Fewer Dialysis Patients Facing Leg Amputations

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Losing a leg is one of the most traumatic consequences of advanced kidney disease, but the risk of amputations has dropped significantly since 2000, a new study finds. Between 2000 and 2014, amputations among U.S. patients with end-stage kidney disease who were receiving dialysis were cut by 51…

Life Is Short After Dementia Diagnosis, No Matter Your Age

SUNDAY, July 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your age doesn’t determine how long you’ll live after a dementia diagnosis, new research contends. “These findings suggest that, despite all efforts, and despite being younger and perhaps physically ‘healthier’ than older people, survival time in people with young-onset dementia has not improved since 2000,” said study author…

When 'Good' Cholesterol Is Bad for Older Women

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — HDL cholesterol may be known as the “good” kind, but a new study suggests high levels of it are not always a good thing for women after menopause. The study, of nearly 1,400 postmenopausal women, found that those with higher HDL levels were more likely to show “plaques”…

Heart Risks Tied to Transwomen's Hormone Therapy

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Transwomen who undergo hormone therapy may face higher chances of blood clots, stroke and heart attack, a new study suggests. The term transwoman refers to a woman who is designated male at birth. Some undergo hormone therapy to minimize their male characteristics and maximize female traits. “While our…

More Evidence That Supplements Won't Help Your Heart

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s another study suggesting that the vitamin and mineral supplements bought by millions of Americans do nothing to stave off heart disease. This time, the finding stems from an analysis of 18 studies conducted between 1970 and 2016. Each one looked at how vitamins and mineral supplements —…

AHA: New Insights Into Sickle Cell and Stroke Risk

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Sickle cell disease increases the risk of stroke for African Americans — but recent research shows carrying the genetic trait for sickle cell doesn’t. It’s a new layer on the study and treatment of these inherited conditions affecting red blood cells, and experts say it should prompt…

Reduce Weight, Reduce the Arthritic Knee Pain

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many aging Americans are both overweight and burdened by arthritis of the knees. New research shows that shedding those excess pounds can mean shedding joint pain, too. “This study adds to the evidence that weight loss is one of the few truly effective nonsurgical measures to reduce pain…