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  • Low-Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Overweight Older Women

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Low-Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Overweight Older Women THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A low-fat diet may lower older women's risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests. The study included more than 46,000 overweight and obese women between the ages of 50 and 79 who ate high-fat diets when they joined a clinical trial between 1993 and 1998. Some were assigned to eat less fat and more vegetables, fruits and grains (the intervention group). Others followed their normal diet...

  • Low-Fat Diet, Low-Carb Diet -- or 'Low Both'?

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Low-Fat Diet, Low-Carb Diet -- or 'Low Both'? THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low-carb diets are often thought of as fad diets that might yield a rapid initial weight loss, but aren't sustainable or necessarily healthy. But when there's academic research behind the approach, it's worth taking a second look. A study from Tulane University made headlines for showing that a low-carbohydrate diet (think Atkins and South Beach, to name a few) is more effective at losing weight and lowering heart d...

  • Liposuction May Ease Limb Swelling in Cancer Patients

    Posted: 11/13/2017

    Liposuction May Ease Limb Swelling in Cancer Patients WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Liposuction may help people with lymphedema -- a painful, disfiguring swelling of the arms, hands, legs or feet. Harvard researchers used the surgical technique to remove fat from just underneath the skin in three people with the condition. Two of the patients had lymphedema as a side effect of cancer treatment. The other one had a naturally developing form of lymphedema. In all three cases, there was impro...

  • Lethal Dangers Lurk Even After Opioid OD Rescue

    Posted: 11/09/2017

    Lethal Dangers Lurk Even After Opioid OD Rescue MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid addicts saved by the overdose reversal medication naloxone are still in danger following their close brush with death, a new study shows. About 10 percent of overdose patients saved with naloxone (Narcan) in Massachusetts hospitals ended up dying within a year, Harvard researchers reported. Further, half of those who died did so within one month of their rescue, the investigators found. "The opioid overdose ...

  • Lying Down After an Epidural: A Smart Idea?

    Posted: 10/31/2017

    Lying Down After an Epidural: A Smart Idea? THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lying down after an epidural increases a first-time mother's chances of having a normal birth, a new study suggests. With an epidural, a tube is inserted into a space below the spinal cord, and small doses of painkillers can be given during childbirth. More than 50 percent of U.S. women in labor have an epidural for pain relief, according to the American Pregnancy Association. But having an epidural increases the ris...

  • Like Your Skin, Your Hair? Thank Your Neanderthal Ancestors

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    Like Your Skin, Your Hair? Thank Your Neanderthal Ancestors THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Neanderthals are long gone, but bits of their genetic code help shape the bodies and minds of people today, researchers report. These ancient genes still appear to play a role in determining people's skin tone and hair color, plus characteristics as varied as mood, tendency to smoke, and sleep/wake patterns ("circadian rhythms"), the scientists said. The key to these traits in today's humans may lie in...

  • Limiting 'Cold Time' Could Make More Organs Available for Transplant

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    Limiting 'Cold Time' Could Make More Organs Available for Transplant THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By improving the way certain donated organs are handled before a transplant, more organs could end up being used, new research suggests. The concern centers on organs donated following "circulatory death" (DCD). That means a patient's heart, breathing and circulation stop functioning. Most donated organs come from people who are brain dead, but their circulation is continued with machines. Org...

  • Looking at Laughter for Clues to Anti-Social Behavior

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Looking at Laughter for Clues to Anti-Social Behavior FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A child's inability to laugh with others could point to psychopathic behavior later, a new study suggests. Most people find it natural to join in when they see or hear others laughing, the researchers noted. But laughter isn't contagious for boys at risk of developing psychopathy later in life, the researchers found. "Those social cues that automatically give us pleasure or alert us to someone's distress do ...

  • Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Puts Illness in the Spotlight

    Posted: 10/03/2017

    Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Puts Illness in the Spotlight THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Earlier this month, superstar Lady Gaga took to social media to announce that she has long struggled with fibromyalgia. The news has put the painful and poorly understood illness center stage. Just this week, the singer announced on Twitter that she's postponing the European leg of her 2017 "Joanne" concert tour due to what she described as fibromyalgia-related "trauma and chronic pain." Gaga hasn't offer...

  • Lifestyle Tips for Better Diabetes Control

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Lifestyle Tips for Better Diabetes Control WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Managing diabetes is more than just taking medication. Some adjustments in your daily lifestyle can have a huge impact on your overall well-being. In fact, for some people, this can be enough to control blood sugar without medication. But it's true that old habits die hard. Here are easy ways to make meaningful changes. Regular exercise helps you lower blood glucose (sugar) as well as lose weight, according to the A...