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AHA News: Statins May Do Double Duty on Heart Disease and Cancer

AHA News: Statins May Do Double Duty on Heart Disease and CancerMONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- About 40 million adults in the U.S. take a statin to lower their cholesterol and reduce the risk for heart disease. They might also be getting an added anti-cancer benefit, a growing body of evidence suggests. Scientists first began investigating a connection between statins and cancer while looking at the drug's potential long-term side effects. Early animal studies that showed statins could spur cancer growth in rodents initially raised concerns. But results in people from observational studies and randomized controlled trials investigating the effect of statins on heart disease have quelled fears. These studies didn't show higher cancer rates. In fact, they have suggested people taking statins are less likely to be...

Seniors Still Wary of Online Reviews When Picking Doctors

6 January 2020
Seniors Still Wary of Online Reviews When Picking DoctorsMONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Most older Americans don't fully rely on or trust online ratings of doctors, a new study finds. Among men and women between the ages of 50 and 80, only 43% have looked online to see how patients rated a doctor, researchers report. Of these, two-thirds chose a doctor because of good online ratings and reviews, according to the National Poll on Healthy Aging, conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy. More than 2,000 older adults were canvassed and the results were published Jan. 6. But online reviews were given as much weight as what these older adults heard from family and friends. "People of all ages are turning to the web to find information, so it is not surprising that older Americans are looking up...

Victoria's Secret Models Are Skinnier Now, as Average...

6 January 2020
Victoria`s Secret Models Are Skinnier Now, as Average Woman`s Waistline WidensMONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For the average American woman, it's now tougher than ever before to match the "ideal" beauty set by supermodels, new research shows. Even as the average dress size for a U.S. woman rises, the measurements of the average Victoria's Secret model have shrunk, according to researchers at Boston University School of Medicine. For the study, the researchers tracked the measurements of models representing the popular lingerie maker for the years 1995 to 2018. What they found suggests that the ideal of "beauty" has moved even further away from everyday reality. Victoria's Secret models have become progressively thinner over time, with smaller busts, waist, hips and dress sizes. At the same time, "the average American woman's waist circumference...

Health Tip: Safety Steps if Your Child is Home Alone

6 January 2020
(HealthDay News) -- If your child is going to be home alone, it's a good idea to have the child check in periodically, says the American Red Cross. For older children, ground rules about having friends over and cooking should also be established. The Red Cross mentions other steps parents should take: Post an emergency phone list where a child can see it. Practice emergency plans with your child. Remove or safely store dangerous items, such as guns and power tools. Make sure medicine is out of a child's reach. Make sure your home has working smoke alarms. Install safety covers on unused electrical outlets. If your child is not responsible enough to stay home alone, the Red Cross reminds parents that there may be other options, including child care programs at schools and youth...

Health Tip: Protect Yourself From Household Chemicals

6 January 2020
(HealthDay News) -- From certain paints to some detergents, common household items can contain toxic chemicals, says the Cleveland Clinic. To protect yourself from household chemicals, Cleveland Clinic urges: When working with oven cleaners, wear an apron, gloves and goggles. Ensure that the area you're using chemicals in is well-ventilated. Wear latex dishwashing gloves when using antibacterial cleaners. Wash your hands immediately if you get chemicals on your skin. Opt for non-toxic cleaners, if possible.

Ozone, Wood Smoke Raise Odds of COPD in Smokers and Nonsmokers

5 January 2020
Ozone, Wood Smoke Raise Odds of COPD in Smokers and NonsmokersMONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of ozone and wood smoke each increase the risk for lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among smokers and nonsmokers alike, two new studies find. People with COPD gradually lose their ability to draw a decent breath. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause, but COPD also can be caused by regular exposure to lung irritants. In one study of nearly 1,900 participants, researchers found that exposure to high levels of ozone over a decade increased the likelihood of COPD. For every 5-parts-per-billion increase in 10-year ozone exposure, the risk for COPD increased 16%, the findings showed. The same increase in ozone was also linked with greater odds of emphysema and a worse quality of life, the study...

Health Care Is Top Concern for U.S. Veterans

3 January 2020
Health Care Is Top Concern for U.S. VeteransFRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- After discharge, military veterans are most concerned about their physical and mental health, a new study finds. Although most vets are satisfied with their work and social relationships, they are less happy with their health care. Most are coping with chronic physical or mental health conditions, researchers found. "What remains to be seen is whether those veterans with health conditions -- which were more commonly experienced by deployed veterans -- continue to maintain high levels of well-being in other life domains over time," said lead author Dawne Vogt, a research psychologist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. "Given that it is well-established that health problems can erode functioning in other...

Ever Get a Rash from Your Skin Cream or Makeup? Here's Why

3 January 2020
Ever Get a Rash from Your Skin Cream or Makeup? Here`s WhyFRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Skin creams and cosmetics can sometimes produce rashes instead of a beautiful complexion, but why has been a mystery until now. A new study suggests that some chemicals in these products remove natural fats in skin cells, which might be why they trigger allergic reactions. When the immune system spots something foreign, its T-cells spring into action, the researchers explained. "However, many small compounds that trigger allergic contact dermatitis lack the chemical groups needed for this [allergic] reaction to occur," said study author Annemieke de Jong, an assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. "These small chemicals should be invisible to T-cells, but [sometimes] they're...

Smog May Be Bad for Your Bones

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution not only raises the risk of lung cancer, stroke and respiratory diseases, but it is also bad for your bones, a new study suggests. The...

U.S. Saw Big Rise in Meth, Fentanyl Use in 2019

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A study of over 1 million urine drug tests from across the United States shows soaring rates of use of methamphetamines and fentanyl, often used together...

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