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  • Is Monthly Rotation of Medical Residents a Risky Time for Patients?

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Is Monthly Rotation of Medical Residents a Risky Time for Patients? WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients may face an increased risk of death when medical residents leave their monthly rotations, new research suggests. "Most hospitals have guidelines for the handoffs that occur on a daily basis, and usually those handoffs include a face-to-face discussion between doctors about what will happen to the patient during the next shift," lead researcher Dr. Joshua Denson said in a news...

  • Inactive Women May Face Higher Risk for Cervical Cancer

    Posted: 05/22/2016

    Inactive Women May Face Higher Risk for Cervical Cancer FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are sedentary appear more likely to develop cervical cancer, but just 30 minutes of exercise each week might significantly reduce that risk, new research suggests. "We think that this study sends a powerful public health message: that a complete lack of exercise is associated with the greater likelihood of developing a serious disease," said senior study author Kirsten Moysich. She is a distinguish...

  • Is Ovary Removal Tied to Colon Cancer Risk?

    Posted: 05/19/2016

    Is Ovary Removal Tied to Colon Cancer Risk? THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have their ovaries removed may have a higher-than-average risk of developing colon cancer, a large study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 196,000 Swedish women who'd had their ovaries removed, the risk of eventually being diagnosed with colon cancer was 30 percent higher than the norm for women their age. The women had their ovaries removed for noncancerous conditions, so a history of ovarian ca...

  • If 1 in 10 U.S. Smokers Quits, $63 Billion Saved

    Posted: 05/17/2016

    If 1 in 10 U.S. Smokers Quits, $63 Billion Saved TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Kicking the smoking habit boosts more than just your health -- it also saves money. That's because health care costs plummet just one year after stopping, new research shows. A 10 percent decline in smoking would reduce U.S. health care costs by $63 billion the following year, a study from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) estimated. "Our study shows that significant changes in health care expenditure...

  • Is Daily Blood Thinner Needed for Irregular Heartbeat?

    Posted: 05/16/2016

    Is Daily Blood Thinner Needed for Irregular Heartbeat? FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone app might offer an alternative for certain patients with an irregular heartbeat who must take risky blood-thinning medication every day to lower their risk for stroke. New research suggests some people with atrial fibrillation might do just as well by diligently monitoring their pulse, perhaps recording their heartbeat via a smartphone EKG, and only taking such drugs on an as-needed basis. Atrial ...

  • If You're Craving Cookies, You Might Just Be Bored

    Posted: 05/08/2016

    If You're Craving Cookies, You Might Just Be Bored FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you find yourself reaching into a bag of chips and you know you're not hungry, maybe you're just bored instead, new research suggests. British researchers conducted two experiments to see how boredom affects people's food choices. In one trial, the researchers asked 52 participants to fill out a questionnaire about their food preferences before and after repeatedly copying the same group of letters. After co...

  • Implanted Brain Chip Restores Hand Movement to Quadriplegic Man

    Posted: 04/21/2016

    Implanted Brain Chip Restores Hand Movement to Quadriplegic Man WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A freak diving accident at age 19 left Ian Burkhart's arms and legs paralyzed. Now 24, the former athlete has regained some use of his fingers, hand and wrist thanks to an experimental technology never before tried in humans, researchers report. A surgically implanted computer chip enables messages to travel from Burkhart's brain to his limbs, bypassing the damaged spinal cord, the researchers s...

  • Intensive Exercise a Fountain of Youth for Aging Muscles

    Posted: 04/14/2016

    Intensive Exercise a Fountain of Youth for Aging Muscles WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One key to keeping muscles young is as close as the nearest gym, researchers say. "High-level" exercise appears to help keep older people's muscles young at the cellular level, the Canadian study finds. "Exercise is definitely an important contributor to functional performance," and even non-athletes can benefit from workouts, study lead author Geoff Power, of the University of Guelph, said in a univers...

  • Inflectra Approved as 'Biosimilar' to Remicade

    Posted: 04/13/2016

    Inflectra Approved as 'Biosimilar' to Remicade WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its second-ever "biosimilar" drug, Inflectra, for adults with Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis or chronic plaque psoriasis, among other prescribed uses. In a media release, the agency said Inflectra was biosimilar to Janssen Biotech's Remicade (infliximab), first licensed in 1998. A biosimilar drug is sanctioned based on its maker's ability to show that it i...

  • Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?

    Posted: 04/10/2016

    Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health? FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There seems to be a link between poor oral health and age-related mental decline, researchers say. However, the researchers emphasized there is not enough evidence to prove a direct link between oral health and thinking ("cognitive") abilities. In a new report, investigators reviewed studies on oral health and cognition published between 1993 and 2013. Some of the studies found that oral health indicators -- such ...