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  • Many Doctors Get Payments From Drug Companies, Study Shows

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Many Doctors Get Payments From Drug Companies, Study Shows TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many American doctors receive payments from drug companies, but few patients know about those financial ties, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 3,500 adult patients and then checked on their doctors in Open Payments, a government website that reports drug and medical device company payments to physicians. The study found that within the previous year, 65 percent of patients visited doctors who go...

  • Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many young Americans with diabetes aren't getting the eye exams that medical experts say they need, new research reveals. "Diabetic retinopathy" is a serious complication of diabetes. It causes the blood vessels in the eyes to leak. This distorts vision, and can eventually lead to vision loss, according to the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI). The condition often causes no symptoms in the early st...

  • Many Talks on End-of-Life Wishes End in Confusion, Study Shows

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Many Talks on End-of-Life Wishes End in Confusion, Study Shows THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You've filled out a living will, and designated a surrogate to make medical decisions if you're incapacitated. But, your end-of-life planning may not be done yet. That's because, according to a new study, your surrogate may still not have a clear idea about what you really want done in a crisis situation -- even after you've discussed your wishes with them. In the study, seven out of every 10 surr...

  • Most Cancers Caused by Random DNA Copying Errors

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Most Cancers Caused by Random DNA Copying Errors THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The "Why me?" reaction that can come after a cancer diagnosis may have no easy answer, with new research showing that most tumors are caused by random genetic "mistakes." Investigators at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore used complex mathematical modeling to track mutations driving abnormal cell growth for 32 types of cancer. The model was based on data from The Cancer Genome Atlas, as well as epidemiologi...

  • Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older Americans on kidney dialysis have high rates of colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, but most get little benefit from the screening, a new study suggests. Dialysis patients have high rates of death, so routine colon cancer screening doesn't improve survival for most dialysis patients who don't qualify for a kidney transplant. Therefore, dialysis patients who have a limited life expectancy and no sign...

  • Millions of Americans Bombarded by Loud Noises

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Millions of Americans Bombarded by Loud Noises THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 58 million Americans are exposed to loud noises at work and home, but too few try to protect their hearing, a new study finds. "This noise exposure epidemic had not really been quantified at the household level in the U.S.," said study senior author Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya, an associate chief of otolaryngology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "This degree of noise exposure has the potential to cau...

  • Many College Football Players Lack Vitamin D: Study

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Many College Football Players Lack Vitamin D: Study THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low vitamin D levels are common among college football players and may put them at increased risk for injuries, a new study suggests. "Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in muscle function and strength," said senior study author Dr. Scott Rodeo, co-chief emeritus of the sports medicine and shoulder service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "While most prior studies have focused on th...

  • Many U.S. Women Have No Access to Fertility Clinics: Study

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Many U.S. Women Have No Access to Fertility Clinics: Study WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 percent of reproductive-age women in the United States have little or no access to infertility clinics, according to a new study. Advanced infertility treatments -- such as in vitro fertilization -- are only available in assisted reproductive technology (ART) clinics, the study authors noted. "Infertility is by itself a difficult issue for couples to face emotionally and financially," said ...

  • Many With Irregular Heartbeat Not on Meds They Need: Study

    Posted: 03/21/2017

    Many With Irregular Heartbeat Not on Meds They Need: Study TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with an irregular heartbeat who suffer a stroke may not have been on medications that might have prevented their stroke, a new study suggests. Duke University researchers found that 84 percent of stroke patients with the heart condition known as atrial fibrillation (AF) had not been getting adequate clot-preventing therapy. Dr. David Wilber, a cardiologist at Loyola University Medical Cente...

  • More Babies in Strollers, Cribs Winding Up in ER: Study

    Posted: 03/21/2017

    More Babies in Strollers, Cribs Winding Up in ER: Study MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of babies and toddlers are landing in the emergency room for injuries related to strollers, cribs and other nursery products, a new U.S. study finds. Those ER trips rose nearly 24 percent between 2003 and 2011, after more than a decade of decline, the researchers found. However, only 1 percent of those ER trips were blamed on actual product "failures." That does not mean the nursery produc...