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Air Pollution Could Cause Bone Loss

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  More studies on the effect of air pollution on our health. Exposure to air pollution might increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. A new Columbia University study followed over 600 adults living in the northeastern United States. People exposed to more fine particulate matter and traffic pollution had lower bone density than those in cleaner communities. These…

Sleep Apnea Linked to Alzheimer’s

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  It’s important to get help for your sleep apnea. In Your Health Minute, sleep apnea may increase the risk of alzheimer’s disease. Researchers form New York University followed over 200 healthy older adults. They found brain plaques associated with alzheimer’s increased over time in people with sleep apnea.   Experts say treatments for apnea like c-pap or dental appliances…

More time with your Doctor Can Improve Your Health

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How much time do you spend with your doctor?   Many patients around the world spend very little time with their primary care doctor. A new British study looked at average appointment lengths in 67 countries. Roughly half of the population had primary care visits lasting less than five minutes. In fact, times ranged from just 48 seconds in Bangladesh…

Lupus Patients Should Screen for Early Onset Dementia

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  Lupus now linked to dementia. New research reveals lupus is linked with an increased risk of dementia. Scientists in Israel followed nearly 5-thousand patients with lupus, an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. They had a 51-percent higher risk of developing dementia than people in the general population.   Researchers say doctors may want to screen for lupus…

Aromatherapy Works

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  Patients give aromatherapy before surgery are less anxious.   A new study finds aromatherapy might help patients relax before surgery. 100 surgical patients received inhalation lavender aromatherapy or standard nursing care while in the pre-op waiting area. The aromatherapy group said they did not feel as anxious as they headed to the operating room. Pre-surgery anxiety is linked with…

Pregnant with Chronic Health Issues at Greater Risk

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  Pregnant women with existing health issues at greater risk.   An increase in chronic illness among young women is putting more mothers and babies at risk. A new study reveals 10 percent of pregnant women in 2014 had at least one chronic condition like asthma , diabetes or a substance abuse disorder. That’s an increase of nearly 40 percent…

Doctors Not Following Their Own Advice

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  Why doctors say they don’t follow their own advice. A new survey suggests doctors are not heeding their own advice when they get sick. Four in ten healthcare workers who came down with the flu said they continued coming to work. Many doctors said they did not feel bad enough to stay home or they felt a professional obligation…

Single People Less Likely to Check their Blood Pressure

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People with partners more likely to do home blood pressure checks. In Your Health Minute, People who live alone are less likely to monitor their blood pressure at home. Doctors recommend home monitoring for all patients with high blood pressure. But, a new study of six thousand adults found people without a partner checked their readings less frequently.   Less…

New Treatment for Alzheimer’s

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  Blood transfusions generate slight improvement in alzheimer’s patients. In Your Health Minute, this could be the beginning of a new therapy for alzheimer’s patients. Scientists at Stanford University experimented with infusing blood plasma of young people into a small group of alzheimer’s patients. As expected, there were no major changes in their moods or memories. But, researchers were surprised…

HPV Related Cancers Affect Groups Differently

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  HPV related cancers do not strike everyone the same.   In Your Health  Minute, Gender, age and race can make a difference in surviving HPV related cancers. A new study shows the five year survival rate was consistently higher among white patients for all HPV associated cancers. Older people tended to die sooner after a diagnosis than younger people…