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  • Physical Therapy as Good as Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Study

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Physical Therapy as Good as Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Study FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery is a common approach to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. But, physical therapy may work just as well, a new study indicates. Researchers found that physical therapy -- particularly so-called manual therapy -- improved hand and wrist function and reduced pain as effectively as a standard operation for the condition. Moreover, after one month, physical therapy patients reported better resu...

  • Preventive Mastectomy Rates Vary by State

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Preventive Mastectomy Rates Vary by State WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In certain areas of the United States, more women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer are choosing to have the unaffected breast removed, new research finds. The study also found that younger women are especially likely to have the second breast removed. Nearly half of women under age 45 diagnosed with early breast cancer in five states opted for the procedure, said the study's senior author, Dr. Ahmedin Jemal. ...

  • Prostate Cancer Treatments Have Varying Side Effects, Study Shows

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Prostate Cancer Treatments Have Varying Side Effects, Study Shows TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The long-term side effects of different prostate cancer treatments vary -- and knowing that may help men decide which one is right for them. That's the conclusion of two new studies published March 21 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Both followed men who had early stage prostate cancer treated with "modern" approaches -- including the latest surgical and radiation techniques....

  • Parents Don't Always Head to Child's Doctor When Illness Strikes

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Parents Don't Always Head to Child's Doctor When Illness Strikes MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many American parents don't count on getting a same-day appointment with their child's doctor and turn to other health care options when their kids are suddenly sick, a new survey finds. More than 2,000 parents of youngsters up to age 18 were surveyed in the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. The parents were asked about trying to make a health provider appointment o...

  • Pradaxa Beats Warfarin After Heart Rhythm Procedure: Study

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Pradaxa Beats Warfarin After Heart Rhythm Procedure: Study MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients undergoing a surgical procedure to treat an irregular heartbeat are less likely to suffer problematic bleeding when given the blood thinner Pradaxa rather than warfarin, a new study finds. The two blood thinners were evaluated in a study of more than 600 patients. All had a minimally invasive procedure called catheter ablation to correct the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation. T...

  • Pot-Laced Goodies Can Poison a Child

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Pot-Laced Goodies Can Poison a Child FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cupcakes, brownies and candies containing marijuana can look irresistible to kids -- but eating even one treat might poison them, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns. With marijuana legal in recreational or medicinal form in more than half of U.S. states, edible forms are a popular alternative to smoking pot. But, parents must take steps to keep these potential temptations away from their children, says the American ...

  • Parenthood an Elixir for Longevity?

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Parenthood an Elixir for Longevity? TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It might not feel like it some days, but having children may ultimately help you live a little longer, a new study suggests. Parenthood appears to help delay death as you grow older, with parents living longer than those who are childless, Swedish researchers found. The differences in longevity were not overwhelming, however. For example, fathers were expected to live 2 years longer than non-fathers at age 60, while mothers ...

  • Poor Sleep in Preschool Years Could Mean Behavior Troubles Later

    Posted: 03/21/2017

    Poor Sleep in Preschool Years Could Mean Behavior Troubles Later TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Preschoolers who get too little sleep may be more likely to have trouble paying attention, controlling their emotions and processing information later in childhood, a new study suggests. By age 7, these sleepless kids had markedly decreased mental and emotional functioning, said study lead researcher Dr. Elsie Taveras. The children exhibited "poorer ability to pay attention, poorer emotional cont...

  • Pot Use Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke, Heart Failure

    Posted: 03/17/2017

    Pot Use Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke, Heart Failure THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research analyzing millions of U.S. medical records suggests that marijuana use raises an adult's risk of stroke and heart failure. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but the researchers said they tried to account for other heart risk factors. "Even when we corrected for known risk factors, we still found a higher rate of both stroke and heart failure in these patients," explained lead researche...

  • Pot + Booze = Skidding College Grades

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Pot + Booze = Skidding College Grades WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Too much alcohol may not do long-term damage to a college student's GPA, but adding marijuana to the mix can send grades tumbling, new research suggests. The two-year investigation found that, all things being equal, freshmen and sophomores who consistently consumed moderate-to-high quantities of both substances had lower grade point averages (GPAs) than their sober peers. But big drinkers whose pot use was relatively low...