The biggest health threat facing middle–aged men is loneliness. For middle–aged men, feeling lonely all the time can be as bad or worse for long–term health as heavy drinking or gaining too much weight. Today Health, 03/30/2017.
Diet Sodas Raise Risk of Dementia and Stroke, Study Finds. People who drink diet sodas daily have three times the risk of stroke and dementia compared to people who rarely drink them, researchers reported. NBC Health News, 04/20/2017. (Also see Cardiac (Heart) Involvement)
The Frog Slime Cure for Flu. A compound found in the protective slime of an Indian frog blows apart flu viruses and might become a powerful new drug to treat influenza, researchers reported. NBC Health News, 04/18/2017.
Steroids May Be Risky Even in the Short Term. The dangers of long–term use of corticosteroids like prednisone and cortisone are well known, but a new study suggests that even short–term use can have serious side effects. New York Times, 04/18/2017. (Also see Glucocorticoids, Steroids (Prednisone) Warnings for Scleroderma)
In a Dragon’s Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic. Biochemists may have discovered a type of antibiotic that sounds like something out of a fairy tale: it is based on dragon blood. New York Times, 04/17/2017. (Also see Arthritis Treatments - General)
The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine. Forgetting to take a prescribed drug is a common problem, especially for those ambivalent about taking medication. New York Times, 04/17/2017.
How to Help Ease Your Heartburn. What exactly is heartburn? It occurs when the acidic contents of your stomach back up, or reflux, into the esophagus and cause pain and a burning feeling. Times Healthland, 03/20/2017. (Also see Reflux (Heartburn) Prevention and Treatments)
Hot flashes at younger ages may signal higher heart risk later. Women who start having hot flashes in their 40s and early 50s had signs of poorer blood vessel health in a recent study and may be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease later on, researchers say. Reuters Health, 04/21/2017. (Also see Cardiac (Heart) Involvement)
Diabetes control tied to heart stent outcomes. For people with type 2 diabetes, maintaining good blood sugar control in the years after receiving a coronary artery stent is associated with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a recent study. Reuters Health, 04/20/2017. (Also see Symptoms and Complications of Diabetes)
Regular exercise may improve odds of surviving a heart attack. Just a few hours a week of moderate exercise may not prevent all heart attacks, but it could make the difference in who survives one, Danish researchers say. Reuters Health, 04/20/2017. (Also see Cardiac (Heart) Involvement)
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