PTSD May Raise Risk for Irregular Heartbeat, Says Research

PTSD May Raise Risk for Irregular Heartbeat, Says Research


For reasons that aren’t yet clear, people who battle PTSD may also be at heightened risk for the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, researchers report.

It’s the first time a connection has been made between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and “A-fib,” which typically arises with age and is the most common type of heart rhythm problem. A-fib can raise a person’s odds for a stroke, and has previously been linked with high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and sleep apnea. > >> read more ...

Opioids Raise Risk of Falling in Seniors

Opioids Raise Risk of Falling in Seniors


Elderly people who are prescribed opioids may be at higher risk for injuries from falls, some of which may be fatal, a Canadian analysis of trauma cases suggests.
Researchers studied more than 67,000 injured patients over age 65 who were admitted to trauma centers in Quebec between 2004 and 2014. The average age was 81.

Overall, people with a recent opioid prescription were 2.4 times more likely to have been injured in a fall than other trauma patients, the study found.

And among all patients with fall-related injuries, those with recent opioid prescriptions were 58 percent more likely to die in the hospital than patients who were not using these painkillers. > >> read more ...

Single Concussion Could Raise Parkinson’s Risk: Study

Single Concussion Could Raise Parkinson’s Risk: Study


If you’ve ever had a mild concussion, your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease goes up by 56 percent, a new study of more than 300,000 U.S. veterans suggests.

“Upwards of 40 percent of adults have had a traumatic brain injury [concussion]so these findings are definitely concerning,” said study author Dr. Raquel Gardner. She is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. > >> read more ...

Report: Bezos-Backed Cancer Startup Seeks to Raise $1 Billion

Report: Bezos-Backed Cancer Startup Seeks to Raise $1 Billion


Grail Inc., the cancer-detection startup backed by the world’s two richest men, is seeking to raise about $1 billion to boost growth ahead of its planned initial public offering in Hong Kong, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company, whose investors include Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and the personal venture fund of Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, is working with advisers on the new round, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. A final decision hasn’t been made on the round, which is at a preliminary stage, and its timing and size could still change, the people said. > >> read more ...

Dementia: Number and Severity of Brain Injuries Raise Risk, Says Study

Dementia: Number and Severity of Brain Injuries Raise Risk, Says Study


Suffering a traumatic brain injury from a blow to the head boosted dementia risk by 24 percent in a Danish study group of nearly three million people, researchers said Wednesday.

The survey of 36 years’ worth of data — collected from the Danish national patient register — found that the risk of dementia rose with the number and severity of brain injuries, a team wrote in The Lancet Psychiatry, a medical journal.

“Individuals with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI)… have an increased risk of developing dementia, even decades after the injury,” said study leader Jesse Fann of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. > >> read more ...

Midlife Shock of Losing Wealth May Raise Death Risk: Study

Midlife Shock of Losing Wealth May Raise Death Risk: Study


Midlife wealth shock, defined as a major sudden economic loss during middle age, has been shown to increase Americans’ risks of dying over the next 20 years by 50 percent in a new study. 

The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, could not prove cause-and-effect, but showed a correlation when 9,000 people were studied.

About one in four people studied lost 75 percent or more of their net worth over two years, resulting in wealth shock, The Associated Press reported. The average amount lost was around $100,000. Some of the losses were due to investment values dropping or home foreclosures.  > >> read more ...

Well-Done Meat May Raise Blood Pressure: Study

Well-Done Meat May Raise Blood Pressure: Study


You might think twice about how you want that steak cooked.

People who like their steak well-done instead of rare might face a slightly increased risk of high blood pressure, a preliminary study suggests.

The study, of more than 100,000 U.S. adults, found the odds of high blood pressure were a bit higher among people who liked their meat grilled, broiled or roasted, versus those who favored more temperate cooking methods.

The same was true of people who were partial to well-done meat. Compared with fans of rarer meat, they were 15 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure over 12 to 16 years. > >> read more ...

Smoking May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Smoking May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes


New research has found that regularly smoking could increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in men, with the odds even higher in smokers who are also obese.

Carried out by researchers from the University of Oxford, UK, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and Peking University, the new study looked at 512,891 adults aged 30-79 years from five urban and five rural parts of China.

Participants had no history of diabetes at the start of the study, with the researchers following the health status of the participants for nine years using death and hospital admission records.  > >> read more ...

Bigger Waists and Hips Raise Women’s Heart Danger: Study

Bigger Waists and Hips Raise Women’s Heart Danger: Study

While obesity is associated with an increased risk for heart attacks, a new study suggests that hip and waist size may play a bigger role, particularly for women.

Researchers examined data on 479,610 adults in England, Scotland and Wales. At the start, participants ranged in age from 40 to 69, with an average age of 56. They were typically overweight but they didn’t have a history of heart disease.

After an average follow-up of seven years, 5,710 people had heart attacks.

Heart attacks were more common in people who were obese, with the risk increasing along with increases in body mass index (BMI), a ratio of height to weight. > >> read more ...

Varicose Veins Raise Risk of Blood Clots: Study

Varicose Veins Raise Risk of Blood Clots: Study


Those tangled blue varicose veins that can pop up on your legs as you age may be more than unsightly: New research suggests they might quintuple your risk of dangerous blood clots.

Known as deep venous thrombosis (DVT), these clots in the legs can be life-threatening if they travel to the lungs or heart, Taiwanese researchers said.

“Varicose veins are not merely a cosmetic or symptomatic concern, because they may be associated with increasing risk of more serious disease,” explained lead researcher Dr. Shyue-Luen Chang, a phlebologist in the department of dermatology at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taoyuan. > >> read more ...