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  • Brain Scans Spot Where Fear and Anxiety Live

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Brain Scans Spot Where Fear and Anxiety Live THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they have found where fear and anxiety reside in the brain. The findings could lead to new ways to diagnose and treat people at higher risk for anxiety-related conditions, the researchers suggest. "Uncertainty and ambiguity of potential future threats are central to understanding the generation of anxiety and anxiety disorders," study author Justin Kim, of Dartmouth College, said in a news release from...

  • Blacks More Prone to Colon Cancers That Arise Between Colonoscopies: Study

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Blacks More Prone to Colon Cancers That Arise Between Colonoscopies: Study MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer guidelines now recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50 for people at average risk for the disease. But a new study finds that older black Americans are far more likely than whites to develop a colon cancer in the decade-long gap between these screenings. Some of this may be due to where black patients receive their colonoscopy, the researchers said. "Blacks...

  • Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer Shows Early Promise

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer Shows Early Promise WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've developed a new blood test for identifying pancreatic cancer -- a step that might eventually allow earlier diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is a particularly deadly type of tumor because it's often detected too late for effective treatment. The still-experimental test detects a bundle of proteins churned out by pancreatic tumors. And it appears to be more accurate than a currently availabl...

  • Black, Hispanic Americans Less Likely to See a Neurologist

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Black, Hispanic Americans Less Likely to See a Neurologist WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic people are less likely than white people to make an appointment to see a neurologist, according to a new U.S. study. Researchers found that black people with conditions that affect the brain, such as Parkinson's disease and stroke, tend to be treated in the emergency room and end up in the hospital more often than their white peers. "Our findings demonstrate that there are substantia...

  • Bike Fanatics Shouldn't Worry About Effects on Sexual Health

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Bike Fanatics Shouldn't Worry About Effects on Sexual Health MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The groin pain and numbness some serious bicyclists experience isn't harmful to their sexual or urinary health, two new studies suggest. "As cycling gains in popularity, as both a hobby and a professional sport, it is important for the public to know that it has no credible link to urologic disease or sexual dysfunction," said Dr. Kevin McVary, a spokesman for the American Urological Association. "Men a...

  • Better Treatment Might Prevent Hundreds of Thousands of Strokes

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Better Treatment Might Prevent Hundreds of Thousands of Strokes MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of thousands of strokes might be prevented in the United States each year if more people with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation took blood-thinning medications, a new study estimates. Atrial fibrillation causes the heart to quiver instead of beating normally. This causes blood to pool and possibly clot, according to the American Heart Association. If one of those clots break...

  • Blood Thinners May Prevent Dementia in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

    Posted: 05/19/2017

    Blood Thinners May Prevent Dementia in Atrial Fibrillation Patients FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood thinners are often prescribed to prevent strokes in people with the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation. But a new study suggests these drugs may also help keep dementia at bay. The researchers said that the key is to start blood thinners, such as warfarin, soon after atrial fibrillation is diagnosed. That's true even for people at low risk of a stroke who wouldn't normally b...

  • Blood Vessel-Clearing Procedure Riskier on Weekends: Study

    Posted: 05/18/2017

    Blood Vessel-Clearing Procedure Riskier on Weekends: Study THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although you often don't have a choice of when you get the heart procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), new research suggests that having it done over the weekend may be more risky. The study reported that people hospitalized on the weekend for PCI were twice as likely to die as those hospitalized on weekdays. PCI -- also known as angioplasty -- is a procedure that opens narrowed or ...

  • Body Cooling May Help Brain After Cardiac Arrest

    Posted: 05/17/2017

    Body Cooling May Help Brain After Cardiac Arrest WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cooling the body may reduce the risk of brain damage for cardiac arrest patients in a coma, a leading group of U.S. neurologists says. The new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology recommends that families of these patients ask if their loved one qualifies for body cooling. "People who are in a coma after being resuscitated from cardiac arrest require complex neurologic and medical care, and neurologi...

  • Bullied in 5th Grade, Prone to Drug Abuse by High School

    Posted: 05/15/2017

    Bullied in 5th Grade, Prone to Drug Abuse by High School MONDAY, May 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A child bullied in fifth grade is more likely to show signs of depression in seventh grade, and abuse substances like alcohol, marijuana or tobacco in 10th grade, researchers say. Their study of more than 4,000 kids in Los Angeles, Houston and Birmingham, Ala., suggests a dangerous trajectory between not-uncommon childhood abuse and worrisome behavior in high school. "Our study suggests that it's important t...