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  • Depressed Back Pain Patients Often Get Opioids

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Depressed Back Pain Patients Often Get Opioids WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses, a new study finds. Low back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States and the most common reason for opioid prescriptions, the researchers said. "There is strong evidence that depressed patients are at greater risk for misuse and overdose of opioids," said study senior author...

  • Do Older Dads Produce Brainy Boys?

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Do Older Dads Produce Brainy Boys? WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that might bring older Dads some peace of mind about their sons' future job prospects, a new study shows these kids are more likely to be "geeks." Previous research has shown children of older fathers have higher odds of autism and schizophrenia, but this study highlights the benefits of being the son of an older dad. "We have known for a while about the negative consequences of advanced paternal age, but now we...

  • Depression Can Slow Hospital Patients' Recovery: Study

    Posted: 06/20/2017

    Depression Can Slow Hospital Patients' Recovery: Study FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression affects about one-third of hospital patients and could slow their recovery, researchers report. Their review of 20 studies on depression screening in hospitals showed that 33 percent of patients had symptoms of depression. Patients with depression are less likely to take their medications and keep all recommended appointments after leaving the hospital, potentially leading to longer hospital stays ...

  • Do You Have 'Social Jet Lag?'

    Posted: 06/18/2017

    Do You Have 'Social Jet Lag?' WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you tend to keep to a regular sleep schedule during the week, but then turn into a late-night party animal on the weekends, you may be risking your health, new research suggests. Sleep experts call this sleep pattern "social jet lag," a mismatch between your body's biological clock and your actual sleep pattern due to social activities. In the new study, researchers found the pattern is linked with heart disease, depression and...

  • Dark Skin No Shield From Deadly Skin Cancer

    Posted: 06/13/2017

    Dark Skin No Shield From Deadly Skin Cancer FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to what many believe, dark skin doesn't offer protection against deadly melanomas, an expert warns. This type of skin cancer can be affected by genetics and is far more likely to develop on sun-protected areas of the body in blacks, Hispanics and even Asians, according to researcher Dr. Arthur Rhodes. He's director of the Melanoma Surveillance Clinic at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. "The misconcept...

  • Drug Helps Fight Breast Tumors Tied to 'Cancer Genes'

    Posted: 06/13/2017

    Drug Helps Fight Breast Tumors Tied to 'Cancer Genes' SUNDAY, June 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A twice-daily pill could help some advanced breast cancer patients avoid or delay follow-up sessions of chemotherapy, a new clinical trial reports. The drug olaparib (Lynparza) reduced the chances of cancer progression by about 42 percent in women with breast cancer linked to BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, according to the study. Olaparib delayed cancer progression by about three months. The drug also caused ...

  • Deciding If Double Knee Replacement Is Right for You

    Posted: 06/13/2017

    Deciding If Double Knee Replacement Is Right for You FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients deciding whether to have a double knee replacement must carefully consider the pros and cons, an orthopedic surgeon says. "Many people want to have a double knee replacement because they feel they can get it over with faster since there's one surgery, one hospital stay and one course of rehabilitation," said Dr. Geoffrey Westrich. Called a "bilateral procedure," double knee replacement enables people w...

  • Drug Xeloda Prolongs Survival for Some Breast Cancer Patients

    Posted: 06/11/2017

    Drug Xeloda Prolongs Survival for Some Breast Cancer Patients WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A drug called Xeloda can extend the lives of some women whose breast cancer is not wiped out by standard treatment, a new clinical trial finds. Oncologists said the results are "practice-changing." "This drug is already approved, and we've been using it for a long time in cancer treatment," said Dr. Stephen Malamud, an oncologist at Mount Sinai in New York City. Xeloda (capecitabine) is a pill, so i...

  • Does Dad Time With Infants Boost Babies' IQ?

    Posted: 06/08/2017

    Does Dad Time With Infants Boost Babies' IQ? TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a new father, spending plenty of time with your baby could boost his or her mental development, a new study suggests. British researchers looked at how 128 fathers interacted with their infants at 3 months of age. When the kids turned 2, the researchers measured their mental development. Infants whose fathers were more engaged and active when playing with them in their first few months of life did better on ...

  • Diesel Pollution May Damage the Heart

    Posted: 06/07/2017

    Diesel Pollution May Damage the Heart FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pollution from diesel engines may cause heart damage, a British study suggests. "There is strong evidence that particulate matter emitted mainly from diesel road vehicles is associated with increased risk of heart attack, heart failure and death," said lead author Dr. Nay Aung, a cardiologist and research fellow at Queen Mary University of London. Aung's team reviewed data from more than 4,200 people in the United Kingdom. Th...