Men's Health

CDC and NHLBI Survey on COPD identifies State-level occurrence Rates

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(Best Syndication News) - A newly released survey of COPD rates was released by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were nationally estimated as well as with surveys conducted in 21 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The surveys included information about the COPD patients’ quality of life and healthcare resources available to them. The newly released 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey was conducted using phone calls throughout the United States. The BRFSS survey contacts people randomly via landline or mobile phones.

Study: Boys with ADHD have more problems as Adults

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(Best Syndication News) - A 33-year follow-up study found that boys that were diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in childhood grew up to have significantly worse outcomes with education, occupation, income, and social areas of their lives. The report was published in the Online First by Archives of General Psychiatry.

Rachel G. Klein, Ph.D., of the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, and colleagues, studied the outcomes of adult men who were diagnosed as being ADHD around the age of 8 years old. The study involved 135 men who were diagnosed with ADHD in childhood and 136 men who were not diagnosed with ADHD.

High Blood Pressure reduced in Men treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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(Best Syndication News) - A study investigated men for sleep apnea to see if treating the breathing disorder would have a positive effect on their hypertension and diabetes. The researchers found that treating men with positive airway pressure (PAP) while sleeping also reduced their blood pressure. The study results were published in the Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

"All types of patients may benefit from this treatment, even those with other chronic medical conditions," said Bharati Prasad, MD, MS, the study's principal investigator. "It's important to now do a prospective study enrolling different types of patients with sleep apnea."

Live up to Six More Years by staying Physically Active and Socially Involved

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(Best Syndication News ) - Making healthy lifestyle choices in old age can increase lifespan by up to six years for men and up to five more years for women, according to a Swedish study published in the online edition of BMJ. Healthy lifestyle choices include not smoking, eating right, staying physically active, and staying socially.

The researchers wanted to see if having healthy habits were just as important after a person turns 75. They wanted to see if there was an extension on a person's lifespan.

To investigate, the researchers studied 1,800 participants that were tracked from 1987 to 2005. Over the 18-year period, the participants were documented for their age, sex, occupation, education, lifestyle habits, what they did in their leisure time, and their socializing network.

CDC suggests that all Baby Boomers be tested for Hepatitis C

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all baby boomers in the country be tested once for the hepatitis C virus. The CDC estimates that 1-in-30 baby boomers are infected with hepatitis C and may not even be aware that they are infected. Baby boomers are people who were born between 1945 and 1965.

The CDC said that hepatitis C can cause the liver to become seriously diseased and in some cases, it could lead to liver cancer. The fastest growing rate for cancer related death is liver cancer. In the US, hepatitis C is also a leading cause for liver transplants.

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