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  • Does a Drug's High Price Tag Cause Its Own Side Effects?

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Does a Drug's High Price Tag Cause Its Own Side Effects? THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pricey drugs may make people more vulnerable to perceiving side effects, a new study suggests -- and the phenomenon is not just "in their heads." The study delved into the so-called "nocebo effect." It's the negative version of the well-known placebo effect, where people feel better after receiving a therapy because they expected good things. With the nocebo effect, patients' worries over treatment side e...

  • Double Mastectomy May Mean a Hit to the Paycheck

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Double Mastectomy May Mean a Hit to the Paycheck MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Working women who choose an aggressive treatment for breast cancer are likely to miss a significant amount of time before returning to the job. That's the conclusion of a study that focused on approximately 1,000 women in Georgia and Los Angeles who had to decide between various options for dealing with their cancer diagnosis. More than 60 percent of the women, aged 20 to 79, chose a lumpectomy, a relatively less a...

  • Did Your Urinary Infection Come From a Chicken Coop?

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Did Your Urinary Infection Come From a Chicken Coop? MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could ingesting undercooked poultry give you a urinary tract infection? Maybe. Although exactly how it might happen isn't clear, say researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who investigated a possible foodborne source of these common infections. Their interest was sparked by earlier Berkeley research suggesting a link between some drug-resist...

  • Daily 'Light Therapy' May Help Some With Bipolar Disorder

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Daily 'Light Therapy' May Help Some With Bipolar Disorder THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People afflicted with bipolar disorder may find some relief from depression with daily doses of light therapy, new research suggests. With light therapy, people spend time sitting in close proximity to a light-emitting box -- in this case, bright white light -- with exposures increasing from 15 minutes per day to a full hour over a period of weeks. The study found that within a month the therapy helped ...

  • Dance Your Way to a Healthier Aging Brain

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Dance Your Way to a Healthier Aging Brain THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Dance classes may beat traditional exercise when it comes to improving older adults' balance -- and it might enhance brain areas related to memory and learning along the way. That's the finding of a small study that compared dance lessons against standard exercise -- including brisk walking -- among 52 healthy seniors. Over a year and a half, older adults who took weekly dance classes showed gains in their balancing ab...

  • Does Healthy Skin Around Suspicious Moles Need Removal?

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Does Healthy Skin Around Suspicious Moles Need Removal? MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're having a suspicious mole removed, the doctor should consider removing about 2 millimeters of healthy skin from around the mole. Doing so could avoid the need for a second surgery if the mole turns out to be cancerous, according to a new report. In the study, researchers removed about 150 suspicious moles from nearly 140 men and women. All of them had at least 2 millimeters (mm) of skin removed arou...

  • Delays in Diagnosis Hurt Women Who Have Heart Disease

    Posted: 10/10/2017

    Delays in Diagnosis Hurt Women Who Have Heart Disease THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women with heart disease aren't treated as aggressively in the operating room as men are, and delays in diagnosis may be the reason why, a new Canadian study suggests. "It appears that by the time women present with heart disease, they are slightly older and may be facing more comorbidities such as obesity and diabetes," explained study senior author Dr. Fraser Rubens, from the University of Ottawa's Heart...

  • Dialysis Patients Often End Up Back in the Hospital

    Posted: 10/10/2017

    Dialysis Patients Often End Up Back in the Hospital FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-quarter of kidney dialysis patients admitted to the hospital are readmitted within 30 days after discharge, a new study finds. In many cases, the readmissions are for a different problem than the one that led to the first hospitalization, according to the report. For the study, researchers reviewed data from nearly 391,000 initial hospitalizations of dialysis patients in the United States in 2013. W...

  • Don't Let Your Kids Get Sidelined With Sports-Related Infections

    Posted: 10/08/2017

    Don't Let Your Kids Get Sidelined With Sports-Related Infections TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Organized sports provide a wide range of benefits for children and teens. But there's a risk of infections if certain safety measures aren't followed, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns. "Joining an athletic team is a fun, physically challenging and healthy way for kids to practice teamwork and sportsmanship, but they do need to understand the importance of good hygi...

  • Don't Let the Tick Stick

    Posted: 10/04/2017

    Don't Let the Tick Stick SUNDAY, Sept. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As tick populations and the threats they pose increase across the United States, people need to know how to deal with them, a skin doctor suggests. Ticks can cause serious illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome (a red meat allergy). "Although most ticks do not carry disease, it's important to be mindful of these risks and keep an eye out while you're outdoors," Dr. Lindsay Str...