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  • Nuplazid Approved for Parkinson's Hallucinations

    Posted: 05/05/2016

    Nuplazid Approved for Parkinson's Hallucinations MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nuplazid (pimavanserin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease. As many as half of people with Parkinson's may have psychosis that lead to hallucinations and delusions, the agency said in a news release announcing the approval. This can lead to behaviors including difficulty associating with loved ones or the inability to t...

  • New Guidelines Recommend Inpatient Rehab After Stroke

    Posted: 05/05/2016

    New Guidelines Recommend Inpatient Rehab After Stroke WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If possible, people who've had a stroke should be sent directly to inpatient rehabilitation after their hospital discharge. This would be instead of a skilled nursing facility or nursing home, according to new guidelines by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). Inpatient rehabilitation may be part of the hospital. Or, it may be a freestanding facility. Ideally, stroke patients...

  • No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

    Posted: 05/05/2016

    No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking cholesterol-lowering statins right before heart surgery, once touted as a way to prevent common postoperative complications, has no benefit and may even cause harm, a new study suggests. In that setting, Crestor (rosuvastatin) did not prevent either the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation or heart damage, and it was linked to a slightly increased risk of kidney damage, researchers said. "Ther...

  • Night Shift Work May Be Tough on a Woman's Heart

    Posted: 05/04/2016

    Night Shift Work May Be Tough on a Woman's Heart TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who work rotating night shifts may face a slightly increased risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. "We saw a modest increased risk of heart disease associated with longer duration of rotating night shift work, which appears to wane after stopping shift work," said lead researcher Celine Vetter. She is an instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. That increased risk ranged fro...

  • Norovirus a Costly Bug

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    Norovirus a Costly Bug TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The stomach bug norovirus sickens nearly 700 million people worldwide annually and costs health care systems more than $4 billion a year, researchers report. And when lost productivity and other societal costs are included, that price tag jumps to more than $64 billion, the researchers added. The findings are believed to be the first to assess the global economic impact of the highly contagious virus, which is common in both poor and ric...

  • Nipple-Preserving Mastectomies Appear Safe for High-Risk Women: Study

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Nipple-Preserving Mastectomies Appear Safe for High-Risk Women: Study MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preventive breast removal (mastectomy) that preserves the nipple and surrounding skin may be as effective in preventing breast cancer in high-risk women as more invasive surgeries, a new study suggests. The study included 348 women with BRCA genetic mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer. They had preventive nipple-sparing mastectomies between 1968 and 2013. Of those women, 203 had...

  • New Guidelines Issued on Breast, Genital Plastic Surgery for Teen Girls

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    New Guidelines Issued on Breast, Genital Plastic Surgery for Teen Girls FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A growing interest among teenaged girls in plastic surgery on their breasts or genitals has prompted a leading ob/gyn group to recommend that doctors first talk to these young women about "normal" sexual development. "Our membership has been telling us this is coming up more and more frequently with their adolescent patients," said Dr. Julie Strickland. She is chair of the Adolescent Health...

  • No Link Between Anti-Smoking Drugs, Mental Health Issues: Study

    Posted: 05/01/2016

    No Link Between Anti-Smoking Drugs, Mental Health Issues: Study FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-smoking drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Wellbutrin (bupropion) don't appear to raise the risk of serious mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. "Clinical guidelines recommend that the most effective way to give up smoking is smoking cessation medication and counseling. However, smokers do not use these services enough, in part due t...

  • Nagging Your Kids About Weight Might Backfire

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Nagging Your Kids About Weight Might Backfire THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When parents believe their children are overweight -- regardless of whether they are or not -- those kids are likely to gain weight, a new study suggests. "Parental perceptions may be something of a self-fulfilling prophecy," said study co-author Angelina Sutin. She is an assistant professor with the department of behavioral sciences and social medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahasse...

  • Novel E-Skin May Monitor Health, Vital Signs

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Novel E-Skin May Monitor Health, Vital Signs MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a bid to take high-performance wearable electronics to a new level, Japanese researchers have developed an "e-skin" that may be a noninvasive way to monitor patients' health and vital signs. The ultra-thin, flexible film can light up and display numbers or images. It moves easily with the body and is resistant to air and water damage, according to the scientists who created the technology. The electronic skin is l...