|Health Tip: How Smoking Affects Your Heart
Health Tip: How Smoking Affects Your Heart (HealthDay News) -- Most people realize that smoking causes cancer, but it can also wreak havoc on your heart, experts say. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says smoking: Damages blood cells, heart function and blood vessels Increases the risk of hardening of the arteries, which restricts blood flow. Increases the risks of heart disease, which occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries.
Health Highlights: Feb. 25, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 25, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Lawsuit Launched Over Beneful Kibble Dog Food A popular dog food brand contains toxins that can poison and even kill dogs, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month against Nestle Purina PetCare Company. The lawsuit alleges that thousands of dogs have been harmed by eating the company's Beneful dry kibble dog foog, NBC News reported. The legal action was launched...
Risk of Violent Crime Rises With Depression, Study Finds
Risk of Violent Crime Rises With Depression, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with depression might be more likely to commit a violent crime than those without depression, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 47,000 people in Sweden who were diagnosed with depression and followed for an average of three years. They were compared to more than 898,000 gender- and age-matched people without depression. People with depression were five to six times mo...
Obamacare Won't Swamp Doctors, Study Contends
Obamacare Won't Swamp Doctors, Study Contends WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The greater number of Americans with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will lead to only a slight increase in the use of medical services, and the health system can cope with the added demand, a new report states. Once the law -- sometimes called Obamacare -- is fully implemented, the expansion in health coverage will lead to an almost 4 percent increase in visits to primary care doctors nationally, a...
Could a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food?
Could a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food? WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Skipping just a single night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that seems to spark a desire to consume more fat the following day, a new study suggests. The study offers potential insights into the relationship between lack of sleep and the risk of obesity, researchers said. "The main finding of this study is that one night of sleep loss altered function within the brain's 'salience network,' "...
Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey
Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than nine in 10 epilepsy patients who had brain surgery to try to control their seizures are happy they did so, a new survey reveals. The review appears to be driven by the fact that patients saw the number of debilitating seizures they experienced after surgery either drop significantly or disappear altogether, the researchers noted. "One percent of the U.S. population has epilepsy, and among that ...
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. That's a drop from the 23 percent protection level estimated for the flu shot earlier in the season, said experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The situation for children was even wo...
Get Checked for Diabetes While Getting Your Teeth Cleaned?
Get Checked for Diabetes While Getting Your Teeth Cleaned? THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The dentist's office may be a good place to screen people for diabetes, a new study suggests. "In light of findings from the study, the dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct diabetes screening among at-risk, undiagnosed patients -- an important first step in identifying those who need further testing to determine their diabetes status," wrote principal investigator Shiela Strauss. She i...
Rear End Takes a Front Seat in Plastic Surgery Offices
Rear End Takes a Front Seat in Plastic Surgery Offices THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Butt enhancement helped boost cosmetic procedures in the United States by 3 percent last year, according to a new report. Americans saddled with sagging, small or otherwise run-of-the-mill fannies underwent 11,505 buttock augmentations with fat grafting (up 15 percent from 2013), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported. More than 3,500 buttocks were lifted (up 44 percent from the year before), ac...
Poor Response to Statins May Mean Clogged Arteries
Poor Response to Statins May Mean Clogged Arteries THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty percent of people with heart disease don't respond to cholesterol-lowering statins and may have dangerously clogged arteries, researchers have found. A new study found these people experienced little or no reduction in the "bad" cholesterol that contributes to artery-blocking plaque, making heart attack or stroke more likely. The finding has important implications for statin guidelines, said lead resear...
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