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  • Is Full Lymph Node Removal Always Needed for Melanoma?

    Posted: 06/19/2017

    Is Full Lymph Node Removal Always Needed for Melanoma? THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Removing all lymph nodes in the vicinity of a melanoma skin cancer may not increase a patient's overall chances for survival, a new study concludes. This invasive procedure -- called complete lymph node dissection -- is a standard but hotly debated treatment for melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. For the study, investigators tracked more than 1,900 melanoma patients around the world. They found th...

  • It's Snakes to the Rescue for Heart Patients

    Posted: 06/19/2017

    It's Snakes to the Rescue for Heart Patients THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scary pit vipers may need an image upgrade: Their venom might end up helping human heart patients, research suggests. Taiwanese scientists say a blood thinner drug based on venom from the Wagler's pit viper was effective in mice, and might prove safer than current anti-clotting meds for humans one day. The serpent-medicine connection isn't new, one cardiologist noted, since venom typically kills by disrupting the blo...

  • Implantable Defibrillator May Not Mean End to Sports

    Posted: 06/14/2017

    Implantable Defibrillator May Not Mean End to Sports MONDAY, June 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Competitive sports may be safe for many athletes who have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), new research suggests. The four-year study followed 440 athletes with ICDs who participated in vigorous sports such as running, basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, skiing and snowboarding. An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin. When it detects an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), i...

  • Is One Round of Radiation Enough for Spine Pain in Cancer Patients?

    Posted: 06/13/2017

    Is One Round of Radiation Enough for Spine Pain in Cancer Patients? FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just one dose of radiation works as well as a full week of treatment to ease debilitating spinal pain in patients with advanced cancer, a new study shows. Known as spinal cord compression, the condition happens when a tumor presses against the spine. It can cause pain, numbness, tingling and difficulty walking. Radiation is often used to relieve these symptoms of spinal compression, but there is ...

  • Increasing Numbers of Pregnant Women Also Have Heart Disease

    Posted: 05/30/2017

    Increasing Numbers of Pregnant Women Also Have Heart Disease MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many more American women with heart disease are choosing to have babies, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 81,000 women with heart disease from 2003 to 2012. They found that the proportion who had babies rose 24 percent during that time. "We learned that in addition to the high and growing prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies, the reasons are mainly related to increa...

  • It's Often Family to the Rescue During Opioid ODs

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    It's Often Family to the Rescue During Opioid ODs WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The tragic scenario has become far too familiar: A mother, a father or a sibling discovers the lifeless body of a loved one who has overdosed on opioids. But a new study suggests that family members may be able to play a lifesaving role in some of these instances, mostly because of increased access to an antidote that can reverse an otherwise deadly ending. Sometimes, even the victims can rescue themselves from...

  • Is the AIDS Epidemic Winding Down in the U.S.?

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Is the AIDS Epidemic Winding Down in the U.S.? WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could the United States be turning the corner on the AIDS epidemic? New research suggests it's possible. If certain targets are met, the rate of new infections may be down to 12,000 a year by 2025, which would mark a transition toward the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the researchers said. "Achieving these targets will require a sustained and intensified national commitment to ending the epidemic," said study auth...

  • Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart Failure

    Posted: 05/23/2017

    Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart Failure TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-dose iron pills don't improve the exercise capacity of iron-deficient patients with a certain type of heart failure, a new study finds. Iron deficiency affects about half of heart failure patients with what's called reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF). This refers to how well the heart's left ventricle pumps with each contraction. This iron shortage is associated with reduced physical funct...

  • Is Your Child's Day Care Center Ready for Pandemic Flu?

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Is Your Child's Day Care Center Ready for Pandemic Flu? MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of U.S. child care centers are not fully prepared to handle the risks posed by a possible influenza pandemic, a new investigation warns. The finding is based on the results of two flu-preparedness telephone surveys conducted in 2008 and 2016, both before and after the 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic. During both surveys, only 7 percent of child care center directors said that they had taken ...

  • Is Early Puberty in Girls a Risk Factor for Dating Abuse?

    Posted: 05/15/2017

    Is Early Puberty in Girls a Risk Factor for Dating Abuse? MONDAY, May 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who go through puberty earlier than their peers may be more vulnerable to abuse from a boyfriend, new research suggests. These girls were more likely to say a boyfriend had verbally or physically abused them: 32 percent did, versus 28 percent of their peers who went through puberty "on time." It's a small difference, said senior researcher Sara Jaffee, a professor of psychology at the University of Pe...