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FDA to Probe Testosterone Therapy Claims, Safety

September 16, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is focusing on the “Low T” fad, questioning whether the boom in testosterone replacement therapy is helping or harming the health of aging American males.
At a joint meeting scheduled for Sept. 17-18, two key FDA committees will discuss whether [...]

Heart Attack Patients Face Greater Death Risk if Any Treatment Step Missed: Study

September 15, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who’ve had a heart attack are at greater risk of death if even one of nine critical steps in their treatment is missed, according to a new study.
Researchers in the United Kingdom noted patients who missed a part of their treatment early on, such as an [...]

Study Links Potassium to Fewer Strokes in Older Women

September 4, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Could eating foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and potatoes, help lower the risk of stroke and an earlier death for older women?
Possibly, suggest the findings from a new study. But the research is too preliminary to confirm that potassium alone — and not [...]

Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks

August 26, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered “intensive” counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week.
The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive [...]

Mental Decline a Risk Factor for Stroke, Study Suggests

August 25, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Declining mental skills appear to raise a person’s odds for a stroke, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from 18 studies — most conducted in Europe or North America — and found that people with memory and thinking problems were 39 percent more likely to suffer a [...]

Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women

August 20, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise may help older women avoid a condition that causes a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, a new study shows.
Physically active postmenopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared to women who were more sedentary, researchers report in the Aug. 20 [...]

Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids

August 20, 2014

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although it’s extremely rare, colds, flu and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief period of elevated risk for stroke in children, a new study suggests.
Just five out of 100,000 children a year have a stroke in the United States, said [...]

Antibiotic Might Raise Heart Risks for Some

August 20, 2014

Taking the widely used antibiotic clarithromycin may boost some patients’ odds of dying from heart-related causes, a new study suggests.

Severe Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds for Stubborn High Blood Pressure

August 15, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Severe sleep apnea may raise the risk of high blood pressure that’s resistant to drug treatment, a new study finds.
Researchers tracked outcomes for patients with moderate or severe sleep apnea, as well as heart disease or heart disease risk factors. All of the patients had been prescribed at [...]

Less Educated Smokers at Greatest Risk for Stroke, Study Finds

August 14, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Among smokers, those with the least education are at the greatest risk for stroke, Danish researchers report.
“The combined effect of low educational level and smoking on the risk of stroke is the most surprising finding of our paper,” said study author Helene Nordahl, an epidemiologist [...]


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