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  • Australia's Gun Laws Silence Mass Shooters

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Australia's Gun Laws Silence Mass Shooters WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Since tighter gun laws were introduced in Australia 20 years ago, there hasn't been a single mass shooting in that country, researchers report. There has also been a large decline in overall gun-related deaths in Australia since the laws were enacted, the study found. "We are unaware of any other nation that has enacted such a substantial change in gun laws as has been implemented in Australia," Simon Chapman, of the...

  • A Little Guidance Is Key to Getting That Cancer Screen

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    A Little Guidance Is Key to Getting That Cancer Screen WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The use of patient navigators -- people who help patients receive health care services -- improved cancer screening rates among low-income and ethnic minority patients, a new study reports. "These findings demonstrate how effective patient navigators can be for patients who, for a variety of reasons, encounter obstacles to receiving cancer screening," said study author Dr. Sanja Percac-Lima. She is physic...

  • Abortion Rates Rising in Zika-Affected Countries, Study Shows

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Abortion Rates Rising in Zika-Affected Countries, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fears over birth defects from mosquito-borne Zika may be driving up abortion rates in Latin American countries affected by the virus, a new study finds. In Brazil and Ecuador -- where governments have issued health warnings on the danger to the fetus from maternal Zika infection -- requests for abortion in 2016 have doubled from 2010 rates, researchers say. The other 17 Latin American countries cov...

  • Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than $30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. "Substantial numbers of American...

  • Are Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk for Fatal Heart Attack?

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Are Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk for Fatal Heart Attack? MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly eating fish and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may lower your risk of fatal heart disease, a new research review suggests. "Our results lend support to the importance of fish and omega-3 consumption as part of a healthy diet," said senior study author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, in Boston. "At a time when some...

  • Arthritis Possible Side Effect of Certain Cancer Drugs: Study

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Arthritis Possible Side Effect of Certain Cancer Drugs: Study TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Certain cancer immunotherapy drugs may increase risk for joint and tissue disease, including arthritis, new research suggests. "We keep having referrals coming in from our oncologists as more patients are treated with these drugs," said Dr. Clifton Bingham, director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. "In particular, as more patients are treated with combinations of multiple immunothe...

  • Antidepressant No Help to Heart Failure Patients: Study

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Antidepressant No Help to Heart Failure Patients: Study TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The antidepressant Lexapro may not help heart failure patients suffering from depression, German researchers report. "Depression in heart failure may not be the same depression patients without heart failure get and who respond well to antidepressants," said lead researcher Dr. Christiane Angermann, a professor of cardiology at University Hospital Wurzburg. Heart failure is associated with biological chang...

  • Allergists: Daily Bath OK for Kids With Eczema

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Allergists: Daily Bath OK for Kids With Eczema WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although some doctors advise against giving a daily bath to kids with the skin condition eczema, a new paper says a daily soak is fine as long as it's followed by plenty of moisturizer. Eczema occurs in adults and children, but is most common in babies. It results in extremely dry, itchy skin, and sometimes inflamed rashes. Some medical professionals believe infrequent bathing (less than once a day) helps prevent...

  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    Posted: 06/28/2016

    Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation inj...

  • Another Potential Use for Statins?

    Posted: 06/28/2016

    Another Potential Use for Statins? TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists believe they've discovered another property of cholesterol-lowering statins. The drugs may significantly reduce the risk of infection in stroke patients, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 1,600 people hospitalized with ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow the brain). Those taking statins reduced their risk of infection by 58 percent, the study found. "If patients had statins ...