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  • Diabetes Drug Gets FDA Warning Due to Amputation Risk

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Diabetes Drug Gets FDA Warning Due to Amputation Risk WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The type 2 diabetes prescription drug canagliflozin (brand names Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) appears to increase the risk of leg and foot amputations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA is requiring the medications to carry new warnings about the risk. The required warnings on the drug's labeling include the most serious and prominent boxed warning. The agency's decision is based on ...

  • Drink Water, Fight Fat?

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Drink Water, Fight Fat? THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you choose a glass of water instead of a beer or a sugar-sweetened soda at least once a day, you can reduce your risk of obesity, a new study claims. Researchers followed almost 16,000 adults in Spain for an average of 8.5 years. None were obese at the start of the study. During that study, almost 900 participants became obese. The study found that drinking a glass of water instead of a beer every day reduced the risk of obesity by 20...

  • Dying Patients Often Given Medicines That Won't Help Them

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Dying Patients Often Given Medicines That Won't Help Them FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As older people approach the end of life, many are being prescribed drugs of questionable benefit, a new study finds. "People with life-limiting illness often receive medications whose benefit is unlikely to be achieved within their remaining life span," said study author Lucas Morin. He is from the Aging Research Center at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The study included more than half a million peop...

  • Docs May Not Spot Sleep Apnea, Insomnia in Blacks

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Docs May Not Spot Sleep Apnea, Insomnia in Blacks MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most black people in the United States who struggle with sleep apnea or insomnia don't get their sleep disorder diagnosed, a new analysis suggests. "African Americans experience a disproportionate burden of numerous health problems, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, all of which have been shown to be associated with sleep [problems]," said study author Dayna Johnson, a postdocto...

  • Does Dirty Air Keep You Awake?

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Does Dirty Air Keep You Awake? MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may harm your sleep, researchers say. "Prior studies have shown that air pollution impacts heart health and affects breathing and lung function, but less is known about whether air pollution affects sleep," said lead author Dr. Martha Billings. "We thought an effect was likely, given that air pollution causes upper airway irritation, swelling and congestion, and may also affect the central nervous system and brain area...

  • Don't Let Your Garden Get You Down

    Posted: 05/21/2017

    Don't Let Your Garden Get You Down SATURDAY, May 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gardening season is here, but it doesn't have to bring a fresh crop of aches, pains and muscle strains. "While gardening helps to relieve mental stress, many people underestimate the physical stress your body can endure during this activity," orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Raj Rao said in an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) news release. "The constant bending, reaching and squatting involved could result in injuri...

  • Do You Overeat? Your Brain Wiring May Be Why

    Posted: 05/16/2017

    Do You Overeat? Your Brain Wiring May Be Why TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new brain scan study suggests that people whose brains are wired to produce a more muted response to food may ultimately compensate by eating more, thereby raising their risk for obesity. The new study also unearthed possible evidence of a gender divide in the way men and women process the experience of eating. Women's brains, it appears, may favor a more emotional response to the eating experience, while men are bui...

  • Do Your Knees Crackle and Pop?

    Posted: 05/14/2017

    Do Your Knees Crackle and Pop? FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Knees that "pop," "click" or "crackle" may sometimes be headed toward arthritis in the near future, a new study suggests. It's common for the knees to get a little noisy on occasion, and hearing a "crack" during your yoga class is probably not something to worry about, experts say. But in the new study, middle-aged and older adults who said their knees often crackled were more likely to develop arthritis symptoms in the next year. Of...

  • Dental Anxiety Has Consequences Beyond Tooth Decay

    Posted: 05/10/2017

    Dental Anxiety Has Consequences Beyond Tooth Decay WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does the mere thought of a dentist's drill make you cringe in fear? Be forewarned: Dental phobia can damage more than your teeth, a new British report indicates. "This phobia can have a major impact on a person's quality of life, including on their physiological, psychological, social and emotional well-being," said study author Dr. Ellie Heidari. She's a senior specialist clinical teacher at King's College Lon...

  • De-Stressing at Lunch

    Posted: 05/10/2017

    De-Stressing at Lunch TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For a lot of people, stress is a built-in part of the workday. Lunchtime offers a valuable break, and time to relax and unwind. But if you're forcing yourself to socialize at lunch, you may be robbing yourself of the downtime you need. When it comes to reducing stress and fatigue at work, research has shown that it's important to feel you're in control of how you spend your lunchtime and who you spend it with. So, if you're sharing a pizza w...