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  • Doctors Should Counsel Even Low-Risk Patients on Heart Health

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Doctors Should Counsel Even Low-Risk Patients on Heart Health TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care doctors should offer counseling about healthy lifestyle habits to prevent heart disease -- even to adults who have a low or average risk of developing heart troubles, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advises. The task force is an influential, independent panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. "For people who are not at increased risk for heart disease...

  • Does a Little Daily Drinking Really Help the Heart?

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Does a Little Daily Drinking Really Help the Heart? TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many studies have hinted that alcohol, in moderation, can do a heart good. But new research suggests that moderate drinkers are no more likely than teetotalers to have clear arteries. The scientists looked at almost 2,000 patients who underwent CT angiography -- an imaging test that detects "plaques" in heart arteries. Overall, there was no association between people's drinking habits and their odds of showing...

  • Demi Lovato Wants to Change the Face of Mental Illness

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Demi Lovato Wants to Change the Face of Mental Illness WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Since her 2008 breakthrough role in the Disney Channel musical "Camp Rock," singer and actress Demi Lovato has released five best-selling albums and a slew of hit singles. Numerous music awards have followed, as has a stint as a judge on the TV megahit "The X Factor." But for the 44 million American adults struggling with mental illness, it's the 24-year-old's decision to share her own mental health battl...

  • Dialysis Patients May Walk Their Way to Better Health

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Dialysis Patients May Walk Their Way to Better Health THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Improved mental and physical health may just be steps away for people on kidney dialysis, a new study suggests. A simple program that includes a few minutes of walking a day appears to benefit these patients, a team of Italian researchers concluded. One kidney disease expert in the United States applauded the new research. "It is encouraging to see that our minds and bodies can still be adaptable to physical...

  • Doctors Seeing More HIV Patients With Multidrug Resistance

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Doctors Seeing More HIV Patients With Multidrug Resistance THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A significant number of people with HIV have strains of the AIDS-causing virus that are resistant to both older and newer drugs, researchers report. The researchers looked at 712 HIV patients worldwide whose infection was not controlled by antiretroviral drugs. They found that 16 percent of patients whose infection was resistant to modern drugs had HIV mutations linked with resistance to older drugs cal...

  • Drug Combo Shows Promise Against Some Soft Tissue Tumors

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Drug Combo Shows Promise Against Some Soft Tissue Tumors FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Using a new cancer drug with an existing one appears to work against soft tissue sarcoma cancers, a new study indicates. These cancers of soft tissues such as fat, muscles, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments are rare, but difficult to treat if they are advanced and have spread to other parts of the body, the researchers said. "Soft tissue sarcomas represent a rare group of malignant tumors. Despite the us...

  • Diabetics Can Keep Disease Complications at Bay

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Diabetics Can Keep Disease Complications at Bay THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes are at risk for vascular complications due to high blood sugar levels, but can take measures to reduce that risk, an expert says. "Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for any form of vascular disease, both symptomatic and asymptomatic," Dr. Gregory Moneta, chief of vascular surgery at Oregon Health and Science University's Cardiovascular Institute, said in a Society for Vascular Sur...

  • Don't Get Stuffed on Thanksgiving

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    Don't Get Stuffed on Thanksgiving WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight gain is a common problem during the holiday season, but it can be avoided if you have a plan and a bit of self-discipline, a nutrition specialist says. "Lack of sleep, an abundance of decadent food and the stress of the holidays are the perfect storm for weight gain," Kristen Kizer, a registered dietitian at Houston Methodist Hospital, said in a hospital news release. "Remind yourself how it feels to overeat and implem...

  • Drug Combo for Irregular Heartbeat Might Raise Bleeding Risk

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Drug Combo for Irregular Heartbeat Might Raise Bleeding Risk MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Because the irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation can trigger stroke-inducing clots, many patients are prescribed a blood thinner. But a new Canadian study suggests that combining one blood thinner, Pradaxa, with certain statin medications could raise the odds for bleeding in these patients. "An increase in the risk of bleeding requiring hospital admission or emergency department visits was ...

  • Depressed Women Less Likely to Get Best Breast Cancer Care: Study

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    Depressed Women Less Likely to Get Best Breast Cancer Care: Study FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients with a history of depression are less likely to receive recommended care for their disease, a new study finds. The study included more than 45,000 Danish women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer between 1998 and 2011. Of those, 13 percent had been treated with antidepressants and 2 percent had previously visited a hospital for depression. Compared with those who never ...