New ‘Patch’ May Repair Damaged Hearts

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A patch that might one day help repair heart attack damage has been developed by researchers. The patch, which consists of fully functioning artificial human heart muscle, is large enough to cover damage typically caused by a heart attack, according to biomedical engineers at Duke University. The Duke…

Does Marriage Help Preserve Your Brain?

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Tie the knot, save the brain? A new research review suggests there’s something about marriage — or people who get and stay married — that significantly lowers the risk of mental decline in old age. “We were surprised by the strength of our findings,” said review lead author…

Patients React Poorly When Docs Say ‘No’

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Patients used to see doctors as kindly-but-firm professionals — experts who knew what they were talking about and whose advice should be heeded, even if it wasn’t necessarily welcome. But these days, people have become demanding health care consumers, and they don’t respond well when a doctor disagrees…