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  • ACL Surgery Usually Puts Athletes Back in Play: Study

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    ACL Surgery Usually Puts Athletes Back in Play: Study WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most athletes who undergo reconstructive surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are able to return to sports, a new study says. Researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City followed more than 200 athletes who had ACL reconstruction there between 2009 and 2013. An average of 10 months after surgery, nearly nine out of 10 patients had resumed their sport. Of those patients...

  • Allergic to Peanuts? Tree Nuts Might Still Be Safe

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    Allergic to Peanuts? Tree Nuts Might Still Be Safe MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having an allergy to one type of nut may not necessarily doom you to a lifelong avoidance of all nuts, a new study suggests. In fact, more than half of the people who were allergic to one type of tree nut did not have a reaction to other tree nuts, the researchers reported. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts and hazelnuts. Interestingly, the scientists also discovered that almo...

  • A Lonely Heart Could Worsen a Cold

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    A Lonely Heart Could Worsen a Cold THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A cold is never fun, but it's even more misery for folks who feel lonely, new research suggests. "We think this is important, particularly because of the economic burden associated with the common cold," said study co-author Angie LeRoy, a psychology graduate student at Rice University in Houston. "Millions of people miss work each year because of it. And that has to do with how they feel, not necessarily with how much they'...

  • Avoid Unsightly Fungal Toenail Infections

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Avoid Unsightly Fungal Toenail Infections TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fungal nail infections, though unsightly, are generally painless and can often be prevented, a skin and nail specialist says. "Fungal nail infections are common and tend to run in families because of an inherited tendency, although not everyone is susceptible," Dr. Joshua Zeichner said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "Since fungal nail infections are contagious, it's important to take precautions to...

  • Autism Greatly Boosts Kids' Injury Risk, Especially for Drowning

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Autism Greatly Boosts Kids' Injury Risk, Especially for Drowning TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism are at extremely high risk of drowning compared to other kids, a new study reveals. Analysis of death records found that kids with an autism spectrum disorder are 160 times more likely to die from drowning compared with the general pediatric population, the researchers reported. Children diagnosed with autism -- usually between 2 and 3 years of age -- need swimming lessons as...

  • A Warming Planet Might Mean More Diabetes

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    A Warming Planet Might Mean More Diabetes TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The effects of climate change are far-reaching, but new research suggests a surprising linkage to a warming Earth -- more cases of type 2 diabetes. For every 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) rise in environmental temperature, the researchers calculated that there would be an increase of more than 100,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes in the United States alone. Why? The study authors explained that during cold ...

  • ATMs, Coffee Shops Ideal Spots for Heart Defibrillators

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    ATMs, Coffee Shops Ideal Spots for Heart Defibrillators MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- ATMs and coffee shops may be among the best spots to place lifesaving defibrillators, a new study suggests. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are devices that can be used by a layperson to restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest. But to do that, they have to be readily accessible. The new study tried to locate where AEDs could potentially save the most lives. Focusing on Toronto, the Canadian...

  • Are Blood Thinners Overused in Patients With Irregular Heartbeat?

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Are Blood Thinners Overused in Patients With Irregular Heartbeat? FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people living with the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation may be taking unneeded blood thinners, a new study suggests. These blood thinners, which include aspirin, Plavix and warfarin, are believed to reduce the risk of stroke that can come with atrial fibrillation. But for many atrial fibrillation patients with a low stroke risk, the medications might actually increase both ...

  • America's Porky Pets Face Health Woes, Too, FDA Says

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    America's Porky Pets Face Health Woes, Too, FDA Says THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's weight problem extends to its pets, with a majority of cats and dogs dangerously overweight, a federal government veterinarian warns. "Just as obesity has become a serious problem in people, it's also a growing problem in pets, one that can seriously harm your pet's health," said Dr. Carmela Stamper, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine. About 58 percent of cat...

  • Another Obesity Downside: Higher Esophageal Cancer Risk

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Another Obesity Downside: Higher Esophageal Cancer Risk WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight 20-somethings dramatically increase their risk of esophageal and stomach cancer if they become obese later in life, a new study suggests. The research indicated that people who were overweight in their 20s had a 60 percent to 80 percent increased risk of developing these cancers, compared with those who maintained a normal weight throughout their life, researchers said. And those who then gai...