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  • Ready for Spring Break? Have Fun But Play It Safe

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    Ready for Spring Break? Have Fun But Play It Safe SATURDAY, Feb. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spring break is a time to kick back and have fun, but it's important to be on guard against injuries and illness. Many on break -- especially teens and 20-somethings -- may be tempted to take unusual risks. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that wearing a seat belt, life vest and other appropriate safety gear is always important -- even on vacation. The CDC reports that more Americ...

  • Repeat Head Hits May Not Put NFL Players at Risk of Motor Problems

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    Repeat Head Hits May Not Put NFL Players at Risk of Motor Problems SUNDAY, Feb. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Repeated hits to the head may not doom NFL players to suffer movement disorders after they retire, new research suggests. "We found that while the motor functions of former NFL players were not as good as other men their age, they were still within normal range and not related to repeated head injury," said study author Dr. Samuel Frank, of Harvard Medical School in Boston. Repeated head injuries...

  • Race May Play Role in Recurrent Stroke

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    Race May Play Role in Recurrent Stroke WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Strokes bring with them a heightened possibility of another attack, and new research suggests black patients may be at especially high risk for recurrence. The risk of recurrent stroke was up to 50 percent higher in black seniors who'd survived a stroke compared to their white peers, according to a report to be presented Wednesday at the International Stroke Conference in Houston. The finding "suggests that neurologists ...

  • Rude, Disrespectful Surgeons May Also Be More Error-Prone: Study

    Posted: 02/22/2017

    Rude, Disrespectful Surgeons May Also Be More Error-Prone: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surgeons with a history of patient complaints regarding their personalities or attitude are also more likely to make mistakes in the operating room, a new study finds. Researchers compared surgical outcomes with patient reports of unprofessional behavior by their doctors at several health systems in the United States. The investigators found that people treated by surgeons who had the most compl...

  • Risk of Death Due to Birth Defects Higher If Baby Covered by Medicaid

    Posted: 02/02/2017

    Risk of Death Due to Birth Defects Higher If Baby Covered by Medicaid THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Severe birth defects cause about one in every five infant deaths in the United States. Now, new research finds that the odds for one of these tragic events rise if a newborn is covered by Medicaid rather than private insurance. For babies born at term, deaths due to birth defects "were approximately 45 percent higher for deliveries covered by Medicaid than those covered by private insurance,...

  • Rates of Early Deaths Rise for Whites, Drop for Blacks

    Posted: 02/02/2017

    Rates of Early Deaths Rise for Whites, Drop for Blacks WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Premature death rates in the United States have fallen for some groups but risen in others, a federal study says. Researchers looked at death certificate data from 1999 to 2014. They found that rates of premature death (between ages 25 to 64) declined among blacks, Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders. At the same time, the rates went up for whites and American Indians/Alaska Natives. "Death at any age i...

  • Rural Americans at Higher Risk of 5 Preventable Causes of Death: CDC

    Posted: 01/20/2017

    Rural Americans at Higher Risk of 5 Preventable Causes of Death: CDC THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live in rural areas have a higher risk of death from five leading causes than people who live in urban locations, a federal study reveals. In 2014, there were many potentially preventable deaths among rural Americans, including 25,000 from heart disease, 19,000 from cancer, 12,000 from accidental injuries, 11,000 from chronic lower respiratory disease and 4,000 from stroke, acco...

  • Ready Your Home for Winter's Wrath

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Ready Your Home for Winter's Wrath WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Winter's here. Nothing you can do about that. But, it's not too late to take steps to keep you and your home safe when frigid weather hits, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC offers this checklist: Install weather stripping, insulation and storm windows. Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls. Be sure roof leaks are repaired and gutters are clean. Have your heating system pr...

  • Research on U.S. Gun Violence Still a Low Priority, Study Finds

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Research on U.S. Gun Violence Still a Low Priority, Study Finds TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even though the United States has the highest death rate from firearms of any developed country, gun violence gets short shrift in government research compared to other leading causes of death, a new study reveals. Guns cause more than 30,000 fatalities a year in the United States. Yet, "gun violence had less funding and fewer publications than comparable injury-related causes of death including mot...

  • Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of cancer deaths could be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, exercising and not smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Doctors at Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center offer some advice to help you settle into the new year with a new attitude toward cancer prevention: Get screened. "Some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as family history or getting older," said Dr...