Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of AFib

Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of AFib By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 18,000 middle-aged and older U.S. […]

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This Boosts Survival With Implanted Defibrillators

This Boosts Survival With Implanted Defibrillators By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study of nearly 100,000 people with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators found that more physical activity was tied to living longer. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are battery-powered devices implanted in patients whose hearts cannot maintain a normal rhythm. The […]

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Men Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis, Too

Men Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis, Too By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Men are far less likely than women to be screened for osteoporosis, even though they are more likely to suffer worse consequences from the bone-thinning condition, a new study finds. Up to 2 million American men […]

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Botox Eases Overactive Bladder, 2 Studies Find

Botox Eases Overactive Bladder, 2 Studies Find By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Although Botox has long been used to smooth aging skin, new research finds that the muscle relaxant is also a useful treatment for urinary incontinence. With the condition, an overactive bladder contracts too often or without […]

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Sleep Amount May Up Stroke Risk for Some

Sleep Amount May Up Stroke Risk for Some By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with high blood pressure who sleep less than five hours or more than eight hours each night may have significantly higher odds of a stroke, new research suggests. Analyzing data from more than 200,000 […]

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Botox Lowers AFib Risk After Cardiac Surgery?

Botox Lowers AFib Risk After Cardiac Surgery? By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Botox, the toxin-turned-drug therapy best known for its wrinkle-reducing properties, shows potential for preventing dangerous heart rhythms in patients who undergo invasive heart surgery, a small, preliminary study found. At issue is the risk for atrial […]

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Consumer Reports Recommends 15 of 34 Sunscreens

Consumer Reports Recommends 15 of 34 Sunscreens May 14, 2015 — Nearly a third of sunscreens tested by Consumer Reports fell short of the promised SPF protection, missing the mark by anywhere from 16% to 70%, according to the organization’s annual sunscreen report. The report also expressed concerns about so-called “natural” sunscreens and claims of […]

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Medical Marijuana Pill Falls Short: Dementia Study

Medical Marijuana Pill Falls Short: Dementia Study By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — So-called medical marijuana pills may not ease the common behavioral symptoms that affect people with dementia, a small study suggests. In a trial of 50 dementia patients, researchers found that pills containing the main active ingredient […]

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Some Smokers May Be ‘Hardwired’ to Succeed at Quitting

Some May Be ‘Hardwired’ for Quit-Smoking Success By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The brains of smokers who manage to quit may be “hardwired” for success, a new study suggests. The study included 85 smokers who underwent MRI scans of their brains one month before they tried to stop […]

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Quitting Smoking Improves Angioplasty Outcome, Study Finds

Quitting Smoking Improves Angioplasty Outcome, Study Finds By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients who quit smoking when they have angioplasty — a heart blood vessel-opening procedure — have better outcomes, a new study finds. Quitting smoking was associated with less chest pain and better quality of life, researchers […]

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