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  • Kidney Stone? Try a Roller Coaster Ride

    Posted: 09/28/2016

    Kidney Stone? Try a Roller Coaster Ride TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who's suffered a kidney stone just wants the urinary obstruction gone. Now, preliminary research suggests relief might even be fun: a roller coaster ride. There's been anecdotal evidence from patients that these amusement park rides can help pass a small stone, explained Dr. David Wartinger, a professor of urology at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in East Lansing. His team's new res...

  • Kids With Bipolar Disorder More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol: Study

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Kids With Bipolar Disorder More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol: Study FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For some teens with bipolar disorder, the risk that they will abuse alcohol and drugs may increase as they get older, a new study suggests. The research included 105 young people with bipolar disorder and 98 without the illness (the "control" group). Their average age was 14 when they first enrolled in the study. Bipolar disorder causes unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels, and ...

  • Know the Warning Signs of Suicidal Thoughts

    Posted: 09/19/2016

    Know the Warning Signs of Suicidal Thoughts MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Family, friends and acquaintances can play a key role in suicide prevention by being alert for signs and taking action to help someone who may be struggling, a mental health expert says. Nearly 43,000 Americans commit suicide each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For the past two decades, suicide rates have been rising in the United States, the federal Centers for Disease Control and ...

  • Know Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer -- and the Symptoms

    Posted: 09/17/2016

    Know Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer -- and the Symptoms FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A major shift is needed in the prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer, according to a doctor who specializes in the disease. "Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed too late," said Dr. David Fishman, director of the cancer center and gynecologic oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. "It's important for women to know their risk [of] contracting this deadly disease, and its earliest warning signs," he added. ...

  • Kids Make Better Food Choices Online Than in School Lunch Lines

    Posted: 09/12/2016

    Kids Make Better Food Choices Online Than in School Lunch Lines SATURDAY, Sept. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Kids pick healthier foods when they order their school lunches online and get reminders about good nutrition, a new study suggests. The study included three groups of fifth- and sixth-graders. Two groups ordered their lunches online. In one group, kids who did not select all five components of a healthy lunch -- meat or a meat alternative, grain, fruit, vegetable and low-fat milk -- received messa...

  • Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effects

    Posted: 09/01/2016

    Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effects WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who suffer even mild head trauma are more likely to have serious issues later on, including psychiatric problems and premature death, a new study suggests. Researchers compared 100,000 Swedes who suffered at least one traumatic brain injury (TBI) before age 25 with their unaffected siblings. The investigators found that those who had had head injuries were consistently more likely to die early an...

  • Kitchen Cooking Burns a Real Danger for Kids

    Posted: 08/28/2016

    Kitchen Cooking Burns a Real Danger for Kids FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The day she ended up with second- and third-degree burns on her back, 4-year-old Giuliana Maggio was just busy doing what 4-year-olds do: running around the house, playing hide-and-seek during a family gathering. Giuliana never saw the electrical cord running from the wall to the hot slow cooker sitting on the kitchen table. She ran into the cord, and pulled the scalding hot contents of the slow cooker on to her small...

  • Knee Surgery Rarer, but Problems More Likely, for Minority Patients

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Knee Surgery Rarer, but Problems More Likely, for Minority Patients THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Minority patients in the United States are less likely to get knee replacement surgery, but more likely to have complications when they do, a new study finds. Knee replacement can be used to treat patients who have severe pain, stiffness and reduced knee function, often due to arthritis or injury. More than 600,000 knee replacements are done in the United States each year. "Even after adjustin...

  • Kyphoplasty

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Kyphoplasty What is kyphoplasty? Kyphoplasty is a procedure used to treat fractures or breaks in the vertebrae. The vertebrae are the bones in your back that are stacked on top of each other to make your spine. Your spine supports your weight, allows you to move, and protects your spinal cord and the nerves. AMuscsk_20140310_v0_005 Kyphoplasty is often discussed along with another procedure called vertebroplasty. First the doctor inflates small balloon-like devices into the broken bone to make space. Th...

  • Keratoconus

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Keratoconus What is keratoconus? Keratoconus is an eye disorder in which your cornea slowly thins over time. The cornea also bulges out over time, to form a cone-like shape. The cornea is your eye’s outermost layer. It is a clear, strong layer that caps the front of your eye. It helps protect the rest of your eye from germs and debris. It also helps control the entry of light into your eye. With keratoconus, your cornea thins in the lower and central portions. Keratoconus can also cause swelling and sca...