Tag: risk

None of the most common blood pressure medications increased the risk of depression, some lowered the risk

None of the 41 most common high blood pressure medications increased the risk of depression, while nine medications appeared to lower it, according to a study from Denmark, published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. Depression is common among patients with high blood pressure (also called hypertension), heart disease and stroke, and this

Study ties blood type to COVID-19 risk; O may help, A hurt

A genetic analysis of COVID-19 patients suggests that blood type might influence whether someone develops severe disease. Scientists who compared the genes of thousands of patients in Europe found that those who had Type A blood were more likely to have severe disease while those with Type O were less likely. Wednesday’s report in the

Risk of preterm births falls under new initiative

The rate of potentially fatal preterm births in Western Australian hospitals can be safely reduced by up to 20% when a coordinated series of interventions is applied to pregnant women, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia. The detailed research findings, published in PLOS ONE, reveal a 7.6% reduction in preterm births across the

Low physical function and low muscle mass increase the risk for accelerated bone loss in older hip fracture patients

Low physical function and low muscle mass after hip fracture increased the risk for accelerated bone deterioration in older hip fracture patients. Acknowledgement of the risk factors is important for bone health and overall recovery. “Substantial decrements in physical function, muscle and bone strength occur after hip fracture, which markedly increase the risk for a

As summer starts, sun safety slashes skin cancer risk

(HealthDay)—With many beaches and parks opening in time for Memorial Day, the American Cancer Society is reminding people to practice sun safety. Overexposing yourself to the sun increases your risk for skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States, with almost 5.5 million cases each year. That’s more than breast, colon,

Race and income shape COVID-19 risk

Underlying conditions that increase risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 are much more common among Black, Native American, and lower-income people in the United States. The new coronavirus does not discriminate, but discrimination and inequality have shaped the risk of severe illness and death, according to a new Boston University School of Public

Reducing the risk to children’s health in flood-prone areas of India

Monsoon rainfall has become more unpredictable in India. Floods and droughts have become more common and pose multiple risks to human health and wellbeing, with children under five being particularly vulnerable. New research finds that more assistance needs to be provided to communities in flood-prone areas to protect children under five from undernutrition. Little is

Polyps and colorectal cancer risk

Patients with polyps have a higher risk of colorectal cancer, and those with sessile serrated polyps, tubulovillous adenomas, and villous adenomas had a higher colorectal cancer mortality. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Endoscopic screening reduces colorectal cancer and mortality by detection and removal

Certain combinations of cardiovascular drugs may reduce dementia risk

Specific combinations of statins and antihypertensives may also reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new USC study of nearly 700,000 Medicare beneficiaries. The findings suggest that treatments already in use for blood pressure and cholesterol control could reduce the number of people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, researchers said. The study was published

Noncitizens are undertreated for heart attack, stroke risk factors

A new study published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, shows that noncitizens in the United States are less likely to receive treatment for cardiovascular disease risk factors when compared with born or naturalized U.S. citizens. Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, includes conditions such as heart attack and stroke. It is the leading

EU sees ‘moderate to high’ risk of more virus clusters

EU health officials foresee a “moderate to high” risk of more new coronavirus clusters of the type happening in northern Italy, they said in a statement after a meeting Monday. The warning, by the bloc’s Health Security Committee, echoed one by the World Health Organization which said countries around the planet should prepare for a

An egg a day not tied to risk of heart disease: new study

The controversy about whether eggs are good or bad for your heart health may be solved, and about one a day is fine. A team of researchers from the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences found the answer by analyzing data from three large, long-term multinational studies. The results

Why eating yogurt may help lessen the risk of breast cancer

One of the causes of breast cancer may be inflammation triggered by harmful bacteria say researchers. Scientists say their idea- as yet unproven—is supported by the available evidence, which is that bacterial induced inflammation is linked to cancer. The paper in the journal Medical Hypotheses is by Lancaster University medical student Auday Marwaha, Professor Jim