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  • Waiting Even a Month to Remove Melanoma Can Be Deadly

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    Waiting Even a Month to Remove Melanoma Can Be Deadly TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The sooner the deadly skin cancer melanoma is treated, the more likely a patient is to survive. Researchers analyzed data from more than 153,000 American adults diagnosed with stage 1 to 3 melanoma between 2004 and 2012. No matter what stage their cancer was, those who waited more than 90 days for surgical treatment were more likely to die. And postponing surgery for more than 29 days led to lower survival ra...

  • What Really Works to Fight a Stubborn Cough?

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    What Really Works to Fight a Stubborn Cough? WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for a cough remedy this cold season, you might be out of luck. Nothing has been proven to work that well, according to a new report from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). After reviewing clinical trials testing everything from cough syrups to zinc, an ACCP panel came to some less-than-positive conclusions: Over-the-counter medicines -- including cold and cough products and anti-infla...

  • Will This Year's Flu Shot Be as Weak as Last Season's?

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    Will This Year's Flu Shot Be as Weak as Last Season's? WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of people came down with influenza last year despite getting a flu shot -- and researchers can't promise this season's vaccine will be any more effective. Last year's shot was only 20 percent to 30 percent effective because it was grown in eggs, according to the authors of a new report. The egg process is not unusual. But a mutation in the predominant flu virus, called influenza A H3N2, limited the va...

  • Weighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    Weighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best. The study found that too much or even too little weight increases an expectant mom's risk for severe illnesses and death. "Not only for baby's sake, but also for your own sake, have a healthy diet and get regular exercise before pregnancy," said study lead author Dr. ...

  • With Stress and Trauma Come Excess Weight

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    With Stress and Trauma Come Excess Weight TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if weathering a stressful event isn't tough enough, new research shows these episodes might even widen a woman's waistline. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 22,000 middle-aged and older women. The goal: to assess the relationship between obesity and traumatic events -- such as the death of a child or being a victim of a serious physical attack -- as well as negative events, for example, long-term unemployment or b...

  • Why a Headache Feels So Draining

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    Why a Headache Feels So Draining WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For many people, nothing's more draining than a throbbing headache or toothache. Scientists now think they know why. In experiments with mice, researchers at Duke University found that sensory neurons in the head and face are directly linked to one of the brain's main emotional signaling hubs. Sensory neurons in other parts of the body are only indirectly linked to this hub. The findings could lead to more effective treatments...

  • What It Takes to Get Teens Moving

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    What It Takes to Get Teens Moving SATURDAY, Nov. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with friends are active teens, a new study suggests. "You can build beautiful parks and facilities; but if children don't have friends to play with, these facilities won't be enough to increase their physical activity," said study lead author Sarah-Jeanne Salvy. "Peers and friends are the catalyst of the physical environment," Salvy added. She is an associate professor in the division of preventive medicine at the Univer...

  • West Nile's Long-Term Bite: Impact on Brain May Last Years

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    West Nile's Long-Term Bite: Impact on Brain May Last Years TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with a history of West Nile virus may show symptoms such as muscle weakness or foggy memory years later, a preliminary study suggests. West Nile is a mosquito-transmitted infection that turned up in North America in 1999. Since then, outbreaks have occurred across the United States each summer -- with more than 47,000 reported cases overall, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control a...

  • Why Many Breast Cancer Patients Short-Circuit Their Treatment

    Posted: 11/16/2017

    Why Many Breast Cancer Patients Short-Circuit Their Treatment MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many breast cancer patients skip recommended treatment after surgery because they lack faith in the health care system, a new study indicates. A patient survey found those who reported a general distrust of medical institutions and insurers were more likely to forgo follow-up breast cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation. Trust or distrust of their own doctors did not emer...

  • What Exercise Regimen Is Best for Healthy Weight Loss in Seniors?

    Posted: 11/14/2017

    What Exercise Regimen Is Best for Healthy Weight Loss in Seniors? THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who want to lose weight should hit the weight room while they cut calories, a new study suggests. Older folks who performed resistance training while dieting were able to lose fat but still preserve most of their lean muscle mass, compared with those who walked for exercise, researchers report. "The thought is if you lose too much lean mass, that this will exacerbate risk of disability in...