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  • Rural Americans at Higher Risk of 5 Preventable Causes of Death: CDC

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    Rural Americans at Higher Risk of 5 Preventable Causes of Death: CDC THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live in rural areas have a higher risk of death from five leading causes than people who live in urban locations, a federal study reveals. In 2014, there were many potentially preventable deaths among rural Americans, including 25,000 from heart disease, 19,000 from cancer, 12,000 from accidental injuries, 11,000 from chronic lower respiratory disease and 4,000 from stroke, acco...

  • Ready Your Home for Winter's Wrath

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Ready Your Home for Winter's Wrath WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Winter's here. Nothing you can do about that. But, it's not too late to take steps to keep you and your home safe when frigid weather hits, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC offers this checklist: Install weather stripping, insulation and storm windows. Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls. Be sure roof leaks are repaired and gutters are clean. Have your heating system pr...

  • Research on U.S. Gun Violence Still a Low Priority, Study Finds

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Research on U.S. Gun Violence Still a Low Priority, Study Finds TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even though the United States has the highest death rate from firearms of any developed country, gun violence gets short shrift in government research compared to other leading causes of death, a new study reveals. Guns cause more than 30,000 fatalities a year in the United States. Yet, "gun violence had less funding and fewer publications than comparable injury-related causes of death including mot...

  • Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of cancer deaths could be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, exercising and not smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Doctors at Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center offer some advice to help you settle into the new year with a new attitude toward cancer prevention: Get screened. "Some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as family history or getting older," said Dr...

  • Routine Checkup Should Assess Fitness, Too

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Routine Checkup Should Assess Fitness, Too TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most people know they should have their height, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly, but an exercise expert says cardiorespiratory fitness should also be part of a routine medical exam. Cardiorespiratory fitness is a measure of how much work your body can do during exercise. "This measurement is so important because it shows how the heart, lungs and muscles all work together, and it should be an ele...

  • Researchers Develop Potential Oral Treatment for Hemophilia

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    Researchers Develop Potential Oral Treatment for Hemophilia THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with hemophilia have to endure painful injections every few days to stay alive, but a newly developed treatment may one day offer a simpler, cheaper and less painful alternative. University of Texas at Austin researchers created an oral treatment for one type of hemophilia, which is a serious, genetic bleeding disorder. But, the treatment is still in the early stages of development, and it's no...

  • Routine Testing for Genital Herpes of Little Benefit: U.S. Experts

    Posted: 12/29/2016

    Routine Testing for Genital Herpes of Little Benefit: U.S. Experts TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Routine blood test screening for genital herpes is not recommended for teens and adults -- including pregnant women -- who don't have any signs or symptoms of the sexually transmitted disease (STD), a panel of U.S. health care experts says. The newly released recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reaffirms one issued in 2005. After reviewing available evidence, the group co...

  • Rest May Not Be Best for Kids After Concussion

    Posted: 12/28/2016

    Rest May Not Be Best for Kids After Concussion TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Complete rest is a cornerstone of concussion treatment, but a new study indicates that physical activity within a week of a youth's head injury may hasten recovery. Concussed children and teens were less likely to have persistent symptoms four weeks later if they engaged in light aerobic exercise within the first seven days, according to the new research from Canada. Under current guidelines for concussion manageme...

  • Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies

    Posted: 12/19/2016

    Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Rural U.S. communities are seeing a surge in infants experiencing opioid withdrawal at birth because of widespread drug abuse by pregnant women, a new study finds. These tiny victims of the U.S. opioid epidemic are born addicted to heroin and powerful prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet. And this public health crisis is hitting rural residents harder than their urban cousins, resea...

  • Rising Price of Opioid OD Antidote Could Cost Lives: Study

    Posted: 12/14/2016

    Rising Price of Opioid OD Antidote Could Cost Lives: Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Escalating prices of the drug naloxone may threaten efforts to reduce opioid-related deaths across America, a team from Yale University and the Mayo Clinic warns. Naloxone is a drug given to people who overdose on prescription opioids and heroin. If administered in time, it can reverse the toxic and potentially deadly effects of "opioid intoxication." The research team called attention to skyrocketing ...