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Smart Exercise Strategies for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Physical activity of almost any kind is good for your health. Exercise lowers your risk of heart disease and can help you keep your blood glucose levels in check. Findings from a 2019 study in Cardiovascular Diabetology provide insight into the types of exercise that may offer special benefits to people with type 2 diabetes.

Gender Matters in Diagnosis of Mild Strokes

Studies have shown that women who suffer a serious stroke are less likely than men to get an accurate diagnosis. New findings demonstrate that the same gender disparity holds true for a minor stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA): Women are less likely than men to be correctly diagnosed. One key implication is that doctors may…

Candida Auris: Here’s What You Should Know About This Deadly New Superbug

Superbugs get their name from their ability to resist antimicrobial drugs that are designed to destroy them. The most recent superbug emerging as a threat is known as Candida auris, or C. auris for short. Fortunately, healthy people are at little risk of developing a C. auris-related infection. However, the, fungus can live for up to…

Fiber Linked to Reduced Liver Cancer Risk

Consuming a diet high in whole grains and certain types of dietary fiber may reduce the risk of developing the most common liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a large study in JAMA Oncology suggests.

Adhering to Statins Tied to Longer Life

Sticking with your statin prescription may help prolong your life, suggests a large study of U.S. veterans reported in JAMA Cardiology. Researchers found that of more than 347,000 older vets with coronary heart disease (CHD), those who were most adherent to their statin prescription were the least likely to die over the next three years.

Can Changes in the Eye Help Identify Alzheimer’s?

The weblike microscopic network of blood vessels in the macular area of the retina is much less dense in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) than in those without it, according to a recent study in Ophthalmology Retina. This finding could represent an accessible, noninvasive way to screen for AD.

Air Pollution Triggers Respiratory Emergencies in All Age Groups

Older adults aren’t the only ones who need to worry about their lungs on smoggy days. Poor air quality can lead to emergency respiratory treatment among people of all ages, especially those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, and acute respiratory infections, according to investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Comparing Treatments for PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious disorder that can lead to difficulty with family, friends, and work and increase the risk of suicide, so getting effective treatment is essential. Findings from a recent study in JAMA Psychiatry are helping doctors get a better handle on which approach—medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two—is best.

What to do About Active Surveillance Anxiety

Men who choose active surveillance must live with uncertainty over whether a prostate tumor will turn aggressive. This uncertainty can exact an emotional toll: A study in the Journal of Urology found that 29 percent of men who chose active surveillance developed anxiety about their cancer in the year after diagnosis. Anxiety management strategies, such as…

Acupressure: A Self-Treatment Strategy for Chronic Low Back Pain?

A handful of small studies have shown that acupressure—a technique from Chinese traditional medicine that involves gently pressing on selected points on the body that are believed to play a role in health—can ease some forms of chronic pain. Results from a small study of chronic low back pain sufferers published in Pain Medicine suggest that…