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  • Injury Risk May Rise When Kids Play Just One Sport

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Injury Risk May Rise When Kids Play Just One Sport FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Focusing too much on playing one favorite sport probably isn't a good idea for kids under 12, researchers report. That's because specializing in a single sport seems to increase a child's risk of injury, researchers say. "Young athletes should participate in one competitive sport per season, and take at least three months off (non-consecutive) from competition per year," said the study's leader, Dr. Neeru Jayan...

  • Intensive Treatment Shows Potential Against Type 2 Diabetes

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Intensive Treatment Shows Potential Against Type 2 Diabetes WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of managing type 2 diabetes as a chronic condition, what if people could beat the disease? That was the thinking behind a small pilot study, which suggested that intensive treatment with oral medicine, insulin, diet and exercise might knock out the disease, at least for several months, in certain patients. Up to 40 percent of patients who were treated experienced complete or partial remissio...

  • Is Radiation Therapy Overused in Breast Cancer Care?

    Posted: 03/21/2017

    Is Radiation Therapy Overused in Breast Cancer Care? TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of older American women with early breast cancer may get more radiation therapy than needed, which significantly boosts medical costs, a new study indicates. Analyzing 2011 data on breast cancer patients, researchers estimated $164 million could have been saved by ordering a shorter radiation course. "Women who were eligible for shorter radiation courses or omission of radiation were still oft...

  • Impotence Meds Might Give Men's Hearts a Boost, Too

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Impotence Meds Might Give Men's Hearts a Boost, Too THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men taking Viagra, Levitra or Cialis to revitalize their sex life might experience a valuable side benefit: enhanced heart health, researchers say. Those erectile dysfunction drugs, called PDE5 inhibitors, appear to reduce a man's risk of death or heart failure after a first heart attack, according to preliminary study findings. Men taking this type of ED drug had a 33 percent reduced risk of death within thr...

  • Itching for a Solution to That Rash?

    Posted: 03/12/2017

    Itching for a Solution to That Rash? FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maybe it's a new soap or the dry, cold weather that has turned your hands red and itchy. "There are many reasons for hand rashes," said Dr. Melissa Piliang, a board-certified dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. And the source of the problem isn't always obvious, she and other skin doctors say. An allergy to a new soap or something else you've touched can bring on a hand rash, but it could also reflect something goi...

  • Immune Disorders Such as MS, Psoriasis May Be Tied to Dementia Risk

    Posted: 03/08/2017

    Immune Disorders Such as MS, Psoriasis May Be Tied to Dementia Risk WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with autoimmune diseases -- conditions that cause a person's immune system to turn against the body -- appear to have an increased risk of developing dementia, a new British study suggests. Researchers found that 18 out of 25 different autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, psoriasis or multiple sclerosis, "showed a statistically significant association with dementia," said study co-autho...

  • Indoor Tanning: A Big Financial Hit to U.S. Health Care

    Posted: 03/07/2017

    Indoor Tanning: A Big Financial Hit to U.S. Health Care TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Skin cancers linked to indoor tanning are estimated to have cost the U.S. health care system hundreds of millions of dollars in 2015, a new study says. "Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and its incidence is increasing, due in part to the increase in the use of tanning devices," said study author Hugh Waters. He's a health economist and associate professor at the University of North Carolin...

  • Ice Fishing Can Invite Serious Injuries

    Posted: 03/06/2017

    Ice Fishing Can Invite Serious Injuries SATURDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ice fishing may seem like a relaxing pastime, but it can result in broken bones, concussions and other injuries, according to surgeons from the Mayo Clinic. "Ice fishing has become more popular in the last few years, and, with this, we have seen an increase in ice fishing-related injuries," study author Dr. Cornelius Thiels, a surgical resident, said in a hospital news release. "What is even more concerning is that ice f...

  • Is a Drowsy Teen Headed for a Life of Crime?

    Posted: 03/02/2017

    Is a Drowsy Teen Headed for a Life of Crime? THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that teenage boys who are chronically sleepy in the daytime may be at higher risk of becoming violent criminals as adults. A team of U.S. and British researchers identified a link between frequent daytime drowsiness in the high school years to a 4.5-times greater likelihood that a boy would grow up to commit a violent offense by his late 20s. "It's the first study to our knowledge to show that d...

  • Is Need for More Sleep a Sign of Pending Dementia?

    Posted: 03/01/2017

    Is Need for More Sleep a Sign of Pending Dementia? WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who begin sleeping more than nine hours a night may face a higher risk of dementia down the road, a new study suggests. The researchers estimated that the risk of dementia grew by almost 2.5 times for those who found themselves recently needing extra sleep. The chances of dementia rose sixfold for people without a high school degree who suddenly needed to sleep nine hours or more, the study contended....