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  • More Asian-American Women Getting Breast Cancer

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    More Asian-American Women Getting Breast Cancer FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer rates among Asian-Americans are steadily rising in contrast to other racial/ethnic groups, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California reviewed data from 1988 to 2013 on breast cancer among women in California from seven Asian ethnic groups. These included Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Vietnamese, South Asians (Asian Indians and Pakistanis), and South...

  • Marriage Could Bring Health Bonus to Older Same-Sex Couples

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Marriage Could Bring Health Bonus to Older Same-Sex Couples TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The health benefits of tying the knot may extend to couples of all sexual orientations. A new study shows that older same-sex couples who have married are healthier and happier than their single counterparts. More than 1,800 LGBT adults, aged 50 and older, were surveyed in 2014 in U.S. states where gay marriage was already legal. It became legal nationwide nearly two years ago. "In the nearly 50 years...

  • Many Heart Attack Patients Fail to Stick With Statins

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Many Heart Attack Patients Fail to Stick With Statins WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of powerful statin drugs have been shown to avert future heart problems, including heart attack and stroke. Yet many heart attack patients stop taking these medicines as recommended, a new study reveals. Researchers examined data for heart attack patients who had a prescription for a "high-intensity" statin filled within 30 days of being discharged from the hospital. Two years later, only 42 pe...

  • Many Kids Still Being Injured on ATVs

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Many Kids Still Being Injured on ATVs WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- They may look like tons of fun, but all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are actually tons of trouble for kids. And efforts to reduce ATV-related injuries among children in the United States haven't had much impact, a new study said. "The injuries children sustain from ATV-related accidents are frequently more severe than injuries received from motor vehicle crashes," said study lead author Dr. Thomas Pranikoff. He is a professor...

  • Money Spent on Teen Health a Good Global Investment

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Money Spent on Teen Health a Good Global Investment THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Worldwide investments in teen health could yield significant economic returns, a new study contends. "Investing in young people is in everyone's interest," said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. "A small investment in empowering and protecting the world's over a billion adolescents can bring a 10-fold return, or sometimes even more." Improving the physical, menta...

  • Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The thought of having to pull out an inhaler in the middle of school might stop some kids with asthma from breathing better, a study of British schoolchildren suggests. An online survey of almost 700 students with asthma showed that nearly 50 percent reported poor asthma control. With asthma, the lungs and airways become inflamed when exposed to triggers that can include pollen, catching a cold or having ...

  • Moms-to-Be Are Heeding Store Warnings About Alcohol

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Moms-to-Be Are Heeding Store Warnings About Alcohol FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Signs in stores warning about the harms of drinking during pregnancy appear to work: New research shows boozing by mothers-to-be has declined 11 percent in states that require such postings. Those states have also seen a drop in extremely premature births (less than 32 weeks' gestation) and very-low-birth-weight babies (less than 3.5 pounds), the study found. The largest impact of the signs has been among wome...

  • Misunderstood Gene Tests May Lead to Unnecessary Mastectomies

    Posted: 04/20/2017

    Misunderstood Gene Tests May Lead to Unnecessary Mastectomies WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Close to half of breast cancer patients who chose to have a double mastectomy after genetic testing didn't actually have the gene mutations known to raise the risk of additional cancers, a new survey found. "That was a bit surprising, because we wouldn't typically expect that surgery to be conducted for women if they don't have a risk-causing gene mutation," said lead researcher Dr. Allison Kurian...

  • Many Opioid Addictions Surface After Surgery, Study Finds

    Posted: 04/19/2017

    Many Opioid Addictions Surface After Surgery, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some surgery patients prescribed opioids for post-operative pain relief may face a high risk for developing a long-term opioid addiction, new research warns. The analysis tracked a half-year of opioid use among more than 36,000 surgery patients. None had taken opioids before their surgical procedure. "We found that 5 to 6 percent of patients not using opioids prior to surgery continued to fill prescri...

  • More Climate-Fueled Wildfires May Lie Ahead

    Posted: 04/19/2017

    More Climate-Fueled Wildfires May Lie Ahead WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change will fuel extreme wildfires across the globe in coming decades, including the western United States, scientists predict. Researchers in the United States and Tasmania analyzed data from nearly 500 extreme wildfires that occurred around the world between 2002 and 2013. "Almost all happened under bad conditions -- high temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds -- which tell us that weather and clim...