|Safety Add-Ons for Football Helmets May Not Cut Concussion Risk
Safety Add-Ons for Football Helmets May Not Cut Concussion Risk WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Football helmet add-ons may not reduce players' risk of concussion, a new study suggests. These safety products include items such as soft-shell layers, spray treatments, pads and fiber sheets. "Our study suggests that despite many products targeted at reducing concussions in players, there is no magic concussion prevention product on the market at this time," researcher John Lloyd, of BRAINS Inc...
Long Sleep Time, Higher Stroke Risk?
Long Sleep Time, Higher Stroke Risk? WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who sleep more than eight hours a night may face a higher risk of stroke, a new analysis suggests. These so-called "long sleepers" were 46 percent more likely to have a stroke than those who got only six to eight hours of sleep a night, the researchers found. However, the researchers don't know if the long sleep is a cause, consequence or early warning sign of declining brain health. After reviewing previous researc...
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.
More Cases of High Blood Pressure in Less Affluent States
More Cases of High Blood Pressure in Less Affluent States THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your odds of suffering from high blood pressure may rise depending on the state you live in, a new study suggests. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that people living in low-income states are more likely to have the ailment, compared to those living in more affluent states. The study "suggests that hypertension risk may be influenced by societal structures, insti...
Mental Illness, Homelessness Linked to Heart Disease in Study
Mental Illness, Homelessness Linked to Heart Disease in Study TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Homeless people with mental illness are at high risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that they have a 24.5 percent risk of heart attack, fatal or nonfatal stroke, or sudden cardiac death over 30 years. The risk is about 10 percent for a person of the same age and gender who does not smoke, does not have diabetes or high blood pressure, and is not overweight, the re...
After Blowing Their Stack, a Heart Attack
After Blowing Their Stack, a Heart Attack TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Intense anger or anxiety greatly increases the risk of heart attack, a new study warns. "While the absolute risk of any one anger episode triggering a heart attack is low, our data demonstrates that the danger is real and still there," said Dr. Thomas Buckley, a senior lecturer and researcher from the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital in Australia. The increased risk of heart attack after intense anger...
Certain Painkillers Ill-Advised After Heart Attack: Study
Certain Painkillers Ill-Advised After Heart Attack: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Common painkillers such as ibuprofen and Celebrex may raise the risk for heart attack, stroke and/or serious bleeding among heart attack survivors taking prescription blood thinners, a new study says. The finding could prompt widespread concern, given that these painkillers -- known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- and anti-clot medications are widely used by heart attack survivors, re...
Health Tip: Take Seven Steps for Heart-Healthy Kids
Health Tip: Take Seven Steps for Heart-Healthy Kids (HealthDay News) -- Heart-healthy habits should start in childhood to promote a lifetime of good health and a strong heart. The American Heart Association recommends these seven simple steps for kids: Don't use tobacco products. Get exercise each day. Follow a heart-healthy diet. Maintain a healthy body weight. Maintain healthy blood pressure. Maintain healthy cholesterol. Maintain healthy blood sugar.
Skin Test for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Shows Early Promise
Skin Test for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Shows Early Promise TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A small, early study hints that a skin test may someday be able to help diagnose people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Researchers found that skin biopsies can reveal elevated levels of abnormal proteins associated with the two disorders. The study is being released ahead of its presentation in April at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in Washington, D.C. As it s...
Younger Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Attack
Younger Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Attack TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Younger women may ignore early warning signs of a heart attack, a new study reveals. The finding could help explain why younger women have higher rates of death from heart attack than men in their age group. "Young women with multiple risk factors and a strong family history of cardiac disease should not assume they are too young to have a heart attack," said lead researcher Judith Lichtman, chair of the departme...
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