Mid-Life Stresses May Be Tied to Late-Life Dementia Risk

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Anxiety during middle age might signal impending dementia, a new analysis suggests. Although millions of Americans suffer from moderate to severe anxiety, it’s not clear how it is linked to dementia or if treatment could nullify the risk, British researchers say. “We investigated anxiety levels that are significant…

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No One-Size-Fits-All for Hydrating During Sports

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Waiting until you’re thirsty to drink during sports could lead to dehydration and poorer performance, a new study finds. “Drinking only to thirst typically leads to significant dehydration, which is associated with exercise performance impairment,” said study author Stavros Kavouras, a professor and director of the Hydration Science…

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Even a 'Bad' Flu Vaccine Could Save 61,000 Lives: Study

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A truly dismal flu vaccine could still save thousands of lives, as long as roughly 40 percent of Americans got their shots, new research suggests. At that coverage level, a vaccine that was only 20 percent effective would avert 21 million infections and almost 130,000 hospitalizations — and…

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Music May Calm the Agitation of Alzheimer's

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Music therapy might help ease the anxiety and agitation that plagues many Alzheimer’s patients, researchers suggest. “People with dementia are confronted by a world that is unfamiliar to them, which causes disorientation and anxiety,” said study co-author Dr. Jeff Anderson, an associate professor of radiology at the University…

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Black Heart Failure Patients Less Likely to See a Cardiologist

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Among heart failure patients, black people are much less likely than white people to have their care overseen by a cardiologist, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that receiving care primarily from a cardiologist improves in-hospital survival rates for heart failure patients. In the new study,…

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Study Debunks Idea That Epilepsy Can Hamper Fertility

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Having epilepsy doesn’t appear to lower a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, new research finds. “Our paper is a myth-buster,” said study author Dr. Page Pennell, director of research in the division of epilepsy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “When I entered this specialty, there were…

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End-of-Life Care Saves Money

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Giving very ill and dying patients palliative care shortens hospital stays and lowers costs, researchers report. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness to reduce suffering for patients and their families. “People with serious and complex medical illness account heavily…

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'What's That Word?' Fitness Helps Seniors Find It

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Can’t recall that word that’s on the tip of your tongue? Exercise might help. Physical activity is tied to a host of benefits. Now, a small study finds that healthy older people who exercise regularly have fewer problems with word retrieval. “Tip-of-the-tongue moments are very noticeable. They are…

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AHA: How Much Does Your Doctor Actually Know About Nutrition?

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut down on sweets and processed foods. Increase consumption of fish, nuts and legumes. This rudimentary advice has been dished out to the public for decades, yet soaring rates of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and other chronic illnesses linked to…

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Take These 5 Steps to Live 10 Extra Years

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans could add years to their lives with just a handful of healthy habits, a large, new study suggests. Right now, the typical 50-year-old American can expect to live another 30 to 33 years, according to government statistics. But based on the new study, those who maintain five…

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Too Much or Too Little Weight May Worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity may accelerate and amplify the crippling symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, new research suggests. Conversely, the researchers also found that unexplained weight loss might also signal problems for these patients, because it could mean that they’re at greater risk for disability. “While patients and rheumatologists may be focused…

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