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Gingko biloba not effective in preventing cognitive decline, improving memory.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Source: DIA Daily
The CBS Evening News (12/29, story 9, 0:20, Smith) reported, “Americans spend a quarter billion dollars a year on” gingko biloba supplements, “hoping to improve their memory and slow cognitive decline.”
NBC Nightly News (12/29, story 5, 2:00, Williams) reported that “now, a major study shows” that gingko biloba, “one of [...]

Being fit, reducing waist girth, and not smoking improves CV health in men

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Source: MedWire News
Study results show that being physically fit, having a normal waist circumference, and not smoking reduces the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD)-related events and cardiovascular (CV) or all-cause death in men.
“Physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, and abdominal obesity are key modifiable risk factors for CHD,” say researchers.
Chong-Do Lee (Arizona State University, USA) and [...]

Being underweight increases breast cancer recurrence and death

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Underweight breast cancer patients are at increased risk for poor overall survival and shorter time to recurrence, report researchers.
The relevance of body mass index (BMI) as a prognostic factor in breast cancer remains controversial, state Dong-Young Noh, from the Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea, and colleagues.
Even less clear is the impact of [...]

US Heart Disease Costs To Rise In 2010

Friday, December 18th, 2009

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke will cost the U.S. an estimated total of $503.2 billion next year.
An online update published in the journal Circulation reports that this amount includes health care costs and lost productivity due to death and disease.
According to Reuters Health, the association says obesity and other factors [...]

High dietary linoleic acid implicated in ulcerative colitis

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Source: MedWire News
A diet rich in linoleic acid could be linked to the development of ulcerative colitis (UC), a European study suggests.
People eating the highest levels of n-6 polyunsaturated acid, which is found in foods such as red meat and cooking oils, were more than twice as likely to develop UC as those eating the [...]

Exercise, drugs, attitude help manage disease

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Debbie McGrady, 55, Greenwood, bank teller, National City Bank
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 11 years ago. It was pretty devastating news because my mother suffered from the disease, and it pretty much took her life. She was crippled and died at age 63.Mine started with my feet. For years, I wasn’t diagnosed. I was [...]

BMI more important than physical activity in determining diabetes risk

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Source: MedWire News
Body mass index (BMI) is a major determinant of Type 2 diabetes risk while physical activity has only a modest influence, 20-year data from the Physicians’ Health Study reveal.
The findings support the importance of maintaining a normal BMI, since once overweight or obesity had occurred, increasing amounts of vigorous activity were required to [...]

IDEAL trial shows persistent protection with high-dose atorvastatin

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Source: MedWire News
Patients receiving intensive statin therapy should continue to do so even if they experience a cardiovascular (CV) event, say researchers who found the additional protective effect of a high versus standard statin dose persists through multiple events.
The findings emerge from a post-hoc analysis of the Incremental Decrease in End Points Through Aggressive Lipid [...]

Normal Cholesterol Doesn’t Guarantee Healthy Heart

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Screening for inflammatory marker may spot people in need of statins, researchers say
Source: HealthDay News
People with normal levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol still need to be screened for a marker of inflammation in order to identify those who may benefit from cholesterol-lowering statin therapy to reduce their long-term risk of heart attack, stroke and death, say [...]

Combo Drug Therapies Best for Helping Smokers Quit

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Source: Reuters Health
Nearly one in five smokers offered help in kicking the habit while visiting their doctor’s office for a check-up will make a serious attempt to quit, a new study shows.
And in this “real world” setting, the most effective smoking cessation drug therapy was a combination of bupropion SR (a sustained-release form of Zyban) [...]

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