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  • People With Epilepsy May Gain From Common Sleep Apnea Treatment

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    People With Epilepsy May Gain From Common Sleep Apnea Treatment SATURDAY, Dec. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's been used by many people to help ease sleep apnea, but new research suggests the CPAP mask may also help ease seizures in people with epilepsy. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) involves wearing an airflow mask over the nose or mouth each night, to help keep the back of the throat open for better breathing. Many people with epilepsy often have sleep apnea, the researchers said. In fac...

  • Patients OK With Fewer Opioids After Gallbladder Surgery

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Patients OK With Fewer Opioids After Gallbladder Surgery WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Far fewer opioid painkillers are needed than thought for people who have their gallbladder removed, a new study suggests. Not only was pain still controlled in these patients following surgery, but the conservative prescribing strategy could help combat the opioid crisis in the United States, the researchers noted. Prescription opioid painkillers include drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin. "Fo...

  • Powerful Clot-Busting Drugs Not Useful After Leg Blockages: Study

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Powerful Clot-Busting Drugs Not Useful After Leg Blockages: Study THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a challenge to current medical practice, new research suggests the use of powerful clot-busting drugs in people with dangerous leg clots may not be routinely warranted. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) - the development of a clot in the lower legs - can prove deadly, since the clot can travel to the heart and lungs. DVTs are commonly referred to as "economy class syndrome," after cases were reported...

  • Preventing Childhood Accidents at Home

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Preventing Childhood Accidents at Home FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As a parent, you may worry most about your kids when they aren't with you. But many of the falls that send a million children to the ER each year happen at home. Plenty of these accidents involve falls from beds, chairs, baby walkers, bouncers, changing tables and high chairs. Some of these injuries are minor cuts and scrapes, but nearly 60 percent involve a bang to the head and 14 percent involve a bone fracture. Many falls...

  • Postmenopausal Women Should Still Steer Clear of HRT: Task Force

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Postmenopausal Women Should Still Steer Clear of HRT: Task Force TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Yet again, the nation's leading authority on preventive medicine says postmenopausal women should avoid hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is standing by its original recommendation that women who have already gone through menopause should avoid using female hormones to guard against osteoporosis or diabetes, said task force chairman Dr. David Grossman, a se...

  • Pot May Alter Brain Function of Some With HIV

    Posted: 12/06/2017

    Pot May Alter Brain Function of Some With HIV MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using marijuana when you have HIV could lead to problems with brain function if you also abuse alcohol or drugs, a new study finds. "People with HIV infection have many reasons to have cognitive dysfunction, from the virus itself to medications for HIV infection and related conditions, particularly as they age," said lead researcher Richard Saitz. He's a professor and chair of community health sciences at Boston Univ...

  • Prep, Patience Help Keep the Family Peace at Thanksgiving

    Posted: 12/03/2017

    Prep, Patience Help Keep the Family Peace at Thanksgiving TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to keep things peaceful when your family gathers for Thanksgiving? It's possible. "There are a lot of reasons why your emotions might be a bit more on edge during a holiday family gathering," said Dr. Alex Kowalski, an assistant professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Rowan University in Stratford, N.J. "But by adding a pinch of preparation and a dash of patience, you can turn a long week...

  • Preventing Sports Injuries

    Posted: 11/29/2017

    Preventing Sports Injuries THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Simple steps can help keep you from being sidelined by a sports injury. First, make it a rule to bookend every workout with a warm-up and a cool-down. The warm-up is meant to increase your heart rate and blood flow to muscles. Start with some light cardio, like brisk walking, for your warm-up. After 3 to 10 minutes, focus on increasing flexibility in the muscles you'll use during your workout by stretching them through a full range o...

  • Poor Prognosis for Diabetic Foot Sores

    Posted: 11/29/2017

    Poor Prognosis for Diabetic Foot Sores FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research underscores the need for early treatment of diabetic foot ulcers to guard against infection. Foot ulcers are open wounds that develop because of diabetes-related damage to the nerves of blood vessels in the feet. They're prone to infection and heal slowly. Researchers at the University of Leeds in England evaluated nearly 300 patients with infected foot ulcers. They found that 17 percent needed part or all of t...

  • Psychedelic Amazonian Drug Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism

    Posted: 11/26/2017

    Psychedelic Amazonian Drug Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests. Ayahuasca is a brew made from a combination of Amazonian plants, including the Psychotria viridis bush and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, said study author Will Lawn. "It is thought to have been used for several hundred years by indigenous people in the Amazon,"...