Dee Armstrong

Some Acid Reflux Meds can Cause Health Problems

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Acid reflux meds have side effects. In Your Health Minute, researchers in Hong Kong followed over 60-thousand adults being treated for acid reflux. Patients taking proton pump inhibitors had double the risk of developing stomach cancer over the next seven years. Those who took PPI’s daily for more than one year had the highest risk. Other reflux medications, however, like…

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND DRIVING

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Patients say their doctors never told them about the effect their prescription drugs would have on their driving.   In Your Health Minute, many people are not aware that some prescription drugs can impair their ability to drive. Researchers at West Virginia University surveyed over seven thousand adults. About 15-percent of those taking sedatives or narcotics said they had not…

Some Insurance Won’t Pay for New Cholesterol drugs

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Some patients don’t have access to the cholesterol drugs they need.  In Your Health Minute, A new study reveals many patients with very high cholesterol  can’t get medications that could help. In fact, more than half failed to get insurance approval for a new class of drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors. They work to remove bad cholesterol from the blood. Many…

Cash is a Major Incentive to Quit Smoking

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  In Your Health Minute,  cash might be more powerful than nicotine. Researchers from Boston Medical Center developed a personalized intervention to help smokers kick the habit. Along with counseling and nicotine replacement, they provided a financial reward for quitting. Nearly 10 percent had quit smoking after six months compared to just one percent of those who were not getting…

Are You Taking an Aspirin a Day?

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To take or not to take aspirin.   In Your Health Minute,  a new study compared patients who had been prescribed aspirin for at least six months with non aspirin users. The aspirin group was significantly less likely to develop digestive cancers, such as liver, stomach and colon cancer. They also had a lower risk of certain cancers outsie the…

Regular Bursts of Vigorous Exercise to Lose Weight

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High intensity exercises promote weight loss. In Your Health Minute, a new study of more than 4 thousand fitness professionals finds a majority recommend high intensity interval exercises for weight loss. High intensity interval training is made up of bursts of vigorous exercise followed by short periods of rest. Despite the popularity of this exercise there is a higher risk…

Do E-Cigarettes Lead Teens to Cigarettes?

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Study says E-Cigarettes lead to Cigarettes in Teens. In Your Health Minute, A new study reveals the use of e-cigarettes by high school students may lead to cigarette smoking. Researchers followed over 44-thousand teens in Canada. Those who used e-cigarettes were more likely to start and continue smoking cigarettes for least a year. However, overall smoking rates have decreased over…

Moms Asked to Donate to Public Cord Blood Banks

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Mother’s being asked to donate placenta cord blood. In Your Health Minute, This country’s leading pediatricians are encouraging the use of public cord blood banks. Cord blood, which is taken from the placenta of newborns, is used to treat children with fatal diseases. Public cord blood banks serve patients worldwide while private cord banks only serve the family that donated….

Children With Dogs Protected against Eczema and Asthma

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What do to if you’re allergic to your dog.   In Your Health Minute, Dogs might protect against childhood eczema and asthma. New research shows babies born to mothers who had a dog during their pregnancy had a lower risk of eczema until the age of 10. But, dogs had two different effect on children with asthma. Contact with bacteria…

Study says Doctors could Prevent Some Peanut Allergies

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Doctors not advising parents on how to possibly cure peanut allergies in children. In Your Health Minute, new guidelines suggest giving infants traces of peanuts to help prevent an allergy but many doctors don’t follow them. Surveys from 80 pediatricians show only 11 percent regularly discuss the topic with parents. And…nearly half do not refer high risk children, like those…