Five recommended health behaviors may prevent four out of five heart attacks in men. Middle-aged and older men were much less likely to have heart attacks over an average of 11 years if they drank moderately, didn't smoke and did everything right on the diet, exercise and weight fronts. Only about 1 percent of men involved in the study fit into this ultra-healthy-living category. But they were 86 percent less likely to have heart attacks than those who ate poorly, were overweight, exercised too little, smoked and drank too much alcohol.Pregnant women appear to have an unusually strong immune response to the flu. And this strong immune response may help explain why pregnant women get sicker f...
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Sep 22, 2014 |
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Sep 19, 2014 |
Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year, so U.S. health officials on Thursday urged that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for the coming flu season. The result is lost days from work and school and a lot of preventable suffering, hospitalizations and deaths. Just one-third of adults 18 to 64 the age group hit especially hard last flu season were vaccinated against flu last year. Also, more than 100 children died from flu-related complications last year.Rising temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean may be allowing certain tropical fish to spread to shallow waters that are becoming warmer, an expansion that could pose a significant threat to coral reefs. A study of 40 sp...
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Sep 18, 2014 |
A blood test that measures DNA from a prostate cancer tumor could provide doctors with a better assessment of the state of a man's disease. If used routinely, this blood test could reveal when treatment for advanced prostate cancer stops working and actually begins promoting tumor growth. Using a blood test to measure circulating tumor DNA levels is less expensive and less invasive than needle biopsies.Social networking sites can help people lose weight. For people who are obese, sites like Twitter and Facebook can be an inexpensive and convenient source of support from doctors as well as peers. The study's authors examined the results of 12 previous studies involving almost 1,900 people in ...
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Sep 17, 2014 |
Americans' belt size continues to inch up, and women's waistlines are widening faster than men's. The average waist size ballooned more than an inch. While men's waists increased less than an inch women's midriffs grew about twice that. Waistlines larger than 35 inches for women and more than 40 inches for men are considered abdominal obesity, a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. Waist circumference is a simple tool that reflects the amount of total body fat and intra-abdominal body fat. Including women older than 70 in national breast cancer screening programs won't lead to a sharp reduction in advanced forms of the disease. In fact, mass breast cancer screening programs could resu...