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  • Risks Spike If Young Athletes Specialize Too Soon

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Risks Spike If Young Athletes Specialize Too Soon MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes who specialize in one sport are at added risk of stress, burnout and overuse injuries, says a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. In contrast, kids who play several sports are more likely to stay active for the rest of their lives and meet their athletic goals, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The analysis of youth sports revealed dramatic changes over the past 40...

  • Researchers Find Another Way Zika Can Harm Babies

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Researchers Find Another Way Zika Can Harm Babies TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In yet another example of the damage that maternal Zika infection can inflict on a fetus during the early months of pregnancy, a new report suggests that close to 6 percent of these babies may also experience hearing loss. The most common and devastating birth defect seen so far has been microcephaly, a condition where the head and brain are abnormally small. Vision problems and malformed joints have also been d...

  • Richer Houses Home to Wider Range of Bugs

    Posted: 08/28/2016

    Richer Houses Home to Wider Range of Bugs FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People aren't the only ones who like living in nicer neighborhoods. Turns out insects also have a taste for lush surroundings, researchers report. An examination of insects in 50 Raleigh, N.C., homes found richer neighborhoods have a greater diversity of plants, which attracts a greater variety of insects. Even individual homes without many plants in the yard are apt to have high levels of insect diversity in those neigh...

  • Restless Leg Disorders in Kids with ADHD

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Restless Leg Disorders in Kids with ADHD If you have a child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), he or she likely has trouble paying attention, sitting still, or controlling impulsive behaviors. What may be less obvious is that your child may also have problems sleeping. Research suggests children with ADHD are more likely to have sleep disorders. These include insomnia, daytime sleepiness, trouble or abnormal breathing during sleep (sleep apnea), and delayed sleep. Two of the most com...

  • Radiation Exposure from X-rays in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Radiation Exposure from X-rays in Children What is radiation exposure from X-rays in children? X-rays are a kind of imaging technique that provides your doctor with information about structures inside the body. These tests expose children to low doses of radiation. X-rays are forms of radiant energy, similar to light or radio waves. X-rays have more energy than rays of visible light or radio waves, and they can penetrate your body. This allows the radiologist to get X-ray pictures. You can then view the...

  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Weight-Loss Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Weight-Loss Surgery What is Roux-en-Y gastric bypass weight-loss surgery? Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is a type of weight-loss surgery that reduces the size of your stomach to a small pouch – about the size of an egg. It does this by stapling off a section of it. This reduces the amount of food you can take in at meals. The surgeon then attaches this pouch directly to the small intestine, bypassing most of the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine. Th...

  • Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy What is a right heart catheterization with heart tissue biopsy? Right-heart catheterization (often abbreviated as ”right heart cath”) with heart tissue biopsy is a procedure in which your doctor takes tissue samples directly from your heart muscle. Your doctor does this procedure to see if your heart tissue is normal. In a right-heart cath, your doctor guides a special catheter (a small, thin tube), called a pulmonary artery (PA) catheter, into the ri...

  • Right Heart Catheterization

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Right Heart Catheterization What is right heart catheterization? Your doctor performs right-heart catheterization (cath) to determine how well your heart is pumping, and to measure the pressures in your heart and lungs. In a right-heart catheterization, your doctor guides a special catheter (a small, hollow tube) called a pulmonary artery (PA) catheter to the right side of your heart. He or she then passes the tube into your pulmonary artery. This is the main artery that carries blood to your lungs. You...

  • Robotic-Assisted Patent Foramen Ovale Repair

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Robotic-Assisted Patent Foramen Ovale Repair What is robotic-assisted patent foramen ovale repair? A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a small hole between the two upper chambers of the heart, the right and the left atrium. A robotic-assisted patent foramen repair is a type of surgery to fix this hole in the heart. Normally, a wall separates the right and left atria. No blood can flow between them. If a PFO exists, a little blood can flow between the atria. This hole is normal in the heart before birth, as ...

  • Robotic-Assisted Aortic Valve Repair

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Robotic-Assisted Aortic Valve Repair What is robotic-assisted aortic valve repair? Robotic-assisted aortic valve repair is a type of surgery. It uses robotic tools to fix a damaged aortic valve. The aortic valve is one of the heart’s 4 valves. These valves help blood flow through the heart’s 4 chambers and out to the body. Sometimes, the valve stops working well and needs to be replaced. Your healthcare provider will replace the valve with an artificial one. Blood can then leave the heart and flow out t...