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  • Are Blood Thinners Overused in Patients With Irregular Heartbeat?

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Are Blood Thinners Overused in Patients With Irregular Heartbeat? FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people living with the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation may be taking unneeded blood thinners, a new study suggests. These blood thinners, which include aspirin, Plavix and warfarin, are believed to reduce the risk of stroke that can come with atrial fibrillation. But for many atrial fibrillation patients with a low stroke risk, the medications might actually increase both ...

  • ATMs, Coffee Shops Ideal Spots for Heart Defibrillators

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    ATMs, Coffee Shops Ideal Spots for Heart Defibrillators MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- ATMs and coffee shops may be among the best spots to place lifesaving defibrillators, a new study suggests. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are devices that can be used by a layperson to restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest. But to do that, they have to be readily accessible. The new study tried to locate where AEDs could potentially save the most lives. Focusing on Toronto, the Canadian...

  • A Warming Planet Might Mean More Diabetes

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    A Warming Planet Might Mean More Diabetes TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The effects of climate change are far-reaching, but new research suggests a surprising linkage to a warming Earth -- more cases of type 2 diabetes. For every 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) rise in environmental temperature, the researchers calculated that there would be an increase of more than 100,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes in the United States alone. Why? The study authors explained that during cold ...

  • Autism Greatly Boosts Kids' Injury Risk, Especially for Drowning

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Autism Greatly Boosts Kids' Injury Risk, Especially for Drowning TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism are at extremely high risk of drowning compared to other kids, a new study reveals. Analysis of death records found that kids with an autism spectrum disorder are 160 times more likely to die from drowning compared with the general pediatric population, the researchers reported. Children diagnosed with autism -- usually between 2 and 3 years of age -- need swimming lessons as...

  • Avoid Unsightly Fungal Toenail Infections

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Avoid Unsightly Fungal Toenail Infections TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fungal nail infections, though unsightly, are generally painless and can often be prevented, a skin and nail specialist says. "Fungal nail infections are common and tend to run in families because of an inherited tendency, although not everyone is susceptible," Dr. Joshua Zeichner said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "Since fungal nail infections are contagious, it's important to take precautions to...

  • ACL Surgery Usually Puts Athletes Back in Play: Study

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    ACL Surgery Usually Puts Athletes Back in Play: Study WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most athletes who undergo reconstructive surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are able to return to sports, a new study says. Researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City followed more than 200 athletes who had ACL reconstruction there between 2009 and 2013. An average of 10 months after surgery, nearly nine out of 10 patients had resumed their sport. Of those patients...

  • America's Porky Pets Face Health Woes, Too, FDA Says

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    America's Porky Pets Face Health Woes, Too, FDA Says THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's weight problem extends to its pets, with a majority of cats and dogs dangerously overweight, a federal government veterinarian warns. "Just as obesity has become a serious problem in people, it's also a growing problem in pets, one that can seriously harm your pet's health," said Dr. Carmela Stamper, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine. About 58 percent of cat...

  • Another Obesity Downside: Higher Esophageal Cancer Risk

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Another Obesity Downside: Higher Esophageal Cancer Risk WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight 20-somethings dramatically increase their risk of esophageal and stomach cancer if they become obese later in life, a new study suggests. The research indicated that people who were overweight in their 20s had a 60 percent to 80 percent increased risk of developing these cancers, compared with those who maintained a normal weight throughout their life, researchers said. And those who then gai...

  • Analysis of GOP Health Plan Coming Soon

    Posted: 03/21/2017

    Analysis: Millions Would Lose Health Coverage Under GOP Overhaul MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Monday that 14 million more people would be uninsured by 2018 under the Republicans' plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The non-partisan budget office said this number could rise to 24 million by 2026, following proposed GOP changes to Medicaid and to the subsidies provided to individual buyers of marketplace coverage tha...

  • Americans With High Blood Pressure Still Eating Too Much Salt

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Americans With High Blood Pressure Still Eating Too Much Salt WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For Americans with high blood pressure, cutting back on salt is an important way to help keep the condition under control. Yet, new research shows that these patients are getting more salt in their diet than they did in 1999. Between 1999 and 2012, salt (sodium) consumption rose from about 2,900 milligrams a day (mg/day) to 3,350 mg/day. That's more than double the ideal upper limit of 1,500 mg/day...