Could ADHD Drugs Lower Kids’ Bone Density?

April 1, 2016

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Commonly prescribed drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may affect bone density, a new study says.
Researchers found that young people who take stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) and Adderall have lower bone density than their peers. This could have serious consequences later in life, the study […]


Brain Bleed Risk From Warfarin May Be Higher Than Thought

March 9, 2016

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The widely used blood thinner warfarin — also known as Coumadin — may raise the risk of severe bleeding inside the skull by much more than previously thought, a new study suggests.
Researchers examined data from nearly 32,000 U.S. veterans, aged 75 and older, with a common heart rhythm […]


Health Problems Can Plague Seniors After Cancer Surgery

February 24, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — After cancer surgery, certain older patients face an increased risk for injuries and problems that can keep them in a hospital longer and slow their recovery, new research reveals.
The researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, reviewed data from more than 939,000 people, aged 55 or older. […]


For Stronger Bones, Men Should Do This Kind of Exercise

February 23, 2016

Men who engage in high-impact physical activity and resistance training as teens and young adults are likely to have greater bone density by middle age.


Weakened Knees a Big Cause of Falls for Older People: Study

February 11, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new study supports what many American seniors may already know: that knee “instability” boosts their odds for a dangerous fall.
“Falls, injury from falls and poor balance confidence are extremely common and debilitating problems in older people,” said study author Michael Nevitt, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics […]


Exercise May Prevent Harmful Falls in Men

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise reduces older men’s risk of serious injuries from falls, a new study finds.
“The physical activity program was more effective in reducing the rate of serious fall injuries in men than in women,” said study author Dr. Thomas Gill, a professor of geriatrics at Yale University, in […]


Exercise May Prevent Injurious Falls in Men

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise reduces older men’s risk of serious injuries from falls, a new study finds.
“The physical activity program was more effective in reducing the rate of serious fall injuries in men than in women,” said study author Dr. Thomas Gill, a professor of geriatrics at Yale University, in […]


As Winter Storm Targets Eastern U.S., Tips for Stepping Out Safely

January 22, 2016

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — With much of the eastern United States bracing for a major winter storm this weekend, one expert is offering advice on how to lower your risk of slipping or falling on ice or snow once you head outside.
Wear boots or shoes that provide good traction; those made of […]


Nerve Damage From Chemo May Affect Cancer Survivors for Years

January 15, 2016

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many women who survive cancer have symptoms of chemotherapy-related nerve damage in their feet and hands years after treatment, a new study reveals.
Moreover, this nerve damage — called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy — is associated with an increased risk of falls, the study found.
“We can’t dismiss neuropathy as […]


Dementia Drug May Lower Risk of Falls Among Parkinson’s Patients

January 12, 2016

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A widely used dementia drug shows potential in reducing the risk of falls among Parkinson’s patients, new research suggests.
“With the degeneration of dopamine-producing nerve cells, people with Parkinson’s often have issues with unsteadiness when walking. As part of the condition, they also have lower levels of acetylcholine, a […]



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