Eating foods rich in amino acids could be as good for your heart as stopping smoking or getting more exercise – according to new research from the University of East Anglia

UEA news release A new study published today reveals that people who eat high levels of certain amino acids found in meat and plant-based protein have lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness. And the magnitude of the association is similar to those previously reported for lifestyle risk factors including salt intake, physical activity, alcohol consumption…

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New Algorithm Lets Your Phone Track Your Wheezes

Continuous monitoring of lung health can help treat respiratory diseases. A simple breath can reveal a lot about someone’s health. That’s why researchers are developing wearable devices that keep continuous tabs on the wearer’s lungs. But while gadgetry often gets the attention, it’s the algorithms behind the gadgets that tell you what the data means….

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New Online Support for Lung Cancer Patients

American Lung Association news The American Lung Association is committed to helping those with lung cancer and their caregivers cope with the changes this disease brings. That’s why we’ve partnered with Inspire to connect patients and their caregivers with support and resources during their journey. Inspire has the leading online community for patients and caregivers…

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Study backs flu vaccinations for elderly

Brown University news Amid debate about whether flu vaccination really helps the elderly, a new study provides fresh evidence that it does. Brown University researchers found vaccines well matched to the year’s flu strain significantly reduce deaths and hospitalizations compared to when the match is poor, suggesting that vaccination indeed makes a difference. They project…

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Influenza Vaccines Provide Moderate Protection throughout the Entire Flu Season

American Society for Microbiology news release Individuals who received the flu vaccine were protected for up to 6 months post-vaccination, the duration of most flu seasons, according to a study presented at the 2015 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Each flu season, researchers work to find out how effective the flu vaccine was in…

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Saliva Test for Stress Hormone Levels May Identify Healthy Older People with Thinking Problems

American Academy of Neurology news release Testing the saliva of healthy older people for the level of the stress hormone cortisol may help identify individuals who should be screened for problems with thinking skills, according to a study published in the August 19, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of theAmerican Academy of…

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9 Exercises You Can Do While Sitting Down

You’ve heard it before: Sitting all day is bad for your health. But despite all the research that suggests you buy a standing desk or get moving every hour, the reality is that these kinds of recommendations aren’t terribly realistic for most of us. Luckily, even if you’re stuck in your seat for extended periods,…

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Pinpointing the Cause of Coughs and Sneezes – Fast, accurate genetic tests may soon help doctors tell if you really need antibiotics

Duke University news Duke students are trying to help doctors find a faster way to pinpoint the cause of their patients’ coughs, sore throats and sniffles. The goal is to better determine if and when to give antibiotics in order to stem the rise of drug-resistant superbugs, said senior Kelsey Sumner. For ten weeks this…

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Recall: COPD Inhaler Combivent Respimat

Manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Combivent Respimat, a popular COPD inhaler. Combivent Respimat is a maintenance inhaler used to help keep airways open to make breathing easier for patients with COPD. It’s made up of a combination of two active ingredients, ipratropium and albuterol. This is a class…

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Contrary to Previous Studies, Diabetes Affects Diaphragm, Smooth Muscle Cells Differently –

Discovery could lead to better research of respiratory failure in individuals with diabetes University of Missouri press release Previous studies have shown that diabetes adversely affects breathing and respiratory function. However, in the past, researchers have not differentiated diaphragm muscle cells and the muscle cells of limb skeletal muscle in their studies. Now, researchers from…

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Why Seniors Don’t Eat: It’s Complicated.

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) newsroom More than half of older adults who visit emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, but not because of lack of access to health care, critical illness or dementia. Despite clear signs of malnutrition or risk of malnutrition, more than three-quarters had never previously been…

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COPD patients with psychological conditions have higher rates of early hospital readmission

UTMB news release Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that people with a psychological condition such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, or alcohol/drug abuse are more likely to be readmitted early into a hospital for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The study was recently published in the journal, CHEST. “These…

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