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Psoriasis Tied to Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes
Psoriasis Tied to Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The chronic skin disease psoriasis may be linked to excess weight and type 2 diabetes, results of a new study suggest. Danish researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes had more than 50 percent greater odds of having psoriasis compared to people without diabetes. The study also found that the rate of psoriasis went up with increasing weight. For example, obese people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 had ...
Pharmacists Can Manage Some Chronic Conditions Effectively, Study Suggests
Pharmacists Can Manage Some Chronic Conditions Effectively, Study Suggests MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmacists may do a better job than doctors helping chronically ill patients manage their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels if they're allowed to direct people's health care, a new evidence review suggests. The review also found that pharmacists could manage chronic diseases with about the same efficiency as doctors. However, current evidence doesn't show whether pharma...
Painkiller Addiction Relapse More Likely for Some
Painkiller Addiction Relapse More Likely for Some FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Certain factors can help health care professionals predict who might relapse during treatment for prescription opioid painkiller addiction, Canadian researchers report. Opioid abuse is a serious problem in Canada and the United States, the researchers said. Methadone treatment is the most common therapy. But, nearly half of patients continue to abuse opioids during or after methadone treatment, researchers noted...
People With HIV May Age Faster, Study Suggests
People With HIV May Age Faster, Study Suggests THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with HIV may age prematurely, putting them at increased risk for an earlier death, a new study indicates. With antiretroviral therapy, many people with HIV can expect to live for decades after being infected with the AIDS-causing virus. However, doctors have noted that these patients often show signs of premature aging. Using what they called a highly accurate marker for aging on a biological level, the st...
Previous Mental Distress May Slow Concussion Recovery
Previous Mental Distress May Slow Concussion Recovery WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes may take longer to recover after a concussion if they had psychosomatic symptoms -- aches and pains caused by mental distress -- before their head injury, new research suggests. The study included 127 high school and college athletes who had concussions; 80 percent of the athletes were male. About two-thirds of the head injuries occurred during football. About one-quarter of the concussions happe...
Pair Gamblers Anonymous With Other Treatments for Best Results
Pair Gamblers Anonymous With Other Treatments for Best Results FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gamblers Anonymous helps people with gambling problems, and it's even more effective when used along with other treatments, researchers report. In a new review, investigators analyzed data from 17 studies published between 2002 and 2015 that examined problem gambling. The research included data on various aspects of problem gambling, and on treatments such as Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-step program ba...
Psoriasis May Raise Risk for Aneurysms in Abdomen: Study
Psoriasis May Raise Risk for Aneurysms in Abdomen: Study THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis patients may face a higher risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, though the overall odds of experiencing this potentially deadly blood vessel rupture are small, new research shows. The Danish scientists also found that the more severe the psoriasis -- a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by scaly, red patches of skin -- the more likely a person will develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm...
Prediabetes May Damage Nerves More Than Thought
Prediabetes May Damage Nerves More Than Thought TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prediabetes may cause more nerve damage than previously believed, researchers say. "The results of this new study add urgency to the need for more screening of those with the condition and faster intervention," said senior study author Dr. Michael Polydefkis, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The study included 62 people, including 52 with tingling and pain in their hands an...
Predicting Longevity May Be Simpler Than Thought
Predicting Longevity May Be Simpler Than Thought THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Testing the length of the ends of your DNA strands may not be the best predictor of how long you will live, a new study suggests. Instead, simpler measures that include your age and your ability to climb stairs or walk a short distance may more accurately pinpoint longevity, researchers report. The study team analyzed death rates over five years among older people in the United States (60 and older), Costa Rica ...
Preschoolers' Diets Improved After Federal Food Voucher Changes: Study
Preschoolers' Diets Improved After Federal Food Voucher Changes: Study THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A change to a U.S. government nutrition program improved the diets of millions of young children in low-income families, a new study says. Researchers compared the eating habits of nearly 1,200 2- to 4-year-olds in low-income households before and after the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) was changed in 2009. With the revamp, more fruits, vegetab...
Pot Use During Pregnancy Tied to Low Birth Weight Babies
Pot Use During Pregnancy Tied to Low Birth Weight Babies TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who use marijuana may be putting their baby at risk for health problems, a new study suggests. A review of 24 studies found that pot use during pregnancy is potentially linked to delivering a baby with a low birth weight and the newborn's placement in the intensive care unit, the researchers reported. "As states and countries continue to legalize the use of cannabis [marijuana], understandi...
Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression
Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There is a large variation in how often U.S. pediatricians diagnose and prescribe drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health conditions, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among children seen at pediatricians' offices in over a dozen U.S. states, 15 percent were diagnosed with a mental health condition over five years. Most often, that meant ADHD -- which ac...
Preterm Births Tied to Smog Cost U.S. Billions
Preterm Births Tied to Smog Cost U.S. Billions TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution is linked to an increased risk of preterm birth, and the consequences may be costing the United States more than $4 billion a year, a new study estimates. In recent years, a number of studies have found that pregnant women exposed to heavy air pollution have a slightly higher risk of delivering prematurely than those who breathe cleaner air. Experts said the new study, published March 29 in Environme...
Pets Help Homeless Youth, Study Finds
Pets Help Homeless Youth, Study Finds SUNDAY, March 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pets may bring many health benefits to homeless children, but they can also make it tougher to find shelter or to use other social services, new Canadian research suggests. A team of researchers, led by scientists at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, found homeless young people who have pets are less likely to abuse drugs or engage in risky behavior. Pets may also help ease depression among those l...
PTSD May Stiffen Veterans' Arteries, Boosting Heart Risks
PTSD May Stiffen Veterans' Arteries, Boosting Heart Risks WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have blood vessels that don't expand normally, a new study suggests. If vessels don't widen as they should, the risk of heart attack and stroke goes up, the researchers noted. The researchers also found that risk factors usually associated with blood vessel problems -- such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking ...
Paying for Kidneys Might Boost Donor Rate, Study Says
Paying for Kidneys Might Boost Donor Rate, Study Says WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If offered $50,000, nearly three out of five Americans would part with a kidney, a new study finds. "It appears that American society is ready to accept the concept of paying kidney donors," said lead researcher Dr. Thomas Peters, an emeritus professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine, in Jacksonville. However, Peters isn't suggesting that a paid market for kidneys start anytime...
Pre-Pregnancy Stress May Affect Baby's Size
Pre-Pregnancy Stress May Affect Baby's Size TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress hormone levels before pregnancy may affect a woman's risk of having a low birth weight baby, a new study suggests. Typically, levels of the stress hormone cortisol are high when you wake up in the morning and decline through the day. But some people have a low cortisol level in the morning, and a smaller-than-normal decline during the day, the study authors said. That abnormal pattern -- associated with chroni...
Psychological Disorders Affect 1 in 7 U.S. Kids Under 9: CDC
Psychological Disorders Affect 1 in 7 U.S. Kids Under 9: CDC FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One in seven American children aged 2 to 8 suffers from a mental, behavioral or developmental problem, federal health officials report. Researchers analyzed data supplied by parents in the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health, looking for reported speech and language problems, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and more. ...
Presidential Candidates Speak at 6th-8th Grade Level
Presidential Candidates Speak at 6th-8th Grade Level THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you think the rhetoric from this year's presidential election has sunk to levels you'd hear on a school playground, you may be right. A new analysis from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh finds that most of the 2016 presidential candidates have been using the vocabulary and grammar of middle school students when giving speeches on the campaign trail. And in a finding that may not su...
Preventive Mastectomies Triple Among U.S. Women With Cancer in One Breast
Preventive Mastectomies Triple Among U.S. Women With Cancer in One Breast FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. breast cancer patients choosing to have a healthy breast removed has tripled in the past decade, even though this aggressive measure offers no survival benefits for women with cancer in one breast, researchers report. "Our analysis highlights the sustained, sharp rise in popularity of [removing the healthy breast], while contributing to the mounting evidence that this m...
Pennsylvania Study Shows Fatal Drug ODs Soaring
Pennsylvania Study Shows Fatal Drug ODs Soaring THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The rate at which Pennsylvanians have lost their lives to drug overdoses jumped 14-fold between 1979 and 2014, a new study finds. The finding mirrors a national trend: A report issued in December by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found drug overdoses have reached record highs across the United States. Many of those deaths are linked to the abuse of heroin or prescription narcotic painki...
Preventive Mastectomy May Not Boost Sense of Well-Being
Preventive Mastectomy May Not Boost Sense of Well-Being TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with breast cancer who choose to have their unaffected breast removed to potentially prevent a new cancer may not be giving themselves as much peace of mind as they expected, a new study finds. An increasing number of women are having what's known as prophylactic mastectomy -- a procedure chosen by actress Angelina Jolie when she found out she had a substantially increased risk of developing cancer d...
Pedestrian Deaths in U.S. Projected to Jump 10 Percent
Pedestrian Deaths in U.S. Projected to Jump 10 Percent TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Walking in the United States appears to be more hazardous than ever. A new report projects a 10 percent surge in pedestrian deaths between 2014 and 2015 -- the largest annual rise on record. While no one cause is apparent, the rise in pedestrian deaths could reflect increased traffic volume, growing cellphone use by drivers and walkers, and more people walking for health, economic or environmental reasons, ...
Pot Smokers May Face 5 Times Greater Risk of Alcohol Abuse
Pot Smokers May Face 5 Times Greater Risk of Alcohol Abuse TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who smoke pot may be five times more likely to develop a problem with alcohol, such as addiction, a new study says. Marijuana users who have an alcohol problem may also be less likely to quit drinking, the researchers said. "Many people focus on possible negative effects of cannabis use itself, in terms of developing a cannabis use problem or the impact of cannabis use on brain function," said st...
Paid Sick Leave May Help Health of Whole Family
Paid Sick Leave May Help Health of Whole Family MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that workers without paid sick leave are more likely to forego medical care for themselves or their family when they're ill. Not surprisingly, they also take off fewer days of work whenever they are ill or injured, researchers say. "These findings are a big deal. Paid sick leave should be thought of as a major public health issue," said study co-author Patricia Stoddard-Dare, an associate profe...
Poverty Linked to Asthma, Allergy Treatment Failure
Poverty Linked to Asthma, Allergy Treatment Failure MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with asthma or food allergies who are poor have worse treatment outcomes, two new studies suggest. "We found that patients who have asthma and come from lower income households -- making less than $50,000 every year -- are one and a half times more likely to see treatment fail. They are also almost twice as likely to have an asthma exacerbation," study co-author Dr. Juan Carlos Cardet said in a news rele...
Psychosis Plus Pot a Bad Mix: Study
Psychosis Plus Pot a Bad Mix: Study THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People diagnosed with psychosis will probably have a longer, harder struggle to maintain their mental health if they're regular marijuana users, British researchers report. And those who just experienced their first episode of psychotic illness are 50 percent more likely to need subsequent hospitalization for their condition if they use marijuana, according to findings published online March 3 in the journal BMJ Open . They ...
Protein-Heavy Meals Make You Feel Fuller, Sooner: Study
Protein-Heavy Meals Make You Feel Fuller, Sooner: Study THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There may be something to those high-protein diets, with a new study finding that protein does make you feel full sooner. Many people boost their uptake of meat and other protein-rich foods when trying to shed excess pounds, because they believe it will help them feel fuller while consuming fewer calories. However, there's been a lack of large studies to confirm that idea, noted a team led by nutrition re...
Poor Sleep May Not Add to Cholesterol Problems, Study Finds
Poor Sleep May Not Add to Cholesterol Problems, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sleepless nights don't appear to be linked to an increase in cholesterol levels, a new study indicates. The exception seems to be people who take sleeping pills to treat insomnia, the researchers said. There has been speculation about a possible link between insomnia and heart disease risk factors such as high cholesterol, because sleep apnea -- another type of sleep disorder -- has been linked to he...
Pricier Football Helmets Don't Offer Extra Protection: Report
Pricier Football Helmets Don't Offer Extra Protection: Report TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Price and laboratory ratings don't indicate whether a football helmet is better at protecting high school players from concussion, a new study suggests. When University of Colorado researchers evaluated helmets and U.S. high school concussion data, the only difference that emerged concerned helmet age. Older helmets that had not been reconditioned provided less protection than newer or recently recon...
Parents, Take Heed: Your Kids Copy Your Heart Health Habits
Parents, Take Heed: Your Kids Copy Your Heart Health Habits TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you eat poorly and exercise rarely, it's highly likely that your kids will adopt at least some of these bad habits, endangering their hearts. That's the finding from new research involving nearly 1,500 children, aged 8 to 16, and 1,020 of their adult caregivers. The study, to be presented Tuesday at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Phoenix, found that kids often take after their parent...
Physically Fit May Bounce Back Better After Heart Attack
Physically Fit May Bounce Back Better After Heart Attack MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physically fit people may be less likely to become depressed after a heart attack, a new study suggests. Heart attack survivors are three times more likely to have depression than people who haven't had a heart attack. But this study found that a history of regular exercise can reduce that risk. "Physical activity protects people from depression after a heart attack," study author Linda Ernstsen, an associ...
Paid Family Leave Tied to Decline in Child Abuse
Paid Family Leave Tied to Decline in Child Abuse FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Paid family leave might lead to reduced risk of abuse-related head injuries in young children, according to a new study. Researchers compared data from 1995 through 2011 in California -- which introduced paid family leave in 2004 -- with seven states without such a policy: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts and Wisconsin. After California introduced paid family leave, there was a decline in ...
Pot Habit Early in Life May Alter Brain, Study Suggests
Pot Habit Early in Life May Alter Brain, Study Suggests FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young teens who smoke pot may wind up with brains that look strikingly different from those who start using marijuana later in their lives, a new study reports. Early pot use may alter the physical development of a young teen's brain. It seems to obstruct the natural process by which the body eliminates unneeded neurons and synaptic connections, the researchers reported. As a result, the brains of people wh...
Poor Leg Circulation Hits Women With Kidney Disease Earlier Than Men
Poor Leg Circulation Hits Women With Kidney Disease Earlier Than Men TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to men, women under the age of 70 who have kidney disease are at higher odds for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), an often disabling impairment of blood flow in the legs. That's the finding from a new study of almost 3,200 people with chronic kidney disease. Researchers led by Dr. Grace Wang, of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, found that women under 7...
Prenatal Use of HIV Drug May Slow Child's Development Slightly
Prenatal Use of HIV Drug May Slow Child's Development Slightly TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission during pregnancy may slow language development slightly in children, a new study suggests. Researchers followed more than 900 infants who were born to HIV-positive mothers but were not infected by the AIDS-causing virus. All of the mothers took antiretroviral drugs during pregnancy. Some of the treatment regimens included a drug called atazanav...
Parents' Depression, Anxiety May Contribute to Kids' Fussy Eating
Parents' Depression, Anxiety May Contribute to Kids' Fussy Eating TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preschool children whose parents have depression and/or anxiety may be more likely to be fussy eaters, a new study suggests. Fussy eating -- regularly refusing to eat certain foods -- is common among children and is a frequent cause of concern among parents. And it has been linked with constipation, weight problems and behavioral issues in children, the researchers said. The study authors looked ...
Post-Stroke Caregiving at Home Tops $11,000 a Year: Study
Post-Stroke Caregiving at Home Tops $11,000 a Year: Study THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The time spent caring for an older stroke survivor in the home totals about 22 hours a week, or more than $11,000 a year, a new study finds. Paying bills, shopping and traveling to and from doctor's visits adds up, say researchers who found the true cost of post-stroke home care services for American seniors is much higher than previously estimated. Stroke survivors received about 10 more hours of careg...
Pot Smokers Susceptible to Other Addictions, Study Finds
Pot Smokers Susceptible to Other Addictions, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pot smokers may be at significantly greater risk for developing an addiction to other drugs or alcohol, a new study suggests. Researchers found that adult marijuana use was associated with greater likelihood of developing alcohol and drug use problems, including nicotine dependence, over three years of follow-up. But it was not associated with greater risk of developing a mood or anxiety disorder. "This...
Parenthood May Alter Immune System, Research Suggests
Parenthood May Alter Immune System, Research Suggests WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While most people know that parenting is a stressful, sleep-depriving undertaking, new research suggests it may also rewire the immune system. The study found that parenting seems to have a more significant effect on the immune system than the flu vaccine or gastroenteritis, commonly called the stomach flu. "That's at least something for prospective parents to consider -- the sleep deprivation, stress, chr...
Prenatal Diet Rich in Vitamin D May Cut Allergy Risk in Kids: Study
Prenatal Diet Rich in Vitamin D May Cut Allergy Risk in Kids: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to women who eat vitamin D-rich foods during pregnancy have a lower risk of hay fever, but vitamin D supplements do not have the same effect, a new study suggests. The new study included more than 1,200 mothers and their children. The children were followed until they were about 7 years old. A diet with higher levels of vitamin D -- equivalent to the amount in an 8-ounce serving...
Pregnancy After 40 May Boost Risk of 'Bleeding' Stroke Later: Study
Pregnancy After 40 May Boost Risk of 'Bleeding' Stroke Later: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who become pregnant at age 40 or older may face a greater risk of a "bleeding" stroke later in life, new research suggests. "Women who have a pregnancy after the age of 40 appear to have a higher chance, 15 or 20 years down the line, of having a stroke, particularly the hemorrhagic type of stroke, which is bleeding in the brain," said lead researcher Dr. Adnan Qureshi. He is director of...
Pregnancy May Ease PTSD for Some Women, Study Finds
Pregnancy May Ease PTSD for Some Women, Study Finds TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Being pregnant may decrease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some women, new research suggests. PTSD can be caused by a traumatic event such as combat, traffic crashes, robbery, sexual assault, childhood or domestic abuse, natural disasters and house fires. The new study included 319 pregnant women with the stress disorder. Those with high levels of PTSD in early pregnancy saw symptoms decr...
Panel Undecided on Screening All Kids for Autism
Panel Undecided on Screening All Kids for Autism TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's just not enough good data to determine whether there's value in routinely screening all young children for autism, an influential panel of U.S. health experts said Tuesday. After considering current information, as well as getting input from health care professionals and the public, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded there is not enough evidence to determine the long-term effects o...
Physically Demanding Job, High Blood Pressure a Bad Mix for Women
Physically Demanding Job, High Blood Pressure a Bad Mix for Women MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having a physically demanding job and high blood pressure may triple a woman's risk of heart disease, a new study contends. Researchers looked at more than 12,000 female nurses in Denmark, and found that those with high blood pressure and highly active jobs were much more likely to develop heart disease than those with normal blood pressure and moderately active jobs. "Previous research has shown ...
Patient-to-Doctor Spread of Bird Flu Reported in China
Patient-to-Doctor Spread of Bird Flu Reported in China WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deadly H7N9 bird flu can, in certain situations, be transmitted person-to-person in hospitals, according to a new report from China. Since bird flu first appeared in eastern China in 2013, nearly 700 people have been infected, the study authors said. Almost 300 people have died as of Jan. 10, 2016. Most of the infections and deaths have occurred in China, the authors said. People usually get this flu from...
Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study
Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who take the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known under the brand name Tylenol -- may be more likely to have a child with asthma, new research suggests. Although the study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect, researchers found that prenatal exposure to the over-the-counter medicine was associated with an increased risk for asthma in children. However, the study authors...
Pregnant Women Benefit From Tamiflu at First Sign of Flu: Study
Pregnant Women Benefit From Tamiflu at First Sign of Flu: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Early treatment with the antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) may shorten hospital stays for pregnant women with the flu, especially those who are severely ill, new research suggests. Pregnant women are at increased risk for serious illness, complications and death from the flu, the study authors said. The new study looked at 865 pregnant women in 14 states who were hospitalized with the flu between...
Poor REM Sleep May Be Linked to Higher Risk for Anxiety, Depression
Poor REM Sleep May Be Linked to Higher Risk for Anxiety, Depression MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia. But new research is building on that association, suggesting that the bad and "restless" REM sleep experienced by insomnia patients may, in turn, undermine their ability to overcome emotional distress, raising their risk for chronic depression or anxiety. ...
PSA Testing Differs Among Primary Care Doctors, Urologists
PSA Testing Differs Among Primary Care Doctors, Urologists MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Urologists are far more likely than primary care doctors to do prostate cancer screenings known as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, a new study reports. For the test, a blood sample is taken and sent to a laboratory to check for levels of a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. PSA testing declined overall after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2011 recommended against routine...
People May Eat More of a Food That's Labeled 'Healthy'
People May Eat More of a Food That's Labeled 'Healthy' MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Words matter when you're trying to eat right, new research suggests. People tend to overeat when they're consuming food that's been labeled "healthy," undermining their own efforts to improve their diet, the study found. People order larger portions, eat more and feel less full when they're consuming food that's been portrayed as "healthy" in its packaging, according to a report published recently in the Jour...
Pediatricians' Group Says U.S. Lacks Resources to Treat Kids in Disasters
Pediatricians' Group Says U.S. Lacks Resources to Treat Kids in Disasters MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When a major public health emergency, disaster or act of terrorism occurs, the United States may lack adequate resources to treat children who are affected, according to a new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The medical requirements of children -- for example, drug formulations or dosing -- would often be very different from those needed by adults when or if a chemical, b...
Painkillers Often Gateway to Heroin for U.S. Teens: Survey
Painkillers Often Gateway to Heroin for U.S. Teens: Survey TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of U.S. high school students who use heroin first tried narcotic painkillers, a new survey reveals. Survey results from nearly 68,000 high school seniors provide some clues to heroin's recent deadly path from the inner city into affluent suburbs and rural communities. "The more times a teen uses nonprescribed painkiller pills, the greater the risk he or she is at for becoming dependent on...
Prescriptions Continue for Most Who Survive Painkiller ODs: Study
Prescriptions Continue for Most Who Survive Painkiller ODs: Study MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even as overdoses from narcotic prescription painkiller reach record levels in the United States, a new report finds that most people who survive such events continue to be prescribed the drugs by their doctors. The new study found that this happened in more than 90 percent of cases, and patients who continued on drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet after an overdose had twice the odds of ov...
Patients Can Self-Administer IV Antibiotics at Home: Study
Patients Can Self-Administer IV Antibiotics at Home: Study THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients can be taught to safely self-administer long-term intravenous antibiotics at home, without the help of a health care worker, a new study suggests. The finding could have a significant impact on uninsured patients who might otherwise spend weeks in a hospital receiving IV care, according to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "This really taps into huma...
Paid Sick Leave Can Be Crucial When Cancer Strikes
Paid Sick Leave Can Be Crucial When Cancer Strikes WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Paid sick leave for cancer patients eases their financial struggles and helps them keep their jobs, a new study shows. "Paid sick leave allows patients to take the time they need for cancer treatment but still keep getting a paycheck," study author Dr. Christine Veenstra, a clinical lecturer in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in a university news release. Veenstra and coll...
Pooches May Give Food to Their Pals, Study Shows
Pooches May Give Food to Their Pals, Study Shows FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The tough, "dog eat dog" view of the canine world may be misguided: A new study finds that dogs can freely give food to other pooches, with no expectation of a reward for themselves. But there's a catch: Dogs studied in these experiments typically shared food only with dogs they knew, not with unfamiliar dogs. "Dogs truly behave prosocially toward other dogs. That had never been experimentally demonstrated before,...
Primary Care Docs the Leading Prescribers of Narcotic Painkillers: Study
Primary Care Docs the Leading Prescribers of Narcotic Painkillers: Study MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans continue to be plagued by an epidemic of prescription narcotic painkiller abuse, and a new study finds primary care physicians are by far the biggest prescribers of the drugs. Researchers led by Dr. Jonathan Chen, of Stanford University, looked at data from 2013 Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage claims. They focused on prescriptions for narcotic painkillers containing hyd...
Pollution From Coal Burning Most Damaging to Health, Study Finds
Pollution From Coal Burning Most Damaging to Health, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution particles from the burning of coal are far more dangerous to your health than those from other sources, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data gathered from 450,000 people in 100 U.S. cities between 1982 and 2004. The team from NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City, found that exposure to tiny particles in fossil fuel emissions are associated with an increased risk ...
Planned Cesareans Tied to Slight Increase in Asthma Risk for Kids
Planned Cesareans Tied to Slight Increase in Asthma Risk for Kids TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children born by planned cesarean delivery appear to have a slightly higher chance of developing asthma than those born through vaginal delivery, researchers report. The difference in risk was small, with 3.73 percent of those born through planned C-section hospitalized by age 5 for asthma, compared to 3.41 percent of kids who were born through vaginal delivery. And those who had a cesarean delive...
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