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Strep Antistreptolysin O Titer (Blood)
Strep Antistreptolysin O Titer (Blood) Does this test have other names? ASO titer What is this test? This test looks for antibodies that your body made while fighting off group A Streptococcus bacteria. These are antibodies against a substance called streptolysin O, made by the bacteria. Group A Streptococcus can cause strep throat and other infections that can eventually lead to other, more serious, conditions. These include rheumatic fever and streptococcal glomerulonephritis, a disorder of the kidney...
Stool Culture Does this test have other names? Stool test, stool sample What is this test? This test looks for bacteria, viruses, and other germs in your stool. This test can help find out what's causing a digestive tract infection. For this test, your stool sample is put in a special container with the nutrients that bacteria or other germs need to grow. The lab waits until enough germs are present to be seen under a microscope. Once your healthcare provider knows the type of germ causing your infectio...
Sputum Culture Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This test finds out what's causing your lung infection. Sputum, or phlegm, is the mucus that settles in the lower airways of your lungs when you have an infection or a chronic illness. A lung infection like pneumonia can cause you to cough up phlegm. Other conditions, including bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can also cause coughing and make it difficult to breathe. This test helps your healthcare pro...
Sodium (Urine) Does this test have other names? Urine sodium test, Na test What is this test? This test measures the amount of sodium, or salt, in your urine. Sodium is in almost everything you eat. It's found in many processed foods, like pretzels and chips. It's even in some medicines. Your body needs some sodium to balance other minerals that circulate in your blood and to carry nutrients to different parts of your body. If you get too much sodium, your kidneys normally absorb it and clear it from yo...
Sodium (Blood) Does this test have other names? Na test What is this test? This test measures the levels of sodium in your blood. Sodium is an element needed for your body's cells to work correctly. You can get the sodium you need through your diet. Sodium helps make sure that your nerves and muscles can work as they should. Sodium is also important because it helps maintain the correct balance of fluids in your body, so that you don't have too much water. The kidneys help keep sodium at a healthy level...
Sjogren Antibody (Blood)
Sjögren Antibody (Blood) Does this test have other names? SS-A (or Ro), SS-B (or La) What is this test? This is a blood test for Sjögren syndrome. This condition is an autoimmune disease that makes it hard for your glands to make enough moisture. The condition causes discomfort by drying out mucous membranes, including the ones in the mouth, eyes, nose, lungs, and vagina. Sjögren may also affect the joints, kidneys, and the nervous, vascular, respiratory, and digestive systems. To help diagnose the cond...
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (Blood)
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (Blood) Does this test have other names? SHBG blood test What is this test? This test measures the level of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in your blood. SHBG is a protein made by your liver. It binds tightly to 3 sex hormones found in both men and women. These hormones are estrogen; dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and testosterone. SHBG carries these three hormones throughout your blood. Although SHBG binds 3 hormones, the hormone that's critical in this test is testosteron...
Serotonin Does this test have other names? 5-HT test What is this test? This test is sometimes used to help to diagnose carcinoid syndrome. This problem can occur in people with carcinoid tumors. These tumors grow from a certain type of cell, and they usually show up in the lungs, stomach, small intestine, rectum, and appendix. Some carcinoid tumors can convert a substance made from an amino acid in the body called tryptophan into a chemical called serotonin. Serotonin is further broken down to 5-HIAA. ...
Semen Analysis Does this test have other names? Semen testing What is this test? This is a series of tests that looks at how healthy your semen and sperm are. Male infertility is often caused by low sperm count, abnormal sperm movement, or weak sperm. If you and your partner are trying to conceive, the results of this test can help you figure out the next steps you may want to take. Why do I need this test? You may have a semen analysis if you and your partner haven't been able to conceive. You may also...
Salmonella Culture (Stool)
Salmonella Culture (Stool) Does this test have other names? Stool culture What is this test? This test looks for salmonella bacteria in your stool. Having these bacteria in your stool means you have a salmonella infection. Salmonella infection takes many forms, but the most common in the U.S. is gastroenteritis, also called a "stomach bug." You can get it if you eat food contaminated by animal feces. Food is often contaminated during processing, such as when raw meat comes in contact with other foods. U...
Salicylate (Blood) Does this test have other names? Salicylate serum test, serum salicylate level test, serum salicylate concentration test What is this test? This is a blood test to check for salicylate intoxication, which is usually caused by an overdose of aspirin. This test is also used to check for the correct aspirin dose in people who are given high doses of aspirin to treat inflammation from arthritis. Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). Other salicylates are found in some wart removers...
Strep Screen (Rapid)
Strep Screen (Rapid) Does this test have other names? Throat swab, rapid strep test, rapid antigen test What is this test? The rapid strep screen is used to test for bacteria called group A streptococcus. Group A streptococcus bacteria cause illnesses such as strep throat and scarlet fever—a rash that may occur after a case of strep throat. Strep throat and scarlet fever can cause a number of symptoms, particularly a fever and a sore throat. These illnesses are quite contagious and require antibiotics t...
Skull Base Rhabdomyosarcoma in Children
Skull Base Rhabdomyosarcoma in Children What is skull base rhabdomyosarcoma? Rhabdomyosarcoma is a type of cancer. It starts in cells that grow into skeletal muscle cells. The cells are called rhabdomyoblasts. Skeletal muscles control all of a person’s voluntary muscle movements. The cancer is most common in children under age 10, but it is rare. It can form anywhere in the body. A skull base rhabdomyosarcoma forms in the head and neck. It grows in the area where the spine connects to the skull (skull b...
Scrotal Swelling in Children
Scrotal Swelling in Children Your son's scrotum is the sac that holds the two testicles. Scrotal swelling is a common problem seen in young boys and baby boys. It can have many causes. These are usually divided into painless and painful scrotal swelling. Hydrocele. Click to Enlarge. Causes of painless scrotal swelling Painless swelling can come on suddenly or slowly over time. Here are some of the more common causes: Hernias and hydroceles. These are the most common causes of scrotal swelling. They are ...
School-Based Occupational Therapy
School-Based Occupational Therapy School-based occupational therapy is a type of help given to children at school to help them be more successful. Your child may be able to get this type of help if he or she qualifies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). An occupational therapist (OT) will look at your child to figure out whether he or she needs help at school. The OT will watch your child in school, evaluate your child's performance, and talk with other health care professional...
Stress Fractures in Young Athletes
Stress Fractures in Young Athletes Competitive sports can give some young athletes an edge over their peers. When fun, teamwork, and good sportsmanship are the top goals, sports can improve young kids' physical and emotional health, self-esteem, and even their relationship skills. Unfortunately, young athletes must also compensate for still-growing bones, tendons, and muscles, and sometimes sports injuries occur. The most common type of sports injury is an overuse injury such as a stress fracture. Overu...
Speech Sound Disorders in Children
Speech Sound Disorders in Children As young children learn language skills, it's normal for them to have some difficulty saying words correctly. That's part of the learning process. Their speech skills develop over time. They master certain sounds and words at each age. By age 8, most children have learned how to master all word sounds. But some children have speech sound disorders. This means they have trouble saying certain sounds and words past the expected age. This can make it hard to understand wh...
Sports and Children with Special Needs
Sports and Children with Special Needs All children can benefit from the exercise, energy release, and pure enjoyment of playing sports, and this includes children with special needs. About 18% of children in the U.S. have a disability or chronic condition. Special needs children are sometimes not encouraged to exercise because their parents or guardians fear they'll be hurt. But physical activity is as important for special needs children, as it is for any child. Participating in sports can help instil...
Sympathetic Nerve Blocks for Pain
Sympathetic Nerve Blocks for Pain A sympathetic nerve block is believed by many pain health care providers to be an effective method for controlling chronic pain. However, there is not a great deal of medical evidence to show whether these blocks are actually helpful. This therapy targets the sympathetic nervous system, a series of nerves that spread out from your spine to your body to help control several involuntary body functions, or body functions that you have no control over. These include blood f...
Skull Base Surgery
Skull Base Surgery The skull is composed of bones and cartilage that form the face and the cranium, which surrounds the brain. You can feel the bones of the cranium on top of the skull. The five bones that form the bottom, or base, of the cranium also form the eye socket, roof of the nasal cavity, some of the sinuses, and the bones that surround the inner ear. The skull base is a crowded and complicated area with different openings that the spinal cord, many blood vessels, and nerves all pass through. S...
Sympathectomy What is a sympathectomy? Deep inside your chest, a structure called the sympathetic nerve chain runs up and down along your spine. During a sympathectomy, a surgeon cuts or clamps this nerve chain. This keeps nerve signals from passing through it. Why might I need a sympathectomy? This procedure is used to treat a condition called hyperhidrosis or heavy sweating in the palms of the hands, the face, the underarms, and sometimes the feet. It's also used for facial blushing, some chronic pain...
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Procedure overview A sentinel lymph node biopsy is a surgical procedure that helps healthcare providers determine if or how far a cancer has spread within the body. Lymph nodes are part of the body’s lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is one weapon your body uses to fight infections like cancer, bacteria, and other foreign materials. The system consists of a clear fluid called lymph that traps these particles. This fluid flows to your lymph nodes. Nodes are small, round or...
Skull Base Chordoma
Skull Base Chordoma A chordoma is a form of bone cancer that can occur anywhere along the length of the spine, from the base of the skull to the lower back. When it occurs at the base of the skull, it is known as skull base chordoma. Because of its location in the base of the skull, it commonly affects vital structures, such as the nerves that control movement of the face, eyes, and swallowing. Facts about skull base chordoma Chordomas are rare cancers. Anyone can develop a chordoma at any age,but they ...
Stroke in Children
Stroke in Children A stroke is a brain injury caused by the interruption of blood flow to part of the brain. Stroke can be caused by a blocked blood vessel (ischemic stroke) or by bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen, which is carried by the blood. When blood flow stops, brain cells start to die. Stroke is much more common in adults than children. Because a stroke isn't expected in a child, the diagnosis may be delayed. A child, however, often recovers ...
Spinal Arteriovenous Malformations
Spinal Arteriovenous Malformations What is a spinal arteriovenous malformation? Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) occur when the connections between your veins and arteries don't form correctly and the vessels become entangled. Usually, these abnormalities develop in the fetus, or in a newborn baby. AVMs can occur anywhere in the body. When they happen in the spinal cord and brain, they are called neurological AVMs, and are more likely to affect different parts of your body. This is because the brain a...
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage What is a subarachnoid hemorrhage? A subarachnoid hemorrhage means that there is bleeding in the space that surrounds the brain. Most often, it occurs when a weakened area in a blood vessel (aneurysm) on the surface of the brain bursts and leaks. The blood then builds up around the brain and inside the skull increasing pressure on the brain. This can cause brain cell damage, life-long complications, and disabilities. When an aneurysm is located in the brain, it's called a cerebra...
Stages of Alzheimer Disease
Stages of Alzheimer Disease Alzheimer disease is a brain disorder that causes memory loss, confusion, and changes in personality. It is a type of dementia. At first, people with this disease have only a small amount of memory loss and confusion. This is called “cognitive decline.” Over time, however, these symptoms get more severe. The disease progresses through 3 main stages of symptoms. In the final stage, people with Alzheimer disease may be unable to talk with family members or know what is going on...
Sleep Deprivation What is sleep deprivation? Sleep deprivation means you’re not getting enough sleep. For most adults, the amount of sleep needed for best health is 7 to 8 hours each night. When you get less sleep than that, as many people do, it can eventually lead to a whole host of health problems. These can include forgetfulness, being less able to fight off infections, and even mood swings and depression. What causes sleep deprivation? Sleep deprivation is not a specific disease. It is usually the ...
Snoring What is snoring? Some people breathe heavily when they sleep. Others make a soft whistling sound, and still others snore loudly. Snoring doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a medical condition, but it can sometimes be a sign of a serious sleep disorder, including sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by loud snoring followed by a few seconds of quiet because of a pause in breathing. This is followed by another loud sound, like a snort, then the snoring resumes. Snoring is common—as many a...
Spinal Cord Tumor Overview
Spinal Cord Tumor Overview A tumor forms when an abnormal cell grow to form a mass of abnormal cells. Spinal cord tumors are tumors that form on the spinal cord or in the area around it. A spinal cord tumor may be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). Even if benign, a tumor often causes pain and discomfort because it pushes on the spinal cord or nerves. A spinal cord tumor may be called “primary,” which means the cancer started in the spinal cord, or “secondary,” which means the cancer starte...
Status Epilpeticus What is status epilepticus? A seizure involves abnormal electrical activity in the brain affecting both the mind and the body. Many problems can cause you to have a seizure. These include high fever, brain infections, abnormal sodium or blood sugar levels, or head injuries. If you have epilepsy , you may have seizures repeatedly. A seizure that lasts at least 30 minutes is called status epilepticus, or a prolonged seizure . This is a medical emergency that may lead to permanent brain ...
Sick Sinus Syndrome
Sick Sinus Syndrome What is sick sinus syndrome? Sick sinus syndrome is a type of abnormal heartbeat, or arrhythmia. If you have sick sinus, you may have episodes when your heart beats very slowly, stops beating for a short while, or beats very rapidly. Sick sinus syndrome is not just one disease, but a collection of arrhythmias. Normally, a structure in your heart called the sinoatrial (SA) node regulates your heartbeat. Your SA node should keep your heart beating at the right pace. If you have sick si...
Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction
Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction Bile is a digestive juice that your liver produces. Your gallbladder stores it. Then it flows into the upper part of your small intestine to help you digest food. At the same time, your pancreas makes juices that are important for digestion. Both bile and your pancreatic juices flow to your small intestine through a common duct that is opened and closed by a round valve. The valve is a muscle called the sphincter of Oddi. In rare cases, the sphincter of Oddi goes into spasm...
Smoking and the Digestive System
Smoking and the Digestive System Smoking can harm your digestive system in a number of ways. Smokers tend to get heartburn and peptic ulcers more often than nonsmokers. Smoking makes those conditions harder to treat. Smoking increases the risk for Crohn’s disease and gallstones, and it increases the risk of further damage in liver disease. Smoking is also associated with cancer of the digestive organs, including the stomach, pancreas, and colon. Smoking and heartburn The stomach makes acidic juices that...
Stomal (Anastomotic) Stenosis After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Stomal (Anastomotic) Stenosis After Gastric Bypass Surgery What is stomal stenosis after gastric bypass surgery? After a gastric bypass procedure for weight loss, some people may develop a narrowing of the new connection between their stomach and lower intestine. This complication is called stomal stenosis, or anastomotic stenosis. What causes stomal stenosis after gastric bypass surgery? It's not clear why stomal stenosis occurs after gastric bypass surgery. It may be because of a combination of factor...
Spinal Cord Compression
Spinal Cord Compression What is spinal cord compession? Spinal cord compression is caused by any condition that puts pressure on your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that carries messages back and forth from your brain to your muscles and other soft tissues. As your spinal cord travels down your back, it is protected by a stack of backbones called vertebrae. They also hold your body upright. The nerves of your spinal cord run through the openings between the vertebrae and out to yo...
Sjögren Syndrome What is Sjögren syndrome? Sjögren syndrome is an autoimmune disorder. This means that the body’s own immune system attacks its own cells and tissues by mistake. In this case, it attacks the glands that produce moisture. It commonly causes dry skin, dry eyes, and dry mouth. There are two types of Sjögren syndrome: Primary Sjögren. This is the term used when Sjögren syndrome appears by itself, without any other disease or illness. About half of cases are primary. Secondary Sjögren. This i...
Specialized Types of Cancer Surgery
Specialized Types of Cancer Surgery In most cases, cancer treatment depends on your overall health and the ability to tolerate surgery, the type and the stage of the cancer; the prognosis, or outlook, other available choices, and your personal preferences. Surgery may be recommended as part of cancer treatment to remove tumors or to take out tissue for testing. It may also be done to reconstruct a part of the body affected by the cancer. Or your doctor may think it is the best way to treat the cancer. I...
Sildenafil Citrate Oral tablet
Sildenafil Citrate Oral tablet What is this medicine? SILDENAFIL (sil DEN a fil) is used to treat erection problems in men. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. The dose is usually taken 1 hour before sexual activity. You should not take the dose more than once per day. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is...
Streptococcus Suspension for injection
Streptococcus Suspension for injection What is this medicine? PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINE (NEU mo KOK al vak SEEN) is a vaccine used to prevent pneumococcus bacterial infections. These bacteria can cause serious infections like pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infections. This vaccine will lower your chance of getting pneumonia. If you do get pneumonia, it can make your symptoms milder and your illness shorter. This vaccine will not treat an infection and will not cause infection. This vaccine is recommended f...
Sirolimus Oral tablet
Sirolimus Oral tablet What is this medicine? SIROLIMUS (sir OH li mus) is used to decrease the immune system's response to a transplanted organ. It is also used to treat a rare lung disease called lymphangioleiomyomatosis. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If you take the medicine with food, always take it with food. Do not take the medicine with grapefruit juice. If...
Sirolimus Oral solution
Sirolimus Oral solution What is this medicine? SIROLIMUS (sir OH li mus) is used to decrease the immune system's response to a transplanted organ. It is also used to treat a rare lung disease called lymphangioleiomyomatosis. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Empty the correct amount of th...
Sumatriptan Succinate, Naproxen Sodium Oral tablet
Sumatriptan Succinate, Naproxen Sodium Oral tablet What is this medicine? NAPROXEN; SUMATRIPTAN (na PROS en; soo ma TRIP tan) is used to treat migraines with or without aura. An aura is a strange feeling or visual disturbance that warns you of an attack. This medicine is not used to prevent migraines. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it ...
Sorafenib tosylate Oral tablet
Sorafenib tosylate Oral tablet What is this medicine? SORAFENIB (soe RAF e nib) is a chemotherapy drug. It targets specific proteins within cancer cells and stops the cancer cell from growing. This medicine is used to treat liver cancer and kidney cancer. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after...
Sapropterin Dihydrochloride Oral tablet
Sapropterin Dihydrochloride Oral tablet What is this medicine? SAPROPTERIN (SAP roe TER in) works to lower phenylalanine levels in the blood. It is used with a special diet to treat phenylketonuria. This medicine is not a cure. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Tablets may be swallowed whole or you may dissolve tablets in 4 to 8 ounces (120 to 240 ml) of water or apple juice. Drink within 15 minutes of mixing. To make ...
Streptococcus Pneumoniae Solution for injection
Streptococcus Pneumoniae Solution for injection What is this medicine? PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINE, POLYVALENT (NEU mo KOK al vak SEEN, pol ee VEY luhnt) is a vaccine to prevent pneumococcus bacteria infection. These bacteria are a major cause of ear infections, Strep throat infections, and serious pneumonia, meningitis, or blood infections worldwide. These vaccines help the body to produce antibodies (protective substances) that help your body defend against these bacteria. This vaccine is recommended for peo...
Sodium Phosphate Oral solution
Sodium Phosphate Oral solution What is this medicine? SODIUM PHOSPATE SALT (SOE dee um FOS fate sawlt) is a saline laxative. It is used to treat constipation or to clean the bowel before a colonoscopy. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Mix this medicine as directed with water or other clear liquid before using. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household s...
Sitagliptin Phosphate, Metformin Hydrochloride Oral tablet
Sitagliptin Phosphate, Metformin Hydrochloride Oral tablet What is this medicine? METFORMIN; SITAGLIPTIN (met FOR min; sit a GLIP tin) is a combination of 2 medicines used to treat type 2 diabetes. This medicine lowers blood sugar. Treatment is combined with a balanced diet and exercise. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your me...
Sodium Phosphate, Dibasic, Sodium Phosphate, Monobasic Rectal enema, solution
Sodium Phosphate, Dibasic, Sodium Phosphate, Monobasic Rectal enema, solution What is this medicine? SODIUM PHOSPATE SALT (SOE dee um FOS fate sawlt) is a saline laxative. It is used to treat constipation or to clean the bowel before a colonoscopy. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for rectal use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Remove tip from enema bottle. Gently insert enema tip into the rectum. Squeeze b...
Selegiline Hydrochloride Transdermal patch - 24 hour
Selegiline Hydrochloride Transdermal patch - 24 hour What is this medicine? SELEGILINE (se LE ji leen) is an monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). It is used to treat major depression. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Remove the patch from the pouch by tearing at the notches on the sides of the pouch. Do not use scissors. Apply the patch to dry, smooth skin on the upper back, upper chest, upper thigh, or to the outer p...
Sunitinib Malate Oral capsule
Sunitinib Malate Oral capsule What is this medicine? SUNITINIB (soo NI ti nib) is a chemotherapy drug. It targets a specific protein within cancer cells and stops the cancer cells from growing. It is used to treat specific digestive tract tumors called GISTs, advanced kidney cancer, and certain pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. Take you...
Sitagliptin Phosphate Oral tablet
Sitagliptin Phosphate Oral tablet What is this medicine? SITAGLIPTIN (sit a GLIP tin) helps to treat type 2 diabetes. It helps to control blood sugar. Treatment is combined with diet and exercise. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Take your dose at the same time each day. Do not take more often than directed. Do not stop taking e...
Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Powder for Oral suspension
Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Powder for Oral suspension What is this medicine? SODIUM POLYSTYRENE SULFONATE (SOE dee um pol ee STYE reen SUHL fuh neyt) takes potassium out of the body by binding to it in the intestines. It is used to treat too much potassium in the body. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is usually given in a hospital or clinic setting. It may be given by mouth or rectally. Follow the directions on the prescription label. The powder must be mixed with water, syrup, or other ...
Sodium Phosphate Oral tablet
Sodium Phosphate Oral tablet What is this medicine? Sodium Phosphate salts (SOE dee um FOS fate sawlts) are used to clean out the bowel. It is given before a colonoscopy. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. You must drink at least 8 ounces of clear liquids with each dose of this medicine. Examples of clear liquids a...
Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests
Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who aren't expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer -- even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds. Unnecessary screening can lead to invasive procedures, such as biopsies, and unneeded treatments including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, all of which can affect quality of life without extending it, the research...
Study Hints at Link Between Poor Sleep, Suicide Risk
Study Hints at Link Between Poor Sleep, Suicide Risk WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sleeping difficulties may increase the risk of suicide in older adults even when other symptoms of depression aren't present, a new study suggests. The study focused on adults 65 and older, and poor sleep included difficulty falling or staying asleep, waking up early in the morning, experiencing daytime sleepiness and not feeling fully rested after a night's sleep. "These findings suggest that sleep disturb...
Sperm's Anti-Germ 'Shield' Might Play Role in Fertility
Sperm's Anti-Germ 'Shield' Might Play Role in Fertility WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary new research points to the possibility that some infertile men could benefit from boosting a protein shield that protects sperm cells from germs. While it's too early to know if the research will lead to any new treatments, one infertility expert said that any treatment would most likely be applied only to sperm used in the process of in-vitro fertilization. Still, the expert, Gary Cherr of t...
Settling Back-to-School Nerves
Settling Back-to-School Nerves SATURDAY, Aug. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's normal for children to feel nervous or anxious about starting or going back to school, but there are a number of things parents can do to ease kids' concerns, an expert says. "The key to reducing back-to-school jitters is open lines of communication and creating a sense of normalcy and calm," Kari Collins, director of mental health services at the School Health Program at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, said in a...
Sigmoidoscopy Does Cut Risk of Dying From Colon Cancer: Study
Sigmoidoscopy Does Cut Risk of Dying From Colon Cancer: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer screening done by sigmoidoscopy -- a less invasive, cheaper alternative to colonoscopy -- does cut people's risk of developing or dying from the disease, a new clinical trial finds. Experts said the study, conducted in Norway and reported in the Aug. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association , confirms the value of sigmoidoscopy screening. But in the United States, wher...
Study: Vigorous Exercise Seems Safe for Heart Transplant Recipients
Study: Vigorous Exercise Seems Safe for Heart Transplant Recipients MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vigorous exercise appears to be safe and beneficial for heart transplant patients, according to new research. Sixteen stable heart transplant patients who'd had their new heart for more than a year were included in the study. Some continued their recommended moderate workouts while others did high-intensity exercise, which involves training for a few minutes at near their maximum heart rate, for...
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