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  • Tai Chi: Rx for Arthritic Knees

    Posted: 05/29/2016

    Tai Chi: Rx for Arthritic Knees MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Legions of arthritis sufferers try physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs to no avail. Now, a new study looks East for relief -- to the martial art tai chi. Researchers concluded that tai chi offers an alternative to physical therapy for common knee osteoarthritis -- and it might also boost well-being. This ancient Chinese exercise may particularly benefit overweight older adults, the researchers said. Heavier people are more...

  • Too Many Advanced Cancer Patients Lack Info About Their Disease

    Posted: 05/29/2016

    Too Many Advanced Cancer Patients Lack Info About Their Disease MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients battling advanced cancer lack basic information about their prognosis or treatment, meaning they can't make informed decisions about their care, a small new study suggests. "These were people with highly lethal metastatic cancers that had progressed after at least one prior line of chemotherapy; their life expectancy was approximately four months from our interview," said lead researche...

  • Time to Drop the 'No-Eating Rule' Before Colonoscopy?

    Posted: 05/29/2016

    Time to Drop the 'No-Eating Rule' Before Colonoscopy? TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that the grueling process of preparing for a colonoscopy may not have to be endured on an empty stomach. Colonoscopy patients typically have to forgo all solid foods and go on a clear-liquid diet while taking laxatives the day before their procedure. However, this new study found that those who ate a limited amount of low-fiber foods were happier and didn't suffer any negative effects du...

  • Tough Economy, Alcohol Fuels Suicide Risk in Men: Study

    Posted: 05/29/2016

    Tough Economy, Alcohol Fuels Suicide Risk in Men: Study THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy drinking may fuel the risk of suicide among men when the economy is sinking, new research suggests. Previous studies found a link between increased suicide risk among Americans and economic downturns. So, investigators from the University of California, Los Angeles decided to examine the role alcohol plays in that association. In general, recessions are linked with an overall decline in drinking, but...

  • Thousands of Public Pools, Hot Tubs Closed for Dirty Water: CDC

    Posted: 05/27/2016

    Thousands of Public Pools, Hot Tubs Closed for Dirty Water: CDC THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Folks flocking to swimming pools to beat the summer heat might be dipping their toes into poorly treated water, U.S. health officials warned Thursday. Serious health and safety violations force the closure of thousands of public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds every year, according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We have a long way to go here to lower t...

  • Too Few Americans Take Advantage of Local Parks

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    Too Few Americans Take Advantage of Local Parks WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most neighborhood parks in the United States are geared toward younger people, which limits their use, a new study suggests. "Relatively modest investments could make parks much more conducive to physical activity for everyone, regardless of age, gender or income level," said study author Dr. Deborah Cohen, a senior natural scientist at the Rand Corp. Researchers who analyzed use of more than 170 parks across the...

  • Tumor Location Affects Colon Cancer Survival: Study

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Tumor Location Affects Colon Cancer Survival: Study WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Your survival odds against colon cancer may depend on which side of your colon the tumor develops, new research contends. In a study of more than 1,000 men and women with colon cancer that had spread, those whose tumor was on the left side survived just over 33 months, while those whose tumor was on the right side survived only slightly more than 19 months. "It's a stunning and surprising finding, and the dif...

  • Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Raised Autism Risk in Study

    Posted: 05/19/2016

    Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Raised Autism Risk in Study WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women are encouraged to get plenty of folic acid in their diet or through vitamin supplements, to protect their babies against birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. But a new study suggests that excessive amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 in a mother's body might increase a baby's risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder. "The new research question before us ...

  • Teens Who Eat Lots of Fruit May Lower Their Breast Cancer Risk: Study

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    Teens Who Eat Lots of Fruit May Lower Their Breast Cancer Risk: Study WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teenage girls who consume large amounts of fruit may lower their future risk for breast cancer, a new study suggests. Conversely, women who drink more alcohol over time might increase their breast cancer risk, although they could also lower their chances of heart disease, a second report found. In the fruit study, consumption of apples, bananas and grapes during adolescence was strongly asso...

  • Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Maybe Not

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Maybe Not TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who believe they're allergic to penicillin actually aren't, an allergist says. "Hypersensitivity reactions are the major problem in the use of penicillin," said Dr. Thomas Leath, an allergist with the Texas A&M College of Medicine. "Many people who report a penicillin allergy don't even know why. It could be because they had a reaction when they were very young, or because a family member had an alle...