Your Diet Could Cut Your Odds for Severe COVID-19

Of course, Merino said, people with healthy diets may be different in many ways from those with less-healthful eating habits. So his team accounted for factors like age, race, exercise habits, smoking, body weight and whether people lived in low- or high-income neighborhoods. Obesity, for example, is a risk factor for severe COVID-19.… Continue reading Your Diet Could Cut Your Odds for Severe COVID-19

Enlarged Prostate Doesn't Raise a Man's Odds for Cancer

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Does having an enlarged prostate doom you to prostate cancer? Far from it, a new study suggests. Also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the condition may actually provide some protection for men from developing prostate cancer, researchers report. “Men are often anxious about… Continue reading Enlarged Prostate Doesn't Raise a Man's Odds for Cancer

Death of Spouse Could Raise Odds for Prostate Cancer

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Widowers have a higher risk for advanced prostate cancer than men who are part of a couple, Canadian researchers say. The new findings are from an analysis of 12 studies comparing 14,000 men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and 12,000 healthy men. The study… Continue reading Death of Spouse Could Raise Odds for Prostate Cancer

Sleep Apnea Doubles Odds for Sudden Death

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — With apologies to William Shakespeare, this is the stuff bad dreams are made of: Sleep apnea may double your risk for sudden death. The condition — in which a person’s airway is repeatedly blocked during sleep, causing pauses in breathing — may also… Continue reading Sleep Apnea Doubles Odds for Sudden Death

Coffee, Veggies May Lower Your Odds for COVID

Why these dietary factors might make a difference is not yet known, and it’s important to note that the study cannot prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship. The reason why coffee seems protective while tea is not could be the greater amount of caffeine in coffee, Cornelis suggested. “Alternatively, it could be other… Continue reading Coffee, Veggies May Lower Your Odds for COVID

Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-Fib

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Athletes have a much higher risk of the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation than non-athletes, and younger athletes have a higher risk than older athletes, according to a new report from Britain. Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that can… Continue reading Athletes Face Twice the Odds for A-Fib

CDC and Pfizer at Odds Over Need for COVID-19 Booster Shots

July 9, 2021 — Shortly after Pfizer announced its intention to seek FDA authorization for a third COVID-19 vaccine shot on Thursday, the CDC, FDA and National Institutes of Health countered with a joint statement the same day saying, essentially, it’s still too soon. In a battle of the booster shot statements, the… Continue reading CDC and Pfizer at Odds Over Need for COVID-19 Booster Shots

Poorly Managed Diabetes Raises Odds for More Severe COVID

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Hospitalized patients with diabetes who hadn’t been taking their medication had more severe cases of COVID-19, a new study shows. “Our results highlight the importance of assessing, monitoring and controlling blood glucose [sugar] in hospitalized COVID-19 patients from the… Continue reading Poorly Managed Diabetes Raises Odds for More Severe COVID

Marijuana Use Tied to Higher Odds for Thoughts of Suicide

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Young adults who use marijuana appear to have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide, according to a new study from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). In fact, the risk that someone between 18 and 34 will think… Continue reading Marijuana Use Tied to Higher Odds for Thoughts of Suicide

Living With HIV Raises Odds for Sudden Cardiac Death

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) — People living with HIV have to take powerful drug cocktails to keep their disease in check, but a new study finds they also need to worry about a doubled risk of sudden cardiac death. Unlike a heart attack caused by a blocked heart… Continue reading Living With HIV Raises Odds for Sudden Cardiac Death