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Archive for December, 2015

Older Hispanic men face a high risk of losing their hearing ability


Date: December 31st, 2015

The likelihood that one will be diagnosed with impaired hearing increased with a fall in educational attainment and incomes. In this survey that was mainly targeting Hispanic Americans, it was found that older men do face a much higher risk of hearing loss. The team of researchers was led by Karen Cruickshank’s who works at University of Wisconsin in Madison. During the research, data was tracked from a survey that comprised over 16,400 Hispanics who were aged between 18 and 74 years of age in Chicago, New York, San Diego and Miami. During the investigation, it was found that about 15% of them had hearing impairment while over 8% of them were diagnosed with a lost hearing ability in both ears.

Risk of cardiac death increased by COPD for those having irregular heartbeat


Date: December 30th, 2015

About Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

The risk of death was from this condition was found to be very great among people having a common heart rhythm disorder that is referred to as atrial fibrillation. However, the researchers were quick to add that the risk of getting stroke isn’t increased by COPD. The term COPD is used for describing the diseases known as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In the US, COPD is rated as the third major cause of death according to the statistics taken by U.S Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. There have been other studies undertaken, which have revealed that COPD is essentially a risk factor that is independent when it comes to causing cardiovascular disease. However, whether COPD is actually an independent risk factor when it comes to stroke particularly among patients having atrial fibrillation is something that hasn’t been studied.

Some minority lag during colon cancer screens could be explained by doctor’s lapse


Date: December 29th, 2015

Importance of colon cancer screening

The researchers explained that the main reason for this conclusion is that providers of health care don’t really recommend the tests which have a potential of saving lives. Something very interesting that did come up is that the study suggested that one of the most important things that needed to be done was talking to doctors. While all the public policy wanted can be done, it is also essential that providers understand clearly the importance of emphasizing on screening of colon cancer and most importantly, recommend patients to go for colon cancer screening regardless of their ethnic backgrounds.

A higher risk of fracture linked to slightly overactive thyroid


Date: December 28th, 2015

Subclinical hyperthyroidism usually refers to a condition whereby too much hormones are produced by an overactive thyroid gland. These hormones are usually the ones which control the basic metabolism even though no symptoms exist and the blood tests show normal readings of the hormones. According to researchers concluded in the past, cases of hyperthyroidism that are more pronounced usually come with an increased risk of fracture as explained by the reviewers. However, this is not clear entirely as to whether the same is true for types of the condition that are milder.

Treatment of diabetes through gastric bypass comes with risks


Date: December 27th, 2015

However, this surgery has also been found to come with an increased risk of bone fractures and infections as a new international study reports. According to some doctors, gastric bypass could be able to cure diabetes completely even though this was not the case in most of the patients. The co-author of the study, Dr. Charles J. Bilington noted that something else that was unexpected was the kind of complications that the bypass patients had.

Worrisome negatives of gastric bypass

The researchers noted that in recent times, gastric bypass has been having more worrisome negatives and less strong positives than it had been thought previously. These results are essentially based on the reports of the two years in which the Diabetes Surgery Study has been going on.