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  • U.S. Life Expectancy May Rise to Over 80 by 2030

    Posted: 02/27/2017

    U.S. Life Expectancy May Rise to Over 80 by 2030 TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By 2030, American women will live an average of more than 83 years, while men may reach an average of 80, a new study estimates. These figures are up just slightly from current 2010 estimates. Right now, American women live to an average of 81, while men live to an average of 77. But other developed countries are projected to do even better by 2030, according to the study in The Lancet . In fact, after running 21...

  • Unhealthy in Middle Age, Dementia in Old Age?

    Posted: 02/27/2017

    Unhealthy in Middle Age, Dementia in Old Age? WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged men and women at risk for heart disease may also face a higher chance of dementia later in life, a new study suggests. Risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes might boost the odds of dementia almost as much as carrying the gene that raises the risk of Alzheimer's disease, the researchers reported. "Most of these risk factors are treatable or preventable. And it is important to tr...

  • Ultrasound Won't Help Broken Bones Heal, Expert Panel Says

    Posted: 02/27/2017

    Ultrasound Won't Help Broken Bones Heal, Expert Panel Says THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some doctors may order a pricey ultrasound treatment -- low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) -- to help speed the healing of broken bones. But an international panel of experts now says there's little evidence to support the procedure. "We have moderate to high certainty of a lack of benefit for outcomes important to patients, and, combined with the high costs of treatment, LIPUS represents an ineff...

  • U.S. Legislation Boosted Access to Autism Services, With No Added Cost to Families

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    U.S. Legislation Boosted Access to Autism Services, With No Added Cost to Families TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of health care services by children with autism increased modestly in the wake of a U.S. law requiring equal insurance benefits for mental and physical health. But out-of-pocket costs for their families didn't rise, a new study finds. That's exactly what was supposed to happen, said the researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "We found th...

  • U.S. Vaccine Guidelines for Flu, HPV Updated

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    U.S. Vaccine Guidelines for Flu, HPV Updated TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Roll up your sleeves, America. A national advisory panel of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its 2017 advisory for recommended shots affecting adults. This year's advisory revises guidance on seasonal flu shots by eliminating nasal flu vaccines and modifying flu-shot advice for people with egg allergy. It also tweaks recommendations for vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), hepat...

  • Undocumented Immigrants Often Face Tough Health Care Choices

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    Undocumented Immigrants Often Face Tough Health Care Choices MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies offer insights into the medical plights facing undocumented immigrants in the United States. One finds that some hospice programs often refuse to accept these immigrants in the final days of their lives. The other reveals the hardships faced by those suffering from kidney failure who can't get regular dialysis, the study authors said. Dialysis rids the body of toxins when the kidneys don...

  • U.S. Teens Lag on Recommended Vaccinations

    Posted: 02/13/2017

    U.S. Teens Lag on Recommended Vaccinations MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens are less likely than younger children to get all their recommended vaccinations, perhaps putting their long-term health at risk, according to a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. Teens' rates of vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) and the flu are well below the target of 80 percent or higher, according to two reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). "We often find that teenagers don't vis...

  • U.S. Doctors Trained Overseas Have Slightly Better Patient Outcomes

    Posted: 02/12/2017

    U.S. Doctors Trained Overseas Have Slightly Better Patient Outcomes FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Death rates are lower for older Americans treated by doctors trained in other countries than by those who went to a U.S. medical school, a new study reports. That finding held true even though foreign-trained doctors are more likely to care for patients with more chronic health problems. The results of this study should dispel Americans' concerns about the quality of care provided by doctors trai...

  • U.S. High School Kids Abandoning Sweetened Sodas

    Posted: 02/09/2017

    U.S. High School Kids Abandoning Sweetened Sodas THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news when it comes to American teens' diets, with more high school kids saying no to sodas and other sweetened beverages, researchers say. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while just over a third of kids in grades 9 through 12 drank a sweetened beverage each day in 2007, that number had fallen to 20.5 percent by 2015. Still, more can be done to help kid...

  • U.S. Heart Failure Rates on the Rise

    Posted: 02/03/2017

    U.S. Heart Failure Rates on the Rise THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure rates are going up in the United States, according to a new report from the American Heart Association. The same report also said that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, even as the death rate from heart disease is heading down. The number of American adults with heart failure -- in which the heart is too weak to pump blood throughout the body -- rose by 800,000 over five ye...