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Walking Boosts Outcomes for Prostate Cancer Survivors
Walking Boosts Outcomes for Prostate Cancer Survivors THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Quality of life can deteriorate for men due to the effects of prostate cancer and its treatment. But a new study shows that engaging in a regular walking regimen can improve well-being. The finding didn't come as a surprise to one expert. "I am a big believer in exercise for overall wellness, and as this study has pointed out, for the management of prostate cancer," said Dr. Ash Tewari, chair of the depart...
Women With Grandkids May Leave Workforce Sooner
Women With Grandkids May Leave Workforce Sooner FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with grandchildren are more likely to retire early, according to a new study. Researchers looked at more than 47,000 retirement-age women in the United States. They found that those with grandchildren were 9 percent more likely to retire early, presumably to care for the youngsters. That's about the same percentage who retire early due to health problems. The investigators also found that older women who hav...
Weight-Control Myths Keep Many U.S. Women Smoking
Weight-Control Myths Keep Many U.S. Women Smoking MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American women who believe smoking helps control weight are less likely than other female smokers to try quitting in response to higher cigarette prices and anti-smoking messages, a new study finds. "We found that concerns about weight are a significant barrier to quitting among U.K. smokers and U.S. female smokers who believe smoking helps them manage weight," lead author Ce Shang, of the University of Illinois...
Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Beat Other Commercial Diet Plans, Study Finds
Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Beat Other Commercial Diet Plans, Study Finds MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many people turn to commercial weight-loss programs to help them shed excess pounds, but there's surprisingly little scientific evidence to show whether or not these plans can help keep weight off for the long-term, a new report reveals. Only two out of 32 major commercial weight-loss programs marketed nationwide -- Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig -- can boast scientific evidence showing ...
Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups
Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In obese people with asthma, weight-loss surgery has been linked to a significant reduction in serious asthma flare-ups, new research suggests. "We found that risk of an emergency department visit or hospitalization for asthma exacerbation decreased by half after bariatric [weight-loss] surgery and remained significantly lower for at least 2 years," the study authors wrote in the report. The study relied...
Why Insulin Resistance May Be More Common in Men
Why Insulin Resistance May Be More Common in Men MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research may help explain why obese men are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than obese women. As people become overweight, their skeletal muscle develops insulin resistance that can lead to type 2 diabetes, the Canadian study authors explained. They discovered that differences in the activity of a protein in this muscle may make men more likely to develop diabetes than women. When that protein -- calle...
When to Keep Kids Home From School
When to Keep Kids Home From School FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Trying to determine whether to keep a child home from school due to illness can be difficult for parents, but a pediatrician offers some advice on how to make that call. "Being a parent is a juggling act, but throw in a child being home sick from school and the delicate balance topples. Many parents ask: When is it important to keep my child home from school and when should I send them?" Dr. Hannah Chow-Johnson, a pediatrician...
Why Isn't There Any Cheap, Generic Insulin?
Why Isn't There Any Cheap, Generic Insulin? WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research examines why people with diabetes who depend on injections of lifesaving insulin still have no cheaper generic options to treat their disease. "Surprisingly, this issue has not been talked about, so we're asking the question: Why is there no generic insulin?" said senior study author Dr. Kevin Riggs, a research fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. In their report, publish...
Workplace Suicides on the Rise, Study Finds
Workplace Suicides on the Rise, Study Finds TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Workplace suicides are on the rise in the United States, and people in protective services jobs -- such as police and firefighters -- are at the greatest risk, a new study found. "Occupation can largely define a person's identity, and psychological risk factors for suicide, such as depression and stress, can be affected by the workplace," said lead investigator Hope Tiesman. She is an epidemiologist with the division...
White House Reports Historic Drop in Uninsured Americans
White House Reports Historic Drop in Uninsured Americans MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama Administration reported Monday the largest drop in the number of Americans without health insurance since the Johnson administration expanded health coverage through Medicare and Medicaid 50 years ago. The new report tracks gains in health coverage since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Barack Obama's signature health reform law, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary ...
When One Spouse Exercises, the Other May Start, Too
When One Spouse Exercises, the Other May Start, Too FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If you start an exercise program, it might inspire your spouse to do the same, a new study says. "When it comes to physical fitness, the best peer pressure to get moving could be coming from the person who sits across from you at the breakfast table," study co-author Laura Cobb, a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in a Hopkins news release. Researchers examined data from ...
Women Take Longer to Reach Hospital After Heart Attack
Women Take Longer to Reach Hospital After Heart Attack THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women having heart attacks get to the hospital for treatment later than men and are more likely to die, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 7,400 heart attack patients in Europe. They found that 70 percent of women took longer than an hour to get to a hospital that could treat them. Only 30 percent of men with heart attack symptoms took that long. The time to the hospital ranged fro...
When Babies Spit Up, Don't Panic
When Babies Spit Up, Don't Panic FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some babies spit up more than others, but it doesn't necessarily mean they have a problem, an expert says. A baby's stomach is small and can tolerate only small amounts of food. As a baby grows, so does his or her stomach and spitting up becomes less common, explained Dr. Josephine Dlugopolski-Gach, an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Also, the esophageal...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others
Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- After undergoing weight-loss surgery, women are significantly less prone to diabetes during pregnancy but twice as likely to deliver smaller-than-normal infants, a new study suggests. Swedish scientists found that weight-loss (or "bariatric") surgery before pregnancy lowers the chances of certain complications for mothers and babies but raises the odds for others. They recommended any pr...
Watch-and-Wait Strategy May Be Riskier for Certain Prostate Cancers
Watch-and-Wait Strategy May Be Riskier for Certain Prostate Cancers MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Choosing active surveillance over treatment for prostate cancer may decrease the odds of survival in men with intermediate-risk cancer, a new study says. The risk of death over 15 years for men with intermediate-risk prostate cancers who chose close monitoring of their disease was nearly four times higher compared to men with low-risk disease, according to the study. Researchers analyzed data fr...
When It Comes to Singing, Practice Makes Perfect
When It Comes to Singing, Practice Makes Perfect SATURDAY, Feb. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Think you can't sing well? Maybe the solution is to sing more often. That's the conclusion of Northwestern University researchers who assessed the singing skills of children in kindergarten and grade 6, as well as college-aged adults. The investigators found that singing on key is a learned skill that can decline over time if not used, and that singing requires the same type of practice as learning an instrument...
Wealthier Men Less Likely to Do Housework, Study Finds
Wealthier Men Less Likely to Do Housework, Study Finds MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The more money a man makes, the less likely he is to help with housework, a new study finds. British researchers interviewed men and women who lived with a partner, all of whom had at least one child younger than 14. "There's a stark difference in couples' attitudes towards gender equality, depending on how much they are earning," said study leader Clare Lyonette. She is a principal research fellow from the I...
Women Use More Oxygen for Breathing
Women Use More Oxygen for Breathing WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Muscles that control breathing require more oxygen in women than in men, a new study has found. The findings could prove important in the treatment of lung disorders, the Canadian researchers said. They tested men and women during exercise and discovered that the muscles needed for breathing -- such as the diaphragm and those surrounding the ribcage -- consumed more oxygen in women than in men. That means that women use more...
Workers May Be Afraid to Discuss Job-Related Asthma
Workers May Be Afraid to Discuss Job-Related Asthma TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only 15 percent of working adults with asthma discuss with their doctor how their jobs might affect their breathing, even though nearly half have asthma that is possibly work-related, a new study reveals. The researchers also found that doctors often don't bring up the topic with patients. People may be reluctant to talk about work-related asthma because they're worried about how it might affect their job and i...
When It Comes to Jogging, Easy Does It, Study Suggests
When It Comes to Jogging, Easy Does It, Study Suggests MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A little jogging is good for your health, researchers say, but too much might not be. "In this study, the dose of running that was most favorable for reducing mortality was jogging 1 to 2.4 hours per week, with no more than three running days per week," said study researcher Jacob Marott of the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. The best pace was slow or average -- about 5 miles per hour, he added...
Winter Is the Season of Nosebleeds
Winter Is the Season of Nosebleeds SATURDAY, Jan. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nosebleeds are a common during the winter and shouldn't be cause for concern, an expert says. "Cold winter air can be drying and irritating to the nose, and so can forms of indoor heat, such as forced air and fireplaces. Blood flow from the nose can range from a few drops to a real gusher," explained Dr. James Stankiewicz, chair of the otolaryngology department at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. "Older indiv...
Weight Gain or Loss Linked to Fracture Risk in Older Women
Weight Gain or Loss Linked to Fracture Risk in Older Women WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of broken bones increases with both weight gain and loss in older women, according to a new study. These findings challenge the widely held belief that weight gain protects older women against fractures, the researchers said. The study included data from more than 120,000 healthy postmenopausal women in the United States. The women were between the ages of 50 and 79 years old. Their health st...
Watch Upper Number on Blood Pressure for Younger Adults: Study
Watch Upper Number on Blood Pressure for Younger Adults: Study TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young and middle-aged adults with high systolic blood pressure -- the top number in the blood pressure reading -- may have an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. "High blood pressure becomes increasingly common with age. However, it does occur in younger adults, and we are seeing early onset more often recently as a result of the obesity epidemic," said study senior author Dr. Do...
Watch Out for Falling Icicles
Watch Out for Falling Icicles SUNDAY, Jan. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Icicles may be beautiful, but they can also be dangerous, an emergency medicine doctor warns. "An icicle is like a sharp, stiletto-shoe heel-like dagger. Coupled with the forceful dynamics of impact from falling a sizeable distance, a person can sustain serious injury," Dr. Mark Cichon, chair of emergency medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., said in a university news release. When walking outside during win...
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taste exerts the biggest influence on people's food choices and many believe that healthy foods don't taste good, researchers report. That means more needs to be done to make healthy foods appealing, the study authors said. In the study, participants were presented with a variety of yogurts, each with different levels of sugar and fat. Even when given information about the ingredients, the participants were not ...
Walking Group a Step Toward Better Health, Researchers Say
Walking Group a Step Toward Better Health, Researchers Say MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Joining a walking group may be just what the doctor orders, because research suggests it is one of the best ways to improve your overall health. It's easy to stick with this type of exercise program, which offers a wide range of health benefits and has virtually no side effects, the study authors said in the report published online Jan. 19 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine . The researchers revie...
Want to Get Healthy? Get Your Partner Involved
Want to Get Healthy? Get Your Partner Involved MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For those looking to embrace a healthier lifestyle, you might want to enlist your spouse or significant other. Men and women who want to stop smoking, get active and lose weight are much more likely to meet with success if their partner also adopts the same healthy habits, according to new research. "In our study we confirmed that married, or cohabiting, couples who have a 'healthier' partner are more likely to chan...
Weightlessness in Space May Lower Blood Pressure in Astronauts
Weightlessness in Space May Lower Blood Pressure in Astronauts FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Spending a long time in space lowers blood pressure in astronauts, but it could also strain their hearts, a new study indicates. The researchers, from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), looked at eight astronauts who were checked before, during and after three to six months of spaceflight. The shift of blood and fluid from the lower to the upper body caused by weightlessness wa...
Work Hard, Party Harder?
Work Hard, Party Harder? TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Working long hours may raise the risk for alcohol abuse, according to a new study of more than 300,000 people from 14 countries. Researchers found that employees who worked more than 48 hours a week were almost 13 percent more likely to drink to excess than those who worked 48 hours or less. "Although the risks were not very high, these findings suggest that some people might be prone to coping with excess working hours by habits that a...
Was Beethoven Composing From His Heart?
Was Beethoven Composing From His Heart? THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A heartbeat disorder may have influenced parts of composer Ludwig van Beethoven's greatest works, researchers say. "His music may have been both figuratively and physically heartfelt," essay co-author Dr. Joel Howell, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in a university news release. The deaf composer has been linked with numerous health woes, and historians have speculated t...
When Heart Docs Are Away, Their High-Risk Patients May Fare Better
When Heart Docs Are Away, Their High-Risk Patients May Fare Better TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you are a high-risk heart patient, you might be better off if you are not treated by a cardiologist, new research suggests. Survival rates among these patients actually improved when cardiologists left town for annual professional meetings, Harvard researchers report. Sixty percent of patients with cardiac arrest who were admitted to a teaching hospital during one of these meetings died withi...
Wearable, Doc-Prescribed Monitors May Help Spot High Blood Pressure
Wearable, Doc-Prescribed Monitors May Help Spot High Blood Pressure MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suspected of having high blood pressure may soon be asked to wear what's known as an "ambulatory" blood pressure monitor for a day or so to confirm the diagnosis, according to draft recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring involves a blood pressure cuff worn constantly around the upper arm, and an attached monitoring device. T...
Weight Training Key to Battling Belly Fat as You Age: Study
Weight Training Key to Battling Belly Fat as You Age: Study MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to battle belly fat as you age, new research suggests you need to add weight training to your exercise regimen. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that combining aerobic activities with weight, or resistance, training is key to preserving muscle and avoiding weight gain, particularly age-related belly fat. "Because aging is associated with sarcopenia, the loss of skel...
Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic sleep loss is rampant in America, and work commitment is a big reason why, new research suggests. "Work is the No. 1 sleep killer," said Dr. Mathias Basner, an assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. A time-use survey of nearly 125,000 Americans, ages 15 years and older, found that work is the main activity exchanged for sleep...
When Gas Prices Go Up, So Do Motorcycle Accidents, Study Finds
When Gas Prices Go Up, So Do Motorcycle Accidents, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As gas prices rose in recent years, so did motorcyclist injuries and deaths, a new study suggests. In times of gas increases, more people start using motorcycles and many of those riders are inexperienced, the researchers explained. They examined data gathered between 2002 and 2011 in California, which has the highest number of motorcycle registrations in the United States and the third highest numbe...
When the Cancer Patient Is a Pet You Love
When the Cancer Patient Is a Pet You Love FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The scourge of cancer can strike peoples' four-legged friends, too, and an expert offers tips to spot the disease early so treatments can work best. As in humans, age is a big factor in cancer, said Mary Lynn Higginbotham, assistant professor of oncology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. She said that cancers hit about half of dogs and a third of cats aged 10 years and older, and any breed i...
Where Doctors Train May Affect Whether They Practice Expensive Medicine
Where Doctors Train May Affect Whether They Practice Expensive Medicine TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who were trained in high-cost areas of the United States may be more likely to practice expensive medicine, a new study suggests. However, that effect gradually decreases over time. Researchers from George Washington University analyzed Medicare claims data from doctors who completed their residencies between 1992 and 2010. They found that those who did their medical training in more...
Women Can Outperform Men in Financial Negotiations, Study Shows
Women Can Outperform Men in Financial Negotiations, Study Shows FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although people often think of men as better negotiators, new research suggests that women are more effective than men in certain types of financial negotiations. "One reason men earn higher salaries than women could be women's apparent disadvantage vis-a-vis men in some types of negotiations," lead author Jens Mazei, a doctoral candidate at the University of Munster in Germany, said in a news releas...
Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking
Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting kids involved in the kitchen, through cooking classes or at home, may make them more likely to choose healthy foods, according to a recent review. Cooking programs and classes for children seem to positively influence children's food preferences and behaviors, according to the new research. And, although the review didn't look at long-term effects of such programs, the findings suggest that such programs might ...
Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief
Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to achieve remission if they maintain a healthy body weight, according to new research. The study found that those who were heaviest had almost 65 percent reduced odds of disease remission. Being underweight also lowered the odds of remission. "Medication for rheumatoid arthritis is not as effective on the overweight population," said Dr. Susan Goodman, the ...
Women With Heart Disease at Low Risk When Giving Birth: Study
Women With Heart Disease at Low Risk When Giving Birth: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with congenital heart disease are at low risk for heart-related complications when they give birth, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 2.7 million women who gave birth in California, including more than 3,200 who had congenital heart disease and 248 with complex congenital heart disease, which means their condition was more advanced and they likely had heart surgery w...
Wireless ECG Speeds Up Heart Attack Treatments, Study Shows
Wireless ECG Speeds Up Heart Attack Treatments, Study Shows TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) can cut the time it takes for heart attack patients to receive treatment, new research suggests. A study from Doha, Qatar, examined outcomes among 510 heart attack patients, and found a trans-satellite wireless 12-lead ECG cut the ambulance-to-angioplasty time by more than half an hour compared to standard treatments. The research, by Dr. Abdurrazzak Gehani, chief...
Working Night Shift Slows Metabolism, Study Suggests
Working Night Shift Slows Metabolism, Study Suggests TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Working by night and sleeping by day may slow down the body's metabolism, a small study suggests. Researchers found that when they put 14 volunteers on a schedule that simulated night-shift work, it quickly curbed the number of calories their bodies burned every day. On average, they expended 52 to 59 fewer calories on "night shift" days, the researchers reported in the current online edition of the Proceedin...
Want to Raise Colon Cancer Screening Rates? Run a Lottery
Want to Raise Colon Cancer Screening Rates? Run a Lottery TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A lottery could be an effective means of getting people engaged in potentially lifesaving colon cancer screening, a new study suggests. The study focused on a noninvasive, at-home stool test called the fecal occult blood test. The test -- which can detect small amounts of blood in stool that may be an early sign of colon cancer -- requires patients to collect a small sample of their stool and mail it off...
Weight Gain Doesn't Have to Be Part of Thanksgiving
Weight Gain Doesn't Have to Be Part of Thanksgiving FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people gain weight at Thanksgiving because they eat too much and don't get enough exercise. But, a few simple steps can help you keep your weight under control while still enjoying the holiday, an expert says. A good place to start? "Remind yourself how it feels to overeat," Kristen Kizer, a registered dietitian at Houston Methodist Hospital, said in a hospital news release. "Remember there will always be ...
With Western Medicine, Ebola May Have Met Its Match
With Western Medicine, Ebola May Have Met Its Match WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in the United States have a near-perfect record of treating Ebola patients, with only one out of nine patients losing their lives while under hospital care in this country. And the last person under treatment for Ebola in the United States, New York physician Dr. Craig Spencer, was released from Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan Tuesday after being declared free of the virus. Which begs the question -- ...
Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds
Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during the last trimester of pregnancy is safe for the fetus, a new study has found. The Tdap vaccine doesn't increase an expecting mothers' risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight newborns, or the serious pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, said lead author Dr. Elyse Kharbanda of the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research ...
World War I Soldier Gives New Clues to Fighting Dysentery
World War I Soldier Gives New Clues to Fighting Dysentery THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- He died in war-torn France of dysentery almost a century ago, but a World War I soldier is giving today's scientists important new insights into the gastrointestinal disease. Researchers focused on a bacterial sample retrieved from the British soldier -- Private Ernest Cable of the East Surrey Regiment -- who died in March of 1915. The scientists say their investigation could help find new ways to fight ...
Want to Be a Leader? Cultivate a Healthy Look
Want to Be a Leader? Cultivate a Healthy Look WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's more important for potential business or political leaders to look healthy than intelligent, a new Dutch study contends. The study included 148 adults who were shown a series of two photos of men's faces and asked to pick which one they would choose as new CEOs for companies. When selecting between each pair of photos, the CEOs' main challenge was described to the participants. Each pair of photos actually fea...
Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Study Shows
Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Study Shows SUNDAY, Nov. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery significantly lowers an obese person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers report. This reduced risk was independent of other factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to the study in the Nov. 3 issue of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology . "Our results suggest that bariatric surgery may be a highly effective method of preventing th...
World Bank Pledges $100M More to Fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak
World Bank Pledges $100M More to Fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The World Bank pledged Thursday an additional $100 million in the fight against the Ebola outbreak wreaking havoc in West Africa. The money, which brings the World Bank's total pledge to more than $500 million, will be used to attract more foreign health care workers to the three hardest-hit countries -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. "The world's response to the Ebola crisis has increased ...
Would Alternative Payment Plan Cut Medical Bills?
Would Alternative Payment Plan Cut Medical Bills? THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research supports replacing the traditional way of reimbursing doctors for care -- paying for each service provided -- with an alternative system that gives a set amount of money to health care organizations for patient care. "These results are encouraging, because, throughout our health care system, spending is growing at an unsustainable rate and our quality of health care is not as high as it should be,"...
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...
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