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  • Many Doctors Get Payments From Drug Companies, Study Shows

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Many Doctors Get Payments From Drug Companies, Study Shows TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many American doctors receive payments from drug companies, but few patients know about those financial ties, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 3,500 adult patients and then checked on their doctors in Open Payments, a government website that reports drug and medical device company payments to physicians. The study found that within the previous year, 65 percent of patients visited doctors who go...

  • Many Talks on End-of-Life Wishes End in Confusion, Study Shows

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Many Talks on End-of-Life Wishes End in Confusion, Study Shows THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You've filled out a living will, and designated a surrogate to make medical decisions if you're incapacitated. But, your end-of-life planning may not be done yet. That's because, according to a new study, your surrogate may still not have a clear idea about what you really want done in a crisis situation -- even after you've discussed your wishes with them. In the study, seven out of every 10 surr...

  • Most Cancers Caused by Random DNA Copying Errors

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Most Cancers Caused by Random DNA Copying Errors THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The "Why me?" reaction that can come after a cancer diagnosis may have no easy answer, with new research showing that most tumors are caused by random genetic "mistakes." Investigators at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore used complex mathematical modeling to track mutations driving abnormal cell growth for 32 types of cancer. The model was based on data from The Cancer Genome Atlas, as well as epidemiologi...

  • Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many young Americans with diabetes aren't getting the eye exams that medical experts say they need, new research reveals. "Diabetic retinopathy" is a serious complication of diabetes. It causes the blood vessels in the eyes to leak. This distorts vision, and can eventually lead to vision loss, according to the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI). The condition often causes no symptoms in the early st...

  • Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older Americans on kidney dialysis have high rates of colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, but most get little benefit from the screening, a new study suggests. Dialysis patients have high rates of death, so routine colon cancer screening doesn't improve survival for most dialysis patients who don't qualify for a kidney transplant. Therefore, dialysis patients who have a limited life expectancy and no sign...

  • Marathon Running May Cause Short-Term Kidney Injury

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Marathon Running May Cause Short-Term Kidney Injury TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Any marathoner will tell you that the grueling 26-mile races can do a number on the hips, knees, ankles and feet. Now, a small study suggests that these tests of endurance are also tough on the kidneys. "Marathon runners demonstrate transient or reverse short-term kidney injury," said Dr. Chirag Parikh, professor of medicine at Yale University. In his study of 22 participants in the 2015 Hartford, Conn. Marat...

  • Many Women Who Get Breast Cancer Gene Test Don't Need It

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Many Women Who Get Breast Cancer Gene Test Don't Need It TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An increasing number of American women who don't have breast or ovarian cancer are being tested for BRCA and BRCA2 gene mutations associated with those diseases, a new study shows. Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes significantly increase a woman's risk of breast cancer. These mutations are linked to 5 percent to 10 percent of all breast cancer and about 15 percent of ovarian cancers, the U.S. Nation...

  • Millions of Americans Bombarded by Loud Noises

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Millions of Americans Bombarded by Loud Noises THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 58 million Americans are exposed to loud noises at work and home, but too few try to protect their hearing, a new study finds. "This noise exposure epidemic had not really been quantified at the household level in the U.S.," said study senior author Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya, an associate chief of otolaryngology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "This degree of noise exposure has the potential to cau...

  • Many College Football Players Lack Vitamin D: Study

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Many College Football Players Lack Vitamin D: Study THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low vitamin D levels are common among college football players and may put them at increased risk for injuries, a new study suggests. "Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in muscle function and strength," said senior study author Dr. Scott Rodeo, co-chief emeritus of the sports medicine and shoulder service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "While most prior studies have focused on th...

  • Many U.S. Women Have No Access to Fertility Clinics: Study

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Many U.S. Women Have No Access to Fertility Clinics: Study WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 percent of reproductive-age women in the United States have little or no access to infertility clinics, according to a new study. Advanced infertility treatments -- such as in vitro fertilization -- are only available in assisted reproductive technology (ART) clinics, the study authors noted. "Infertility is by itself a difficult issue for couples to face emotionally and financially," said ...