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  • More Americans Questioning Safety of E-Cigarettes

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    More Americans Questioning Safety of E-Cigarettes MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer people now view e-cigarettes, which convert a nicotine liquid into vapor that's inhaled, as a less dangerous or healthier alternative to cigarettes, new research finds. Public perception about these battery-operated devices is changing, even though studies investigating their health effects have had mixed results, the researchers said. "It's a good thing that information about e-cigarettes' possible adverse ...

  • Migraine Linked to Higher Stroke Risk After Surgery

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Migraine Linked to Higher Stroke Risk After Surgery WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Migraine sufferers may face a slightly higher risk of stroke after an operation, a new study suggests. The risk appears greatest among those who experience migraine with aura, where the headache also includes a visual disturbance, such as the appearance of flashing lights. People with these types of migraines have more than double the risk of stroke after surgery compared to people without migraines, the stu...

  • Medical Experts Alarmed at Trump's Reported Support of Vaccine Skeptic

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Medical Experts Alarmed at Trump's Reported Support of Vaccine Skeptic WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. medical community is responding with reactions ranging from apprehension to dismay at reports that President-elect Donald Trump reportedly asked a renowned vaccine skeptic to head a new commission on vaccine safety. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has written articles and books claiming a link between childhood vaccines and autism, said Tuesday that Trump had offered him the post durin...

  • Most of Canada's Packaged Foods, Drinks Have Added Sugars

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Most of Canada's Packaged Foods, Drinks Have Added Sugars THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of packaged foods and beverages in Canada contain at least one added sugar, a new study shows. "People may be surprised to learn how many packaged foods and beverages have sugars added to them, especially foods that most would consider 'healthier,' " said study co-author Erin Hobin. A number of health organizations recommend limiting added sugars to a maximum of 5 to 10 percent of daily calor...

  • Many College Women Ignore Indoor Tanning's Risks

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Many College Women Ignore Indoor Tanning's Risks FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the known dangers, many white female college students continue to tan indoors, a new study finds. Indoor tanning can lead to premature skin aging and skin cancers, including potentially deadly melanoma. It's particularly risky for younger people and frequent users, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For this study, researchers at Indiana University surveyed 629 white female u...

  • Medical Groups Raise Blood Pressure Rx Threshold for Healthy Adults Over 60

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Medical Groups Raise Blood Pressure Rx Threshold for Healthy Adults Over 60 MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two leading medical organizations are recommending a less aggressive target for the treatment of high blood pressure in adults 60 and older who are otherwise healthy. Traditionally, the threshold for high blood pressure has been set at 140 mmHg systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading). But the new guideline says doctors should now begin treatment when adults 60 and older hav...

  • Most Smokers With Mental Illness Want to Kick the Habit

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Most Smokers With Mental Illness Want to Kick the Habit MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly six in 10 Americans with severe mental illness smoke, and a new study suggests that many of them want to quit. The problem is that many of these patients don't get help from their psychiatrists and caseworkers, researchers report. "Patients with serious mental illness die an average of 25 years younger than people who don't have these problems, and smoking is a big factor," said study author Dr. Li-S...

  • Many Young Adults With High Cholesterol Not on Statins as Recommended

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Many Young Adults With High Cholesterol Not on Statins as Recommended WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Too few Americans who need them -- especially young adults -- are getting cholesterol-lowering statin medications, a new study suggests. The study of nearly 3 million adults found that more than half of younger patients under 40 with too-high blood levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol are getting statins as recommended. "This article clearly articulates the under-usage of statins in young people ...

  • Many Poor Asthma Sufferers Stuck in Settings That Make Their Disease Worse

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Poor Asthma Sufferers Often Stuck in Homes That Worsen Their Disease WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Poor Americans with asthma face constant challenges in managing their respiratory disease -- from dilapidated housing to neighborhood violence to depression, new research shows. The study offers a snapshot of the lives of asthma patients living in inner-city Philadelphia, from the point of view of community health workers who visited them at home. It's a bleak picture, and asthma experts call...

  • More Signs Mediterranean Diet May Boost Your Brain

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    More Signs Mediterranean Diet May Boost Your Brain WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The heart-healthy Mediterranean diet may also help preserve brain health of older adults, new research suggests. Researchers in Scotland examined the brain volume of hundreds of older adults over three years. The investigators found that people who more closely followed the eating habits common in Mediterranean countries -- lots of fruits, vegetables, olive oil and beans -- retained more brain volume compared ...