Certain Diabetes Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Amputation

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A specific class of diabetes medication appears to double the risk of losing a leg or foot to amputation, a new study reports. People on sodium-glucose cotransporter2 (SGLT2) inhibitors were twice as likely to require a lower limb amputation as people taking another type of diabetes medication, Scandinavian…

AHA: Vaping May Do Your Heart No Favors

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) — New research shows that electronic cigarettes contain chemicals that cause heart damage, adding to the growing list of concerns about their safety. The study, which will be presented Nov. 12 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago, investigated the effect that e-cigarettes have on…

Could Diabetes Drugs Help Curb Alzheimer's?

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Alzheimer’s patients taking diabetes drugs may have fewer signs of dementia in their brains than similar patients not taking the drugs, new research finds. Specifically, the post-mortem study found that people who’d taken diabetes meds had fewer abnormalities in tiny blood vessels in their brains, and less abnormal…

AHA: Heart Health's Impact on Brain May Begin in Childhood

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A child’s blood pressure could indicate cognition problems into adulthood, according to a new study suggesting the cardiovascular connection to cognitive decline could begin much earlier in life than previously believed. The findings may provide a window into the roots of dementia, for which high blood pressure…

Common Drug Shows Promise Against Lymphedema

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Lisa Hanson was first diagnosed with the leg swelling and fluid retention of lymphedema when she was just 17. Now in her 40s, she reconciled herself to a lifetime of long pants, compression hose and a nightly, hours-long bout with an electric pump to keep the swelling down.…

Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia in Later Life

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — High blood pressure during pregnancy can be a sign of preeclampsia — a potentially life-threatening complication. Now, new research suggests preeclampsia might also make women more vulnerable to a specific type of dementia. Women with a history of preeclampsia were 3.4 times more likely to suffer from vascular…