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26 Jun

Insurance Coverage & Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Loss of Medicaid coverage leads to later stage breast cancer diagnosis, study finds.

23 Jun

Updated Mammography Guidance

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Issues New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

22 Jun

Technology and Hand Pain

Intensive gadget use may up your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, study finds

Robert Preidt June 26, 2017

Gene Sequencing May Reveal Risks for Rare Diseases

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "Genome sequencing" of healthy people reveals that some are at risk for rare genetic diseases, a new study shows.

And doctors need to be sensitive when revealing that information, the researchers said.

"Sequencing healthy individuals will inevitably reveal new findings for that indivi... Full Page

Robert Preidt June 26, 2017

How to Dodge Summertime Threats

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- During the summer, poison centers get an increase in the number of calls about bites, stings, plants and pesticides.

The Nebraska Regional Poison Center offers these tips on how to avoid poisonings -- and other hazards -- this summer.

"If you are stung, call the poison center. Close o... Full Page

Dennis Thompson June 26, 2017

Study Highlights the Beauty Industry's Ugly Side

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When you purchase a new eye shadow or shampoo, you expect those products will be safe and that they won't cause skin breakouts -- or worse.

But new research found that's not always the case. And, because cosmetics are woefully underregulated in the United States, and there's no solid system in ... Full Page

Robert Preidt June 26, 2017

Study Challenges Touted Link Between Eczema and Heart Disease

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence of a link between eczema and increased risk of heart disease, researchers report.

The findings challenge recent studies suggesting that people with atopic dermatitis -- a common form of the skin disease eczema -- are significantly more likely to have heart trouble.

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Robert Preidt June 26, 2017

Early Care by Cardiologist May Lower Stroke Risk for A-Fib Patients

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with a common heart rhythm disorder who receive a cardiologist's care soon after diagnosis are less likely to suffer a stroke, a new study finds.

Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that increases the risk of stroke and other complications. It affects... Full Page

Robert Preidt June 26, 2017

Workers Unprepared for Heart Emergencies on the Job: Survey

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If your heart stops suddenly while you're on the job, would your co-workers be able to help?

Don't bet your life on it.

Two American Heart Association (AHA) surveys find most American workers are untrained in CPR and first aid. Half have no idea where to find a defibrillator to delive... Full Page

Robert Preidt June 26, 2017

What Men Need to Know About ED Drugs and Anesthesia

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who take erectile dysfunction drugs need to alert the anesthetist before having surgery or other medical procedures, hospital experts say.

Erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis contain nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels and relaxes muscles. If they are combined with anes... Full Page

Steven Reinberg June 26, 2017

Childhood Poverty May Predict Heart Failure in Adulthood

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Growing up poor might put you at risk for heart failure in adulthood, a new study suggests.

Heart failure, a progressive condition, means the heart isn't pumping as well as it should. This causes fatigue and shortness of breath, and can make everyday activities difficult to carry out.

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Dennis Thompson June 26, 2017

When Is an Opioid Safe to Take?

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people in pain are apprehensive about taking an opioid painkiller to ease their suffering, and rightfully so.

Widespread use of opioids for pain has led to an epidemic of addiction in the United States. Forty lives are lost to prescription drug overdose every day, according to the U.S. Cen... Full Page

Robert Preidt June 26, 2017

Boozing Can Age You Right Down to Your Cells

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The more you booze it up, the more your cells age, increasing your risk for age-related health problems like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, a new study suggests.

Researchers studied 134 alcoholics between the ages of 41 and 85 and a control group of people in the same age group w... Full Page

Joan McClusky June 26, 2017

Immunizations for High Flyin' Travelers

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nothing spoils a trip faster than getting sick. And a good way to protect yourself is by getting certain vaccinations before you leave home.

Regardless of your destination, make sure you're up to date on routine immunizations like MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), DPT (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis),... Full Page

Amy Norton June 26, 2017

Medicaid Cuts Tied to Delayed Breast Cancer Diagnoses

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As Congress takes aim at replacing "Obamacare," a new study says Medicaid cuts could boost the number of women diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer.

The study looked at what happened after a budget crunch caused Tennessee to cut nearly 170,000 people from its Medicaid rolls in 2005.

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Robert Preidt June 23, 2017

Risky Behavior Triggers Vicious Cycle for Vets With PTSD

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Reckless behavior could worsen post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, a new report suggests.

The study of more than 200 U.S. veterans with PTSD found that risky behavior -- which is one symptom of PTSD -- creates a pattern of repeated stress that can have harmful results.

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Robert Preidt June 23, 2017

Wallpaper May Breed Toxins: Study

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Wallpaper may contribute to "sick building syndrome," a new study suggests.

Toxins from fungus growing on wallpaper can easily become airborne and pose an indoor health risk, the researchers said.

In laboratory tests, "we demonstrated that mycotoxins could be transferred from a moldy ... Full Page

Gia Miller June 23, 2017

Fish Eaters Report Less Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis, a new study says.

Prior studies have shown a beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but less is known about the value of eating fish contai... Full Page

Robert Preidt June 23, 2017

Being Thin Could Boost Stress Fracture Risk in Female Runners

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Female runners with a low body weight are more likely to have stress fractures and take longer to recover from them, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center reviewed data on dozens of injuries suffered by female college runners. They found that... Full Page

Robert Preidt June 23, 2017

A Baby's Skin No Match for the Sun

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to help protect your children from skin cancer as they get older? Make sure they never get a serious sunburn in childhood.

Just one blistering burn as a child or teen nearly doubles the risk of getting melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

"Sun protection i... Full Page

Randy Dotinga June 23, 2017

Fewer U.S. Kids Binge Drinking

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new federal report finds that fewer U.S. teens and young adults are indulging in frat-party style drinking because their levels of binge drinking have gone down over the past six years.

But not all teens and young adults are forgoing extra drinks. Fourteen percent of young people from 12 to 2... Full Page

Dennis Thompson June 23, 2017

Some Republicans Voice Concerns About Senate Replacement for Obamacare

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Senate Republicans' efforts to pass a health-care reform bill designed to undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act are facing push back from at least eight members of their own party.

If that opposition holds, it would scuttle the GOP proposal, released Thursday, to repeal and replace the he... Full Page

Alan Mozes June 23, 2017

Can Smartphone Use Bring on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who spend lots of time on their smartphones may be scrolling, tapping and swiping their way to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful wrist and hand disorder.

A small study found a link between extended use of smartphones and other hand-held electronic devices and a greater likelihood for exp... Full Page

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