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  • Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis, Research Shows

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis, Research Shows FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While the rest of the United States makes major strides against cancer, a cancer crisis is taking hold in rural Appalachia. A University of Virginia (UVA) team analyzed federal government data and found that between 1969 and 2011, cancer rates fell in every U.S. region except rural Appalachia. Over the study period, rural Appalachia went from having the nation's lowest cancer death rate to the highest....

  • Researchers Explore Way to Detect Brain Injury in NFL Players

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Researchers Explore Way to Detect Brain Injury in NFL Players MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've discovered a new way to detect and track brain injury related to repeated concussions in National Football League (NFL) players. Brain imaging scans in 14 current or former NFL players revealed elevated levels of a protein related to the body's immune response for brain injury, said lead researcher Dr. Jennifer Coughlin. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behaviora...

  • Researchers Put Embryo Development 'On Hold' in Mice

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    Researchers Put Embryo Development 'On Hold' in Mice WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they were able to halt development of early mouse embryos for up to a month in the lab before they resumed normal growth. This research could prove important in areas such as assisted reproduction, regenerative medicine, aging and even cancer, according to the team from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The investigators used drugs that dampen the activity of a cell growth r...

  • Retail Health Clinics Fail to Curb Routine ER Visits, Study Finds

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    Retail Health Clinics Fail to Curb Routine ER Visits, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having retail health clinics near hospitals does not reduce emergency department visits for minor health problems, a new study finds. It was hoped that lower costs and increased convenience of clinics in drug stores or retail chains would curb emergency department visits, but these findings add to growing evidence that this is not the case, according to RAND Corp. researchers. The investigators ex...

  • Routine School Vaccine Requirements Raise HPV Shot Rates, Too

    Posted: 11/15/2016

    Routine School Vaccine Requirements Raise HPV Shot Rates, Too TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Schools that require routine vaccines as a condition of attendance have higher rates of vaccination, including higher rates of immunization for the human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study finds. The HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer, as well as other cancers linked to the sexually transmitted virus. Children at these schools are also more likely to get recommended shots for tetanus, diphthe...

  • Robotic Surgical Tools Tough to Keep Clean

    Posted: 11/09/2016

    Robotic Surgical Tools Tough to Keep Clean TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even with repeated cleanings, it's virtually impossible to remove all contamination from robotic surgical instruments, a new study suggests. "One of the top priorities for hospitals is to treat patients safely and with minimal risk of infection," said study author Yuhei Saito, an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo Hospital in Japan. "Our results show that surgical instruments could be placing patients at ris...

  • Researchers: We Found Area of Brain That Responds to Placebo

    Posted: 11/07/2016

    Researchers: We Found Area of Brain That Responds to Placebo FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've pinpointed the brain region linked to the placebo effect. The placebo effect occurs when a fake therapy -- such as a sugar pill -- leads to a significant decrease in pain or other health-related improvement. The finding could lead to improved treatment for the 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, the study authors said. Using a new type of MRI developed for the stu...

  • Report: More Americans Getting Health Care Under Obamacare

    Posted: 11/07/2016

    Report: More Americans Getting Health Care Under Obamacare FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even as double-digit hikes in the cost of health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) loom for many Americans, a new federal study finds that gaps in access to medical care have been shrinking since the landmark law was passed. Earlier this week, the Obama administration confirmed that the prices for these health plans will increase by roughly 25 percent while the number of choices in many m...

  • Review Says Calcium Supplements Won't Harm the Heart

    Posted: 10/31/2016

    Review Says Calcium Supplements Won't Harm the Heart MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Calcium supplements, taken within recommended levels, can be considered safe for the heart, according to new guidelines. Over the past decade, a number of studies have raised questions about whether calcium supplements might contribute to heart disease or stroke. Just this month, a study of U.S. adults found that supplement users were more likely than nonusers to have plaque buildup in their heart arteries. (C...

  • Right-Handedness Might Go Back Almost 2 Million Years

    Posted: 10/29/2016

    Right-Handedness Might Go Back Almost 2 Million Years THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Human's preference for using the right hand may have developed earlier than thought, a new study suggests. Striations on teeth in a 1.8-million-year-old Homo habilis jaw found in Tanzania offer the earliest fossil evidence of right-handedness, according to researchers. The striations on the lip side of the upper front teeth mostly veer from left down to right, suggesting they were made when a stone tool hel...