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  • Transgender's Classification as 'Mental Disorder' Is Outdated, Study Finds

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Transgender's Classification as 'Mental Disorder' Is Outdated, Study Finds TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Being transgender is currently classified as a mental health disorder in the World Health Organization International Classification of Diseases (ICD), but a new study suggests that should change. And, such a change wouldn't be without precedent. The American Psychiatric Association removed gender identity disorder from the latest edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental...

  • Teasing Out Where the Tokers Live

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Teasing Out Where the Tokers Live TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you smoke pot might depend on what part of the United States you live in, a new survey suggests. Marijuana use by Americans is highest in the West and lowest in the South, according to a federal government report that also examined people's beliefs about the risk of harms associated with the drug. Among people 12 and older, rates of marijuana use in the past month were close to 10 percent in the West and slightly over 6...

  • Too Much Red Meat Might Harm Kidneys, Study Suggests

    Posted: 07/21/2016

    Too Much Red Meat Might Harm Kidneys, Study Suggests THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating red meat may boost the risk for kidney failure, but swapping even one daily serving of red meat for another protein may reduce the risk, a large study from Singapore suggests. Red meat intake -- in this case, mostly pork -- was strongly associated with an increased risk of end-stage renal disease, the loss of normal kidney function. The relationship was also "dose dependent" -- meaning the higher the ...

  • Toys Remain Viral Playground for 24 Hours

    Posted: 07/13/2016

    Toys Remain Viral Playground for 24 Hours TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You probably keep your kids away from playmates who cough or sneeze. But how much thought do you give to toys at the doctor's office or day care? A new study finds toys help spread the flu and other viruses because germs can survive on plastic surfaces for as many as 24 hours, a new study shows. "People don't really think about getting viruses from inanimate objects," said study author Richard Bearden II, of Georgia Stat...

  • Testosterone Therapy May Boost Older Men's Sex Lives

    Posted: 07/07/2016

    Testosterone Therapy May Boost Older Men's Sex Lives WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aging men who are losing their sexual pep can receive a love-life boost from testosterone replacement therapy, according to results from the largest "low-T" clinical trial to date. Older men treated with testosterone gel experienced a moderate but significant improvement in their sex drive, sexual activity and erectile function compared to men given a placebo gel, said lead researcher Dr. Glenn Cunningham. ...

  • The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates?

    Posted: 07/06/2016

    The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates? TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- States typically raised the minimum drinking age to lower drunk driving rates, but a new study suggests the move could have other health benefits. Researchers say states that prevent people younger than 21 from buying alcohol may also curb deaths from chronic alcohol-related health issues, such as liver disease and certain cancers. The finding wasn't a surprise for one expert in substance abuse treatment....

  • Type of Disease May Dictate End-of-Life Care

    Posted: 07/06/2016

    Type of Disease May Dictate End-of-Life Care MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have cancer or dementia tend to receive more end-of-life care than those dying from other conditions, a new study of Veteran Affairs hospitals finds. The study also found that fewer cancer and dementia patients died in intensive care units, because these patients had more palliative care and end-of-life planning, such as do-not-resuscitate orders, than people with other serious illnesses. Those other illn...

  • Those Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance

    Posted: 07/05/2016

    Those Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who learn to stand up relatively early may also do a bit better with attention, memory and learning by the time they are preschoolers, a new study suggests. Experts have known that significant delays in reaching movement "milestones" -- such as crawling, standing and walking -- are a sign that a baby may go on to have developmental disabilities. But the new study found a pattern even among babies who...

  • Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. laws designed to curb abuse of opioid painkillers haven't reduced misuse or overdoses by disabled Medicare beneficiaries, a new study suggests. Between 2006 and 2012, states enacted 81 laws to control use of powerful opioids such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. But even with these new prescription-drug monitoring programs and other regulations, researchers found that 45 percent of disabled Medicare beneficiaries...

  • Time Zone Changes Give Edge to Athletes From West

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Time Zone Changes Give Edge to Athletes From West FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Traveling across several time zones can be draining for anyone. So, how do professional athletes manage to turn around and compete in games after traveling from one coast to another? Apparently, not always that well, a new study says. And that's especially true when teams are traveling from an earlier time zone to a later one. When professional sports teams in North America travel west to east, they have a higher...