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  • For Cancer Patients in the ER, Delirium Linked to Poor Outcomes

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    For Cancer Patients in the ER, Delirium Linked to Poor Outcomes WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Advanced cancer patients diagnosed with delirium in the emergency department are more likely to be hospitalized and to die earlier than those without delirium, a new study finds. Researchers looked at nearly 250 people with advanced cancer who were seen in the emergency department at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. According to the investigators, 44 of the patients (1...

  • For Drivers, Hands-free Can Still Be a Handful

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    For Drivers, Hands-free Can Still Be a Handful THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With many states having laws about not using handheld cellphones while driving, it's no wonder that 75 percent of drivers think that hands-free technology is safe to use. But according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the complex voice-activated systems found in more and more new cars can distract you even more than talking on your cell. Done in conjunction with the University of Utah, the researchers loo...

  • Flip-flops: Fun in the Sun, but Tough on Feet

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Flip-flops: Fun in the Sun, but Tough on Feet SATURDAY, July 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans love flip-flops -- just slip them on, and you're out the door. But, the unstructured footwear can cause problems, one expert says. "This time of year I frequently see patients with foot conditions related to wearing flip-flops," Dr. Christina Long, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release. "Wearing flip-flops is better than going barefoot...

  • For Holocaust Survivors, Raised Risk of Cancer

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    For Holocaust Survivors, Raised Risk of Cancer MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Holocaust survivors face an increased risk for cancer, a new study finds. The study included more than 152,600 survivors of the World War II genocide who were followed for more than 45 years. The researchers compared whether these survivors received compensation for their suffering and whether they were born in Nazi-occupied countries. Cancer was diagnosed in 22 percent of compensated survivors and 16 percent of the...

  • Fatal First-Time Heart Attacks More Common in Blacks: Study

    Posted: 07/19/2017

    Fatal First-Time Heart Attacks More Common in Blacks: Study MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black adults are more likely than whites to die of a first heart attack, a new analysis suggests. Two out of three major heart studies reviewed, involving more than 28,000 people, found black men between the ages of 45 and 64 were twice as likely to die of a first heart attack as white men. Older blacks were also more likely than whites to die of a first heart attack, but the difference was smaller. Hea...

  • Fewer Heart Failure Patients Dying of Cardiac Arrest

    Posted: 07/18/2017

    Fewer Heart Failure Patients Dying of Cardiac Arrest THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure patients are much less likely now to die from sudden cardiac arrest, new research shows. Rates of sudden death from heart failure have declined by nearly half over the past two decades, according to data gathered from a dozen separate clinical trials. Better heart medications used in effective combinations are extending the lives of people with heart failure, said senior study author Dr. John Mc...

  • For Many, Friends Are Key to Happiness in Old Age

    Posted: 07/11/2017

    For Many, Friends Are Key to Happiness in Old Age THURSDAY, July 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As you age, the friends you keep wield an ever-greater impact on your health and sense of happiness, new research reveals. They may even outstrip family in terms of the sway they have over you, according to the pair of new studies. Lead investigator William Chopik cited several reasons why friendships might pack a bigger punch than blood relationships when it comes to influencing health and well-being. "We spen...

  • Force, Frequency of Head Hits Jump as Young Football Players Get Older

    Posted: 07/09/2017

    Force, Frequency of Head Hits Jump as Young Football Players Get Older TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As kids who play football get older, head hits during play become more frequent and harder, researchers report. "Our findings clearly show a trend of head impact exposure increasing with increasing level of play," said study author Jillian Urban, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest School of Medicine. The finding is based on a comparison of head impact frequency a...

  • Fewer Americans Hospitalized for Heart Failure

    Posted: 07/09/2017

    Fewer Americans Hospitalized for Heart Failure TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds. Between 2002 and 2013, heart failure hospitalizations fell by 30 percent nationwide, the study found. At the same time, disparities between whites and Hispanics closed. By 2013, the hospitalization rate for Hispanic adults was just 6 percent higher than for whites -- do...

  • Fewer U.S. Kids Binge Drinking

    Posted: 07/05/2017

    Fewer U.S. Kids Binge Drinking FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new federal report finds that fewer U.S. teens and young adults are indulging in frat-party style drinking because their levels of binge drinking have gone down over the past six years. But not all teens and young adults are forgoing extra drinks. Fourteen percent of young people from 12 to 20 years old reported binge drinking at least once within the past four weeks. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on one occasi...