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Senate Rejects Broad Repeal of Obamacare

Posted 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – After narrowly voting to resume debate Tuesday on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, efforts toward a sweeping repeal of Obamacare fell short in a Senate vote Tuesday night. Although Republicans needed 60 votes to overcome a parliamentary objection to broad repeal, in the end the vote was 43-57, The New York Times reported. That the vote was lost by such a large margin suggests how difficult it could be for Republican efforts to push through health care legislation. Tuesday night's vote centered on sweeping legislation that sought to appeal to both conservatives and moderates within the GOP. One proposal, from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), allowed for the sale of bare-bones health plans that jettisoned many benefits allowed by the Affordable Care Act – items such as maternity care – if insurers also sold plans that included those benefits. The proposed ... Read more

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

Posted 8 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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9/11 Survivors More Likely to Have Heart, Lung Diseases

Posted 10 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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Working Too Much Might Tip Heart Into Irregular Rhythm

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – Working long hours might do more than exhaust you – it could also raise your risk of a common and potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorder, a new British study finds. "These findings show that long working hours are associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia," said study leader Mika Kivimaki, a professor of epidemiology at University College London. Because atrial fibrillation has long been a known risk factor for stroke, "this could be one of the mechanisms that explain the previously observed increased risk of stroke among those working long hours," Kivimaki said in a news release from the European Heart Journal. His team published their findings in the journal on July 14. One cardiologist in the United States said that because the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, its results "need to be interpreted ... Read more

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Fewer U.S. Dollars Spent on Cardiac Arrest Research: Study

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the United States, yet it receives much less government funding for research than other leading causes of death, researchers report. Adjusted for inflation, U.S. National Institutes of Health funding for cardiac arrest research fell from $35.4 million in 2007 to $28.5 million in 2016, the study authors said. Cardiac arrest – the sudden loss of heart function – claims more than 450,000 lives in the United States each year, according to the Institute of Medicine. "If you look at the public health burden of cardiac arrest, it's a major public health issue," said senior author Dr. Robert Neumar. He is chair of the University of Michigan Health System's emergency medicine department. In 2015, the NIH invested about $13,000 for each death from diabetes versus $91 for each death from cardiac arrest, the study ... Read more

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Docs Should Counsel Even Healthy People on Diet, Exercise, Experts Say

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Lifestyle counseling could help protect the long-term heart health of adults who aren't yet at high risk for heart attack and stroke, a panel of medical experts says. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on Tuesday reaffirmed its 2012 recommendation that doctors consider extra counseling on diet and exercise even among their low-risk patients. "The Task Force encourages primary care clinicians to talk to their patients about eating healthy and physical activity," said task force vice chair Susan Curry. If patients are interested and motivated to make lifestyle changes, doctors should offer to refer them to counseling, she said. Obese people and those who have high blood pressure or cholesterol levels, diabetes, or problems maintaining normal blood sugar levels are at higher risk for heart disease. The USPSTF already advised doctors to offer their ... Read more

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Daily Jolt of Java May Bring Longer Life

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Here's news to perk up your day: Drinking coffee might help you live a little longer, two new studies suggest. Researchers found that daily coffee drinkers were up to 18 percent less likely to die over the next 10 to 16 years, versus non-drinkers. The findings – based on over 700,000 middle-aged and older adults – add to the growing list of benefits linked to moderate coffee drinking. Studies have already tied the habit to lower risks of various diseases – from heart disease and type 2 diabetes, to liver cancer, to neurological diseases like Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. None of those studies prove coffee, per se, provides the benefit. And it's unlikely that doctors will start recommending coffee as some sort of elixir, according to Veronica Setiawan, the senior researcher on one of the studies. "But if you've always been a coffee drinker," she said, ... Read more

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Is Shingles Tied to Heart, Stroke Risk?

Posted 4 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 4, 2017 – Shingles may be tied to an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. About one-third of Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime. The painful skin rash can occur in anyone who's had chickenpox, and the risk increases with age. The new study looked at 2003-2013 medical records for more than 23,000 people in South Korea who had shingles. The researchers also reviewed data on a similar number of people without shingles. They found the shingles group had a 59 percent higher risk of heart attack and a 35 percent higher risk of stroke than the others. Stroke risk was highest among those under 40. The risks of both stroke and heart attack were highest the first year after the onset of shingles and decreased with time, according to the study. The results appear in a research letter published July 3 in the Journal of the American College of ... Read more

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More Americans Are Walking for Exercise

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – Call it a step in the right direction: More and more Americans are trying to walk their way to better health. The number of adults who took up walking for exercise or as a way to get from place to place increased significantly between 2005 and 2015, federal health officials reported Thursday. During that time, the percentage of women who walk increased from 57 percent to 65 percent. Among men, the percentage increased from 54 percent to 63 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "People who are physically active have a lower risk of many chronic diseases – like heart disease, stroke and depression – and it supports the healthy aging process for older adults," said study lead author Emily Ussery, a CDC epidemiologist. On the downside, although more people are walking, the increase among men has stalled a bit in recent years, ... Read more

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Lack of Health Insurance Can Shorten Lives: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – In the midst of another struggle over U.S. health care coverage, a new study finds that Americans who don't have health insurance face a significantly higher risk for premature death. "The evidence is overwhelming that insurance saves lives and taking away coverage costs lives," said study co-author Dr. David Himmelstein, a professor of public health at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in New York City. This conclusion follows a review of previous investigations that looked at how gaining or losing insurance affects the health and life spans of American adults under 65. "We were not very surprised by the findings, since a 2002 report from the Institute of Medicine [IOM] of the National Academy of Sciences had reached a similar conclusion," Himmelstein said. That earlier IOM report reviewed 130 studies before concluding that "the uninsured ... Read more

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Obamacare May Have Slashed Cardiac Arrest Rate in Oregon

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – A dramatic decrease in often-fatal cardiac arrest has occurred among Oregon residents who gained access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. Cardiac arrest cases declined by 17 percent among 45- to 64-year-olds soon after full implementation of the health care legislation in 2014, the researchers reported. This decrease likely occurred because doctors detected warning signs of heart disease and prescribed effective treatments that lowered patients' short-term risk of cardiac arrest, said lead researcher Dr. Eric Stecker. For example, doctors can dramatically reduce cardiac arrest risk by prescribing statins and daily aspirin to people with clogged arteries, said Stecker. He is an associate professor of cardiovascular medicine with Oregon Health & Science University. The observed reduction in cardiac arrest is a "surprising ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercise During Menopause

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- When menstruation stops, your body changes in many ways. Exercise is important throughout every stage in your life, and menopause is no different. The American Council on Exercise says exercise after menopause: Helps reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, both of which are more common after menopause. Improves your mood, as well as reduces anxiety and depression. Helps you lose more belly fat. Helps strengthen your bones. Helps improve cholesterol and physical fitness. Read more

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Persistent Stress May Hasten Death in Heart Patients

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – If you have heart disease, unrelenting stress might hasten your death, researchers report. Adults who suffered from persistent mental distress, including depression and anxiety, were nearly four times more likely to die from heart disease and almost three times more likely to die from any cause compared to stress-free folks, New Zealand researchers found. "The cumulative burden of psychological stress increases the mortality risk in patients with heart disease," said lead researcher Dr. Ralph Stewart. The association only applied to people with persistent stress – not mild or occasional distress, the researchers said. And the results held true even after taking account of other potentially influential risk factors, said Stewart, an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Auckland. Stewart cautioned that this study cannot prove that persistent stress ... Read more

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Study Challenges Touted Link Between Eczema and Heart Disease

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – There's no evidence of a link between eczema and increased risk of heart disease, researchers report. The findings challenge recent studies suggesting that people with atopic dermatitis – a common form of the skin disease eczema – are significantly more likely to have heart trouble. The authors of the new study analyzed the medical records of nearly 260,000 Canadians between the ages of 30 and 74. They found that the 7 percent with atopic dermatitis "were not at any increased risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart attacks or strokes," said lead author Dr. Aaron Drucker. He's an assistant professor of dermatology at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The study could not determine whether there might be a link between eczema severity and heart disease, Drucker said in a university news release. He added that he is now researching that. The ... Read more

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Boozing Can Age You Right Down to Your Cells

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – The more you booze it up, the more your cells age, increasing your risk for age-related health problems like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 134 alcoholics between the ages of 41 and 85 and a control group of people in the same age group who weren't alcoholics. DNA samples revealed that the alcoholics had shortened telomeres. "Telomeres, the protein caps on the ends of human chromosomes, are markers of aging and overall health," said study leader Dr. Naruhisa Yamaki, a clinical fellow at the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. Every time a cell replicates, a tiny bit of telomere is lost, so they get shorter with age. As time passes, that leaves chromosomes less protected so cells may be unable to function properly. But some people have shorter telomeres for reasons other than aging. "Our ... Read more

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