A study in Poland indicates patients with underlying heart problems who did not receive flu shots were almost twice as likely to have a heart attack, require heart surgery or die from heart-related causes.
A new study shows that people 35 and under who continue to smoke after a heart attack are three times as likely to have additional heart problems -- including a repeat heart attack, blocked arteries or death from a heart-related event -- compared to those who stop smoking.
An international research team says a combination of two types of cancer drugs, platinums and taxanes, may extend survival for patients with ovarian cancer when injected into the abdominal cavity. The scientists reviewed studies of ovarian cancer involving more than 15,000 patients to identify the most effective chemotherapy combinations.
The CDC's annual report on health in the U.S. shows life expectancy reached a record 77.9 years in 2004, but it also found that many Americans suffer from pain caused by headaches and joint and back issues. Deaths from heart disease fell 16% between 2000 and 2004, and cancer deaths dropped 8%, but diabetes is a growing threat.
Doctors are overprescribing antibiotics to treat bronchitis, two Virginia researchers say. Only a small percentage of acute bronchitis cases are caused by bacteria that respond to antibiotics, the researchers said. Nevertheless, antibiotics are prescribed for up to 80% of bronchitis patients, which the researchers say could lead to resistant strains of organisms that no longer respond to current antibiotics.
Men who suffer from migraine headaches are at a 24% increased risk for experiencing major cardiovascular problems and 42% more likely to suffer a heart attack, according to a new study. Researchers made the conclusion in a study looking at 20,084 men, and the findings complement previous studies indicating women who have migraines also are more likely to have major cardiovascular disease.