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  • Expect More Record-Breaking Heat in U.S., Scientists Warn

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Expect More Record-Breaking Heat in U.S., Scientists Warn WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans will face many more record-breaking hot days later this century if greenhouse gases continue to be pumped into the atmosphere at current levels, a new U.S. study warns. Scientists using computer modeling predict about 15 daily record-high temperatures for every record-low by about 2065 if no action is taken. That ratio could jump further if climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions rise,...

  • Even Small Rise in Blood Pressure Can Harm Black Patients

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Even Small Rise in Blood Pressure Can Harm Black Patients WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even small increases in blood pressure can be dangerous for black people, a new study suggests. A rise of as little as 10 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure in blacks raised the risk of dying during the study by 12 percent. The risk was even greater for black people under 60 -- each additional 10 mm Hg increased the risk of dying early by 26 percent, compared with a 9 percent increase for those over 60, t...

  • Electrical Brain Stimulation Not a Memory Booster: Study

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Electrical Brain Stimulation Not a Memory Booster: Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deep brain stimulation does not improve memory, and may actually harm it, a new study contends. In deep brain stimulation, electrodes are implanted into the brain and an electrical current is passed through them to stimulate nearby neurons, or brain cells. This study included epilepsy patients who already had the electrodes implanted to map their seizures. The Columbia University researchers stimulated a...

  • Excess Sweating Can Be a Drenching, Wrenching Burden

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Excess Sweating Can Be a Drenching, Wrenching Burden WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with hyperhidrosis -- an excessive sweating condition -- also seem to have higher-than-average rates of anxiety and depression, a new study suggests. Roughly 21 percent and 27 percent of people with hyperhidrosis screened positive for anxiety or depression, respectively. That compared with 7.5 percent and just under 10 percent of other patients, the study revealed. The findings do not prove that hyper...

  • Electronic In-Hospital Prescribing: Trouble for Older Adults?

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Electronic In-Hospital Prescribing: Trouble for Older Adults? TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preprogrammed doses of medications that can raise the risk of falls are often set too high for older hospital patients, new research shows. In the study, doctors looked at the records of 287 patients over the age of 65 who fell while staying in a large urban hospital. Some patients fell more than once, adding to a total of 328 falls in the study. Of those falls, 62 percent occurred in patients who ha...

  • Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER

    Posted: 12/05/2016

    Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About 10 percent of American seniors suffer elder abuse, yet the problem is often missed in hospital emergency departments, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed national data and found that emergency doctors make a formal diagnosis of such cases in only 1 of 7,700 visits by seniors. "These findings indicate that the vast majority of victims of elder abuse pass through the emergency department without the problem being identified...

  • Exploding Some Turkey Myths

    Posted: 12/03/2016

    Exploding Some Turkey Myths WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A nutrition expert is talking turkey to dispel some common myths about the focus of most Thanksgiving meals. The most-repeated myth is that eating turkey makes you sleepy. While it does contain tryptophan -- an amino acid supplement that promotes sleep when taken alone on an empty stomach -- turkey also contains many other amino acids that are likely to limit the effects of tryptophan, said Judith Rodriguez. She is chair of the dep...

  • Earnings Fall After a Child's Cancer Diagnosis

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    Earnings Fall After a Child's Cancer Diagnosis MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After a child's cancer diagnosis, parents' income often drops and mothers frequently stop working, a new study finds. Moreover, the financial effects of a cancer diagnosis can last years, with mothers' earnings dipping significantly more than fathers' pay, the study suggests. Mothers' incomes fell 21 percent in the first year after a child developed cancer versus 10 percent for fathers, according to the study. "In a...

  • E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarettes could be as harmful to gums and teeth as regular cigarettes are, a new study suggests. In laboratory experiments, researchers at the University of Rochester in New York exposed nonsmokers' gum tissue to e-cigarette vapors. Their findings appear to counter arguments that the battery-operated devices are a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking. "We showed that when the vapors from an e-cigarette...

  • Exercise Good for Cancer Patients During, After Treatment

    Posted: 11/22/2016

    Exercise Good for Cancer Patients During, After Treatment TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exercising during and after cancer treatment is safe and improves quality of life, fitness and physical functioning, new research indicates. Benefits occurred with all types of exercise, said study author Brian Focht. "Overall, resistance exercise, aerobic exercise -- and even a combination of aerobic and resistance -- resulted in improvement in fitness and quality of life and physical function," said Fo...