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Midlife Heart Risk Factors Linked to Later Dementia

High cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and smoking raise Alzheimer's risk TUESDAY, Aug. 4 (HealthDay News) -- The things that are bad for your heart in the middle years of life -- high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes -- are bad for your brain in later years...

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Risk Factors in Kids

Studies find many U.S. children not getting enough MONDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Most American youngsters aren't getting enough vitamin D, and that deficiency is associated with an increased incidence of risk factors for cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke, two...

Blood Transfusions Not Linked to Long-Term Problems

No evidence that cancer cells or other health conditions are spread, study finds FRIDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving a blood transfusion for low-risk cardiac surgery doesn't appear to increase one's chances of having long-term health problems, an Australian study has found. ...

Muscle Density Linked to Disability

Building strength, expert says, might help keep elderly out of hospitals THURSDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise programs designed to increase muscle density in the elderly could help reduce rates of disability and hospitalization, new research suggests. The contention stems ...

JNCI news brief: Antibody linked to chemotherapy drug inhibits ovarian cancer in lab

A novel anticancer agent, consisting of a monoclonal antibody linked to a chemotherapy drug, showed substantial antitumor activity in ovarian cancer cell lines and in mice, according to a study published online July 29 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute . The agent, known as an im...

HPV Infection May Be Linked to Poor Head and Neck Cancer Survival Rates in African Americans

American Association for Cancer Research Hosts Press Conference on New Study Philadelphia, PA (Vocus) July 29, 2009 -- A groundbreaking study in Cancer Prevention Research , a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, suggests that having the human papil...

HPV infection may be linked to poor head and neck cancer survival rates in African-Americans

PHILADELPHIA A groundbreaking study in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, suggests that having the human papillomavirus (HPV) improves survival in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Furthermore, African Americans had far less HPV in...

Common household pesticides linked to childhood cancer cases in Washington area

Washington, DC A new study by researchers at the Georgetown's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center finds a higher level of common household pesticides in the urine of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer that develops most commonly between three and seven years of age. The ...

Agent Orange Linked to Parkinson's, Heart Disease

Study finds possible increased risk of both conditions among Vietnam vets FRIDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides that were sprayed far and wide by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War might put veterans at increased risk for heart disease ...

Emphysema severity directly linked to coal dust exposure

Coal dust exposure is directly linked to severity of emphysema in smokers and nonsmokers alike, according to new research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). "In this study we have shown that coal mine dust exposure is a significant predictor of emphysema se...

Fatty Acids in Diet Linked to Bowel Disease Risk

Red meat may raise odds for ulcerative colitis, but oily fish could be protective, study shows,, THURSDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming too much of a common polyunsaturated fatty acid could be a contributing factor in an estimated 30 percent of all cases of ulcerative colitis,...

Elevated Insulin Levels Linked to Breast Cancer

Study finds strong association in postmenopausal women THURSDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women with elevated insulin levels may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer, a new study says. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva Universit...

Gene linked to increasingly common type of blood cancer

PHOENIX, Ariz. July 20, 2009 California and Arizona researchers have identified a gene variant that carries nearly twice the risk of developing an increasingly common type of blood cancer, according to a study published online today by the science journal Nature Genetics . Investigators at t...

Vein Removal Method Linked to Bypass Results

More long-term problems seen with minimally invasive technique WEDNESDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- A study originally designed for a completely different purpose has unearthed a disturbing finding about coronary artery bypass surgery: The way that the vein used for the bypass is re...

Gene Mutation Is Linked to Heart Muscle Disease

Findings shed light on understanding of dilated cardiomyopathy WEDNESDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Gene mutations that cause heart muscle disease and chronic heart failure in some children and adults with dilated cardiomyopathy have been identified by researchers. Dilated cardiom...

Rare Cells Linked to Pediatric Cancers

Discovery could pave the way for future targeted treatment,,,, WEDNESDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Certain types of circulating blood cells appear to be important predictors of the spread of cancer in children, say French researchers. They measured levels of circulating endotheli...

Lower IQ Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Deaths

Public health messages should be simplified, study finds WEDNESDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Intelligence appears to be one reason why poor people are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease, Scottish researchers say. They analyzed data on 4,289 former U.S. soldiers, and fou...

Heavy Drinking Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Consumption also appears to undercut effect of cancer-prevention drug,, MONDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy drinking, especially when it's beer, increases the risk for highly aggressive prostate cancer, a new study finds. The researchers did not set out to determine the effec...

Dry mouth linked to prescription and over the counter drugs

BALTIMORE (July 9, 2009) Approximately ninety-one percent of dentists say patients complaining about dry mouth are taking multiple medications, according to a nationwide member survey conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is caused by a decrease in saliva...

Migraines Linked to Reduced Breast Cancer Risk

Researchers suspect estrogen levels play a part in the connection THURSDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- For women who suffer from migraines, here's a bit of good news: New research shows that your risk of breast cancer may be reduced by as much as 26 percent. And, no matter what a wo...

Genes Linked to Cholesterol in Cells Are Identified

Discovery could lead to new treatment targets, researchers say,, TUESDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty genes that play major roles in controlling cholesterol within cells have been identified by German researchers, who said that some of the genes may play a role in heart disease r...

Low birth weight linked to long-term respiratory problems

Infants who weigh less than five and a half pounds at birth often enter the world with a host of medical complications, including respiratory problems. New research shows that these respiratory problems may persist well beyond their infancy and childhood and into adulthood. "We report a previo...

Autism May Be Linked to Mom's Autoimmune Disease

Possible causes of disorder should now include celiac disease, study suggests,, MONDAY, July 6 (HealthDay News) -- Children of mothers who have autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease have up to a three times greater risk for autism, a new ...

Atrial fibrillation linked to increased hospitalization in heart failure patients

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Patients with atrial fibrillation, common in those with advanced chronic heart failure, have an increased risk of hospitalization due to heart failure, according to new research from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The findings, published in June in...

Odd Behaviors on Ambien Linked to Brain Circuitry

When the sleep aid shuts down one set of neurons, another set wakes up: study THURSDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- New information about brain circuit activity may help explain why some people who take the sleep aid Ambien (zolpidem) walk, eat, talk on the phone and even drive while n...

FDA Tells Patients to Stick With Diabetes Drug Linked to Cancer

There's no conclusive evidence that Lantus causes malignancy, agency says,,,, WEDNESDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recent studies suggesting that the injected diabetes drug Lantus (insulin glargine) might boost cancer risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday ur...

Second gene linked to familial testicular cancer

Specific variations or mutations in a particular can gene raise a man's risk of familial, or inherited, testicular germ-cell cancer, the most common form of this disease, according to new research by scientists at the National Institutes of Health. This is only the second gene to be identified th...

Studies Indicate Good Nutrition Linked to Eye Health

TORRANCE, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Studies have determined certain nutrients have positive effects on eye health. The research focus is on Vitamins C and E, found in high levels in the eye lens; lutein and zeaxanthin, which are concentrated in the retina; and beta-carotene (which converts ...

IU researchers find vibrator use to be common, linked to sexual health

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Two Indiana University studies conducted among nationally representative samples of adult American men and women show that vibrator use during sexual interactions is common, with use being reported by approximately 53 percent of women and 45 percent of men ages 18 to 60. Not o...

Dietary fat linked to pancreatic cancer

High intake of dietary fats from red meat and dairy products was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study published online June 26 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute . This study was undertaken because research relating fat intake to pancre...

Hundreds of Genes Could Be Linked to ADHD

Variations would explain different attention-disorder symptoms, study suggests THURSDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of gene variations that may be associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been identified by U.S. researchers. Many of these genes...

Sleep Disorders Linked to Arrhythmias

Older men with breathing irregularities are at greater risk of heart-rhythm abnormality: study TUESDAY, June 23 (HealthDay News) -- Older men who have severe sleep-related breathing problems are at increased risk for abnormal heart rhythms, a U.S. study finds. The study included 2,9...

Schizophrenia Linked to Higher Risk of Dying From Cancer

Study finds lung and breast cancer rates especially elevated TUESDAY, June 23 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer is the second leading cause of death for people with schizophrenia, a new French study reports. Researchers from the University of Reims in France found that people with schizoph...

Pesticides Linked to Blood Disorder

Precancerous condition more prevalent among those who apply the chemicals, study shows THURSDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- People who apply pesticides have double the normal risk of developing a precancerous blood disorder, say U.S. researchers. Called MGUS (monoclonal gammopathy ...

'Life force' linked to body's ability to withstand stress

Our ability to withstand stress-related, inflammatory diseases may be associated, not just with our race and sex, but with our personality as well, according to a study published in the July issue of the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity . Especially in aging women, low levels of the personali...

No Benefit in Testing for Genes Linked to Leg Clots

Taking precautions best way to avoid deep vein thrombosis, report says TUESDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) -- There's no proof that genetic testing can help prevent the potentially dangerous blood clots called deep vein thrombosis, a new U.S. government report shows. The presence of ...

ADHD Drugs Linked to Sudden Death in Kids

But these unexplained events are exceedingly rare, study finds,,,, MONDAY, June 15 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulant medications commonly prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are associated with an increased risk of sudden death, but those deaths are still ra...

Stable marriage is linked with better sleep in women

WESTCHESTER, Ill. Being stably married or gaining a partner is associated with better sleep in women than being unmarried or losing a partner, according to a research abstract that will be presented on Wednesday, June 10, at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep...

Illness and Medical Bills Linked to Nearly Two-Thirds of All Bankruptcies

Harvard study finds 50 percent increase from 2001; Most of those bankrupted by illness were middle class and had insurance WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medical problems contributed to nearly two-thirds (62.1 percent) of all bankruptcies in 2007, according to a study in th...

Illness, medical bills linked to nearly two-thirds of bankruptcies

Medical problems contributed to nearly two-thirds (62.1 percent) of all bankruptci es in 2007, according to a study in the August issue of the American Journal of Medicine that will be published online Thursday. The data were collected prior to the current economic downturn and hence likely unde...
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