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21 Jun

Genetic Mutations and Cancer

Estimating the absolute risk of breast and ovarian cancer among carriers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations

20 Jun

Yoga and Back Pain

Yoga vs. Physical Therapy: Which works better to ease low back pain?

19 Jun

Firearms and Children

Guns are now the fourth leading cause of death overall among U.S. children, study reveals

Many Doctors Silent on Cost of Cancer Care

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer doctors are often mute when a patient asks about the cost of treatment, a new study shows.

Yet, such questions are critically important. Cancer patients are three times more likely to declare bankruptcy than people with other chronic ailments, and tight finances often lead patients to...

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  • June 22, 2017
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Big Gap in Cancer Deaths Between Rich, Poor Countries

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past few decades, death rates linked to cancer and heart disease have declined in most developed nations, thanks to more effective prevention strategies, early detection and greater access to quality health care.

But the same isn't true for poorer counties where the number of people...

  • Mary Elizabeth Dallas
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  • June 21, 2017
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Head Position May Not Affect Outcome After Stroke

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research might turn conventional stroke treatment on its head.

An international study suggests doctors need not ask patients to lie on their backs, eyes trained on the ceiling, for the first 24 hours of their recovery -- a popular way to prevent complications. It appears patients do just...

Breast-Feeding Tied to Lower Heart, Stroke Risk for Mom

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who breast-feed their babies may have a slightly lower risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke decades later, a large new study suggests.

Researchers found that among nearly 290,000 women in China, those who breast-fed were 10 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke l...

Rogue Genes May Cause Some ALS Cases

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gene mutations may cause up to 17 percent of cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in patients with no family history of the disease, a new study finds.

ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurological disease that typically leads to complete paralysis and...

Could a Monetary Perk Help Keep HIV Patients on Their Meds?

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There are mixed results from a new study on the use of monetary rewards to help boost the odds that HIV-infected patients will enter care, and take their meds as directed.

The study, conducted at HIV clinics in New York City and Washington, D.C., found that financial incentives such as gift ...

Depressed Back Pain Patients Often Get Opioids

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses, a new study finds.

Low back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States and the most common reason for opioid prescriptions, the researchers said.


Extreme Heat in Southwest a Deadly Threat

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With temperatures soaring so high that some planes couldn't take off in Phoenix on Tuesday, the heat wave scorching the Southwest for the next week should be taken very seriously, one emergency doctor warns.

Dramatic temperatures have been recorded in Arizona, California and Nevada, reachin...

Suicide Risk Especially High for U.S. Farmers

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two decades after the U.S. farm crisis, the suicide rate among American farmers remains much higher than among other workers, a new study finds.

"Occupational factors such as poor access to quality health care, isolation and financial stress interact with life factors to continue to place fa...

Could You Raise a 'No-Diaper' Baby?

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Environmentally conscious parents have long struggled with the fact that their baby's dirty diapers wind up in landfills, but what option do they have?

Faced with just that dilemma, two married Los Angeles doctors turned to a diaper-free approach with their third child, using an apparently a...

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  • June 21, 2017
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Opioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid-related hospitalizations among women in the United States increased far faster than among men between 2005 and 2014, a federal government report says.

Among women, hospitalizations involving opioid painkillers or heroin rose 75 percent, compared to 55 percent among men, according to t...

Do Older Dads Produce Brainy Boys?

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that might bring older Dads some peace of mind about their sons' future job prospects, a new study shows these kids are more likely to be "geeks."

Previous research has shown children of older fathers have higher odds of autism and schizophrenia, but this study highlights the be...

Posture Pointers for Computer Jockeys

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you spend most of your day sitting at a computer? Being hunched over your keyboard for long periods can put stress and strain on your whole body.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Computer Workstations eTool, focus on sitting with neutral body positioni...

FDA Warns Diabetics Against Use of Secondhand Test Strips

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with diabetes use glucose meters and test strips to monitor their blood sugar, but affording those supplies can be a challenge.

And that leads some people to use secondhand test strips to save money.

It's legal for people to sell unused secondhand test strips. B...

Zika-Bearing Mosquitoes More Widespread in U.S. Than Expected

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The latest buzz from federal health officials is that mosquitoes that can spread Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses are in more counties in the southern United States than previously thought.

After a Zika outbreak in Florida last summer, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

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  • June 20, 2017
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When Is Risk Highest for Women With Breast Cancer Gene Mutations?

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women who have genetic mutations that increase their risk of breast and ovarian cancers, researchers have better defined at what age those gene flaws are most likely to cause trouble.

Knowing when gene-based cancer risks peak in a woman's life will help doctors and patients decide when to ...

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  • June 20, 2017
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Severe Headaches Plague Vets With Traumatic Brain Injuries

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries may struggle with severe headaches years later, a new study finds.

The study included 172 vets who served in Afghanistan or Iraq between 2 and 11 years before the study began. Half suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during deploymen...

Group Urges Tougher Limits on Chemical in Shampoos, Cosmetics

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The germ-fighting chemical triclosan has got to go, an international coalition of scientists claims.

Triclosan is found in thousands of products ranging from soap and cosmetics to toothpaste and common household items.

But evidence has shown that antimicrobials like triclosan not onl...

Could Certain Hair Dyes, Relaxers Raise Breast Cancer Risk?

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The safety of hair products has been debated for years. Now, new research suggests that black women who use dark hair dyes face a higher risk of breast cancer, while chemical relaxers and straighteners boost the odds in white women.

The findings stem from a study of more than 4,000 women. Use...

Study Hints at Link Between Some Statins, Parkinson's Risk

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People on cholesterol-lowering statins may have a slightly increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers said the finding doesn't prove statins are to blame. But, they added, the findings undercut the notion that statins might help protect against Parkinso...

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