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  • Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who generally believe that good things will happen may live longer. That's the suggestion of a new study that seems to affirm the power of positive thinking. "This study shows that optimism is associated with reduced risk of death from stroke, respiratory disease, infection and cancer," said Eric Kim, co-lead author of the investigation. "Optimistic people tend to act in healthier ways. Studies show that optimis...

  • Opioids No Better Than Ibuprofen for Pain After Car Crash: Study

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Opioids No Better Than Ibuprofen for Pain After Car Crash: Study MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For treating persistent pain after a car crash, prescription opioid painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin) are no more effective than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) like ibuprofen, a new study finds. "You'd think there would be a wealth of studies comparing our 'go-to' pain meds, but there just aren't," said study lead author Dr. Francesca Beaudoin. She's an assistant professor of ...

  • Online Calculator May Help Couples Predict Fertility Rx Success

    Posted: 11/23/2016

    Online Calculator May Help Couples Predict Fertility Rx Success WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've developed free online calculators that predict how likely a woman is to have a baby after a handful of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment cycles. There are limitations to the devices: A leading infertility expert called the calculators "practically not very useful," while its developers cautioned that couples should be careful about using them to determine whether they...

  • Omega-3s a Recipe for Healthy Blood Pressure in Young Adults

    Posted: 11/20/2016

    Omega-3s a Recipe for Healthy Blood Pressure in Young Adults SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids -- found in some fish and plant oils -- may help young adults keep their blood pressure at a healthy level, new research suggests. In a study of more than 2,000 young, healthy adults, those with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had the lowest blood pressure, said Dr. Mark Filipovic, a researcher at the University of Zurich and Cantonal H...

  • Opioid Overdoses Up Nearly 200 Percent Among Kids, Teens

    Posted: 11/09/2016

    Opioid Overdoses Have Nearly Tripled Among Kids, Teens MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of young children and teens hospitalized for overdosing on opioid painkillers have spiked nearly threefold in recent years, a new study finds. Among children under 10, most of the painkiller poisonings were accidental, with children "eating them like candy," said lead researcher Julie Gaither, a postdoctoral fellow in biostatistics at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. Among teens, mo...

  • Obamacare 2017: A Peek Behind the Numbers

    Posted: 11/08/2016

    Obamacare 2017: A Peek Behind the Numbers MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As President Barack Obama prepares to leave the White House, his administration is gearing up for another open-enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), perhaps the hardest-fought initiative of his eight years in office. This is the fourth year that individuals and families can buy their own health insurance through state-run insurance exchanges -- also known as marketplaces -- or on HealthCare.gov, the web-...

  • Obamacare 2017: Higher Prices, Fewer Choices

    Posted: 11/08/2016

    Obamacare 2017: Higher Prices, Fewer Choices MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just days before the next enrollment period for health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act, many Americans were jolted by the Obama administration's announcement of a 25 percent price hike, on average, for coverage in 2017. But federal health officials and other experts say the news shouldn't deter people from seeking coverage, since many low- and middle-income consumers qualify for tax credits to lower thei...

  • On-the-Job Rudeness Spreads Easily

    Posted: 11/03/2016

    On-the-Job Rudeness Spreads Easily WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tired of crude remarks around the office water cooler? They could be catching. A new study finds that sarcasm, insults and other rude behaviors can be contagious in the workplace. Employees treated with disrespect are likely to lose self-control and behave in rude or offensive ways themselves, researchers found. "Basically, incivility begets incivility," said study author Chris Rosen, a professor of management at the Univers...

  • Oxygen Therapy Little Help for Those With Milder COPD

    Posted: 11/02/2016

    Oxygen Therapy Little Help for Those With Milder COPD WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study says that oxygen therapy may not help people in the less severe stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is an umbrella term for the lung diseases chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The study findings could change clinical practice, the researchers added. In 2014, close to 16 million Americans said they'd been diagnosed with COPD, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Con...

  • Old Blood as Good as New for Transfusions, Study Finds

    Posted: 10/31/2016

    Old Blood as Good as New for Transfusions, Study Finds MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Using the freshest blood for transfusions does not appear to boost patient survival, a new Canadian study indicates. "It's been a contentious issue, but our study finally puts an end to the question about whether stored blood could be harmful and fresher blood would be better," said lead author Nancy Heddle. She is a professor emeritus of medicine at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. "Our study prov...