General Health

Keeping a healthy lifestyle are often just as important as any medicine you can take. If you exercise often, eat right, maintain a healthy weight, limit alcohol, and avoid smoking, you are less likely to develop all sorts of health problems than people who do not have these habits. With the general health topic, you’ll find news and information about everyday health issues, along with latest recommendations and tips.

New study finds childhood cancer survivors commonly stay at jobs to keep health insurance

EurekAlert! Science News

October 20

SALT LAKE CITY - The results of a national cancer survey find a significant number of childhood cancer survivors are worried about keeping their health insurance, to the point of letting it affect their career decisions. The findings were published today in JAMA Oncology. Anne Kirchhoff, PhD, investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and assistant professor of pediatrics, led the study. Her goal was to examine the prevalence of job lock in full-time, employed childhood cancer survivors. Job lock is when an employee stays at a job in order to keep work-related health insurance. The... Read More


Many women do not follow contraception guidelines after weight-loss surgery, Pitt study finds

EurekAlert! Science News

October 18

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 17, 2017 - Many women do not follow the guidelines to prevent pregnancy for an 18-month period following bariatric surgery, University of Pittsburgh researchers examining post-surgery contraceptive practices and conception rates report. The study results are published online and will be featured in the November print issue of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Obstetrics & Gynecology journal. The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery recommends that women avoid conception for the first year-and-a-half following weight-loss surgery to optimize the likelihood of maternal weight stability during fetal growth. Despite the recommendation, four percent of study participants... Read More


High blood pressure boosts risk of common heart valve disorder

EurekAlert! Science News

October 18

Elevated blood pressure is a risk factor for mitral regurgitation, a leakage of one of the heart valves, according to a paper published this week in PLOS Medicine by Kazem Rahimi of The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford, UK and colleagues. The research suggests that this valve disorder, which is increasingly diagnosed wordwide, particularly among older people, is not an inevitable consequence of ageing, as previously assumed, but may be preventable. In mitral regurgitation, the valve between the two chambers on the left side of the heart doesn't close tightly, allowing blood to leak backwards... Read More


MRI may predict neurological outcomes for cardiac arrest survivors

EurekAlert! Science News

October 18

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IMAGE: Functional MRI activation (shown as red-orange) as seen in a representative healthy control subject (left), a cardiac arrest patient who had a good functional outcome (middle), and a cardiac arrest... view OAK BROOK, Ill. - MRI-based measurements of the functional connections in the brain can help predict long-term recovery in patients who suffer neurological disability after cardiac arrest, according to a study appearing online in the journal Radiology. Cardiac arrest, or abrupt loss in heart function, is a common and often deadly occurrence that affects hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States alone, according to... Read More


Factors associated with the risk of gingival disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Journals | PLOS

October 13

Gingival disase and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are linked at both the epidemiologic and pathogenesis levels. In this study, we aimed to identify environmental factors associated with RA and gingival disease and to investigate factors that protect the gingival tissue in RA patients. This retrospective study analyzed 754 RA patients with gingival disease selected from the NHANES database who completed the mobile examination center interview/examination between 1999 and 2004. Data collected included demographics, lifestyle, dietary intake, and biomarkers. The study included 173 RA patients with gingival disease. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that the odds of gingival disease were significantly increased... Read More