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  • Inherited Cholesterol Disorder Significantly Boosts Heart Risks

    Posted: 06/30/2016

    Inherited Cholesterol Disorder Significantly Boosts Heart Risks THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who inherit a genetic disorder that causes high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol have an increased risk for heart disease and hardened arteries, a new study finds. The condition is called heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. It's believed to affect about 1.5 million people in the United States, the researchers said. The genes linked to this condition prevent the liver from removing LD...

  • Irregular Heartbeat More Deadly in Blacks: Study

    Posted: 06/30/2016

    Irregular Heartbeat More Deadly in Blacks: Study WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans with a common heart rhythm disorder are at higher risk than whites for serious heart complications and death, a new study finds. The disorder, called atrial fibrillation, affects about 1 percent of American adults and more than 5 percent of those 65 and older. Atrial fibrillation can raise a person's risk for stroke. The new findings may "put the focus on improving prevention efforts for adverse...

  • Indoor Pollution From Fuels May Threaten Heart

    Posted: 06/22/2016

    Indoor Pollution From Fuels May Threaten Heart WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly using kerosene or diesel for cooking, heating or lighting may increase the risk of heart attack and early death, a new study warns. Researchers followed more than 50,000 people in Iran, to assess the effects of indoor air pollution caused by burning kerosene, wood, diesel, cow dung and natural gas. The participants' average age at the start of the study was 52, and 80 percent lived in rural areas. Over ...

  • Impotence Drugs Won't Raise Melanoma Risk, Study Suggests

    Posted: 06/21/2016

    Impotence Drugs Won't Raise Melanoma Risk, Study Suggests TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Three widely used erectile dysfunction drugs -- Cialis, Levitra and Viagra -- aren't likely to boost the risk of melanoma skin cancer, a new study reports. Why the concern in the first place? Laboratory tests suggested that lower levels of an enzyme that's inhibited by certain erectile dysfunction drugs might increase the growth of melanoma cells. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. But stud...

  • Irregular Heartbeat May Be Deadly in Car Crash

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Irregular Heartbeat May Be Deadly in Car Crash FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation might be risky if you get into a car accident, a new study suggests. Atrial fibrillation is a quivering or irregular heartbeat. Researchers report the condition is linked to higher chances of dying if you're in a crash, although their study didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship. "Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder, and incid...

  • Immune-Based Drug May Help Some With Advanced Bladder Cancer

    Posted: 06/13/2016

    Immune-Based Drug May Help Some With Advanced Bladder Cancer SUNDAY, June 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with advanced bladder cancer can sometimes be too old or unhealthy to withstand standard chemotherapy. However, some may gain hope from a new drug that unleashes the immune system to attack tumor cells, researchers reported Sunday. Patients who responded to the drug Tecentriq (atezolizumab) had an average survival of nearly 15 months, about 5 to 6 months longer than people usually gain from pla...

  • Intensive Blood Sugar Control May Be Too Much for Some With Type 2 Diabetes

    Posted: 06/13/2016

    Intensive Blood Sugar Control May Be Too Much for Some With Type 2 Diabetes MONDAY, June 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive treatment of blood sugar levels in some people with type 2 diabetes may cause serious complications, new research suggests. "In this study, we found that, particularly among older patients and patients with serious chronic conditions, intensive treatment nearly doubled the risk of severe hypoglycemia requiring medical attention, including hospitalization," said lead author Dr. R...

  • I'll Take the One in the White Coat

    Posted: 06/08/2016

    I'll Take the One in the White Coat WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes, perceptions can make for good medicine, a new study suggests. A survey of 255 patients found most people prefer their dermatologists to wear a white coat, and what their doctor wears may affect results. The patients were shown photos of dermatologists wearing either a suit, a white coat (professional attire), surgical scrubs or casual clothing, and asked which they favored. A white coat was the most preferred (73 ...

  • Is Smoking During Pregnancy Tied to Offspring's Schizophrenia Risk?

    Posted: 06/06/2016

    Is Smoking During Pregnancy Tied to Offspring's Schizophrenia Risk? FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk that a child could develop schizophrenia, new research suggests. "This is, so far, the largest study to show an association between prenatal nicotine exposure and schizophrenia," said study author Dr. Solja Niemela. She is a professor of psychiatry and addiction medicine at the University of Oulu, Lapland Hospital District, in Rovaniemi, Finland. Alt...

  • Is Monthly Rotation of Medical Residents a Risky Time for Patients?

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Is Monthly Rotation of Medical Residents a Risky Time for Patients? WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients may face an increased risk of death when medical residents leave their monthly rotations, new research suggests. "Most hospitals have guidelines for the handoffs that occur on a daily basis, and usually those handoffs include a face-to-face discussion between doctors about what will happen to the patient during the next shift," lead researcher Dr. Joshua Denson said in a news...