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  • Congressional Group Gives Bipartisan Support to Vaccine Safety

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Congressional Group Gives Bipartisan Support to Vaccine Safety TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A group of six high-ranking U.S. Senators and House members from both sides of the aisle issued a statement Tuesday supporting the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved vaccines. The statement comes after reports that President Donald Trump has shown some support for the widely discredited "anti-vaxxer" movement. In early January, Robert Kennedy Jr., a vocal opponent of routine childhood vaccinat...

  • Cancer Isn't 'One Size Fits All' for Hispanics

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Cancer Isn't 'One Size Fits All' for Hispanics TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer death rates can vary widely between different Hispanic ethnic groups in the United States, a new study finds. "Hispanic populations are all different, reflecting their country of origin, cultural experiences and socioeconomic status," said study author Dr. Paulo Pinheiro, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. "If we can detect the differences among them, we can more e...

  • Could Parkinson's Disease Raise Stroke Risk?

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Could Parkinson's Disease Raise Stroke Risk? THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A large new analysis suggests there may some type of link between Parkinson's disease and the risk for stroke. However, the study can't prove that one condition causes the other -- or even which direction the link might travel, the researchers said. For example, maybe Parkinson's somehow raises a person's odds for ischemic stroke -- the type that's caused by a clot and makes up the vast majority of strokes. Or, it c...

  • Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away?

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away? THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is good for everyone -- and may even help current and former smokers avoid chronic lung disease, a new investigation reveals. Apples, pears, green leafy vegetables and peppers appear to offer protection against COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), said researchers led by Joanna Kaluza, of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland. And the more servings of fruits and vegetab...

  • Common Virus May Be Linked to Heart Disease, Diabetes in Some Women

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Common Virus May Be Linked to Heart Disease, Diabetes in Some Women THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A common virus may make some women more susceptible to both heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco found normal-weight women under age 50 who were infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV) were more likely to have metabolic syndrome than their peers. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors for heart disease and di...

  • Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis?

    Posted: 02/25/2017

    Can Depression Up Odds for Arthritis Linked to Psoriasis? FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression in people with the chronic inflammatory skin disease psoriasis increases the risk of getting the joint condition known as psoriatic arthritis by about 37 percent, new research indicates. The finding raises concerns because depression is not uncommon in people with psoriasis, according to the authors of the study in the Feb. 22 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology . "For many years,...

  • Chronic Pain More Likely for Poor, Less Educated: Study

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Chronic Pain More Likely for Poor, Less Educated: Study FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic pain is much more common among poor, less educated older Americans than their wealthier, more educated peers, a new study suggests. "I found that people with lower levels of education and wealth don't just have more pain, they also have more severe pain," said study author Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk. She's an assistant professor of sociology from the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y. "I also looked ...

  • Cutting Salt a Health Boost for Kidney Patients

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    Cutting Salt a Health Boost for Kidney Patients THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Encouraging people with kidney disease to reduce their salt intake may help improve blood pressure and cut excess fluid retention, at least for a while, a new study suggests. Study participants lowered their systolic blood pressure (the top number) by almost 11 points, on average, on a salt-restricted diet versus their usual diet. They also flushed out a liter of water (about one-quart) from their bodies, on aver...

  • Cancer Survivors Gain From Web-Based Health Care

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Cancer Survivors Gain From Web-Based Health Care FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Online- and phone-based health care offers a number of benefits for cancer survivors, British researchers report. The new study looked at previous research on cancer survivors' experiences with online and phone health contacts -- what the researchers call telehealth. The review found that patients liked the flexibility and convenience of this method of staying in touch with their care providers because they could ...

  • College Students Seem to Take Longer to Recover From Concussion

    Posted: 02/16/2017

    College Students Seem to Take Longer to Recover From Concussion THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- College students seem to take longer to recover from concussion than the average in the United States, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed the medical charts of 128 students who suffered a concussion during the 2014-2015 academic year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Their average age was 20. Forty-four students were varsity athletes and 33 played club sports. Another 34 played r...