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  • Leading Medical Groups Join March for Science on April 22

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    Leading Medical Groups Join March for Science on April 22 MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than two dozen U.S. medical groups say they will join the March for Science on Earth Day. Organizers say the April 22 march, planned as a protest against the Trump administration's policies towards federal health and environmental agencies, will include more than 170 groups. The main march will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with additional marches scheduled in 425 other locations...

  • Love Chocolate? Potato Chips? Your Genes Might Be to Blame

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    Love Chocolate? Potato Chips? Your Genes Might Be to Blame SUNDAY, April 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your tendency to indulge in chocolate, go heavy on salt, or eat veggies may be tied to certain gene variants, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 800 adults, found links between several genes and people's food likes and dislikes. The gene variants were already known. One, for example, is linked to obesity risk; others are involved in hormone regulation. It's not yet clear what the new findings...

  • Lead Exposure as Child, Lower IQ as Adult?

    Posted: 04/04/2017

    Lead Exposure as Child, Lower IQ as Adult? TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who had high levels of lead exposure during childhood may have lower IQs and poorer-paying jobs as adults, a new study suggests. Researchers followed more than 500 New Zealanders from birth in the 1970s to adulthood. When the study began, New Zealand had some of the highest gasoline lead levels in the world. Breathing in leaded gas fumes, or playing with soil near busy roads, could heighten lead exposure since ...

  • Less Salt, Fewer Nighttime Bathroom Trips?

    Posted: 04/03/2017

    Less Salt, Fewer Nighttime Bathroom Trips? SUNDAY, March 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lowering your salt intake could mean fewer trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, a new study suggests. Most people over age 60, and many even younger, wake up to pee one or more times a night. This is called nocturia. This interruption of sleep can lead to problems such as stress, irritability or tiredness, which can affect quality of life. There are several possible causes of nocturia, including -- as this...

  • Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

    Posted: 04/03/2017

    Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet. About 8.5 million Americans have PAD, including up to 20 percent of people over age 60, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lack of blood flow to the legs and feet may lead to wounds that don't heal and, in severe cases, amputation, warned Dr...

  • Less-Invasive Fibroid Treatment May Be 'Under-Used'

    Posted: 03/13/2017

    Less-Invasive Fibroid Treatment May Be 'Under-Used' MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A minimally invasive procedure for uterine fibroids may be "under-used" in U.S. hospitals, compared with surgery, a new study suggests. The study looked at a national sample of hospitals and found that fewer fibroid patients are undergoing hysterectomy -- surgical removal of the uterus. But hysterectomy remains much more common compared with a less-invasive procedure called embolization. Fibroids are non-cancer...

  • Longer Addiction Treatment Is Better, Study Confirms

    Posted: 03/12/2017

    Longer Addiction Treatment Is Better, Study Confirms FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The longer patients receive treatment for addiction, the greater their chances of success, a new study finds. The study included 72 people, with an average age of 30 years. The participants were being treated for a variety of addictions, including alcohol and drugs such as opioids, amphetamines and benzodiazepines. The only significant factor in treatment success was the length of treatment. After one year, th...

  • Live Healthy, Live Longer

    Posted: 03/04/2017

    Live Healthy, Live Longer FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to live a longer, healthier life? Try five simple lifestyle recommendations, a public health expert says. "Stay up to date on immunizations, screening exams for specific types of cancer [e.g., colorectal cancer screening for men and women, and breast and cervical cancer screening for women], and screening blood tests for conditions such as diabetes and HIV," said Dr. Paul Erwin, head of the department of public health at the Univer...

  • Lower Back Disk Surgeries May Benefit All Ages

    Posted: 03/02/2017

    Lower Back Disk Surgeries May Benefit All Ages THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People of all ages seem to benefit from surgery for a slipped or bulging ("herniated") disk in the lower back, a new study suggests. Older patients, over the age of 65, actually seemed to experience greater lower back relief than their younger peers, the researchers found. However, the study also suggested that seniors undergoing such surgery appear to face a relatively higher risk for minor post-surgical complica...

  • Little Weight Gain in Pregnancy Tied to Schizophrenia Risk in Kids: Study

    Posted: 03/01/2017

    Little Weight Gain in Pregnancy Tied to Schizophrenia Risk in Kids: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gaining too little weight during pregnancy may increase the odds that a child will develop schizophrenia later in life, Swedish researchers suggest. Past research has shown that pregnant women in areas of famine are more likely to have children who suffer from mental disorders, including schizophrenia. The new study found a 30 percent increased risk for schizophrenia in children of unde...