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  • Immunotherapy Not a Quick Fix for Hay Fever

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Immunotherapy Not a Quick Fix for Hay Fever TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Immunotherapy -- often in the form of allergy shots -- can combat the runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure of persistent hay fever. But it can't be done in less than three years, British researchers report. Two years of immunotherapy was only as effective as a placebo, the study authors said. The key, the researchers added, seems to be a third year of treatment. "Immunotherapy for hay fever ...

  • Imaging Study Confirms Brain Differences in People With ADHD

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Imaging Study Confirms Brain Differences in People With ADHD WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who pinpointed brain differences in people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) say their findings show the condition should be considered a brain disorder. The international study -- the largest of its kind -- included more than 1,700 people with ADHD and more than 1,500 without the disorder. Participants were between the ages of 4 and 63. "We hope that this will help to...

  • Is Surgery Always Needed for Kids' Appendicitis?

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Is Surgery Always Needed for Kids' Appendicitis? FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Skipping surgery and treating appendicitis with antibiotics alone may be a safe approach for many children, a new analysis suggests. Reviewing 10 studies on more than 400 young patients, researchers found that nonsurgical treatment for an inflamed appendix appeared effective overall. But, appendicitis recurred in 14 percent of patients, and the study authors urged more research to inform doctors' decision-making. ...

  • Is It Parkinson's or Something Else? Blood Test Might Tell

    Posted: 02/16/2017

    Is It Parkinson's or Something Else? Blood Test Might Tell WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Measuring a particular blood protein might help doctors easily distinguish Parkinson's disease from some similar disorders, a new study suggests. The potential blood test is "not ready for prime time," Parkinson's disease experts said. But, it marks progress in the quest for an objective way to diagnose Parkinson's and similar conditions known as atypical parkinsonian disorders, they noted. Parkinson's...

  • Is There a Link Between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer?

    Posted: 02/07/2017

    Is There a Link Between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer? TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Developing or worsening type 2 diabetes could be an early sign of pancreatic cancer, new research suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly a million patients with type 2 diabetes or pancreatic cancer in Italy and Belgium. Half of all pancreatic cancer cases were diagnosed within a year of patients being diagnosed with diabetes, the findings showed. The investigators also found that type 2 diabetes p...

  • If You Can't Stay Off Social Media, Maybe It's in Your Genes

    Posted: 02/06/2017

    If You Can't Stay Off Social Media, Maybe It's in Your Genes FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How many hours you devote to social networking, gaming and other online media may depend on your genes, British researchers report. People differ significantly in their use of online media, and researchers are trying to determine why. This new study of twins gives DNA some of the credit. Researchers at King's College London analyzed online media use by more than 8,500 16-year-old identical and non-iden...

  • Is Chemo Overused in Younger Colon Cancer Patients?

    Posted: 02/02/2017

    Is Chemo Overused in Younger Colon Cancer Patients? WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young and middle-aged colon cancer patients may be getting chemotherapy more often than is warranted, a new study suggests. "Most of the young patients received postoperative systemic chemotherapy, including multi-[drug] regimens, which are currently not recommended for most patients with early stage colon cancer," the study authors wrote. The research team was led by Dr. Kangmin Zhu from the Walter Reed Nat...

  • Incentives May Spur Poor Families to Buy More Fruits, Veggies

    Posted: 01/26/2017

    Incentives May Spur Poor Families to Buy More Fruits, Veggies WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A quick chat with low-income families about financial incentives to eat more fruits and vegetables increased consumption of these items, U.S. researchers say. "Diet-related disease is disproportionately concentrated in low-income communities where fruit and vegetable consumption is far below [federal] guidelines. Unfortunately, healthy food is often more expensive than calorie-rich, nutrient-poor j...

  • Implanted Defibrillators Benefit Seniors: Study

    Posted: 01/25/2017

    Implanted Defibrillators Benefit Seniors: Study WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who receive an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) have high survival rates, a new study finds. An ICD -- which is placed under the skin and connected to the heart with wires -- detects an irregular heartbeat and delivers an electrical shock to restore normal rhythm. In the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 12,400 Medicare patients, aged 65 and older, who received an ICD after sudd...

  • IRS Reminds Millions About Fines for Not Signing Up for Obamacare

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    IRS Reminds Millions About Fines for Not Signing Up for Obamacare MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even as Republicans in Congress race to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the IRS is reminding millions of Americans they still need to sign up soon for health insurance if they don't want to pay fines. The Internal Revenue Service enforces one of the most disliked parts of the controversial health care reform law -- the fines. The Obama administration is hoping the 7.5 million letters the agency is...