Medical Breakthroughs

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Teens’ body weight & heart problems + Measles outbreak

Swedish researchers have linked increased body weight in teenage boys to heart attacks before the age of 65. The study looked at more than 1.5 million 18 year old boys. Researchers said parents can do their part by encouraging less screen time. Also, a new study found some college-aged people who were given the mumps vaccine as children are no…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Pre-eclampsia Births + Decline in Cigarette Smoking

A new study in the Lancet found early planned delivery for women with Pre-eclampsia helps reduce complications. British researchers said women with a planned delivery by either induced labor or c-section within 48 hours of a Pre-eclampsia diagnosis lowered their risk of complications and severe hypertension. Plus, almost a billion and a half fewer cigarettes are being smoked each year….

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Increased Risk for Heart Disease + Babies & Opioids + Perks of Fasting

Total deaths from Cardiometabolic disease…including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension have been increasing since 2011. According to a new study from Northwestern University, researchers said the majority of the deaths are preventable, and the main culprit is the rise in obesity. Also, University of Utah researchers said studies on how children fare after being exposed to opioids in the…

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…