have arteries unclogged by the cholesterol plaques that drastically increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in modern Americans, Thomas said. CT scans revealed that hardened arteries are five times less common among the Tsimane than in U.S. adults, Thomas said. "We found that based on their lifestyle, 85 percent of this population can live ... Read more

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Taking Statins May Boost Heart Surgery Outcomes

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – Heart surgery patients taking statins should keep taking those cholesterol-lowering drugs, even on the day of their operation, because doing so may improve their chances of survival, a new study suggests. "Based on our findings, we would advise patients to continue taking their statin medication all the way up to and including the day of surgery," said study author Dr. Wei Pan. Statins are one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. One in four Americans 40 or older takes a statin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the new study, Pan's team looked at more than 3,000 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Pan is a cardiovascular anesthesiologist at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. The findings showed that the rate of death from all causes within 30 days was about 2 percent for ... Read more

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Parenthood an Elixir for Longevity?

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TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – It might not feel like it some days, but having children may ultimately help you live a little longer, a new study suggests. Parenthood appears to help delay death as you grow older, with parents living longer than those who are childless, Swedish researchers found. The differences in longevity were not overwhelming, however. For example, fathers were expected to live 2 years longer than non-fathers at age 60, while mothers were expected to live 1.5 years longer than non-mothers, according to the study. By age 80, dads were expected to live about 8 months longer and moms about 7 months longer than non-parents, the findings suggested. "Parents live longer than non-parents, even in the oldest ages," said lead author Karin Modig, an assistant professor of epidemiology with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. This survival benefit occurs regardless of whether ... Read more

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Analysis of GOP Health Plan Coming Soon

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) may soon answer key questions about costs and coverage under the Republicans' plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In a report due out as early as Monday, the CBO is expected to show that fewer Americans will have insurance, Republicans acknowledge, despite President Donald Trump's assertion that no one would lose their coverage, according to various news reports. Republican leaders say their proposal is designed to fix many aspects of what they call the failure of Obamacare, including escalating premiums and deductibles, and fewer insurance plans from which to choose. The Congressional Budget Office provides Congress with nonpartisan analyses for economic and budget decisions, and with estimates required for the Congressional budget process. The CBO report is likely to provide ammunition to ... Read more

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New Health Care Bill Clears House Committee

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – A House panel cleared the Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act early Thursday morning amid growing backlash from consumer and medical groups that oppose the GOP plan. Following a marathon session, the House Ways and Means committee approved the plan, rejecting a variety of Democratic amendments along the way. House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said the legislation would "help Americans finally have access to affordable health care." Meanwhile, the Energy and Commerce Committee continued to debate the measure. As the bill winds its way through the House, opposition continues to grow. Seven major hospital groups have joined major physician and consumer organizations in opposing the GOP replacement plan. In a letter to Congress, hospital groups, including the American Hospital Association, warned that the proposal is likely to ... Read more

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Bad Diets Tied to 400,000 U.S. Deaths in 2015

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Unhealthy diets may have contributed to as many as 400,000 premature deaths from heart disease and strokes in 2015, a new study estimates. And, it's not just the things you should be avoiding – such as salt and trans fats – that are contributing to these deaths. The excess deaths may also be caused by what's missing in your diet – namely, nuts and seeds, vegetables and whole grains, the researchers said. "Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing more people in 2015 than any other cause," said lead researcher Dr. Ashkan Afshin of the University of Washington in Seattle. He's an acting assistant professor of global health at the university's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. "Poor diet is the top risk factor for cardiovascular disease death and, therefore, deserves attention from decision-makers in the ... Read more

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Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Cut Medical Bill Worries, Study Finds

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – People living in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are less likely to be uninsured or struggling with the strain of unpaid medical bills, a new study finds. The study is the latest to examine the impact of expanding Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income Americans. To date, 31 states plus the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid under the ACA, also known as Obamacare. States were allowed to decide whether to implement that provision of the health law after a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it optional. "Low-income adults in expansion states do appear to be better off after the Medicaid expansion," said study co-author Laura Wherry, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. By the second year of expansion, fewer low-income ... Read more

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Americans With High Blood Pressure Still Eating Too Much Salt

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – For Americans with high blood pressure, cutting back on salt is an important way to help keep the condition under control. Yet, new research shows that these patients are getting more salt in their diet than they did in 1999. Between 1999 and 2012, salt (sodium) consumption rose from about 2,900 milligrams a day (mg/day) to 3,350 mg/day. That's more than double the ideal upper limit of 1,500 mg/day of sodium recommended by the American Heart Association for people with high blood pressure (or "hypertension"). One teaspoon of table salt contains about 2,300 mg of sodium. Salt also contains chloride, but it's the sodium that's concerning for heart and blood pressure problems. Sodium is an essential nutrient that helps control water balance in the body. But too much can cause excess water to build up, increasing blood pressure, and putting a strain on the heart ... Read more

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Fitbits, Other Trackers May Be Unfit to Measure Heart Rate

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Fitbits and other wrist-worn fitness devices promise to keep track of your heart rate, but new research suggests they are less accurate than thought during certain exercises. "If you need to know your heart rate with accuracy when exercising – either because you are training for a marathon or have safe heart rate limits set by your doctor, perhaps due to coronary artery disease, heart failure or other heart conditions – wrist-worn monitors are less accurate than the standard chest strap," study author Dr. Marc Gillinov said in an American College of Cardiology news release. The heart rates on the wrist-worn devices were compared to those from a continuous 4-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) and a chest strap monitor. Like an EKG, the chest strap measures electrical activity of the heart. Depending on the type of activity, the wrist devices were up to 34 beats a ... Read more

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House Republicans Unveil Their Rx for Obamacare

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – House Republicans have unveiled their long-anticipated plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a stripped-down system of individual tax credits. The proposed legislation would preserve some of the most popular features of the controversial health reform law sometimes called Obamacare, while eliminating some aspects that never caught on with the public. Young adults could still stay on their parents' health plans until age 26, and insurers still could not deny coverage or charge more to people with pre-existing conditions, according to a summary released Monday evening by the House Ways and Means Committee. House Republican leaders also have said they would maintain the Affordable Care Act's ban on lifetime insurance coverage caps, according to The New York Times. The proposed legislation would eliminate two of the Affordable Care Act's most ... Read more

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House Republicans Unveil Their Rx for Obamacare

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – House Republicans have unveiled their long-anticipated plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a stripped-down system of individual tax credits. The proposed legislation would preserve some of the most popular features of the controversial health reform law sometimes called Obamacare, while eliminating some aspects that never caught on with the public. Young adults could still stay on their parents' health plans until age 26, and insurers still could not deny coverage or charge more to people with pre-existing conditions, according to a summary released Monday evening by the House Ways and Means Committee. House Republican leaders also have said they would maintain the Affordable Care Act's ban on lifetime insurance coverage caps, according to The New York Times. The proposed legislation would eliminate two of the Affordable Care Act's most ... Read more

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