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  • Older Mothers May Raise Better-Behaved Kids, Study Suggests

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Older Mothers May Raise Better-Behaved Kids, Study Suggests THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older mothers are less likely to scold or punish their young children, and those children tend to have fewer behavioral, social and emotional problems, a new study suggests. According to researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark, older moms tend to have more stable relationships, are more educated, and have more wealth and resources. "We know that people become more mentally flexible with age, ar...

  • Obesity May Not Compromise Knee Surgery Success

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Obesity May Not Compromise Knee Surgery Success FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Weight doesn't seem to affect whether a common type of knee surgery will be successful, a new study shows. About 15 percent of meniscal repair surgeries fail, researchers said. It's been widely believed that patients with a higher body mass index (BMI) are at increased risk for failure because more weight puts more pressure on the knee. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. But this study of 4...

  • Ouch! How to Tell If You Have a Sprain, a Strain or a Tear

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Ouch! How to Tell If You Have a Sprain, a Strain or a Tear FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sprains, strains and tears are different types of injuries, and it's important to know how they differ, a sports massage therapist says. A sprain is the overstretching or tearing of ligaments, which are the tissues that connect bones to each other and stabilize them. "Sprains occur when the joint is forced into an unnatural position. They happen most often in the ankle but can occur at any joint, such a...

  • Ocrevus Approved to Treat Severe Form of Multiple Sclerosis

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Ocrevus Approved to Treat Severe Form of Multiple Sclerosis WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The injected drug Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) and relapsing forms of the disease, the agency said Wednesday in a news release. MS is an inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, characterized by periods of active symptoms (relapses) and recovery periods (remiss...

  • Obesity in Youth Tied to Higher Odds for Liver Cancer in Men

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Obesity in Youth Tied to Higher Odds for Liver Cancer in Men TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and obese young men are at increased risk for serious liver disease or liver cancer later in life, and those with diabetes have an even higher risk, a new study warns. Efforts to reduce obesity, "should be implemented from an early age to reduce the future burden of severe liver disease on individuals and society," say Swedish researchers led by Hannes Hagstrom, of the Center for Digestive...

  • Opioid Dependence Can Start in Just a Few Days

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Opioid Dependence Can Start in Just a Few Days THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction, a new study suggests. Among patients without cancer, a single day's supply of a narcotic painkiller can result in 6 percent of patients being on an opioid a year later, the researchers said. The odds of long-term opioid use increased most sharply in the first days of therap...

  • Opioid Painkillers and Xanax or Valium a Deadly Mix: Study

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Opioid Painkillers and Xanax or Valium a Deadly Mix: Study WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing opioid painkillers with common anxiety and sleep medications is a prescription for a deadly overdose, a new U.S. study shows. Of all fatal overdoses from narcotic medications, nearly 30 percent also involved benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Klonopin and Valium, the researchers said. "It's not news that this combination is not a good one, but despite being well known, it's gone up over time, and...

  • Osteoporosis Fractures May Be Deadlier for Men

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Osteoporosis Fractures May Be Deadlier for Men WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men are more likely than women to die after suffering an osteoporosis-related fracture, researchers report. Osteoporosis, a disease where bones become weak and brittle, affects more than 44 million Americans. It contributes to about 2 million fractures a year, with women suffering more of these broken bones than men. "Although women are more likely to sustain an initial, osteoporosis-related 'fragility fracture,...

  • Obese Moms May Fail to Spot Obesity in Their Own Kids

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Obese Moms May Fail to Spot Obesity in Their Own Kids TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many overweight and obese mothers may underestimate the weight of their obese children, a new study finds. The researchers looked at 230 overweight and obese mothers with preschool children. Among the mothers with overweight or obese children, only 20 percent correctly assessed their child's weight, while 40 percent underestimated their child's weight. "This study included only mothers who were overweight o...

  • Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Cut Medical Bill Worries, Study Finds

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Cut Medical Bill Worries, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People living in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are less likely to be uninsured or struggling with the strain of unpaid medical bills, a new study finds. The study is the latest to examine the impact of expanding Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income Americans. To date, 31 states plus the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid un...