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AHA: Use Energy Drinks When Cramming for Exams? Your Heart May Pay a Price

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Final exams – and the ensuing all-night study sessions they cause – are looming large for many students across the country. But reaching for energy drinks to perk up those drooping eyelids and boost study performance could do more harm than good. Recent research shows just one energy drink can affect blood vessel function. And other studies hav ...

Low-Dose Aspirin May Help Fight MS, Mouse Study Hints

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 – Although the findings are so far only in mice, studies suggest that aspirin – even the "low-dose" variety – might help counter multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder where aberrant immune system T-cells attack and destroy the protective myelin protein sheath that coats nerves. This causes gradual debilitation for the more than 2.3 million ...

Like Coffee? You May Be Genetically Wired That Way

Posted 15 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – Coffee's bitter taste shouldn't be a selling point. But a genetic variant explains why so many people love the brew, a new study suggests. Bitterness evolved as a natural warning system to protect people from harmful substances. That means they should want to spit out coffee, the researchers said. But their study of more than 400,000 people in the United Kingdom found ...

A Single Energy Drink Might Harm Blood Vessels: Study

Posted 5 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Caffeine-laden energy drinks are popular, but they might make your blood vessels less efficient, a small study suggests. These drinks – sold as Monster and Red Bull, to name two – have been linked to heart, nerve and stomach problems, researchers say. "A lot of young kids use energy drinks when they exercise, a time when you need your arterial function to be at its top," ...

Health Tip: When Kids Drink Coffee

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Caffeine is a stimulant that is found naturally in some foods and is added to others. It can trigger a fast heartbeat, headache, digestive problems, high blood pressure, moodiness and insomnia, the National Safety Council says. Children may wind up feeling more of caffeine's effects than adults, since presumably kids don't consume as much and their bodies haven't built up as much of a ...

Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help

Posted 18 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that drinking coffee might be a good prescription for avoiding the unsightly skin condition known as rosacea. The finding is based on an analysis of rosacea risk and dietary habits among nearly 83,000 women who were enrolled in a national nurses' study between 1991 and 2005. And it appears to challenge longstanding ...

Does Aspirin Help Prevent Liver Cancer?

Posted 5 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 – Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help. The researchers found that taking two or more standard-dose (325 milligram) pills a week was associated with a 49 percent lower risk of liver cancer. "Regular use of aspirin led to significantly lower risk of developing [liver cancer], compared to infrequent or no ...

Low-Dose Aspirin May Protect Against Ovarian Cancer: Study

Posted 4 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 – Regular use of low-dose aspirin may the reduce risk of ovarian cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 205,000 American women and found that those who reported recent, regular use of low-dose aspirin (defined as 100 milligrams or less) had a 23 percent lower risk of developing ovarian cancer than those who did not regularly take aspirin. ...

AHA: Is Coffee Good for You?

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) – At just a couple of calories a cup, good old black coffee packs quite a punch. It wakes you up, boosts your metabolic rate and decreases the risk of some diseases. Not that habitual coffee drinkers need convincing, but evidence of its health benefits stacks up quickly: It gives you energy and may help you lose weight and sharpen your mental ...

Is Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Really Worth It for Seniors?

Posted 16 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Sept. 16, 2018 – There's disappointing news for seniors: A new trial shows that taking daily low-dose aspirin doesn't prolong healthy, independent living in otherwise healthy people aged 70 and older. Aspirin has long been recommended for middle-aged folks with a history of heart disease, to prevent future heart attacks or strokes. Researchers had hoped that aspirin's specific effects ...

Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The benefit remained "even after considering other important factors such as age, gender, race, smoking, other diseases ...

'Million Hearts' Project Aims to Prevent 1 Million Cardiac Crises

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Millions of Americans aren't taking simple steps that could ward off a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke, a new government report shows. Heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related conditions caused 2.2 million hospitalizations in 2016, new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Many of these emergencies occurred because ...

Surgeons Recommend Fewer Opioid Pills After Nose Jobs

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Many patients who have nose surgery use far fewer opioid painkillers than they're given, evidence that doctors are overprescribing the highly addictive drugs, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers reviewed 173 nose surgery (rhinoplasty) cases performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Of those, 168 patients were prescribed opioids (such as OxyContin) ...

Aspirin, Fish Oil May Not Prevent Heart Trouble in Those Already at Risk

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – Aspirin or fish oil probably won't help prevent heart attacks or strokes in folks who are already at risk for cardiovascular issues, three new studies show. In the first study, taking a daily, low-dose aspirin did little to ward off first strokes or heart attacks in people who smoked, or had high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Meanwhile, a second set of studies ...

Caffeine Not a Dieter's Friend

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – If you're trying to control your weight, don't look to caffeine for help. Caffeine is not an effective appetite suppressant or weight-loss aid, researchers report in a small, new study. The study involved 50 healthy adults, aged 18 to 50. The researchers found that after the volunteers drank some juice with a small amount of caffeine added (equivalent to caffeine in ...

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