A large new study following thousands of participants found that older people who stop taking statins have a significantly increased risk of hospital admission due to cardiovascular problems. New research suggests that interrupting statin use may increase the risk of poor cardiovascular health in older people. Statins are a class of drugs that people take
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Vitamin A is a nutrient that is essential for maintaining good health, but could consuming it help lower the risk of skin cancer? One new study has found a link between vitamin A intake and reduced skin cancer risk. Dietary vitamin A may help reduce the risk of developing a common form of skin cancer.
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In this photo illustration, a container of Johnson’s baby powder made by Johnson and Johnson sits on a table in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images A jury in Kentucky rejected claims that Johnson & Johnson‘s talc-based baby powder contained asbestos and caused mesothelioma, the company said in a statement, a win for
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Blood clotting is a vital process that prevents excessive bleeding following an injury to a blood vessel. However, a blood clot can sometimes form inside a blood vessel that has not sustained any damage. Some clots may also fail to dissolve fully once an injury has healed. These clots can travel through the circulatory system
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In a small clinical study, researchers reported improvements in cognitive function in older adults who drank tart cherry juice every day for 12 weeks. However, the study received industry funding. Is tart cherry juice good for brain health? Cognitive health is the ability to think clearly, remember, and learn new things. Cognitive decline is a
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People may pick their skin occasionally. For example, they might itch a scab or pop a pimple. However, occasional skin picking can develop into a chronic behavior called skin picking disorder, or excoriation disorder. The exact cause of skin picking disorder remains unknown. That said, it may develop alongside other health conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive
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The Endocrine Society have revised their clinical practice guideline on identifying adults at higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. New guidelines recommend that older adults should undergo regular screening for metabolic risk. The previous edition of the guideline was in 2008. The recent revision looks at metabolic risk in the light of
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Having an itchy neck can be frustrating. The itch may appear with or without a rash, and its potential causes include irritants and allergic reactions. Many home remedies, including cold wraps, can help soothe the sensation of itching. Having an itchy neck can range from being very mild to extremely irritating. Along with the itch,
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Binge drinking affects more than one-tenth of older adults in the United States, according to new research. New research finds that a large number of older adults regularly engage in binge drinking. Binge drinking can be harmful for older people because it increases the risk of injuries and falls and the chances of developing chronic
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Many people choose diet soda so that they can enjoy a sweet and bubbly drink without consuming hundreds of calories or getting a hefty dose of sugar. However, numerous studies have found a link between drinking too much diet soda and having serious health conditions, including diabetes, fatty liver, dementia, heart disease, and stroke. In
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The Food and Drugs Administration have approved Strattera and Vyvanse to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adults. Strattera (atomoxetine) and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) have different mechanisms of action to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Strattera is a nonstimulant drug while Vyvanse is a stimulant. There are some differences in their side effects,
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Exercise that builds muscle endurance, or resistance training, can help older adults to preserve their independence and quality of life. It can overcome the loss of muscle mass and strength, build resilience, ease the management of chronic conditions, and reduce physical vulnerability. A new position statement extols the benefits of resistance training for older adults
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A doctor or nurse can use a urinalysis to test a person’s urine for signs of potential problems, such as infections or diseases. It is a standard test that healthcare professionals may use in a variety of settings and situations. A urinalysis is sometimes part of a routine health examination, but it may also aid
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A small amount of mucus in a baby’s poop is likely no cause for concern if there are no other symptoms. However, large quantities of mucus, mucus that appears in several stools in a row, or accompanying signs of diarrhea could each point to an allergy, a gastrointestinal infection, or another problem. The intestines naturally
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Representatives from Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft joined up in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, alongside some of the largest health insurers and hospitals, to announce plans to provide consumers with easier access to their medical information. The group agreed to begin testing a set of technical specifications for sharing for a type of health data
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Stimulant medications are the first-line treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Common symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and difficulty paying attention. Recently, researchers have been investigating several different supplements that may help alleviate ADHD symptoms. In this article, we outline the research into some of the more promising hormone, dietary, and herbal
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President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing the White House en route West Virginia in Washington, July 24, 2019. Mary F. Calvert | Reuters The Trump administration is proposing a rule that would require hospitals to publish the prices that are negotiated with insurers, or risk being fined. The proposed rule, announced Monday,
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Statins are a class of drug that reduces levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. Doctors sometimes refer to this simply as “bad” cholesterol. Statins are some of the only cholesterol lowering drugs that demonstrably reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. This article explores why a person may want to come
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