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  • Millions of Americans Reaping Benefits of Affordable Care Act: Study

    Posted: 08/05/2015

    Millions of Americans Reaping Benefits of Affordable Care Act: Study TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millions more Americans have affordable health insurance, access to a personal doctor and feel they are in better shape following the first two open-enrollment periods of the Affordable Care Act, a new analysis shows. The survey, which involved more than half a million U.S. adults, found that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called Obamacare, has reversed what had been a downward spiral in...

  • Many Young Cancer Patients Unaware of Fertility Preservation Options

    Posted: 08/04/2015

    Many Young Cancer Patients Unaware of Fertility Preservation Options MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many young cancer patients -- especially females -- have limited awareness about options to preserve their fertility, a new study shows. Cancer and cancer treatments may leave some people infertile, making it important for young patients and their doctors to discuss the issue and ways to deal with it, the study published online July 27 in the journal Cancer noted. Researchers gave questionnaire...

  • Medical Marijuana May Pose Risk to Teens, Study Suggests

    Posted: 08/03/2015

    Medical Marijuana May Pose Risk to Teens, Study Suggests FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who have legal permission to use medical marijuana are 10 times more likely to say they're addicted than those who get the drug illegally, a new study shows. University of Michigan researchers looked at nearly 4,400 high school seniors, including 48 who had medical marijuana cards, 266 who used others' medical marijuana and those who bought the drug from street dealers. Teens who used medical marijua...

  • Many Cancer Survivors Who Smoke See Little Benefit to Quitting

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    Many Cancer Survivors Who Smoke See Little Benefit to Quitting THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors who continue to smoke view the habit as less risky than survivors who quit, and they're more likely to spend time with smokers, a new study shows. Researchers from the American Cancer Society also found that these post-cancer smokers are more inclined than others to raise obstacles to quitting. Not smoking is particularly important for people with cancer. These survey findings coul...

  • Mental Illness Afflicts Many Juveniles in Jail

    Posted: 07/29/2015

    Mental Illness Afflicts Many Juveniles in Jail TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalization for mental health problems is far more common among kids behind bars than among children and teens in the general population, a new study finds. Juvenile inmates also have longer hospital stays, which suggests they have more serious underlying mental health problems, according to the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. "We know young people in the juvenile justice system have a dispr...

  • Many Hospitals Overestimate Their Adherence to Stroke Guidelines

    Posted: 07/29/2015

    Many Hospitals Overestimate Their Adherence to Stroke Guidelines WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. hospitals overestimate their ability to provide fast delivery of a clot-busting drug to stroke patients, a new study finds. The drug, called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), has been shown to reduce the short- and long-term effects of stroke. It should be given to ischemic stroke patients within 60 minutes of their arrival at the hospital, according to guidelines. An ischemic stroke...

  • Minds of Older Women Fuzzier After General Anesthesia Than Men's

    Posted: 07/29/2015

    Minds of Older Women Fuzzier After General Anesthesia Than Men's TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older women are much more likely than men to suffer brain dysfunction after surgery with general anesthesia, a new study finds. Researchers who analyzed data from hundreds of older adults in the United States found faster declines in mental function and brain volume for both women and men who had surgery with general anesthesia compared to those who had no surgery. But the long-term decline was mu...

  • Many Don't Tell Docs About Using Alternative Therapies for Pain

    Posted: 07/28/2015

    Many Don't Tell Docs About Using Alternative Therapies for Pain MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans with chronic pain who use alternative therapies -- such as acupuncture -- don't discuss these treatments with their doctors, a new study finds. "Our study confirms that most of our patients with chronic pain are seeking complementary treatments to supplement the care we provide in the primary care setting," lead author Dr. Charles Elder, an affiliate investigator at the Kaiser Permane...

  • Many Older Women Have Active Sex Lives, Study Finds

    Posted: 07/27/2015

    Many Older Women Have Active Sex Lives, Study Finds MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly six in 10 women over the age of 60 who are in committed relationships are sexually active, new research shows. "I wasn't necessarily surprised by the proportion of older women who are sexually active, but maybe others might be," said study author Dr. Holly Thomas, an assistant professor of medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "People assume as women get older, they automatically become se...

  • Magnetic Pulses to Brain May Ease Ringing in the Ears

    Posted: 07/26/2015

    Magnetic Pulses to Brain May Ease Ringing in the Ears FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Magnetic pulses to the brain may provide lasting relief to many people with tinnitus, new research suggests. The nearly 45 million Americans with tinnitus hear a persistent ringing, buzzing, hissing or other sound even when there is no external sound source. Tinnitus can interfere with people's ability to sleep or concentrate, and it is sometimes disabling, the study authors explained. Currently, there are no...