Medical Breakthroughs

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Beating cancer + Heart attacks in women

Beating cancer is often followed by a new health challenge. According to a study in “The Lancet,” cancer survivors have a greater risk of developing blood clots and heart problems. The researchers said survivors should be closely monitored for signs of cardiovascular disease. Plus, a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association aimed to dispel the myth that…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Measles outbreaks + Blood pressure meds + Why you should spend time outside

Summer is not bringing an end to the measles outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control said 21 new cases were confirmed in the past week. That brings the total so far this year to more than 1200 in 30 different states. The CDC said most cases are among people who were not vaccinated. And a new study said boosting patients’…

Secondhand Smoke + Reducing Opioid Prescriptions + Multitasking: Men vs. Women

More than a third of non-smoking children and teens in the U.S. are exposed to secondhand smoke according to new C.D.C. statistics. The percentage is higher for those between the ages of 3 to 11 than for adolescents and teens. The CDC also said the exposure increased as family income decreased. Plus, a new initiative in Michigan is having success…

Intervention for Parents who Smoke + Dangers of Dentures

A new study suggests pediatricians can help parents quit smoking when bringing their child in for an office visit. Researchers in Massachusetts found intervention services offering parents who smoke nicotine patches, gum, and other support, resulted in a 2% decline in smoking rates over a one year period. Plus, a warning from doctors in the U.K. for patients wearing dentures….

Napping & Alzheimers + Benefits of Aspirin on Breast Cancer

New research blames the protein tau for attacking parts of the brain responsible for staying awake during the day. Excessive napping often develops in Alzheimer’s patients long before memory problems surface. Now, scientists at the University of California said that’s because tau buildup destroys the neurons responsible for staying awake. They said focusing on the role of tau could hold…

New Autism Genes Discovered + Tonsils Removal & Opioids + How to Fastly Recover from a C-Section

Researchers have identified dozens of genes that increase the risk of autism. The study at UCLA tracked families with at least two autistic children. It found 69 genes associated with the disorder, including 16 that are new to the list. Scientists said understanding the biology of autism could lead to better therapies. Plus, six out of ten children who get…

Major Surgery & Impact on the Brain + How Much Caffeine is Too Much?

Major surgery is associated with small, long-term decline in brain functioning. That’s according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers tracked 7,500 patients for 20 years, they and found those who had undergone major surgery lost an extra five months of natural brain aging. Plus, new research in Boston finds three or more caffeinated drinks a day…

Dementia Patients in Nursing Homes + Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug + Poultry & Breast Cancer

Most older adults with advancing dementia do not end up living in a nursing home. That’s according to a new study at the University of California where researchers analyzed a sample of medicare recipients with moderately severe dementia. They found that more than 68% still lived at home. Plus: The drug, Naloxone, has helped thousands of overdose victims, but despite…

The Latest on Pregnancy & Toddler Tantrums + Autism & Speaking + Social Media Under the Influence

A British study suggested conflicts between expectant couples may be linked to behavior problems in their toddlers. Research on first-time parents found moms who were stressed out during pregnancy were more likely to see their two-year-olds display temper tantrums, restlessness, and spitefulness. The study highlighted the need for support for expectant fathers as well as mothers. Plus, A large Stanford…

The Truth about Frailty and Stem Cell Treatment for Heart Failure

A Landmark International study describes frailty as a medical condition, not an inevitable result of aging. Researchers in Australia found patients over sixty years old with symptoms like low energy, weak grip, slow walking, or unexplained weight loss were likely to be diagnosed as ‘frail’. Doctors said muscle strength training and protein supplements may prevent or delay frailty. Plus, doctors…