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  • Seniors Get Good Results From Herniated Disc Surgery

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Seniors Get Good Results From Herniated Disc Surgery FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People over age 65 shouldn't avoid surgery for a herniated disc just because of their age. Seniors benefit from the procedure as much as younger patients, Norwegian research shows. The study involved more than 5,500 people with a herniated, or "slipped" disc. The condition occurs when one of the discs that cushions bones in the spine gets damaged, causing it to push forward. The result is lower back pain that ...

  • Study Cites Top Reasons Young Autism Patients Are Hospitalized

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Study Cites Top Reasons Young Autism Patients Are Hospitalized FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a mood disorder significantly boosts the odds that young people with autism will be hospitalized for psychiatric care, according to a new study. People with autism are often hospitalized when their behavior problems overwhelm their caregivers, the study authors said. "The demand is far greater than the number of clinicians, the number of programs and the number of beds we have," said study lea...

  • Strike Back Against Snake Bites

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Strike Back Against Snake Bites MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With summer comes a higher risk of snake bites, but emergency doctors have some advice on what to do if you are bitten. A car or cellphone are vital first aid items after a snake bite, because you should immediately call 911 or head to a hospital emergency room, according to Dr. Justin Arnold. He's an emergency medicine doctor at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. Don't try to catch the snake -- it could bite again ...

  • Study Hints at Link Between Some Statins, Parkinson's Risk

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Study Hints at Link Between Some Statins, Parkinson's Risk TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People on cholesterol-lowering statins may have a slightly increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers said the finding doesn't prove statins are to blame. But, they added, the findings undercut the notion that statins might help protect against Parkinson's. Where does that idea come from? Past research has shown that people with high cholesterol tend to have a lo...

  • Suicide Risk Especially High for U.S. Farmers

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Suicide Risk Especially High for U.S. Farmers WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two decades after the U.S. farm crisis, the suicide rate among American farmers remains much higher than among other workers, a new study finds. "Occupational factors such as poor access to quality health care, isolation and financial stress interact with life factors to continue to place farmers at a disproportionately high risk for suicide," said study co-author Corinne Peek-Asa. She is a professor of occupation...

  • Secondhand Smoke Still Plagues Some Cancer Survivors

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Secondhand Smoke Still Plagues Some Cancer Survivors THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of nonsmoking cancer survivors exposed to secondhand smoke is down significantly in the United States, but it's too soon to breathe easy. A new review of federal data on nearly 700 nonsmoking adult cancer survivors found 15.7 percent reporting exposure to secondhand smoke in 2011-2012, down from nearly 40 percent in 1999-2000. However, exposure rates were higher among those with a history of smoki...

  • Sticky Brain 'Plaques' Implicated in Alzheimer's Again

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    Sticky Brain 'Plaques' Implicated in Alzheimer's Again TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with evidence of "plaques" in the brain are more likely to see their memory and thinking skills wane over the next few years, a new study finds. Researchers said the results bolster a long-held theory: The buildup of abnormal proteins in the brain signals an early stage of Alzheimer's disease. It's been known for years that in people with Alzheimer's, the brain accumulates abnormal protein depo...

  • Stay Safe as Summer Temps Soar

    Posted: 06/21/2017

    Stay Safe as Summer Temps Soar MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the first major heat wave of the season has much of the eastern United States sizzling, people need to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, an emergency doctor says. Hot temperatures and high humidity are likely from the shores of New England through the Great Plains. Temperatures could reach into the 90s for days, according to The Weather Channel . In some areas, record high temperatures set in the 1800s could be broke...

  • Sharp Eyes Can Make Soccer Players Sharp Shooters

    Posted: 06/20/2017

    Sharp Eyes Can Make Soccer Players Sharp Shooters FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ever wonder why elite soccer players can seemingly thread the eye of a needle with their passes and shots? According to a new study, competitive players have much better vision than people who aren't athletes. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University in England assessed 49 soccer players from a professional English Premier League, 31 university soccer players, and 230 healthy non-athletes. The volunteers we...

  • Special Brain Scans May Predict Autism in High-Risk Babies

    Posted: 06/18/2017

    Special Brain Scans May Predict Autism in High-Risk Babies WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say a special type of MRI may someday help doctors predict which high-risk babies might develop autism in their toddler years. Known as functional connectivity MRI (fcMRI), the scan gives a peek at how different regions of the brain work together. As it turns out, certain areas that are connected also seem linked to autism risk, the researchers said. The fcMRI allowed the researchers to acc...