Further Signs That Too Much Sitting Can Raise Clot Risk

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s been long known that people who sit for extended periods of time run the risk of blood clots. In fact, the condition has been dubbed economy class syndrome because it’s believed it can be brought on by stretches of prolonged immobility on long-distance flights. Now, a new…

Device Might Detect Breast Cancer-Linked Swelling Sooner

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Testing for small changes in the flow of lymph fluids after breast cancer surgery can spot the start of a painful swelling known as lymphedema before it becomes hard to treat, a new study suggests. Evaluating nearly 150 breast cancer patients considered at high risk for lymphedema, researchers…

Gene Therapy May Be Cure for Some With Rare Blood Disorder

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Wanda Sihanath didn’t like the fact that her inherited blood disorder would not allow her to travel far from Chicago to attend college, but what could she do? Without regular transfusions and blood testing, the beta-thalassemia she inherited from her parents could eventually cause her to become dangerously…

New Drugs May Be Big Advance in Lung Cancer Care

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Drugs designed to trigger a patient’s immune system may help boost survival for those battling lung cancer, two new studies found. The first study found that when the immunotherapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) was combined with standard chemotherapy, the chance that a patient would die within the next 11…

FDA Approves AI Device to Spot Diabetic Eye Disease

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Artificial intelligence software that can detect diabetes-related damage to the retina — called diabetic retinopathy — has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The IDx-DR program analyzes images of a patient’s retinas taken with a special camera. The digital images are uploaded to a cloud…

As Menopause Symptoms Get Worse, Heart May Pay a Price

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There could be a link between the severity of a woman’s menopausal symptoms and her risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. While the research couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, it’s “yet another important study which highlights gender-specific risk factors for heart disease,” said Dr. Rachel Bond. She directs…

AHA: Asthma as Kid, Stiffer Arteries as an Adult?

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Having asthma as a child is associated with developing stiff arteries earlier in adulthood, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the journal Hypertension, sought to explore the link between asthma, a chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult, and stiff arteries, which is…

Veggies a Healthy Recipe for Older Women's Hearts

WEDNESDAY, April, 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Eating lots of vegetables may help older women keep their blood vessels healthy, Australian researchers report. The biggest benefit seems to come from cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli. Eating these strong-smelling veggies was linked to less thickening of the carotid arteries, located in the…

Raised Blood Pressure Before Pregnancy Linked to Miscarriage

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young women with elevated blood pressure before pregnancy appear to have a greater risk of miscarriage, even if they haven’t been diagnosed with full-blown high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Risk of pregnancy loss increases about 18 percent for every 10-point increase in a young woman’s diastolic…