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Drug may slow early lung disease damage

Reuters Health - Most people in the earliest stages of the breath-robbing condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have no symptoms, so they have no idea that their lungs are deteriorating rapidly.<p>A new study from China suggests that if COPD can be detected early, the drug …

World Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified processed meat as a carcinogen, something that causes cancer. And it has …

Cancer

Beta-Blockers During Surgery Can Increase Mortality Risk

Action Points<p>The benefit/risk ratio of perioperative beta-blockers in noncardiac surgery depends upon the level of the patient's cardiac risk …

Antibiotic resistance: how has it become a global threat to public health?

"The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself …

Color awareness: A must for patient assessment

<i>Your 75-year-old patient is short of breath. Knowing his natural skin tone is dark, you’re unsure how to assess for central cyanosis.</i><p>An adolescent …

Common anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl linked to increased dementia risk

One long-ago summer, I joined the legion of teens helping harvest our valley’s peach crop in western Colorado. My job was to select the best peaches …

Antihypertensive medications and fracture risk: Is there an association?

Further examination of randomized clinical trial data suggests that thiazide diuretics to treat hypertension may be associated with lower risk of hip …

Two new drugs added to heart failure guidelines - News on Heart.org

<b>By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS</b><p>A pair of heart failure drugs approved last year by the Food and Drug Administration have made their way into new …

Inflammatory bowel disease can be hell. New evidence suggests a diet can fix it

Diet alone can cure the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease in children, according to research published in the <i>Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology</i>.<p>During the study, carried out at Seattle Children’s Hospital, paediatric patients with either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis were put …

Blood test for hidden heart disease

<b>A cheap blood test can predict which apparently healthy patients are at high risk of a heart attack.</b><p>Experts say it could be better than just checking blood pressure and cholesterol to assess heart risk.<p>So far, they have tested it only on men, but the British Heart Foundation-funded researchers say …

5 lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol

High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. You can reduce cholesterol with medications, but if you'd rather make …

Holistic Medicine

Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is So Good For You

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure-all for decades. I’ve seen claims that it can do everything from halt hiccups to whiten teeth, and even …

Cider

Latinas Likely to Develop Heart Disease Earlier: How to Prevent It

Most Latinas don't go around thinking they're at risk of a heart attack: Just ask Nilda Rivera, 50, a New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent. Then the unthinkable happened to her last year.<p>“[Doctors] realized that yes, I was in fact having a heart attack at that moment," she said. Rivera would later …

Eating cheese, butter and cream can help protect you from heart disease, study finds

Fatty foods such as cheese, butter, and cream are often considered culprits of heart disease – but according to a new study, a diet high in saturated …

The house call returns … with a millennial twist

Rebecca Mathews wasn’t technically sick and didn’t want to take time off from her job to see a doctor.<p>Her hand was rough and inflamed, however, from …

Healthy Seniors: Experts say flu, pneumonia vaccines essential to fight illnesses

If you are a senior and haven't gotten your flu and pneumonia shots yet, it's crucial to get vaccinated right away, experts say.

Got a minute?: ‘Think like a pancreas’ to understand Type 1 diabetes

Since November is National Diabetes month, it is a good time to raise awareness about this condition which affects 29.1 million Americans, about 5 …

Artificial pancreas safe for hospitalized diabetics

An automatic insulin delivery system that has performed well in type 1 diabetes patients also proved safe and feasible for type 2 diabetes patients on a general hospital ward, according to a U.K. study.<p>The so-called artificial pancreas, or closed-loop insulin delivery system, monitors blood sugar …

7 innovations that are changing the way we manage diabetes, a disease that affects 371 million people worldwide

Since then, there have been a number of medical and technological advances that aim to make the lives of people living with diabetes — both type 1 and type 2 — more manageable. Around the globe, the group of conditions affects 371 million people worldwide, a number that's expected to increase to …

Are statins a key to preventing Alzheimer's disease?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Although doctors prescribe statins to help lower cholesterol, the drugs might have an added benefit: reducing Alzheimer's disease risk.<p>Regular use of statins is associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer's, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Neurology on Monday. Statins …