Doctors explain the dangers of having PAD and not knowing it

RICHMOND, Va. — John Goodrea has long suffered from Peripheral Artery Disease, a common circulatory problem where narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to his legs. “It was affecting my ability to swim,” Goodrea said. “I didn’t have any idea what it was.” Peripheral Artery Disease, also known as PAD, is caused by Atherosclerosis, which narrows and blocks certain arteries in the critical regions of the body, including the legs, arms, and neck. If gone unchecked, PAD can lead to kidney failure, amputations, and even death. “PAD not only affects the…

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Heart attacks are on the rise among young women, study shows

The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why. When analyzed across five-year intervals, the overall proportion of heart attack-related hospital admissions in the United States attributable to young patients, ages 35 to 54, steadily climbed from 27% in 1995-99 to 32% in 2010-14, with the largest increase observed in young women, according to the study, published recently in the journal Circulation. During those periods, there was a rise in these admissions from 21% to…

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Avoid these ‘ultraprocessed’ foods and you might live longer

The quick and easy noshes you love are chipping away at your mortality one nibble at a time, according to new research from France: We face a 14% higher risk of early death with each 10% increase in the amount of ultraprocessed foods we eat. “Ultraprocessed foods are manufactured industrially from multiple ingredients that usually include additives used for technological and/or cosmetic purposes,” wrote the authors of the study, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. “Ultraprocessed foods are mostly consumed in the form of snacks, desserts, or ready-to-eat…

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Amid measles outbreaks, Facebook considering how to reduce spread of anti-vaccine content

Facebook is looking into suppressing certain anti-vaccine messaging on its social platform, a move that raises questions about free speech and public health. “We’ve taken steps to reduce the distribution of health-related misinformation on Facebook, but we know we have more to do. We’re currently working with outside experts on additional changes that we’ll be announcing soon,” a representative for the social media giant said Friday. In recent years, anti-vaccination groups have been vocal on Facebook, frequently sharing and posting information against vaccines and their safety. At the same time,…

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Killing it with crutches, athlete with spina bifida takes on extreme racing

Misty Diaz showed no fear as she lined up for the Red Bull 400, a brutal foot race straight up the Olympic ski jump in Park City, Utah. She’s conquered that 400-meter sprint twice. In fact, the 34-year-old competed in more than 200 obstacle and endurance races — all of them on crutches. Diaz has a severe form of spina bifida, a birth defect that kept her spine from developing properly. Doctors thought she’d never walk. By her mid-20s, the pain and exhaustion of 28 surgeries left her depressed and…

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Racial disparities in US cancer deaths are shrinking, study finds

Racial disparities in cancer deaths between black and white patients in the United States are receding — but more progress is needed to completely close the gap for some cancer types and age groups, according to a new study. Among men, the overall cancer death rate was 47% higher for blacks than for whites in 1990, but that difference dropped to 19% in 2016, and the disparity has been nearly eliminated in men younger than 50, according to the study published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians on Thursday.…

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Health alert for women who drink 2 or more diet sodas day

NEW YORK — More bad news for diet soda lovers: Drinking two or more of any kind of artificially sweetened drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of clot-based strokes, heart attacks and early death in women over 50, according to a new study by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The risks were highest for women with no history of heart disease or diabetes and women who were obese or African-American. Previous research has shown a link between diet beverages and stroke, dementia, Type 2…

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All breast cancer patients should get genetic testing, surgeons say

Barriers to genetic testing need to fall as knowledge of inherited cancer risks grows, surgeons say. Genetic testing should be made available for all patients diagnosed with breast cancer, according to guidelines published Thursday by the American Society of Breast Surgeons. The professional medical society has more than 3,000 members in the United States and 35 countries throughout the world. Its new recommendations follow a December study that found a similar rate of genetic mutations in breast cancer patients who did not qualify for testing under previous criteria and those…

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Wife of White House official pushes false anti-vaccination claims: ‘Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases’

The wife of White House communications chief Bill Shine said Wednesday that childhood diseases such as measles “keep you healthy & fight cancer.” In a series of tweets echoing anti-vaccination views she’s espoused publicly for years, Darla Shine lamented the fact her children had received the MMR vaccine, which guards against measles, mumps and rubella. She added that people of her generation – the Baby Boomers – were healthier now because they had measles as children. “I had the #Measles #Mumps #ChickenPox as a child and so did every kid I…

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