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Kids With Psoriasis More Likely to Be Overweight: Study
Children who have the skin condition psoriasis are about twice as likely to be either overweight or obese as kids without the skin problem, according to new research that looked at children from nine countries. When researchers looked at just obesity, they found those with the skin condition were four times as likely to be obese, said Dr. Amy Paller, a professor and chair of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who led the st ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
What's Good for the Heart May Also Prevent Cancer
Seven healthy lifestyle tips recommended by heart experts reduce not only the risk of heart disease but also cancer, a new study finds. Adopting all seven of the factors from the American Heart Association can reduce the risk of developing cancer by more than 50 percent. Moreover, the benefits are cumulative, with cancer risk declining with each additional recommendation followed, the researchers said. These findings aren t surprising, given that many elem ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury
For the more than 3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury, there is often an unspoken problem Many suffer from sexual dysfunction, something that is easily overlooked as patients struggle with overwhelming physical and emotional issues that can last for years, new research has found. The sexual difficulties usually become most apparent about six months after the injury and, if left unaddressed, worsen with time, said study author Jhon Alexan ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
How Estrogen May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections After Menopause
Estrogen treatment delivered vaginally may help prevent repeat urinary tract infections in postmenopausal women, new laboratory research suggests. Urinary tract infections are common among women, with one-quarter experiencing recurring infections. And age-related changes increase the likelihood of these infections developing after menopause, when estrogen production plummets. Until now, taking antibiotics prophylactically -- to ward off recurrent urinary t ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Obamacare Enrollment Nears 3.3 Million
Nearly 3.3 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the state and federal marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. About 25 percent of those who have selected a health plan are young adults, aged 18 to 34. That demographic has been considered crucial to the success of the health reform law, often called Obamacare, because young people help offset the cost of covering older, sicker i ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
More Research Links Poor Heart Health With Alzheimer's Risk
A new study links heart disease with increased odds of developing dementia. Researchers found that artery stiffness -- a condition called atherosclerosis -- is associated with the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer s disease. This is more than just another example of how heart health relates to brain health. It is a signal that the process of vascular aging may predispose the brain to increased amyloid plaque buildup, said ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Yoga Big on West Coast, Chiropractors Popular in Midwest
Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains. And nearly one in every five Americans uses herbal supplements like ginseng, Echinacea, ginkgo biloba and St. John s Wort. Those are just some of the findings of a new federal government report on complementary and alternative medicine trends in the United States. The report, derived from national heal ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Yoga, Meditation May Help Dementia Patients and Caregivers Alike
Life with Alzheimer s disease or other dementias can be difficult for the affected individual and his or her caregiver. But a small British study suggests that a holistic program involving yoga, meditation and other interventions can ease the burden for both. This is an activity that caregivers and patients can do together, said study lead author Yvonne J-Lyn Khoo, a researcher with the Health and Social Care Institute at Teesside University in Middlesbrou ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Pacemakers Common for Those With Dementia and Irregular Heartbeats
People who have dementia and heart rhythm irregularities are more likely to get a pacemaker than people without dementia, new research has found. In fact, the study of more than 16,000 people found that those with dementia were up to 80 percent more likely to get a pacemaker than those without the memory-robbing condition. What isn t clear from this study is why folks with dementia are so much more likely to be treated with a pacemaker, said the study s le ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
The 'Bear' Facts on Obesity and Diabetes
The ways grizzly bears deal with hibernation and fluctuating weight might offer valuable new clues to human obesity and diabetes, new research suggests. The study authors note that the tissues of obese people with type 2 diabetes become dangerously insensitive to insulin, the hormone that helps control the level of sugar in the blood. However, unlike people, insulin levels in grizzly bears do not change, the researchers found. Instead, the bears cells seem ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Head Start Program Might Help Fight Childhood Obesity: Study
School readiness isn t the only benefit young children can gain from Head Start. A new study finds that kids in the U.S. preschool program tend to have a healthier weight by kindergarten than similarly aged kids not in the program. In their first year in Head Start, obese and overweight kids lost weight faster than two comparison groups of children who weren t in the program, researchers found. Similarly, underweight kids bulked up faster. Participating in ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say
Taste exerts the biggest influence on people s food choices and many believe that healthy foods don t taste good, researchers report. That means more needs to be done to make healthy foods appealing, the study authors said. In the study, participants were presented with a variety of yogurts, each with different levels of sugar and fat. Even when given information about the ingredients, the participants were not more likely to select a healthier yogurt. Unh ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17