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  • Some Lead Poisoning Tests May Be Faulty

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Some Lead Poisoning Tests May Be Faulty WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lead tests made by Magellan Diagnostics may yield inaccurate results for some children and adults, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday. Parents of children younger than 6 years old, pregnant women and nursing mothers who have been tested for lead exposure using these tests should consult a health care provider about whether they should be retested, the officials said. Data indicate that when all four of Magellan's lea...

  • Suicide by Insulin?

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Suicide by Insulin? THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Insulin typically saves the lives of those with diabetes, but it can also be a way for some people to kill themselves, a new review warns. People with the blood sugar disease tend to suffer higher rates of depression, the researchers explained. And suicide or suicide attempts using insulin or other diabetes medications that lower blood sugar levels may not always be an easy-to-spot attempt at self-harm, they added. "Some suicides with insuli...

  • Study Refutes Viagra-Melanoma Link

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Study Refutes Viagra-Melanoma Link FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some good news for sexually active older men: Viagra and related erectile dysfunction drugs do not increase the risk of deadly melanoma skin cancer, researchers report. "Physicians should still screen for melanoma risk, but they do not need to add the use of Viagra and similar drugs to the list of screening criteria specifically," said study leader Dr. Stacy Loeb. Loeb is a urologist and assistant professor at NYU Langone Medica...

  • Study Casts Doubt on Need for Statins in the 'Healthy Old'

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Study Casts Doubt on Need for Statins in the 'Healthy Old' MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Senior citizens with no history of heart problems appear to gain no health benefit from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, a new study suggests. People 65 and older treated with pravastatin (Pravachol) as part of a major clinical trial had about the same risk of death as people in a placebo group, according to the results. They also appeared to suffer strokes and heart attacks at about the same rate. "Our...

  • Sleep Apnea May Boost Pregnancy Complications

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Sleep Apnea May Boost Pregnancy Complications MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers-to-be with sleep apnea may have a higher risk of pregnancy complications, longer hospital stays and admission to the ICU than those without the sleep disorder, a new study suggests. The study of more than 1.5 million U.S. women found sleep apnea linked to significantly higher odds for problems such as heart failure, hysterectomy, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. The findings may come as a surprise even t...

  • Suicide Risk Quadruples After Lung Cancer Diagnosis

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Suicide Risk Quadruples After Lung Cancer Diagnosis TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with lung cancer have a strikingly higher-than-normal risk of suicide, a new study finds. While a cancer diagnosis on its own significantly raises the risk of suicide, the study found that a lung cancer diagnosis raised the odds of suicide by over four times compared to people in the general population. "A cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming diagnosis for patients psychologically and emotionally," explai...

  • Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds of Irregular Heartbeat

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds of Irregular Heartbeat TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with sleep apnea may be more likely to develop the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation, especially if the oxygen level in their blood drops below normal, Canadian researchers report. Sleep apnea, which obstructs breathing, causes people to wake many times during the night to start breathing again. It's possible, researchers said, that disrupted sleep along with a drop in the level of oxygen in the bl...

  • Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements for Knee Pain

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements for Knee Pain TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fiber helps lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and keep the bowels running smoothly, but a new study suggests it can also reduce knee pain from arthritis. Researchers found that people who ate the most fiber reported reduced osteoarthritis knee pain by up to 60 percent. However, X-rays did not show any difference in their knees compared to those who consumed less fiber. A second study looked at the e...

  • Sleepless Nights Could Pose Heart Risk Dangers

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Sleepless Nights Could Pose Heart Risk Dangers WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting less than six hours of sleep a night may double the odds of dying from heart disease or stroke for people who already have risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, new research suggests. Known as metabolic syndrome, this cluster of risk factors can include high blood pressure, high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, high blood sugar, obesity, high levels of blood fats known as triglycerides and low lev...

  • Sunscreen 101

    Posted: 05/23/2017

    Sunscreen 101 TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people make mistakes when using sunscreen that could increase their risk of skin cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers set up free sunscreen dispensers at the Minnesota State Fair and watched as nearly 2,200 people used them. The researchers found that only 33 percent of people applied sunscreen to all exposed skin. Only 38 percent were wearing sun-protective clothing, hats or sunglasses. Also, use of the free sunscreen dispensers fell sha...