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  • Online Game Helps Those With Diabetes Control Blood Sugar

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Online Game Helps Those With Diabetes Control Blood Sugar TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Here's another example of technology's evolving impact on health care. A new study found that playing an online game can help those with diabetes get better control of their blood sugar. The study included 456 U.S. Veterans Affairs diabetes patients with poor blood sugar control while on oral medications. Half played a specially designed, team-based online diabetes education game for six months. The other...

  • Obesity Slows Recovery for Heart Surgery Patients: Study

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Obesity Slows Recovery for Heart Surgery Patients: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese heart surgery patients spend more time in intensive care and take longer to recover than those who aren't obese, a new Canadian study finds. Researchers examined data from nearly 5,400 patients who had heart surgery at the New Brunswick Heart Center between January 2006 and December 2013. Of those, 36 percent were obese. After heart surgery, obese patients were four times more likely to need extra ...

  • Opioid Overdoses and Deaths Flooding U.S. Hospitals

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Opioid Overdoses and Deaths Flooding U.S. Hospitals FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a sharp rise in opioid-related admissions and deaths in hospital intensive care units across the United States, a new study finds. Opioids are pain medications, such as oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) and hydrocodone (Vicoprofen). "This study tells us that the opioid epidemic has made people sicker and killed more people, in spite of all the care we can provide in the ICU, including mechanical vent...

  • Obese Don't Have to Lose Weight Before Joint Replacement: Study

    Posted: 08/03/2017

    Obese Don't Have to Lose Weight Before Joint Replacement: Study MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients don't need to lose weight before undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery, a new study contends. "Severely obese patients can benefit a lot from the surgery," said study lead author Wenjun Li, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. "Patients who can lose weight should, but we acknowledge many people can't, or it will take a long time du...

  • One Stroke Raises Risk for Another, Even Years Later: Study

    Posted: 08/03/2017

    One Stroke Raises Risk for Another, Even Years Later: Study MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your risk of a second stroke or ministroke remains considerable for at least five years after the first one, a new Canadian study finds. "We showed that, even in those survivors who had no complications at all after their stroke, their risk did not return to normal," said researcher Jodi Edwards. Patients were still at seven times higher risk of having a second stroke one year later, and this risk remai...

  • One Social Hour a Week Can Help Someone With Dementia

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    One Social Hour a Week Can Help Someone With Dementia SUNDAY, July 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just a slight increase in social interaction benefits older adults with dementia and lowers health care costs, a new British study suggests. "People with dementia who are living in [nursing] homes are among the most vulnerable in our society," said study leader Clive Ballard. He's a professor at the University of Exeter Medical School in England. "Our outcomes show that good staff training and just one hour a...

  • Our Gorilla Cousins Harbor Mono-Like Virus, Too

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Our Gorilla Cousins Harbor Mono-Like Virus, Too FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say a herpes virus similar to the Epstein-Barr virus that infects people has been found in mountain gorillas. The discovery may assist in the conservation of critically endangered mountain gorillas, according to scientists at the University of California, Davis. The finding might also benefit people with the Epstein-Barr virus, they said. Epstein-Barr -- also called human herpesvirus 4 -- infects more t...

  • Opioids a Threat to Seniors With COPD

    Posted: 07/17/2017

    Opioids a Threat to Seniors With COPD THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors with COPD -- a progressive lung disease that causes breathing problems -- may increase their odds for heart-related death if they use opioid painkillers, a new study finds. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) patients are often prescribed opioids, including morphine and fentanyl. These narcotics can help treat chronic muscle and bone pain, insomnia, persistent cough and shortness of breath despite inhaler ...

  • OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain: Study

    Posted: 07/05/2017

    OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain: Study THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have high levels of brain inflammation, a discovery researchers say could lead to new treatments. In OCD, people typically have frequent, upsetting thoughts that they try to control by repeating certain rituals or behaviors, such as washing hands or checking door locks. Canadian researchers compared 20 OCD patients and a control group of 20 people without the ...

  • Opioids Over-Prescribed After C-Sections: Studies

    Posted: 06/19/2017

    Opioids Over-Prescribed After C-Sections: Studies THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women are routinely prescribed more opioid painkillers than they need after Cesarean sections, creating a high risk for misuse, a trio of new studies suggests. C-sections are the most common inpatient surgery in the United States, with 1.3 million procedures performed a year, according to the researchers. But there is little data on how much medicine patients actually need to manage their pain. To that end, how ...