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Blood Pressure Controlled Best by Patient
Blood Pressure Controlled Best by Patient
August 28, 2014

Patients with hypertension who monitored their own blood pressure at home, and adjusted their medications accordingly, had better blood pressure readings after a year than those who were under the care of their doctor, a new study shows.

Although the patients who cared for themselves weren't completely on their own, they did not have to consult their doctor every time they increased the dosage on their blood pressure drugs if it fell within the doctor's general treatment plan, the Associated Press reported.

Why this was so wasn't clear, but the researchers suggested that these patients might have been more vigilant in their own care than their doctor would have been, the AP reported. The findings were published Aug. 27 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Tomatoes may reduce prostate cancer risk
Tomatoes may reduce prostate cancer risk
August 28, 2014

Eating tomatoes may lower your risk for prostate cancer by nearly 20 percent, according to a U.K. study.

Scientists from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford assessed the diets and lifestyles of 1,806 prostate cancer patients between the ages of 50 and 69, and compared them to that of 12,005 cancer-free men.

The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, found that men who ate more than 10 servings a week of tomatoes reduced their risk for prostate cancer by 18 percent. Study authors believe the decreased risk was a result of consuming large amounts of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes which helps fight off toxins that can cause DNA and cell damage.

"Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention," lead researcher, Vanessa Er, said in the release. "However, further studies need to be conducted to confirm our findings, especially through human trials. Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active."

Researchers also looked at the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research's (AICR) recommendations on physical activity, diet and body weight for cancer prevention and found that for prostate cancer, only the guidelines on eating plant foods - high intake of fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber - were associated with decreased risk.

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All Pregnant Women Need Flu Shot
All Pregnant Women Need Flu Shot
August 21, 2014

A group representing U.S. obstetricians is calling for all pregnant women to get a flu shot.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), several studies released in recent years have upheld the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccination during pregnancy.

"The flu virus is highly infectious and can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women, as it can cause pneumonia, premature labor, and other complications," Dr. Laura Riley, chair of the college's Immunization Expert Work Group, explained in an ACOG news release.

"Vaccination every year, early in the season and regardless of the stage of pregnancy, is the best line of defense," she advised.

The best time to get vaccinated is early in the flu season, regardless of the stage of pregnancy, the guidelines state. However, pregnant women can get a flu shot at any time during flu season, which typically lasts from October to May.

All women who are or become pregnant during the flu season should get the inactivated flu vaccine, which is also safe for women who have just given birth and those who are breast-feeding. However, pregnant women should not be given the live attenuated version of the flu vaccine (the nasal mist), according to the guidelines.

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Love thy neighbour, it's good for the heart
Love thy neighbour, it's good for the heart
August 21, 2014

Ever felt like your neighbour's antics could drive you to an early grave?

Well, there may be reason for concern, said researchers who reported a link Tuesday between having good neighbours and a healthier heart.

"Having good neighbours and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual's heart attack risk," said a statement that accompanied a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Heart and blood vessel diseases are the number one cause of death globally, claiming some 15 million lives in 2010, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study.

Research into neighbourhoods and health had in the past focused on negative impacts through factors like fast-food restaurant density, violence, noise, traffic, poor air quality, vandalism and drug use, said the study authors.

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Sleep Problems Linked With Increased Risk Of Suicide In Older Adults
Sleep Problems Linked With Increased Risk Of Suicide In Older Adults
August 14, 2014

It's a popular misconception that older adults need less sleep. Actually, our need for shuteye doesn't diminish with age at all. If anything, the quality of our sleep appears to be even more important as we age. And a new study has found that a lot of tossing and turning in the middle of the night may actually have a very dangerous risk factor attached to it.

Problems sleeping have been linked with increased risk of suicide in the elderly, according to new research published in the Journal of American Medicine Association today. These findings bridge the gap between previous studies, which have already shown that older adults suffer from both poor sleep and higher suicide rates.

Rebecca A. Bernert, PhD, director of the Suicide Prevention Research Laboratory at Stanford University, looked at 420 adults with an average age of 75. Utilizing in-person interviews and self-reported data in her 10-year study, Bernert found that difficulty falling asleep and non-restorative sleep put subjects at 1.4 times greater risk for suicide -- 1.2 when controlled for depression, which is still a statistically significant finding.

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Fish-eaters may keep more gray matter in old age
Fish-eaters may keep more gray matter in old age
August 14, 2014

Eating baked or broiled fish at least once a week may preserve parts of the brain that are hit hard by aging, according to a small new study.

Brain scans showed that people over age 65 who regularly ate fish had 14 percent more gray matter in brain regions associated with memory and 4 percent more in areas devoted to cognition than people who didn't consume fish regularly.

The effect was independent of omega-3 fatty acids in the study participants' blood, suggesting that a fondness for fish is a sign of an overall healthy lifestyle that benefits the brain, researchers said.

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Lack of vitamin D linked to higher dementia risk
Lack of vitamin D linked to higher dementia risk
August 7, 2014

Older people who do not get enough vitamin D face a much higher risk of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, the largest study of its kind on the topic said Wednesday.

People get vitamin D from sunlight and from oily fish like salmon, tuna or mackerel, as well as milk, eggs and cheese. It is also available in supplement form.

Reporting in the journal Neurology, international researchers found that people who were severely deficient in vitamin D were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's disease as people who got enough.

The findings were based on a study of 1,658 adults aged 65 and over, who were healthy and able to walk without assistance.

The participants were followed for six years. By that point, 171 participants had developed dementia and 102 had Alzheimer's disease.

Those who were moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia of any kind. Those who were severely deficient saw their risk increase to 125 percent over those with adequate levels of vitamin D.

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Daily Aspirin May Help Prevent Cancer
Daily Aspirin May Help Prevent Cancer
August 7, 2014

Taking aspirin every day appears to reduce the odds of developing and dying from colon, stomach or esophageal cancer, a new study suggests.

Based on a review of available studies, researchers determined that the benefits of aspirin therapy for preventing cancer outweigh the risks. Millions of people already take this inexpensive drug to prevent or treat heart disease.

"We came to the conclusion that most people between the ages of 50 and 65 would benefit from a daily aspirin," said lead researcher Jack Cuzick, head of the Center for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary, University of London.

"It looks like if everyone took a daily aspirin, there would be less cancer, and that would far outweigh any side effects," added Cuzick.

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