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  • IVF Won't Raise Risk for Breast Cancer

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    IVF Won't Raise Risk for Breast Cancer TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) to boost their odds of having a baby aren't at increased risk of breast cancer, according to Dutch researchers. Their study of more than 25,000 women found no "significant increase in the long-term risk of breast cancer among women treated with these IVF regimens." A fertility expert believes the findings will ease patients' concerns. "As the number of women undergoing IVF con...

  • Implant Proves Effective at Combating Opioid Dependence

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Implant Proves Effective at Combating Opioid Dependence TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Addicts are twice as likely to kick their dependence on heroin or prescription painkillers if they receive a new long-acting implant rather than a daily treatment pill, a new clinical trial shows. The implant, sold under the name Probuphine, is placed in the upper arm of recovering addicts and releases a steady six-month dose of buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is an anti-addiction drug designed to combat the ...

  • Is Surgery Always Needed for Meniscal Tears of the Knee?

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Is Surgery Always Needed for Meniscal Tears of the Knee? WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A meniscal tear is a common and disabling knee injury affecting many Americans at some point in their lives. Now, new research suggests that in many cases, exercise may work just as well as surgery to heal the condition in middle-aged people. Meniscal tears occur when damage is done to the rubbery discs that cushion the knee joint. According to the European research team, about 2 million people worldwid...

  • Is Binge-Watching Hazardous to Your Health?

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Is Binge-Watching Hazardous to Your Health? MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Binge-watchers, beware: Too much time in front of the TV could boost your risk of death from a blood clot in the lung, researchers warn. A lung blood clot (pulmonary embolism) typically begins as a clot in the leg or pelvis that develops due to inactivity and reduced blood flow. The clot can break free and travel to a lung and lodge in a small blood vessel, posing a serious threat. This new study included more than 86,...

  • Induced Labor Won't Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Induced Labor Won't Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inducing labor won't raise a pregnant woman's risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests. "These findings should provide reassurance to women who are about to give birth, that having their labor induced will not increase their child's risk of developing autism spectrum disorders," said senior researcher Dr. Brian Bateman. He's an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and ...

  • Is Swimming Safe in Areas With the Freshwater 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba?

    Posted: 07/22/2016

    Is Swimming Safe in Areas With the Freshwater 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba? THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The headlines are terrifying, and the story details are even worse as you read about a child who goes for a swim in a lake or river and then falls prey to a "brain-eating amoeba." The brain infection brought on by Naegleria fowleri , an amoeba that flourishes in warm open waters, can quickly prove fatal, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As disturbing as these ...

  • If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study

    Posted: 07/20/2016

    If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests. "The magnitude of the increased risk surprised us -- it really is a potent factor," said senior study author Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski. She is associate director of precision health with the University of California, San Francisco's Preterm Birth Initiat...

  • Insurance Mandates Boost U.S. Autism Diagnoses

    Posted: 07/19/2016

    Insurance Mandates Boost U.S. Autism Diagnoses MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. children are getting diagnosed and treated for autism in states that require commercial health insurers to cover these services, a new study finds. But countless more kids with undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder still aren't receiving needed medical attention, said researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. "These are encouraging findings," said study lea...

  • Innovative Trials Produce Promising Breast Cancer Drugs

    Posted: 07/17/2016

    Innovative Trials Produce Promising Breast Cancer Drugs THURSDAY, July 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An innovative set of clinical trials have identified two drugs that could provide a fighting chance for women with advanced breast cancer. The drugs, neratinib and veliparib, both appear effective in helping women diagnosed with stage 2 or 3 breast cancer, researchers report. These are the first two drugs to come out of the I-SPY clinical trials, a research effort intended to streamline drug testing by bet...

  • Is U.S. Government Subsidizing Fattening Foods?

    Posted: 07/13/2016

    Is U.S. Government Subsidizing Fattening Foods? TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans get more than half of their daily calories from seven farm foods that are subsidized by the U.S. government, but a new study suggests those subsidies may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. The problem, according to the researchers: The biggest consumers of such food products are also much more likely to be obese, and to struggle with high cholesterol, high inflammation levels or high blood sugar. Th...