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  • Excess Weight Tied to Higher Risk for Many Cancers, Experts Say

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Excess Weight Tied to Higher Risk for Many Cancers, Experts Say WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Staying slim throughout your life might lower your risk of developing at least eight types of cancer, an international cancer research group says. Those include cancers of the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, ovary and thyroid. The list also includes a form of brain cancer known as meningioma, as well as a type of blood cancer called multiple myeloma. What's more, the latest research builds...

  • Early Virus Raises Asthma Risk in Certain Kids: Study

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Early Virus Raises Asthma Risk in Certain Kids: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A common genetic variation significantly boosts the odds of asthma in children who've had a severe respiratory illness at a young age, researchers report. "Our findings suggest that genetic influences on asthma might be more pronounced in the context of early life environmental exposures, especially viral respiratory infections," said Dr. Rajesh Kumar, an allergist at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He ...

  • Even a Little Exercise May Help Stave Off Dementia

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Even a Little Exercise May Help Stave Off Dementia FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Couch potatoes have a higher risk of developing dementia in old age, a new study reports. Seniors who get little to no exercise have a 50 percent greater risk of dementia compared with those who regularly take part in moderate or heavy amounts of physical activity, the researchers found. Moderate physical activity can include walking briskly, bicycling slower than 10 miles an hour, ballroom dancing or gardening,...

  • Experimental Test Detects Parkinson's Disease Earlier

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Experimental Test Detects Parkinson's Disease Earlier MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists appear to have moved a step closer to developing a test that can detect Parkinson's disease in the early stages. The researchers developed a technique to identify a Parkinson's-associated molecule in spinal fluid samples from patients. In experiments, the technique accurately identified 19 of 20 samples from Parkinson's patients, plus three samples from people at risk for the disease, the study aut...

  • Early to Bed, Early to Rise a Back-to-School Challenge

    Posted: 08/29/2016

    Early to Bed, Early to Rise a Back-to-School Challenge FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's time to start getting children and teens into their school-year sleep routine, an expert says. School-aged children need nine to 12 hours of sleep a night, according to sleep specialist Dr. Susan Manganaro. And teens need eight to 10 hours. "It may take a few weeks for your child to get adjusted to an earlier bedtime," said Manganaro, an assistant professor of pediatric neurology at Stony Brook Universi...

  • Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall in U.S.: Study

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall in U.S.: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Diagnoses of early prostate cancer continue to decline in the United States, following the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation against routine screening for the disease, researchers report. The screening involves a blood test that identifies levels of PSA (prostate specific antigen), a protein produced by the prostate gland. That test can determine when cancer exists, but it often w...

  • Ear Tube Insertion

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Ear Tube Insertion What is an ear tube insertion? Eardrums are thin pieces of tissue deep in your child's ears. The space behind the eardrum is called the middle ear. It is connected to the back of the nose by a tube. This tube is called the eustachian tube. It allows air to fill this space and fluid to drain from the middle ear. But sometimes these tubes don’t work well. This may be from allergies, infections like colds, or enlarged adenoids. Adenoids are soft tissue behind the nose that helps your chi...

  • Evaluation for Bariatric Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Evaluation for Bariatric Surgery What is bariatric surgery? There are several different bariatric surgical procedures which help you lose weight. Bariatric surgery is a type of surgery to help you lose weight. It is an option for some people who are obese and have not been able to lose weight with other methods. Your healthcare provider might discuss bariatric surgery with you if you are obese, or if you are overweight and have a health problem such as diabetes. Diabetes and certain other health problem...

  • Epidural Corticosteroid Injections

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Epidural Corticosteroid Injections What is an epidural corticosteroid injection? In the simplest of terms, an epidural corticosteroid (steroid) injection is a way to deliver pain medicine quickly into the body with a syringe. The medicine is injected into the epidural area. This is a fat-filled area that covers the spinal cord to protect it and the surrounding nerves from damage. Sometimes pain relief is short term. Other times the benefits continue for some time. Why might I need an epidural steroid in...

  • Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery What is endoscopic endonasal surgery? Endoscopic endonasal surgery is a minimally invasive technique that allows a surgeon to go through the nose to operate on areas at the front of the brain and the top of the spine. A thin tube called an endoscope is thread through your nose and sinuses, giving your surgeon access to parts of your brain that would be difficult to reach using traditional surgical approaches and often require large incisions and removal of parts of the skull...