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  • Elderly Benefit From Intensive Blood Pressure Treatment

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    Elderly Benefit From Intensive Blood Pressure Treatment FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive treatment of high blood pressure reduces older adults' risk of heart disease without increasing their risk of falls or other complications, a new study shows. "These findings have substantial implications for the future of high blood pressure therapy in older adults because of its high prevalence in this age group, and because of the devastating consequences high blood pressure complications can ha...

  • Extreme 'Preemies' Often Have Lifelong Challenges

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    Extreme 'Preemies' Often Have Lifelong Challenges MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature infants often face lifelong challenges, enduring more physical, emotional and social difficulties as adults than their peers born full-term, researchers report. In general, however, these tiny babies grow up to contribute to society and live independently, a study of nearly 200 adults in Canada has found. Still, researchers found those born very prematurely were more likely to be unemployed, ea...

  • Early Palliative Care Seems to Help Caregivers, Too

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Early Palliative Care Seems to Help Caregivers, Too WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Palliative care that's offered soon after a terminal cancer diagnosis can also help caregivers, a new study indicates. "This study suggests that early palliative care creates a powerful positive feedback loop in families facing cancer," study author Dr. Areej El-Jawahri said in news release from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She noted that patients get a direct benefit from such care, and it seem...

  • Experts Rank America's 'Fittest Cities' -- Is Yours One of Them?

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Experts Rank America's 'Fittest Cities' -- Is Yours One of Them? WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Washington, D.C., is the fittest city in the United States for the third straight year, a new report shows. Minneapolis-St. Paul came in second and Denver moved up from sixth last year to third this year, the report said. The top three cities for 2016 showed increases in walking by residents using public transit, more parkland for physical activity, and lower rates of diabetes and heart problems....

  • Exercise May Cut Risk of 13 Cancers, Study Suggests

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Exercise May Cut Risk of 13 Cancers, Study Suggests MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may significantly reduce your risk for many types of cancer, including some of the most lethal forms of the disease, a large review suggests. Working out for even a couple of hours a week appears to shrink the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer, said researchers who looked at 1.4 million adults. "Those are three of the four major cancers that affect Americans today," said Marilie Gammon. She is a pro...

  • Even Mild Football Head Hits Can Harm Vision

    Posted: 05/20/2016

    Even Mild Football Head Hits Can Harm Vision THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Repeated blows to the head can cause near vision to blur slightly, even if the individual impacts aren't strong enough to cause a full-fledged concussion, a new study says. During a regular football season, about two dozen college players developed a vision problem known as "near point of convergence," even though none suffered a concussion, according to the report. Near point of convergence occurs when the muscles t...

  • E-Cigarette Poisonings Skyrocket Among Young Kids: Study

    Posted: 05/17/2016

    E-Cigarette Poisonings Skyrocket Among Young Kids: Study MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Calls to poison control centers about young children's exposure to e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in recent years, new research shows. And those kids who are exposed seem to suffer worse health effects than those exposed to traditional cigarettes, the study authors added. The biggest threat with e-cigarettes appears to be the nicotine liquid inside the devices, the researchers said. "If this were an infectiou...

  • Exercise Is Good for You, Even in Polluted Cities: Study

    Posted: 05/13/2016

    Exercise Is Good for You, Even in Polluted Cities: Study THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even in cities with badly polluted air, the health benefits of walking or bicycling outweigh the risks of breathing dirty air, a new study contends. Researchers used computer simulations to compare the risks and benefits of walking or cycling in a range of air pollution levels. In most cities worldwide, the risks from air pollution do not cancel out the positive effects of cycling and walking, the study fo...

  • Emergency Surgery Risky Business in Poor Countries

    Posted: 05/12/2016

    Emergency Surgery Risky Business in Poor Countries WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who have emergency surgery in poor nations may be much likelier to die than patients in wealthy countries, a new study finds. British researchers analyzed data on more than 10,000 people who had emergency abdominal surgery in 58 countries. They found death rates in the 30 days after surgery were three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries. This disparity remained even after t...

  • Ebola May Leave Some Survivors Blind

    Posted: 05/11/2016

    Ebola May Leave Some Survivors Blind WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About one-fifth of Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone developed severe or total vision loss within weeks of being declared free of the virus, a new study finds. Many survivors develop uveitis, a general term describing illnesses that trigger swelling and can destroy optical tissues, the researchers said. "Uveitis patients developed ocular symptoms a median of three weeks after discharge from Ebola treatment centers" in Sierra L...