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  • Early Menopause Linked to Higher Heart Disease, Death Risks

    Posted: 09/23/2016

    Early Menopause Linked to Higher Heart Disease, Death Risks THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who enter menopause early may be at greater risk for heart disease and premature death, a new analysis suggests. To reach this conclusion, the Dutch researchers reviewed 32 studies involving more than 300,000 women. The investigators compared women who were younger than 45 at the start of menopause with those who were aged 45 and older when it began. Overall, heart disease risk appeared to be 5...

  • Extreme Preemies May Be at Risk for High Blood Pressure as Adults

    Posted: 09/22/2016

    Extreme Preemies May Be at Risk for High Blood Pressure as Adults THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Very preterm infants -- those born before 29 weeks of pregnancy -- appear to have a bigger risk of high blood pressure in young adulthood, two small, preliminary Canadian studies suggest. In one study, researchers found that the risk for high blood pressure was tied to smaller-than-normal kidneys at birth. A second study by the same researchers found a link between high blood pressure and impai...

  • Experimental Shingles Vaccine Looks Quite Effective: Study

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Experimental Shingles Vaccine Looks Quite Effective: Study WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine against shingles may offer lasting protection for most older adults who receive it, a new clinical trial found. Shingles is a painful rash that's triggered by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. About one-third of Americans develop the disease at some point, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There already is a vaccine again...

  • Early Palliative Care Improves Patients' Quality of Life

    Posted: 09/18/2016

    Early Palliative Care Improves Patients' Quality of Life FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Starting palliative care shortly after a person is diagnosed with incurable cancer helps patients cope and improves their quality of life, a new study shows. It also leads to more discussions about patients' end-of-life care preferences, the researchers added. Palliative care, also called comfort care, is given to improve the quality of life for patients who have a life-threatening disease or terminal illn...

  • Excess Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Slightly Raise Baby's Cerebral Palsy Risk

    Posted: 09/15/2016

    Excess Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Slightly Raise Baby's Cerebral Palsy Risk THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some women who are overweight or obese before pregnancy may face a slight increased risk of having a baby with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests. After reviewing data from two Nordic countries, researchers also found that the risk of cerebral palsy was elevated in infants whose mothers' pre-pregnancy weight was in the upper-normal range. But experts stressed that the overall risks of ...

  • E-Records a Grind for Many Doctors

    Posted: 09/12/2016

    E-Records a Grind for Many Doctors MONDAY, Sept. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The large amount of time spent on electronic health records and other clerical duties may contribute to doctor burnout, a new study suggests. "Time spent in meaningful interactions with patients is a powerful driver of physician career satisfaction, but increased paperwork and time on the computer means less time for direct patient care," said researchers led by Dr. Christine Sinsky, vice president of professional satisfaction ...

  • Ebola May Be Present in Semen for Year or More

    Posted: 09/07/2016

    Ebola May Be Present in Semen for Year or More TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola virus stays present in semen longer than previously thought, and is more likely to be found in older men, researchers report. The deadly virus can be transmitted through semen. Preliminary findings from 429 male Ebola survivors taking part in a national screening program in the African nation of Liberia showed that 9 percent (38) had fragments of Ebola in their semen. Of those 38 men, 63 percent tested positi...

  • Experimental Test Detects Parkinson's Disease Earlier

    Posted: 09/06/2016

    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 Virus Raises Asthma Risk in Certain Kids: Study

    Posted: 09/05/2016

    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: 09/04/2016

    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,...