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AHA News: Severe Mental Health Disorders May Increase Risk of Death in Men With Heart Failure

AHA News: Severe Mental Health Disorders May Increase Risk of Death in Men With Heart FailureTHURSDAY, Sept. 30, 2021 (American Heart Association News) -- Men with heart failure have worse long-term survival rates if they have severe depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, according to a new study that urges doctors to change the way they treat people with mental disorders.Previous research shows people with these conditions have an earlier onset of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart attack. But little was known about how heart failure, in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs, figures into the equation. The new study was published Sept. 30 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure.Researchers looked at more than 20,000 people with heart failure in the Duke University Health System from 2002 to 2017. During a...

DEA Warns of Fentanyl in Counterfeit Opioid Pills

29 September 2021
DEA Warns of Fentanyl in Counterfeit Opioid PillsWEDNESDAY, Sept. 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- People buying pills that look like prescription opioid painkillers or stimulants who are not buying them from a licensed pharmacy may be buying a lethal drug, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warned this week. This was the first public safety alert the DEA has issued in six years, CNN reported. Many of these counterfeit pills are laced with fentanyl and methamphetamine, the DEA said. Most are produced in Mexico with chemicals supplied by China, CNN reported. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.The agency has seized more than 9.5 million counterfeit pills this year, a 430% increase over the two previous years. These pills are...

MIND Diet May Guard Against Alzheimer's

29 September 2021
MIND Diet May Guard Against Alzheimer`sWEDNESDAY, Sept. 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - The MIND diet may help older people ward off Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds. Developed by the late Martha Clare Morris, who was a Rush University nutritional epidemiologist, and her colleagues, the MIND diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH diets. People in the study who followed the MIND diet even later in life did not develop thinking problems, researchers say."Some people have enough plaques and tangles in their brains to have a postmortem diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, but they do not develop clinical dementia in their lifetime," said researcher Dr. Klodian Dhana, an assistant professor in the division of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago. "Some have the ability to maintain...

Osteoporosis Drug May Keep Type 2 Diabetes at Bay

28 September 2021
Osteoporosis Drug May Keep Type 2 Diabetes at BayTUESDAY, Sept. 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A drug widely used to treat osteoporosis might reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.Taking the drug alendronate (Fosamax) for at least eight years could potentially reduce a person's risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half, compared to people never prescribed the drug, according to findings presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.The study, by Rikke Viggers of Aalborg University Hospital in Denmark and colleagues, provides more insight into the links between osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes, although experts caution against using alendronate as a diabetes medication until more is known."I'm a little hesitant to get all excited about the notion this may be a preventive...

Tough Choices: Chemo That Can Save Kids With Cancer Can Also Damage Hearing

28 September 2021
Tough Choices: Chemo That Can Save Kids With Cancer Can Also Damage HearingTUESDAY, Sept. 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The cancer drug cisplatin can save children's lives, but often with the side effect of hearing loss. Now a new study shows that young children are especially vulnerable, and the hearing damage may begin early in the course of treatment.The researchers said the findings highlight the need to screen kids' hearing during each round of cisplatin treatment, to catch problems early."Cisplatin is the drug of choice for treating solid tumors in children," said Bruce Carleton, senior researcher on the study and director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Program at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada."Solid" tumors are those that form as solid masses, and typically arise in organs (as opposed to the blood or lymph system). Some of the most common...

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