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Unsupervised Home Births on the Rise: Study
Unsupervised Home Births on the Rise: Study FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Home births without a midwife or doctor present -- which have been linked to increased risk of infant death and disease -- have jumped 79 percent in the United States in recent years, researchers report. The actual number of unsupervised births is small, with about 5,000 reported in 2007 and more than 8,800 reported in 2012, said study author Dr. Amos Grunebaum, director of obstetrics at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. B...
U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water
U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. government has decreased its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century, to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride. The optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay should be 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Monday. The new level...
U.S. Kids Getting Fewer Daily Calories From Fast Food
U.S. Kids Getting Fewer Daily Calories From Fast Food MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American children are getting fewer calories a day from fast food restaurants, but one-third still eat ready-to-go pizza, chicken and burgers on a daily basis, a new study finds. Among kids aged 4 to 19, national health and nutrition surveys showed that average daily calorie consumption from fast food restaurants fell by 110 calories between 2003 and 2010, said study author Colin Rehm. Also, the percentage o...
U.S. Pediatricians Remain Opposed to Random Drug Tests in Schools
U.S. Pediatricians Remain Opposed to Random Drug Tests in Schools MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Random drug testing in schools may sound like a good way to keep kids off drugs, but there is little evidence it works, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. In a new report, the nation's leading group of pediatricians reaffirms its stance against random drug testing in schools. The group suggests schools redirect their limited resources toward helping students avoid or overcome drug problems....
U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC
U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The overall death rate from high blood pressure in the United States has increased 23 percent since 2000, even as the death rate from all other causes has dropped 21 percent, health officials reported Thursday. That spike was seen in both genders and was most marked among those aged 45 to 64 and those over 85, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The age-ad...
Urine Test Shows Promise for Early Diagnosis of Kidney Cancer
Urine Test Shows Promise for Early Diagnosis of Kidney Cancer FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A urine test might someday become a much-needed early detection test for kidney cancer, a new study suggests. "This research is very important and a significant finding, because we do not have a good screening mechanism for kidney cancer," said one expert, Dr. Ketan Badani, professor of urology at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. The study was led by Dr. Evan Kharasch, professor of anes...
Ultrasound Used to Attack Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaque in Mice
Ultrasound Used to Attack Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaque in Mice WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research in mice raises the possibility that an ultrasound-based treatment might help eliminate plaque buildup in the brain that's associated with Alzheimer's disease. Scientists don't know whether the approach is feasible for humans, but the research is promising, especially because of how well mice with an Alzheimer's-like disease fared after treatment, said study lead author Ger...
Unituxin Approved for Deadly Pediatric Cancer
Unituxin Approved for Deadly Pediatric Cancer TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Unituxin (dinutuximab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat children with high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that most often affects children aged five and under. Children with the cancer, which forms from immature nerve cells, have only a 40 percent to 50 percent chance of survival despite aggressive treatment, the FDA said Tuesday in a news release. It occurs in about one of eve...
Ultrasound Treatment May Be Option for Plantar Fasciitis
Ultrasound Treatment May Be Option for Plantar Fasciitis SUNDAY, March 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An ultrasound technique is showing early promise as a quick and minimally invasive treatment for the common and painful foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. The finding is based on a short-term study involving just 65 patients, the researchers noted. "While the long-term outcome studies are in progress, the results we have seen to date are very promising," said study lead author Dr. Rahul Razdan, an ...
U.S. Ebola Survivor Dr. Craig Spencer Gives His Side of the Story
U.S. Ebola Survivor Dr. Craig Spencer Gives His Side of the Story THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. politicians and media outlets hyped the threat of U.S. cases of Ebola last year, according to a newly written personal account by Dr. Craig Spencer, the last American Ebola patient treated in the United States. He also believes that officials and the media unnecessarily maligned those who were risking their lives to combat the West African epidemic. Spencer contracted the virus while p...
U.S. Pedestrian Death Rate Leveling Off, But Still Too High
U.S. Pedestrian Death Rate Leveling Off, But Still Too High THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads is expected to remain unchanged from 2013 to 2014, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). But that number is still about 15 percent higher than it was in 2009, the report says. The analysis of preliminary data from the first six months of 2014 found that 2,125 pedestrians died nationwide, compared with 2,141 in the fir...
U.S. Dietary Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar
U.S. Dietary Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats. Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat. Lay off the salt shaker. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And don't worry about having an egg and an extra cup of coffee with your breakfast. These are the conclusions of the advisory panel that helps shape America's official dietary guidelines, and they appear to be about the same as they were back in ...
U.S. Teens Getting Less Sleep Than Ever
U.S. Teens Getting Less Sleep Than Ever MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American teens don't get enough sleep, and the problem has only gotten worse since the 1990s, new research shows. Just 63 percent of 15-year-olds reported getting seven or more hours of sleep a night in 2012. That number is down from 72 percent in 1991, according to the study. Regardless of the time period studied, the number of teens reporting seven or more hours of sleep nosedives between the ages of 13 and 18, the study...
U.S.-Born Latino Teens Feel the Stress of Discrimination More
U.S.-Born Latino Teens Feel the Stress of Discrimination More FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Discrimination-related stress may affect the mental health of Latino teens born in the United States more than teens born in other countries, a new study finds. "Although there is no difference in the amount of discrimination-related stress between native- and foreign-born immigrants, the effect of that stress is more detrimental to native-born immigrants over time," said study leader Selcuk Sirin, an...
U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests
U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may be killing more people than even current estimates indicate, a new study suggests. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year, but that figure may be closer to 540,000, researchers from the American Cancer Society report. While lung cancer takes the largest toll in smoking-related deaths, the additional 60,000 deaths appear to be c...
Unemployment May Fuel a Fifth of Suicides Worldwide, Study Says
Unemployment May Fuel a Fifth of Suicides Worldwide, Study Says WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being jobless may play a role in about one-fifth of suicides worldwide each year, a new study suggests. Swiss researchers analyzed data from 63 countries in four regions of the world, and found that unemployment was associated with a 20 percent to 30 percent increased risk of suicide. Between 2000 and 2011, suicides in all the countries totaled about 233,000 a year, and being jobless was linked w...
U.S. Advisers Rethink Cholesterol Risk From Foods: Report
U.S. Advisers Rethink Cholesterol Risk From Foods: Report TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Decades-old advice to Americans against eating foods high in cholesterol likely will not appear in the next update of the nation's Dietary Guidelines, according to published reports. The U.S. Department of Agriculture panel assigned the task of revamping the guidelines every five years has indicated that it will bow to new research that has undermined the role that dietary cholesterol plays in a person's...
Ultra-Early Stroke Care Can Start With Paramedics: Study
Ultra-Early Stroke Care Can Start With Paramedics: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's possible for paramedics to deliver immediate drug treatment to stroke patients, a new study suggests. "This study shows that it is possible to get treatments to stroke patients even before they arrive at a hospital. Because a blocked blood vessel causes brain damage over minutes to hours, this pre-hospital approach to treatment is sure to be adopted and refined in future clinical research studies," ...
U.S. Measles Cases Now Exceed 100: CDC
U.S. Measles Cases Now Exceed 100: CDC MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases in the United States has climbed to 102, federal health officials reported Monday, with most of the cases part of the ongoing outbreak traced to Disney amusement parks in southern California. The vast majority of cases have occurred in California and they involve people who weren't vaccinated against the highly contagious disease, officials said. But cases have also been reported in 13 other state...
U.S. Measles Outbreak Now Numbers 87 Cases
U.S. Measles Outbreak Now Numbers 87 Cases WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases linked to the outbreak at Disney amusement parks in southern California has reached 87, health officials are reporting. The California Department of Public Health said Monday that the vast majority of infections -- 73 -- are in California. The rest are in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Mexico, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Most of those people hadn't g...
Use of 'the Pill' Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer
Use of 'the Pill' Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives such as the Pill, new Danish research suggests. Women under 50 with a glioma "were 90 percent more likely to have been using hormonal contraceptives for five years or more, compared with women from the general population with no history of brain tumor," said study leader D...
Use of Male IVF Procedure Doubled in the Past Decade
Use of Male IVF Procedure Doubled in the Past Decade TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although use of an IVF treatment for male infertility, known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), has doubled in the past decade, the procedure is not always associated with better outcomes, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During ICSI, a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. The procedure, which was introduced in 1992, made it possible for man...
Ulcer Bacteria Tied to Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Women
Ulcer Bacteria Tied to Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Women TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who harbor the stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori (or H. pylori ) may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study suggests. In the study, researchers found that among women with MS -- an often disabling disease of the central nervous system -- 14 percent had evidence of past infection with H. pylori . But 22 percent of healthy women in the study had evidence of a previous H...
U.S. Painkiller Abuse 'Epidemic' May Be Declining, Study Says
U.S. Painkiller Abuse 'Epidemic' May Be Declining, Study Says WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. "epidemic" of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings, published Jan. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine , are welcome news. The decline suggests that recent laws and prescribing guidelines aimed at preventing painkiller abuse are working to some degree. But researchers also found a disturbing trend: Heroin abu...
U.S. Taxpayers Burdened by Smoking-Related Ills
U.S. Taxpayers Burdened by Smoking-Related Ills THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The health care costs of cigarette smoking in the United States are as much as $170 billion a year, and taxpayers pick up the tab for nearly two-thirds of that amount, a new study says. Researchers analyzed national data collected between 2004 and 2010 and found that smoking is linked to $45 billion in Medicare spending per year, nearly $40 billion in Medicaid spending per year, and nearly $24 billion in spending...
U.S. Doctors Cutting Back on Painkiller Prescriptions: Study
U.S. Doctors Cutting Back on Painkiller Prescriptions: Study MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nine out of 10 primary care doctors in the United States are concerned about prescription drug abuse in their communities, a new study finds. And, nearly half of the physicians surveyed said they were less likely to prescribe powerful painkillers than they were just a year ago. Researchers surveyed 580 internists, family doctors and general practitioners across the country. They found that 85 percent of...
Use Your Space Heater Safely
Use Your Space Heater Safely SUNDAY, Dec. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The arrival of cold weather means many people are using space heaters to help keep their homes warm. The devices are safe when used properly, but misuse can result in burns and fires. Each year, space heaters cause more than 25,000 residential fires and more than 300 deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. Also, more than 6,000 Americans a year receive emergency room care for space heater-related burns. "Bitter co...
U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to New Low: CDC
U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to New Low: CDC WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer American adults are smoking cigarettes than ever, health officials said. In fact, the rate of cigarette smoking has dropped from about 21 percent in 2005 to 18 percent in 2013. That means the number of cigarette smokers dropped from 45.1 million to 42.1 million, despite the increasing population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However,"we still have a long way to go, ...
U.S. Proposes Greater Public Access to Data From Clinical Trials
U.S. Proposes Greater Public Access to Data From Clinical Trials THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two U.S. government agencies have proposed new rules that will make it easier for everyone to know whether a clinical trial was successful or not. The proposed changes would expand the number of trials that are required to publish summaries of their results to ClinicalTrials.gov -- a publicly accessible database, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of...
U.S. Seniors' Health Poorest, Global Survey Shows
U.S. Seniors' Health Poorest, Global Survey Shows WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors in America have more chronic health problems and take more medications than seniors in 10 other industrialized countries do, according to a new global survey. The United States also stood out among the 11 nations surveyed by The Commonwealth Fund for having more seniors struggling to get and afford the health care they need. Eighty-seven percent of U.S. adults who are 65 and older suffer from at least ...
U.S. School Meal Rules Might Work Against Good Nutrition, Study Says
U.S. School Meal Rules Might Work Against Good Nutrition, Study Says WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New federal mandates controlling the types of meals served at U.S. schools may actually promote eating habits tied to obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests. Although it's now required that school meals contain less fat and more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, there are no rules on added sugar or extra carbohydrates, researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health e...
Undiagnosed Sleep Problems May Be Common Among Firefighters
Undiagnosed Sleep Problems May Be Common Among Firefighters THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, shift work disorder and restless leg syndrome are common among firefighters, new research shows. These conditions are linked with a higher risk for car accidents, a research team from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston suggests. Firefighters with sleep disorders are also more likely to have chronic health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes. Ho...
U.S. Prices Soaring for Some Generic Drugs, Experts Say
U.S. Prices Soaring for Some Generic Drugs, Experts Say WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Market forces are dramatically driving up the cost of some generic drugs, prompting U.S. investigations into the pricing of what should be cheap alternatives to brand-name medications. Generics that should cost pennies per dose have undergone radical increases in price in recent years, said Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, author of a new commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine , and director of the Progr...
Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young Motorcyclists
Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young Motorcyclists WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that state laws requiring "universal" motorcycle helmet use -- instead of helmet laws just for certain ages -- may lower the rates of traumatic brain injuries in young riders. Traumatic brain injuries are "the biggest burden in trauma care, so we wanted to see whether having universal helmet laws versus age-specific helmet laws really made a difference in the younger population," stu...
U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care
U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. health care system ranks dead last compared to other industrialized nations when it comes to affordability and patient access, according to a new survey. The 2013 survey of the American health care landscape was conducted by the Commonwealth Fund just prior to the full implementation of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act (ACA). "I would say that we found two things that really...
Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns
Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite potential health benefits, chia seeds may pose a risk if they are not consumed properly, according to new research. The tiny, oval seeds -- a rich source of fiber, protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids -- should not be eaten in their dry, raw form, experts cautioned. This is particularly true for people with a history of swallowing problems or a constricted esophagus, the researchers said. "Chia seed...
Upbeat Walking Style Might Lift Your Mood
Upbeat Walking Style Might Lift Your Mood FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The way you walk can affect your mood, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that depressed people move differently from happy people, according to study co-author Nikolaus Troje, a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. "It is not surprising that our mood, the way we feel, affects how we walk, but we want to see whether the way we move also affects how we feel," he said in an inst...
U.S. Kids Use ADHD Meds More During School Year
U.S. Kids Use ADHD Meds More During School Year FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American children's use of stimulant medications is 30 percent higher during the school year than in the summer, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that many children may use stimulants to help them meet academic demands, according to the researchers. Stimulant medications improve concentration and help manage symptoms associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They are the most widel...
U.S. Health Officials Resist Ban on Travel From West Africa
U.S. Health Officials Resist Ban on Travel From West Africa THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the face of blistering criticism from a Congressional oversight committee, top U.S. health officials defended on Thursday their opposition to a ban on travelers from West African nations fighting Ebola. Legislators also asked tough questions about health officials' response to the first case of Ebola diagnosed in America, particularly since two intensive-care nurses who cared for that first patient...
Urinary Prosthetic Device for Women Approved
Urinary Prosthetic Device for Women Approved TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A device to help women with a condition called impaired detrusor contractility (IDC), in which they can't contract bladder muscles needed to excrete urine, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. IDC can be caused by a neurologic problem, stroke or spinal cord injury, the FDA explained in a news release. The InFlow Intraurethral Valve-Pump contains four components, each of which must be changed af...
U.S. Troops Arrive in Ebola-Ravaged Liberia
U.S. Troops Arrive in Ebola-Ravaged Liberia FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. troops have arrived in the beleaguered nation of Liberia, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Their first mission: to set up an isolation center for doctors and other health-care workers infected with the deadly disease. Six U.S. military planes arrived Thursday, and the United States may eventually send as many as 4,000 troops to help combat the viral outbreak that has already claimed more than 4,...
U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years: CDC
U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years: CDC WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Average life expectancy in the United States reached an all-time high of 78.8 years in 2012, federal officials reported Wednesday. The increased life expectancy is likely due to Americans living healthier lifestyles, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Americans are living longer and are more aware of preventing chronic diseases," said the report's lea...
U.S. Traffic Accidents Send 2.5 Million to ERs Each Year, CDC Says
U.S. Traffic Accidents Send 2.5 Million to ERs Each Year, CDC Says TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Road crash injuries sent more than 2.5 million Americans to emergency rooms in 2012. And, nearly 200,000 were hospitalized due to motor vehicle collisions, a new federal government report says. That means about 7,000 people went to the emergency department every day because of motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012, according to Ileana Arias, principal deputy director for the U.S. Centers for Disea...
Using Social Media to Manage Your Moods?
Using Social Media to Manage Your Moods? TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Misery loves company, and apparently social media users are no exception. When people are feeling low, they're likely to try to make themselves feel better by searching social networking sites for people who are doing even worse, Ohio State University researchers report. Their study included 168 college students who used a social networking site when they were in a good mood and again when they were in a bad mood. When in...
Ultrafast Computed Tomography (Ultrafast CT Scan)
Ultrafast Computed Tomography (Ultrafast CT Scan) (Ultrafast CT, Electron-Beam Computed Tomography, EBCT, Cine CT Scan) Procedure overview Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than standard X-rays. In standard ...
Uniparental Disomy: Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome
Uniparental Disomy: Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome What is uniparental disomy? Normally, we inherit one copy of each chromosome pair from our biological mother, and the other copy of the chromosome pair from our biological father. This is called paternal uniparental disomy. Uniparental disomy refers to the situation in which two copies of a chromosome come from the same parent, instead of one copy coming from the mother, and one copy coming from the father. Angelman syndrome (AS) and Prader-Wi...
Urinary Incontinence What is urinary incontinence (UI)? Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. According to the National Association for Continence, approximately 25 million adult Americans experience temporary or chronic urinary incontinence. UI can strike at any age. Women over age 50 are the most likely to develop UI. Urinary incontinence may be a temporary condition, resulting from an underlying medical condition. I...
Understanding Bone Metastases—When Cancer Spreads to the Bones
Understanding Bone Metastases When Cancer Spreads to the Bones Cancer that has developed in one place can spread and invade other parts of the body. The process of spreading is called metastasizing. If a tumor spreads to the bone, it is called bone metastasis. Cancer cells that have metastasized to the bone can damage the bone and cause symptoms. Various treatments are available to control the symptoms and the spread of bone metastases. To better comprehend what happens in metastasis, it helps to unders...
Understanding Your Stage of Ovarian Cancer
Understanding Your Stage of Ovarian Cancer The stage of your cancer is a way doctors describe to what extent the cancer has spread. The stage of ovarian cancer is usually determined after surgery, by examining the removed tissue in the pathology lab. This is known as "surgically staging" the ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is staged using the AJCC and FIGO system. AJCC stands for American Joint Committee on Cancer. FIGO stands for International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. These two staging s...
Understanding Your Stage of Endometrial Cancer
Understanding Your Stage of Endometrial Cancer Stage is the word doctors use to describe where the tumor is in your body and how far the cancer has spread. The stage defines the location or locations of the cancer. Doctors use the stage to describe what was found in and around the uterus during surgery. Endometrial cancer is usually staged after surgery ("surgically staged"), by examining the removed uterus and lymph nodes in the pathology lab. The most commonly used systems to stage endometrial cancer ...
U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds
U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overall lung cancer rates are dropping, according to a new analysis of nearly a half million Americans with lung cancer. But, the news wasn't all good -- the study also found that the rates of certain types of lung cancer are increasing, according to researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Over nearly three decades, the overall lung cancer rate has dropped approximately 12 percent, said the s...
U.S. Hospitals See Big Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts
U.S. Hospitals See Big Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drug-related suicide attempts in the United States increased over a recent six-year period, with dramatic increases seen among young and middle-aged adults, health officials reported Thursday. Overall, suicide attempts involving prescription medications and other drugs jumped by 51 percent among people 12 and older between 2005 and 2011, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admi...
Unwed Parents Should Tie the Knot Before Child Turns 3: Study
Unwed Parents Should Tie the Knot Before Child Turns 3: Study THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Unwed parents who plan to get married should do it before their child is 3 so they can create the strongest possible bond, a new study suggests. It's widely believed that unwed parents are most receptive to marriage immediately after their baby's birth, a period that some refer to as the "magic moment." "It turns out the 'magic moment' lasts longer than conventional wisdom has held. And for some subg...
Use Your Medications Wisely
Use Your Medications Wisely You don't have to look past your medicine chest to find prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) remedies that can make you feel better, improve your health, and even save your life. We use more medications, supplements, and herbal therapies today than ever. A survey found 4 out of 5 U.S. adults take at least 1 medication each week. More than 1 in 3 adults takes 5 or more medications. That's no surprise when you think of what medications can do. They help treat chronic disease...
Understanding Joint Pain
Understanding Joint Pain Sprained ankles and wrists, arthritic knees and hips, and torn rotator cuffs all have one thing in common: they result in joint pain. The usual causes of joint pain are over use, sprains, fractures, and arthritis. Becoming familiar with the usual causes and symptoms of joint pain can help you seek appropriate treatment and ongoing care, if necessary. Here are several medical conditions that can cause joint pain. Arthritis Persistent joint pain, swelling, and limited range of mot...
Understanding Diuretics Lifestyle changes aren't always enough to lower high blood pressure. If so, prescription medicine may be the next step. According to the American Heart Association, if your systolic blood pressure (top number) is 140 or greater, your doctor may prescribe medication along with the lifestyle changes. Many different types of blood pressure medications are available. Even so, a diuretic, or water pill, may be among the first options that your doctor recommends. The diuretics most com...
Understanding Heart Disease
U.S. Health Snapshots: Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain
U.S. Health Snapshots: Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act. On a positive note, fewer Americans were uninsured in 2013 than in 2010 -- 14.4 percent versus 16 percent, respectively. But sharp coverage gaps remained depending on factors like age, race or ethnicity and where p...
Underage Binge Drinkers Grab the Hard Stuff, Survey Finds
Underage Binge Drinkers Grab the Hard Stuff, Survey Finds FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hard liquor, especially vodka, is chosen by nearly half of all underage binge drinkers in the United States, a new study finds. Beer is used in less than one-third of binge-drinking episodes, according to the survey of teens and young adults, aged 13 to 20. And most binge-drinking episodes involve a relatively small number of brands, the study found. Researchers asked the survey respondents about their dr...
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