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  • Study Refutes Viagra-Melanoma Link

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Study Refutes Viagra-Melanoma Link FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some good news for sexually active older men: Viagra and related erectile dysfunction drugs do not increase the risk of deadly melanoma skin cancer, researchers report. "Physicians should still screen for melanoma risk, but they do not need to add the use of Viagra and similar drugs to the list of screening criteria specifically," said study leader Dr. Stacy Loeb. Loeb is a urologist and assistant professor at NYU Langone Medica...

  • Study Casts Doubt on Need for Statins in the 'Healthy Old'

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Study Casts Doubt on Need for Statins in the 'Healthy Old' MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Senior citizens with no history of heart problems appear to gain no health benefit from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, a new study suggests. People 65 and older treated with pravastatin (Pravachol) as part of a major clinical trial had about the same risk of death as people in a placebo group, according to the results. They also appeared to suffer strokes and heart attacks at about the same rate. "Our...

  • Sleep Apnea May Boost Pregnancy Complications

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Sleep Apnea May Boost Pregnancy Complications MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers-to-be with sleep apnea may have a higher risk of pregnancy complications, longer hospital stays and admission to the ICU than those without the sleep disorder, a new study suggests. The study of more than 1.5 million U.S. women found sleep apnea linked to significantly higher odds for problems such as heart failure, hysterectomy, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. The findings may come as a surprise even t...

  • Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds of Irregular Heartbeat

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds of Irregular Heartbeat TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with sleep apnea may be more likely to develop the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation, especially if the oxygen level in their blood drops below normal, Canadian researchers report. Sleep apnea, which obstructs breathing, causes people to wake many times during the night to start breathing again. It's possible, researchers said, that disrupted sleep along with a drop in the level of oxygen in the bl...

  • Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements for Knee Pain

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements for Knee Pain TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fiber helps lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and keep the bowels running smoothly, but a new study suggests it can also reduce knee pain from arthritis. Researchers found that people who ate the most fiber reported reduced osteoarthritis knee pain by up to 60 percent. However, X-rays did not show any difference in their knees compared to those who consumed less fiber. A second study looked at the e...

  • Suicide Risk Quadruples After Lung Cancer Diagnosis

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Suicide Risk Quadruples After Lung Cancer Diagnosis TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with lung cancer have a strikingly higher-than-normal risk of suicide, a new study finds. While a cancer diagnosis on its own significantly raises the risk of suicide, the study found that a lung cancer diagnosis raised the odds of suicide by over four times compared to people in the general population. "A cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming diagnosis for patients psychologically and emotionally," explai...

  • Sleepless Nights Could Pose Heart Risk Dangers

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Sleepless Nights Could Pose Heart Risk Dangers WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting less than six hours of sleep a night may double the odds of dying from heart disease or stroke for people who already have risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, new research suggests. Known as metabolic syndrome, this cluster of risk factors can include high blood pressure, high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, high blood sugar, obesity, high levels of blood fats known as triglycerides and low lev...

  • Supercharging Exercise With Interval Training

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Supercharging Exercise With Interval Training THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If your exercise routine isn't producing lower numbers on the scale, consider kicking it up a notch with high-intensity interval training. The concept is simple: alternate bursts of high-intensity activity with intervals of less strenuous movement. Doing high-intensity exercise, even for short periods, burns more calories than doing steady, moderate activity in the same amount of time, according to the American Coun...

  • Stroke Risk Can Rise With Pregnancy-Linked High Blood Pressure

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Stroke Risk Can Rise With Pregnancy-Linked High Blood Pressure THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Several factors raise the risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia, a new study suggests. Preeclampsia is a condition marked by high blood pressure and protein in a pregnant woman's urine. It affects between 3 percent and 8 percent of pregnancies. Women with preeclampsia are at increased risk for stroke during and after pregnancy, though pregnancy-related strokes are rare. "Preecl...

  • Special Diets, Supplements for Autism Still a Question Mark

    Posted: 05/26/2017

    Special Diets, Supplements for Autism Still a Question Mark THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of children with autism often try diet changes or supplements to ease symptoms of the disorder, but a new review concludes there's no solid evidence that any work. After analyzing 19 clinical trials, researchers found little proof that dietary tactics -- from gluten-free foods to fish oil supplements -- helped children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Some studies showed positive effects,...