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  • Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About 10 percent of American seniors suffer elder abuse, yet the problem is often missed in hospital emergency departments, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed national data and found that emergency doctors make a formal diagnosis of such cases in only 1 of 7,700 visits by seniors. "These findings indicate that the vast majority of victims of elder abuse pass through the emergency department without the problem being identified...

  • Electronic In-Hospital Prescribing: Trouble for Older Adults?

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Electronic In-Hospital Prescribing: Trouble for Older Adults? TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preprogrammed doses of medications that can raise the risk of falls are often set too high for older hospital patients, new research shows. In the study, doctors looked at the records of 287 patients over the age of 65 who fell while staying in a large urban hospital. Some patients fell more than once, adding to a total of 328 falls in the study. Of those falls, 62 percent occurred in patients who ha...

  • Exploding Some Turkey Myths

    Posted: 12/03/2016

    Exploding Some Turkey Myths WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A nutrition expert is talking turkey to dispel some common myths about the focus of most Thanksgiving meals. The most-repeated myth is that eating turkey makes you sleepy. While it does contain tryptophan -- an amino acid supplement that promotes sleep when taken alone on an empty stomach -- turkey also contains many other amino acids that are likely to limit the effects of tryptophan, said Judith Rodriguez. She is chair of the dep...

  • Earnings Fall After a Child's Cancer Diagnosis

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    Earnings Fall After a Child's Cancer Diagnosis MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After a child's cancer diagnosis, parents' income often drops and mothers frequently stop working, a new study finds. Moreover, the financial effects of a cancer diagnosis can last years, with mothers' earnings dipping significantly more than fathers' pay, the study suggests. Mothers' incomes fell 21 percent in the first year after a child developed cancer versus 10 percent for fathers, according to the study. "In a...

  • E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarettes could be as harmful to gums and teeth as regular cigarettes are, a new study suggests. In laboratory experiments, researchers at the University of Rochester in New York exposed nonsmokers' gum tissue to e-cigarette vapors. Their findings appear to counter arguments that the battery-operated devices are a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking. "We showed that when the vapors from an e-cigarette...

  • Exercise Good for Cancer Patients During, After Treatment

    Posted: 11/22/2016

    Exercise Good for Cancer Patients During, After Treatment TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exercising during and after cancer treatment is safe and improves quality of life, fitness and physical functioning, new research indicates. Benefits occurred with all types of exercise, said study author Brian Focht. "Overall, resistance exercise, aerobic exercise -- and even a combination of aerobic and resistance -- resulted in improvement in fitness and quality of life and physical function," said Fo...

  • E-Cigs Tied to More Frequent, Heavier Teen Tobacco Use

    Posted: 11/15/2016

    E-Cigs Tied to More Frequent, Heavier Teen Tobacco Use TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who regularly "vape" e-cigarettes are more likely to become frequent and heavy cigarette smokers, new research finds. A survey of students at 10 Los Angeles County public schools found that teens who vape frequently are more than twice as likely to start smoking "on about a weekly basis," said lead researcher Adam Leventhal. Further, these teenagers are twice as likely to smoke more cigarettes on days ...

  • Ebola Virus Mutated to Become More Infectious, Scientists Say

    Posted: 11/12/2016

    Ebola Virus Mutated to Become More Infectious, Scientists Say THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mutations in the Ebola virus boosted its ability to infect people during the 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africa, two independent teams of researchers say. By the time the epidemic ended, more than 28,000 people had been infected and more than 11,000 had died. The authors of the studies wanted to determine if there were any genetic changes in the Ebola virus in response to infection in such a large num...

  • Every Day in the Womb Boosts Babies' Brain Development: Study

    Posted: 11/08/2016

    Every Day in the Womb Boosts Babies' Brain Development: Study MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Carrying a baby as close to full term as possible is better for the baby's brain development, a new study suggests. "What this study shows us is that every day and every week of in utero development is critical," said study senior author Catherine Limperopoulos. She directs the Developing Brain Research Laboratory at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C. "If at all possible, we need to...

  • Experimental Medicine Might Rescue People With Drug-Resistant HIV

    Posted: 11/07/2016

    Experimental Medicine Might Rescue People With Drug-Resistant HIV FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that a new medication might revolutionize the treatment of HIV patients who don't respond to existing drugs. The intravenous drug, known as ibalizumab, is given every two weeks. It's now in the final stage of research required before drug makers can seek U.S. government approval. "These are sick, vulnerable, desperate patients," said study author Dr. Jacob Lalezari, an assistant...