|Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age
Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are more easily distracted during thinking and memory tasks than younger people, a new study finds. "Almost any type of memory test administered reveals a decline in memory from the age of 25 on," study co-author Randi Martin, professor of psychology at Rice University, said in a university news release. However, Martin said, this study shows that "environmental interference" has a greater impact on processing ...
Human Brain Has Coping Mechanism for Dehydration
Human Brain Has Coping Mechanism for Dehydration FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The human brain can preserve oxygen to protect itself from the effects of dehydration, a new study finds. Although dehydration significantly reduces blood flow to the brain, researchers in England have found that the brain compensates by increasing the amount of oxygen it extracts from the blood. "This research has helped us understand a lot more about how the human brain responds to extreme exercise in extreme co...
Health Tip: Easing Headache Pain
Health Tip: Easing Headache Pain (HealthDay News) -- Headache symptoms vary, from a sharp pain to a dull throb. Remedies to treat these symptoms are similarly numerous. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for managing and preventing headaches: Apply an ice pack or a heat wrap to your head or neck. Take a hot shower. Take a break from anything stressful. Don't skip breakfast or any other meals. Get plenty of regular exercise. Follow a consistent sleep schedule.
Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke
Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A common inflammatory muscle disorder that causes pain and stiffness in older people may increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, new research suggests. A British study found that patients with polymyalgia rheumatica are more likely to develop vascular disease -- conditions that affect the blood vessels. Doctors should carefully manage the vascular risk factors of patients with polymyalgi...
Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills
Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Following a healthy lifestyle may help childhood cancer survivors reduce their risk for chronic health issues, a new study indicates. Researchers suggested that children with cancer and adults who survived childhood cancer should be educated about how their diet and certain behaviors could affect their health in the future. "These findings are important because they indicate that adults who we...
Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk
Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk (HealthDay News) -- A herniated spinal disk may cause significant pain and discomfort as the disk matter presses on a nearby nerve. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these common risk factors for a herniated disk: Lifting a heavy object improperly. Being a smoker. Being overweight, which adds strain to the disks of the lower back. Engaging in repetitive activities that stress the lower back.
Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says
Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly checking the pulse of a stroke survivor may help prevent another stroke, researchers report. "Screening pulse is the method of choice for checking for irregular heartbeat for people over age 65 who have never had a stroke. Our study shows it may be a safe, effective, noninvasive and easy way to identify people who might need more thorough monitoring to prevent a second stroke," said study aut...
Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends
Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even though its use is often advised by doctors, the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol -- does not help treat lower back pain, according to a new Australian study. The researchers found the drug was no more effective than a dummy pill for more than 1,600 people suffering from acute lower back pain. Besides showing no effect in easing discomfort, the study also found the drug was no h...
Injuries on the Increase in High School Lacrosse, Study Shows
Injuries on the Increase in High School Lacrosse, Study Shows TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High school lacrosse players are facing an increasing number of injuries during practices as well as games, a new study finds. Although the most common injuries are sprains and strains, more than 22 percent are concussions, researchers report. They note a better understanding of why these injuries are happening could lead to better ways to protect student athletes. "Concern over concussions in both b...
Study Casts Doubt on Costly Treatment for Leg Clots
Study Casts Doubt on Costly Treatment for Leg Clots TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two treatments that break up blood clots deep in the veins of the legs appear no different in terms of death risk. However, one results in a greater risk of bleeding and average hospitalization bills that are three times the cost of the other treatment, a new study finds. The standard treatment for these clots -- known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) -- is blood-thinning medications and compression stockings. Th...
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