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Health Alert: Flu shot may lower heart attack risk

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(CBS) - Getting a flu shot may not only prevent you from getting the bug, it may also help lower your risk of a heart attack. Cardiovascular problems have been linked to respiratory tract infections often caused by the flu. So researchers in Toronto looked into whether flu vaccinations lowered cases of heart failure and heart attacks. They found among patients with coronary artery disease, those who received the vaccine were half as likely to develop a major heart event compared to those who did not get the vaccine.


(CBS) - New mothers suffering from depression may benefit from online therapy. A new study from Great Britain found mothers who received the internet-based treatment reported less depression and anxiety as well as fewer work and social problems. The results lasted for at least six months. An estimated 10 to 30 percent of new mothers suffer from post partum depression. Researchers say online therapy works because it gives mothers support at times that are convenient for them.


(CBS) - A review of recent studies finds weight-loss surgery is more effective than diet and exercise for obese patients. The analysis found patients who underwent the bariatric operations lost more weight and had higher remission rates of type 2 diabetes than those who chose non-surgical treatment. But the researchers say it's unclear if the benefits hold up after two years.


(CNN) - Female cancers are many times called the silent killers because they have few symptoms until they are in their advanced stages. The female reproductive cancers are cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. Since these cancers have no symptoms or the symptoms are overlooked-- doctors say it's really important for women to  know their bodies well. But for some women, that's easier said than done.

"Women tend to take such good care of everyone else, they often put themselves last on the list. So I think the most important message is to encourage women to take care of themselves, take time for themselves and make time for preventive health."

That means regular pelvic exams, pap smears and HPV testing in order to prevent gynecological cancers. And women should also know their numbers including cholesterol levels, blood pressure readings and sugar counts to avoid diabetes, stroke and heart disease.


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