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  • Play 'Pokemon Go' Without Landing in the ER

    Posted: 07/22/2016

    Play 'Pokemon Go' Without Landing in the ER FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Here a Pokemon, there a Pokemon, everywhere a Pokemon! Just about every millennial seems to be out and about with a smartphone in pursuit of digital monsters via the "Pokemon Go" game. But players distracted by their smartphones risk injury from mishaps like walking into traffic or tripping over a curb. How can you be safe and still get a burst of activity by playing "Pokemon Go" in public places? The American Academy ...

  • Poverty Takes Bigger Toll on a Man's Health If He's Black: Study

    Posted: 07/22/2016

    Poverty Takes Bigger Toll on a Man's Health If He's Black: Study MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While being poor raises the odds of dying early for American black males, it doesn't seem to have the same impact for white males, a new study suggests. One expert who's long researched health disparities wasn't surprised by the finding. "The fact that poverty in African Americans can be considered a life-threatening 'disease' emphasizes the urgent need for society to increase their health care acc...

  • Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction

    Posted: 07/22/2016

    Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The more pain they have, the more likely people are to become addicted to powerful prescription opioid painkillers, a new study suggests. "In light of the national opioid abuse epidemic, these new results underscore the importance of developing effective ... approaches to managing common painful medical conditions," said senior author Dr. Mark Olfson. He is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in Ne...

  • Pedal Away From Type 2 Diabetes

    Posted: 07/20/2016

    Pedal Away From Type 2 Diabetes TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Opting for two wheels rather than four could lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The study found that people who bike to work or regularly cycle for fun were less likely to get the illness. That was true even for those who started biking late in life, Danish researchers said. "Because cycling can be included in everyday activities, it may be appealing to a large part of the population. This includes people...

  • Pregnancy Flu Shot Protects Newborn for 8 Weeks: Study

    Posted: 07/13/2016

    Pregnancy Flu Shot Protects Newborn for 8 Weeks: Study TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A flu shot during pregnancy protects newborns against the flu for about two months after birth, a new study finds. Previous studies have shown that flu vaccination during pregnancy helps protect newborns. This study shows the length of protection is likely limited to the first eight weeks of life, said Marta Nunes, of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and her co-authors. Rese...

  • Progress Against Heart Deaths Starting to Wane, Report Warns

    Posted: 07/07/2016

    Progress Against Heart Deaths Starting to Wane, Report Warns WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- America's war on heart disease and stroke may have suffered a setback. A new study warns that the rate of decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke has stalled. "It is likely that the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes, which began around 1985, are the major contributors to the deceleration in the decline of cardiovascular disease, heart disease and stroke death rates," said lead researche...

  • Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are Underused

    Posted: 07/07/2016

    Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are Underused TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse are effective but underused, a new study suggests. Misuse of prescription pain medicines such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), codeine and morphine is a major public health problem in the United States. An estimated 52 million Americans have abused a prescription drug at some point in their life, according to the U.S. National Ins...

  • Patient Positioning Might Hamper Accuracy of Breast MRI

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Patient Positioning Might Hamper Accuracy of Breast MRI WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's evidence that the position a woman is placed in during her pre-surgical breast MRI could influence -- for better or worse -- the scan's accuracy. The small study, from radiologists at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, suggests that MRI images taken before breast cancer surgery could provide incorrect data if the patient is placed face-down during the scan. In contrast, "supine [face up] MRI...

  • Parkinson's Rates Rising Among American Men

    Posted: 06/28/2016

    Parkinson's Rates Rising Among American Men MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of Parkinson's disease may be on the rise for U.S. men over the past three decades, and the trend could be tied to declines in smoking, a new study suggests. "I believe this will be the first of several reports in the United States to demonstrate what the Parkinson's Disease Foundation has come to realize -- that the number of people living with Parkinson's is dramatically undercounted," said one expert who revie...

  • Poor Sleep May Worsen Thinking Problems in MS Patients

    Posted: 06/28/2016

    Poor Sleep May Worsen Thinking Problems in MS Patients MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report a link between sleep apnea and thinking problems in people suffering from multiple sclerosis. "Since obstructive sleep apnea is a treatable condition that is also commonly seen in MS, we wondered, 'What if some of the thinking and processing difficulties that MS patients experience do not stem directly from the MS itself, but from the effects of sleep apnea or other sleep problems?'" said ...