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  • More Evidence That Smog a Heart Threat

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    More Evidence That Smog a Heart Threat TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution can worsen heart disease risk factors, especially in people with diabetes, a new study suggests. "We found an association between air pollution exposure in the intermediate term and undesirable changes in cholesterol," said study first author Maayan Yitshak Sade, of Ben-Gurion University and Soroka University Medical Center in Israel. "This suggests that cumulative exposure to air pollution over the course of ...

  • Most Americans Wouldn't Join a Clinical Trial, Survey Finds

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Most Americans Wouldn't Join a Clinical Trial, Survey Finds TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just four in 10 Americans have a positive impression of clinical trials, a new survey finds. And, only about one-third of Americans would be likely to enroll in one, the survey showed. The findings are cause for concern in terms of cancer research because nearly every advance in cancer was first evaluated in a clinical trial, according to a study commissioned by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, i...

  • Message for Heart Failure Patients: Exercise

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Message for Heart Failure Patients: Exercise THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physical activity may help extend survival for patients with heart failure, a new review suggests. "Patients with heart failure should not be scared of exercise damaging them or killing them," said principal investigator Rod Taylor, director of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Exeter Medical School, in England. "The message for heart failure patients is clear. Exercise is good for you, it will mak...

  • Music Soothes Nervous Eye Surgery Patients

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Music Soothes Nervous Eye Surgery Patients FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Listening to relaxing music before eye surgery reduces patients' anxiety and their need for sedation, a new French study suggests. "Music listening may be considered as an inexpensive, noninvasive, non-pharmacological method to reduce anxiety for patients undergoing elective eye surgery under local anaesthesia," said lead researcher Dr. Gilles Guerrier, from Cochin University Hospital in Paris. The study included 62 peop...

  • Make That Memorial Day BBQ Tasty -- and Safe

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Make That Memorial Day BBQ Tasty -- and Safe FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans fire up their grills this Memorial Day weekend, experts note that while there isn't enough evidence to conclude that barbecued meat increases cancer risk, it's still a good idea to take some precautions. "Here's what we do know. Cooking meat at a high temperature -- like grilling -- creates substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons [PAHs] and heterocyclic amines [HCAs], said Alice Bender, head of ...

  • Melanoma Drug Boosting Survival for Many, Study Shows

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Melanoma Drug Boosting Survival for Many, Study Shows THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug for advanced melanoma is dramatically shifting the odds in favor of patients, extending survival for many and even curing some. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) helped keep four in 10 patients with advanced melanoma alive three years after starting treatment, according to the results of a new clinical trial. The drug also caused complete remission in 15 percent of patients, and many remained cancer-free e...

  • Many Smokers Have COPD Symptoms, Without Diagnosis

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    Many Smokers Have COPD Symptoms, Without Diagnosis WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many smokers have symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) even before they've been diagnosed with the lung condition, according to a new study. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, coughing, difficulty exercising and history of asthma. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, researchers said. Smoking is a major cause of the disease. "We found that a significant ...

  • Middle Schoolers Exposed to Alcohol Ads Every Day: Study

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Middle Schoolers Exposed to Alcohol Ads Every Day: Study TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Kids as young as 11 see alcohol ads on a daily basis, through television, billboards and signs, new research shows. Black and Hispanic children were especially likely to be exposed to such ads, as were girls, the study authors added. The researchers said they fear that exposure to these ads will encourage kids to drink when they're under age. "The evidence is strong that kids are at greater risk if they're...

  • Marriage a Buffer Against Drinking Problems?

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Marriage a Buffer Against Drinking Problems? TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Married people are less likely to have drinking problems than single people, and that protective effect is particularly strong among those with a family history of alcoholism, a new study suggests. "While clinicians have long been aware of the potentially important protective effects of marriage on alcohol problems, our study puts this observation on a firm scientific footing," said study leader Dr. Kenneth Kendler. H...

  • More Bars, More Ambulance Calls

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    More Bars, More Ambulance Calls MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Areas with more bars have about eight times more ambulance calls than places where booze flows less freely, according to a new study. Dr. Joel Ray, a physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, examined trends in EMS calls and the density of alcohol-serving establishments in certain areas near the city. Neighborhoods with the most establishments licensed to sell alcohol have a 7.8 times higher risk for 911 calls related to trau...