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  • Scans May Spare Some Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients From Chemo

    Posted: 07/01/2016

    Scans May Spare Some Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients From Chemo THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A certain type of medical scan can be used to help spare some Hodgkin lymphoma patients from the severe side effects of chemotherapy, a new study suggests. Researchers found that PET imaging can identify patients whose Hodgkin lymphoma will likely respond better to treatment, and therefore require less intensive chemotherapy. "The good news is that the majority of people diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma ...

  • Smoking May Hinder Common Breast Cancer Treatment

    Posted: 07/01/2016

    Smoking May Hinder Common Breast Cancer Treatment FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may blunt the effectiveness of a certain kind of breast cancer treatment, new research suggests. Among breast cancer patients taking a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors, smokers had a three times greater risk of their cancer returning than nonsmokers, the investigators found. However, the study could not prove a cause-and-effect link. Smoking had little or no effect on the benefit of other drugs,...

  • Sudden Heart Death More Common in Male Minority Athletes

    Posted: 07/01/2016

    Sudden Heart Death More Common in Male Minority Athletes TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's always surprising and heartbreaking to hear about a young athlete dying suddenly. Now a new study finds that in many of these cases, an underlying heart problem was already present. The researchers found that about one-third of sudden cardiac deaths were caused by the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This condition causes a portion of the heart's wall to grow abnormally thick, which hinde...

  • Success in Mice Shows Zika Vaccine 'Feasible'

    Posted: 07/01/2016

    Success in Mice Shows Zika Vaccine 'Feasible' TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Studies involving mice support the effectiveness of two vaccine candidates against the Zika virus, scientists say. This "critical first step" is leading to trials in monkeys and humans, "and gives us early confidence that development of a protective Zika virus vaccine for humans is feasible," said researcher Col. Nelson Michael. He is co-leader of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, ...

  • Stem Cells Deemed Safe for ALS Patients

    Posted: 07/01/2016

    Stem Cells Deemed Safe for ALS Patients WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report that stem cell therapy appears to be safe for people with the invariably fatal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but it's not yet clear whether the treatment provides any benefits. In a preliminary study of just 15 ALS patients, researchers found that most were able to tolerate spinal injections of large doses of stem cells, although two patients developed serious complications. Experts call...

  • Stay Alert for Child Drowning Dangers This Summer

    Posted: 07/01/2016

    Stay Alert for Child Drowning Dangers This Summer WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- School's out and the temperature's rising and that means more people will be cooling off at beaches, lakes and pools. But a new report reveals that parents and caregivers need to be extra vigilant when kids are around the water. Nearly 800 children drowned in 2014 in the United States, and more than half were younger than 5, according to a research report by Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit organization...

  • Sufficient Sleep May Help Protect Men Against Diabetes: Study

    Posted: 07/01/2016

    Sufficient Sleep May Help Protect Men Against Diabetes: Study WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Too much or too little sleep may raise the risk of diabetes in men, but not women, a study by European researchers suggests. "Even when you are healthy, sleeping too much or too little can have detrimental effects on your health. This research shows how important sleep is to a key aspect of health -- glucose [sugar] metabolism," said senior study author Femke Rutters. She's with the VU Medical Cent...

  • Southern States Lagging in Tough Smoking Bans, CDC Says

    Posted: 06/30/2016

    Southern States Lagging in Tough Smoking Bans, CDC Says THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers in southern states can still find plenty of places to spread secondhand smoke to others, a new report finds. In fact, no states in the U.S. Southeast have comprehensive smoke-free laws to protect nonsmokers from tobacco fumes, a federal government report says. This type of law bans smoking in all indoor areas of workplaces, restaurants and bars. Dr. Tom Frieden directs the U.S. Centers for Disease...

  • Sprained Ankle Could Pose Longer-Term Harms to Health

    Posted: 06/30/2016

    Sprained Ankle Could Pose Longer-Term Harms to Health THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans have suffered through an ankle break or sprain, but new research suggests these injuries might have a larger effect on health. The study, based on a survey of thousands of adults, found that people with injured ankles tend to have higher rates of disability and arthritis, heart or respiratory issues going forward. The study can't prove cause-and-effect, but it points to the importance of prop...

  • Sleep Loses Out for Many Hooked on Video Games

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Sleep Loses Out for Many Hooked on Video Games FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Are video games like "Bloodborne," "Fallout" and "Call of Duty" worth losing sleep over? For plenty of gamers, the answer is yes. A new study of almost 1,000 gamers finds many will sacrifice sleep to continue playing, suggesting video games are addictive for some people, the researchers said. "Our data shows that video gaming is quite an important factor that frequently leads to missed sleep for 67 percent of gamers...