Category: HealthDay News

Doctors Still Overprescribing Opioids in U.S.

HealthDay News quoting Karen Lasser, School of Medicine/ School of Public Health “More than one out of three average Americans used a prescription opioid painkiller in 2015, despite growing concerns these medicines are promoting widespread addiction and overdose deaths, a new federal study shows…” Expert quote: “There would be guidelines for all the medications you […]

Diabetes Drug Victoza Might Not Help Advanced Heart Failure Patients

HealthDay News Caroline Apovian, School of Medicine The diabetes drug liraglutide (Victoza) doesn’t appear to improve heart function in patients with advanced heart failure, a new study finds… Expert quote: “This study took people who were really, really sick and threw a drug at them, and nothing happened. But these patients may have been too […]

States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Suicides: Study

HealthDay News Michael Siegel, School of Public Health In states where there are more gun owners, there are also more gun-related suicides, a new U.S. study finds… Expert quote: “The debate usually focuses on homicide. Some people argue that more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens will help prevent homicides.” View full article

Jello Shots While Underage, Bigger Booze Problems Later?

HealthDay News Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Many underage Americans down jello shots, and these young drinkers are more likely to binge drink, drink heavily and get into alcohol-fueled fights, researchers say… Expert quote: “Specific interventions to address this consumption may be warranted as part of the effort to reduce risky alcohol use among […]

Common Irregular Heartbeat May Hamper Seniors’ Walking Ability

HealthDay News Jared Magnani, School of Medicine Older adults who develop atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm irregularity, may be more prone to walking problems — including reduced speed, strength and balance, a new study suggests… Expert quote: “Atrial fibrillation is a serious disease that can have an important impact on how older adults experience […]

Moderate Drinking May Not Lengthen Life, Study Suggests

HealthDay News R. Curtis Ellison, School of Medicine Despite previous studies suggesting a bevy of health benefits, a new analysis challenges the idea that drinking alcohol in moderation might prolong your life… Expert quote: “Scientific data continue to support the premise that small to moderate amounts of alcohol on a regular basis are consistent with […]

Gene Abnormality May Be Key to Down Syndrome, Scientists Say

HealthDay News Tarik Hayder, School of Medicine Researchers say they’ve discovered a genetic abnormality that affects brain development in people with Down Syndrome, and they say this finding might lead to new treatments… Expert quote: “This discovery of the genetic changes that alter communication within the brain uncovered a completely new target for therapies in […]