Cold, Windy Days Can Strain the Heart

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Brisk autumn winds and chilly winter temperatures may make you more vulnerable to heart trouble, a new study suggests. Researchers found “an increase in heart attacks in low temperature, strong wind, low sunshine duration and low atmospheric pressure,” said senior author Dr. David Erlinge, head of cardiology at…

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Uncontrolled Blood Pressure? Maybe It's Time to Check Your Shins

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re on multiple medications and your high blood pressure is still not under control, you might want to ask your doctor to check the lead levels in your shin bones. Researchers found a link between the two, and they noted that standard blood tests didn’t spot rising…

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Are Generics as Good as Brand-Name Drugs?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Generics make up 80 percent of drug prescriptions filled in the United States and are a big cost savings for consumers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandates that they perform the same way and are as safe and effective as brand-name drugs. However, makers of generics don’t…

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Dirty Air Tied to Millions of Asthma ER Visits Each Year

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Polluted air may trigger as many as 33 million asthma-related emergency room visits globally each year, a new study finds. “Millions of people worldwide have to go to emergency rooms for asthma attacks every year because they are breathing dirty air,” said study lead author Susan Anenberg, of…

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Medical Bills 'Toxic' for Some Breast Cancer Patients

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many women living with advanced breast cancer face significant financial strains — from paying for their care to simply covering monthly bills, a new survey finds. Researchers found that of the more than 1,000 women they surveyed, nearly 70 percent said they were worried about the financial fallout…

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Brisk Walks May Help, Not Harm, Arthritic Knees

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you suffer from knee arthritis and worry that walking will only worsen your damaged joint, a new study suggests you put your fears aside, slip on some sneakers, and take a brief but brisk walk. The researchers estimated that if older adults with the condition added just…

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FDA Too Quick to Call BPA Chemical Safe, Health Experts Say

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration “jumped the gun” when it declared the chemical BPA safe for consumers earlier this year, experts from the Endocrine Society claimed Tuesday. The FDA asserted in February that its “initial review supports our determination that currently authorized uses of BPA continue to…

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Warmer Weather Gets Seniors Outdoors and Moving

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The better the weather, the more seniors venture out and get active. So say researchers who assessed the activity levels of more than 1,200 adults in Norway, aged 70 to 77, who were grouped based on whether they scored low, medium or high on a fitness test. “Older…

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Does Living in U.S. Heighten Hispanic Men's Obesity Risk?

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New research seems to suggest that living in the United States might make Hispanic men more prone to obesity. To arrive at that conclusion, researchers analyzed responses from more than 1,000 men who took part in a 2002-2003 survey. The results showed that Hispanic men who are born…

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Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Has Dementia

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor — the first woman on the high court — has dementia, “probably Alzheimer’s disease,” she announced Tuesday. Doctors diagnosed her with the beginning stages of dementia “some time ago,” O’Connor, 88, said in a letter addressed to “friends and fellow…

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Poorer Care at For-Profit Nursing Homes, Study Claims

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who live in for-profit nursing homes are nearly twice as likely to have health problems linked to poor care than those in nonprofit nursing homes and those who live in private homes, a new study finds. “We saw more — and more serious — diagnoses among…

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Is Crowdfunding Too Often Used for Bogus Treatments?

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Crowdfunding pleas for dubious or potentially unsafe medical treatments are increasingly common, and raised nearly $7 million on social media in two years, researchers report. An ill patient pleading for naturopathic cancer treatments or hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be hard to resist. Ditto a parent seeking antibiotics for…

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