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Pot Smoking May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests

April 23, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 — Marijuana use might contribute to heart and artery disease among young and middle-aged adults, particularly those already at risk for cardiovascular problems, a small French study reports.
By reviewing reported cases of marijuana abuse in France between 2006 and 2010, researchers identified 35 users who suffered heart disease [...]

Research Shows Ways to Speed Stroke Care

April 23, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Every minute counts for stroke victims who need clot-busting medications quickly to restore blood flow to their brain and prevent further damage.
Now, new efforts to hasten treatment in both ambulances and emergency rooms appear to have significantly improved patients’ chances of survival and limited their [...]

A Little Wine Might Help Kidneys Stay Healthy

April 23, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.
And for those who already have kidney disease, which puts one at higher risk for cardiovascular problems, moderate wine drinking might help the heart, the researchers added.
“Those [with healthy kidneys] who drank [...]

Certain Type of Brain Malformation May Be Best Left Alone

April 22, 2014

TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with abnormal connections between arteries and veins in the brain may be less likely to suffer a stroke or die if they don’t undergo any procedures to correct the problem, new research suggests.
The study included 204 patients in Scotland who had these types of abnormal connections — [...]

Thinking, Memory Problems Tied to Blockages in Neck Artery

April 21, 2014

MONDAY, April 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Blockage of the carotid artery in the neck appears to increase the odds for memory and thinking problems, a new study indicates.
The researchers said their findings suggest more aggressive treatment might be needed for people with this condition, which is caused by plaque buildup in the artery.
The [...]

Diabetes Complication Rates Drop Among U.S. Adults

April 16, 2014

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The rates of five serious complications from diabetes — heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputations and death — have all dropped dramatically since 1990, a new U.S. government study shows.
Heart attack rates have decreased nearly 70 percent in people with diabetes. Stroke rates have dropped [...]

A Doctor’s ‘People Skills’ Affects Patients’ Health

April 10, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A doctor’s “bedside manner” seems to have a real effect on patients’ health, a new research review suggests.
The review, of 13 clinical trials, found that when doctors were given training to hone their people skills, patients typically fared better in their efforts to lose weight, [...]

Heart Failure Drug Might Help Reduce Hospitalizations

April 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A drug often used to treat heart failure patients does little to lower cardiac arrest or death risk among people with a common form of the disease. But it does help reduce hospitalizations, a new study finds.
The study looked at heart failure patients whose hearts were still contracting [...]

Certain Prescription Painkillers Tied to Higher Risk of Irregular Heartbeat: Study

April 9, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A long-term study suggests that older people who use common prescription painkillers, including prescription-strength ibuprofen, may be increasing their risk for developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke and heart failure and can shorten life. Previous studies [...]

Stroke Often Missed in ERs, Study Finds

April 7, 2014

MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Early signs and symptoms of stroke are often missed by emergency department doctors, a new study finds.
Every year, tens of thousands of Americans with symptoms such as dizziness or headache are misdiagnosed in the ER in the days or weeks before they suffer a stroke, according to the [...]


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