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  • Obesity May Be Bad for the Brain, Too

    Posted: 08/17/2016

    Obesity May Be Bad for the Brain, Too WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Could too much weight be bad for the brain as well as the belly? New research suggests that being overweight or obese may trigger premature aging of the middle-aged brain. The study centered on how carrying excess weight might affect the brain's white matter, which facilitates communication between different brain regions. White matter tissue is known to shrink with age. But the new study found that the amount of white ma...

  • Obamacare's Medicaid Expansions May Be Improving Care

    Posted: 08/16/2016

    Obamacare's Medicaid Expansions May Be Improving Care MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Low-income adults in Arkansas and Kentucky experienced significant improvements in care after their states expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study reveals. The gains were not immediate. But after the second year of coverage, patients had better access to primary care, lower out-of-pocket spending and less reliance on hospital emergency departments for care, compared with low-income adults ...

  • Online Video Games May Boost High School Students' Academic Skills

    Posted: 08/15/2016

    Online Video Games May Boost High School Students' Academic Skills MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new Australian study suggests that players of online video games do better in school, but those who frequent Facebook or chat sites are more likely to have trouble. It's not clear whether games or social sites have a direct cause-and-effect relationship on students' academics. Still, "when you play online games you're solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the ...

  • Officials: Aerial Spraying Working Against Miami Mosquitoes

    Posted: 08/14/2016

    Officials: Aerial Spraying Working Against Miami Mosquitoes FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aerial spraying is killing many mosquitoes in a part of Miami where the insects have been linked to 16 cases of Zika infection, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Aerial spraying of the insecticide naled began Thursday and rapidly killed adult mosquitoes that ground-applied pesticides could not reach, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, the Associated Press reported. The Zika...

  • Order Lunch Early, Lose Weight Later?

    Posted: 08/11/2016

    Order Lunch Early, Lose Weight Later? MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You might be able to cut your calorie intake by ordering meals before you're actually hungry, a new study suggests. Researchers examined the lunch orders of 690 employees using a corporate cafeteria and 195 university students choosing catered lunch options. The participants selected high-calorie meals when they ordered their lunches immediately before eating, but lower-calorie meals when they placed their orders an hour or m...

  • Oxalate (Urine)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Oxalate (Urine) Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This is a urine test to see whether you have a high level of the chemical oxalate in your urine. Oxalate is a natural end product of metabolism in the body. It should leave your body through your urine. If your oxalate levels are too high, the extra oxalate can combine with calcium to form kidney stones. These stones are hard masses of chemicals that can get stuck in the urinary tract. They commonly cause severe pain. Calcium-oxalat...

  • Ova and Parasites (Stool)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Ova and Parasites (Stool) Does this test have other names? Stool sample examination, stool O&P, fecal smear What is this test? This test looks for parasites and their larvae or eggs in a sample of your stool. Parasites are organisms that can live within or on the human body and use it as a source of food. Many live in the digestive tract. Many parasites also cause illnesses. These include one-celled organisms, such as Giardia, and larger organisms such as pinworms. In their adult form, pinworms can ...

  • Osmolality (Urine)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Osmolality (Urine) Does this test have other names? Osmotic gap, osmolal gap test What is this test? This test measures the concentration (osmolality) of particles in your urine. It finds out whether your electrolyte balance is normal and whether your kidneys are working as they should. Why do I need this test? You may have this test if your healthcare provider needs to look at the concentration of your urine, as well as at your fluid and electrolyte balance. This may be necessary if your provider suspe...

  • Osmolality (Stool)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Osmolality (Stool) Does this test have other names? Stool osmolality What is this test? This test measures the concentration (osmolality) of certain particles in a sample of your watery stool. The amount of sodium, potassium, and other substances in your stool can affect its consistency. The test is used to find out why your stool isn't solid. Short-term (acute) diarrhea often clears up on its own within a few days. But it's considered long-term (chronic) diarrhea when the loose, watery bowel movements ...

  • Osmolality (Blood)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Osmolality (Blood) Does this test have other names? Serum osmolality, osmolality serum What is this test? This test measures the concentration of dissolved particles (osmolality) in your blood. This test can help diagnose a fluid or electrolyte imbalance, including dehydration. Electrolytes are mineral salts that help move nutrients into your cells and waste products out of your cells. Electrolytes also control your acidity and pH levels. The more dilute your blood and urine are, the lower the concentra...