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  • Can Brain 'Pacemaker' Improve Lives of Head Trauma Patients?

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Can Brain 'Pacemaker' Improve Lives of Head Trauma Patients? THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deep brain stimulation -- a technique that sends targeted electrical impulses to certain areas of the brain -- may help people who've had a traumatic brain injury gain more independence, a new study suggests. "Traumatic brain injury is a common condition with over 80,000 new cases of disability each year," said Dr. Ali Rezai. He's director of the Neurological Institute at Ohio State University in Co...

  • Can Pregnancy Problems Foretell Future Health Risks?

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Can Pregnancy Problems Foretell Future Health Risks? MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some pregnancy complications may signal a higher risk of health problems later in life, according to a heart specialist. High blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes that develops during pregnancy usually gets better soon after delivery. But women who've had these conditions aren't off the hook, said Dr. Monika Sanghavi, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "These women are at higher ...

  • Cancer Treatment More Likely to Leave Blacks in Debt

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Cancer Treatment More Likely to Leave Blacks in Debt MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black cancer survivors are more likely than whites to wind up in debt or forego treatment due to cost, a new study finds. "More than 1.6 million adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, and many face some form of financial hardship related to cancer and cancer treatment, even when they're insured," said study author Theresa Hastert. Hastert is an assistant professor in the department o...

  • Common Culex Mosquitoes Don't Transmit Zika Virus: Study

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Common Culex Mosquitoes Don't Transmit Zika Virus: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The brown Culex mosquito doesn't appear to be able to transmit the Zika virus to people, researchers report. The researchers at Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute said their findings should assist health officials in their efforts to contain the mosquito-borne Zika virus that can cause terrible birth defects. "It's very important to know that Culex mosquitoes are not able to transmi...

  • Countless Opioid Pills Unused by Dental-Surgery Patients

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Countless Opioid Pills Unused by Dental-Surgery Patients TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of the narcotic painkillers prescribed after wisdom teeth removal go unused, according to a new study that suggests this could contribute to the U.S. opioid epidemic. "When translated to the broad U.S. population, our findings suggest that more than 100 million opioid pills prescribed to patients following surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth are not used, leaving the door open for po...

  • Could Prescribed NSAID Painkillers Raise Heart Failure Risk?

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Could Prescribed NSAID Painkillers Raise Heart Failure Risk? WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Use of prescription-strength ibuprofen, naproxen and other commonly used pain relievers may be tied to a higher risk of heart failure, researchers report. Medicines like these fall into a category of painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications may raise a person's relative risk of heart failure by nearly 20 percent, according to the analysis of medical rec...

  • Congress Agrees to More Zika Funding: Reports

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Congress Agrees to More Zika Funding: Reports WEDNESDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-delayed funding to combat the Zika virus is included in an emergency spending bill designed to keep the U.S. government running through mid-December, according to published reports on Wednesday. The bill would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and develop a vaccine and improved tests to detect it, the Associated Press reported. Zika, which is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, can cause severe ...

  • Can You Blame Your Headaches on Your Thyroid?

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Can You Blame Your Headaches on Your Thyroid? THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with migraines and other headache disorders have a greater risk of a thyroid disease known as hypothyroidism, a new study suggests. Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn't produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. This can cause mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, constipation and irregular menstrual cycles, according to researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The...

  • Cancer Patients in Poorer Countries Often Go Without Radiation

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Cancer Patients in Poorer Countries Often Go Without Radiation THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many cancer patients in low- and middle-income nations who would benefit from radiation treatment don't receive it, a new study finds. "In Ghana and the Philippines, for example, about eight in 10 cancer patients who need radiation therapy will not receive needed treatment," said study co-author Dr. Elena Fidarova, a researcher at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. She and ...

  • Concern About Dialysis Safety Spurs CDC Action

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Concern About Dialysis Safety Spurs CDC Action THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Steps to reduce bloodstream infections in dialysis patients will be mapped out Thursday at a meeting of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a coalition of kidney and dialysis groups. Dialysis treatment -- either in a hospital, a dialysis unit or at home -- is needed when the kidneys cannot filter wastes from the body sufficiently. Each year, about 37,000 dialysis patients in the United States ...