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  • Obese Kids Have Different Germs in Their Gut

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Obese Kids Have Different Germs in Their Gut TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obese children and teens have different types of bacteria living in their digestive tract than their normal-weight peers, a new study reports. The researchers said this finding might eventually lead to a way to target specific species of bacteria and help prevent or treat early onset obesity. For the study, the researchers analyzed the gut bacteria and weight of 84 young people between the ages of 7 and 20. Of these...

  • Obamacare Tied to Rise in Mammograms

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Obamacare Tied to Rise in Mammograms TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Medicare patients getting mammograms increased slightly, but significantly, in the first three years of U.S. health-care reform, according to a new study. The researchers focused on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which were created as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. ACOs are groups of health-care providers that agree to accept reimbursements based on quality, not quantity, of ...

  • Organ Transplants Linked to Higher Skin Cancer Risk

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Organ Transplants Linked to Higher Skin Cancer Risk WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who have an organ transplant may be more likely to develop skin cancer, new research suggests. The finding applies to all transplant patients, even those who are nonwhite and dark-skinned, according to Dr. Christina Lee Chung, an associate professor of dermatology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and colleagues. The researchers said the risk increases over time with ongoing exposure to medicatio...

  • Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC

    Posted: 09/27/2016

    Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Abuse of powerful prescription painkillers called opioids costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion a year, according to a new government study. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed the financial toll of opioid abuse, including direct health care costs, lost productivity and costs to the criminal justice system. "More than 40 Americans die each day from overdoses invol...

  • Overweight Kids Often Shunned, Bullied

    Posted: 09/26/2016

    Overweight Kids Often Shunned, Bullied FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preteens who are overweight are often bullied or excluded from social activities, increasing their likelihood of anxiety and emotional problems, researchers say. Efforts to prevent or ease emotional distress among overweight students must address these negative and discriminatory behaviors, according to the authors of a new study. "The widespread misconception is that anyone who is heavy is likely to feel distressed becaus...

  • Older Drug May Help Type 1 Diabetics' Heart Health

    Posted: 09/14/2016

    Older Drug May Help Type 1 Diabetics' Heart Health TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An inexpensive medication normally given to people with type 2 diabetes may help preserve heart health in people with the less common form of diabetes -- type 1, a small new study finds. Metformin is the standard first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes to help bring blood sugar levels down. It also appears to help repair damaged blood cells by increasing the number of blood vessel (vascular) stem cells, resear...

  • Opioid Abuse Fueling Drug-Related Heart Infections: Study

    Posted: 09/09/2016

    Opioid Abuse Fueling Drug-Related Heart Infections: Study THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans hospitalized with heart infections caused by use of injected opioid drugs is on the rise, a new study indicates. Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston said the finding is a disturbing outgrowth of a rising tide of opioid addiction in the United States. For the study, the researchers reviewed U.S. hospital admissions for infective endocarditis, a sometimes...

  • Over 64? Want to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk? Try Exercise

    Posted: 09/06/2016

    Over 64? Want to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk? Try Exercise MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ride a bike, take a swim, walk your dog: New research shows even a "moderate" amount of exercise each week drastically reduces the odds a person aged 65 or older will die from heart disease. The benefits of exercise are "good prevention for many diseases, and the effect is dose-dependent -- the more you do, the better," said study lead author Riitta Antikainen. She is a professor of geriatrics at the Uni...

  • Open Neural Tube Defects (ONTDs)

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Open Neural Tube Defects (ONTDs) Neural tube defects are problems with the way the brain, spinal cord, or spine forms before birth. These problems occur in about 1 in every 1,500 newborn babies each year. What are open neural tube defects? During pregnancy, the brain and spine begin as a flat plate of cells. This plate of cells then rolls into a tube, called the neural tube. If all or part of the neural tube fails to close, this leaves an opening. This is known as an open neural tube defect, or ONTD. Th...

  • Oligodendroglioma in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Oligodendroglioma in Children What is an oligodendroglioma? The brain is part of the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS also includes the spinal cord. A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue. An oligodendroglioma is a type of CNS tumor called a glioma. These are tumors of the glial cells, the supporting cells of the brain. There are several types of glioma, depending on the type of cells involved and the location in the brain. Oligodendroglioma is a rare tumor that starts in the oligodendrocytes. The...