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  • Long Work Hours May Hurt Your Health

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Long Work Hours May Hurt Your Health TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Years of working long hours may help you climb the career ladder, but those hours may take a steep toll on your health -- and that's especially true for women, new research says. "People who habitually put in a lot of long hours for many years, even decades, are really running an increased risk of potentially seeing chronic disease later in life," said study researcher Allard Dembe. He's a professor of health services manage...

  • Lift Ban on CDC Research Into Gun Violence, Doctors' Group Says

    Posted: 06/22/2016

    Lift Ban on CDC Research Into Gun Violence, Doctors' Group Says TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- On the heels of yet another senseless gun massacre in the United States, the nation's leading physicians' organization is urging more research into gun violence. Specifically, the American Medical Association (AMA) said Tuesday that a long-standing ban on federal government research into gun violence must be lifted to better understand and tackle the problem. The AMA is now pledging to lobby Congre...

  • Less Heart Care, More Strokes for Women?

    Posted: 06/16/2016

    Less Heart Care, More Strokes for Women? THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women in the United States with the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are more likely than men with the condition to suffer a stroke, a new study shows. Atrial fibrillation is a quivering or irregular heartbeat. This study of 1 million patients with atrial fibrillation found that women were 23 percent more likely to be hospitalized for stroke than men. "There is a debate about whether it's the biology and ...

  • Longer Use of Certain Drugs Cuts Recurrence for Breast Cancer Survivors

    Posted: 06/14/2016

    Longer Use of Certain Drugs Cuts Recurrence for Breast Cancer Survivors MONDAY, June 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many survivors of breast cancers that are sensitive to estrogen are advised to take hormone-suppressing drugs such as tamoxifen for five years, to cut their odds for a recurrence. Tamoxifen can have onerous side effects, however. Now, new research finds that taking an alternative, and less troublesome, class of medications for a full decade can reduce the risk for recurrence even more -- with...

  • Liquid Biopsy May Help Doctors Track Changes in Tumors

    Posted: 06/13/2016

    Liquid Biopsy May Help Doctors Track Changes in Tumors SATURDAY, June 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Biopsies can be arduous and painful for cancer patients, but necessary to accurately diagnose the disease and determine the best course of treatment. Now, researchers report that a new blood-based "liquid biopsy" could be a groundbreaking alternative. Doctors used blood drawn from a patient's arm to analyze DNA that tumors typically shed into the bloodstream, explained lead researcher Philip Mack. He is dir...

  • Low-Dose Aspirin Tied to Longer Colon Cancer Survival

    Posted: 06/10/2016

    Low-Dose Aspirin Tied to Longer Colon Cancer Survival THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer patients who take low-dose aspirin may have a somewhat better chance of surviving the disease, a large study hints. Norwegian researchers found that among over 23,000 colon cancer patients, those who used aspirin were 15 percent less likely to die of the disease over the next several years. But these findings alone don't prove that aspirin prolongs colon cancer patients' lives. There could be ot...

  • Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study

    Posted: 06/08/2016

    Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking marijuana for decades may result in gum disease and potential tooth loss, a new study indicates. In an analysis of about 1,000 people who used pot and/or tobacco in New Zealand, those who smoked pot for 20 years didn't have notable health problems, except for gum disease, the researchers said. "Unlike tobacco smoking, cannabis smoking is associated with few physical health problems in midlife, with the exc...

  • Lifestyle May Be Key to Improving ADHD in Kids

    Posted: 06/07/2016

    Lifestyle May Be Key to Improving ADHD in Kids MONDAY, May 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often treated with medications, such as Adderall or Ritalin. But a new study suggests that parents can also help their kids by promoting healthy lifestyle habits. For the study, researchers looked at 184 children with ADHD and 104 without the disorder. The investigators found that those with ADHD were less likely to adhere to healthy behaviors recommen...

  • Lupus a Tough Disease to Spot, Treat

    Posted: 06/06/2016

    Lupus a Tough Disease to Spot, Treat MONDAY, May 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lupus is difficult to diagnose and treat, but scientists are working to learn more about its genetic causes and to develop better treatments. The autoimmune disease affects between 300,000 and 1.5 million people in the United States, and as many as 24,000 are diagnosed with lupus each year, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "With treatment, the disease may quiet down, but it also may relapse eventually. Altho...

  • Loss of Y Chromosome in Men Tied to Alzheimer's Risk

    Posted: 06/01/2016

    Loss of Y Chromosome in Men Tied to Alzheimer's Risk MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who lose Y chromosomes from their blood cells as they age may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The study of more than 3,200 men found those who already had Alzheimer's were nearly three times more likely to show a loss of the Y chromosome in some of their blood cells. What's more, older men with that "loss of Y" faced a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's ove...