Women’s stroke rate stubbornly steady

A recent study found that while the stroke rate among men has dropped in recent years, the risk for women has stayed the same. While men may be benefiting from prevention and treatment efforts for high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, women do not seem to be reaping the same benefits. This may reflect some risk factors specific to women that should be given additional attention. (Locked) More »

Do I need a shingles vaccine booster?

The shingles vaccine becomes less effective over time, but currently there is no approved booster shot available. To ensure protection at the time of greatest risk, people should get the vaccine at age 60 or older. (Locked) More »

Test may someday help predict diabetes risk

A new test called lipoprotein insulin resistance may more accurately predict whether a woman will develop type 2 diabetes than existing methods of assessing risk, such as family history of the disease, body mass index, and blood glucose levels. The test can pick up on signs of insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes, before a woman has an abnormal glucose test. (Locked) More »

Taking too much vitamin D can cloud its benefits and create health risks

In recent years, there has been more research into the role vitamin D plays in the development of chronic diseases. While evidence showing vitamin D as a cause for disease or a means to prevent it is far from conclusive, vitamin D supplements and testing have seen a surge in popularity. It is important to stick to recommended doses, unless a doctor advises otherwise. Taking too much can be harmful. More »

Study links gum disease to cancer in older women

A new study shows that women with periodontal disease may be at higher risk of cancer, but some experts say they’re skeptical because of study limitations. Even so, it’s important to protect gum health, because periodontal disease has been linked to other health conditions. (Locked) More »