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  • Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    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...

  • Learning Issues Common in Kids With Heart Defects: Study

    Posted: 02/28/2017

    Learning Issues Common in Kids With Heart Defects: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children born with heart defects seem to be at increased risk of learning problems in elementary school, a new study suggests. And those with less severe heart abnormalities may not receive needed assistance, the study of third graders from North Carolina found. Among more than 9,000 students, children born with a heart defect were 24 percent more likely to not meet end-of-year standards in reading or mat...

  • Loneliness Often Plagues Black Women at Risk for Heart Disease

    Posted: 02/28/2017

    Loneliness Often Plagues Black Women at Risk for Heart Disease TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease can be a heavy burden for anyone. But new research suggests that black women at risk for the illness are also more prone to loneliness and money worries than their white peers. That's important, researchers said, because there's evidence that loneliness can raise risks of heart disease and other health problems. Black women "at risk for cardiovascular disease [often] have unique predic...

  • Low-Fat Meal May Boost Costly Cancer Drug

    Posted: 02/26/2017

    Low-Fat Meal May Boost Costly Cancer Drug FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a low-fat meal when taking an expensive prostate cancer drug can cut the cost of the drug by three-quarters, a new study indicates. "We know this drug [Zytiga] is absorbed much more efficiently when taken with food," said study author Dr. Russell Szmulewitz, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. "It's inefficient, even wasteful, to take this medicine while fasting, which is how the drug'...

  • Low-Income Kids More Likely to Have ADHD, Asthma

    Posted: 02/22/2017

    Low-Income Kids More Likely to Have ADHD, Asthma TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children in families struggling to make ends meet are developing asthma and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at faster rates than kids from families with greater means, a new study finds. On the other hand, kids from wealthier families are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder more often than children in poorer homes. But that likely indicates that those parents have better access to the he...