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  • Brisk Walking May Help Ward Off Diabetes

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Brisk Walking May Help Ward Off Diabetes WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Brisk walking may be more effective than jogging in controlling blood sugar levels in people with prediabetes, a new study suggests. People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels but not so high that it's full-blown diabetes. The "gold standard" approach to diabetes prevention involves weight loss, diet and exercise. "We know the benefits of lifestyle changes ... but it is difficult to get patients...

  • Behavior Changes May Be First Signs of Alzheimer's

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Behavior Changes May Be First Signs of Alzheimer's MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Certain behavior changes may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's disease, and researchers say they've developed a symptom "checklist" that might aid earlier diagnosis. Experts have long focused on so-called mild cognitive impairment as an early warning sign of Alzheimer's disease. That refers to problems with memory and thinking that may or may not progress to full-blown dementia. But now some researchers are zeroing ...

  • Bipolar Diagnosis May Take Up to 6 Years

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Bipolar Diagnosis May Take Up to 6 Years MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with bipolar disorder may face a long wait from when their symptoms start to the time they get a proper diagnosis. In fact, a new study reports the average delay is six years. That lost time can result in greater frequency and severity of episodes of the psychiatric condition, the researchers said. "While some patients, particularly those who present with psychosis, probably do receive timely treatment, the diagnos...

  • Beware Whole Body Cryotherapy Claims, FDA Warns

    Posted: 07/17/2016

    Beware Whole Body Cryotherapy Claims, FDA Warns FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Whole body cryotherapy -- a trendy treatment that has been used for everything from arthritis pain to Alzheimer's -- may pose serious health risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. "Based on purported health benefits seen in many promotions for cryotherapy spas, consumers may incorrectly believe that the FDA has cleared or approved [these] devices as safe and effective to treat medical conditions," Dr. A...

  • Beware Broken Glow Sticks

    Posted: 07/12/2016

    Beware Broken Glow Sticks MONDAY, July 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Letting kids chew or cut glow sticks is a bad idea, health experts say. While safer than sparklers and fireworks, pliable glow-in-the-dark products are easily broken open when put in the mouth. The contents can irritate the skin, eyes and mouth, the experts warn. Some glow products contain a chemical called dibutyl phthalate (DBP). The liquid typically causes immediate stinging and a burning sensation in the mouth and eyes, according to ...

  • Boston's Subways Packed With Germs

    Posted: 07/06/2016

    Boston's Subways Packed With Germs TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Boston's subway system is swarming with microbes, and while that might send a shiver down your spine, the study's authors said that most of these bugs are harmless and won't make you sick. Researchers collected and studied 100 samples from all over the subway system. Samples were taken from the hanging grips; horizontal and vertical poles; seats; seat backs; walls of subway cars; and the touch-screens and sides of ticketing ma...

  • Basketball Legend Pat Summitt's Death Points to Ravages of Early Alzheimer's

    Posted: 07/06/2016

    Basketball Legend Pat Summitt's Death Points to Ravages of Early Alzheimer's TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Legendary coach Pat Summitt stared down myriad challenges as she thrust women's college basketball onto the world stage. But her greatest foe wasn't on the court -- it was Alzheimer's disease. Summitt died Tuesday at age 64, after a remarkable coaching record, winning eight NCAA titles and nearly 1,100 games with the University of Tennessee Lady Vols. The diagnosis of Alzheimer's befor...

  • Blood Pressure Problems During Pregnancy, Heart Trouble Later?

    Posted: 07/05/2016

    Blood Pressure Problems During Pregnancy, Heart Trouble Later? MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who have blood pressure in the high-normal range may have an increased risk for metabolic syndrome after they give birth, a new study indicates. Metabolic syndrome -- which increases the risk of heart disease -- is defined as having three or more of the following conditions: abdominal obesity; high triglyceride levels; low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol; high blood pressure (hyperten...

  • Behavior Woes Hamper Boys More Than Girls in School: Study

    Posted: 06/30/2016

    Behavior Woes Hamper Boys More Than Girls in School: Study WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Behavior problems are more likely to hold boys back in school than girls, a new study shows. "When I compared 4- and 5-year-old boys and girls who had the same levels of behavior problems -- including difficulty sustaining attention, regulating emotions, delaying gratification, and forming positive relationships with teachers and peers -- I found that boys were less likely to learn and more likely to ...

  • Blood Test May Rule Out Too Many Donor Hearts

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Blood Test May Rule Out Too Many Donor Hearts TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test that's used to check the health of a donor heart may not accurately predict if a heart transplant will be successful, a new study finds. Placing less emphasis on this blood test could increase the number of hearts available for end-stage heart failure, the researchers said. "Heart transplantation is an incredible therapy for patients with end-stage heart failure, but there are only 2,000 to 2,400 transp...