To Help Beat Heart Disease, Stay Upbeat

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Optimism and a sense of purpose can improve your heart health, new research suggests. Psychological well-being has cardiovascular benefits because people with a positive outlook are more inclined to lead a healthy lifestyle, the researchers concluded. Upbeat people are more likely to eat well, engage in physical activity,…

New Drug Could Help Kids With MS

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say the first drug for children with multiple sclerosis vastly outperformed another common MS medication in a new clinical trial. Fingolimod (Gilenya) reduced relapse rates by 82 percent in patients aged 10 to 17 compared with interferon beta-1a, a drug commonly used to slow the progression of…

Beware a Bolt From the Blue

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — They say lightning never strikes twice, but once is enough for the 47 people it kills in the United States each year. The National Weather Center calls lightning “an underrated killer, hotter than the surface of the sun.” According to University of Nebraska Medical Center researchers, Nebraska alone…

Timing May Be Critical When Taking Meds

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When you take your medications may have a lot to do with how well they work, new research suggests. Using new bioinformatics tools, scientists analyzed thousands of human tissue samples and created a database of daily rhythms in human gene activity that includes many genes that regulate how…