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  • Opioids and Alcohol a Dangerous Cocktail

    Posted: 02/16/2017

    Opioids and Alcohol a Dangerous Cocktail WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol while taking powerful opioid painkillers can trigger a potentially deadly respiratory problem, particularly in seniors, a new study warns. "Unfortunately, we're seeing more fatalities and people in emergency rooms after having misused or abused legally prescribed opioids, like oxycodone, while having consumed alcohol," said study author Dr. Albert Dahan. "Respiratory depression [where breathing becomes ...

  • Obstetric Complications Tied to Slightly Upped Risk for Autism

    Posted: 02/12/2017

    Obstetric Complications Tied to Slightly Upped Risk for Autism FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Complications that occur late in pregnancy or during delivery may slightly raise a child's risk for autism, a new study suggests. Researchers found that infants who were exposed to maternal high blood pressure during pregnancy -- a condition called pre-eclampsia -- were at higher odds for developing an autism disorder. So were children who experienced oxygen deprivation at birth (asphyxia), or those w...

  • Obese Couples May Take Longer to Conceive

    Posted: 02/12/2017

    Obese Couples May Take Longer to Conceive FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's not just a woman's weight that matters when couples are trying to conceive, a new study suggests. When a woman and her partner are both obese, their chances for pregnancy during any menstrual cycle are about half that of a normal-weight couple, according to the analysis from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "It translates to maybe a longer time to get pregnant," said lead study author Rajeshwari Sundaram. She ...

  • Obamacare Boosted Coverage for the Chronically Ill, Study Finds

    Posted: 01/30/2017

    Obamacare Boosted Coverage for the Chronically Ill, Study Finds MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with a chronic illness gained health insurance coverage after the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, a new study reports. Insurance coverage among the chronically ill -- people with heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and other long-term health problems -- increased by about 5 percentage points after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a review o...

  • Obamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, Addictions

    Posted: 01/29/2017

    Obamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, Addictions FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans with mental illness and substance abuse disorders got health insurance after the Affordable Care Act was introduced, a new study shows. However, these patients still face significant barriers to treatment, the Johns Hopkins researchers added. "The Affordable Care Act has been very effective in reducing the uninsured rate in this vulnerable population, where there is a real need to get p...

  • Obamacare Repeal Could Bring Many More Uninsured, Higher Premiums

    Posted: 01/25/2017

    Obamacare Repeal Could Bring Many More Uninsured, Higher Premiums TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act could deprive 18 million Americans of insurance in the first year, a new report concludes. That number would jump to 32 million by 2026, according to a new report from the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Moreover, insurance premiums could double over 10 years if significant provisions of the health care law were repealed, the budget o...

  • Obamacare Boosts Breast Cancer Screening, Study Finds

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Obamacare Boosts Breast Cancer Screening, Study Finds MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with lower levels of income are less likely to get recommended cancer screenings, but legislation waiving out-of-pocket costs appears to narrow the prevention gap -- for mammograms, at least. That's the conclusion of researchers who studied a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, allowing people to obtain certain preventive health services free of charge. The study auth...

  • One-Third With Common Irregular Heartbeat Don't Take Blood Thinners

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    One-Third With Common Irregular Heartbeat Don't Take Blood Thinners FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with the heart condition known as atrial fibrillation stop taking the blood-thinning medication that's prescribed to help prevent a stroke, a new study reveals. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that causes the heart to quiver. This raises the risk of blood clots and stroke, according to the American Heart Association. People who've had a medical procedure such as cardiove...

  • Over-Planning Can Take the Fun Out of Leisure Time

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Over-Planning Can Take the Fun Out of Leisure Time TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Leisure time is supposed to be fun time. But, too much planning makes leisure time seem like work, researchers report. They reviewed 13 studies and found that when leisure activities were scheduled, people enjoyed them less. "People associate schedules with work. We want our leisure time to be free-flowing," said study co-author Selin Malkoc, an assistant professor of marketing at Ohio State University. "Time is...

  • On Hospital Wards, Patient Crises May Have 'Domino Effect'

    Posted: 01/05/2017

    On Hospital Wards, Patient Crises May Have 'Domino Effect' TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalized patients have a higher risk of cardiac arrest and transfers to intensive care if they're in wards when other patients have recently suffered similar emergencies, a new study suggests. "This should serve as a wake-up call for hospital-based physicians," study author Dr. Matthew Churpek, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, said in a university news release. "After...