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  • 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...

  • Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Puts Illness in the Spotlight

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    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...

  • Later School Bell Could Boost U.S. Economy by $83 Billion Over Decade

    Posted: 09/17/2017

    Later School Bell Could Boost U.S. Economy by $83 Billion Over Decade TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying the start of the school day until 8:30 a.m. and letting students sleep a little longer would contribute $83 billion to the U.S. economy within 10 years, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation. It's estimated that 82 percent of middle and high schools begin earlier than 8:30 a.m., with an average start time of 8:03 a.m., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control an...

  • Long-Acting Inhaler May Help in Early Stage COPD, Too

    Posted: 09/17/2017

    Long-Acting Inhaler May Help in Early Stage COPD, Too WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The inhaler medication Spiriva (tiotropium bromide) may help slow the progression of COPD if given in the early stages of the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that the drug helped patients preserve more lung function over two years. It also cut down on symptom flare-ups and boosted patients' quality of life, on average. All of the study patients were in the early stages of chronic obstructi...

  • Land Mines Being Replaced by More Deadly Explosive Devices: Study

    Posted: 09/05/2017

    Land Mines Being Replaced by More Deadly Explosive Devices: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Land mines have maimed thousands and been condemned in 162 countries, but new research shows they have been supplanted by a far more dangerous explosive device. Scientists compared the injuries from both land mines and what are known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). They found these newer devices, which are often perceived as crude or primitive, are actually sophisticated and highly destr...

  • Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids

    Posted: 09/10/2016

    Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Laser pointers may look harmless enough, but when children play with them kids can end up with blurry vision, blind spots or potentially permanent vision loss, eye experts report. A new study details the cases of four children, aged 9 through 16, whose horseplay with laser pointers caused dramatic injury to the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that is essential to seeing clearly. The ...

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding What is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding? Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is one of the least invasive operations available for obesity. It’s done with a few tiny abdominal cuts, instead of with one large cut. The surgeon puts instruments through the cuts. One of those instruments is a laparoscope, a tool with a tiny camera. The surgeon uses these tools to place a band around the top portion of the stomach, leaving a very small pouch availabl...

  • Lead Extraction

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Lead Extraction What is lead extraction? Many people have surgically implanted cardiac devices. These devices include pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators or ICDs. Pacemakers can help treat slow heart rhythms, and ICDs stop dangerous rapid heart rhythms. Both these devices have two main components: a pulse generator and a set of leads. The pulse generator is a small computer with electric circuits and a battery. The leads are wires that run between the pulse generator and the heart. Th...

  • Loop Recorder Implantation

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Loop Recorder Implantation What is loop recorder implantation? An implantable loop recorder, or ILR, is a device that helps the heart. It has several uses. The most common ones include looking for causes of fainting, palpitations, very fast or slow heartbeats, and hidden rhythms that can cause strokes. During a loop recorder implantation, your heart health care provider (cardiologist) does a minor procedure. He or she places the machine under your skin, on your chest wall, a few inches below your collar...

  • Laser Photocoagulation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Laser Photocoagulation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration What is laser photocoagulation for age-related macular degeneration? Laser photocoagulation is a type of laser surgery for the eyes. It is done to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a condition that can lead to loss of vision. The retina is the layer of cells in the back of your eye that converts light into electrical signals. Your retina then sends these signals to your brain. AMD affects your macula. The macula is the sensit...