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  • Type of Disease May Dictate End-of-Life Care

    Posted: 06/30/2016

    Type of Disease May Dictate End-of-Life Care MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have cancer or dementia tend to receive more end-of-life care than those dying from other conditions, a new study of Veteran Affairs hospitals finds. The study also found that fewer cancer and dementia patients died in intensive care units, because these patients had more palliative care and end-of-life planning, such as do-not-resuscitate orders, than people with other serious illnesses. Those other illn...

  • Those Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance

    Posted: 06/30/2016

    Those Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who learn to stand up relatively early may also do a bit better with attention, memory and learning by the time they are preschoolers, a new study suggests. Experts have known that significant delays in reaching movement "milestones" -- such as crawling, standing and walking -- are a sign that a baby may go on to have developmental disabilities. But the new study found a pattern even among babies who...

  • The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates?

    Posted: 06/30/2016

    The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates? TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- States typically raised the minimum drinking age to lower drunk driving rates, but a new study suggests the move could have other health benefits. Researchers say states that prevent people younger than 21 from buying alcohol may also curb deaths from chronic alcohol-related health issues, such as liver disease and certain cancers. The finding wasn't a surprise for one expert in substance abuse treatment....

  • Testosterone Therapy May Boost Older Men's Sex Lives

    Posted: 06/30/2016

    Testosterone Therapy May Boost Older Men's Sex Lives WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aging men who are losing their sexual pep can receive a love-life boost from testosterone replacement therapy, according to results from the largest "low-T" clinical trial to date. Older men treated with testosterone gel experienced a moderate but significant improvement in their sex drive, sexual activity and erectile function compared to men given a placebo gel, said lead researcher Dr. Glenn Cunningham. ...

  • Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. laws designed to curb abuse of opioid painkillers haven't reduced misuse or overdoses by disabled Medicare beneficiaries, a new study suggests. Between 2006 and 2012, states enacted 81 laws to control use of powerful opioids such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. But even with these new prescription-drug monitoring programs and other regulations, researchers found that 45 percent of disabled Medicare beneficiaries...

  • Time Zone Changes Give Edge to Athletes From West

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Time Zone Changes Give Edge to Athletes From West FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Traveling across several time zones can be draining for anyone. So, how do professional athletes manage to turn around and compete in games after traveling from one coast to another? Apparently, not always that well, a new study says. And that's especially true when teams are traveling from an earlier time zone to a later one. When professional sports teams in North America travel west to east, they have a higher...

  • Teen Obesity May Mean Liver Disease Later

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Teen Obesity May Mean Liver Disease Later THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older teen boys who are overweight or obese could be at increased risk for severe liver disease later in life, a new study suggests. The research included nearly 45,000 Swedish males who entered military service in their late teens between 1969 and 1970. The investigators reviewed over 40 years of their health information. Nearly 400 of them were diagnosed with severe liver disease, the study authors said. Men who were...

  • Timing of Zika Infection in Pregnancy May Be Key to Birth Defect Risk

    Posted: 06/23/2016

    Timing of Zika Infection in Pregnancy May Be Key to Birth Defect Risk WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The danger of Zika-related birth defects may be confined to maternal infections that occur during the first two trimesters of a pregnancy, a new study suggests. Colombian and U.S. researchers studied almost 12,000 pregnancies occurring in 2015 among women in Colombia, a country that is endemic for the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus. The study detected no cases of infant abnormalities ...

  • Tight Blood Sugar Control Helps Fight Diabetic Eye Disease

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Tight Blood Sugar Control Helps Fight Diabetic Eye Disease SATURDAY, June 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive blood sugar control appears to reduce the risk of eye disease progression in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study says. People with type 2 diabetes are at risk for the eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. This condition damages tiny blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. Researchers compared type 2 diabetes patients who received either intensiv...

  • Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease a Dangerous Combo

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease a Dangerous Combo SATURDAY, June 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prospects for people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease may be grimmer than previously believed, researchers report. "Type 2 diabetes accompanied by an acute coronary syndrome needs much more attention, especially in order to prevent yet another major cardiac event," said study leader Dr. William White. He is a professor with the University of Connecticut Health Center's Calhoun Cardiology Center. The study ...