Benefits attributed to pomegranate juice

By Joyce Hendley
Posted on January 09, 2012

There are many good reasons to pick up a pomegranate: the bright red fruits are festive, seasonal, pack tons of antioxidants and, a new study suggests, may help relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease.May reduce arthritis painIn a recent study from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, researchers gave mice either a daily dose of pomegranate extract or... READ MORE

Concerns grow over vitamin supplements

By Marilynn Marchione
Posted on January 02, 2012

Two recent studies raised gnawing worries about the safety of vitamin supplements and a host of questions: Should anyone be taking them? Which ones are most risky? And if you do take them, how can you pick the safest ones?Vitamins have long had a “health halo.” Many people think they’re good for you and at worst might simply be unnecessary. The industry calls them an... READ MORE

Medicare late enrollment opportunities

By Bill Salganik
Posted on January 02, 2012

Medicare’s best-known annual enrollment period — for prescription coverage and for Medicare Advantage (HMOs and other full health insurance plans) — ended Dec. 7, 2011. There are, however, other enrollment periods you need to know about. Here are some that you can use now:Basic Medicare The annual general enrollment period for Medicare Parts A and B is Jan.1 to March 31.... READ MORE

New drug cuts deaths after a heart attack

By Marilynn Marchione
Posted on December 26, 2011

People recovering from a heart attack or severe chest pain are much less likely to suffer another heart-related problem or to die from one if they take a new blood-thinning drug along with standard anti-clotting medicines, a large study finds.But this benefit had a cost: a greater risk of serious bleeding, usually in the digestive tract.Still, some doctors said the drug, Xarelto, could... READ MORE

‘Super broccoli’ said to lower cholesterol

By Maria Cheng
Posted on December 01, 2011

Popeye might want to consider switching to broccoli. British scientists unveiled a new breed of the vegetable that experts say packs a big nutritional punch.The new broccoli was specially grown to contain two to three times the normal amount of glucoraphanin — a nutrient believed to help ward off heart disease.Glucoraphanin works by breaking down fat in the... READ MORE

‘Inoperable’ heart patients get a solution

By Matthew Perrone
Posted on December 01, 2011

Federal health officials have approved a first-of-a-kind artificial heart valve that can be implanted without major surgery, offering a new treatment option for patients whose age or condition prevents them from undergoing the chest-cracking procedure that has been used to replace heart valves for decades. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it approved Edwards... READ MORE

Machines measure blood pressure better

By Beacon
Posted on November 18, 2011

Doctors are notoriously bad at measuring their patients’ blood pressure. Nurses are better, but many still don’t use the correct method.Even clinicians who do follow the proper procedure often get a reading that’s higher than the person’s usual blood pressure. This is called white-coat hypertension — blood pressure that’s high when a doctor or other... READ MORE

Stay healthy with three immune boosters

By Emily Sohn
Posted on November 18, 2011

You already know you need to eat well to stay healthy, but scientists are now zeroing in on specific diet strategies that can help bolster immunity. With cold and flu season right around the corner, here are three to add to your arsenal:1. Fill your Vitamin D tank: You may have fewer health problems — ranging from colds to cancer — if you get enough vitamin D. Your body... READ MORE

Test of Howard County

By Me
Posted on November 11, 2011

This is only a test

Tracking diseases may improve diagnoses

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on November 01, 2011

The doctor doesn’t think your sore throat is bad enough yet to order a strep test — unaware that a dozen people across town were diagnosed with strep throat just last week.Doctors rarely know what bugs are brewing in the neighborhood until their own waiting rooms start to fill. Harvard University researchers report that getting them real-time information on nearby infections... READ MORE