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Migraine, Carpal Tunnel May Be Linked
Migraine, Carpal Tunnel May Be Linked MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Carpal tunnel syndrome appears to increase risk for migraine headaches, and migraines may make it more likely that you'll also have carpal tunnel syndrome, new research suggests. The study is the first to find a link between carpal tunnel syndrome and migraine, but the connection is unclear, said Dr. Huay-Zong Law and colleagues of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The two conditions may share some ...
Milliliter-Only Dosing Recommended for Kids' Meds
Milliliter-Only Dosing Recommended for Kids' Meds MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Time to toss out the teaspoon and tablespoon when it comes to sick kids: The best way to measure liquid medications for children is in metric milliliters, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians says. "Metric dosing is the most precise way to dose medications and prevent overdoses," said Dr. Ian Paul, lead author of a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Accidental medication overdoses sen...
More Dangerous Ebola Strain Unlikely, Study Shows
More Dangerous Ebola Strain Unlikely, Study Shows THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola likely won't mutate into a strain that goes airborne or dodges current efforts to develop effective vaccines, tests and treatments for the deadly virus, a new study suggests. That's because the Ebola virus has been mutating at its normal pace during the current West African epidemic, researchers report in the March 26 issue of the journal Science . Samples of Ebola taken nine months apart from the West A...
Midlife Fitness May Be a Real Cancer Fighter for Men
Midlife Fitness May Be a Real Cancer Fighter for Men THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fit middle-aged men appear less likely to develop lung and colon cancer in later life than their out-of-shape peers. And if they do develop cancer, they are more likely to beat it, a new study suggests. Nearly 14,000 men underwent treadmill tests at midlife and had their medical records reviewed at age 65 or older. Researchers found that the fitter guys had roughly half the risk for lung and colon cancer co...
Many May Be OK to Drive 2 Weeks After Getting New Hip: Study
Many May Be OK to Drive 2 Weeks After Getting New Hip: Study WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who've had hip replacement surgery might safely be able to drive as soon as two weeks after the procedure, a new small study finds. This rapid return to getting behind the wheel is due to improvements in surgery, pain management and rehabilitation, the researchers said. Studies conducted more than a decade ago recommended that total hip replacement patients wait six to eight weeks befor...
More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span
More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In more good news for those who fill up on bran cereal and quinoa, a new study suggests that older people who eat a lot of whole grains may live longer than those who hardly ever eat them. Even the obese and sedentary appear to gain a benefit, the researchers added. People should "eat more whole grains and reduce intake of refined carbohydrates," said study co-author Dr. Lu Qi, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard...
Malpractice Fears Spurring Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests
Malpractice Fears Spurring Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all emergency room doctors surveyed order pricey MRIs or CT scans their patients may not need, mainly because they fear malpractice lawsuits, according to a new report. Of 435 ER physicians who completed the survey, 97 percent admitted to ordering some advanced imaging scans that weren't medically necessary, the findings showed. Such scans contribute to the estimated $210 billion wasted ...
More Middle-Aged Americans Are Getting Hips Replaced
More Middle-Aged Americans Are Getting Hips Replaced TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More and more middle-aged Americans are replacing their hips damaged by severe arthritis -- a surgery that used to be largely reserved for elderly people, a new study reports. Researchers found that between 2002 and 2011, the rate of hip-replacement surgery nearly doubled among Americans ages 45 to 64. By 2011, those middle-aged patients accounted for over 42 percent of all hip replacements nationally -- up ...
Many With Alzheimer's Aren't Told of Diagnosis by Doctor: Report
Many With Alzheimer's Aren't Told of Diagnosis by Doctor: Report TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are not telling a majority of their patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's that they have the degenerative brain disease, a new report shows. The research, conducted by the Alzheimer's Association, involved patients whose Medicare records listed treatments that are specific to Alzheimer's disease. However, when the researchers asked the patients (or a caregiver as a proxy) if their doctor ha...
Medicaid Expansion Spotted Many Undiagnosed Diabetes Cases
Medicaid Expansion Spotted Many Undiagnosed Diabetes Cases MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people with newly diagnosed diabetes increased by 23 percent in states that expanded the number of low-income people who are eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. "The study demonstrated the benefit of new Medicaid coverage in identifying people with diabetes and initiating therapy in those historically not having health insurance," Dr. Robert Ratner, ch...
Many Acne Patients Don't Take Their Meds, Survey Shows
Many Acne Patients Don't Take Their Meds, Survey Shows FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many acne patients do not take all their recommended medications, a small new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 143 acne patients and found that 27 percent of them did not obtain or use all of the prescription and over-the-counter products suggested by their dermatologists. "Non-adherence is a pervasive problem in all of medicine, particularly when treating chronic conditions such as acne," study author ...
Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm
Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study calls into question the value of removing blood clots from a patient's heart arteries during angioplasty, a procedure to open blocked arteries. Although manually removing clots has become common medical practice, this study of more than 10,000 heart attack patients found no benefit in terms of reducing death, heart attack or heart failure in the six months after the procedure. Removing ...
Millions of Kidney Failure Patients Die for Lack of Treatment: Study
Millions of Kidney Failure Patients Die for Lack of Treatment: Study FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 2 million kidney failure patients worldwide die prematurely every year because they can't get treatment, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 123 countries with 93 percent of the world's population, and found there were between 5 million to almost 10 million kidney failure patients who required either dialysis or a kidney transplant in 2010. Of the 2.6 million patients w...
More Sex, Better Testosterone Levels?
More Sex, Better Testosterone Levels? FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Experts have long assumed that as a man's testosterone level declines, so does his sex life. But a new study suggests the reverse may be true. "Most people in or out of medicine assume that a lowered serum testosterone may cause reduced sexual activity. But our study questions, if not fully refutes, that assumption and suggests it is the other way around," said Dr. David Handelsman, a researcher at the University of Sydney,...
More Americans Support Vaccines: HealthDay/Harris Poll
More Americans Support Vaccines: HealthDay/Harris Poll THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of the measles outbreak that has generated headlines for months, more Americans now say they have positive feelings toward childhood vaccinations, according to a new HealthDay/Harris Poll. Of more than 2,000 adults surveyed, 87 percent said they thought that the vaccines routinely given to young children are safe. That's up from 77 percent from a similar poll last July . Among the new poll's o...
More Screening Could Cut Annual Colon Cancer Deaths by 21,000: Study
More Screening Could Cut Annual Colon Cancer Deaths by 21,000: Study THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting older adults' colon cancer screening rates to 80 percent by 2018 would lead to 21,000 fewer deaths from the cancer each year in the United States by 2030, a new study suggests. Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Yet in 2013, only 58 percent of American adults aged 50 to 75 underwent recommended screening for it, the study authors said. The study, p...
Most Clinical Trial Results Not Reported on Time to Government
Most Clinical Trial Results Not Reported on Time to Government WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are not promptly reporting the results of clinical trials to a government website specifically created to make the findings of these studies known, new research shows. Only about one out of 10 clinical trials met federal requirements to report their results on ClinicalTrials.gov within one year of the study's completion, researchers found. "We were really surprised to find that report...
Many Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant, Study Finds
Many Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all pregnant women gain more weight than recommended during pregnancy, a new study finds. "This is a concern because gaining too much weight has health consequences for both mothers and infants," said study co-author Andrea Sharma, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Maternal and Infant Health Branch. Some weight gain might result from misconce...
More Evidence That Hormone Therapy Might Not Help Women's Hearts
More Evidence That Hormone Therapy Might Not Help Women's Hearts TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's yet another study looking at the potential dangers of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms, and this one supports the notion that the treatment may not help women's hearts. The research, a review of collected data on the issue, found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not protect most postmenopausal women against heart disease and may even increase their risk of st...
Mom's Age at Childbirth Tied to Son's Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Mom's Age at Childbirth Tied to Son's Risk for Type 2 Diabetes FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's age at childbirth may influence how well her son is able to metabolize sugar by the time he becomes an adult, new Belgian research suggests. In essence, the study suggests that boys born to mothers under the age of 25 or over the age of 34 could face a higher risk for adult type 2 diabetes. "We found that in a group of healthy men between 25 and 45 years old, sugar handling was related to t...
Many U.S. Households Include Someone With Failing Memory
Many U.S. Households Include Someone With Failing Memory THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in eight U.S. households may have an adult with worsening memory loss or confusion, a new survey shows. These symptoms suggest a potential risk of developing more serious memory and thinking problems, such as Alzheimer's disease, the survey authors said. Further, a second study found that almost half of adults aged 45 and older who have experienced increasing memory loss or confusion repor...
Mouse Study Points to Potential Weight-Loss Agent
Mouse Study Points to Potential Weight-Loss Agent THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A molecule found in certain tree leaves helped female mice avoid weight gain, a new study claims. The molecule is found in the leaves of several types of trees in Central and South America. It binds to a receptor in muscle cells and speeds up energy metabolism in female mice. This allowed the female mice to eat high-fat foods without gaining weight or accumulating fat, researchers found. However, it's important...
Minorities More Likely to Gain Weight in Childhood, Report Shows
Minorities More Likely to Gain Weight in Childhood, Report Shows THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Minorities may be more prone than whites to gaining weight during childhood, which puts them at greater risk for becoming overweight or obese adults, new research says. In the study, blacks, Hispanics and American Indians were more likely to surpass a normal weight at age 18 than whites were, the study found. All of this "likely reflects complex relationships between physiology, culture, socioeco...
Medical Bills Another Burden for Eczema Patients: Study
Medical Bills Another Burden for Eczema Patients: Study WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Eczema isn't just a painful, chronic problem for many -- it's a big drain on the pocketbook, too, a new study finds. Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago report that adults with eczema have higher health costs and more health care-related problems than those without the skin condition. That finding didn't surprise dermatologists. "When their skin is not properly m...
Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout
Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many transplant surgeons in the United States suffer burnout, a new study reveals. Researchers at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute in Detroit surveyed 218 male and female transplant surgeons, aged 31 to 79. Almost half said they had a low sense of personal accomplishment, and 40 percent reported high levels of emotional exhaustion. "This combination suggests that transplant surgeons are extremely invested in and enga...
More Cases of High Blood Pressure in Less Affluent States
More Cases of High Blood Pressure in Less Affluent States THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your odds of suffering from high blood pressure may rise depending on the state you live in, a new study suggests. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that people living in low-income states are more likely to have the ailment, compared to those living in more affluent states. The study "suggests that hypertension risk may be influenced by societal structures, insti...
Measles Cases Pass 150 Mark, CDC Says
Measles Cases Pass 150 Mark, CDC Says MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people infected with measles has increased slightly to 154 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. health officials reported Monday. Last week, the number of cases was 141, officials said. The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California in December, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it's believed that the source of the infection was likely...
Most HIV Infections Come From Undiagnosed or Untreated People: Study
Most HIV Infections Come From Undiagnosed or Untreated People: Study MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If an American becomes infected with HIV, chances are he or she contracted the virus from someone who didn't know they were infected or wasn't getting proper treatment. That's the message of a new U.S. study, which found that undiagnosed and untreated people with HIV may be responsible for more than nine out of 10 new infections. The findings "highlight the community-wide prevention benefits of...
Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Lower Levels of Key Nutrients in Women
Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Lower Levels of Key Nutrients in Women FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) have lower levels of important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients than those without the disease, new research finds. "Since MS is a chronic inflammatory disorder, having enough nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties may help prevent the disease or reduce the risk of attacks for those who already have MS," study author Sandra Cassard, of John Hopk...
Measles Can Rob a Child's Sight, Doctors Warn
Measles Can Rob a Child's Sight, Doctors Warn FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the midst of the current resurgence of measles across the United States, many people may still believe it's a harmless, transient disease. But experts warn that even before the telltale skin rash appears, the infection typically shows up in the eyes. In rare cases, measles can trigger long-term vision problems and even blindness. Also, one or two of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from it, according ...
More Americans Dying From Hypothermia, CDC Says
More Americans Dying From Hypothermia, CDC Says THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More people are dying from hypothermia in the United States, a new government report shows, raising fresh worries for a nation that has been pounded by a steady succession of winter storms this year. Those most at risk for hypothermia include seniors, the mentally ill, people addicted to alcohol or drugs, and those living alone, according to the analysis published Feb. 20 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ...
More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago
More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Survival rates are improving for many people with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon or rectum, especially for those diagnosed at younger ages, a new study reports. Cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United States, but advances in radiation, chemotherapy and targeted treatments have improved survival, the researchers said. "Although survival rates for most cancers have imp...
Mammogram Rates May Fall When Women Learn of 'Overdiagnosis' Risk
Mammogram Rates May Fall When Women Learn of 'Overdiagnosis' Risk THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Educating women about the possibility of "overdiagnosis" from mammography screening may make some of them less likely to get the test, a new study says. One expert said the findings are important. "The take-home message needs to be that women should be informed, not only of the benefits of mammography, but also of the shortcomings of the test," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncolo...
Mental Health Woes Common Among Homeless Kids, Study Finds
Mental Health Woes Common Among Homeless Kids, Study Finds THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One-quarter of homeless children in the United States require mental health services -- far more than kids in the general population, a new study shows. North Carolina State University researchers examined data on 328 children, aged 2 months to 6 years, at 11 homeless shelters in Wake County, N.C. "We found that 25 percent of the children in shelters needed mental health services, based on their social...
Many LGBT Medical Students Don't Reveal Sexual Identity
Many LGBT Medical Students Don't Reveal Sexual Identity WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of discrimination is a major reason why about one-third of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) medical students stay "in the closet," new research finds. The study included almost 1,000 LGBT respondents who answered an online survey. The survey was sent to every medical student in the United States and Canada during the 2009-2010 academic year. Thirty percent of those who said they were LG...
Mouse Study Explores Secrets of Marijuana 'Munchies'
Mouse Study Explores Secrets of Marijuana 'Munchies' WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The marijuana "munchies" -- those food cravings that follow pot use -- appear to be driven by neurons in the brain that normally suppress appetite, a new mouse study suggests. Pot's chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, appear to upend the body's ability to control appetite by influencing a group of nerve cells called pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons, researchers report Feb. 18 in the journal Nature ....
Measles Cases Continue to Rise Across the United States
Measles Cases Continue to Rise Across the United States TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases in the United States has reached 141 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal health officials reported Tuesday. The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California in December, the CDC says, and it's believed that the source of the infection was likely a foreign visitor or a U.S. resident returning from abroad. Measles is still common in many ...
Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains
Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of methamphetamine causes more brain damage in teens than adults, a new study finds. Researchers conducted MRI brain scans of 51 teen and 54 adult chronic methamphetamine abusers. They compared those scans to those of 60 teens and 60 adults who didn't use the drug. The study participants were all from South Korea. Compared to the adult methamphetamine users, the teen methamphetamine users had grea...
Minority Kids Less Likely to Get Latest Type 1 Diabetes Care, Study Finds
Minority Kids Less Likely to Get Latest Type 1 Diabetes Care, Study Finds TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The care of type 1 diabetes has evolved rapidly over the past few decades, but not all racial and ethnic groups seem to be benefiting from the latest treatments, a new study indicates. The researchers found that black children with type 1 diabetes were less than half as likely to receive treatment with an insulin pump than white children were -- and that difference persisted even when the...
More Evidence That Even 'Moderate' Exercise Helps Women's Hearts
More Evidence That Even 'Moderate' Exercise Helps Women's Hearts MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even a few bouts of moderate exercise each week can cut a middle-aged woman's odds for heart disease, blood clots and stroke, a new study finds. The British study also found that exercising more frequently didn't lead to greater reductions in heart risk. The take-home message, according to study lead author Miranda Armstrong: "To prevent heart disease, stroke and blood clots, women don't have to be...
Moldy Homes May Mean More Asthma in Young Kids
Moldy Homes May Mean More Asthma in Young Kids MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children appear more likely to develop asthma if their living rooms, kitchens or bedrooms have mold or moisture damage, according to a new study. Children were most susceptible to developing asthma with mold exposure during their first two years of life, or if they already had allergies. However, mold did not increase children's risk of developing allergies in the first place. "The most significant finding was that ...
More Than Half of Women Have Hot Flashes for at Least 7 Years
More Than Half of Women Have Hot Flashes for at Least 7 Years MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats aren't a short-term problem. More than half of women experience these unpleasant change-of-life symptoms for seven years or more, a new study finds. "Women should not be surprised if their hot flashes last a number of years," said lead researcher Nancy Avis, a professor of social sciences and health policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Sale...
Meat-Heavy, High-Acid Diet Poses Risk for Those With Kidney Disease: Study
Meat-Heavy, High-Acid Diet Poses Risk for Those With Kidney Disease: Study FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients struggling with chronic kidney disease who routinely consume meat-rich, highly acidic diets may boost their risk for kidney failure, a new study suggests. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, kidney dysfunction can hamper the organ's elimination of acid from the body, causing a high-acid condition known as metabolic acidosis. Experts have long suspected that a hig...
Mental Health Disorders May Shorten Life Span: Study
Mental Health Disorders May Shorten Life Span: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with mental health conditions such as depression, chronic anxiety and schizophrenia tend to die at younger ages than their peers without psychiatric disorders, a new research review says. In fact, the researchers estimated that mental health disorders typically rob people of nearly a decade of life, and account for 8 million deaths worldwide each year. The findings, published online Feb. 11 in JAMA P...
Milk Lurks in Some Dark Chocolate, Posing Allergy Risk: FDA
Milk Lurks in Some Dark Chocolate, Posing Allergy Risk: FDA WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some boxes of scrumptious dark chocolate given to sweethearts on Valentine's Day might contain milk -- a hidden danger for those allergic to dairy products. A new study conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed that many dark chocolate products contained milk, but didn't say so on their labels. "This can be a problem, since even one small bite of a product containing milk can cause ...
More Stroke Patients Getting Clot-Buster Quickly, Study Shows
More Stroke Patients Getting Clot-Buster Quickly, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More community hospitals are giving a powerful clot-busting medication to stroke victims, improving their chances of survival and recovery, new research shows. These local hospitals are becoming more comfortable using the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue-plasminogen activator) due to a new treatment scheme known as "drip and ship," said study author Dr. Kevin Sheth, chief of the neurocritical care and...
Mercury in Seafood May Raise Risk of Autoimmune Diseases in Women: Study
Mercury in Seafood May Raise Risk of Autoimmune Diseases in Women: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The mercury found in some seafood may be linked to autoimmune disorders among women of childbearing age, new research suggests. Autoimmune diseases develop when the body's immune response goes awry and starts to attack healthy cells. Such diseases include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and "Sjogren's syndrome." All told, these diseases affect ro...
Many Americans Don't Handle Poultry Safely When Cooking, Study Finds
Many Americans Don't Handle Poultry Safely When Cooking, Study Finds SUNDAY, Feb. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans do not follow recommended safety practices when handling and cooking poultry, a new study finds. Fewer than two-thirds of consumers have a food thermometer, and less than 10 percent of those who have the devices use them to check if poultry is cooked to a safe temperature, the researchers reported. "The USDA [U.S. Department of Agriculture] recommends consumers use a food thermome...
Many States Still in Flu's Grip, But Some Areas Report Declines
Many States Still in Flu's Grip, But Some Areas Report Declines FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While levels of flu remain high throughout parts of the United States, some areas are reporting declines, government health officials reported Friday. "We have seen a national peak in influenza, but we are still seeing some increases in activity, specifically on the West Coast, and the Northeast and New England," said Dr. Lyn Finelli, chief of surveillance and outbreak response in the influenza divis...
Money Tops Americans' List of Stressors
Money Tops Americans' List of Stressors WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Money continues to be the leading cause of stress for Americans, a new survey finds. Overall, stress in the United States is at a seven-year low, and average stress levels are declining, the American Psychological Association poll found. But money worries continue to nag at the American psyche, despite the ongoing economic recovery, the association says in its report released Feb. 4, titled Stress in America: Paying With...
Modern Birth Control Methods Could Avoid 15 Million Unwanted Pregnancies: Report
Modern Birth Control Methods Could Avoid 15 Million Unwanted Pregnancies: Report WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If more women had access to modern birth control methods and used them correctly, there would be 15 million fewer unwanted pregnancies in low- and middle-income nations each year, a new study suggests. For women in these countries, unwanted pregnancies can have serious consequences, including death, disease, disability and fewer educational and job opportunities, the researchers n...
Mercury Air Pollution Reflected in Ocean Fish, Study Says
Mercury Air Pollution Reflected in Ocean Fish, Study Says TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rising mercury levels in the air are likely to blame for increasing amounts of mercury in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna, researchers say. Mercury concentrations in the fish are rising by 3.8 percent or more a year, they found after analyzing data from 1971, 1998 and 2008. "The take-home message is that mercury in tuna appears to be increasing in lockstep with data and model predictions for mercury concentration...
Medicare Patients Aren't Benefitting From Surgical Report Cards: Study
Medicare Patients Aren't Benefitting From Surgical Report Cards: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Report cards on the quality of surgical care provided by hospitals don't appear to benefit Medicare patients, a new study finds. The report cards have been issued under the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) since the early 2000s. Trained nurses at participating hospitals record and submit data about every operation. The goal is to prompt ho...
Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year
Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For a growing number of Americans, the final year of life is marked by pain, depression and other distressing symptoms, a new study finds. Experts said the study, published Feb. 2 in Annals of Internal Medicine , highlights disturbing shortcomings in the U.S. health care system. Researchers found that between 1998 and 2010, the number of Americans who suffered pain in their last year of life rose from 54 pe...
Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds
Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medication-related problems -- from side effects to improper use -- may be the cause of many kids' trips to the emergency room, a new study suggests. Researchers found that at one Canadian children's hospital, medication-related problems accounted for one in 12 ER visits over a year. And about two-thirds of those incidents were preventable, the researchers concluded. The findings, published online Feb....
More Evidence That Boxing Can Lead to Brain Damage
More Evidence That Boxing Can Lead to Brain Damage THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Another study supports the notion that repeated blows to the head in boxing or the martial arts can damage the brain. The study, led by Dr. Charles Bernick of the Cleveland Clinic, included professional fighters -- 93 boxers and 131 mixed martial arts experts. They ranged in age from 18 to 44, and were compared against 22 people of similar age with no history of head injuries. The amount of time the boxers and...
More Measles Cases Seen in January Than in Typical Year: CDC
More Measles Cases Seen in January Than in Typical Year: CDC THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The United States has seen more cases of measles in January than it usually does in an entire year, federal health officials said Thursday. A total of 84 cases in 14 states were reported between Jan. 1 and Jan. 28, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during an afternoon news conferenc...
More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants, Experts Estimate
More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants, Experts Estimate WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Organ transplants have saved more than 2 million years of life in the United States over 25 years, new research shows. But less than half of the people who needed a transplant in that time period got one, according to a report published in the Jan. 28 online edition of the journal JAMA Surgery . "The critical shortage of donors continues to hamper this field: only 47.9 percent of...
Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80
Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80 WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 1 in 5 Americans 80 and older has weak strength in their muscles, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number declines in younger age brackets, with just 2 percent of Americans ages 60 to 79 having weak strength, the new report found. A loss of muscle strength is common in old age and can impair daily function. For example, more than half (55 percent) o...
MRI Improves Prostate Cancer Biopsy Accuracy, Study Finds
MRI Improves Prostate Cancer Biopsy Accuracy, Study Finds TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prostate biopsies that combine MRI technology with ultrasound appear to give men better information regarding the seriousness of their cancer, a new study suggests. The new technology -- which uses MRI scans to help doctors biopsy very specific portions of the prostate -- diagnosed 30 percent more high-risk cancers than standard prostate biopsies in men suspected of prostate cancer, researchers reported....
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