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  • Motor On, Heart Patients: Electric Cars Don't Harm Cardiac Implants

    Posted: 11/23/2017

    Motor On, Heart Patients: Electric Cars Don't Harm Cardiac Implants MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients who've bought an all-electric Tesla need not worry that their car might interfere with their implanted defibrillator. That's the finding from a new study of 34 seniors who had the devices, which help guard against dangerous irregular heartbeats. The study "demonstrates the safety of the Tesla electric vehicle in patients with cardiac defibrillators and is the first step in establi...

  • Middle-Aged and Impaired? More Common Than You Might Think

    Posted: 11/23/2017

    Middle-Aged and Impaired? More Common Than You Might Think MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As early as middle age, many Americans have problems with dressing, grocery shopping and otherwise caring for themselves -- and for some, it leads to a progressive decline, a new study finds. The study, of nearly 6,900 middle-aged adults, found that roughly 1 in 5 developed a "functional impairment" before age 65. That meant they had difficulty with routine self-care or daily tasks such as bathing themse...

  • Many Hospice Workers Lack Their Own End-of-Life Directives

    Posted: 11/23/2017

    Many Hospice Workers Lack Their Own End-of-Life Directives THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- They deal with death and dying every day, but many hospice care workers haven't outlined their own end-of-life wishes for medical care, researchers say. For the study, investigators analyzed survey responses from about 900 hospice care providers. Only 44 percent had completed an advance directive outlining their wishes for medical care if they're unable to communicate those wishes themselves. The findi...

  • More Patients Are Having a Say in Their Medical Care

    Posted: 11/23/2017

    More Patients Are Having a Say in Their Medical Care FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. doctors and patients are making more decisions together, which looks like a win-win for both, researchers say. A new analysis of national survey data found that shared decision-making between doctors and patients rose 14 percent between 2002 and 2014. Patients said doctors have become more likely to: ask them to help make medical decisions; listen to them carefully; show respect for what they said; spend ...

  • Motorcycle Crashes Far More Deadly Than Car Crashes

    Posted: 11/23/2017

    Motorcycle Crashes Far More Deadly Than Car Crashes MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Motorcycle crashes are far costlier than car accidents, both in lives lost and in medical expenses, a new study shows. Canadian researchers found that the death rate from motorcycle crashes was five times greater than from car crashes, and the rate of severe injury was 10 times greater. That came with a six times greater cost to the health care system. Though the findings stem from an analysis of traffic accide...

  • Male Triathletes May Be Harming Their Hearts

    Posted: 11/23/2017

    Male Triathletes May Be Harming Their Hearts TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who compete in triathlons could be putting their hearts at risk, a new study contends. The finding results from an examination of 55 male triathletes who averaged 44 years old, and 30 female triathletes, with an average age of 43. All participated in triathlons, which involve sequential endurance competitions of swimming, cycling and running. The researchers found that 18 percent of the men had evidence of scarri...

  • Many Women Miss Out on Lifesaving CPR

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Many Women Miss Out on Lifesaving CPR SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's hang-ups over sexuality and gender could cost women their lives when their heart suddenly stops, a new study suggests. Simply put, women suffering from cardiac arrest in a public setting are less likely to get lifesaving CPR from a passerby than men are, researchers reported. "When it comes to life and death, we need to reassure the public that we're not worrying about what seems socially inappropriate or taboo,"...

  • Music, Video Help Sixth-Graders Master Hands-Only CPR

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Music, Video Help Sixth-Graders Master Hands-Only CPR SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- CPR can be performed by sixth graders, a new study suggests. Some states require hands-only CPR training for high school graduation, but teaching younger children has not been a focus of training efforts, the researchers explained. "We were wondering why they need to wait until 12th grade when sixth graders have learned the circulation system and seem mature enough and are interested in learning hands-only ...

  • Menus With Calorie Counts Seem to Be Paying Off

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Menus With Calorie Counts Seem to Be Paying Off THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Requiring calorie counts on menus may pay off in the war on obesity. Australian researchers say restaurants are responding to the rules by offering more lower-calorie items, and customers, in turn, are reducing their caloric intake. That conclusion stems from a review of more than 220 studies. The findings support a push in the United States to require greater disclosure of calorie counts at fast-food and chain re...

  • Managing Anxiety

    Posted: 11/14/2017

    Managing Anxiety THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A little bit of stress can motivate you, but too much might cause an anxiety disorder that can prevent you from living your life to the fullest. If you feel anxious on a daily basis, try making changes to your lifestyle to manage anxiety on your own. Exercise regularly to release the body's endorphins, natural feel-good chemicals. Set a goal of 30 minutes at least five days of the week. Be sure to get enough sleep, typically between 7 and 8 hou...