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Health News for 03/31/14

March 31, 2014

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Health Tip: Massage Your Feet

Massaging your feet can help manage pain, minimize tension and improve circulation and muscle stimulation.
More Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps People With Diabetes

Weight-loss surgery might do more than help people shed pounds. For some who have the surgery, it may also put type 2 diabetes into remission for several years, a new study suggests.
Raised Risk of Heart Trouble Seen in Celiac Disease Patients

People with celiac disease have a nearly twofold increased risk of heart disease compared to those without the chronic digestive disorder, according to a new study.
Study Ties Daylight Saving Time Change to Rise in Heart Attacks

Setting the clocks ahead one hour in the spring may not only force you to wake up earlier -- it may also increase your short-term risk of a heart attack, a new study suggests.
Space Travel Alters Shape of Human Heart, Study Reports

The hearts of astronauts become more spherical when they spend long stretches of time in space, and this change might lead to heart problems, a new study indicates.
New Blood Pressure Guidelines May Take Millions of Americans Off Meds

About 5.8 million American adults may no longer be prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure under recently revised guidelines, according to a new study.
Fluorescent Dye May Help Spot Date-Rape Drug in Drinks

Researchers say they've developed a simple new test that quickly detects the date-rape drug GHB in drinks.
Preventive Steroids May Not Help Heart Bypass

Although steroids are often given to patients undergoing heart bypass surgery, a large new study suggests this common practice has no benefit and could actually be harmful.
Diabetes Treatment Falls Short as Heart Failure Drug in Study

A drug commonly used to treat diabetes does not help prevent heart failure in non-diabetics who've had a heart attack, according to a new study.
Blood Test Shows Promise for Gauging Heart Attack Risk After Chest Pain

Though more study needs to be done, new research suggests that a simple blood test could help predict the heart attack risk of patients experiencing chest pain.
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Boost a Man's Sex Life: Study

Anti-cholesterol drugs known as statins may help impotent men have stronger erections, a new evidence review suggests.
New Drug Lowers Cholesterol Beyond What Statins Can Do, Study Finds

Two studies find that an experimental cholesterol-lowering drug is effective when combined with statins and beats another add-on drug when it comes to helping hard-to-treat patients.
Can Diet Soft Drinks Contribute to Heart Trouble in Women?

Women who are heavy consumers of diet drinks might be more likely to experience heart attacks, dangerous blood clots and other cardiovascular problems than those who rarely or never consume artificially sweetened beverages, according to a large, new study.
Topamax Approval for Migraines Expanded to Younger Users

U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the drug Topamax (topiramate) to prevent migraine headaches has been expanded to include adolescents 12 years to 17 years, the agency said Friday.
Monday Is Deadline to Sign Up for Obamacare

Today is the deadline for most people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the controversial healthcare-reform law.
Health Highlights: March 31, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Aspirin May Not Protect Heart After Non-Cardiac Surgeries: Study

Giving aspirin to patients around the time of surgery may do them more harm than good, a large new study finds.
Long-Acting Clotting Agent Approved for Form of Hemophilia

MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) The drug Alprolix has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first long-acting hemophilia B clotting agent, the FDA said in a news release.

 

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