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  • Sep
    11
    Advanced Dementia Patients Often Given Unhelpful Meds Study
    (HealthDay News) -- A new national analysis of U.S. nursing home prescription patterns says that more than half of people with advanced dementia are prescribed medications that are of questionable benefit. "The main concern centers on the under-appreciated burden and personal cost of using questi Read Article »
    Sep
    10
    Anxiety Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimers Risk
    (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who habitually use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, a widely prescribed group of sedatives that include lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Va Read Article »
    Sep
    8
    Osteoporosis Drugs Work But Review Finds No Clear Winner
    (HealthDay News) -- Many osteoporosis drugs cut women's risk of suffering a bone fracture, though it's not clear whether any one medication works better than others, a new research review finds. Reporting Sept. 8 in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers said that for women with the bone-thinni Read Article »
    Sep
    4
    More Evidence Ties Some BoneBuilding Drugs to Rare Fractures
    (HealthDay News) -- Taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to help prevent fractures may carry a slight risk for unusual breaks in the thigh bone, Swedish researchers report. For those who took bisphosphonates for four to five years, the so-called "relative risk" was 100 times higher th Read Article »
    Aug
    26
    Heart Studies Dont Reflect RealWorld Patients Study Finds
    (HealthDay News) -- People who take part in clinical trials of new heart disease treatments are generally younger and healthier than the typical heart patient, a new study confirms. Experts said the findings, which appear in the Aug. 27 Journal of the American Medical Association, aren't surprisi Read Article »
    Aug
    11
    Bone Drugs Dont Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All Study Finds
    (HealthDay News) -- Drugs known as bisphosphonates, commonly prescribed to treat the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, don't appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer as previously thought, new research finds. "We found that postmenopausal women who took a bisphosphonate for three or four yea Read Article »
    Jul
    22
    Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer Study
    (HealthDay News) -- Removing the uterus with a minimally invasive procedure known as morcellation carries a risk of spreading undetected cancer, and now a new study pinpoints the likelihood more clearly. Twenty-seven of every 10,000 women who had the technique had undetected uterine cancer at the Read Article »
    Jul
    14
    Widowhood May Delay Dementia in Some Seniors Study Finds
    (HealthDay News) -- Losing a spouse may be linked to multiple health issues, but dementia isn't one of them, according to a new study. For certain seniors, widowhood may even delay dementia, the researchers found. "For those who had a mild memory problem, losing the spouse was associated with Read Article »
    Jul
    9
    Obesity Epidemic Hitting Hispanics Hard Study Finds
    (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is a growing problem among Hispanic Americans, especially among young adults, a new study shows. After analyzing data from more than 16,300 Hispanics in Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego, the researchers found that 18 percent of women and 12 percent of men ha Read Article »
    Jun
    30
    Nursing Home Care May Be Out of Reach for Many Aging Boomers Study
    (HealthDay News) -- With higher rates of illness but fewer adult children to care for them, many of America's baby boom generation may find themselves unable to pay for the nursing home care they need, a new study warns. Already, a growing number of older Americans are developing chronic diseases Read Article »
    Jun
    23
    Indoor Tanning Leads to Early Skin Cancer Study Says
    (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who engage in indoor tanning risk developing skin cancer at an early age, a new study finds. Once thought safer than outdoor sunbathing, indoor tanning can produce 10 to 15 times as much ultraviolet (UV) radiation as the midday sun, the study authors not Read Article »
    Jun
    18
    Depression Doubles Odds of Heart Attack for Younger Women Study
    (HealthDay News) -- Young and middle-aged women with depression are more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease as their mentally healthy peers, new research suggests. The study also found that women younger than 55 are more likely than men or older women to becom Read Article »
    Jun
    16
    Older Breast Cancer Patients Do Follow Drug Therapy Study
    (HealthDay News) -- Many older breast cancer patients with localized disease are taking drug treatments to prevent their cancer from returning, a new study finds. The research, covering a seven-year period, included more than 1,000 women, aged 65 to 91, across the United States who had estrogen-p Read Article »
    Jun
    16
    After Death of a Spouse Friends Might Help More Than Relatives
    (HealthDay News) -- When a spouse dies, the surviving husband or wife often will deeply feel the loss of a close confidant. But a new study, published in the June issue of Health Psychology, finds that they may be better off in terms of their future health by turning to a close friend rather than Read Article »
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