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Marriage is Good for Your Heart AND Your Lifespan

Jun 22, 2018
Steve Warren

"These findings may suggest that marital status should be considered in the risk assessment for cardiovascular disease.” -- Chun Wai Wong

(The UK) -- Although through the years there have been many jokes about marriage, a new study says living with a married partner may help ward off heart disease and stroke, according to the news agency AFP

Researchers combing through 20 years of data on more than two million people, aged 42 to 77, found that being married significantly reduced the risk of both afflictions.

Their findings were recently published in the medical journal Heart.

The study examined ethnically varied populations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

Compared to married people, the divorced, widowed or never married were 42 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 16 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease, the study found.

The risk of dying was likewise elevated for the non-married, by 42 percent from coronary heart disease and by 55 percent from stroke.

The results were nearly the same for men and women, except for stroke, to which men were more susceptible...


Have You Heard about These 3 Health Privacy Concerns?

Jun 22, 2018
News Staff

For one, researchers are attempting to predict a patient's risk for various hereditary conditions from their emergency contacts.

[] – Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is alerting Americans to three privacy issues they may not know anything about.

CCHF president and co-founder Twila Brase says these three health care news items are just a sampling of the many ways the government and the health care industry are attempting to use patient data—often without consent—for their own gain.

Emergency Contacts Predicting Patient Risk?

According to an article in Becker’s Hospital Review, researchers are attempting to predict a patient's risk for various hereditary conditions from their emergency contacts. The team from Columbia University, Mount Sinai Health System and New York-Presbyterian analyzed 2 million EHRs from patients seen at three academic medical centers in New York. The researchers were able to identify 7.4 million familial relationships by reviewing standard emergency contact information provided by patients...


Lyme Disease is on the Rise, But Doctors Remain Skeptical

Jun 22, 2018
Todd Beamon

“Lyme disease is thought of as the disease of hypochondriacs and alarmists and rich people who have the money and time to go chasing the diagnosis." -- Porochista Khakpour

(Exton, PA) -- The federal government reports that cases of Lyme disease are on the rise, but many patients and researchers are finding that physicians are skeptical in diagnosing the deer tick-borne disease.

"It's very serious," Marina Makous, a family medicine doctor in Exton, Pennsylvania, told NBC News…

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Don't Let Pain Rule Your Life: How to Manage It Naturally

Jun 21, 2018
Dr. Corinne Weaver

Pain is defined as suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury. Everyone experiences pain differently which can make it difficult to define and treat. Pain is the body’s way of telling us there is something wrong and plays an important role to protect us from harmful situations. For example, when we touch something hot, our brain reacts quickly to a signal of danger. Chronic pain, however, can be debilitating and reduce our quality of life.

Some common terms used to describe pain include: Aching, burning, stabbing, shooting, tingling, and dull, sharp, and/or throbbing. These descriptions help me as a doctor to determine where the pain might be coming from, but because pain is so different to every individual this job can sometimes be difficult. 

The most common causes of pain include: Muscle overuse and trauma, tension, stress, and minor injuries.

There are 2 main categories of pain:

  1.   Tissue damage or visceral pain
  2.   Nerve damage or neuropathic pain

Visceral pain occurs when organs, muscles, or tissues are inflamed, damaged, or injured. Some examples of visceral pain include: Appendicitis, gallstone pain, chronic chest pain, diverticulitis, and pelvic pain...


8 Foods That Can Lower Your Blood Sugar and Save Your Life

Jun 21, 2018
Lynn Allison

"Eating light and eating often can help regulate blood sugar levels throughout the day.” -- Tara Gidus Collingwood

(Orlando, FL) -- It sounds dramatic, but it is no exaggeration: Balancing your blood sugar could be a matter of life and death. Chronic high blood sugar levels can wreak havoc with our internal organs and blood vessels, paving the way to a …

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Vitamin A Deficiency Linked to TB, Whooping Cough

Jun 21, 2018
News Staff

TB is the biggest infectious killer in the world, and multiple-drug resistant TB, which does not respond to regular antibiotics, is a major threat to global health.

(Ireland) – Scientists at Trinity College Dublin and St. James's Hospital, Dublin, have discovered how vitamin A drives the lung immune system to deal with tuberculosis (TB). The findings have just been published in a top respiratory journal, the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology.

TB is the biggest infectious killer in the world, and multiple-drug resistant TB, which does not respond to regular antibiotics, is a major threat to global health. TB killed 1.7 million people in 2016 and is considered the top cause of death related to infection worldwide. With the increased incidence of drug-resistant TB at home and abroad, additional strategies are required to treat the disease. Unlike in the case of antibiotics, TB resistance should not develop against vitamin A.

Vitamin A deficiency is commonly observed in patients with TB and is associated with a 10-fold increase in the risk in developing the disease. It drives the global TB epidemic, yet the mechanism by which vitamin A protects people's lungs against TB infection remains unexplored...


Tonsil and Adenoid Removal Linked to Respiratory, Allergic and Infectious Diseases Later in Life

Jun 20, 2018
News Staff

"As we uncover more about the function of immune tissues and the lifelong consequences of their removal, especially during sensitive ages when the body is developing, this will hopefully help guide treatment decisions for parents and doctors." – Dr. Sean Byars

(Australia) – Tonsil and adenoid removal associated with long-term risks of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases: Removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases, according to researchers who have examined - for the first time - the long-term effects of the operations.

The researchers suggest renewed evaluation of alternatives to these common pediatric surgeries that include removal of tonsils (tonsillectomy) to treat chronic tonsillitis or adenoids (adenoidectomy) to treat recurrent middle ear infections. 

The adenoids and tonsils are strategically positioned in the nose and throat respectively to act as a first line of defense, helping to recognize airborne pathogens like bacteria and viruses, and begin the immune response to clear them from the body...


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