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Study finds five risk factors for heart disease deaths

Monday, June 29th, 2015

A new study has identified five risk factors for almost 50 percent of the cardiovascular disease deaths that occurred in 2009-2010. The study was led by Shivani Patel, of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, who said, “Modifiable cardiovascular-related risk factors (such as elevated cholesterol levels, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and […]

Massachusetts may have higher Hepatitis C rates than estimated

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

A new study has found that estimates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in the US may be lower than case counts, with Massachusetts in particular having a higher rate than estimated by the CDC. The study was led by Arthur Kim, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who said, “Accurate and current estimates of […]

Opioids may provide pain relief for Parkinson’s patients

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

According to a recent double-blind, randomized trial, the prolonged-release use of oxycodone/naloxone may provide pain relief to patients with Parkinson’s disease. Over a 16-week period of treatment, the patients given the combination drugs reported less pain than the control group on placebo. The differences were significant after the fourth, eighth and twelfth week. But not […]

Sugar-sweetened drinks raises risk of death

Friday, June 26th, 2015

According to a new study, sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) may be connected to a higher rate of death due to cancer, heart disease and diabetes, particularly in the Caribbean and Latin America. The study was led by Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, the dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University in Boston, […]

Exercise helps diabetes patients with sugar control, weight loss

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

In a new study, it was found that although exercise may not seem to make type 2 diabetes patients fitter, it did seem to help with their blood sugar control and weight loss. The study was led by Jarett Berry, a UT Southwestern Medical Center professor, who said, “What we observed is that exercise improves […]

Over two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

According to a new study, over two-thirds of Americans are now overweight or obese. This is despite growing awareness of obesity. The study was led by Lin Yang and Graham Colditz of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and used data from the 2007-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Philip […]

Weight loss surgery may treat urinary leaks

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

A new study has found that weight loss surgery could help ease the symptoms of urinary incontinence or urinary leaks. The study was led by Leslee Subak, of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. It found that bariatric surgery could improve this condition. Tiffany Jackson, medical […]

Online bullying affects mental health

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

A new study has found that being bullied online or cyberbullied may be linked to a higher risk of depression. This study was led by Michele Hamm of the University of Alberta’s Department of Pediatrics. The study looked at 36 previous studies to assess the impact of cyberbullying on children and adolescents. Kelly McCabe, a […]

Exercise beneficial for asthma

Friday, June 19th, 2015

A new Brazilian study has found that exercise improved breathing and lowered symptoms in asthma patients. Exercise is also known to cause shortness of breath and other symptoms, but this new study suggests that its pros may outweigh its cons. The study was led by Celso R. F. Carvalho, PhD, of Sao Paulo University School […]

Erectile dysfunction medication may increase melanoma risk

Friday, June 19th, 2015

According to a new study, erectile dysfunction (ED) medications may be linked to a slightly higher risk of melanoma (skin cancer) than those who did not take the drugs. The study was led by Stacy Loeb, a urologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, who said, “Physicians should still screen men for melanoma risk, but they […]

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