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  • Flu Can Have Dangerous Domino Effect on Older Adults

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Flu Can Have Dangerous Domino Effect on Older Adults SUNDAY, Dec. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even months after recovering from the flu, older people remain at increased risk for a heart attack, stroke or disability, a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases warns. "We all know about the illness influenza causes -- obviously fever and making you feel poorly, aches and pains -- and that is because it sets up a systemic inflammatory response," said Dr. William Schaffner. He's a professor of preventi...

  • For Teens, Vaping Today May Lead to Smoking Tomorrow

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    For Teens, Vaping Today May Lead to Smoking Tomorrow MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The e-cigarette may not be just a "healthier alternative" to smoking for teens. New research shows that teens who vape may be more apt to use tobacco cigarettes later on. When teens smoked an e-cigarette during one month, they were up to seven times more likely to smoke tobacco in the future, researchers found. "Youth using e-cigarettes were consistently more likely to smoke," said study author Krysten Bold, an...

  • For Breast Cancer Patients, Less Time on Hormonal Meds?

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    For Breast Cancer Patients, Less Time on Hormonal Meds? THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women with earlier-stage breast cancer may be able to spend less time on hormonal therapy without dimming their prognosis, a new study suggests. In a trial of nearly 3,500 patients, researchers found that seven years of hormonal therapy was as effective as 10 years. By the study's end, more than three-quarters of women in both groups were alive and recurrence-free. The results are "important," according to...

  • For Seniors, Any Physical Activity Is Better Than None

    Posted: 12/06/2017

    For Seniors, Any Physical Activity Is Better Than None FRIDAY, Nov. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Don't try saying you're too or too busy to exercise, especially after that calorie-laden Thanksgiving dinner. Any level of physical activity can reduce seniors' risk of heart disease, researchers report. The 18-year study included more than 24,000 adults ages 39 to 79. They found a link between physical activity and reduced risk of heart disease in both elderly and middle-aged people. "Elderly people who wer...

  • From Horses to Humans: Uncovering a Clue to Sore Throats

    Posted: 12/06/2017

    From Horses to Humans: Uncovering a Clue to Sore Throats MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The fight against germs that cause millions of sore throats each year may have gotten a boost from horses. Working in partnership, scientists from the Animal Health Trust, a veterinary and scientific research charity in the United Kingdom, and those from the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Texas identified new genes that help explain how the bacteria survive in people. Infections caused by the bact...

  • Family Vacations That Are Fun for All

    Posted: 11/30/2017

    Family Vacations That Are Fun for All MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a family vacation is a great way to have quality time, but going on a trip that each family member will enjoy takes some planning. Consider choices for an activity-oriented trip. Besides health benefits, vacations make great memories when everyone participates. Start by getting the whole family involved. Show photos of possible destinations to younger kids and let older ones offer their opinions on where to go. For a ...

  • Flu Shot Could Help Your Kid Avoid Hospital

    Posted: 11/29/2017

    Flu Shot Could Help Your Kid Avoid Hospital FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's an easy way for parents to help cut their child's chances of ending up in the hospital with the flu -- get them vaccinated, researchers say. For the new study, the Canadian researchers analyzed the medical records of nearly 10,000 children, aged 6 months to under 5 years, over the four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014. All lived in the province of Ontario. Among children fully vaccinated against the flu, those...

  • Face It: Drinking, Smoking Takes Toll on Looks

    Posted: 11/28/2017

    Face It: Drinking, Smoking Takes Toll on Looks THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Don't want to look old before your time? A new study suggests that heavy drinking and smoking -- besides posing serious health risks -- make people look older than they actually are. The research tracked more than 11,500 Danish adults, aged 21 to 93, for an average of nearly 12 years. Women consumed, on average, 2.6 alcoholic drinks a week, and men consumed 11.4 drinks a week. Smokers included 57 percent of the wo...

  • Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer

    Posted: 11/14/2017

    Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "What you eat after you've been diagnosed may make...

  • Fewer Diabetes Cases Being Missed

    Posted: 11/03/2017

    Fewer Diabetes Cases Being Missed TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is still on the rise, the good news is that most people with the disease know they have it, a new study shows. The research suggests that over the past two and a half decades, the percentage of undiagnosed cases has dropped significantly. "If you're going to your doctor, you probably don't have to worry about undiagnosed diabetes," said study author Elizabeth Selvin, a profe...