February 28, 2012

Quality of Life, Plus Quantity

1 Knee Replacement Helps Weight Loss, Heart

For patients who can cope with the rehabilitation, knee replacement has long been understood to benefit quality of life. But according to an article by the New York Times by health columnist Tara Parker-Pope, lifespan may also be lengthened. Parker-Pope reports that many knee replacement recipients have lost weight without significant effort. And a new study suggests that the risk of heart failure drops 11 percent three years after surgery. Not only that, another study reports that seven years after surgery the risk of dying for any reason was 50 percent lower (Parker-Pope cautions that this latter study was paid for by a knee replacement manufacturer). Surgeon Richard Rothman cautions that motivation is critical to a successful knee replacement recovery: it's not for everyone.

More at New York Times | Posted 6 years ago by Mark

Previously: Weight Gain Common After Knee Replacement, Telerehab Works After Knee Surgery, Start Rehab Quickly After Knee Surgery, Ankle Replacements Joining Hips and Knees, DePuy Hip Implants Recalled

Tags: Knee Rehab, Knee Replacement, Tara Parker-Pope, Dr. Richard Rothman

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Sort of a Surgical Relay Race

2 Kidney "Transplant Chain" Sets World Record

Inspired after meeting a kidney donor in a supermarket, Californian Rick Ruzzamenti pledged to donate one of his to a stranger. But he wasn't a match for the chosen recipient, Donald C. Terry of Illinois. However, he was a match for a woman whose intended donor wasn't a match for her, but who would pledge his kidney, in turn, to someone else. This began a chain of 60 transplant operations of 30 kidneys from donors to recipients, performed in 17 hospitals across 11 states, a record for such transplant chains. The donors included husbands on behalf of wives, children for parents, mother-in-law for son-in-law, former boyfriend for ex-girlfriend, and strangers for strangers. Unlike the 4,500 Americans who die waiting for a kidney each year. Mr. Terry wound up getting one.

More at Ncbuy.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Health News About "Kidney Transplants"

Tags: Kidney Transplants, Kidney Transplant Chain, Transplant Chains, National Kidney Registry, 60 Transplants, Record Transplant Chain

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Scenic Views May Be Good for You

3 Hawaii Scores As Most Healthy State

Hawaii has scored highest of all states for physical, emotional and mental health, found the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The state has won this honor before, and it's no surprise with their nice weather and beautiful views. CNN reports that people living in Hawaii were also more likely to report lower smoking rates, as well as better exercise and eating habits. The poll, conducted in 2011, included a survey of 353,492 random adults. Other top states for well-being were North Dakota, Minnesota, Alaska and Utah. Five states with the worst scores for well-being were West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Delaware and Ohio.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hawaii Tops List As Nation's Happiest State

Tags: Most Happy State, State Best Wellbeing, Most Healthy State, Advantages Living Hawaii, Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Exercise Habits States, Most Unhappy States

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The Down Side of Sleeping Well

4 Sleeping Pills Elevate Risk of Dying, Cancers

While sleeping pills bring relief to many with insomnia, a new study suggests that taking 18 to 132 doses quadruples the risk of death and increases the likelihood of developing certain several types of cancers. Researchers followed over 10,500 people with an average age of 54 years who were prescribed sleeping pills between 2002 and 2007. People that did not use sleeping pills were used to determine the mortality and cancer rates in those that did. Taking more than 132 doses a year increased the risk of mortality. The main culprits were the benzodiazepines such as temazepam and the non-benzodiazepines Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata, barbiturates and antihistamines that cause sedation. The elevated cancer risks in the sleeping pill group were not linked to any risk factors.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Sleeping Pills, Anxiety Meds May Shorten Life

Tags: Cancer Risk Factors, Insomnia, Side Effects of Sleeping Pills, Sleeping Pills, Temazepam, Benzodiazepines, Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, Barbiturates, Antihistamines

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