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  • Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil a Boost to Heart Health?

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil a Boost to Heart Health? MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A Mediterranean diet high in virgin olive oil may boost the protective effects of "good" cholesterol, a new study suggests. The study included 296 people, average age 66, at high risk for heart disease. They were randomly assigned to follow one of three diets for a year. The diets were: a traditional Mediterranean diet enriched with virgin olive oil (about 4 tablespoons) each day; a traditional Mediterra...

  • Many Seniors Take Multiple Meds That Can Affect the Brain

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Many Seniors Take Multiple Meds That Can Affect the Brain MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a sharp rise in the number of American seniors who take three or more medications that affect their brains, a new study reveals. The study looked at seniors' use of opioid painkillers, antidepressants, tranquilizers and antipsychotic drugs. A review of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showed that the use of these drugs in people over 65 more than doubled from 2004 to 201...

  • Marriage: A Way to Divorce Yourself From Stress?

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Marriage: A Way to Divorce Yourself From Stress? TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that married people have less of a stress hormone called cortisol, which may explain why they tend to be healthier than people without partners. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh measured cortisol levels in saliva samples of 572 healthy adults. Those participants who were married had consistently lower levels of the stress hormone than those who were never wed or were previ...

  • More 'Extreme Preemies' Are Surviving

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    More 'Extreme Preemies' Are Surviving WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born very early -- between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy -- are more likely to survive now than a decade or so ago, new research shows. These extremely premature infants are also slightly more likely to avoid serious health complications now. But it's still a rough road for these infants, who often weigh in at less than 2 pounds at birth. Just one in three survive, and many face challenges. In a study that looked at...

  • Most Parents Don't Think They're Meeting Their Kids' Nutritional Needs

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Most Parents Don't Think They're Meeting Kids' Nutritional Needs MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even though most American parents believe good nutrition is important for their children, only one-third think they're doing a good job teaching their kids healthy eating habits, a new survey shows. "Most parents understand that they should provide healthy food for their children, but the reality of work schedules, children's activities and different food preferences can make meal preparation a hec...

  • Many Women Skip Mammograms After False-Positive Result

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Many Women Skip Mammograms After False-Positive Result THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The trauma of receiving a false-positive result from a mammogram may lead many women to delay or skip their next screening, a new study finds. A false-positive result means that an aberration on a mammogram looks like it might be cancer. But after tests -- such as added imaging or biopsy -- it turns out to be benign. In the meantime, however, the patient may go through distress and various procedures, and d...

  • Many Hospital Workers Are an Unhealthy Lot: Study

    Posted: 02/15/2017

    Many Hospital Workers Are an Unhealthy Lot: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than three-quarters of workers at six Houston hospitals are overweight or obese, a new study shows. Researchers surveyed 924 employees -- mostly technicians and administrators -- about their health status and diet. Doctors weren't part of the survey. The results showed that 78 percent were overweight or obese. Fruit and vegetable consumption was generally low in all weight groups. Those who were obese had mu...

  • Most Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers Enjoy Good Sexual Health

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    Most Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers Enjoy Good Sexual Health MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment received in childhood to help fight cancer can have an impact on sexual health in adulthood, a new report suggests. However, the study also found that most adult survivors of childhood cancer report having satisfying sexual and romantic lives. "As positive as it is to see this, we still should be closely monitoring sexual health in adults who did have cancer treatment as children, especi...

  • Most U.S. Adults Support Routine Child Vaccine

    Posted: 02/10/2017

    Most U.S. Adults Support Routine Child Vaccine THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than eight out of 10 Americans support mandatory measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination for children attending public schools, a new survey finds. Despite some well-publicized opposition, this look at vaccination attitudes by the Pew Research Center finds that, overall, 88 percent of Americans believe that the benefits of the MMR vaccine outweigh any risks. Nearly three-quarters of the more than 1,500 ad...

  • Many Breast Cancer Survivors Don't Get Life-Extending Therapy

    Posted: 02/09/2017

    Many Breast Cancer Survivors Don't Get Life-Extending Therapy THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hormonal therapies such as tamoxifen, or a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors, can reduce the likelihood that women diagnosed with certain breast cancers will experience a recurrence of their disease. However, a new study finds these treatments -- used in breast cancers that are responsive to hormones such as estrogen -- are too seldom utilized or often used incorrectly. According to the rese...