• Los Angeles Jul 17, 2019

    New Clues on Why Women's Alzheimer's Risk Differs From Men's

    New research gives some biological clues to why women may be more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s disease and how this most common form of dementia varies by sex. At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, scientists offered evidence that the disease may spread differently in the brains of women than in men. Other researchers...

  • The Associated Press Nov 11, 2018

    Big Studies Give Mixed News on Fish Oil, Vitamin D

    Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Big studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients. Fish oil taken by healthy people, at a dose found in many supplements, showed no clear ability to lower heart or cancer risks. Same for vitamin D. But higher amounts of a purified, prescription fish oil slashed heart...

  • high blood pressure Aug 28, 2018

    Aspirin Disappoints for Avoiding First Heart Attack, Stroke: Study

    Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks don’t outweigh the benefits for most other folks, major new research finds. Although it’s been used for more than a century, aspirin’s value in many situations is...

  • HIV Jul 24, 2018

    AIDS Drugs Show More Promise for Preventing New Infections

    New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus. There were no infections among gay men who used a two-drug combo pill either daily or just before and after sex with someone with HIV, one study found. In...

  • Massachusetts Dec 7, 2017

    Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Blood-Clotting Disease

    Gene therapy has freed 10 men from nearly all symptoms of hemophilia for a year so far, in a study that fuels hopes that a one-time treatment can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the blood disease. Hemophilia almost always strikes males and is caused by lack of a gene that makes a protein needed for blood to clot....

  • heart attack Mar 17, 2017

    Cholesterol Drug Cuts Heart Risks, Spurs New Debate on Cost

    A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that’s likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost. Statins such as Lipitor and Crestor are cheap and lower LDL or bad cholesterol, but some people can’t tolerate or get enough help...

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