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 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2017 

Health data doesn't support testosterone for men

Men over the age of 50 are being continually targeted with advertisements for testosterone replacement gels and patches. However, research is now questioning the real risks and benefits associated with getting tested and treated for low testosterone...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2017 

Men age 50 and older may need more vitamin D

Many women know the importance of getting screened for vitamin D levels and raising them if they are too low. However, many men over age 50 in Alaska may have low levels and need to take action, according to dietitian Stephanie Figon, who is with...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2017 

Zinc and colds; aspirin and breast cancer

Combating the common cold with zinc There is no significant difference between zinc acetate lozenges and zinc gluconate lozenges regarding their efficacy in shortening the duration of common colds, according to a new meta-analysis. Researchers...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    May 1, 2017

Health benefits of tea, risk calculators

Drinking tea may help combat Alzheimer’s disease A new study is suggesting that drinking tea may help reduce the risk of cognitive impairment in older adults and for those who are genetically at risk of Alzheimer’s. Researchers at the National...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    April 1, 2017

Nasal spray for sleep; apps for Alzheimer's

New nasal spray to improve sleep The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving the green light to the first treatment for frequent urination at night due to overproduction of urine. The FDA has approved Noctiva (desmopressin acetate) nasal...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    March 1, 2017

Healthier aging with nutrition; e-cigarette update; laser treatments for Alzheimer's

Lasers may help lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease Scientists are now firing up their lasers to try to better combat Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses involving the memory. A new method uses near infrared light to shed light on...

 

New efforts having positive medical effects

New treatments and prevention efforts paying off Thanks to a host of factors, cancer death rates are continuing to drop significantly. A steady decline over more than two decades has resulted in a 25 percent drop in the overall cancer death rate in...

 

Some medical updates for the New Year

Making New Year’s resolutions work for you The New Year provides a great opportunity to reflect on our lives, health and wellness. Making a New Year’s resolution can give a person the push they need to make a positive change in their health...

 

Repairing damaged cartilage with grafts

Using the nose to treat damaged knees Researchers are now reporting they have successfully harvested cartilage cells from patients’ own noses to produce cartilage transplants for treating bum knees in 10 adults. All the patients had cartilage that...

 

Beverages, Botox and mindfulness

Grab some ginger ale A new study is suggesting that oral perceptions of coldness and carbonation may help to reduce thirst. Because thirst and its cessation contribute to how much fluid a person drinks, the current findings could help guide sensory...

 

Insulin pills, virtual reality and the paleo diet

Virtually reality may help prevent falls Researchers have found that combining virtual reality and treadmill training may be an ideal way to help prevent falls in older adults. The researchers report in the journal The Lancet that this type of...

 

The benefits of cinnamon, walking and lasers

Walking away from dementia Grab your walking shoes. Studies are continuing to show that the more physical exercise you get, the greater your chances of preventing dementia. Using the landmark Framingham Heart Study to assess how physical activity aff...

 

Innovations in medical diagnoses, treatments

Injectable devices may allow for organ regeneration Injectable medical devices are now reaching a new level. Researchers at the University of Chicago are now reporting they have come up with a light-activated injectable device that could be used to...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2016

New implant helps stroke patients walk

Fiber may pack some hidden health benefits Most people know that a diet high in fiber helps keep a person “regular.” Now, Australian researchers have uncovered a surprising benefit of this often-undervalued dietary component. They have found...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2016

High-tech innovations are helping with prostate and lung health, low vision

Artificial vision device helping those with low vision A new portable artificial vision device is now helping those who are blind to read a message on an electronic device, a newspaper article or a menu. The promise of new software technology has...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    May 1, 2016

Alaska's most and least healthy boroughs

Some Alaska Boroughs could improve health Juneau Borough ranks healthiest in Alaska and Wade Hampton Census Area is the least healthy place in the state, according to the seventh annual County Health Rankings. These rankings are done by the Robert...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    April 1, 2016

Doubling up on prostate cancer therapy

Combating prostate cancer in a new way Investigators in Belfast, Northern Ireland at Queen’s University are now testing a whole new approach to treating aggressive prostate cancer. They are conducting the world’s first ever trial of a new...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    March 1, 2016

New research on combating cancer, fighting migraines and how walnuts can improve health

Calcium carbonate nanoparticles may help combat cancer Researchers have now found a way to keep a cancerous tumor from growing by using nanoparticles of the main ingredient in common antacid tablets (calcium carbonate). Investigators at Washington...

 

New research on chocolate and heart health

Benefits from eating chocolate Historically, chocolate has been recognized as a vasodilator, meaning that it widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure in the long run. However, chocolate also contains some powerful stimulants. Now, researchers...

 

Latest research news on hearing aids, breast cancer, fatty liver disease

Diabetes drug may help combat fatty liver disease New research published in The Lancet is showing that a drug currently used in the treatment of type-2 diabetes can be effective in clearing fatty liver disease from some patients. The researchers from...

 

New study data on diet soda, exercise and depression

Combating the holiday blues For some individuals the holidays can be a very difficult time emotionally. For some it is just the blues but for others it can result in serious depression. Recently a new study showed that in older adults a combination...

 

News on colds; anti-cancer qualities of plums; and high-tech walkers

Lowering your risk of catching a cold The common cold occurs approximately two to three times a year in adults. If you get that many, you are in the norm. However, if you get more than that you need...

 

New procedure shows promise to improve reading vision

No more reading glasses? It may now be possible to get rid of your reading glasses permanently. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now approved a new inlay procedure that can correct presbyopia. This is a condition that develops around age 40...

 

Finally, a health benefit to getting older?

You are not getting older, you are getting better New research is suggesting that blood vessels can actually get better with age and arteries adapt to oxidative stress caused by aging. These new findings contradict earlier theories and they may...

 

Medical powers of eggs, vitamin D and phone apps

Eating eggs may help prevent development of type-2 diabetes Researchers in Finland are reporting that eating eggs may benefit blood sugar metabolism. In the past, egg consumption has either been associated with an elevated risk of diabetes or no...

 

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