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  • Even at Cancer Centers, Finding Relief for Pain Can Be Tough

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Even at Cancer Centers, Finding Relief for Pain Can Be Tough TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Staff members at nearly one in 10 major U.S. cancer centers -- all of which provide palliative care services -- weren't certain such symptom-management and supportive care was actually available there, a new study reveals. The study suggests that for cancer patients, obtaining good relief for their stress and pain may not always be easy, the researchers said. Using an undercover "mystery shopper" app...

  • Early Introduction of Eggs, Peanuts May Cut Kids' Allergy Risk: Study

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Early Introduction of Eggs, Peanuts May Cut Kids' Allergy Risk: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Introducing babies to eggs or peanuts early on may help reduce their risk of food allergies, a new analysis finds. Researchers reviewed 146 previous studies that examined when babies were given foods that often trigger reactions, as well as their risk of food allergies or autoimmune diseases. They discovered that the timing of food introduction may affect allergy risk, but they found no simi...

  • Experimental Immune Cell Rx Shows Promise for Leukemia

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Experimental Immune Cell Rx Shows Promise for Leukemia WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental therapy that revs up the immune system's cancer-fighting ability may help treat some leukemia patients who face a grim prognosis, a small study suggests. The treatment involves infusions of "natural killer" (NK) cells taken from a healthy donor and chemically "trained" to go after tumor cells. Researchers found that of nine patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who received the thera...

  • Early Menopause Linked to Higher Heart Disease, Death Risks

    Posted: 09/23/2016

    Early Menopause Linked to Higher Heart Disease, Death Risks THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who enter menopause early may be at greater risk for heart disease and premature death, a new analysis suggests. To reach this conclusion, the Dutch researchers reviewed 32 studies involving more than 300,000 women. The investigators compared women who were younger than 45 at the start of menopause with those who were aged 45 and older when it began. Overall, heart disease risk appeared to be 5...

  • Extreme Preemies May Be at Risk for High Blood Pressure as Adults

    Posted: 09/22/2016

    Extreme Preemies May Be at Risk for High Blood Pressure as Adults THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Very preterm infants -- those born before 29 weeks of pregnancy -- appear to have a bigger risk of high blood pressure in young adulthood, two small, preliminary Canadian studies suggest. In one study, researchers found that the risk for high blood pressure was tied to smaller-than-normal kidneys at birth. A second study by the same researchers found a link between high blood pressure and impai...

  • Experimental Shingles Vaccine Looks Quite Effective: Study

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Experimental Shingles Vaccine Looks Quite Effective: Study WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine against shingles may offer lasting protection for most older adults who receive it, a new clinical trial found. Shingles is a painful rash that's triggered by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. About one-third of Americans develop the disease at some point, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There already is a vaccine again...

  • Early Palliative Care Improves Patients' Quality of Life

    Posted: 09/18/2016

    Early Palliative Care Improves Patients' Quality of Life FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Starting palliative care shortly after a person is diagnosed with incurable cancer helps patients cope and improves their quality of life, a new study shows. It also leads to more discussions about patients' end-of-life care preferences, the researchers added. Palliative care, also called comfort care, is given to improve the quality of life for patients who have a life-threatening disease or terminal illn...

  • Excess Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Slightly Raise Baby's Cerebral Palsy Risk

    Posted: 09/15/2016

    Excess Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Slightly Raise Baby's Cerebral Palsy Risk THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some women who are overweight or obese before pregnancy may face a slight increased risk of having a baby with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests. After reviewing data from two Nordic countries, researchers also found that the risk of cerebral palsy was elevated in infants whose mothers' pre-pregnancy weight was in the upper-normal range. But experts stressed that the overall risks of ...

  • E-Records a Grind for Many Doctors

    Posted: 09/12/2016

    E-Records a Grind for Many Doctors MONDAY, Sept. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The large amount of time spent on electronic health records and other clerical duties may contribute to doctor burnout, a new study suggests. "Time spent in meaningful interactions with patients is a powerful driver of physician career satisfaction, but increased paperwork and time on the computer means less time for direct patient care," said researchers led by Dr. Christine Sinsky, vice president of professional satisfaction ...

  • Ebola May Be Present in Semen for Year or More

    Posted: 09/07/2016

    Ebola May Be Present in Semen for Year or More TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola virus stays present in semen longer than previously thought, and is more likely to be found in older men, researchers report. The deadly virus can be transmitted through semen. Preliminary findings from 429 male Ebola survivors taking part in a national screening program in the African nation of Liberia showed that 9 percent (38) had fragments of Ebola in their semen. Of those 38 men, 63 percent tested positi...