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  • Rugby Takes Toll on Spine, Scans Show

    Posted: 07/28/2015

    Rugby Takes Toll on Spine, Scans Show TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Retired professional rugby players have more symptoms of cervical spine degeneration than those who don't play the sport, a new study finds. French researchers compared 101 men, aged 35 to 47, who were retired professional rugby players with a control group of 85 people of similar ages who never played a professional sport. "A few years after the end of their careers, professional rugby players seem to have more degenerativ...

  • Radiation From Mammograms May Be Lower Than Thought

    Posted: 07/23/2015

    Radiation From Mammograms May Be Lower Than Thought WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The low risks from radiation exposure during mammography screening may be even lower than experts have assumed, a new study contends. The new research estimates that the radiation dose from a screening mammogram is anywhere from 20 percent to 35 percent lower than previously thought. Why? Because past estimates did not account for the uneven distribution of different types of tissue in a typical woman's brea...

  • Rexulti Approved for Schizophrenia, Depression

    Posted: 07/20/2015

    Rexulti Approved for Schizophrenia, Depression MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rexulti (brexpiprazole) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat schizophrenia, and as an add-on drug for major depressive disorder (MDD) when a first-line drug fails to effectively treat symptoms. Schizophrenia is a chronic, disabling brain disorder that primary affects people aged 30 and younger. Affecting about 1 percent of Americans, the disorder is characterized by hearing voices, bel...

  • Regular Mammograms Might Lead to 'Overdiagnosis' of Breast Cancer

    Posted: 07/13/2015

    Regular Mammograms Might Lead to 'Overdiagnosis' of Breast Cancer MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Regular mammogram screening for breast cancer might be causing "widespread overdiagnosis," with some women treated for tumors that would not have caused sickness or death, a new study contends. Doctors tend to find more small tumors and precancerous lesions in areas where more mammograms take place, researchers found after analyzing county-level data collected by U.S. health officials. However, the...

  • Rapid Response Guidelines May Improve Children's Stroke Care

    Posted: 07/09/2015

    Rapid Response Guidelines May Improve Children's Stroke Care THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A rapid response plan for children who visit the emergency room with stroke-like symptoms can help doctors make a faster diagnosis, new research suggests. "Just as there are rapid response processes for adults with a possible stroke, there should be a rapid response process for children with a possible stroke that includes expedited evaluation and imaging or rapid transfer to a medical center with ped...

  • Red Cross Urges Americans to Give Blood During Fourth of July

    Posted: 07/09/2015

    Red Cross Urges Americans to Give Blood During Fourth of July WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans make plans for the Fourth of July holiday, and the American Red Cross is hoping many of them will also consider donating blood or platelets. The organization estimated that more than 40 percent of its donors are traveling either before or after Independence Day, which could result in a summer shortage of blood and blood products. Making matters worse, many organizations put off blood ...

  • Resuming Blood Pressure Meds After Surgery Linked to Better Outcomes

    Posted: 06/11/2015

    Resuming Blood Pressure Meds After Surgery Linked to Better Outcomes THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with high blood pressure who resume taking their medication soon after surgery may have a lower risk of complications and death, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed information from more than 30,000 patients taking a particular type of high blood pressure medication before surgery. All were taking drugs from a class of medications known as angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). Th...

  • Rise in Colon Cancer Screening After Obamacare, Study Finds

    Posted: 06/11/2015

    Rise in Colon Cancer Screening After Obamacare, Study Finds THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act, often called "Obamacare," may have helped boost rates of colon cancer screening among poorer Americans, a new study suggests. A team of researchers led by Stacey Fedewa of the American Cancer Society tracked data from the National Health Interview Survey. They found that overall colon cancer screening rates among people ages 50 to 75 rose from about 57 percent in 2008 to about ...

  • Rise in Deaths Even When Smog Is Below EPA Standard: Study

    Posted: 06/10/2015

    Rise in Deaths Even When Smog Is Below EPA Standard: Study WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Death rates among people older than 65 appear to be affected by air pollution, even when the air they breathe meets current standards, researchers say. In the study, Harvard researchers looked at Medicare recipients in the New England region. The investigators found that death rates among seniors were linked to levels of a type of air pollution called "fine-particulate matter" -- even in places where a...

  • Recent Hospitalization Might Raise Blood Infection Risk, Study Says

    Posted: 06/10/2015

    Recent Hospitalization Might Raise Blood Infection Risk, Study Says WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A routine hospital stay may put older adults at risk for a potentially deadly condition called sepsis, according to a new study. Sepsis is a catastrophic, whole-body response to infection, according to the researchers. The study looked at data from nearly 11,000 older Americans. Over 12 years, there were 43,000 hospitalizations. The researchers found people were three times more likely to deve...