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Warfarin and Risk of Bleeding Concord NH

Warfarin is effective in preventing blood clots that can cause stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm) and other diseases, but the drug has a narrow therapeutic range in which it prevents strokes but doesn't cause bleeding, according to the researchers. This means that effective warfarin treatment requires regular laboratory monitoring to ensure warfarin levels remain in the range that lowers the risk of stroke without increasing the risk of bleeding.

Valcyte for Cytomegalovirus in Children Concord NH

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Valcyte (valganciclovir hydrochloride) to prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease in children 4 months to 16 years who are undergoing kidney or heart transplant, Swiss drug maker Roche said Monday.

Vaccine for Lung Disease Concord NH

A recently developed pneumonia vaccine may be more effective in preventing infections in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than the vaccine that is typically used, new research suggests.

Thin Thighs and Heart Disease Concord NH

Thin thighs might look good in jeans, but a new Danish study indicates they might also raise the risk of premature death and heart disease in both men and women in Concord. That's not to say fat thighs confer any survival benefit, the researchers stressed. Rather, the study of nearly 3,000 men and women who were followed for more than 12 years found the ideal thigh measurement was in the neighborhood of 60 centimeters, about 24 inches.

The Mammography Process Concord NH

When a U.S. government task force recommended that women wait until they're 50 to get their first mammogram to check for breast cancer, reaction was swift. Critics such as the American Cancer Society vowed to stand by its advice that annual screening begin at age 40 for women of average risk. The American College of Radiology agreed.

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Anemia in Pregnancy Concord NH

While you may not be anemic when you are not pregnant, you are at a greater risk for anemia during your pregnancy. The following article offers insight to the dangers of anemia during pregnancy and child birth.

Benefits of Eating Fish Concord NH

You'll get more heart-healthy benefits from omega-3 fatty acids if you eat baked or boiled fish instead of fried, dried or salted fish, according to a new study, which also found that adding low-sodium soy sauce or tofu is a good idea for women.

Biotech Soybeans and Omega-3 Concord NH

Oil from genetically modified soybeans boosts levels of an important omega-3 fatty acid in the body, which may reduce the risk of heart attacks, U.S. researchers say. They created soybeans that produce oils rich in stearidonic acid (SDA), which is converted by the body into an omega-3 fatty acid called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

Bipolar Disorder and Body Clock Concord NH

Bipolar disorder is often characterized by circadian rhythm abnormalities, and this is particularly true among pediatric bipolar patients. Decreased sleep has even been noted as one of the earliest symptoms discriminating children with bipolar disorder from those with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Blood Thinners Concord NH

After years of little progress, three new trials suggest that the latest generation of blood thinners may outperform the old standbys warfarin and clopidogrel (Plavix). In one study, dabigatran etexilate (marketed as Pradax in Canada and Pradaxa in Europe; it is not yet approved in the United States) proved to be safe in preventing blood clots when patients were treated for acute coronary syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that might indicate a heart attack.

Breast Cancer and Heart Health Concord NH

The over-activity of a gene known to boost a woman's risk for breast cancer may have a good side, making arteries healthier, a new study suggests. The study, performed in mice, also found that when this gene, called BRCA1, is turned off, it promotes an inflammation that can lead to atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.

Choosing a Doctor or Midwife Concord NH

The following article offers advice when it comes to choosing a Doctor or a Midwife for the birth of your baby. The article gives the distinctions between the different types of OB/GYN specialties.

Diuretics for High Blood Pressure Concord NH

Tried-and-true diuretics maintain their status as the best first-line treatment in older men and women with high blood pressure, new research concludes. The thiazide-type diuretic chlorthalidone outshone three other treatments -- a calcium channel blocker, an ACE inhibitor and an alpha-receptor blocker -- in most areas, especially in lowering the incidence of stroke and heart failure, according to the most current data from a large ongoing study known as ALLHAT (Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial).

Ectopic Pregnancies Concord NH

Learna bout what Ectopic Pregnancy is and how this can affect childbirth. If you are expecting, it is vital that you understand when an Ectopic Pregnancy can occur, as it poses a health risk for you and your unborn child.

Endometriosis Concord NH

Affecting pregnancy, Endometriosis is a health problem that affects some 5% of women of the childbearing age. This article provides a list of symptoms and treatment suggestions, which include, birth control pills, laser surgery, pregnancy and having a baby.

Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Before Birth Affects DNA Concord NH

Women who smoke while pregnant increase their unborn child's long-term risk for health problems, including childhood asthma, cardiovascular disease and lower pulmonary function, and a new study may help experts understand why.

Folic Acid Fortification and Cancer Risk Concord NH

Since 1998, many countries have mandated folic acid (vitamin B9) fortification of foods to decrease the incidence of neural-tube defects in newborns. By October 2009, the flour produced in these countries, plus the flour that is fortified voluntarily, represented 30 percent of the world's wheat flour produced in large mills. In addition, some 40 percent of those living in the United States also take dietary supplements containing folic acid, the researchers noted.

Healthy Eating Tips for Kids Concord NH

The following are some tips on healthy eating for kid.

Healthy Pregnancy Concord NH

Research suggests that having multiple sclerosis puts pregnant women at slightly higher risk for giving birth via cesarean deliveries or having babies that grow at a slower rate in the womb. But the researchers, whose findings were published online Nov. 18 in Neurology, also reported that pregnant women with MS were not more likely than other women to develop such conditions as preeclampsia or premature rupture of membranes.

Heart Attack Treatment Concord NH

There's a message for doctors, hospitals and communities in guidelines for treatment of coronary disease and heart attacks: Get organized. Every community should have an organized system of emergency care for heart attacks, including programs to identify patients before they get to hospitals and strategies for getting them to medical centers equipped to perform artery-opening procedures, say the guidelines issued by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Heart Disease Concord NH

Hardening of the arteries may have more of a family history -- the human family tree -- than was once thought. Modern-day imaging techniques have unearthed hardening of the arteries -- or atherosclerosis, which causes heart attacks and stroke -- in mummies up to 3,500 years old.

Heartburn Drugs and Blood Thinner Concord NH

Combining the antacid Prilosec with the popular blood thinner Plavix (clopidogrel) can cut the effectiveness of Plavix by half, putting patients at risk for heart attack or stroke, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

High Risk Pregnancy Facts Concord NH

The following article explores some of the factors that may contribute to a high risk pregnancy. Remember, some do not show high risk issues until later on in their pregnancy, so it is important to see a doctor for regular check-ups.

High-Impact Activity for Bones Concord NH

Playing high-impact sports might help boost bone mineral density in mature athletes. The finding stemmed from a study of male and female athletes, aged 50 to 93, who took part in the 2005 National Senior Games in Pittsburgh, including 560 who competed in high-impact sports such as basketball, road racing, track and field, triathlon and volleyball.

Holiday Eating without the Guilt Concord NH

If you love the five-week holiday smorgasbord from Thanksgiving to New Year's, but are already stressing about the added pounds you'll have to sweat off come Jan. 1, help is at hand. Have a look at some tips on holiday eating.

Honey for MRSA Concord NH

Manuka honey, known for its anti-microbial properties, might kill MRSA bacteria. A new study from the University of Wales Institute-Cardiff suggests that the honey, made solely from flowers found on the New Zealand manuka bush, inhibits several proteins, especially the FabI protein, which is needed for fatty acid biosynthesis. The study was to be presented this week at a meeting in Scotland of the Society for General Microbiology.

Impacts of Smoking During Pregnancy Concord NH

With exposure to both cigarettes and lead, the chances of having ADHD soared. Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy and whose blood showed signs of lead exposure had eight times the risk of having ADHD.

Kids Health Suffers from Smoke Concord NH

Secondhand smoke harms the cardiovascular health of children, especially toddlers and obese youngsters, U.S. researchers say. Their study of 52 toddlers (aged 2 to 5) and 107 adolescents (aged 9 to 18) found an association between the amount of second hand smoke exposure and a marker of vascular injury in toddlers. This link was two times greater in obese toddlers, the study authors noted.

Kids with High IQs Live Longer Concord NH

Children with high IQs live longer, but it is not clear exactly what role IQ plays in longevity, new British research shows. Previous studies have shown an association between IQ and mortality, but an explanation for that has proved elusive. This is an important question because identifying those mechanisms would help in understanding the origins of health inequalities, the researchers said in Concord.

Late Preterm Births Concord NH

The percentage of babies born preterm in the United States rose by more than 20 percent from 1990 to 2006, most delivered at the end of the preterm period, federal health officials report. Every day in the United States, more than 900 of these "late preterm" births occur, adding up to 333,461 a year, according to the report, Born A Bit Too Early: Recent Trends in Late Preterm Births, issued by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.

Lifelong Exercise for Heart Health Concord NH

Lifelong exercise helps seniors keep their hearts healthy, new research shows. The study included healthy people over age 65 -- without chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure -- who were recruited from another study in which they'd been reporting their weekly physical activity for the previous 15 to 25 years.

Low Vitamin D Levels and Heart Disease Concord NH

If your levels of vitamin D are too low, you may be at significantly increased risk for stroke, heart disease and death, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 27,686 people, aged 50 and older, with no history of cardiovascular disease. The participants were divided into three groups based on their vitamin D levels: normal (more than 30 nanograms per milliliter), low (15 to 30 nanograms per milliliter), or very low (less than 15 nanograms per milliliter).

Mammograms for Women Concord NH

Women don't need to start having mammograms to screen for breast cancer until they're 50, and they only need to have those exams every other year, new government guidelines suggest. Also, breast self-exams, which women have been urged to do routinely, have not helped lower the death rate from breast cancer, the guidelines add.

Medical Tests for Heart Patients Concord NH

Heart attack patients arriving at the hospital typically receive the radiation equivalent of 725 chest X-rays from medical tests during that single hospital stay, new research shows. The average exposure was 14.5 millisieverts (mSv), about one-third the annual maximum of 50 mSv allowed radiation workers and more than five times the amount of background radiation Americans get from just going about their business in any given year.

Methamphetamine for Pregnant Rehab Patients Concord NH

The number of expectant mothers in Concord seeking treatment for methamphetamine abuse tripled from 1994 to 2006. In 1994, methamphetamine use accounted for 8 percent of all admissions for pregnant women, but by 2006 that number was 24 percent, the researchers report.

Migraine and Stroke Concord NH

People who suffer migraines have more than double the risk of ischemic stroke, and the risk is especially high in women, a new study has found. Ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off by plaque accumulation or a blood clot.

Moderate-Fat Diet May Reduce Heart Risks Concord NH

A moderate-fat diet may work better than a low-fat regimen for people suffering from metabolic syndrome, a collection of conditions putting them at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, new research finds.

Morphine for Cancer Patients Concord NH

Two new studies add to growing evidence that morphine and other opiate-based painkillers may promote the growth and spread of cancer cells. The papers, scheduled to be presented Wednesday at an international cancer conference in Boston, also demonstrate how preventing opiates from reaching lung cancer cells reduces cancer cell proliferation, invasion and migration.

MRI for Deep Endometriosis Concord NH

Endometriosis can cause chronic pain in the pelvis and lower back, lead to painful sexual intercourse and menstrual cramps, and result in fatigue and infertility.

New Wiring Adds Risk When Replacing Pacemaker Concord NH

Replacing or adding wiring increases the risk of major complications for patients having surgery to replace a pacemaker or other heart rhythm-stabilizing device, a new study finds. U.S. researchers analyzed complication rates among patients enrolled in the REPLACE prospective multicenter registry who underwent replacement of a pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), or cardiac resynchronization (CRT) generator.

Niacin for Statin Patients Concord NH

Taking the B vitamin niacin offers no additional benefit to seniors with coronary artery disease who are already prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, U.S. researchers say. The 18-month study of 145 Baltimore-area men and women over age 65 found no measurable difference in arterial wall thickness reductions between those who took 1,500 milligrams a day of extended-release niacin plus a statin and those who took only a statin.

Nicotine Receptors Could Be Lung Cancer Treatment Target Concord NH

In a study of mice with lung cancer, a treatment that targeted nicotine receptors more than doubled the animals' survival time, a research in Concord suggests. Nicotine plays a dual role in lung cancer. Changes in genes encoding nicotine receptors not only drive the urge the smoke, but also increase susceptibility to lung cancer.

Obesity and Heart Health Concord NH

Surging obesity rates, especially among children, may be putting the brakes on progress made in the past few decades against heart disease, researchers report. And it doesn't help that many obese or overweight Americans still consider their weight "normal," as one study found.

Operation Options for Diabetic Heart Patients Concord NH

Bypass surgery has been the standard treatment for diabetic patients with coronary artery disease. However, less invasive approaches such as angioplasty with stenting -- where a thin mesh tube is inserted to open the artery -- have emerged.

Optimism Good for Heart and Longevity Concord NH

Women in Concord who take a darker view of life are more likely to develop heart trouble than those with a cheerful, trusting outlook, a new study indicates. The finding comes from the Women's Health Initiative, which has tracked more than 97,000 postmenopausal American women for more than eight years.

Pack Right for the Holidays to Avoid the ER Concord NH

There may be nothing wrong with stuffing your turkey full to bursting, but you might not want to do the same thing with your suitcase as you pack for holiday trips. For example, when possible, pack items into a few smaller pieces of luggage rather than one large bag. It's better to carry a lighter bag in each hand than to lug one heavy bag in one hand or over one shoulder.

Point-of-Sale Printers and Asthma Concord NH

A 62-year-old Spanish woman who for 20 years sold lottery tickets in a kiosk in Madrid developed asthma soon after she started using a point-of-sale terminal to print the winning or losing tickets in Concord. The cause, researchers suggest in the May 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, was exposure to chemicals emitted by the new device.

Pregnancy Complications and Thyroid Problems Concord NH

New research offers bad news for women who develop a condition known as preeclampsia during pregnancy: They're at higher risk of reduced thyroid function and may be more likely to have thyroid problems in later life.

Pre-Term Labor Risks Concord NH

The following article explains what pre-term labor is, how to avoid it and what it means for your pregnancy. Also, this article includes what to do if you are experiencing pre-term labor.

Protein Clumps May Indicate Memory Problems Concord NH

Amyloid protein deposits in the brain play a role in disrupting the memory formation process long before a person shows symptoms of the memory impairment of Alzheimer's disease, a new study contends.

Protein May Identify Deadlier Breast Cancer Concord NH

A protein linked to more aggressive and advanced breast cancer tumors has been identified by German researchers. The investigators analyzed 229 breast tissue samples from patients with cancer and compared them with healthy breast tissue. The study found that patients whose tumors had elevated levels of GLI1 (glioma-associated oncogene homolog 1) protein tended to have a more advanced stage of cancer, had an increased number of cancerous lymph nodes and a greater chance of death.

Rapid Cooling Might Help Heart Attack Patients Concord NH

Rapid cooling of heart attack patients may boost their chance of survival without brain damage, Swedish researchers report. They examined the use of a device called RhinoChill, which cools the brains of heart attack patients during ongoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). RhinoChill is a non-invasive device that pumps coolant into a patient's nose.

Reflux Drugs and Post-Angioplasty Death Concord NH

People taking the acid reflux drugs Prilosec or Protonix in combination with blood thinners such as Plavix have a higher risk for death after angioplasty than people who don't take the two popular antacids, a new study has found.

Risk Factors of Strokes Concord NH

Many—perhaps most—strokes can be prevented. Therapies to prevent a first or recurrent stroke are based on treating your underlying risk factors for stroke or on preventing the widespread formation of blood clots that can cause ischemic stroke in anyone, regardless of risk factors.

School Days Give Some Kids a Headache Concord NH

Returning to school may also mean a return of headaches in children who tend to get them, doctors say. More than one-third of children experience recurrent headaches, involving pain that occurs more than once a month, according to pediatricians at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Selenium Supplements and Heart Risk Concord NH

Taking selenium supplements could boost your cholesterol levels and increase your risk of heart disease, English researchers suggest. Selenium -- a trace essential mineral with antioxidant properties -- is found in foods such as meat, vegetables and seafood. Some people also take selenium supplements because they believe the mineral will reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases.

Side Effects in Statin Users Linked to Gene Mutation Concord NH

U.S. researchers have identified a common gene mutation linked to side effects in people taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. Statins can reduce high cholesterol and lower the risk of heart attack or stroke. But 25 percent to 50 percent of people prescribed the potentially lifesaving drugs stop taking them after a year because of side effects, in particular muscle aches.

Sleep Disorders in Cancer Patients Concord NH

More than three-quarters getting chemo deal with insomnia, study shows. Sleep problems -- which are generally combined with fatigue and depression -- haven't typically been studied to determine their causes and impact on patients' quality of life.

Sleeping Disorder and Decisiveness Concord NH

Sleep-deprived people may put themselves and others at risk when they need to make split-second decisions. The ability to make split-second decisions is crucial in a number of other high-pressure professions, including firefighters and police officers, the study authors noted.

Spleen Helping Heart Recover from Disease Concord NH

In mice, scientists found, the spleen serves as a home for a type of white blood cell that scavenges dead tissue and helps produce inflammation, which contributes to healing. In particular, the researchers discovered that the spleen helps the heart recover from disease.

Statins Alternatives Concord NH

A new study in Concord revives a running controversy about the purported cholesterol-lowering effects of the centuries-old natural product called red yeast rice.

Statins and Second Stroke Concord NH

Taking a cholesterol-lowering statin after a stroke reduces the risk of a second stroke, new research shows. The 10-year study of nearly 800 people who had strokes found a 35 percent lower incidence of second strokes and a 57 percent lower death rate among those who took statins compared to those in Concord who didn't, according to a report in the May 26 issue of Neurology.

Stem Cells and Heart Tissue Concord NH

Researchers report a major step toward the goal of literally rebuilding a broken heart -- creating a strip of working heart muscle in the laboratory by using a newly identified human cardiac master stem cell. This work moves us closer to heart stem cell therapy," said Dr. Kenneth Chien, director of the Massachusetts General Center for Cardiovascular Research, a member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and leader of a group reporting the work online Oct. 15 in Science.

Stem Cells for Heart Bypass Results Concord NH

Patients who received bone marrow stem cell transplants during coronary bypass surgery (CABG) experienced "excellent long-term safety and survival," say German researchers, who also noted the first promising results for stem cell transplantation during mitral valve repair.

Stem Cells for Pancreatic Cancer Concord NH

New research is moving scientists closer to their goal of treating pancreatic cancer by killing tumors without hurting healthy tissue. The researchers, who were scheduled to report their findings at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Oct. 11-15 in Chicago, have created a bioengineered "construct" that uses stem cells derived from bone marrow and a genetic product that stops tumor growth.

Sudden Cardiac Death Concord NH

Men, especially black men, are at a relatively high risk of sudden cardiac death over their lifetime compared to women, a new study finds. That lifetime risk in men aged 40 and over is one in eight, or 12.3 percent -- triple that of women, whose risk is one in 24, or just over 4 percent, the study found.

The Mammography Process Concord NH

When a U.S. government task force recommended that women wait until they're 50 to get their first mammogram to check for breast cancer, reaction was swift. Critics such as the American Cancer Society vowed to stand by its advice that annual screening begin at age 40 for women of average risk. The American College of Radiology agreed.

Thin Thighs and Heart Disease Concord NH

Thin thighs might look good in jeans, but a new Danish study indicates they might also raise the risk of premature death and heart disease in both men and women in Concord. That's not to say fat thighs confer any survival benefit, the researchers stressed. Rather, the study of nearly 3,000 men and women who were followed for more than 12 years found the ideal thigh measurement was in the neighborhood of 60 centimeters, about 24 inches.

Vaccine for Lung Disease Concord NH

A recently developed pneumonia vaccine may be more effective in preventing infections in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than the vaccine that is typically used, new research suggests.

Valcyte for Cytomegalovirus in Children Concord NH

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Valcyte (valganciclovir hydrochloride) to prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease in children 4 months to 16 years who are undergoing kidney or heart transplant, Swiss drug maker Roche said Monday.

Warfarin and Risk of Bleeding Concord NH

Warfarin is effective in preventing blood clots that can cause stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm) and other diseases, but the drug has a narrow therapeutic range in which it prevents strokes but doesn't cause bleeding, according to the researchers. This means that effective warfarin treatment requires regular laboratory monitoring to ensure warfarin levels remain in the range that lowers the risk of stroke without increasing the risk of bleeding.
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