|Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke
Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A common inflammatory muscle disorder that causes pain and stiffness in older people may increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, new research suggests. A British study found that patients with polymyalgia rheumatica are more likely to develop vascular disease -- conditions that affect the blood vessels. Doctors should carefully manage the vascular risk factors of patients with polymyalgi...
Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills
Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Following a healthy lifestyle may help childhood cancer survivors reduce their risk for chronic health issues, a new study indicates. Researchers suggested that children with cancer and adults who survived childhood cancer should be educated about how their diet and certain behaviors could affect their health in the future. "These findings are important because they indicate that adults who we...
Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk
Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk (HealthDay News) -- A herniated spinal disk may cause significant pain and discomfort as the disk matter presses on a nearby nerve. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these common risk factors for a herniated disk: Lifting a heavy object improperly. Being a smoker. Being overweight, which adds strain to the disks of the lower back. Engaging in repetitive activities that stress the lower back.
Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: Study
Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: Study TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When most children take on a task, various brain connections fire up. But scans showed less of this neuro-boosting activity in kids with autism, according to a small new study. Moreover, children with more severe symptoms of autism displayed even less of this "brain flexibility," the researchers found. "This reduced flexibility often causes difficulty when children with autism are faced with new s...
'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism
'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treating certain adult autism patients with just a single dose of the hormone oxytocin quickly improved their ability to judge facial expressions and emotions, Japanese researchers report. Known as the "love hormone," oxytocin has been shown to play a role in emotional bonding between lovers, and between mothers and their children. In this study, it boosted underperforming neural activity in a key area of the br...
Could a Blood Test Predict Suicide Risk?
Could a Blood Test Predict Suicide Risk? WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Clues to whether a person is at risk for suicide could lie in a simple blood test, a new study suggests. Chemical changes to a gene involved in the brain's response to stress hormones may help spur suicidal thoughts and behaviors, the study's authors explained. Spotting those changes in a blood sample might help alert doctors to a patient's risk for suicide, they said. "Suicide is a major preventable public health prob...
Adults Who've Abused Alcohol May Be at Risk for Memory Problems
Adults Who've Abused Alcohol May Be at Risk for Memory Problems WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged adults with a history of alcohol abuse are more than twice as likely as others to develop severe memory problems later in life, according to a new study. The British researchers said their findings could help doctors identify those at risk for memory problems who might benefit from help for problem drinking. "We already know there is an association between dementia risk and levels of ...
Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia
Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests. Looking at 17 past studies, British researchers found evidence that watering plants, or sitting or strolling in a garden can help soothe some dementia patients' anxiety. The study authors cautioned that the effects of gardens on dementia patients are a tough subject to study -- and the e...
Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts
Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy women at low risk of cardiovascular disease may be able to take hormone replacement therapy soon after menopause for a short time without harming their hearts, according to a new study. Previous studies, including the large-scale Women's Health Initiative, found that hormone replacement therapy had harmful effects on the heart. But, many of those women were older when they began the hormone treatments,...
Health Tip: Easing Headache Pain
Health Tip: Easing Headache Pain (HealthDay News) -- Headache symptoms vary, from a sharp pain to a dull throb. Remedies to treat these symptoms are similarly numerous. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for managing and preventing headaches: Apply an ice pack or a heat wrap to your head or neck. Take a hot shower. Take a break from anything stressful. Don't skip breakfast or any other meals. Get plenty of regular exercise. Follow a consistent sleep schedule.
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