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  • Pharmacists Can Manage Some Chronic Conditions Effectively, Study Suggests

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Pharmacists Can Manage Some Chronic Conditions Effectively, Study Suggests MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmacists may do a better job than doctors helping chronically ill patients manage their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels if they're allowed to direct people's health care, a new evidence review suggests. The review also found that pharmacists could manage chronic diseases with about the same efficiency as doctors. However, current evidence doesn't show whether pharma...

  • Psoriasis Tied to Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Psoriasis Tied to Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The chronic skin disease psoriasis may be linked to excess weight and type 2 diabetes, results of a new study suggest. Danish researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes had more than 50 percent greater odds of having psoriasis compared to people without diabetes. The study also found that the rate of psoriasis went up with increasing weight. For example, obese people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 had ...

  • Playground-Related Brain Injuries on Rise in U.S.

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Playground-Related Brain Injuries on Rise in U.S. MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (Healthday News) -- For some kids, playgrounds aren't all fun and games. Playground-related brain injuries have risen significantly in the United States over the last decade, health officials say. Despite improvements in playground safety and design, between 2001 and 2013, emergency rooms treated an average of 21,000 playground-related traumatic brain injuries annually among kids 14 and younger. The statistics were compiled for a new ...

  • Painkiller Addiction Relapse More Likely for Some

    Posted: 05/01/2016

    Painkiller Addiction Relapse More Likely for Some FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Certain factors can help health care professionals predict who might relapse during treatment for prescription opioid painkiller addiction, Canadian researchers report. Opioid abuse is a serious problem in Canada and the United States, the researchers said. Methadone treatment is the most common therapy. But, nearly half of patients continue to abuse opioids during or after methadone treatment, researchers noted...

  • People With HIV May Age Faster, Study Suggests

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    People With HIV May Age Faster, Study Suggests THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with HIV may age prematurely, putting them at increased risk for an earlier death, a new study indicates. With antiretroviral therapy, many people with HIV can expect to live for decades after being infected with the AIDS-causing virus. However, doctors have noted that these patients often show signs of premature aging. Using what they called a highly accurate marker for aging on a biological level, the st...

  • Previous Mental Distress May Slow Concussion Recovery

    Posted: 04/27/2016

    Previous Mental Distress May Slow Concussion Recovery WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes may take longer to recover after a concussion if they had psychosomatic symptoms -- aches and pains caused by mental distress -- before their head injury, new research suggests. The study included 127 high school and college athletes who had concussions; 80 percent of the athletes were male. About two-thirds of the head injuries occurred during football. About one-quarter of the concussions happe...

  • Pair Gamblers Anonymous With Other Treatments for Best Results

    Posted: 04/24/2016

    Pair Gamblers Anonymous With Other Treatments for Best Results FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gamblers Anonymous helps people with gambling problems, and it's even more effective when used along with other treatments, researchers report. In a new review, investigators analyzed data from 17 studies published between 2002 and 2015 that examined problem gambling. The research included data on various aspects of problem gambling, and on treatments such as Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-step program ba...

  • Psoriasis May Raise Risk for Aneurysms in Abdomen: Study

    Posted: 04/21/2016

    Psoriasis May Raise Risk for Aneurysms in Abdomen: Study THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis patients may face a higher risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, though the overall odds of experiencing this potentially deadly blood vessel rupture are small, new research shows. The Danish scientists also found that the more severe the psoriasis -- a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by scaly, red patches of skin -- the more likely a person will develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm...

  • Prediabetes May Damage Nerves More Than Thought

    Posted: 04/19/2016

    Prediabetes May Damage Nerves More Than Thought TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prediabetes may cause more nerve damage than previously believed, researchers say. "The results of this new study add urgency to the need for more screening of those with the condition and faster intervention," said senior study author Dr. Michael Polydefkis, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The study included 62 people, including 52 with tingling and pain in their hands an...

  • Predicting Longevity May Be Simpler Than Thought

    Posted: 04/14/2016

    Predicting Longevity May Be Simpler Than Thought THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Testing the length of the ends of your DNA strands may not be the best predictor of how long you will live, a new study suggests. Instead, simpler measures that include your age and your ability to climb stairs or walk a short distance may more accurately pinpoint longevity, researchers report. The study team analyzed death rates over five years among older people in the United States (60 and older), Costa Rica ...