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  • One Type of Dementia Is Especially Costly

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    One Type of Dementia Is Especially Costly THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A type of early onset dementia known as frontotemporal degeneration appears to take an even more punishing toll on family finances than Alzheimer's disease, a new report suggests. Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) is the most common type of dementia to strike men and women under 60, the study team noted. The investigation revealed that families caring for a patient with FTD face an annual bill of nearly $120,000, on ave...

  • Online Game Could Boost Family Fitness

    Posted: 10/13/2017

    Online Game Could Boost Family Fitness MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The family that plays an online game together may get more exercise together, a new study suggests. Sound counterintuitive? Well, researchers have long struggled with finding ways to coax families to move more, but the online game -- where the only prize was a lowly mug -- convinced spouses, parents and kids to log more steps in their daily walking routines. While all of the participants were white, and richer and healthier ...

  • Older People May Be More Prone to Reveal Suicidal Thoughts

    Posted: 10/13/2017

    Older People May Be More Prone to Reveal Suicidal Thoughts WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-quarter of older Americans who took their own lives told someone about their intentions before doing so, a new study reveals. Researchers reviewed 10 years of national data and found that 23 percent of people aged 50 and older who killed themselves had disclosed their suicide intent. The older they were, the more likely they were to disclose, the investigators found. Any indication of suicid...

  • Overuse Injuries Don't Impact Young Football Players

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Overuse Injuries Don't Impact Young Football Players SUNDAY, Oct. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overuse injuries do not appear to be a major problem among young football players, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data on injuries among youth and high school football players across the United States during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Of the nearly 1,500 reported injuries among players ages 5 to 14, only 3.6 percent were overuse injuries. Of the more than 12,000 reported injuries among players a...

  • One Weight-Loss Surgery Shows Lasting Results

    Posted: 10/03/2017

    One Weight-Loss Surgery Shows Lasting Results WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity surgery can have long-lasting effects on weight and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study finds. Doctors have known that a type of obesity surgery, called gastric bypass, works in the short-term. Patients typically lose a lot of weight, and obesity-related health problems can be prevented or even cured. But the new findings show that the benefits are still apparent 12...

  • Oxygen Therapy Doesn't Boost Heart Attack Survival

    Posted: 09/11/2017

    Oxygen Therapy Doesn't Boost Heart Attack Survival WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Oxygen therapy is a routine treatment for people suspected of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests there may be no benefit for these patients. That was true even for patients who were older, smoked or had diabetes or heart disease, according to the Swedish researchers. The "study questions the current practice of routine oxygen therapy for all patients with suspected [heart attack]," said lead auth...

  • Opioid Abuse Fueling Drug-Related Heart Infections: Study

    Posted: 09/09/2016

    Opioid Abuse Fueling Drug-Related Heart Infections: Study THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans hospitalized with heart infections caused by use of injected opioid drugs is on the rise, a new study indicates. Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston said the finding is a disturbing outgrowth of a rising tide of opioid addiction in the United States. For the study, the researchers reviewed U.S. hospital admissions for infective endocarditis, a sometimes...

  • Over 64? Want to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk? Try Exercise

    Posted: 09/06/2016

    Over 64? Want to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk? Try Exercise MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ride a bike, take a swim, walk your dog: New research shows even a "moderate" amount of exercise each week drastically reduces the odds a person aged 65 or older will die from heart disease. The benefits of exercise are "good prevention for many diseases, and the effect is dose-dependent -- the more you do, the better," said study lead author Riitta Antikainen. She is a professor of geriatrics at the Uni...

  • Open Neural Tube Defects (ONTDs)

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Open Neural Tube Defects (ONTDs) Neural tube defects are problems with the way the brain, spinal cord, or spine forms before birth. These problems occur in about 1 in every 1,500 newborn babies each year. What are open neural tube defects? During pregnancy, the brain and spine begin as a flat plate of cells. This plate of cells then rolls into a tube, called the neural tube. If all or part of the neural tube fails to close, this leaves an opening. This is known as an open neural tube defect, or ONTD. Th...

  • Oligodendroglioma in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Oligodendroglioma in Children What is an oligodendroglioma? The brain is part of the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS also includes the spinal cord. A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue. An oligodendroglioma is a type of CNS tumor called a glioma. These are tumors of the glial cells, the supporting cells of the brain. There are several types of glioma, depending on the type of cells involved and the location in the brain. Oligodendroglioma is a rare tumor that starts in the oligodendrocytes. The...