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Common Heart Drug Linked to Dementia

May 30th, 2016
The blood-thinning drug warfarin (Coumadin) may lead to dementia, a new study finds.

A heart drug taken by millions of Americans can lead to dementia, a major new study finds.

Coumadin is the brand name for warfarin, an anticoagulant or blood thinner. It is the number one drug prescribed for atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of irregular heartbeat that affects about 3 million U.S. adults. More than 2 million Americans take warfarin.

AF causes the upper chambers of the heart to quiver instead of contracting efficiently. The condition is not immediately life-threatening. But it can cause blood clots to form in the heart.
Clots can break free and trigger a stroke. Warfarin is supposed to keep blood thin to prevent clots.

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Harvard Study: Going to Church Boosts Health

Going to church is good for your health, according to a new Harvard study. Attending religious services leads to better health and longer life

Going to church dramatically improves health, new research shows.

In a 20-year study, Harvard scientists found that women who went to religious services twice a week were one-third less likely to die compared to non-attendees.1

The study included data on more than 75,000 U.S. women between the ages of 46 and 71.

Study Reveals How Dying Doctors Spend Their Final Days

A new University of Colorado study finds that doctors don’t die differently than the rest of us. They're just as likely to die in hospice or ICU.

There is a popular notion that doctors die differently than the rest of us.

They know end-of-life interventions are unlikely to work and can cause suffering, according to this assumption. So when their time comes, physicians choose not to spend their final days hooked up to machines. They stay away from the ICU. They are more likely to die at home surrounded by family and friends.

Dr. Ken Murray wrote an essay promoting this belief in 2011. It went viral. Other doctors supported his view.

Researchers Uncover Exercise Secret that Boosts Lifespan

Penn State researchers have found that strength training dramatically lowers death risk for seniors.

When you walk into the gym and you want to improve your heart health, you know where to go. The cardio machines.

If you want a muscular physique, you head to the weights.

But what kind of exercise should you do if you want to live longer? Penn State researchers believe they have the answer.  

Beat Back Pain with the Power of the Mind

When it comes to back pain, drugs are not the best solution, a new Johns Hopkins study finds. Meditation and cognitive behavior therapy work better.

You’ve tried physical therapy, painkillers, and even shots to end the agony. But your back pain still won’t go away.

You’re not alone. Sixty-five million Americans suffer from lower back pain. It’s the second most common cause of disability behind only arthritis.1,2,3

More than one quarter of adults say they have experienced low back pain in the past three months.4 Many of them never find satisfactory relief.

Now, Johns Hopkins research offers hope for a drug-free solution.

Study: These Common Drugs Can Wreck Your Organs

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Common heartburn drugs can destroy your heart, brain, and kidneys, according to new research in the journal Circulation.

The study reveals the grave dangers of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These include Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid.

Scientists found they speed aging of human endothelial cells. These cells line your blood vessels. When healthy, they form a Teflon-like coating. This keeps blood and waste products from sticking to vascular cells. But PPIs cause them to stick together like Velcro. And they become full of waste products. 

Health Care Is the Third Leading Cause of Death

Medical mistakes kill more than 250,000 Americans a year. This makes it the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.

A new Johns Hopkins study shows that the health care professionals we trust to safeguard our lives are actually killing us.

Researchers found that medical errors claim about 251,000 lives every year.1 Only heart disease and cancer kill more Americans.2

Dr. Martin Makary is a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He led the study, which was published in the BMJ.

“It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” Dr. Makary said.

Beer Ingredient Fights Weight Gain, Blood Sugar, Cholesterol

Xanthohumol, a substance found in hops used to brew beer, has a wide range of health benefits, according to a new study.

Move over red wine. Research has found that an ingredient in beer has surprising health benefits.

A new study at Oregon State University found that a natural substance in hops lowers cholesterol, controls blood sugar, and reduces weight gain.1

Xanthohumol (XN) is a natural flavonoid found only in hops. Hops are the flowers of a perennial vine native to Europe. They act as a preservative in beer and add a bitter flavor. Flavonoids are a class of plant compounds known to have numerous health benefits.2

Can This Common Infection Make Men Mentally Ill?

The most common type of yeast infection, candida, is linked to serious mental illness in men, a new Johns Hopkins study finds.

Most men think of yeast infections as a “woman’s problem.” But both sexes get them.

And now there’s new evidence that yeast infections can cause serious, life-changing problems in men.

A candida overgrowth is the most common type of yeast infection. It strikes millions of Americans a year. A new Johns Hopkins study reveals that candida may cause mental illness in men. Researchers have uncovered evidence that it triggers schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in men.1,2

Natural Extract May Save Smokers from Lung Cancer

A new study shows that watercress extract lowers carcinogen levels in smokers, lessening lung cancer risk.

A new study shows there may be a way hopelessly addicted smokers can protect themselves from lung cancer.

Tobacco causes 90% of lung cancers in America. In 2015 more than 200,000 Americans developed lung cancer. Over 150,000 died from it.2

The best way to prevent lung cancer is to quit smoking. But millions of people are unable to kick the habit. New research shows that watercress extract can reduce cancer-causing chemicals in smokers.

One Vitamin Improves Damaged Hearts

Taking vitamin D3 dramatically improves the health of heart failure patients, a new study finds.

A new study has found that vitamin D3 can be a lifesaver for the over 5 million Americans being treated for heart failure.1

About half of heart failure patients die within five years of diagnosis. But excited researchers are calling the vitamin discovery a “significant breakthrough” that will help millions not just survive, but live better-quality lives.

Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to support other organs. This can cause a heart attack.