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  • Overweight Boys Face Higher Colon Cancer Risk as Adults

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Overweight Boys Face Higher Colon Cancer Risk as Adults FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight boys may be more likely to develop colon cancer later in life, but losing weight might lower that risk, Danish researchers say. Although earlier studies have suggested that overweight children run a higher risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer as adults, it had been less clear what effect weight loss might have on this risk. "These results highlight the importance of weight management in child...

  • Overcrowded ERs Risky for Some Seriously Ill Patients

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Overcrowded ERs Risky for Some Seriously Ill Patients SUNDAY, May 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with the potentially life-threatening infection complication known as sepsis are less likely to receive immediate antibiotic treatment in overcrowded emergency departments, researchers say. "Prompt initiation of appropriate antibiotics is the cornerstone of high-quality sepsis care, a fact emphasized in Medicare quality measures and international guidelines," said the study's lead author, Dr. Ithan Pelt...

  • Obamacare a Win-Win for Poorer Adults: Study

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Obamacare a Win-Win for Poorer Adults: Study WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low-income Americans have gained access to medical care and improved their health under the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansions, a new study says. "With Congress debating major changes to the Affordable Care Act, especially for people on Medicaid and with pre-existing conditions, it's critical for policymakers to understand what's at risk. Our study shows that the ACA continues to improve medical care and heal...

  • Odds for C-Section May Depend on Hospital

    Posted: 05/23/2017

    Odds for C-Section May Depend on Hospital TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An expectant mother's biggest risk for undergoing an unnecessary C-section can be the hospital she chooses for the delivery, a new analysis contends. Hospital cesarean, or C-section, rates vary widely across the United States, from a low of 7 percent to a high of 64 percent, the Consumer Reports analysis found. "That kind of variation tells you there is not a standard agreement on how women should be handled during pregn...

  • Opioid Use by Iraq, Afghanistan War Vets Mirrors Rest of U.S.: Study

    Posted: 05/04/2017

    Opioid Use by Iraq, Afghanistan War Vets Mirrors Rest of U.S.: Study THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars use opioid painkillers at rates similar to that of the general population, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed pharmacy claims data from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. They found that 23 percent of these combat veterans were prescribed an opioid in a given year. About two-thirds took them for a short time; the rest took them for lo...

  • Oktoberfest Study Links Boozing to Heart Woes

    Posted: 05/03/2017

    Oktoberfest Study Links Boozing to Heart Woes WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking heavily over a short period of time can significantly boost the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, even in healthy people, new German research suggests. The finding stems from a study done at Munich's Oktoberfest, a long-standing Bavarian beer festival held every autumn. Over a 16-day period in 2015, researchers tracked the heart health and drinking patterns of a group of more than 3,000 men and women. Th...

  • Obesity Quadruples Kids' Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

    Posted: 05/02/2017

    Obesity Quadruples Kids' Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Close to 13 million American children and teens are obese, and new research shows they may be four times more likely than kids with a healthy weight to develop type 2 diabetes by age 25. Between 2002 and 2005, there were 3,600 cases a year of type 2 diabetes among U.S. kids and teens, according to the Endocrine Society's Endocrine Facts and Figures report. A large study of British children produced similar r...

  • Opioid-Related Deaths Might Be Underestimated: CDC

    Posted: 05/02/2017

    Opioid-Related Deaths Might Be Underestimated: CDC TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's prescription drug abuse epidemic may be even more deadly than expected, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests. Some opioid-related deaths may be missed when people die from pneumonia and other infectious diseases spurred on by drug abuse. Their death certificates may only list the infection as the cause of their demise, explained CDC field officer Victoria Hal...

  • Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not Part of Care

    Posted: 04/30/2017

    Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not Part of Care FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid addicts who get their medical care in settings such as primary care offices and hospitals, rather than addiction centers, are 10 times more likely to die than patients without substance abuse disorders, a new study finds. Opioids include powerful prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), as well as illegal drugs such as heroin. U...

  • Obesity May Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Tough to Spot, Track

    Posted: 04/17/2017

    Obesity May Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Tough to Spot, Track MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood tests to diagnose and monitor rheumatoid arthritis may be thrown off by obesity in women, a new study suggests. "Physicians might assume that high levels of inflammation mean that a patient has rheumatoid arthritis or that their rheumatoid arthritis requires more treatment, when in fact a mild increase in levels of inflammation could be due to obesity instead," explained study author Dr. Michael G...