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  • Don't Let Your Campfire Become a Wildfire

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Don't Let Your Campfire Become a Wildfire FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Campfires can provide the backdrop for lots of outdoor fun. But, if people are careless, those campfires can spark a damaging wildfire, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation says. So, how can you safely have a campfire? First, use existing campfire rings whenever you can. Or, if you're in a remote area, consider using a small portable stove instead of a campfire. If you can't find an existing campfire rin...

  • Delirium Common in Cancer Patients Seen in ER

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Delirium Common in Cancer Patients Seen in ER MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Delirium is fairly common, yet often missed, in advanced cancer patients who visit emergency departments, a new study says. Delirium is a serious disturbance in thinking and awareness, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Researchers looked for delirium in 243 advanced cancer patients seen at an emergency department. The patients were between the ages of 19 and 89. The researchers found that 22 patients -...

  • Does Dementia Diagnosis Have Silver Lining for Some?

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Does Dementia Diagnosis Have Silver Lining for Some? TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Is it possible that a diagnosis as devastating as dementia could have some positive effects? Yes, a small study suggests. Researchers asked 48 people with early dementia or mild cognitive impairment to complete a questionnaire that measured their quality of life and personal outlook after getting their diagnosis. The "Silver Lining Questionnaire" was designed to measure how much patients believe their illness...

  • Deep Brain Stimulation Tested for Early Alzheimer's

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Deep Brain Stimulation Tested for Early Alzheimer's THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deep brain stimulation appears safe for people with early Alzheimer's disease -- and might even slow down memory loss in some, a preliminary study suggests. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is already used to treat some cases of Parkinson's disease and certain other brain-based disorders. It involves implanting electrodes in specific areas of the brain, then connecting them to a pulse generator placed under the s...

  • Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors

    Posted: 08/05/2015

    Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans. Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. Meanwhile, spending on inpatient care showed the same pattern. Researchers called the find...

  • Doctors Perform First Double Hand Transplant in a Child

    Posted: 08/05/2015

    Doctors Perform First Double Hand Transplant in a Child TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A young Baltimore boy has two new transplanted hands to replace ones he lost to amputation five years ago, his doctors announced Tuesday. Zion Harvey, 8, became the recipient of the world's first double hand transplant performed on a child, following 10 hours of surgery by a 40-person team in early July at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Zion already can move and flex his new thumbs and fingers, a...

  • Dialysis Patients May Be Unprepared for Natural Disasters

    Posted: 08/05/2015

    Dialysis Patients May Be Unprepared for Natural Disasters TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many kidney dialysis patients may be unprepared for natural disasters, a new study finds. These patients with kidney disease depend on machines at treatment centers for dialysis, which filters wastes from their blood. Dialysis patients are especially vulnerable during emergencies or disasters because they rely on technology and infrastructure such as electricity, water and transportation to stay alive, t...

  • Does Facebook Lead Young Women to Dangerous Diets?

    Posted: 08/04/2015

    Does Facebook Lead Young Women to Dangerous Diets? MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study provides insight into how Facebook use by young women can lead to poor body image and risky dieting. The study included 128 college-aged women who completed an online survey about their eating habits and their emotional connection to Facebook -- such as how much time they spent on the social networking site and number of Facebook friends -- and whether they compared their bodies to friends' bodies in...

  • Drug Makers May Delay Reporting Patient Harms to FDA: Study

    Posted: 08/04/2015

    Drug Makers May Delay Reporting Patient Harms to FDA: Study MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drug companies may be endangering the lives of patients by not promptly reporting cases of drug-related illness or death to federal regulators, a new report suggests. About 10 percent of cases where a drug does serious harm to a person are not reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration within the required 15-day period, the new analysis reveals. Worse, it appears that drug makers are more likely ...

  • Dementia Risk May Be Dropping With Generations

    Posted: 08/03/2015

    Dementia Risk May Be Dropping With Generations FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that people born after 1930 may have a lower risk of developing dementia than the generation before them, adding to evidence that the incidence of dementia may be declining in the United States and elsewhere. That decline was not explained by age, but did seem to be related to improvements in heart health over time, the researchers found. The study, of nearly 1,000 elderly New Yorkers, found th...