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  • Well Water a Suspected Cause of Bladder Cancer in New England

    Posted: 05/06/2016

    Well Water a Suspected Cause of Bladder Cancer in New England MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Arsenic in drinking water from private wells may explain the elevated bladder cancer risk among people in three New England states, a new study suggests. Bladder cancer rates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have been about 20 percent higher than the national rate for more than 50 years, the researchers noted. They said this difference was not explained by factors such as smoking or job exposures. "A...

  • Why Labradors Often Get Fat

    Posted: 05/06/2016

    Why Labradors Often Get Fat TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One of America's favorite dog breeds, the Labrador retriever, has a genetic variant that seems to make them more likely to gain weight, a new study suggests. "Labradors make particularly successful working and pet dogs because they are loyal, intelligent and eager to please, but importantly, they are also relatively easy to train. Food is often used as a reward during training, and carrying this variant may make dogs more motivated to ...

  • Why Humans Have Bigger Brains

    Posted: 05/06/2016

    Why Humans Have Bigger Brains WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've uncovered why humans have such big brains. It turns out that metabolism -- the rate at which a body burns calories -- runs faster in humans than it does in other primates. And humans have more body fat, which provides the energy reserves needed to fuel that faster metabolism, the researchers said. What does all of this mean? Greater growth and development of the brain, the researchers said. In their study, th...

  • Weight Loss Surgery May Boost Good Cholesterol in Obese Boys

    Posted: 05/06/2016

    Weight Loss Surgery May Boost Good Cholesterol in Obese Boys THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss surgery could help severely obese teenage boys reduce their risk for heart disease by increasing their levels of "good" cholesterol, a preliminary study suggests. The surgery also enhances the protective effects of HDL cholesterol, the researchers said. "We already knew that weight loss surgery improves weight and cholesterol numbers. This new research shows that there are actually changes ...

  • Widely Used Heart Drug Tied to Dementia Risk

    Posted: 05/06/2016

    Widely Used Heart Drug Tied to Dementia Risk THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation may have a heightened risk of developing dementia -- and the quality of their drug treatment may play a role, a new study hints. Specifically, researchers found, patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin showed a higher dementia risk if their blood levels of the medication were frequently too high or too low. And that was true not only for people with atria...

  • Walking Fido Is Doggone Good for Your Health

    Posted: 05/06/2016

    Walking Fido Is Doggone Good for Your Health FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Walking the dog may be a health boon for older Americans, new research suggests. Dog walking helps cut back on excess weight and the overall need to visit a physician while raising overall moderate and vigorous exercise levels among the over-60 set, investigators found. And the strong emotional bonds formed between owner and pet offer social benefits, encouraging increased contact with other pet owners. "There is a weal...

  • With Flu Shot, Timing May Be Everything

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    With Flu Shot, Timing May Be Everything TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flu shots may be more effective when people get them in the morning than in the afternoon, a new study suggests. British researchers assessed 276 people 65 and older who received vaccinations against three different flu strains between 2011 and 2013. The patients received the vaccines either between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., or 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. People in the morning group had a much larger increase in antibodies against two o...

  • While Travelers Sleep, Brain Patrols for Danger

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    While Travelers Sleep, Brain Patrols for Danger THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When you sleep in a new place, a part of your brain remains alert for potential threats, a new study finds. The findings might help explain why many people sleep poorly on their first night in a hotel, a sleep laboratory or other new location. "In Japan they say, 'if you change your pillow, you can't sleep,' " study corresponding author Yuka Sasaki, research associate professor of cognitive linguistic and psycho...

  • Warfarin Can Be Safe, Effective for People With Irregular Heartbeat

    Posted: 04/27/2016

    Warfarin Can Be Safe, Effective for People With Irregular Heartbeat WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of American heart patients take warfarin -- for decades a cheap, but often tricky-to-manage mainstay blood thinner. Now, new research shows that when it is well-managed, warfarin treatment appears safe for people with atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder. "Well-managed warfarin treatment is a valid alternative in patients with atrial fibrillation who require anticoagu...

  • Widely Used Type 2 Diabetes Drug May Reduce Cancer Death Risk

    Posted: 04/24/2016

    Widely Used Type 2 Diabetes Drug May Reduce Cancer Death Risk FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, may reduce the risk of dying from some cancers for postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The study found that for women with type 2 diabetes and cancer, the odds of dying from cancer appeared to be 45 percent higher compared to women with cancer who didn't have diabetes. But, in women with cancer who took metformin to treat th...