Posted 7:00 AM 6/14/2013 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who has ever been a volunteer knows that it feels good to help others, but researchers have found a less obvious benefit: volunteering can help reduce older adults' risk of high blood pressure.
The new study included (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/11/2013 by By Brenda Goodman
TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have signs of chronic inflammation in their blood are more likely to have flare-ups of the lung disease than those who do not, a large new study shows.
In addition to the slow, steady (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/10/2013 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- As they attempt to open clogged heart arteries, more U.S. doctors are taking a new route and threading a catheter through the wrist, rather than the groin, a new study finds.
This is because entering the radial artery in the wrist is linked to fewer (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/6/2013 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Certain lifestyle changes could greatly reduce your stroke risk, according to a new study.
Researchers calculated stroke risk among nearly 23,000 black and white Americans aged 45 and older. Their risk was assessed using the American Heart Association's (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/5/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who suffer from a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may also be more likely to experience mental declines sooner, a new study suggests.
"Problems with memory and thinking are common for people as they get older," said (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 6/4/2013 by By Serena Gordon
TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- For the extremely obese, the benefits of weight-loss surgery generally outweigh the risks of the procedure. Now, new research suggests that the same might be true for less-obese people as well.
For those who are mildly or moderately obese, weight-loss (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 5/30/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who receive a red blood cell transfusion during or after heart surgery may be at greater risk for infection, according to a new study.
However, the use of platelets during transfusions does not appear to carry a similar risk. Limiting red blood (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 5/29/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with thyroid disorders are at greater risk for premature delivery and other pregnancy complications, a new study indicates.
Researchers caution that these complications could have both short-term and long-term health consequences for (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 5/21/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Less is more when it comes to steroid therapy for patients having severe bouts of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to Swiss investigators.
Five days of glucocorticoid treatment with prednisone to treat COPD flare-ups was as good as (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 5/17/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) -- Management of heart disease risk factors -- such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking -- varies significantly among outpatient practices in the United States, according to a new study.
Researchers found that among 18 primary care and (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 5/15/2013 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- People who follow the ancient practice of yoga may be getting an added health boost, with a new study suggesting it can fight high blood pressure -- also known as hypertension.
"This study confirms many people's feelings that exercise may be useful in (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 5/14/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have a hysterectomy are not in danger of increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease later in life, a new study says.
Although earlier research had found higher chances of cardiovascular disease in the years following a hysterectomy (More)