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BPA Again Tied to Diabetes Risk

A new study suggests that people with higher urinary levels of the controversial chemical have a higher risk of diabetes. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a so-called endocrine disruptor, which means it may affect normal hormone activity in the body. This latest study is based on data from a federal health ...

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FDA Approves Cialis for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

The FDA has approved Cialis (tadalafil) as a once-daily treatment for men with erectile dysfunction and benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as BPH, as well as for BPH alone. BPH is a condition in which the prostate enlarges, which can cause urinary symptoms. Since many men who have ED also ...

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Parenthood Correlated With Significant Weight Gain

This will come as little surprise to those with kids but being a parent speeds up weight gain over a lifetime, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and other universities. They analyzed data from a national longitudinal survey that tracked changes in ...

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What Is the Proper Blood Pressure Target for Diabetes Patients?

US researchers performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of intensive vs standard blood pressure control in patients with diabetes or impaired fasting glucose. They identified 13 suitable studies that included 37,736 enrollees. “Intensive BP control was associated with a 10% reduction in all-cause mortality (odds ratio, ...

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Glucose Variability Affects Hemoglobin A1c

At any given average glucose level, high variability results in higher glycosylated hemoglobin level. In a study involving 427 diabetic patients (63% had type 1 diabetes), investigators obtained about 2700 blood glucose measurements per patient during a 3-month period. Glucose variability affected HbA1c in type 1 diabetic patients. In patients ...

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Public Knows about Diabetes, Takes No Action

Americans are well informed about the risks, dangers, and signs of diabetes — but that knowledge does not appear to translate into actions to prevent or control the disease, researchers reported. Almost 87% of the 3,867 type 2 diabetes respondents in a huge national sampling knew that obesity contributes to ...

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Couch Potatoes May Be Missing Exercise Gene

Researchers have found that people who find it easy to keep fit may just have been born with the right genes, and their research also means couch potatoes previously dismissed as lazy could be missing the gene and so naturally find it more difficult to exercise. Researchers removed two genes ...

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Rates of Obesity Doubled in 30 Years

The world is becoming a heavier place. Obesity rates worldwide have doubled in the last three decades, even as blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped, according to three new studies published last week, in The Lancet. Researchers said they were concerned about how much worse the obesity problem could ...

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Working Moms Have Fatter Kids

Children get fatter the more time their mothers spend at work, research has suggested. The Scottish government study said part of the reason could be because busy moms may serve up more ready meals and fast food. The Millennium Cohort study found that seven-year-olds whose moms worked were less likely ...

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US Gets Less for its Healthcare Buck than Other Nations

 Despite outspending 18 other developed nations on healthcare as a percentage of GDP in 2005, the US posted the highest mortality rate among its peers, according to a study. Although the US reduced its mortality rate from 1979 to 2005, 15 of the other developed countries, including the UK, did ...

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