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  • Angioplasty Outcomes Almost Equal Among Hospitals

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Angioplasty Outcomes Almost Equal Among Hospitals MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have an artery-opening procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have similar outcomes whether they're treated at so-called safety-net or non-safety-net hospitals, researchers say. Safety-net hospitals, which provide care to low-income Americans who are uninsured or underinsured, tend to have fewer resources than other hospitals, the researchers said. In this study, at least 10 percent...

  • Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An antibiotic treatment intended to lower stem cell transplant patients' risk of developing a respiratory complication appears to have backfired. French researchers explored the potential of administering the antibiotic azithromycin before and after stem cell transplantation to limit the risk for a condition known as bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). A significant number of blood canc...

  • Alcohol Use, Abuse on the Rise in U.S.

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Alcohol Use, Abuse on the Rise in U.S. WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of drinking and alcohol abuse are increasing in the United States, especially among certain groups of people, a new study suggests. "These increases constitute a public health crisis that may have been overshadowed by increases in much less prevalent substance use (marijuana, opiates and heroin) during the same period," the study authors wrote. Bridget Grant, of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoh...

  • Artificial Sweeteners Trick the Brain: Study

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Artificial Sweeteners Trick the Brain: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research may help explain the reported link between the use of artificial sweeteners and diabetes, scientists say. Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine say that in nature the intensity of sweetness reflects the amount of energy present. But in modern-day life, the body's metabolism is fooled when a beverage is either too sweet or not sweet enough for the amount of calories it contains. That means th...

  • Air Purifiers May Help the Smog-Stressed Heart

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Air Purifiers May Help the Smog-Stressed Heart MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of air pollution can harm heart health, but air purifiers may protect against the threat, according to a small study from China. The study included 55 healthy college students who used real or fake air purifiers in their dormitory rooms. Researchers measured the students' indoor and outdoor exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a component of air pollution emitted from vehicles, factories, power p...

  • A Violent Environment Can Wreck Kids' Grades

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    A Violent Environment Can Wreck Kids' Grades TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids in violent neighborhoods often do worse in school. Now, a new study helps explain why. U.S. researchers found that exposure to violent crime changed kids' sleep patterns, which increased their levels of the stress hormone cortisol. "Both sleep and cortisol are connected to the ability to learn and perform academic tasks," said study lead author Jenni Heissel, of Northwestern University's School of Education and ...

  • A Vicious Vegetarian Dinosaur?

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    A Vicious Vegetarian Dinosaur? TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A odd-looking vegetarian dinosaur named Chilesaurus could be the "missing link" between the plant eaters and meat eaters of its time, researchers report. The dinosaur, named after Chile, the country of its discovery, has mystified scientists. For instance, its head looks like that of a carnivore, but instead of sharp teeth it had the flat teeth that are typically used to chew plants. "Chilesaurus almost looks like it was stitched ...

  • A Little Drinking Might Lengthen Your Life: Study

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    A Little Drinking Might Lengthen Your Life: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Light to moderate drinking can lower your overall risk of premature death and, specifically, your odds of dying from heart disease, a new study reports. Moderate drinkers -- men who have one or two drinks a day, and women who have one drink a day -- have a 29 percent decreased risk of heart-related death and a 22 percent reduced risk of death from any cause, compared with teetotalers, the study findings showed. ...

  • Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered Survival

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered Survival THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who choose alternative medicine over traditional cancer treatments for curable cancers have a higher risk of dying early, researchers report. "We now have evidence to suggest that using alternative medicine in place of proven cancer therapies results in worse survival," said study lead author Dr. Skyler Johnson from Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center. "It is our hope t...

  • Addiction Drug Underused by Primary Care Docs in U.S.

    Posted: 08/15/2017

    Addiction Drug Underused by Primary Care Docs in U.S. THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many doctors aren't making full use of a medication that can wean people off addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers, according to results of a new survey. Buprenorphine is the first drug for opioid use disorder that's approved for prescription by primary care physicians, allowing treatment in the privacy of a doctor's office. But many doctors aren't applying for the federal waiver that would allow ...