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  • Long-Term Health Effects of Atom Bomb on Japan Not as Bad as Feared: Study

    Posted: 08/18/2016

    Long-Term Health Effects of Atom Bomb on Japan Not as Bad as Feared: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The long-term health effects of the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II were not as severe as many people had thought, a new report contends. Bertrand Jordan, a molecular biologist in France, analyzed more than 60 years of medical research on about 177,000 survivors and their children, as well as 20,000 people who were not exposed to...

  • Lack of Pharmacy Access May Send Some Seniors Back to Hospital

    Posted: 08/11/2016

    Lack of Pharmacy Access May Send Some Seniors Back to Hospital THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Limited access to pharmacies may be one reason hospital readmission is more common among older patients in rural, remote or smaller communities, a new study suggests. Hospital readmissions in the United States cost $17 billion a year and are a serious problem, according to researchers from Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University. They analyzed data from patients aged 65 an...

  • Lots of Red Meat, an Earlier Grave?

    Posted: 08/10/2016

    Lots of Red Meat, an Earlier Grave? MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you turn to red meat as your main source of protein, you could be shortening your life, a new study suggests. People who get more of their protein from plant sources have an overall lower risk of dying early than those who consume a lot of animal protein, the researchers said. However, not all animal proteins carry the same level of risk, said lead researcher Dr. Mingyang Song. He is a nutrition research fellow with the Harv...

  • Later Start, Finish to Menstruation May Extend Women's Lives

    Posted: 08/08/2016

    Later Start, Finish to Menstruation May Extend Women's Lives WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women whose periods begin later and who experience menopause later in life are more likely to live to be 90, new research suggests. "Our study found that women who started menstruation at age 12 or older, experienced menopause, either naturally or surgically, at age 50 or older and had more than 40 reproductive years had increased odds of living to 90 years old," said study author Aladdin Shadyab. H...

  • Lack of Fitness Second Only to Smoking as Predictor of Early Death: Study

    Posted: 08/08/2016

    Lack of Fitness Second Only to Smoking as Predictor of Early Death: Study WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Poor physical fitness ranks right behind smoking as leading risk factors for an early death, new long-term research suggests. Analyzing nearly 800 men starting at midlife, Swedish scientists also found that each measurable increase in fitness levels translated into a 21 percent lower risk of death over 45 years of follow-up. "Fitness in middle age is of importance for mortality risk for...

  • Little Threat of Zika Spread From Rio Olympics: Study

    Posted: 08/04/2016

    Little Threat of Zika Spread From Rio Olympics: Study MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Travelers and competitors at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil are not likely to contract the Zika virus during their stay or bring it back to their home countries, Yale University experts contend in a new report. Fear of the mosquito-borne virus has led some athletes to skip the games, which start Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro. U.S. cyclist Tejay van Garderen withdrew from Olympic consideration because of the pote...

  • Luteinizing Hormone (Blood)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Luteinizing Hormone (Blood) Does this test have other names? LH What is this test? This test measures the level of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your blood. LH is made by your pituitary gland. In women, the pituitary sends out LH during the ovulation part of the menstrual cycle. This tells the ovaries to release a mature egg. In men, LH causes the testes to make testosterone. This test can help find out the cause of fertility problems in both men and women. A higher LH level can help a woman find out the ...

  • Lupus Anticoagulant

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Lupus Anticoagulant Does this test have other names? LA, Lupus Anticoagulant Panel, Lupus Inhibitor, LA Sensitive PTT, PTT-LA, Dilute Russell Viper Venom Test, DRVVT, Modified Russell Viper Venom Test, MRVVT What is this test? This is a special blood test to find out if your body is making certain antibodies or proteins that cause you to have a blood-clotting disorder. It does not mean you have lupus, specific type of autoimmune disorder. Antibodies are proteins in the blood that help you fight off fore...

  • Lecithin-Sphingomyelin Ratio (Amniotic Fluid)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Lecithin-Sphingomyelin Ratio (Amniotic Fluid) Does this test have other names? L/S ratio What is this test? This test measures the amount of two substances, lecithin and sphingomyelin, that are found in the amniotic fluid during pregnancy. The two substances are surfactants. These are chemicals made by the lungs that let them to work properly. Without surfactants, the small air sacs in your lungs (alveoli) would collapse, preventing oxygen from entering the bloodstream. In the last 3 months of pregnancy...

  • Lipoprotein(a) Cholesterol

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Lipoprotein(a) Cholesterol Does this test have other names? Cholesterol Lp(a), Lp(a) What is this test? This test measures the level of lipoprotein (a), or Lp(a), in your blood. Lipoproteins are made of protein and fat. They carry cholesterol through your blood. Lp(a) is a type of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL ("bad") cholesterol. High levels of Lp(a) can create plaque. This is a buildup of cholesterol that limits blood flow through your arteries. A high level of Lp(a) can be a sign of cholesterol-rel...