Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Trouble
Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Trouble WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to heart disease, a new study finds women are more likely than men to delay care when they have symptoms that spell trouble. "The main danger is that when someone comes to the hospital with a more severe or advanced stage of heart disease, there are simply fewer treatment options available," study author Catherine Kreatsoulas, a Fulbright Scholar and research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health...
Women Less Likely to Get Kidney Dialysis Than Men, Study Finds
Women Less Likely to Get Kidney Dialysis Than Men, Study Finds TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds that women aren't treated with dialysis as often as men when they have end-stage kidney disease, and the gap seems to have little to do with biological differences between the genders. The study, led by Dr. Manfred Hecking from Arbor Research Collaborative for Health in Ann Arbor, Mich., examined the use of hemodialysis -- a process in which the blood is purified -- in more than 2...
White House Presses N.Y., N.J. to Rethink Ebola Quarantines
White House Presses N.Y., N.J. to Rethink Ebola Quarantines SUNDAY, Oct. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The governors of New York and New Jersey are being pressured by the Obama Administration to rethink tough quarantine measures that require all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be forced into isolation, according to news reports. However, The New York Times reported Sunday that Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey are refusing to budge...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risk of Severe Headaches, Scientists Report
Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risk of Severe Headaches, Scientists Report WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After weight-loss surgery, some patients may be at risk for developing severe headaches, a new study suggests. In a small number of people, the surgery was associated with a condition known as spontaneous intracranial hypotension -- or low blood pressure in the brain. The condition can trigger headaches while standing that disappear when lying down. These headaches can be accompanied by...
Where Ebola Battles Are Won
Where Ebola Battles Are Won WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Four hospitals that are home to advanced biocontainment facilities have become America's ground zero in the treatment of Ebola patients. Their special isolation units feature layer upon layer of safety measures to prevent the spread of nightmare pathogens, not just Ebola. They include special air filters, dunk tanks full of antiseptic, dedicated lab equipment and so-called autoclaves to sterilize any medical waste before it is tran...
WHO Admits Botched Response to Ebola in Africa
WHO Admits Botched Response to Ebola in Africa FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The World Health Organization has admitted it dropped the ball with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, according to a news report published Friday. In a draft internal memo obtained by the Associated Press , WHO blamed incompetent staff and other factors for not curbing at the outset what is now the largest Ebola outbreak in history. "Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain ...
West African Leaders Plead for More Ebola Aid
West African Leaders Plead for More Ebola Aid THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The heads of West African nations battered by the Ebola outbreak pleaded Thursday with world leaders for massive increases in financial and medical aid. "Our people are dying," Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma said by videoconference at a World Bank meeting in Washington, D.C. He called the epidemic "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times," NBC News reported, adding that the world isn't responding fast enough ...
Woman's Thyroid Tumor Yields Clues on How to Battle Cancer
Woman's Thyroid Tumor Yields Clues on How to Battle Cancer WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New gene mutations that were discovered in a thyroid cancer patient's tumor provide clues to drug response and resistance, researchers report. The 56-year-old female patient's deadly form of thyroid cancer unexpectedly "melted away" for 18 months after starting treatment with everolimus (Afinitor), but then her tumor developed resistance to the drug. The cancer spread to her lungs despite surgery, radi...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Always Help With Depression
Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Always Help With Depression FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While most severely obese people get a mood boost after weight-loss surgery, some may have a recurrence of depression symptoms months after they have the procedure, a new study finds. The study included 94 women and 13 men who were asked about their mood before having weight-loss surgery, and again six and 12 months after the procedure. Most people had a normal or improved mood after weight-loss surgery, but...
When Baby Needs Special Care
What Is Sports Medicine?
What is Sports Medicine? If your child sustains an injury during exercise, sports participation, or any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine doctor for treatment. About sports medicine specialists Sports medicine doctors have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are also knowledgeable about preventing illness and injury in active people. Although sports medicine doctors do work with professional ...
When You’re HIV-Positive: What to Say
When You're HIV-Positive: What to Say Learning that you are HIV-positive can be traumatic and intensely stressful, although the diagnosis is not as terrifying as it used to be thanks to new and better drugs to treat it. Besides coping with your own reaction, you will need to decide whom to tell and how you'll tell them about your HIV status. In some cases, it will be better for you to share the information. In other cases, you may be required to tell, and sometimes it may be best to keep it to yourself....
Warfarin Sodium Oral tablet
Warfarin Sodium Oral tablet What is this medicine? WARFARIN (WAR far in) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart. 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 this medicine with or without food. Take your medicine at the same time each day. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. Stopping this med...
Warfarin Sodium Solution for injection
Warfarin Sodium Solution for injection What is this medicine? WARFARIN (WAR far in) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is given by infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine? Side ef...
When to Call Your Physician
When to Call Your Physician Knowing when to call your physician, should the need arise, is very important for your baby's health and for your peace of mind. Listed in the directory below you will find some information regarding when it is most appropriate to call your physician, for which we have provided a brief overview. Fever in a Newborn Measuring a Baby's Temperature Behavior Changes Skin Color Changes Breathing Problems Gastrointestinal Problems
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in Adults
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in Adults What is whooping cough (pertussis)? Whooping cough, or pertussis, is very contagious and mainly affects infants and young children. Whooping cough is caused by a bacterium called B ordetella pertussis. The illness is characterized by coughing spells that end with a characteristic "whoop" as air is inhaled. Whooping cough caused thousands of deaths in the 1930s and 1940s. With the advent of a vaccine, the death rate has declined dramatically. Pertussis vaccines are ve...
What Can Disease Management Do for You?
What Can Diabetes Disease Management Do for You? Living with diabetes is a day-in, day-out job. A diabetes disease management program makes the job a little easier by giving you the information and support you need. It helps you take care of yourself and stick to your treatment plan. And in the long run, it may lead to better health and fewer complications. Improve your self-care According to the American Diabetes Association, a disease management program helps you learn essential skills for taking bett...
With Diabetes, Beat the Heat
With Diabetes, Beat the Heat When the days get hotter, keeping close tabs on your diabetes becomes especially critical. These no-sweat tips can help you avoid diabetes-related problems caused by summer heat. Drink plenty of liquids Dehydration—losing a lot of fluid from your body—can be a problem for anyone in hot weather. If your blood glucose is high though, the body loses more fluid in urine. This means you’re more likely to become dehydrated. Avoid drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine, or lots of s...
What to Know About Precancerous Vulvar Changes
What to Know About Precancerous Vulvar Changes Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) is a precancerous change in your vulva. It is not cancer, but if it's not treated it can turn into cancer in some women. Another name for VIN is dysplasia. These cell changes become more serious as they progress toward cancer, although this process may take many years. The terms used to describe dysplasia are mild dysplasia, moderate dysplasia, and severe dysplasia. The last stage before invasive cancer is known as car...
What Can I Do If I Am At Risk for Vulvar Cancer?
What Can I Do if I am at Risk for Vulvar Cancer? The best things you can do to prevent vulvar cancer are to lower the risks you can control and get regular gynecological exams. In some cases, doctors also recommend doing self-exams. Below are some of the choices you can make to lower your risk of getting vulvar cancer. Avoid human papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV infection You can help prevent these infections by not having sex as a preteen or young teen, by having protected sex (using condoms), and by avoi...
What Can I Do If I’m At Risk for Endometrial Cancer?
What Can I Do if I’m At Risk for Endometrial Cancer? If you have any of the factors that put you at risk for endometrial cancer, what can you do? The best thing you can do is to lower your risk in areas you can control. You can make some general lifestyle changes to reduce your risk: Eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight. Limit the fat in your diet. Eat a moderate amount of a variety of foods. Get regular physical activity. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, work with your health c...
What Are the Survival Rates for Women with Endometrial Cancer?
What Are Survival Rates for Women With Endometrial Cancer? How well treatment works for women with endometrial cancer depends on the type and stage of cancer. These statistics are from Cancer Facts & Figures 2014 from the American Cancer Society: The overall 1-year survival rate (percentage of women living at least one year after diagnosis) is 92%. The overall 5-year survival rate (percentage of women living at least five years after diagnosis) is 82%. The 5-year survival rate for women whose cancer...
What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Vulvar Cancer
What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Vulvar Cancer Radiation therapy is one way to treat vulvar cancer. This treatment is also called radiotherapy. Radiation is a local treatment, which means it affects the cancer cells only in the area treated. Radiation is one of the two most common treatments for vulvar cancer. The other is surgery. In many cases, these treatments can cure vulvar cancer. Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to control the growth of cancer cells or to shrink a tumor before su...
What to Know About Surgery for Vulvar Cancer
What to Know About Surgery for Vulvar Cancer Surgery is the most common treatment for vulvar cancer. The goal of surgery is to remove tumors or cancerous lesions from the vulva while trying to leave as much normal tissue as possible. This allows your sexual, bowel, and bladder functions to stay intact. Another important goal is to remove lymph nodes from the groin to check for the spread of cancer. Sometimes surgery requires removing surrounding tissue or organs. You should be treated by a gynecologic o...
What to Know About Your Treatment Options for Vulvar Cancer
What to Know About Your Treatment Options for Vulvar Cancer The main treatments of vulvar cancer are surgery, with or without radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. Your treatment options depend on the type of vulvar cancer you have, the results of certain lab tests, and the stage of the cancer. Your doctor will also consider your age and general health when making recommendations about treatment. You should be treated by a gynecologic oncologist, a specialist with advanced training in the diagnosis and...
What Are the Symptoms of Vulvar Cancer?
What are the Symptoms of Vulvar Cancer? You can have vulvar cancer without having any symptoms, but many women do. These are some common symptoms of vulvar cancer: Vulvar itching that does not improve A change in skin color around the vulva. Your skin may become more red, lighter, or darker in color than the surrounding skin. A change in the feel of your skin around the vulva. Your skin may feel thicker, scalier, rougher, or bumpier than surrounding skin. Wart-like bump or bumps, cauliflower-like growth...
What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?
What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer usually does not cause any symptoms until after it has spread outside the ovary. Even advanced stage ovarian cancer often causes vague symptoms, which are similar to those of many other common diseases. When a doctor diagnoses ovarian cancer, the cancer usually has already spread outside the ovaries, at which point it is more difficult to cure. These are the symptoms that are often associated with ovarian cancer: Indigestion, heartburn, nausea, or ...
What Happens During Surgery for Endometrial Cancer?
What Happens During Surgery for Endometrial Cancer? Surgery is the primary treatment for women with endometrial cancer. Your surgery should be done by a gynecologic oncologist. This doctor is a specialist who has done extra training in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers. On the day of your surgery, an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist will give you medication to put you to sleep. The anesthesia also ensures that you won’t remember or feel pain during the surgery. The anesthetist or...
What is Ovarian Cancer?
What is Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer is cancer that begins in your ovaries. Only women have ovaries, so only women get this kind of cancer. Many types of tumors can start growing in the ovaries. Some are benign, meaning they are noncancerous. Benign tumors do not spread and can usually be treated by removing one ovary, or part of the ovary. Ovarian cancer, however, is a malignant (cancerous) tumor. If a cancerous tumor is not treated, it can spread to other parts of the body. To understand where the t...
What Are the Symptoms of Endometrial Cancer?
What Are the Symptoms of Endometrial Cancer? A woman should tell her doctor about any unusual bleeding from the vagina, especially after menopause. Finding endometrial cancer in an early stage, while it is small and hasn't spread to other parts of the body, makes it easier to treat. Fortunately, most endometrial cancer cases are discovered in the early stages. These are the symptoms that you may notice: Unusual vaginal bleeding, which is present in up to 90% of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer. T...
What is Endometrial Carcinoma?
What is Endometrial Cancer? Cancer happens when cells in your body go through changes that make them grow out of control. Endometrial cancer starts in the inner lining of the uterus called the endometrium. Click to Enlarge About the uterus The uterus is part of the female reproductive system. The uterus is usually pear-shaped and about the size of a fist. It is located in your pelvic area, between your bladder and your rectum. Your uterus is connected to your fallopian tubes, which help carry the egg fr...
WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola Outbreak
WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola Outbreak MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- African nations hit hard by the Ebola outbreak should start screening all passengers leaving international airports, seaports and major ground crossings, the World Health Organization recommended Monday. The United Nations' health agency reiterated that the risk of passengers transmitting the Ebola virus during air travel is low. Still, anyone with an illness or symptoms typical of the highly virulent di...
WHO Experts Give Nod to Using Untested Ebola Drugs
WHO Experts Give Nod to Using Untested Ebola Drugs TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of ethicists specially appointed by the World Health Organization says it is ethical to give untested treatments to people battling Ebola in the current outbreak. "In the particular circumstances of this outbreak, and provided certain conditions are met, the panel reached consensus that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment...
Women, Blacks Hit Harder by Heart Disease Risk Factors
Women, Blacks Hit Harder by Heart Disease Risk Factors MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic diseases that can increase a person's risk of heart attack or stroke appear to hit women and blacks the hardest, a new population-based study found. Diabetes and high blood pressure in particular, contribute to an ongoing gender and race gap in heart disease risk, researchers report online on Aug. 11 in the journal Circulation . "These findings could support the idea that when a woman or a black pati...
What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth?
What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth? TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unsure about the best way to brush your teeth, you're unlikely to get much help from experts. Dental associations and toothpaste and toothbrush companies don't agree on the most effective method to brush teeth, and their advice is "unacceptably inconsistent," a new study says. Researchers at University College London in England examined the brushing recommendations from dental associations in 10 countries, toot...
Will Kidney Stones Recur? New Test Might Tell
Will Kidney Stones Recur? New Test Might Tell THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new tool appears to accurately predict whether someone who's had a kidney stone will have another one in the future, researchers report. They said the tool could help patients and their doctors decide whether preventive steps are needed. The tool uses 11 questions to assess kidney stone patients' risk of developing another kidney stone within two, five or 10 years. Characteristics associated with a higher risk inc...
Women Over 75 May Benefit From Mammograms
Women Over 75 May Benefit From Mammograms TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women 75 and older may still benefit from routine mammograms, according to new research. However, not everyone agrees with this study's conclusions. "Mammography detects breast cancer early, when it's more treatable and the risk of death is very low," said study researcher Judith Malmgren, an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle. "If it's no...
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of children with viral infections severe enough to land them in the hospital end up with serious complications -- such as pneumonia, seizures and brain swelling, a new study finds. The study, reported online on Aug. 4 in Pediatrics , followed kids who had to be admitted to a pediatric hospital for the flu and other respiratory infections. Researchers stressed that they are much different from the vast ...
Women in Military Drink Less Than Civilians, Report Shows
Women in Military Drink Less Than Civilians, Report Shows FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who serve in the U.S. military are less likely to drink alcohol than their civilian peers, a new study suggests. Overall, members of the military are more likely to consume alcohol. However, these researchers found that women respond differently to their experience in the military than men. This may be due to concerns about sexual harassment or being treated unfairly, they suggested. "Alcohol use is ...
Wider Face May Give You an Edge in Negotiations
Wider Face May Give You an Edge in Negotiations TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Successful negotiations may depend on more than diplomacy. When it comes to negotiating, men with wider faces may have an advantage, according to a new study. Researchers found men with a broader face are more successful when negotiating for themselves than men with narrower faces. However, having a wider facer may not be an asset when negotiations require collaboration and compromise, the researchers found. "We n...
Wives' Higher Education May Not Affect Divorce Rate
Wives' Higher Education May Not Affect Divorce Rate SUNDAY, July 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Couples aren't more likely to get divorced if the wife has more education than the husband, new research finds. The study only looks at trends in marriage, it doesn't prove that education levels play a direct role in affecting whether couples stay together or get divorced. Still, "our results speak against fears that women's growing educational advantage over men has had negative effects on marital stability," ...
Weight Loss Surgery May Help Ease Urinary Incontinence
Weight Loss Surgery May Help Ease Urinary Incontinence WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery appears to have an additional side benefit -- it may improve urinary incontinence symptoms in women, according to a new study. The study found that nearly half of women in a weight-loss surgery program reported having incontinence prior to the procedure. After surgery, most of those women said their urinary symptoms either improved or disappeared, said study researcher Dr. Leslee Subak...
Waistlines of U.S. Kids Seem to Be Holding Steady, Study Finds
Waistlines of U.S. Kids Seem to Be Holding Steady, Study Finds MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The waistlines of America's children and teens may have stopped expanding, a new study indicates. The proportion of kids aged 2 to 18 who were classified as obese, based on their waist size, held steady at nearly 18 percent from 2003 to 2012, researchers report. "Kids are not getting fatter," said researcher Lyn Steffen, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota in Minneap...
With ERs, the Busier, the Better, Study Finds
With ERs, the Busier, the Better, Study Finds THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surviving a life-threatening illness or injury may be more likely if you're treated at a busy emergency department instead of one that handles fewer patients, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data on 17.5 million emergency patients treated at nearly 3,000 hospitals across the United States. The overall risk of death in the hospital was 10 percent lower among those who initially went to the busiest emergency ...
Widowhood May Delay Dementia in Some Seniors, Study Finds
Widowhood May Delay Dementia in Some Seniors, Study Finds MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Losing a spouse may be linked to multiple health issues, but dementia isn't one of them, according to a new study. For certain seniors, widowhood may even delay dementia, the researchers found. "For those who had a mild memory problem, losing the spouse was associated with a later age of developing full-blown dementia compared to those who stayed married," said study researcher Dr. Bryan Woodruff. Woodruf...
Will a Warmer Climate Mean More Kidney Stones?
Will a Warmer Climate Mean More Kidney Stones? THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Add another possible woe to the growing list of consequences of climate change: Kidney stones. A new study of American cities suggests that rising temperatures may increase the number of people who develop the painful urinary obstructions. "These findings point to potential public health effects associated with global climate change," study leader Dr. Gregory Tasian, a pediatric urologist and epidemiologist at The...
Will You Be Obese? Look at Your Sisters, Brothers
Will You Be Obese? Look at Your Sisters, Brothers TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is known to run in families, but new research suggests this relationship may be the strongest among siblings. Although older children in a two-child home with an obese parent are more than twice as likely to be obese, having an obese older sibling may raise the risk more than fivefold for a younger child, whether the parents are obese or not, the researchers reported. "Siblings have a lot of influence," s...
Winning Attitude on the Field Translates to Career Success
Winning Attitude on the Field Translates to Career Success FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who were elite high school athletes tend to win competitions for top jobs, according to a new study. The researchers found that people who played a varsity high school sport are viewed as having more self-confidence and leadership skills than those who took part in other high school activities. Former varsity athletes were also much more likely to be involved in volunteerism and charitable activit...
What to Know About Herbs and Surgery
What to Know About Herbs and Surgery Millions of Americans use an herbal supplement for health benefits. It could be echinacea to avoid a cold or gingko to improve memory. On the surface, using these products sounds like a good idea. They are considered “natural” and are sold in pharmacies and health stores, so you might think that they must be safe. Unfortunately, natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe. The FDA doesn’t regulate herbal supplements the same way it does prescription and over-the-counter (O...
Why Childhood Immunizations Are Important
Why Childhood Immunizations Are Important Childhood vaccines or immunizations can seem overwhelming when you are a new parent. Vaccine schedules recommended by agencies and organizations, such as the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians cover about 14 different diseases. Vaccinations not only protect your child from deadly diseases, such as polio, tetanus, and diphtheria, but they also keep other children safe by eliminating or greatly decreasing dangero...
What to Look for on OTC Drug Labels
What to Look for on OTC Drug Labels Medication errors — taking the wrong medication or the right medication too frequently, or in the wrong amount — can be dangerous. According to the FDA, knowing how to make use of over-the-counter (OTC) drug labels can help you protect yourself and your family from harm. Read carefully Always read the label. Even though the print may be very small, all OTC medicine labels have detailed usage and warning information to help you choose and use the products. Look for the...
What Every Parent Should Know About Vaccinations
What Every Parent Should Know About Immunizations Watching your child get a shot isn't easy. It's even harder if you have fears or concerns about the safety or necessity of the vaccine. Millions of parents immunize their kids each year without concern. Yet some parents have heard rumors that vaccines can cause serious health problems. So, who can parents turn to for the facts about vaccine safety? Your child's doctor is your first resource for reliable information. Health care providers are bound by law...
Women and Heart Disease
When Is the Cost of Cancer 'Toxic'?
When Is the Cost of Cancer 'Toxic'? FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A tool to assess "financial toxicity" for cancer patients -- namely, the expense, anxiety and stress of illness-related costs -- has been developed by University of Chicago Medical Center cancer specialists. Many cancer patients face exorbitant and unpredictable treatment costs often at a time when they're less able to work, the researchers point out. "Few physicians discuss this increasingly significant side effect with their...
Web-Based Program May Help Beginner Drivers
Web-Based Program May Help Beginner Drivers MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nerves of steel may not be enough when teaching your child to drive. For parents who want to boost their teen's safety on the roads, an Internet-based driver's education program might help, researchers say. A new study estimates that an experimental program, funded by State Farm Insurance, could prevent about one out of 12 teenagers from failing driving tests. Beginner drivers who took part in the program with their pa...
Women With Breast Cancer Genes More Likely to Choose Extensive Surgery
Women With Breast Cancer Genes More Likely to Choose Extensive Surgery MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with breast cancer who test positive for gene mutations linked with breast and ovarian cancer are more likely than those without the mutations to choose more extensive surgery, a new study finds. Genetic testing is recommended before surgery on breast cancer patients who are at higher risk of having mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. These mutations are associated with a substantia...
When School's Out, Weight Can Pile On
When School's Out, Weight Can Pile On THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As the school year ends, many children feel they're gaining two months of freedom. But new research suggests many will gain something else: unwanted weight. Between June and August, many U.S. kids pack on excess pounds, particularly if they're overweight to begin with, according to a Harvard-led review of previous research. "The majority of the studies we looked at demonstrated that, for at least some of the children, ther...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Ease Type 2 Diabetes Long-Term
Weight-Loss Surgery May Ease Type 2 Diabetes Long-Term TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds that weight-loss surgery is more helpful to obese patients with type 2 diabetes over the long term than regular care is. "This important study demonstrates what many of us in weight-loss surgery have suspected for years: That for those who are suffering from diabetes and severe obesity, weight-loss surgery and a healthy lifestyle works better to control these diseases than medical care al...
Weight Gain From Antidepressants Is Minimal, Study Suggests
Weight Gain From Antidepressants Is Minimal, Study Suggests THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While it has long been known that some antidepressants can help spur weight gain, a new study finds that the actual amount gained is usually small. "This study was motivated in the first place by the number of patients who have asked me if their medicine is going to make them gain weight," said study co-author Dr. Roy Perlis, director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Experimental Drugs an...
Why Youngest, Oldest Marathoners Post Similar Times
Why Youngest, Oldest Marathoners Post Similar Times FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study explains why an 18-year-old marathoner has a similar finishing time as a 60-year-old runner. It's because marathon runners have their best times when they are in their late 20s, with poorer performances when they're younger and older, according to Spanish researchers who analyzed data from more than 45,000 runners who took part in the New York City Marathon in 2010 and 2011. The best race times were ...
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