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  • More Fruits and Veggies Can Slash Obesity Odds

    Posted: 05/27/2017

    More Fruits and Veggies Can Slash Obesity Odds FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating lots of fruits and vegetables doesn't only boost your health, it can cut your risk of packing on extra pounds by almost half, researchers report. "Our study suggests that plant-based diets are associated with substantially lower risk of developing obesity. This supports current recommendations to shift to diets rich in plant foods, with lower intake of animal foods," wrote the authors from the University of Na...

  • Mechanical Heart Valve Noise May Mean Sleepless Nights

    Posted: 05/27/2017

    Mechanical Heart Valve Noise May Mean Sleepless Nights FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 1 in 4 people with a mechanical heart valve says the noise it makes disrupts their sleep, a new study finds. "For some patients the closing sound of their mechanical heart valve reduces their quality of life, disturbs their sleep, causes them to avoid social situations, and leads to depression and anxiety," said study lead author Kjersti Oterhals. She is a nurse researcher at Haukeland University Hospi...

  • More U.S. Women Living Longer With Advanced Breast Cancer

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    More U.S. Women Living Longer With Advanced Breast Cancer THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. women living with the most advanced stage of breast cancer has been rising since the 1990s, a new study finds. Researchers say that treatment advances, allowing more breast cancer patients to survive longer, are one likely reason. The general aging of the U.S. population is another. Right now, the study estimated, close to 155,000 U.S. women are living with metastatic breast cancer -- ...

  • More Cancers Caught Early Since Obamacare

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    More Cancers Caught Early Since Obamacare THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More cancers have been spotted in their early stages since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became the law of the land, new research finds. Finding breast, colon, cervical and lung cancers early greatly improves the odds of successful treatment, said study author Xuesong Han. She's the strategic director of health policy and health care delivery research at the American Cancer Society. "We wanted to see if the introduction...

  • Many Parents Underestimate Drowning Risks

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Many Parents Underestimate Drowning Risks MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pretty soon kids will be clamoring to dive into pools all across America, but many may not have the swimming skills they need to safely splash around. And many American parents think their children are safe from drowning in pools, a new survey reveals. While few parents would allow their child to swim unsupervised in a lake (16 percent) or ocean (13 percent), 37 percent would allow their child to use a backyard, hotel or ...

  • Mouse Gives Birth to Pups Using 3-D Printed Ovary

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Mouse Gives Birth to Pups Using 3-D Printed Ovary TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In another step forward in the world of 3-D printed tissues, U.S. scientists report they've created a "bioprosthetic" ovary in a mouse using the technology -- and the mouse has given birth to healthy pups. "These bioprosthetic ovaries have long-term, durable function," said researcher Teresa Woodruff, of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She said the mouse study suggests 3-D printe...

  • Many U.S. Travelers Skip Measles Shots, Despite Infection Risk

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Many U.S. Travelers Skip Measles Shots, Despite Infection Risk MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of eligible Americans traveling abroad don't get a measles vaccine, and a key reason is lack of concern about the disease, a new study finds. "Measles has been eliminated in the U.S. since 2000, which means that all measles cases in the country can be traced back to an imported case -- either a foreign visitor or a U.S. resident returning from international travel," said study lead auth...

  • Many Under 40 May Not Need Regular Cholesterol Checks: Study

    Posted: 05/21/2017

    Many Under 40 May Not Need Regular Cholesterol Checks: Study MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many adults under 40 may not need to have routine cholesterol screenings, a new study suggests. To come to this conclusion, the researchers looked at the real world implications of two conflicting sets of guidelines on cholesterol testing. One, from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA), says that all adults older than 20 should have a cholesterol screening. They also s...

  • Mosquito-Borne Illnesses May Not Be Limited to Tropics

    Posted: 05/19/2017

    Mosquito-Borne Illnesses May Not Be Limited to Tropics FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika, dengue and chikungunya can be spread in cooler temperatures than previously thought, researchers say. Based on data from Latin America and the Caribbean, transmission of the illnesses is highest at about 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Experts had long believed that 90 degrees F was their peak-transmission temperature. The findings could prove important as climate change causes temp...

  • Medicaid Patients Wait Longer at Doctor's Office

    Posted: 05/17/2017

    Medicaid Patients Wait Longer at Doctor's Office WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most people have found themselves twiddling their thumbs while waiting too long to see a doctor, but new research suggests that scenario is more likely if you are on Medicaid. It appears that Medicaid patients have slightly longer waits at medical appointments than those with private insurance, the new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 21 million outpatient visits to nearly 2,600 different me...