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  • Regular Drinkers, Irregular Heartbeat?

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Regular Drinkers, Irregular Heartbeat? MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly drinking even small amounts of alcohol may boost the risk of an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, a new research review finds. "The results are significant, since chances are, there are people who are consuming one to two glasses of alcohol per day that may not realize they are putting themselves at risk for irregular heartbeat," said study lead author Dr. Peter Kistler. He is head of clinical elect...

  • Rare Infant Seizure Disorder Often Missed

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Rare Infant Seizure Disorder Often Missed TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many infants with a rare form of epilepsy known as infantile spasms aren't promptly diagnosed, and that delay can lead to devastating health consequences, new research indicates. The peculiar clusters of seizures usually strike between 4 and 12 months of age, said study researcher Dr. Shaun Hussain. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. "It is completely different from o...

  • Rising Price of Opioid OD Antidote Could Cost Lives: Study

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Rising Price of Opioid OD Antidote Could Cost Lives: Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Escalating prices of the drug naloxone may threaten efforts to reduce opioid-related deaths across America, a team from Yale University and the Mayo Clinic warns. Naloxone is a drug given to people who overdose on prescription opioids and heroin. If administered in time, it can reverse the toxic and potentially deadly effects of "opioid intoxication." The research team called attention to skyrocketing ...

  • Researchers Explore Way to Detect Brain Injury in NFL Players

    Posted: 12/05/2016

    Researchers Explore Way to Detect Brain Injury in NFL Players MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've discovered a new way to detect and track brain injury related to repeated concussions in National Football League (NFL) players. Brain imaging scans in 14 current or former NFL players revealed elevated levels of a protein related to the body's immune response for brain injury, said lead researcher Dr. Jennifer Coughlin. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behaviora...

  • Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis, Research Shows

    Posted: 12/05/2016

    Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis, Research Shows FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While the rest of the United States makes major strides against cancer, a cancer crisis is taking hold in rural Appalachia. A University of Virginia (UVA) team analyzed federal government data and found that between 1969 and 2011, cancer rates fell in every U.S. region except rural Appalachia. Over the study period, rural Appalachia went from having the nation's lowest cancer death rate to the highest....

  • Researchers Put Embryo Development 'On Hold' in Mice

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    Researchers Put Embryo Development 'On Hold' in Mice WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they were able to halt development of early mouse embryos for up to a month in the lab before they resumed normal growth. This research could prove important in areas such as assisted reproduction, regenerative medicine, aging and even cancer, according to the team from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The investigators used drugs that dampen the activity of a cell growth r...

  • Retail Health Clinics Fail to Curb Routine ER Visits, Study Finds

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    Retail Health Clinics Fail to Curb Routine ER Visits, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having retail health clinics near hospitals does not reduce emergency department visits for minor health problems, a new study finds. It was hoped that lower costs and increased convenience of clinics in drug stores or retail chains would curb emergency department visits, but these findings add to growing evidence that this is not the case, according to RAND Corp. researchers. The investigators ex...

  • Routine School Vaccine Requirements Raise HPV Shot Rates, Too

    Posted: 11/15/2016

    Routine School Vaccine Requirements Raise HPV Shot Rates, Too TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Schools that require routine vaccines as a condition of attendance have higher rates of vaccination, including higher rates of immunization for the human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study finds. The HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer, as well as other cancers linked to the sexually transmitted virus. Children at these schools are also more likely to get recommended shots for tetanus, diphthe...

  • Robotic Surgical Tools Tough to Keep Clean

    Posted: 11/09/2016

    Robotic Surgical Tools Tough to Keep Clean TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even with repeated cleanings, it's virtually impossible to remove all contamination from robotic surgical instruments, a new study suggests. "One of the top priorities for hospitals is to treat patients safely and with minimal risk of infection," said study author Yuhei Saito, an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo Hospital in Japan. "Our results show that surgical instruments could be placing patients at ris...

  • Researchers: We Found Area of Brain That Responds to Placebo

    Posted: 11/07/2016

    Researchers: We Found Area of Brain That Responds to Placebo FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've pinpointed the brain region linked to the placebo effect. The placebo effect occurs when a fake therapy -- such as a sugar pill -- leads to a significant decrease in pain or other health-related improvement. The finding could lead to improved treatment for the 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, the study authors said. Using a new type of MRI developed for the stu...