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  • Dying Patients Often Given Medicines That Won't Help Them

    Posted: 05/29/2017

    Dying Patients Often Given Medicines That Won't Help Them FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As older people approach the end of life, many are being prescribed drugs of questionable benefit, a new study finds. "People with life-limiting illness often receive medications whose benefit is unlikely to be achieved within their remaining life span," said study author Lucas Morin. He is from the Aging Research Center at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The study included more than half a million peop...

  • Does Dirty Air Keep You Awake?

    Posted: 05/29/2017

    Does Dirty Air Keep You Awake? MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may harm your sleep, researchers say. "Prior studies have shown that air pollution impacts heart health and affects breathing and lung function, but less is known about whether air pollution affects sleep," said lead author Dr. Martha Billings. "We thought an effect was likely, given that air pollution causes upper airway irritation, swelling and congestion, and may also affect the central nervous system and brain area...

  • Docs May Not Spot Sleep Apnea, Insomnia in Blacks

    Posted: 05/29/2017

    Docs May Not Spot Sleep Apnea, Insomnia in Blacks MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most black people in the United States who struggle with sleep apnea or insomnia don't get their sleep disorder diagnosed, a new analysis suggests. "African Americans experience a disproportionate burden of numerous health problems, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, all of which have been shown to be associated with sleep [problems]," said study author Dayna Johnson, a postdocto...

  • Death Rate Drops for Americans Hospitalized With COPD

    Posted: 05/29/2017

    Death Rate Drops for Americans Hospitalized With COPD WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While the number of Americans hospitalized each year for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appears to be holding steady, new research suggests the number of patients dying in the hospital over the past decade has decreased. "This is certainly an encouraging trend," said study author Dr. Khushboo Goel, a second-year internal medicine resident at the University of Arizona. COPD is an umbrella term ...

  • Do Daughters Bring Out a Dad's 'Softer Side'?

    Posted: 05/29/2017

    Do Daughters Bring Out a Dad's 'Softer Side'? THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mom, it's not all in your head: Dad does respond to toddler daughters and sons differently. Brain scans and random recordings of their times together prove it. Fathers are not only more attentive to little girls, a new study finds, they're also more accepting of their feelings. Dads sing more to their daughters, play harder with their sons and speak to their little ones in strikingly different -- and important -- wa...

  • Depression Often a Precursor to Falls in Elderly People

    Posted: 05/29/2017

    Depression Often a Precursor to Falls in Elderly People FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression appears to raise the risk of falls in elderly people, but the proper dose of psychiatric medication may eliminate that risk, a new study suggests. "Many interventions to prevent falls are expensive and time-intensive, but this is a simple and inexpensive matter of encouraging continued use of psychiatric medication while improving monitoring of fall risk and adjusting medication appropriately," sa...

  • Diesel Pollution May Damage the Heart

    Posted: 05/29/2017

    Diesel Pollution May Damage the Heart FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pollution from diesel engines may cause heart damage, a British study suggests. "There is strong evidence that particulate matter emitted mainly from diesel road vehicles is associated with increased risk of heart attack, heart failure and death," said lead author Dr. Nay Aung, a cardiologist and research fellow at Queen Mary University of London. Aung's team reviewed data from more than 4,200 people in the United Kingdom. Th...

  • Drink Water, Fight Fat?

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Drink Water, Fight Fat? THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you choose a glass of water instead of a beer or a sugar-sweetened soda at least once a day, you can reduce your risk of obesity, a new study claims. Researchers followed almost 16,000 adults in Spain for an average of 8.5 years. None were obese at the start of the study. During that study, almost 900 participants became obese. The study found that drinking a glass of water instead of a beer every day reduced the risk of obesity by 20...

  • Diabetes Drug Gets FDA Warning Due to Amputation Risk

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Diabetes Drug Gets FDA Warning Due to Amputation Risk WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The type 2 diabetes prescription drug canagliflozin (brand names Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) appears to increase the risk of leg and foot amputations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA is requiring the medications to carry new warnings about the risk. The required warnings on the drug's labeling include the most serious and prominent boxed warning. The agency's decision is based on ...

  • Don't Let Your Garden Get You Down

    Posted: 05/21/2017

    Don't Let Your Garden Get You Down SATURDAY, May 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gardening season is here, but it doesn't have to bring a fresh crop of aches, pains and muscle strains. "While gardening helps to relieve mental stress, many people underestimate the physical stress your body can endure during this activity," orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Raj Rao said in an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) news release. "The constant bending, reaching and squatting involved could result in injuri...