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  • Aging May Blunt Some of Exercise's Benefits

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Aging May Blunt Some of Exercise's Benefits FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aging may dampen some beneficial effects of exercise, a new study suggests. But, that's no reason for seniors to morph into couch potatoes, health experts say. For the new study, researchers compared men aged 18 to 30 with men 55 and older who used exercise bikes for 30 minutes. During that time, blood samples were collected six different times, to assess cell function and antioxidant response. Antioxidants are believe...

  • Are Commercial Brain-Training Programs Worth It?

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Are Commercial Brain-Training Programs Worth It? MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Brain-training programs like Lumosity or NeuroNation frequently tout scientific studies that show their products can truly sharpen a person's intellect. But at least some of these alleged benefits might be due to a fleeting placebo effect, a new study suggests. If people are told they are participating in a brain-boosting study, they wind up performing 5 to 10 points better on follow-up IQ tests than those left in...

  • Aspirin Often Wrongly Prescribed for Atrial Fibrillation

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Aspirin Often Wrongly Prescribed for Atrial Fibrillation MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of U.S. patients with the abnormal heartbeat atrial fibrillation who need a blood thinner to prevent strokes aren't getting one, researchers say. About 40 percent of "a-fib" patients deemed at moderate to severe risk of stroke because of age or other conditions are prescribed aspirin alone rather than recommended blood thinners such as Xarelto (rivaroxaban) or warfarin, according to a n...

  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation inj...

  • Another Potential Use for Statins?

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Another Potential Use for Statins? TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists believe they've discovered another property of cholesterol-lowering statins. The drugs may significantly reduce the risk of infection in stroke patients, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 1,600 people hospitalized with ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow the brain). Those taking statins reduced their risk of infection by 58 percent, the study found. "If patients had statins ...

  • Abortion Rates Rising in Zika-Affected Countries, Study Shows

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Abortion Rates Rising in Zika-Affected Countries, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fears over birth defects from mosquito-borne Zika may be driving up abortion rates in Latin American countries affected by the virus, a new study finds. In Brazil and Ecuador -- where governments have issued health warnings on the danger to the fetus from maternal Zika infection -- requests for abortion in 2016 have doubled from 2010 rates, researchers say. The other 17 Latin American countries cov...

  • A Little Guidance Is Key to Getting That Cancer Screen

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    A Little Guidance Is Key to Getting That Cancer Screen WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The use of patient navigators -- people who help patients receive health care services -- improved cancer screening rates among low-income and ethnic minority patients, a new study reports. "These findings demonstrate how effective patient navigators can be for patients who, for a variety of reasons, encounter obstacles to receiving cancer screening," said study author Dr. Sanja Percac-Lima. She is physic...

  • Australia's Gun Laws Silence Mass Shooters

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Australia's Gun Laws Silence Mass Shooters WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Since tighter gun laws were introduced in Australia 20 years ago, there hasn't been a single mass shooting in that country, researchers report. There has also been a large decline in overall gun-related deaths in Australia since the laws were enacted, the study found. "We are unaware of any other nation that has enacted such a substantial change in gun laws as has been implemented in Australia," Simon Chapman, of the...

  • Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than $30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. "Substantial numbers of American...

  • A New Antibiotic to the Rescue?

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    A New Antibiotic to the Rescue? THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental antibiotic has shown promise against a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in animals, researchers report. A combination of the new antibiotic TXA709 and the antibiotic cefdinir successfully treated animals infected with the so-called "superbug" MRSA -- methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus . The results are "important because even though TXA709 is effective on its own in treating MRSA, combining it with cefd...