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  • Rural Hospitals Often Safer, Cheaper for Common Surgeries: Study

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Rural Hospitals Often Safer, Cheaper for Common Surgeries: Study TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having a commonplace surgery -- such as a gallbladder removal -- may be safer when done in a rural hospital compared to a suburban or city hospital, a new study finds. "This study gives credence to what rural surgeons long suspected -- that well-done rural surgery is safe and cost-effective," study author Dr. Tyler Hughes said in a University of Michigan news release. Hughes is one of only two surg...

  • Restrictive Diets May Cause Thyroid Troubles in Young Kids

    Posted: 05/17/2016

    Restrictive Diets May Cause Thyroid Troubles in Young Kids TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Two cases of children who developed iodine deficiency highlight the risks of putting too many restrictions on young kids' diets, researchers say. The doctors said that the children -- aged 2 and 5 -- developed iodine deficiency because their diets lacked salt, dairy products, bread and other sources of the mineral. Iodine deficiency is common in developing countries, but was virtually eliminated in the U...

  • Race May Influence Risk for Irregular Heart Beat

    Posted: 05/13/2016

    Race May Influence Risk for Irregular Heart Beat THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's a strong link between the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation and race, a new study says. Whites with heart failure are much more likely to have atrial fibrillation (AF) than blacks or Hispanics with heart failure, the study authors said. Heart failure is a common risk factor for atrial fibrillation. Heart failure affects 5.8 million people in the United States and more than 23 million worldwide, the...

  • Restoring Blood Flow Beats Exercise for Poor Leg Circulation

    Posted: 05/12/2016

    Restoring Blood Flow Beats Exercise for Poor Leg Circulation THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people with poor circulation in their leg arteries, a medical procedure to restore blood flow may have greater benefits than exercise, preliminary research suggests. People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) experience pain and fatigue while walking. These symptoms develop because poor circulation in the arteries that supply blood to the limbs causes damage and scarring in the muscles, the resear...

  • Robots Stake Their Claim in the Operating Room

    Posted: 05/11/2016

    Robots Stake Their Claim in the Operating Room WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A surgical robot outperformed human surgeons in stitching the small intestines of pigs back together, researchers report. Without any direct human interaction, the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) reconnected the intestines with sutures that proved more accurate, evenly spaced and durable than those created by human hands, the machine's developers said. The test shows it's possible to create a smart robot that ...

  • Radon in the Home May Be Linked to Blood Cancers in Women

    Posted: 05/10/2016

    Radon in the Home May Be Linked to Blood Cancers in Women TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests a strong link between exposure to high levels of radon in the home and women's risk of blood cancers. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. It's known to cause lung cancer and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, the researchers said. The American Cancer Society collected information over 19 years on ...

  • Rates of Severe Obesity Among U.S. Kids Still Rising: Study

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    Rates of Severe Obesity Among U.S. Kids Still Rising: Study TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity continues to plague American kids, with a new study finding rates of severe obesity climbing over a 15-year period. Examining national data from 1999 through 2014, researchers found that one-third of American children aged 2 to 19 were overweight, nearly one-quarter were obese, and more than 2 percent were severely obese. "Despite other recent reports, all categories of obesity have increased ...

  • Retirement Can Be Golden for Your Health

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Retirement Can Be Golden for Your Health THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although aging may mean more physical problems, retirement can help people lead healthier lives, a new study from Australia suggests. Researchers found that when folks retire they tend to increase their physical activity, sit less and sleep more soundly. "Our study paints a positive picture of retirement," said lead researcher Dr. Melody Ding, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney's School of Public Heal...

  • Rich-Poor Life Expectancy Gap Shrinking for U.S. Youth

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Rich-Poor Life Expectancy Gap Shrinking for U.S. Youth THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you're an American aged 20 or under, your expected life span is now less affected by whether you're rich or poor than it used to be, a new study finds. Researchers at Princeton University report that the life expectancy gap between rich and poor youth in the United States narrowed between 1990 and 2010. "Our big message here is that the health of the next generation in the poorest areas of the United S...

  • Regular Exercise May Boost Prostate Cancer Survival

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Regular Exercise May Boost Prostate Cancer Survival MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sticking to a moderate or intense exercise regimen may improve a man's odds of surviving prostate cancer, a new study suggests. The American Cancer Society study included more than 10,000 men, aged 50 to 93, who were diagnosed between 1992 and 2011 with localized prostate cancer -- meaning it had not spread beyond the gland. The men provided researchers with information about their physical activity before and...