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  • Newer Drugs Helping Older People With Eye Disease

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    Newer Drugs Helping Older People With Eye Disease FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New medications are boosting quality of life for many older people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study indicates. The drugs Avastin and Lucentis have significantly increased the number of people with AMD whose vision remains good enough to do daily activities, such as read standard print or drive, researchers found. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among old...

  • No Welcome Mats for Diabetes, Obesity in 'Walkable' Neighborhoods

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    No Welcome Mats for Diabetes, Obesity in 'Walkable' Neighborhoods TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you live in a neighborhood where it's easy to walk to shops, schools and jobs, a new study says all that hoofing about appears to stave off excess weight and diabetes. The research found the rate of overweight and obesity increased in Ontario, Canada neighborhoods with poor "walkability" between 2001 and 2012. But overweight and obesity remained about the same in places where people can walk or...

  • Nearly 1 Million More Kids Have Health Coverage After Obamacare

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    Nearly 1 Million More Kids Have Health Coverage After Obamacare WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 1 million U.S. children gained health insurance the first year after the Affordable Care Act -- also called Obamacare -- was fully implemented, a new report shows. The number of uninsured children fell from 5.4 million in 2013 to 4.5 million one year later, according to the study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "The importance of coverage for all kids is perhaps the single mos...

  • New 'Second Skin' Temporarily Smoothes Wrinkles

    Posted: 05/16/2016

    New 'Second Skin' Temporarily Smoothes Wrinkles MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- MIT researchers may have discovered a fountain of youth for skin -- at least a very temporary one. The researchers have developed a "second skin" that could be used to smooth wrinkles, protect skin from damage, or administer medications to treat skin conditions, such as eczema. But, right now, the product only does its job for about a day. "It's an invisible layer that can provide a barrier, provide cosmetic improvem...

  • New Guidelines Recommend Inpatient Rehab After Stroke

    Posted: 05/11/2016

    New Guidelines Recommend Inpatient Rehab After Stroke WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If possible, people who've had a stroke should be sent directly to inpatient rehabilitation after their hospital discharge. This would be instead of a skilled nursing facility or nursing home, according to new guidelines by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). Inpatient rehabilitation may be part of the hospital. Or, it may be a freestanding facility. Ideally, stroke patients...

  • No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

    Posted: 05/11/2016

    No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking cholesterol-lowering statins right before heart surgery, once touted as a way to prevent common postoperative complications, has no benefit and may even cause harm, a new study suggests. In that setting, Crestor (rosuvastatin) did not prevent either the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation or heart damage, and it was linked to a slightly increased risk of kidney damage, researchers said. "Ther...

  • Nuplazid Approved for Parkinson's Hallucinations

    Posted: 05/09/2016

    Nuplazid Approved for Parkinson's Hallucinations MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nuplazid (pimavanserin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease. As many as half of people with Parkinson's may have psychosis that lead to hallucinations and delusions, the agency said in a news release announcing the approval. This can lead to behaviors including difficulty associating with loved ones or the inability to t...

  • Night Shift Work May Be Tough on a Woman's Heart

    Posted: 05/04/2016

    Night Shift Work May Be Tough on a Woman's Heart TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who work rotating night shifts may face a slightly increased risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. "We saw a modest increased risk of heart disease associated with longer duration of rotating night shift work, which appears to wane after stopping shift work," said lead researcher Celine Vetter. She is an instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. That increased risk ranged fro...

  • Norovirus a Costly Bug

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    Norovirus a Costly Bug TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The stomach bug norovirus sickens nearly 700 million people worldwide annually and costs health care systems more than $4 billion a year, researchers report. And when lost productivity and other societal costs are included, that price tag jumps to more than $64 billion, the researchers added. The findings are believed to be the first to assess the global economic impact of the highly contagious virus, which is common in both poor and ric...

  • Nipple-Preserving Mastectomies Appear Safe for High-Risk Women: Study

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Nipple-Preserving Mastectomies Appear Safe for High-Risk Women: Study MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preventive breast removal (mastectomy) that preserves the nipple and surrounding skin may be as effective in preventing breast cancer in high-risk women as more invasive surgeries, a new study suggests. The study included 348 women with BRCA genetic mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer. They had preventive nipple-sparing mastectomies between 1968 and 2013. Of those women, 203 had...