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  • Psychiatric Woes Often Drive Euthanasia Requests in Belgium

    Posted: 08/05/2015

    Psychiatric Woes Often Drive Euthanasia Requests in Belgium TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression and personality disorders are common reasons why psychiatric patients in Belgium request help to die due to unbearable suffering, a new study found. Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002, and involves the use of drugs taken by mouth or given intravenously, the researchers explained. They reviewed requests for help to die made by mentally ill patients in the Dutch-speaking region of...

  • Praluent Approved to Treat High Cholesterol

    Posted: 08/04/2015

    Praluent Approved to Treat High Cholesterol MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Praluent (alirocumab) injection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat people with inherited high cholesterol (heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia) or people at risk of heart attack or stroke from high cholesterol derived from foods or produced by the liver. The drug is sanctioned for people who do not benefit enough from improved diet and the use of cholesterol-lowering statins. Low...

  • Patients Have Many Options When Faced With Gallbladder Disease

    Posted: 08/01/2015

    Patients Have Many Options When Faced With Gallbladder Disease THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's only a tiny, bile-producing sac tucked behind your liver, but if your gallbladder goes awry it can spell big health troubles. In fact, more than 725,000 Americans undergo surgery to treat gallbladder disease each year, say a team of experts reporting July 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine . So what to do when gallbladder trouble -- either an inflamed gallbladder or gallstones -- strike...

  • Pain Often Hinders Seniors With Dementia

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    Pain Often Hinders Seniors With Dementia WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly Americans with dementia who live at home may need help managing their pain, a new study suggests. "As a hospice nurse caring for people in their homes, I have seen many patients with dementia who suffer from distressing pain," said study author Lauren Hunt, a physiological nursing Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. "I was motivated to conduct this research study to ...

  • PTSD Symptoms Persist for Thousands of Vietnam Vets, Study Finds

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    PTSD Symptoms Persist for Thousands of Vietnam Vets, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than a quarter-million Vietnam veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms today, four decades after the war's end, a new study estimates. And at least one-third of them have major depression as well. "It's been known for thousands of years that serving in war is a hardship, that readjusting to civilian life is a hardship, and that there is a kind of moral injury inv...

  • Psoriasis Drug May Help Preserve Pancreas Cells in Type 1 Diabetes

    Posted: 07/29/2015

    Psoriasis Drug May Help Preserve Pancreas Cells in Type 1 Diabetes TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking two 12-week courses of alefacept -- a drug already approved to treat the skin condition psoriasis -- may help people with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes preserve some function in the beta cells in the pancreas, a new study suggests. People taking the drug needed about 25 percent less insulin, and they had about half the rate of major low blood sugar episodes (hypoglycemia) compared to th...

  • Poverty May Hinder Kids' Brain Development, Study Says

    Posted: 07/27/2015

    Poverty May Hinder Kids' Brain Development, Study Says MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Poverty appears to affect the brain development of children, hampering the growth of gray matter and impairing their academic performance, researchers report. Poor children tend to have as much as 10 percent less gray matter in several areas of the brain associated with academic skills, according to a study published July 20 in JAMA Pediatrics . "We used to think of poverty as a 'social' issue, but what we a...

  • Prenatal Gene Tests Can Sometimes Spot Cancer in Mom-to-Be

    Posted: 07/20/2015

    Prenatal Gene Tests Can Sometimes Spot Cancer in Mom-to-Be MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Abnormal results on noninvasive, prenatal genetic tests don't always indicate a problem with the fetus. In some cases, these tests may uncover maternal cancers, a new study reports. "If the test comes back abnormal, the patient should not panic," said study researcher Dr. Diana Bianchi, executive director of the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. "It doesn't necessarily m...

  • Painkiller Overdoses Often Involve 'Pharmacy Shopping'

    Posted: 07/15/2015

    Painkiller Overdoses Often Involve 'Pharmacy Shopping' WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all deaths resulting from an overdose of narcotic painkillers involved Medicaid recipients who used multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, a new study finds. "Pharmacy shopping," or the use of multiple pharmacies at the same time, is a way some patients obtain more medication than they need. Medicaid programs in many states track the number of pharmacies patients visit to prevent s...

  • Plane Passengers' Near-Death Experience Gives Clues to Trauma's Effect on Brain

    Posted: 07/12/2015

    Plane Passengers' Near-Death Experience Gives Clues to Trauma's Effect on Brain FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A study involving people who thought they were about to die in a plane crash reveals new clues to the long-term impact that traumatic events have on the brain. In August of 2001, passengers on Air Transat flight 236 were on an overnight flight from Toronto to Lisbon, Portugal, when their plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean. Many on the harrowing flight thought they might die...