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…

E-Cig Flavorings May Damage Lining of Blood Vessels

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Flavorings used in e-cigarettes harm blood vessel cells in a way that could trigger future heart damage, a new study suggests. Five flavorings tested in the lab damaged the heart-protective functions of endothelial cells, which line the inside of blood vessels and the heart, said study author Jessica…

Surgical Blood Transfusions Tied to Clot Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Blood transfusions around the time of surgery may raise your risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers report. A new study of U.S. patients found that nearly 1 percent of those who received red blood cells before, during or after surgery developed clots in the following month. Clot risk…

Smoking and Diabetes Linked to Calcium Buildup in Brain

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Smoking and diabetes could increase the risk of abnormal calcium buildup in the brain, a new Dutch study suggests. The study included nearly 2,000 people, average age 78, who visited a memory clinic in the Netherlands. Brain CT scans showed more than 19 percent of them had abnormal…

Impotent? Maybe You Should See a Heart Doctor

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Troubles in the bedroom can be a double whammy for older men: Researchers have found that erectile dysfunction ups the risk for heart disease. Their four-year study concluded that men whose impotence is vascular-related, not emotional, are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or sudden…

AHA: The Link Between HIV and High Blood Pressure

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) — People with HIV are more likely than people without the virus to have high blood pressure, in part because of treatments and repercussions of the condition itself, a new review of research shows. Learning more about the underlying mechanisms of high blood pressure in people with HIV…

Organs From Opioid OD Victims Are Saving Lives: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Another study finds that organ donations from Americans who have died from an opioid overdose have risen dramatically in the past two decades. “We were surprised to learn that almost all of the increased transplant activity in the United States within the last five years is a result…