Evidence Doesn't Support Statin Use in Healthy Seniors

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There is no evidence to support the widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to prevent heart disease and stroke in old and very old people, Spanish researchers say. For the new study, the investigators analyzed data from nearly 47,000 people aged 75 and older with no history of…

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Walking: Still the Starting Line for Fitness

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Being physically active is one of the most important steps people of all ages can take to improve their health. Yet despite everything we know about the benefits of exercise, only half of U.S. adults and only about a quarter of high school students get the amount recommended…

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Stigma Another Burden for Many With Psoriasis

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though psoriasis is not contagious, many Americans shun people with the skin condition, new research indicates. The study included a cross-section of about 400 Americans who viewed images of people with visible psoriasis. Large numbers wrongly thought psoriasis was contagious or only affects the skin, and about one-third…

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Scientists Finally Get Around to Finding Procrastination's Home in the Brain

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is it time to let procrastinators off the hook? The inclination to delay things rather than get right to work on them may be hardwired into some people’s brains, and not the product of a flawed character, German researchers suggest. The findings come from brain scans of 264…

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Surprising Tactic in War Against Antibiotic Resistance

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Combining four or five antibiotics might help fight the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, researchers report. Biologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, identified more than 8,100 combinations of four or five antibiotics that appear effective against harmful bacteria. “There is a tradition of using just one…

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AHA: Teen Went Into Cardiac Arrest During Spelling Bee

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) — After correctly spelling the first word given to her at an eighth-grade spelling bee, Emma Baker walked back to her seat, sat down and promptly collapsed onto the shoulder of another young contestant. Emma was in cardiac arrest. The mother of another student was in the audience…

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Over 1.4 Billion of World's Adults Face Disease Because of Inactivity, WHO Says

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Couch potatoes, take note: Sedentary living has put more than one quarter of the world’s adults at risk for serious disease, a new study says. More than 1.4 billion adults face a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, dementia and certain types of cancer because they get too…

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Walking, Exercise Both Linked to Lower Heart Failure in Older Women

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The more a middle-aged or elderly woman walks, the less likely she is to have heart failure, a large new study reveals. Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization among people aged 65 and older. Researchers say the findings are a first and concern otherwise healthy, postmenopausal…

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Doctor Burnout Likely to Impair Care

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You’re much more likely to receive poor or unprofessional health care if your doctor suffers from burnout, a new analysis contends. Physicians who feel burned out are twice as likely to make a mistake that endangers patient safety or to behave in an unprofessional manner, according to the…

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AHA: Heart Health Research of 9/11 Survivors Slowly Realized, 17 Years Later

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Back when Charlie Wilson was an avid runner, the only flutter he ever felt in his chest came from indigestion. That changed on Sept. 11. The now-retired New York police sergeant spent nearly every day for the next six months at the World Trade Center. He helped…

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130 Now Sickened by Salmonella-Tainted Honey Smacks Cereal

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One hundred thirty people across 36 states have now fallen ill with salmonella after eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. For the time being, the “CDC advises consumers and retailers not to eat, serve or sell any Kellogg’s Honey…

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'Deaths of Despair' May Have Helped Fuel Trump's Victory: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — U.S. voters’ despair over poor health and premature deaths might have tipped the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor, a new analysis argues. Counties that voted Republican more heavily had a 15 percent higher age-adjusted death rate than counties that voted heavily Democratic, researchers found. In particular,…

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