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21 Feb

Breast MRI Accuracy

New MRI breast imaging technique may reduce unnecessary biopsies, study finds.

20 Feb

Stress, Symptoms and Heart Disease between Genders

Mental stress risk factors and symptoms for heart disease differ between men and women, new studies find.

16 Feb

The Power of Pets

Can pets help ease symptoms of mental illness?

Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The flu virus -- even if it doesn't cause symptoms -- can lead to serious complications after heart surgery, a new study by Dutch researchers suggests.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a potentially deadly infection in which fluid fills the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe,...

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  • February 21, 2018
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Aspirin as Good a Clot Buster as Pricey Drugs After Joint Replacement

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests.

Researchers said the findings could change some doctors' prescribing habits.

After knee or hip replacement surgery, there's a risk...

Guns Still Found in Homes With Unstable Kids

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school, a new survey shows that parents are loath to remove guns from their home even if their child might be mentally unstable.

In fact, firearms are as likely to be present in the homes of troubled children as in the...

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  • February 21, 2018
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If the Eyes Don't Coordinate, Reading -- and Grades -- May Suffer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For students, an undetected vision problem could be contributing to low grades, a new study suggests.

That could be the case even if standard eye tests reveal no problems, the researchers said.

"It's not just about visual acuity, but about how well the eyes work together when perfo...

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  • February 21, 2018
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FDA Cracks Down on Kratom Products

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A number of kratom-containing dietary supplements are being recalled and destroyed by the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

Kratom -- a plant that grows in Asia -- poses serious health risks, according to the FDA. Earlier this month, the agency declared...

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  • February 21, 2018
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'Burnout' Threatens More Than a Third of Doctors

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's a good chance your doctor is in the middle of a quiet battle with professional burnout, a new study suggests.

More than 1 out of 3 physicians assessed in the Cleveland Clinic Health System suffered from mental, emotional and physical exhaustion, said study author Amy Windover, a clin...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • February 21, 2018
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Some Pain Patients Can Cut Opioid Dose and Still Get Relief

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some potentially good news for folks taking opioids for chronic pain: It's possible to slowly reduce the dosage without increasing discomfort, new research suggests.

That's even true for people who've taken the drugs for a long time. One patient in the new study had used opioids for 38 years...

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  • February 21, 2018
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Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Race may play a role in just how dangerous atrial fibrillation -- the common irregular heartbeat -- might be.

New research finds that the risk of stroke is much higher in black Americans with afib than in whites with the condition.

It's known that atrial fibrillation, which is comm...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 21, 2018
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Skipping the Gym, Ladies? Try the Stairs

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Older women don't have to hit the gym to stay healthy, because a stair-climbing workout appears to do the trick, researchers report.

Finding the right type of exercise can be difficult for postmenopausal women, according to the North American Menopause Society. For example, high-intensity re...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 21, 2018
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Drug That Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Won't Help 'Regular' Arthritis

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A malaria drug that's also shown effectiveness against rheumatoid arthritis pain has failed to help people with the more common form of arthritis, new research shows.

The drug is called Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), explained one expert who wasn't connected to the new study.

"Pla...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 21, 2018
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Home Routines Can Boost a Child's Readiness for School

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first day of preschool is a milestone in a child's life. And parents can help prepare kids for this momentous occasion with everyday family routines that create a nurturing home environment.

According to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, routines help d...

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  • February 21, 2018
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For Older Men, Even Light Exercise Helps

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Just a few minutes of exercise a day -- even light workouts -- can reduce an older man's risk of early death, a new British study claims.

Each additional 30 minutes a day of light activity -- such as easy gardening or walking the dog -- was associated with a 17 percent lower risk of death, s...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 21, 2018
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Mouse Study Another Step Toward 'Heroin Vaccine'

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they are one step closer to testing a heroin vaccine in humans -- in what they hope will become an additional weapon in fighting America's opioid epidemic.

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, in California, have developed an experimental vaccine that appears safe and ...

Could Hackers Target Heart Devices?

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your wireless heart implant suddenly goes on the fritz, either conking out completely or causing your heart to beat rapidly or irregularly.

Could you be the victim of a hacking attack aimed at endangering your life by messing with your heart device?

It happened on the "Homeland" TV s...

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  • February 20, 2018
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Rotating Night Shifts a Path to Diabetes, Study Suggests

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Working the night shift may play havoc with your blood sugar levels, a new study contends.

For the study, researchers looked at data on more than 270,000 people in the United Kingdom and found that those who worked irregular or rotating shifts that included night shifts were 44 percent more li...

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  • February 20, 2018
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Facial Cancer Decimating Tasmanian Devil Population

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A contagious cancer has put Tasmanian devils at risk for extinction in the wild, researchers say.

The contagious cancer, known as facial tumor disease, is found only in Tasmanian devils -- notoriously cantankerous animals now found in the wild only on the island of Tasmania. The cancer is spre...

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  • February 20, 2018
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Herbal Drug Kratom Linked to Salmonella Illnesses, CDC Says

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The popular botanical drug kratom is already under fire from U.S. health officials as an addictive opioid, and now new reports are linking its use with salmonella poisoning.

In a news release issued Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, along with several stat...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • February 20, 2018
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'Grey's Anatomy' Not Much Like a Real ER

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As much as you might love watching the popular TV drama "Grey's Anatomy," don't mistake it for real medicine, researchers suggest.

If you do, your expectations may exceed reality if you ever find yourself in an emergency room.

The researchers, led by Dr. Jordan Weinberg, from the dep...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 20, 2018
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Low-Fat Diet vs. Low-Carb: And the Winner Is …

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to shedding pounds, the debate has raged about whether low-carb diets are better than low-fat ones. But new research finds little difference between the two.

That conclusion comes from the tracking of roughly 600 adults who had been between 15 and 100 pounds overweight when they ...

Newer Breast MRI May Be More Accurate and Easier

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that doesn't use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what's really cancer and what's likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report.

In a study in Germany, the new technique reduced false-positive findings by 70 percent. The scan was ...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • February 20, 2018
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