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Smoking Rates Continue to Drop in Many States: CDC
Smoking Rates Continue to Drop in Many States: CDC THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoking continues to decline in about half of American states, according to the latest U.S. government estimates. But despite that good news, rates have gone up in some states. And in other states, a more worrisome trend has emerged -- people using a combination of tobacco products, such as cigarettes plus smokeless tobacco, officials said. "From 2011 to 2013 although we've seen some progress for ciga...
Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Bystanders Mild 'High'
Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Bystanders Mild 'High' TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In unventilated rooms or vehicles, secondhand marijuana smoke can affect people who aren't smoking the drug, a new study finds. In those situations, nonsmokers can have "mild intoxication," memory and coordination problems and, in some cases, have a positive result for the drug in a urine test, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine team said. "Many people are exposed to secondhand cannabis smoke," st...
Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo, Study Finds
Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo, Study Finds TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors often prescribe steroid pills to ease the discomfort of sciatica -- back and leg pain usually caused by a herniated disk in the lower back. But a new study finds steroids are no more effective than a placebo pill for the pain and provide only modest improvement in function. Sciatica affects about one in 10 people in their lifetime, the researchers said. For this study, 269 people with sciatic...
Stressed at Work? Try 'Natural' Sounds to Relax
Stressed at Work? Try 'Natural' Sounds to Relax TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The placid sounds of a babbling brook might be just the thing to help ease your stress at the workplace and boost your productivity, a new study finds. Some open-plan offices use sound "masking systems" that increase the background noise of a room to reduce distractions such as voices, explained the authors of the study. "If you're close to someone, you can understand them. But once you move farther away, their spe...
Smoking May Make Return of Lung Cancer More Likely
Smoking May Make Return of Lung Cancer More Likely TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lung cancer survivors are at high risk for recurrence of the disease, and smoking is a major factor in that risk, a new study shows. The study included 192 lung cancer survivors in the United States who were followed for an average of more than eight years. During the follow-up period, 38 percent developed lung cancer. One of the strongest factors associated with lung cancer recurrence was smoking. For each addi...
Scientists Pinpoint a Speech Center in Brain
Scientists Pinpoint a Speech Center in Brain MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've pinpointed a part of the brain that processes speech. The finding about the superior temporal sulcus -- located in the temporal lobe -- helps resolve the decades-old question about whether there are certain regions of the brain exclusively dedicated to managing speech, the New York University research team said. "We now know there is at least one part of the brain that specializes in the process...
Stenting Outcomes Vary Widely Among U.S. Hospitals
Stenting Outcomes Vary Widely Among U.S. Hospitals MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of death or stroke after carotid artery stenting varies widely among U.S. hospitals, with the odds four times higher at some medical centers than others, new research suggests. The carotid arteries in the neck supply blood to the brain. After opening a blocked carotid artery, physicians often use a mesh "stent" to keep it open. Researchers looked at medical records regarding more than 19,000 of these pro...
Serious Concussions Linked to Memory Problems in Retired NFL Players
Serious Concussions Linked to Memory Problems in Retired NFL Players MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- National Football League players who suffered concussions serious enough to lose consciousness may be at risk for brain damage that can affect memory later in life, a new study suggests. Specifically, concussions may damage the hippocampus, the brain's memory center. For reasons that are not well understood, a concussion -- particularly when accompanied by loss of consciousness -- causes this ar...
Sleep Apnea May Boost Depression Risk in Men, Study Finds
Sleep Apnea May Boost Depression Risk in Men, Study Finds MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men who have the sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea appear to have a higher risk of depression, new research suggests. Men with undiagnosed, severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had more than double the risk of depression compared to those without sleep apnea, said study researcher Carol Lang, a research fellow in the department of medicine at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Men who h...
Shift Work Linked to Health Problems
Shift Work Linked to Health Problems MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Shift work may harm your health, a new study warns. Researchers examined data on nearly 1,600 people in Wisconsin, comparing the health of shift workers with those who worked a 9-to-5 schedule. The results showed that shift workers were more likely to be overweight than people who didn't do shift work -- 48 percent vs. 35 percent. Shift workers were also around 10 percent more likely to have sleep problems, get too little slee...
Suicide Rate Up Among Young Black Children in U.S.
Suicide Rate Up Among Young Black Children in U.S. MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Suicides among black American children have increased in recent years, while fewer white children are killing themselves, a new analysis finds. The odds of any children in the age group 5 to 11 taking their own life remain small. But young black children are three times as likely to do so as whites, the researchers said. "While overall suicide rates in children younger than 12 years in the United States remained ...
Smoking Ups Risk of Complications From Urologic Cancers: Study
Smoking Ups Risk of Complications From Urologic Cancers: Study FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Current and former smokers have more complications from major surgery for some urology-related cancers, according to new research. But even though former smokers have a higher risk of complications than non-smokers, the study also found that quitting smoking for as little as a year before surgery could "significantly" improve the outcomes of surgery. "These findings should provide motivation for all p...
Single Moms Report Poorer Health Later in Life
Single Moms Report Poorer Health Later in Life FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are single mothers before age 50 may be at increased risk for poor health later in life, according to a new study. Any period of single motherhood before age 50 was associated with a greater risk of poor health and physical disability years later. The link was strongest among single mothers in the United States, England, Denmark and Sweden. Overall, the highest risk of poor health and disability was among w...
Stomach Bug Traced to Swimming in Contaminated Lake Water
Stomach Bug Traced to Swimming in Contaminated Lake Water THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that was traced back to an Oregon lake has led U.S. health officials to issue guidelines on swimming hygiene. Seventy people who swam at a lake near Portland last July were sickened by norovirus -- commonly known as the "cruise ship bug" because of shipboard outbreaks, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of...
Smoking Makes a Comeback in Georgia Bars, Restaurants
Smoking Makes a Comeback in Georgia Bars, Restaurants THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While the days of smoke-filled bars and restaurants made be a fading memory in many states, the number of venues where patrons can legally puff away are actually on the rise in Georgia, a new report finds. Under current laws, restaurants and bars in Georgia can allow smoking if they deny entry to people younger than 18 and if designated smoking areas are outdoors or in enclosed private rooms with independent...
Short-Term Debt Can Depress More Than Your Finances
Short-Term Debt Can Depress More Than Your Finances THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with short-term debt, such as overdue bills or credit card debt, are more likely to be depressed than those who carry long-term debt through mortgages and other big loans, a new study suggests. "A 10 percent increase in short-term debt was associated with a 24 percent increase in depression symptoms," said the study's lead author, J. Michael Collins, faculty director of the Center for Financial Security...
Some Smokers May Be 'Hardwired' to Succeed at Quitting
Some Smokers May Be 'Hardwired' to Succeed at Quitting WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The brains of smokers who manage to quit may be "hardwired" for success, a new study suggests. The study included 85 smokers who underwent MRI scans of their brains one month before they tried to stop smoking. All of the participants stopped smoking and were followed for 10 weeks. During that time, 41 of them started smoking again. The researchers from Duke University School of Medicine found that those wh...
Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health
Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health MONDAY, May 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There is a link between sleep and young children's mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at sleep patterns and the mental health of 1,000 children starting when they were toddlers. They found that those with sleep disorders at age 4 were at increased risk for mental health problems -- such as anxiety and depression -- at age 6. They also discovered that children with mental health problems a...
Staying Fit May Delay Onset of High Cholesterol, Study Finds
Staying Fit May Delay Onset of High Cholesterol, Study Finds MONDAY, May 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men who keep fit may find they delay normal age-related increases in blood cholesterol levels by up to 15 years, a new study suggests. It is common for cholesterol levels to rise with age and then decrease later in life, the study authors explained in background notes. Previous studies have shown that high cholesterol levels can be a risk factor for heart disease. Regular physical activity can lower thi...
Spinal Stimulation System Relieves Pain Without Tingling
Spinal Stimulation System Relieves Pain Without Tingling MONDAY, May 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Senza spinal cord stimulation system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic back pain without the tingling sensation that characterizes more traditional pain-relieving methods. The implanted device uses high-frequency stimulation to avoid the tingling sensation known as "paresthesia," the agency said in a news release. Spinal pain could be characterized by conditions...
Study Links Celiac Disease to Nerve Damage
Study Links Celiac Disease to Nerve Damage MONDAY, May 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with the digestive disorder celiac disease are at increased risk for nerve damage, a new study suggests. Swedish researchers looked at more than 28,000 people with celiac disease and a "control" group of more than 139,000 without the disorder. The researchers found that those with celiac disease were 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with nerve damage, medically known as neuropathy. However, the risk of nerve ...
Strengthening Hip Muscles May Ease Calf Pain From Blood Vessel Disease
Strengthening Hip Muscles May Ease Calf Pain From Blood Vessel Disease THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exercises to strengthen the hips may ease calf pain for people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study suggests. The disease causes the arteries in the legs and other parts of the body to narrow, restricting blood flow. This can lead to changes in skin color, sores, pain and trouble walking. Japanese researchers found that people with clogged leg arteries use their calf muscles more...
Study Sees Improving Survival Odds for Ovarian Cancer
Study Sees Improving Survival Odds for Ovarian Cancer THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, traditionally viewed as an aggressive killer, are much more likely to survive the disease than they were several decades ago, new research shows. "Ovarian cancer, unfortunately, is associated with a very high death rate," said study author Dr. Jason Wright, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. ...
Statins May Slow Prostate Cancer Progression: Study
Statins May Slow Prostate Cancer Progression: Study THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Statins, widely used to lower cholesterol levels, may also slow the progression of prostate cancer in patients receiving hormone therapy, a new study suggests. Among 926 men undergoing hormone therapy for advanced prostate therapy, those taking statins saw significant benefits, researchers said. Their cancer remained stable for an average of 27.5 months before worsening, compared with an average of 17.4 months ...
Sharp Drop in Uninsured Texans Since Obamacare Rollout: Survey
Sharp Drop in Uninsured Texans Since Obamacare Rollout: Survey WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of Texas residents without health insurance has dropped by nearly one-third since September 2013 when enrollment took place under the Affordable Care Act, a new report says. However, no other state has a higher percentage or a higher number of uninsured people, according to a report by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The researc...
Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Lower Diabetes Risk for Some
Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Lower Diabetes Risk for Some TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Treating sleep apnea may help people with slightly elevated blood sugar levels lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study. "Assessment of sleep apnea should be considered in patients at high risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, since our study shows that treatment of sleep apnea can reduce these risks," the study's senior author, Dr. Esra Tasali, an assistant professor of ...
Self-Driving Cars Will Still Need Limits for Teens, Survey Finds
Self-Driving Cars Will Still Need Limits for Teens, Survey Finds TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans want the self-driving cars of the future to also have features that limit the behavior of teen drivers, a new survey finds. The top types of controls favored by 84 percent of respondents include the ability to set a maximum speed, a driver curfew time, and a limit on the number of passengers. The Carnegie Mellon University survey included 1,000 people between 18 and 70 years old. For ...
Sleepwalking Parents Likely to Have Sleepwalking Kids
Sleepwalking Parents Likely to Have Sleepwalking Kids MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 60 percent of children with two sleepwalking parents go on to develop the condition themselves, new research shows. "These findings point to a strong genetic influence on sleepwalking and, to a lesser degree, sleep terrors," the Canadian study authors wrote. "Parents who have been sleepwalkers in the past, particularly in cases where both parents have been sleepwalkers, can expect their children to sl...
Study Casts Doubt on Use of Common Antibiotic for UTIs in Women
Study Casts Doubt on Use of Common Antibiotic for UTIs in Women THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic most commonly prescribed for bladder and other urinary tract infections, nitrofurantoin, may not be the most effective option, new research suggests. More than 25 percent of older adults have reduced kidney function, and bladder infections are a common complaint. Doctors often turn to nitrofurantoin to treat these and other urinary tract infections (UTIs), but concerns have been ra...
Sharing Breast Milk May Pose Risks Women Haven't Considered
Sharing Breast Milk May Pose Risks Women Haven't Considered THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women may be using shared breast milk from friends and family, but they don't always consider the risks involved with providing donor milk to their babies, a new survey shows. As many as one-third of women don't consider the health of a breast milk donor. The researchers also found few women are discussing with their doctor the option of using donor breast milk from a friend or family member before e...
Surge in Pollen May Spur Many Cases of Dry Eye
Surge in Pollen May Spur Many Cases of Dry Eye WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High pollen levels in the spring are linked to dry eye, a new study suggests. "Finding this correlation between dry eye and different seasons is one step toward helping physicians and patients treat the symptoms of dry eye even more effectively based on the time of year," said lead researcher Dr. Anat Galor, an associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Miami. Dry eye causes burning, irri...
Smartphone App Blocks Teens From Texting, Phoning While Driving
Smartphone App Blocks Teens From Texting, Phoning While Driving MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone app that cuts off teenagers' cell service when they turn on the car ignition may help reduce their accident risk, a preliminary new study suggests. Teens appreciate full well that texting is risky, said study lead author Dr. Beth Ebel, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. "And they, like all of us, almost uniformly know that it's ille...
Study Challenges Salt Guidelines for Kids
Study Challenges Salt Guidelines for Kids MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials warned last year that nine out of 10 American kids eat more salt than they should, raising their lifelong risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. But a new study finds that consuming higher-than-recommended amounts of salt appears to have no ill effect on teenage girls' blood pressure. The study, which followed more than 2,000 girls from ages 9 and 10 into early adulthood, also indicates tha...
Study Casts Doubt on Acetaminophen for Low Back Pain, Arthritis
Study Casts Doubt on Acetaminophen for Low Back Pain, Arthritis TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol in the United States -- does not appear to help ease lower back pain and offers little relief for the most common form of arthritis, according to a new report. The review of data from 13 studies could challenge existing recommendations on pain relief, experts say. "These results support the reconsideration of recommendations to use [acetaminophen] for patient...
Steer Clear of Raw Milk, Researchers Warn
Steer Clear of Raw Milk, Researchers Warn TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Raw milk causes more than half of all milk-related foodborne illnesses in the United States, even though only about 3.5 percent of Americans drink raw milk, according to a new report. The researchers warned that people are nearly 100 times more likely to get a foodborne illness from raw (unpasteurized) milk than from pasteurized milk. While some claim that raw milk is healthier and tastes better than pasteurized milk, ...
Scientists Sniff Out Origins of Body Odor
Scientists Sniff Out Origins of Body Odor MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's new hope for people plagued by body odor, with researchers pinpointing bacterial genes that play a major role in the malodorous scent. The findings might someday lead to new ways to control the problem, the researchers suggested. As the researchers explained, body odor occurs when bacteria on the skin break down molecules in sweat. In the new study, the researchers found the DNA in Staphylococcus hominis bacteri...
Synthetic Pot Linked to Kidney Injury
Synthetic Pot Linked to Kidney Injury MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, might harm the kidneys. "Use and abuse of these products have been tied to acute kidney injury in patients across the country," Kerry Willis, chief scientific officer of the National Kidney Foundation, said in a news release from the foundation. "Despite being legal and marketed as safe, it appears these products are far from it." According to the fo...
Spring Allergies Have Arrived
Spring Allergies Have Arrived SUNDAY, March 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It may not feel like it in some parts of the United States, but spring has arrived and that means it's allergy season. About 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies -- also called hay fever -- and suffer symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy or runny noses, and itchy eyes, nose and throat, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "Even with snow still on the ground, trees have started budding and are th...
Stiff Shoulder No Reason to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery: Study
Stiff Shoulder No Reason to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery: Study SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It may not be necessary to delay rotator cuff surgery in patients with shoulder stiffness, a new study suggests. Researchers compared 170 people who had rotator cuff surgery with 25 people who underwent a glenohumeral joint capsule release procedure to relieve shoulder stiffness at the same time they had rotator cuff surgery. Rotator cuff surgery is done to repair a torn tendon in the shoulder. A g...
Smell Test Helps Spot Brain Trauma in Combat Zones, Study Says
Smell Test Helps Spot Brain Trauma in Combat Zones, Study Says THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Testing soldiers' sense of smell can help diagnose those with traumatic brain injury, a new study shows. The findings suggest that doctors in combat zones could use smell tests to help identify soldiers who require immediate brain scans, thereby improving frontline care of those with blast injuries, the researchers said. "Although it may seem far-fetched that the sense of smell can be used to iden...
Study Ties Frequent Antibiotic Use to Higher Odds for Type 2 Diabetes
Study Ties Frequent Antibiotic Use to Higher Odds for Type 2 Diabetes WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Repeated use of certain antibiotics may increase a person's risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from one million people in the United Kingdom and found that those who were prescribed at least two courses of four types of antibiotics -- penicillins, cephalosporins, quinolones and macrolides -- were more likely to develop diabetes. The risk of diabetes r...
Scientists Spot Gene Tied to Severe Autism in Girls
Scientists Spot Gene Tied to Severe Autism in Girls WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've discovered a new genetic cause of autism, singling out a rare gene mutation that appears to hamper normal brain development early on in powerful ways. The gene, CTNND2, provides instructions for making a protein called delta-catenin, which plays crucial roles in the nervous system, said senior author Aravinda Chakravarti, a professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine...
Second 'Tommy John' Surgery Is No Win for Pitchers
Second 'Tommy John' Surgery Is No Win for Pitchers TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a second elbow ligament reconstruction surgery appears to lower professional baseball pitchers' performance and shorten their careers, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 33 major league pitchers who had surgery twice to reconstruct a torn ulnar collateral ligament in their throwing arm -- a procedure widely referred to as "Tommy John" surgery because he's the first pitcher who had the surgery. Aft...
Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke May Actually Boost Risk
Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke May Actually Boost Risk TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using stents rather than medication alone to keep narrowed arteries open in the brain may actually increase patients' risk of stroke, according to the results of a new trial. The study involved more than 100 patients at risk of stroke because of what's called intracranial arterial stenosis -- plaque build-up in the artery walls in the brain. Those who received balloon-expandable stents -- tiny, mesh tubes ...
School Dismissal a Dangerous Time for Kids Getting Hit By Cars
School Dismissal a Dangerous Time for Kids Getting Hit By Cars TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children are at greatest risk of being hit by a car at the end of the school day, as well as in the evening, a new study finds. One expert wasn't surprised by the findings. The after-school hours are "times when adult supervision may not be ideal," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Having increased police awareness and school-sponsored safety ...
Storing Cocoa Pods Longer May Make Chocolate Healthier
Storing Cocoa Pods Longer May Make Chocolate Healthier TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have found a way that might make chocolate healthier and more delicious. Past research has suggested that chocolate is linked to a number of health benefits, such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and reduced stroke risk, due to antioxidants called polyphenols, according to the researchers. The process of making chocolate begins when pods from cocoa trees are split open t...
Should Older Runners Embrace the 'Barefoot' Craze?
Should Older Runners Embrace the 'Barefoot' Craze? TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's the latest thing among avid runners: "minimalist" shoes that approach the way humans first ran -- barefoot. But a new study suggests that runners over the age of 30 who transition from traditional running shoes to minimalist shoes should do so cautiously to avoid injury. They ''probably need to do it much more slowly, over a longer time period," said study lead author Dr. Scott Mullen, a researcher at the...
Secondhand Smoke May Put Kids at Risk for Heart Disease as Adults
Secondhand Smoke May Put Kids at Risk for Heart Disease as Adults MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose parents smoke may be at greater risk of developing heart disease when they're adults than children of nonsmoking parents, a new study says. The study included people in Finland whose exposure as children to parents' smoke was measured in 1980 and 1983. In 2001 and 2007, the participants were checked for plaque accumulation in their neck (carotid) arteries, a sign of heart disease. ...
Smog Plus Pollen May Mean Even More Sneezing
Smog Plus Pollen May Mean Even More Sneezing SUNDAY, March 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Certain air pollutants may boost the potency of a birch tree pollen that plays a big role in seasonal allergies, researchers say. In laboratory tests and computer simulations, researchers found that two pollutants -- ozone and nitrogen dioxide -- have a significant effect on the pollen, called Bet v 1. Specifically, these pollutants appear to provoke chemical changes in the pollen that seem to raise its potency. Leve...
Smoking May Be Linked to Prostate Cancer's Return
Smoking May Be Linked to Prostate Cancer's Return SATURDAY, March 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking doubles the risk that prostate cancer will return after surgery for the disease, a new study suggests. "This is a new analysis, but it seems to confirm results we have seen in many other types of cancer: Basically, smoking increases the risk of cancer recurrence after initial treatment," said lead author Dr. Malte Rieken, of University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland. Researchers followed nearly 7,200 m...
Skin Cancer Rates Rise for Hispanic, Asian Women
Skin Cancer Rates Rise for Hispanic, Asian Women FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While most white people who develop skin cancer are older men, the reverse is true in Asian and Hispanic populations, a new study suggests. Researchers contend that shifting preferences for tanning among Asians and Hispanics in the United States -- along with the belief that their darker skin protects them from the sun's harmful rays -- may be contributing to rising skin cancer rates in both groups. "I think the ...
Study Finds Racial Differences in Choices for Breast Cancer Care
Study Finds Racial Differences in Choices for Breast Cancer Care THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to choosing a surgeon and hospital for breast cancer treatment, white patients are more likely to make their selection based on reputation than black and Hispanic patients are, a new study shows. The findings suggest that minority patients may be more dependent on doctor referrals and health plan limitations when making those decisions, the researchers said. "Most women relied on r...
Slowed Growth Could Signal Crohn's Disease in Kids
Slowed Growth Could Signal Crohn's Disease in Kids WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A lag in growth could be a sign that a child might suffer from undiagnosed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially Crohn's disease, one pediatric doctor says. "Growth charts are one of the most important things we look at with children because sometimes a slower growth rate is the only sign of IBD, especially with Crohn's disease," Dr. Marc Schaefer, a pediatric gastroenterologist, said in a Penn State ...
Study Questions Accuracy of Many Breast Cancer Biopsies
Study Questions Accuracy of Many Breast Cancer Biopsies TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one of every four breast tissue biopsies tested for cancer may have been incorrectly diagnosed by pathologists taking part in a study to test their skills. The pathologists did well at identifying invasive breast cancer, but they struggled with spotting whether abnormal cells in a tissue sample might increase a woman's future cancer risk. This may mean that some women are being treated too aggr...
Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds
Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients who continue to smoke after undergoing artery-opening procedures have a much higher long-term risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than those who quit smoking or never smoked, a new study finds. The study included nearly 1,800 people with severe coronary artery disease -- narrowing in two or more of their heart's arteries -- who had either angioplasty or bypass surgery. Compared t...
Some Older Heart Patients Might Benefit From Aggressive Treatments
Some Older Heart Patients Might Benefit From Aggressive Treatments MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with certain types of heart problems might benefit from aggressive treatment they might otherwise not receive because of their age, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 458 patients, aged 80 and older, in Norway who had a type of heart attack that is initially mild but leads to poor outcomes after six months or longer, or a closely related condition called unstable angina. Bo...
Spring Allergies Coming Into Bloom
Spring Allergies Coming Into Bloom MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With winter loosening its icy grip on most of the United States, it's time to think about spring allergies, a doctor says. Allergies to spring pollens cause sneezing, stuffy and runny nose, and watery eyes. Other symptoms include itchy nose, mouth, throat, eyes and ears, said Dr. Luz Fonacier, head of allergy and training at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. At least three-quarters of asthma patients have allergies...
Study Gauges Value of CT Scans for Heart Patients
Study Gauges Value of CT Scans for Heart Patients SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the first head-to-head study of its kind, researchers say that CT scans may offer some advantages over traditional "functional stress tests" for people with symptoms of heart disease. As explained in a news release from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a heart CT scan gives doctors 3-D images that they can use to assess the degree of narrowing in the heart's arteries. A functional test uses electri...
Scientists Spot Genes Linked to Rosacea
Scientists Spot Genes Linked to Rosacea FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first genetic factors associated with the skin disorder rosacea have been identified by researchers. More than 16 million people in the United States have rosacea, an incurable skin condition that causes symptoms such as redness, visible blood vessels and pimple-like sores on the face, the researchers said. Many people with rosacea have stinging, burning or increased sensitivity in affected areas of the skin. For the ...
Salt May Be Bad for More Than Your Blood Pressure
Salt May Be Bad for More Than Your Blood Pressure FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you don't develop high blood pressure from eating too much salt, you may still be damaging your blood vessels, heart, kidneys and brain, a new study warns. Researchers reviewed available evidence and found that high levels of salt consumption have harmful effects on a number of organs and tissues, even in people who are "salt-resistant," which means their salt intake does not affect their blood pressure....
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