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  • Statins May Help People With COPD Live Longer

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Statins May Help People With COPD Live Longer FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs known as statins may have benefits beyond lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. A new study suggests people with chronic lung disease who take these drugs may extend their survival. The study from Canada included nearly 40,000 people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One in five patients was taking a statin, and those individuals had a 21 percent lower risk of dying from any cause, and a 45 pe...

  • Surgeons Play Big Role in Women's Choices for Breast Cancer Care

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Surgeons Play Big Role in Women's Choices for Breast Cancer Care WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A breast cancer patient's choice of surgeon can have a major effect on her treatment, according to a new study. That's because surgeons have a strong influence on whether early stage cancer patients have both breasts removed even when cancer is found in only one breast -- a procedure called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Researchers surveyed more than 3,300 women with early stage ...

  • Semen Harbors Wide Range of Viruses

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Semen Harbors Wide Range of Viruses WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Human semen provides a potential hiding place and breeding ground for a host of dangerous viruses, a new evidence review reports. The analysis of current medical literature revealed genetic evidence of 27 infectious viruses found in semen, including dread-inducing agents like Zika, Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever and chikungunya, along with mumps, Epstein-Barr and chicken pox. "Clinicians and researchers need to consider the p...

  • Skin Patch Shrinks 'Love Handles' -- in Mice

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Skin Patch Shrinks 'Love Handles' -- in Mice FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine using a medicated skin patch to burn off areas of unwanted fat, including those "love handles." Scientists are doing just that -- in mice. A skin patch designed to convert unhealthy white fat into energy-burning brown fat was effective in rodents, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. They said the patch could help reduce unwanted fat in specific areas of the body, w...

  • Surgery Can Be Trigger for Teen Opioid Abuse

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Surgery Can Be Trigger for Teen Opioid Abuse FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who have surgery may be at increased risk for opioid painkiller abuse, a new study indicates. Opioids such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin) are commonly prescribed for pain after surgery. "And until recently, it was generally believed they were not addictive," said study lead author Dr. Calista Harbaugh. She's a general surgery resident at the University of Michigan Medical Sc...

  • Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant Puts Lupus Center Stage

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant Puts Lupus Center Stage FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When pop star Selena Gomez revealed Thursday that she had a kidney transplant, she put the autoimmune disease lupus in the spotlight. Lupus turns the body's immune system against itself and attacks vital organs, including the kidneys, which is why it's so devastating. But little is known about what causes the disease, and no real cure exists. Treatments can only keep it at bay. "Selena has a lot of courag...

  • Styling a Home Gym

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Styling a Home Gym WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether it's a matter of cost or convenience, you might want to opt out of a fitness facility and opt to work out in the comfort of your own home. A home gym can be simple or elaborate, but it's important to have the basics for all key exercise components -- cardio, strength training, stretching and balance. You can follow along with workout DVDs or even exercises on YouTube, but there is some equipment you'll need to meet all of your fitn...

  • Sleep Apnea Wreaks Havoc on Your Metabolism

    Posted: 09/19/2017

    Sleep Apnea Wreaks Havoc on Your Metabolism THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who leave their sleep apnea untreated for just a short time may face a higher risk of spikes in blood sugar levels, stress hormones and blood pressure, a new study finds. Even a few days of failing to treat sleep apnea can cause these levels to go up, researchers found. They say the findings support the ongoing use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices to protect sleepers from airway closure du...

  • Sleepless Nights Plague Many Women in Middle Age

    Posted: 09/18/2017

    Sleepless Nights Plague Many Women in Middle Age THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of middle-aged American women are fretfully counting sheep each night, new research shows. The study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that close to 20 percent of all women aged 40 to 59 said they had trouble falling asleep on four or more nights in the prior week. Sleep troubles were even more likely if the woman was in the years where she's transitioning into menopause ("per...

  • Severe Psoriasis Linked to Higher Risk of Earlier Death

    Posted: 09/14/2017

    Severe Psoriasis Linked to Higher Risk of Earlier Death TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with severe cases of the skin disease psoriasis appeared to have almost double the risk of dying during a four-year study than people without the condition, research suggests. But the increased death rate was only seen in those with psoriasis affecting more than 10 percent of their body surface area. For those with less-severe disease, the risk of dying early was actually less than it was for people...