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Category: Medical News Explained

Can Caffeine Decrease Your Risk for Arrhythmia?

Caffeine and Your Arrhythmia Risk Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Drinking caffeine may decrease your risk for arrhythmia. Diagnosis Life summary: Drinking caffeinated coffee could have health benefits. Interestingly, one of those benefits is to protect your heart. That is contrary to what we think about caffeine! After all, doesn’t caffeine give you palpitations? A study in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology challenges that notion. A look at more than…

Pediatricians Sue the FDA Over e-Cigarettes

The FDA Is Being Sued Over e-Cigarettes Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Pediatricians sue the FDA over e-cigarettes. Diagnosis Life summary: We all know that cigarettes are bad for your health and e-cigarettes are no exception. The use of e-cigarettes in high schoolers increased 900% between 2011 and 2015 and people who vape are more likely to turn to traditional cigarettes. Despite this, the FDA is…

How Riding a Bike Affects a Woman’s Health

Why a Woman May Want to Ride a Bike Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Riding a bicycle has these effects on a woman’s health. Diagnosis Life summary: Beyond the obvious benefit of keeping fit, riding a bike can have other effects on a woman’s health. It’s a good news, bad news situation. The bad news, a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine shows…

What Are the Odds of Getting Sick on an Airplane?

Will You Get Sick on an Airplane? Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Odds are you are not going to get sick on that flight. Diagnosis Life summary:  Most people assume that they are going to catch a cold from that guy sniffling at the end of the aisle. Believe it or not getting sick is not as common during air travel as you may think. A study in the Proceedings…

Non-Opioid Medications Are Better for Chronic Pain

Non-Opioid Medications for Chronic Pain Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Opioids are not better for pain control than non-opioid medications. Diagnosis Life summary:  From back pain to joint pain, millions of people suffer from chronic pain. The question is how can we best treat it, or at least decrease that pain so that someone can stay active and productive? The default for far too many years has been…

Mediterranean or Vegetarian: Which Diet Is Better?

The Mediterranean vs. Vegetarian Diet Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. A vegetarian diet is as heart healthy as a Mediterranean diet. Diagnosis Life summary:  The Mediterranean diet is often toted as being the best diet for heart health. Are there other diets that could be just as effective in decreasing your risk? A study in Circulation compares a low-calorie vegetarian diet with the same calorie Mediterranean diet over 3…

Women Are More Likely to Be Depressed Than Men

Women Are Twice As Depressed As Men Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Women are more likely to be depressed than men. Diagnosis Life summary:  The good news is that there has not been a significant worsening of depression in the US over the past decade. The bad news is that women are now twice as likely as men to be depressed. As a woman, this is a depressing fact in…

Stair Climbing Decreases Blood Pressure

Stair Climbing Decreases Blood Pressure Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Stair climbing decreases blood pressure. Diagnosis Life summary:  If you are a post-menopausal woman and have high blood pressure, I’ve got good news. If you have bad knees, then maybe not. A new study in Menopause found that stair climbing can help to decrease your blood pressure. Women were put into two groups, one that did supervised…

Even One Cigarette Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease

Even One Cigarette Is Too Much Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Even one cigarette can increase your risk for heart disease. Diagnosis Life summary:  There is no safe level of smoking. According to a meta-analysis of 141 prospective studies in BMJ, studies that looked at millions of healthy men and women, even one cigarette a day can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Compared with people who…

Should We Decrease the Legal Limit for Drunk Driving?

Decreasing the Blood Alcohol Limit Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. The threshold for drunk driving could decrease to 0.05%. Diagnosis Life summary:  It might be a good idea to pass on that extra glass of wine. A panel from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is recommending that states lower the threshold for what is considered alcohol-impaired driving from 0.08% to 0.05% blood alcohol…

Women Are Less Likely to Get CPR Than Men

Women Are Less Likely to Get CPR Than Men Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Women are less likely to get CPR than men. Diagnosis Life summary: An unfortunate finding was reported in a study presented at this year’s American Heart Association conference in Anaheim. After reviewing 20,000 cases of cardiac arrest across the United States, researchers found that only 39% of women in a public place were…

Does Working the Night Shift Increase Cancer Risk?

The Night Shift and Cancer Risk Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Working the night shift could increase a woman’s risk for cancer. Diagnosis Life summary:  Who knew working the night shift could be so dangerous? A meta-analysis women of 61 studies in the American Association of Cancer Research found that women who worked the night shift have a 19% increased risk of developing cancer compared to their…

Soda, Pregnancy, and Childhood Asthma

Soda During and Childhood Asthma Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Too much sugar in pregnancy could increase the risk for asthma in the child. Diagnosis Life summary: Watch out for those pregnancy cravings! A study published online by the Annals of the American Thoracic Society looked at the dietary habits of more than 1,000 moms and then checked to see if their children were diagnosed with asthma at 7…

Can Cinnamon Speed Up Your Metabolism?

Cinnamon and Your Metabolism Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Cinnamon may speed up lipid metabolism. Diagnosis Life summary: A study in Metabolism found that cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor, may improve lipid metabolism regardless of someone’s age, ethnicity, or body-mass index. What they found was increased thermogenesis in fat cells that were treated with cinnamaldehyde. Translated, those cells burned off more energy. Does this…

Alzheimer’s Disease Isn’t All in Your Head

Alzheimer’s Disease and Your Body Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Alzheimer’s disease may not start in the brain. Diagnosis Life summary: We have always assumed Alzheimer’s disease to be a disorder of the brain, but a recent study in Molecular Psychiatry challenges that theory. Researchers found that “Alzheimer’s can start anywhere in the body before traveling to the brain.” Their investigation focused on…

Is Shingrix Really Better than Zostavax?

Preventing Shingles with Shingrix Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Should you get the new Shingrix vaccine even if you got the older Zostavax vaccine? Diagnosis Life summary: Anyone who has ever had chicken pox is at risk for herpes zoster, aka shingles. Because the virus lives in your nerves forever, it can reactivate during times of stress or when the immune system is weak. The result is an ugly and…

Does It Matter If a Blood Donor Was Ever Pregnant?

Blood Donors and Pregnancy Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Should we ban women who have been pregnant from giving blood? Diagnosis Life summary: Not everyone can donate blood. The American Red Cross has specific eligibility requirements on who can donate and when. For example, a homosexual man cannot donate if he has had sex with another man within 12 months. Could donation restrictions expand to a whole new group of…

Big Pharma Isn’t Interested in Male Contraception

Big Pharma and Male Contraception Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. NIH pursues a study on male contraception. Diagnosis Life summary: The National Institutes of Health is starting a 3-year clinical trial on a new male contraceptive, a gel containing the hormone progestin. The gel is applied to the shoulder, not to the genitalia, and helps to decrease testosterone to levels that do not support sperm production. The problem? Big…

Why You Can’t Always Trust Online Doctor Reviews

Are Online Doctor Reviews Reliable? Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Don’t be so quick to rely on those online doctor reviews. Diagnosis Life summary: The knee-jerk response may be to look up your doctor or future doctor online and see what reviews have been posted about them. Be careful. These results are subjective and do not always reflect the quality of care the doctor actually provides. A…

Meditation and Heart Disease

Meditation and Heart Disease Medical News Explained by Tanya Feke, MD Diagnosis Life keeps you in the know with the latest in health and wellness. Here are five of the hottest medical stories making the rounds, in simple terms. Meditation might lower your risk for heart disease. Diagnosis Life summary: The American Heart Association has recently published data supporting meditation as a way to decrease your risk for heart disease, although it states the data is modest. Two small short-term studies suggest mortality reductions. Observational studies suggest lasting effects on brain physiology and anatomy, while other studies suggest a…