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  • New Moms' Hair Loss Usually Temporary, Expert Says

    Posted: 08/24/2016

    New Moms' Hair Loss Usually Temporary, Expert Says WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you've recently had a baby and think your hair is falling out, don't despair. Many new mothers experience hair loss, but an expert says the problem is usually short-lived. "Excessive hair shedding after pregnancy is very common and caused by falling estrogen levels," said Dr. Jessica Krant, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in New York City. "It usually starts...

  • No More Than 6 Teaspoons of Added Sugars a Day for Kids

    Posted: 08/24/2016

    No More Than 6 Teaspoons of Added Sugars a Day for Kids MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children and teens should consume less than six teaspoons of added sugars a day, a new American Heart Association statement advises. "Our target recommendation is the same for all children between the ages of 2 and 18, to keep it simple for parents and public health advocates," statement lead author Dr. Miriam Vos said in a heart association news release. Added sugars are any sugars, including table sugar, ...

  • New Guidelines Set Safe Surgery Margins for Some Breast Cancers

    Posted: 08/22/2016

    New Guidelines Set Safe Surgery Margins for Some Breast Cancers FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New surgery guidelines for certain breast cancer patients could reduce both unnecessary surgeries and recurrence rates, three U.S. cancer groups say. The guideline is for treatment of women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who undergo breast-conserving surgery with whole breast radiation. DCIS is an early stage cancer. "The use of a 2-millimeter margin as the standard for an adequate margin in D...

  • New Guidelines Issued for Cancer Patients' Post-Treatment Pain

    Posted: 08/10/2016

    New Guidelines Issued for Cancer Patients' Post-Treatment Pain FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More people are surviving cancer, but many are left with persistent pain after treatment. New guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommend that doctors routinely screen for such pain. The guidelines also advise doctors to consider the use of non-traditional treatments for pain. These include hypnosis, meditation and medical marijuana where it's legal. ASCO also cautioned...

  • Newborn Metabolic Screening

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Newborn Metabolic Screening Most babies look healthy and perfect when they are born – just ask their parents. But because some potential problems aren't readily seen, all newborns are tested for certain conditions, including metabolic disorders. A metabolic disorder is one that gets in the way of how the body breaks down food or absorbs nutrients. Left untreated, some of these disorders could affect a baby's development. They can cause organ damage or even death. By screening for these disorders at birt...

  • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) Podcast

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) Podcast Detailed information on nerve conduction velocity (NCV), including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, after care, and an anatomical illustration of the nervous system and nerve conduction velocity procedure. Play Audio

  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus What is normal pressure hydrocephalus? The brain has chambers called ventricles that normally contain fluid. This fluid is called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). It cushions the brain and spinal cord. Normally your body makes just enough CSF each day and absorbs that same amount. Sometimes, however, too much fluid can build up in the ventricles. This can lead to a normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). What causes normal pressure hydrocephalus? The cause of excess fluid in the ven...

  • Neurological Complications of HIV

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Neurological Complications of HIV HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV weakens and slowly destroys the body’s immune system, leaving you vulnerable to life-threatening complications from an infection or certain cancers. As HIV and AIDS battle your immune system, your central nervous system is also affected. HIV and AIDS both cause a number of neurological complications, particularly if HIV progresses to AIDS. Today, antiretroviral medicines—when taken correctly and promptly—help to slow down the progr...

  • Neuromyelitis Optica

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Neuromyelitis Optica What is neuromyelitis optica? Neuromyelitis optica, also called NMO or Devic's disease, is a rare yet severe demyelinating autoimmune inflammatory process affecting the central nervous system. It specifically affects the myelin, which is the insulation around the nerves. NMO mainly affects the spinal cord and the optic nerves -- the nerves that carry signals from the eyes to the brain. As a result, the disease can cause paralysis and blindness. Neuromyelitis optica most often strike...

  • Nutrition Facts Labels and Diabetes

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Nutrition Facts Labels and Diabetes If you have diabetes, eating the right foods is your foundation for staying healthy. Reading the Nutrition Facts labels on foods is an important part of this mission. You know that many foods can either help or hurt your health. And those labels can help you make the right decisions. What’s on a Nutrition Facts label? Nutrition Facts labels are on all prepared foods by law. You may also see Nutrition Facts labels on raw fruits and vegetables and on fish. The FDA overs...