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More U.S. Newborns Enduring Drug Withdrawal: Study
More U.S. Newborns Enduring Drug Withdrawal: Study SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units to treat symptoms of drug withdrawal has nearly quadrupled since 2004, researchers report. Neonatal abstinence syndrome -- a drug-withdrawal syndrome that often occurs after exposure to prescription narcotic painkillers during pregnancy -- affected only seven babies for every 1,000 admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in 2004. By ...
More Than 1 in 10 Teens Has Tried E-Cigarettes, Study Finds
More Than 1 in 10 Teens Has Tried E-Cigarettes, Study Finds SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American teens' use of electronic cigarettes is growing, especially among those who also smoke tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed more than 10,000 teens across the nation from 2012 to 2014. They found that 22 percent of teens used tobacco cigarettes, 13 percent used water pipes (hookahs), and 10 percent used e-cigarettes during that time. Teens' use of e-cigarettes rose ...
Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Shielding African Children
Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Shielding African Children THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- According to the World Health Organization, about 584,000 people, mostly in Africa, die from mosquito-borne malaria each year. Most of those victims are children, but the success of a new malaria vaccine in late-stage trials could offer real hope against the disease, experts say. There is currently no vaccine for malaria, and the new vaccine, called RTS,S/AS01, was developed for use in sub-Saharan Af...
Moderate Drinking May Be Less Beneficial for Blacks
Moderate Drinking May Be Less Beneficial for Blacks THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Moderate drinking appears to offer greater health benefits to whites than to blacks, a new study suggests. Previous research found a link between moderate drinking and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and premature death, but the participants in those studies were mostly white. "Current dietary guidelines recommend moderate consumption for adult Americans who consume alcoholic beverages. Our st...
Many Breast Cancer Patients Still Opt for Mastectomy Over Lump Removal
Many Breast Cancer Patients Still Opt for Mastectomy Over Lump Removal THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer surgeries have advanced so that surgeons can often remove the tumor while safely conserving the breast, in what's known as lumpectomy. But a new study shows that even though this breast-conserving surgery has a high success rate, many patients who are eligible for it still choose to have the entire breast removed. "We don't have an answer for why this is the case, but we hope...
Mindfulness-Based Therapy as Good as Meds for Depression, Study Says
Mindfulness-Based Therapy as Good as Meds for Depression, Study Says TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy might offer an alternative for people with depression who don't want to take antidepressants long-term, British researchers say. Their study, published April 21 online in The Lancet , found this new therapy was as effective as antidepressant drugs in preventing a recurrence of depression over a two-year period. "Depression frequently is a recurring and rela...
Many Young Adults With Autism Face Unemployment, Isolation
Many Young Adults With Autism Face Unemployment, Isolation TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As children with autism grow older, many approach adulthood without continued access to the kind of special needs services they routinely received as children, a new report warns. The "National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood" also reveals that such children may enter adulthood without the advanced planning they need to find jobs or live independently after high school. Autism...
More Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Facing Dangerous Complication
More Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Facing Dangerous Complication TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of American children and teens with type 1 diabetes are experiencing a life-threatening complication at the time of their diagnosis, a new study finds. Researchers say a lack of insurance may mean some children are getting diagnosed with type 1 late in its development, when serious complications can arise. The complication is called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which involves dangero...
More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9/11 Responders
More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9/11 Responders THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who came to the rescue at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, have some of the same chronic health problems that their colleagues in the police and fire departments do, a new study finds. When tracked over 12 years following the attacks, EMS 9/11 responders were seven times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than EMS wor...
Mouse Study Suggests Immune Disorder May Play Role in Alzheimer's
Mouse Study Suggests Immune Disorder May Play Role in Alzheimer's TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An immune system disorder may play a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease, research in mice suggests. Duke University researchers found that in a mouse model of Alzheimer's, something goes wrong with certain immune cells that normally protect the brain, and the cells start to consume an important nutrient called arginine. In mice, treatment with a drug called difluoromethylornithine (D...
Muscle Strength Helps Baseball Pitchers Avoid Injury
Muscle Strength Helps Baseball Pitchers Avoid Injury MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The strength of a baseball pitcher's arm muscles may play a larger role in elbow injury risk and prevention than previously thought, a new study suggests. "Muscles matter in baseball. We showed that a pitcher could be at a really high risk or a really low risk of elbow injury, depending on how strong and capable his muscles are," study author James Buffi, a recent Ph.D. biomedical engineering graduate from No...
Medical Costs Hit Residents of Texas, Florida Especially Hard, Study Finds
Medical Costs Hit Residents of Texas, Florida Especially Hard, Study Finds FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Significantly more adults in Florida and Texas struggle to pay medical bills or pay off medical debt over time compared with residents of New York and California, a new report finds. The study, which compared health coverage in the four largest states, found 40 percent of adults in Florida and Texas have trouble paying medical bills or said they're paying over time versus 30 percent in N...
Many Very Ill Patients Choose 'Next of Kin' Who Aren't, Study Finds
Many Very Ill Patients Choose 'Next of Kin' Who Aren't, Study Finds TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one out of 10 veterans in Connecticut younger than 65 have chosen someone who is not part of their immediate family as their next of kin, a new study reports. Immediate -- or nuclear -- family generally includes a person's spouse, adult child, parent or sibling. However, state laws won't allow non-immediate family members to make medical decisions on behalf of the patients, unless the pa...
Music Soothes Cats During Surgery
Music Soothes Cats During Surgery THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hearing music -- especially classical music -- may help cats relax during surgery, a new small study reports. The research included 12 female pet cats who were being spayed. The felines were outfitted with headphones while under anesthesia. They heard two minutes of silence, followed by two minutes each of a classical music piece, a pop song and a heavy metal song. Relaxation was measured by the cats' respiratory rates and pup...
More People Dying of Heart Disease, Stroke Worldwide: Study
More People Dying of Heart Disease, Stroke Worldwide: Study THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite medical advances, a new study shows that more people are dying of heart disease and stroke worldwide than did a quarter century ago because the global population is growing, and growing older. The good news is that the death rate -- the number of deaths in relation to the size of the population -- fell in most regions of the world. The declining death rate reflects better diets, less tobacco s...
More TV Time May Mean Higher Diabetes Risk, Study Finds
More TV Time May Mean Higher Diabetes Risk, Study Finds THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If you're on the verge of developing diabetes, parking yourself in front of the TV might be one of the worst things you could do for your health, a new study suggests. Every extra hour a person with prediabetes spends watching TV each day raises their risk of developing full-blown type 2 diabetes by 3.4 percent, according to research published April 1 in the journal Diabetologia . The study couldn't prove...
More Americans Survive Childhood Cancers, But Health Problems Persist
More Americans Survive Childhood Cancers, But Health Problems Persist WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are surviving childhood cancers than ever before, but many suffer lingering health problems as adults, a new study finds. About 70 percent of adults who survived cancer in childhood have a mild or moderate chronic condition. And nearly one-third have a severe, disabling or life-threatening condition, the researchers found. "The fact that many of the indicators of the chronic ...
Man's Iced Tea Habit May Have Swamped His Kidneys
Man's Iced Tea Habit May Have Swamped His Kidneys WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking too much iced tea might be surprisingly hard on your kidneys, a new case report contends. After conducting a kidney biopsy on a 56-year-old man with unexplained kidney failure, doctors discovered numerous oxalate crystals in his kidney tissue. Oxalate is a naturally occurring substance found in food and drinks. Black tea is a significant source of oxalate, and the man acknowledged drinking 16 glasses ...
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...
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