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Rapamune Approved for Rare Lung Disease
Rapamune Approved for Rare Lung Disease FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rapamune (sirolimus) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare, progressive lung disease that mostly affects women of childbearing age. Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is characterized by the unusual growth of smooth-muscle cells among lung tissue. This can block normal airflow in the lungs and hinder delivery of oxygen to the rest of the body. The very rare disease affects only two to five w...
Red Blood Cell Count
Red Blood Cell Count Does this test have other names? RBC count, erythrocyte count What is this test? This test measures the number of red blood cells, or erythrocytes, in your blood. Red blood cells play a critical role in moving oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body and returning carbon dioxide to your lungs to be exhaled. A red blood cell count is typically done as part of a complete blood count (CBC), which is a screening test to check for a variety of medical conditions. Why do I need thi...
Roundworm Infections in Children
Roundworm Infections in Children Ascariasis is the name of an infection caused by the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides . When a worm lives inside the human body, the condition is called a parasitic infection. Roundworms can live inside the small intestine for up to two years. The worms are about as thick as a pencil and can grow to be about 13 inches long. They reproduce very quickly. Female roundworms may lay more than 200,000 eggs every day; these eggs leave the body through bowel movements. Ascariasis ...
Right Heart Catheterization
Right Heart Catheterization (Right Heart Cath; Pulmonary Artery Catheterization; Catheterization, Right Heart; Swan-Ganz "Swan" Catheterization) Procedure overview What is a right heart catheterization? Click Image to Enlarge A right heart catheterization is performed to determine how well the heart is pumping and to measure the pressures in the heart and lungs. In a right heart cath, the doctor guides a special catheter (a small, hollow tube) called a pulmonary artery (PA) catheter to the right side of...
Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy
Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy (Heart Biopsy, Right Heart Cath with Biopsy) Procedure overview What is a right heart catheterization with heart tissue biopsy? Click Image to Enlarge Right heart catheterization (often abbreviated as right heart cath) with heart tissue biopsy is a procedure in which tissue samples are taken directly from the heart muscle. This procedure may be done to see if the heart tissue is normal. In a right heart cath, the doctor guides a special catheter (a sm...
Robotic Cardiac Surgery
Robotic Cardiac Surgery (Robotic-assisted Cardiac Surgery, Robotic Heart Surgery, da Vinci Surgery) Procedure overview Robotic cardiac surgery is a form of heart surgery performed through very small incisions in the chest. With the use of tiny instruments and robotic devices, surgeons are able to perform several types of heart surgery in a way that is much less invasive than other types of heart surgery. The procedure is sometimes called da Vinci surgery because that is the name of the manufacturer of t...
Rotavirus Vaccine Oral suspension
Rotavirus Vaccine Oral suspension What is this medicine? ROTAVIRUS VACCINE ORAL SOLUTION (ROH tuh vahy ruhs VAK seen) is used to help prevent a virus infection that can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. How should I use this medicine? This vaccine is given by mouth. It is given by a health care professional. A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use o...
Radionuclide Angiogram, Resting
Radionuclide Angiogram, Resting (Resting RNA, MUGA, Gated Blood Pool Scan [Resting], Gated Cardiac Scan, Resting Gated Blood Pool Scan, Cardiac Blood Pool Imaging) Procedure overview What is a resting radionuclide angiogram (RNA)? Resting radionuclide angiogram (RNA) is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the tissue un...
Renal Angiogram (Angiogram-Kidneys, Renal Angiography, Renal Arteriogram, Renal Arteriography) Procedure overview What is a renal angiogram? An angiogram, also called an arteriogram, is an X-ray image of the blood vessels. It is performed to evaluate various vascular conditions, such as an aneurysm (ballooning of a blood vessel), stenosis (narrowing of a blood vessel), or blockages. A renal angiogram is an angiogram of the blood vessels of the kidneys. A renal angiogram may be used to assess the blood f...
Retrograde Cystography (Cystography - Retrograde) Procedure overview What is retrograde cystography? Retrograde cystography is a diagnostic procedure that uses X-rays to examine the urinary bladder. X-rays are made of the bladder after it has been filled with a contrast dye. Contrast refers to a substance taken into the body that causes the particular organ or tissue under study to be seen more clearly. This examination allows the doctor to assess the bladder's structure and integrity. During retrograde...
Retrograde Pyelogram (Retrograde Ureteropyelogram, Retrograde Pyelography, Retrograde Ureteropyelography) Procedure overview What is a retrograde pyelogram? A retrograde pyelogram is a type of X-ray that allows visualization of the bladder, ureters, and renal pelvis. Generally, this test is performed during a procedure called cystoscopy — evaluation of the bladder with an endoscope (a long, flexible lighted tube). During a cystoscopy, contrast dye, which helps enhance the X-ray images, can be introduced...
Rotator Cuff Repair
Rotator Cuff Repair (Rotator Cuff Surgery, Shoulder Surgery) Procedure Overview What is rotator cuff repair? The rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder in place. It is 1 of the most important parts of the shoulder. The rotator cuff allows a person to lift his and her arm and reach up. It stabilizes the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder and allows for normal shoulder mechanics. An injury to the rotator cuff, such as a tear, may happen suddenly when falling on an outstretc...
Recovery Room/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
Recovery Room/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Where will my child recover from surgery? Once surgery has been completed, your child will be brought to the recovery room, also called the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). In the recovery room, registered nurses, anesthesiologists, and other health care professionals will closely monitor your child as he or she "awakens" from anesthesia. The length of time spent in recovery depends on the type of surgery done, your child's response to surgery and anesthesia, and...
Retinoblastoma What is retinoblastoma? Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer of the retina (the innermost layer of the eye, located at the back of the eye, that receives light and images necessary for vision). About 300 children will be diagnosed with retinoblastoma this year. It accounts for 3 percent of childhood cancers. Nearly all children with retinoblastoma can be cured of the disease if it has been diagnosed early enough, and 90 percent will have normal vision in at least one eye after treatment. Click...
Reye Syndrome What is Reye syndrome? Reye syndrome is a rare condition that affects the normal chemical balance in the body, resulting in potential damage to all organs, but primarily affecting the brain and liver. This condition is most common in children and adolescents following a viral infection. Reye syndrome usually affects children between the ages of 4 and 12, although it can occur at any age. As the inflammation in the brain increases, the pressure inside of the head may also increase. The incr...
Measles (Rubeola) What is measles? Measles, also called 10-day measles, red measles, or measles, is a viral illness respiratory disease. It causes a red, blotchy rash or skin eruption. Measles has a distinct rash that helps aid in the diagnosis. Measles is spread from one child to another through direct contact with discharge from the nose and throat. It is also spread through coughing and sneezing (airborne droplets) from an infected child because the virus lives in the mucus in the nose and throat. Th...
Rubella (German Measles) in Children
Rubella (German Measles) in Children What is rubella (German measles)? Rubella is a viral illness that causes a mild fever and a skin rash. It is also called German Measles, but is not the same virus that causes rubeola, or measles. It is spread from one child to another through direct contact with fluid from the nose and throat. Infants and children who get rubella usually only have a mild case of the rash and some respiratory symptoms. However, a fetus that gets rubella from his or her mother while sh...
Rotavirus Infections What is rotavirus? Rotavirus is a contagious virus and, among children, is the leading cause of severe infectious diarrhea. In some infants and children, diarrhea may be so severe that they become dehydrated and may require emergency care or hospitalization. Prior to the use of the rotavirus vaccine in 2006, as many as 55,000 to 70,000 children were hospitalized each year in the U.S. due to rotavirus infections. The virus peaks during the cooler months of the year starting in the fa...
Roseola What is roseola? Roseola is a contagious viral illness that results a high fever and a rash that develops as the fever resolves. The disease is also called roseola infantum or sixth disease. It because it most commonly affects children under 2 years of age. . What are the symptoms of roseola? It may take between 5 to 15 days for a child to develop symptoms of roseola after being exposed to the virus. A child is probably most contagious during the period of high fever, before the rash occurs. The...
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Children
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) in Children What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is an infection caused by the bite of an infected tick. It usually occurs from April until September, but it can occur anytime during the year where weather is warm. The mid-Atlantic and southeastern states are most affected. The disease is spread to humans through a bite from an infected tick; it is not spread from one person to another. In the U.S., the American dog tick ( Dermacen...
Rabies in Children
Rabies in Children What is rabies? Rabies is a viral infection that affects certain warm-blooded animals. It's caused by a virus in the Rhabdoviridae family and attacks the nervous system. Once symptoms develop, it is 100% fatal in animals if left untreated. In North America, rabies occurs mainly in skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and bats. In some areas, these wild animals infect domestic cats, dogs, and livestock. In the United States, cats are more likely than dogs to be rabid. Individual states ma...
Rh Disease What is Rh disease? Rh disease occurs during pregnancy when there is an incompatibility between the blood types of the mother and baby. What causes Rh disease? Every person has a blood type (O, A, B, or AB) and an Rh factor, either positive or negative. The blood type and the Rh factor simply mean that a person's blood has certain specific characteristics. The blood type is found as proteins on red blood cells and in body fluids. The Rh factor is a protein that is found on the covering of the...
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) What is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)? RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs) and pneumonia in babies. It is an illness that often occurs in yearly outbreaks in communities, school classrooms, and day care centers. In the United States, RSV is more common in winter and early spring months. What causes respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)? RSV is spread from respiratory secretions through close contact with infecte...
Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Respiratory Distress Syndrome What is respiratory distress syndrome? Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), which used to be called hyaline membrane disease, is one of the most common problems of premature babies. It can cause babies to need extra oxygen and help breathing. The course of illness with respiratory distress syndrome depends on the size and gestational age of the baby, the severity of the disease, the presence of infection, whether or not a baby has a patent ductus arteriosus (a heart defect)...
Returning Home After a Burn Injury
Returning Home After a Burn Injury Returning home after a burn injury requires an adjustment period for both your child and your family. You will probably experience a variety of feelings and emotions that are normal. You may feel scared, nervous, or uneasy about leaving the hospital (as well as your child's appearance around friends and loved ones). Your mixed feelings are normal and it may help to have someone to talk with. Remember, there are plenty of support persons who were involved in your child'...
Recognizing Urologic or Gynecologic Problems
Recognizing Urologic or Gynecologic Problems Signs and symptoms that may require medical attention There are many different gynecological problems that could occur during adolescence. Mothers should be sure to talk with their daughters about all of the normal changes that will be occurring in the body during this time of physical maturation and development, so that any abnormal changes can be examined right away. Be sure to discuss the following: Vaginal bleeding and discharge are a normal part of your ...
Renal Vascular Disease
Renal Vascular Disease What is renal vascular disease? Renal vascular disease is the name given to a variety of complications that affect the arteries and veins of the kidneys. These complications affect the blood circulation of the kidneys, and may cause damage to the tissues of the kidneys, kidney failure, and/or high blood pressure. Vascular conditions affecting the renal arteries and veins include the following: Renal artery stenosis. Renal artery stenosis (RAS) is a blockage of an artery to the kid...
Recognizing Gynecological Symptoms
Recognizing Gynecological Symptoms Gynecological signs and symptoms that may require medical attention Vaginal bleeding and discharge are a normal part of your menstrual cycle prior to menopause. However, if you notice anything different or unusual, consult your health care provider before attempting to treat the problem yourself. Symptoms may result from mild infections that are easy to treat. But, if they are not treated properly, they can lead to more serious conditions, including infertility or kidn...
Routine Vaccination Recommendations
Routine Vaccination Recommendations What vaccinations are routinely recommended for adults, adolescents, and children? According to the CDC, there are many diseases that have recommended vaccination schedules. The goal is for all U.S. citizens to receive these vaccinations to prevent the spread of these infectious diseases, and ultimately to eradicate them. Specific vaccine recommendations vary depending on age, geographic location, and other risk factors. Many basic vaccinations are often given in comb...
Recovering From Surgery/Intensive Care
Recovering From Surgery/Intensive Care Recovering from surgery Once surgery has been completed, you are brought to the recovery room, which also may be called the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). In the recovery room, clinical staff will closely monitor you as you recover from anesthesia. The length of time spent in recovery depends on the type of surgery performed and the condition of the individual patient. While a patient is in recovery, the clinical staff may do the following: Monitor vital signs s...
Rheumatoid Arthritis What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the joints. The inflammation can become so severe that the function and appearance of the hands, as well as other parts of the body, can become affected. In the hand, rheumatoid arthritis may cause deformities in the joints of the fingers, making movement difficult. Lumps, known as rheumatoid nodules, may form over small joints in the hands and the wrist. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis...
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Many different reconstructive plastic surgery procedures require the clinical and surgical expertise of a plastic surgeon. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Overview Nasal Surgery (Septoplasty) Breast Reconstruction Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Craniosynostosis Hand Surgery Overview of Hand Surgery Anatomy of the Hand Diagnosing Hand Conditions Type of Hand Conditions Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Con...
Risk Factors for Stroke
Risk Factors for Stroke Risk factors are those things that increase your chance of having a certain disease, like a stroke. Some risk factors can't be changed, like your sex or age. Some risk factors can be changed, like overweight or lack of exercise. Risk factors in women and men There are differences between stroke risk factors in men and women. Some stroke risk factors: Only affect women. Examples are pregnancy or having diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) Occur in both men and women, b...
Recognizing Gynecologic Problems
Recognizing Gynecologic Problems Gynecological signs and symptoms that may require medical attention Vaginal bleeding and discharge are a normal part of your menstrual cycle prior to menopause. However, if you notice anything different or unusual, consult your health care provider before attempting to treat the problem yourself. Symptoms may result from mild infections that are easy to treat. But, if they are not treated properly, they can lead to more serious conditions, including kidney damage. Vagina...
Radiation Therapy and Cancer Treatment
Radiation Therapy and Cancer Treatment Radiation therapy (also called therapeutic radiology or radiation oncology) uses X-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles to fight cancer. Like surgery, radiation therapy is used in several ways depending on the type and location of the cancer. Certain levels of radiation work to destroy cancer cells or prevent cells from growing or reproducing. This treatment may provide a cure for cancer, control the disease, or help relieve its symptoms. Most radiation treatmen...
Refractive Errors What is normal vision? Click to enlarge image In order to better understand how refractive errors affect our vision, it is important to understand how normal vision occurs. For persons with normal vision, the following sequence takes place: Light enters the eye through the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. From the cornea, the light passes through the pupil. The amount of light passing through is regulated by the iris, or the colored part of your ...
Reproductive Glands Anatomy of the ovaries A woman's two ovaries are located on both sides of the uterus, just below the opening of the fallopian tubes (tubes that extend from the uterus to the ovaries). Function of the ovaries In addition to producing egg cells, the ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone, which affect many of the female characteristics and reproductive functions. Estrogens are also responsible for good bone health and strength. The levels of secreted estrogen and progesterone are co...
Rheumatic Heart Disease
Rheumatic Heart Disease What is rheumatic heart disease? Rheumatic heart disease is a condition in which permanent damage to heart valves is caused by rheumatic fever. The heart valve is damaged by a process that generally begins with an infection caused by streptococcus bacteria. In some cases, strep throat or scarlet fever can eventually progress to rheumatic fever. Click image to enlarge The effects of rheumatic fever: Rheumatic fever, an inflammatory disease, can affect many connective tissues, espe...
Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Treatment
Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Treatment What is radiation therapy? Radiation therapy is a process that precisely sends high levels of radiation directly to the cancer cells. Radiation done after surgery can kill cancer cells that may not be seen during surgery. Radiation may also be done: Prior to surgery to shrink the tumor In combination with chemotherapy As a palliative treatment (therapy that relieves symptoms, such as pain, but does not alter the course of the disease) There are various ways ...
Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)
Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome) What is reactive arthritis? Reactive arthritis, also known as Reiter's syndrome, is a type of arthritis that occurs as a reaction to an infection somewhere in the body. Most infections that cause the disease originate in the genitourinary tract (the bladder, urethra, penis, or vagina) and are spread through sexual intercourse, a form of the disease called genitourinary Reiter's syndrome, or urogenital Reiter's syndrome. Other infections that can cause reactive arth...
Rhinitis What is rhinitis? Rhinitis is a reaction that occurs in the eyes, nose, and throat when airborne irritants (allergens) trigger the release of histamine. Histamine causes inflammation and fluid production in the fragile linings of nasal passages, sinuses, and eyelids. What are the different types of rhinitis? There are two categories of rhinitis: allergic rhinitis and nonallergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis There are two types of allergic rhinitis: Seasonal. This type occurs particularly during ...
Take the Rabies Quiz Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often passed on through a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the CDC each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. 1. The rabies virus is passed on by contact with what part of an infected animal? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The rabies virus is transmitted to others through the saliva of the infected animal. All mammals can carry the virus....
Rheumatoid Arthritis Quiz
Rheumatoid Arthritis Quiz Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease that affects 1.5 million Americans. It has no cure, but it can be controlled by a range of treatments. Learn more about RA by taking this quiz. It's based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 1. One characteristic of RA is that it usually affects the same joints on both sides of the body. If one hand is involved, the other one is, too. You didn't answer this question. You an...
Raynaud's Phenomenon Quiz
Take the Raynaud’s Quiz Raynaud's disease or phenomenon is a disorder that affects a person’s blood vessels in the fingers, and sometimes the toes. Learn more about this disorder by taking this quiz. 1. If you have Raynaud's phenomenon, you will know it because because your skin changes color when you are exposed to cold. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The main symptoms of Raynaud's are a change in skin color and a change in skin temperature. Skin color changes from ...
Radiation Treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Radiation Treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma The goal of radiation is to use high-energy X-rays to kill lymphoma cells and shrink tumors. In most cases, a machine directs radiation into your body from the outside. That's why it's called external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT). Radiation may also be given in the form of a drug that is injected into your blood. This is a type of internal radiation therapy known as radioimmunotherapy. If you have stage I or stage II lymphoma, you may get radiation as your m...
If you are feeling stressed by life, take some time during the day to relax. Some people find meditation calming. Others find peace in taking a walk; still others turn to prayer. This time of quietness helps improve your state of mind and gives you a chance to recharge, advises the National Mental Health Association .
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Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC
Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Raw tuna is suspected as the source of a salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 53 people in nine states, according to U.S. health officials. No deaths have been reported. But 10 people have been sick enough to be hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in a statement. The majority of those who fell ill said they had recently eaten sushi that included raw tuna. How...
Rugby Player's Head Injuries Linked to Brain Decline
Rugby Player's Head Injuries Linked to Brain Decline FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Add rugby to the sports that can lead to degenerative brain disease, a new study suggests. The first case of a rugby player who died from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) -- a condition associated with repeated concussions -- is outlined in a new study. To date, the link between brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy has mostly been made in football players and boxers, the researchers said. T...
Radiation Plus Hormone Therapy May Help Some Prostate Cancer Patients
Radiation Plus Hormone Therapy May Help Some Prostate Cancer Patients WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that adding radiation therapy to hormone therapy improves the chances of survival for men with prostate cancer that has spread to nearby lymph nodes. Hormone therapy for prostate cancer blocks testosterone's stimulation of tumor growth. For the study, researchers used a database that included 3,500 American men diagnosed with prostate cancer that had spread to nearby lym...
Researchers Hone in on Genes Linked to Serious Blood Infection
Researchers Hone in on Genes Linked to Serious Blood Infection WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It might be possible to develop a blood test that would diagnose severe blood infections (sepsis) at an earlier stage than can be done currently, new research suggests. Stanford University researchers have identified a pattern of gene activity associated specifically with sepsis. Sepsis is the leading cause of hospital deaths in the United States, according to the researchers. The condition is asso...
Researchers Report Progress in Making All Blood Types Universally Accepted
Researchers Report Progress in Making All Blood Types Universally Accepted THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are closing in on a way to transform any type of donated blood into type O, the universal blood type that can safely be given to any patient. Researchers have created a special enzyme that can shear off the substances on red blood cells that are responsible for potentially fatal immune reactions if a patient receives the wrong type of blood, according to a new study. The enzym...
Rural Poor Bear Higher Burden of COPD, Study Finds
Rural Poor Bear Higher Burden of COPD, Study Finds TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being poor and living in a rural area are two risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds. COPD is a progressive and incurable lung condition that involves a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is often linked to smoking, and is the third leading cause of death in the world. In the new study, researchers led by author Dr. Sarath Raju of the Johns Hopkins Schoo...
Raplixa Approved to Control Surgical Bleeding
Raplixa Approved to Control Surgical Bleeding FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Raplixa (human fibrin sealant) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help control bleeding during surgery, the agency said in a news release. Raplixa's use is sanctioned when standard surgical techniques -- including sutures -- are "ineffective or impractical," the FDA said. The spray-dried product is dissolved in the blood and triggers a reaction that promotes clotting to help stop bleeding. Th...
Routine Heart Care Similar From Nurse Practitioners, Doctors: Study
Routine Heart Care Similar From Nurse Practitioners, Doctors: Study FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients with chronic heart disease will receive the same quality of care from a nurse practitioner or physician assistant as they would from a doctor, a new study suggests. That's good news because the recent expansion of U.S. health coverage has many public health experts warning of a future with too few doctors for the patients on hand. "With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we are ...
Report Shows Progress in America's War on Cancer
Report Shows Progress in America's War on Cancer MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- America is making slow but steady progress against cancer, with a continuing decline in cancer deaths, according to a new report. The overall cancer death rate fell an average 1.5 percent per year between 2002 and 2011, representing improved survival for men, women and children, the report found. The rate of new cancer cases also declined an average 0.5 percent a year during that period. Experts say the promising...
Researchers Pinpoint Possible Protein Culprit Behind Alzheimer's
Researchers Pinpoint Possible Protein Culprit Behind Alzheimer's TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Abnormal tau protein collecting in the brain may be the main cause of Alzheimer's disease, a new study claims. Another protein called amyloid accumulates as Alzheimer's progresses, but is not the primary culprit behind the devastating memory loss that is the hallmark of the disease, Mayo Clinic researchers report. They said their findings suggest that targeting tau should be the new focus of effo...
Researchers Develop Screening for Early Memory Troubles
Researchers Develop Screening for Early Memory Troubles WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have developed a new scoring system to help identify seniors who are at high risk for memory and thinking problems that might lead to dementia. "Our goal is to identify memory issues at the earliest possible stages," wrote lead researcher Dr. Ronald Petersen, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The study looked at almost 1,500 people between the ages of 70 and 89. They were all f...
Recess: An Essential Part of the School Day
Recess: An Essential Part of the School Day WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Recess is an essential part of children's school days that can help set students up for success once they head back to the classroom, a new study suggests. Yet, many schools are cutting back on recess or not offering quality recess time. This may have unintended negative consequences, the Stanford University researchers cautioned. "Recess isn't normally considered part of school climate, and often is shortchanged i...
Raise Legal Smoking Age to 21, U.S. Expert Panel Says
Raise Legal Smoking Age to 21, U.S. Expert Panel Says THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 would save hundreds of thousands of lives and substantially reduce the number of smokers in the United States, a new report finds. Such a change would result in 249,000 fewer premature deaths among people born between 2000 and 2019, and 12 percent fewer smokers by 2100, according to the report released Thursday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). ...
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