Tough-to-Treat UTIs More Likely to Recur

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MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If your urinary tract infection isn’t responding to antibiotics, you could be headed for a fast relapse, researchers say.

In a new study of 151 adults with antibiotic-resistant UTIs, investigators found that these patients were more likely to have a relapse within a week and were more likely to be prescribed an incorrect antibiotic than a comparison group of patients with non-resistant UTIs.

“This study adds to the evidence that drug-resistant bacteria are an increasing issue, even in the community and even in patients who have something seemingly uncomplicated, like a urinary tract infection,” said study lead author Dr. Judith Anesi. She’s a clinical epidemiologist and infectious disease fellow at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.

The study was published recently in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

“These drug-resistant infections are difficult to treat, and our … read more

Yoga, Tai Chi Reduce Stroke Risk Factors

Stroke survivors and those who at risk are urged to focus on mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) such as yoga and tai chi, revealed paper published in Future Neurology by researchers from Monash University, the University of South Australia (UniSA) and the University of Melbourne.

Stroke costs the country $5 billion a year through treatment and loss of productivity, affecting 56,000 Australians in 2017, equivalent to one stroke every nine minutes.

‘Stroke, one of Australia’s biggest health issues could be checked if more people took up yoga or tai chi and reduced their blood pressure.

Researchers say both Eastern practices have the potential to mitigate stroke risk as well as help support stroke survivors.

UniSA Senior Lecturer in Human Movement, Dr Maarten Immink, says physical activity plays an important role in preventing recurrent stroke but many stroke survivors may have limited mobility.

“This is where yoga and tai chi are so

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Yoga, Meditation Surging in Popularity in U.S.

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THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If it seems like everyone you know is trying yoga or meditation, you might be right. A new government survey shows that the number of Americans practicing the “mindfulness” techniques has surged in the past few years.

In 2017, more than 14 percent of U.S. adults said they’d practiced yoga in the past year — up from 9.5 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, the number of meditation practitioners more than tripled — from 4 percent to 14 percent.

Even kids are getting into mindfulness. In 2017, the study found, more than 8 percent of 4- to 17-year-olds had practiced yoga in the past year — up from 3 percent five years earlier, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

And while few kids were taking time … read more

Breast Screening Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Women who participated in organized breast cancer screening had a 60% lower risk of dying from breast cancer within 10 years after diagnosis, and a 47% reduced risk of dying from breast cancer within 20 years after diagnosis, revealed research using data from Sweden.

The study was co-authored and funded by the American Cancer Society and appears in the American Cancer Society’s peer-review journal Cancer.

‘Scientists used a new method to improve the evaluation of the impact of organised mammography screening on death from breast cancer, by calculating the annual incidence of breast cancers causing death within 10 years and within 20 years after breast cancer diagnosis.’

In the UK, mammography screening is offered to all women aged 50-70 through the NHS Breast Screening Programme, with participation rates averaging more than 70 per cent but varying dramatically across the country, with lower rates in poorer, inner-city areas.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Hospital With Broken Ribs

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THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After falling in her office on Wednesday evening, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized with three broken ribs on Thursday morning.

The 85-year-old first went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight she was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Thursday. Once there, doctors discovered three broken ribs on her left side, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement.

The Supreme Court reconvenes on Nov. 26, but injuries haven’t stopped Ginsburg from working in the past. After breaking two ribs in 2012, she never missed a day of work. That same year, she returned to work quickly after having a heart procedure performed, according to The New York Times.

Not only that, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009 and returned to work less than three weeks after having the tumorread more

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE)

Hereditary angioedema (HAE) definition and facts:

  • Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a rare, autosomal dominant genetic disease that causes swelling of the skin and tissue just beneath the skin.
  • Some symptoms of hereditary angioedema include:
    • Swelling of the skin (most common symptom)
    • Swelling of the hands and feet
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches
    • Skin tingling
    • Abdominal pain (sometimes severe)
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Hoarseness
    • Shortness of breath
    • Mood changes
    • Laryngeal edema (medical emergency)
    • Multiple reoccurrence symptoms
  • The cause of hereditary angioedema is due to low production of a C1 inhibitor protein, or C1-INH, (Type I HAE); or production of a faulty C1 inhibitor protein (Type II HAE). Type III is an estrogen-dependent form of HAE that is a result of mutations in the gene for coagulation factor XII.
  • HAE attacks may be triggered by many different situations including stress, anxiety, injuries, surgical or dental procedures, certain illnesses, physical activities (for example
read more | Think genes dictate your life span? Think again

Your life partner has a much greater influence on your longevity than the genes you inherited from your family, according to a new analysis of the family trees of more than 400 million people.

“While it is a widely held belief that life span heritability ranges from approximately 15 to 30%, the findings discussed in this paper demonstrated that the heritability of human longevity is likely well below 10%,” said lead researcher Cathy Ball. She is chief scientific officer for Ancestry, the popular genealogy website.

Choosing a mate

Earlier estimates were skewed because they didn’t account for the strong influence that a person’s spouse or life partner can have on their longevity, Ball and her colleagues said.

People tend to select partners who share traits like their own, the researchers explained. If you have a lifestyle that’s going to contribute to a longer life, you’ll likely choose a mate who … read more