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24 Mar

Smartphone Infertility App

Researchers develop at-home fertility test for men using smartphone app.

23 Mar

Fruit Juice and Weight

Does drinking 100 percent fruit juice cause kids to gain unhealthy amounts of weight?

22 Mar

Energy Drinks and Alcohol

People who mix energy drinks and alcohol at increased risk of injuries, study finds.

Need More Zzzzz's?

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A good night's sleep is often elusive, but there are things you can do to boost the odds of getting some quality shuteye, sleep experts say.

The first is to have regular bed and wake times, according to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital sleep doctors Dr. Daniel Barone and Dr. Andrew Westwood.

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What Drugs Work Best for Diabetic Nerve Pain?

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nerve pain and numbness, also known as neuropathy, is a debilitating but common symptom of diabetes.

Now, new research suggests certain drugs may outperform others in treating diabetic neuropathy.

The new review of the data on the subject was led by Julie Waldfogel of Johns Hopkins H...

Teens With Autism More Likely to Land in ER, Study Finds

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. teens with autism are four times more likely to visit an emergency room than those without the disorder, a new report says.

The Penn State College of Medicine researchers said the likelihood of an ER visit for a teen with autism increased five-fold from 2005 to 2013.

The finding...

Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet.

About 8.5 million Americans have PAD, including up to 20 percent of people over age 60, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preven...

Physical Therapy as Good as Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Study

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery is a common approach to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. But, physical therapy may work just as well, a new study indicates.

Researchers found that physical therapy -- particularly so-called manual therapy -- improved hand and wrist function and reduced pain as effectively as a standard o...

Raccoon Parasite Not as Deadly to Humans as Thought

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A raccoon parasite that can be deadly in humans can infect people without causing symptoms, a new study indicates.

It was believed that the parasite Baylisascaris procyonis, or raccoon roundworm, led to severe neurological problems and even death in infected people. But University of Ge...

Ouch! How to Tell If You Have a Sprain, a Strain or a Tear

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sprains, strains and tears are different types of injuries, and it's important to know how they differ, a sports massage therapist says.

A sprain is the overstretching or tearing of ligaments, which are the tissues that connect bones to each other and stabilize them.

"Sprains occur ...

Want Cheap and Healthy Meals? Cook at Home

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're eager to save money while eating right, stick close to your own kitchen, researchers say.

"Frequent eating out was associated with lower diet quality, more 'empty calories' and higher diet costs" compared to home cooking, said study author Adam Drewnowski.

The troublemakers...

Obesity May Not Compromise Knee Surgery Success

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Weight doesn't seem to affect whether a common type of knee surgery will be successful, a new study shows.

About 15 percent of meniscal repair surgeries fail, researchers said. It's been widely believed that patients with a higher body mass index (BMI) are at increased risk for failure because...

Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on the American workplace, a new analysis shows.

Employees who struggle with drinking and drug addiction miss many more days of work, have higher health care costs and are less productive than those without these disorders, researchers report.

An a...

House Republican Leaders Pull Bill Aimed at Repealing 'Obamacare'

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "We just pulled it."

With those words to the Washington Post late Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump confirmed that House Republican leaders have rescinded a bill aimed at overturning President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older Americans on kidney dialysis have high rates of colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, but most get little benefit from the screening, a new study suggests.

Dialysis patients have high rates of death, so routine colon cancer screening doesn't improve survival for most dialysis patients ...

Many Talks on End-of-Life Wishes End in Confusion, Study Shows

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You've filled out a living will, and designated a surrogate to make medical decisions if you're incapacitated.

But, your end-of-life planning may not be done yet.

That's because, according to a new study, your surrogate may still not have a clear idea about what you really want don...

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Scientists Spot Gene for Rare Disorder Causing Deafness, Blindness

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have found the genetic cause of a rare disorder that causes children to be born with deafness, blindness, albinism and fragile bones.

The syndrome is called COMMAD. It occurs when children inherit two mutations -- one from each parent -- of a gene called MITF. Each paren...

Exercise a Great Prescription to Help Older Hearts

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise is potent medicine for older adults with heart disease, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says.

Physical activity should be a key part of care for older adults with heart disease who want to reduce their symptoms and build their stamina, said geriatric ca...

Turning Back the Aging Clock -- in Mice

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Aging mice became more youthful following a new cellular therapy about to be tested in humans, researchers say.

The treatment reversed age-related loss of fur, boosted the rodents' vitality and improved their kidney function, according to a new report.

The experimental therapy "res...

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New Technology Makes Gene Mapping Cheaper, Faster: Study

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've developed a much cheaper and faster technology for mapping the genetic makeup of a living organism.

They demonstrated the technology by decoding the DNA of the mosquito species that transmits the Zika virus.

The original Human Genome Project took 10 years and...

Most Cancers Caused by Random DNA Copying Errors

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The "Why me?" reaction that can come after a cancer diagnosis may have no easy answer, with new research showing that most tumors are caused by random genetic "mistakes."

Investigators at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore used complex mathematical modeling to track mutations driving abno...

Fewer Patients Die During Hospital Inspection Weeks: Study

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients may be less likely to die if they are treated during weeks that inspectors are checking on the staff, a new study suggests.

In the United States, hospitals are accredited by a body known as the Joint Commission. Inspectors from the commission make unannounced visits to each...

Young Cancer Survivors Can Face Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surviving a cancer when young may leave some women with another health issue: An increased risk for certain pregnancy complications.

That's the conclusion of a new study of more than 15,000 births to teen and young adult women, aged 15 to 39, living in North Carolina.

Those who ...

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