|Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle
Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Want to lower your risk of a first-time stroke? New guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association reinforce the idea that a healthy lifestyle is crucial. The new guidelines advise people to exercise, control blood pressure and eat what's known as Mediterranean or DASH-style (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diets that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and ...
Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young Motorcyclists
Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young Motorcyclists WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that state laws requiring "universal" motorcycle helmet use -- instead of helmet laws just for certain ages -- may lower the rates of traumatic brain injuries in young riders. Traumatic brain injuries are "the biggest burden in trauma care, so we wanted to see whether having universal helmet laws versus age-specific helmet laws really made a difference in the younger population," stu...
Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure
Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure (HealthDay News) -- Diet plays a big role in managing hypertension, and a few simple changes can help improve your blood pressure. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables each day. Choose foods that are low in sodium and fats. Maintain a healthy body weight. See your doctor for regular checkups.
Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Trouble
Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Trouble WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to heart disease, a new study finds women are more likely than men to delay care when they have symptoms that spell trouble. "The main danger is that when someone comes to the hospital with a more severe or advanced stage of heart disease, there are simply fewer treatment options available," study author Catherine Kreatsoulas, a Fulbright Scholar and research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health...
Home Blood Pressure Monitors May Occasionally Miss the Mark
Home Blood Pressure Monitors May Occasionally Miss the Mark TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A small new study raises more questions about the accuracy of home blood-pressure monitoring devices. On average, researchers found, the readings were slightly inaccurate in up to 15 percent of patients. The readings were off by more than 10 mm Hg -- a potentially significant difference in a blood pressure reading -- in about 8 percent of cases. There's no way to know whether the inaccuracies are likel...
Placebo Treatment May Quiet Kids' Cough
Placebo Treatment May Quiet Kids' Cough MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving young children agave nectar or a placebo treatment of flavored, colored water both appear to help reduce cough symptoms at night more than not giving any treatment, according to a new study. "Many pediatricians suggest doing nothing for cough and cold symptoms other than maintaining hydration and perhaps giving acetaminophen or ibuprofen," said lead researcher Dr. Ian Paul, chief of the Division of Academic General ...
Brain Injuries in Older Age Could Boost Dementia Risk, Study Finds
Brain Injuries in Older Age Could Boost Dementia Risk, Study Finds MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A mild concussion after age 65 might boost your risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Head injuries seem to pose special hazards for seniors compared to those in upper middle age, the researchers said. "This was surprising and suggests that the older brain may be especially vulnerable to traumatic brain injury, regardless of the traumatic brain injury severity," said study lead autho...
Brief Interruption of Blood Supply to Limb Might Aid Heart Surgery: Study
Brief Interruption of Blood Supply to Limb Might Aid Heart Surgery: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Interrupting blood supply to an arm or a leg before heart surgery may help reduce the risks associated with the surgery, according to a new study. "During heart surgery we have to stop the blood supply to the heart to be able to operate on it. After some time without fresh blood, the heart will reduce its ability to produce energy because it doesn't get oxygen. When we shut off the blood f...
Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say
Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Riding a bus or an elevator full of sniffles, coughs and sneezes is one of the more unpleasant aspects of the flu season. Those same coughs and sneezes can be downright terrifying these days, given that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has spread a tendril into the United States with the first diagnosed cases in Dallas. But people face no threat from Ebola due to these public sniffles, according to a...
Depression After Heart Attack May Be More Common for Women
Depression After Heart Attack May Be More Common for Women WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women are at greater risk for anxiety and depression after a heart attack than men, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 160 patients in Lithuania who were interviewed at least one month after suffering a heart attack. About one-quarter of the patients were depressed and 28 percent of those had been treated with antidepressants. Women were more likely than men to have depression and anxiety, and t...
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