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  • Risk of Breast Cancer's Return Can Linger for Decades

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    Risk of Breast Cancer's Return Can Linger for Decades WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women treated for early stage breast cancer still face a substantial risk of recurrence up to 20 years later, a large, new study shows. Cancer experts say the findings should help inform women's treatment decisions. Specifically, the researchers followed women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, which means the hormone helps fuel the cancer's growth. Standard treatment includes hormonal therapy -...

  • Ready for the Time Change on Sunday?

    Posted: 11/15/2017

    Ready for the Time Change on Sunday? FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It might sound like a great thing -- getting an extra hour of sleep when Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday. Granted, it's easier than losing an hour's sleep in the time changeover that comes in the spring, but adjusting to the autumn time change has its own challenges, sleep experts note. However, a few simple steps can help make the switch to standard time -- which occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday -- easier to cope with, said Dr. ...

  • Robots May Be Cleaning Your Hospital Room Soon

    Posted: 11/13/2017

    Robots May Be Cleaning Your Hospital Room Soon THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals are jumping on a tech trend, enlisting the help of germ-killing robots to tackle a potentially life-threatening but preventable issue: health care-associated infections. For instance, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville will begin deploying robots this month to protect hospitalized patients from harmful germs, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (vancomycin-r...

  • Resilient Brain Connections May Help Against Alzheimer's

    Posted: 11/13/2017

    Resilient Brain Connections May Help Against Alzheimer's THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Certain pieces of brain structure may make some people less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. That's the conclusion of a new study that could lead to new ways to prevent or slow the memory-destroying disease, researchers said. For the study, the researchers analyzed brain samples from patients at memory clinics and found that the presence of healthy dendritic spines (connections between neurons) prov...

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Risk of COPD

    Posted: 11/12/2017

    Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Risk of COPD TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis appear to have a higher risk of the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers report. The study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis were 47 percent more likely to be hospitalized for COPD than those in the general population. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. That means the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue instea...

  • Remaining 'In the Closet' at Work Stresses Gay Couples

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Remaining 'In the Closet' at Work Stresses Gay Couples MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Work and home life suffer when people in same-sex relationships try to hide their sexual orientation from co-workers, a new study finds. "Hiding your sexual orientation can be thought of as a demand of the job, in that you're having to hide it and devise strategies, from using different pronouns, not mentioning your spouse, or not including your spouse in work-related parties or other functions," said study f...

  • Rapid Test for Meth Abuse May Be Near

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Rapid Test for Meth Abuse May Be Near MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Attempting to speed up drug detection, scientists from Korea say they have developed a portable, rapid urine test for amphetamines. The experimental test features a wireless sensor and smartphone app. It can detect amphetamines, or speed, in a drop of urine within seconds, its developers said. The prototype device is small enough to be worn as a bracelet, is highly sensitive with a low risk for false-positive results, and cos...

  • Respiratory Disease Death Rates Have Soared

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Respiratory Disease Death Rates Have Soared FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who die from chronic respiratory diseases has skyrocketed over the past 35 years, led in large part by deaths from COPD, a new report indicates. From 1980 through 2014, more than 4.6 million Americans died from a range of chronic respiratory illnesses, the researchers reported. While the risk was pegged at 41 deaths for every 100,000 people back in 1980, it rose to nearly 53 out of every 100,00...

  • Researchers Learn More About Gender's Role in Autism Risk

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Researchers Learn More About Gender's Role in Autism Risk FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a daughter with autism is linked to an increased risk that younger siblings will also have the disorder, new research suggests. And that's especially true if the younger siblings are boys, the study authors said. It had been known that having one child with autism raised the chances of having another child with autism, but the role of gender in that risk was unclear. Having this information can he...

  • Risk Assessments Can Help Prevent Falls

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Risk Assessments Can Help Prevent Falls SATURDAY, Sept. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Falls are a serious problem for many American seniors, but there are a number of ways to reduce the risk, a senior health expert says. The millions of falls that occur each year threaten seniors' health, independence and lives, and account for $31 billion in medical costs annually. "The best medical treatment for injuries from falls is to prevent them from happening in the first place," said Dr. Sonja Rosen, chief of ge...