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Exercise can help COPD patients overcome physical, work limitations

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

New evidence from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient reported physical limitations and trouble with working. However, the CDC also found that the rate of such issues was lower among COPD patients who were non-smokers and more physically active. The study was led […]

US may see Shigellosis outbreak

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that an outbreak of intestinal disease called Shigellosis may be coming to the country through foreign travelers. The disease is called by an intestinal bug known as Shigella, and has already seen several outbreaks. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC, said, “These outbreaks […]

Bariatric surgery could improve joint replacement surgery results

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Weight loss or bariatric surgery before a joint replacement surgery could help improve the results of the surgery, according to two new studies. The senior author for these studies was Emily Dodwell, MD, of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Adam Powell, PhD, president of Payer+Provider and a health care economist, said, […]

Prenatal air pollution may impact cognition and behavior

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

According to a recent small-scale study, prenatal exposure to air pollution may be linked to reduced white matter in the brain, which could affect behavior and cognition. The study specifically found that this affect could be linked to a type of pollution due to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). This type of pollution may contribute to […]

Heart disease more common among those whose parents were smokers

Friday, March 27th, 2015

According to a recent study, young adults whose parents smoked had the most signs of heart damage in the future. The study was led by Costan G. Magnussen, PhD, of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania in Australia. It found that there was a buildup of plaque even in those […]

New diabetes guidelines see three major changes

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recently published new guidelines for diabetes treatment, and they include three major changes. These changes were highlighted in a recent commentary by Giulio R. Romeo, MD, and Martin J. Abrahamson, MD, of the Joslin Diabetes Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The authors wrote, “The common […]

Regular exercise reduces erectile dysfunction

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

According to a recent study, erectile dysfunction (ED) was reported less in older men who exercised regularly. Past studies have also found that exercise could improve sexual health. The study was led by Adriana C. Vidal, PhD, of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, who said, “This study is the first to […]

Air pollution may increase anxiety, stroke risk

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

According to a new research review, air pollution may be linked to a greater risk of stroke and high blood pressure, while another study found a possible link between air pollution and anxiety in women. The studies, however, were observational with no clear cause-effect relationship between air pollution and the above-mentioned conditions. However, an editorial […]

Autistic patients may have more gastrointestinal symptoms

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

According to a new study, the mothers of children who had autism reported more gastrointestinal symptoms in the first three years of their children’s lives, as compared to mothers of non-autistic children. However, the researchers noted that their study did not indicate a cause-effect relationship between gastrointestinal symptoms and autism. Crystal Beadle, PhD, a licensed […]

FDA approves new diabetic retinopathy medication

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a new drug called aflibercept (brand name Eylea) by Regeneron for treating diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema. Edward Cox, director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA, said, “Diabetes is a serious public health […]

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