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  • Study: VA Hospitals Compare Favorably to Non-VA Centers

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Study: VA Hospitals Compare Favorably to Non-VA Centers WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The quality and safety of health care at U.S. Veterans Affairs facilities is comparable to that in non-VA centers, according to researchers. Ongoing concerns about the quality of care provided in VA facilities led the investigators to review 69 studies conducted in the past 10 years. "The results show that, in terms of safety and effectiveness, VA facilities compare favorably with others," said review le...

  • Sleep Disorders 6 Times Higher Among Veterans

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Sleep Disorders 6 Times Higher Among Veterans WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep disorders are six times more likely among American military veterans than in the general population, a new study finds. And veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) seem to have the highest rates, the researchers said. The research involved more than 9.7 million veterans treated by the Veterans Health Administration system between 2000 and 2010. The majority (93 percent) of these military service ...

  • Scans Not Worthwhile for Most Thyroid Cancers: Study

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Scans Not Worthwhile for Most Thyroid Cancers: Study THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having scans after treatment does not improve thyroid cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Michigan looked at more than 28,000 patients in the United States who were diagnosed with thyroid cancer between 1998 and 2011. After treatment, 57 percent of the patients had at least one ultrasound, 24 percent had a radioiodine scan and 15 percent had a PET scan ...

  • Smoke Less, Drink Less?

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Smoke Less, Drink Less? FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who try to give up tobacco drink less alcohol than other smokers, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed survey data from nearly 6,300 smokers in England, including 144 who said they had attempted to quit smoking the week before they were surveyed. Those who tried to quit cigarettes drank less alcohol and were less likely to binge drink than those who did not try to quit. "These results go against the commonly held view that p...

  • Some Pregnant Women Still Travel to Zika-Affected Areas

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Some Pregnant Women Still Travel to Zika-Affected Areas FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite warnings, an increasing number of pregnant women from New York City are traveling to Zika-affected areas and then getting tested when they come home, the city's health department says. The Zika virus can cause miscarriage and serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, which leads to babies born with small heads and underdeveloped brains. The Zika epidemic has been largely confined so far to Latin ...

  • Some Brain Cancer Patients Have Radiation Options: Study

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Some Brain Cancer Patients Have Radiation Options: Study TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For some brain cancer patients, pinpoint radiation of tumors, known as stereotactic radiosurgery, appears to do less damage to mental abilities than whole brain radiation, a new study finds. Neither technique cures cancer that has spread to the brain, but both temporarily stop tumors from growing and equally extend survival, researchers said. Stereotactic radiosurgery is nonsurgical radiation that precise...

  • Safer Heads Prevail With New High School Football Rule

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Safer Heads Prevail With New High School Football Rule WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Concussions are a major risk for high school football players, but new research found that limiting tackling during practices lowered the risk of blows to the head. The investigation looked at the outcome of a statewide regulation restricting full-contact practices to no more than two days a week. After the Michigan High School Athletic Association implemented the rule, head impacts at one school dropped ...

  • Study of Teen Brains Offers Clues to Timing of Mental Illness

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Study of Teen Brains Offers Clues to Timing of Mental Illness WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Changes that occur in teens' brains as they mature may help explain why the first signs of mental illness tend to appear during this time, researchers report. British researchers used MRI scans to compare the brain structures of nearly 300 participants who were aged 14 to 24. The scientists discovered that the brain's outer region (cortex) becomes thinner as teens get older. At the same time, they ...

  • Some Tree Trimming Best Left to the Pros

    Posted: 07/25/2016

    Some Tree Trimming Best Left to the Pros SUNDAY, July 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Trimming or removing trees should be done with caution, particularly near power lines, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says. In many cases, such work is probably best left to the professionals. For instance, any tree work within 10 feet of a power line must only be performed by experienced and trained line-clearance tree trimmers. At least two people must perform the work and must be within n...

  • Synthetic Pot Overdoses on the Rise in U.S.

    Posted: 07/21/2016

    Synthetic Pot Overdoses on the Rise in U.S. THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Synthetic marijuana is sending increasing numbers of U.S. users to hospitals, researchers report. Sold under the names K2, Spice and others, synthetic marijuana is a combination of chemicals designed to mimic the high of pot. But, it can be two to 100 times more potent, the study authors explained. "Synthetic agents are dangerous. They scare me," said Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker H...