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  • Testosterone Therapy May Be Linked to Serious Blood Clots

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Testosterone Therapy May Be Linked to Serious Blood Clots WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Testosterone treatment can increase a man's risk of potentially fatal blood clots, a new study suggests. Researchers found that men taking the male hormone seem to have a 63 percent increased risk of a blood clot forming in a vein, a condition known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). These clots can cause a heart attack, stroke, organ damage or even death, according to the American Heart Association. "Ri...

  • Tighter Gun Control Laws Linked to Fewer School Shootings in U.S.

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Tighter Gun Control Laws Linked to Fewer School Shootings in U.S. TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There are fewer school shootings in states that have tighter gun control laws and spend more on mental health care and public education, a new study finds. Close to 33,000 people are killed and another 81,000 are injured by gun violence every year in the United States, the researchers said. The number of school shootings is particularly high. There were 44 such incidents between 1996 and 2008, the...

  • Therapeutic Vaccine Shows 'Game-Changing' Promise Against a Leukemia

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Therapeutic Vaccine Shows 'Game-Changing' Promise Against a Leukemia WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An anti-cancer vaccine made from a leukemia patient's own cells can dramatically increase the chance of long-term survival against the deadly disease, a new study indicates. Patients with acute myeloid leukemia -- one of the most aggressive blood cancers -- must undergo intense chemotherapy to beat back the disease. And then they almost always relapse within a couple of years, explained senio...

  • Taking Breast Cancer Prevention Drug Beyond 5 Years May Not Raise Survival

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Taking Breast Cancer Prevention Drug Beyond 5 Years May Not Raise Survival WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many breast cancer survivors take anti-estrogen drugs for at least five years to help lessen their risk of recurrence. Now, new research suggests that taking such a drug for an even longer period might not confer any added benefit -- at least in terms of survival. The study of thousands of older breast cancer survivors found that taking the aromatase inhibitor drug letrozole (Femara) fo...

  • Tennis Anyone? It May Prolong Your Life

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Tennis Anyone? It May Prolong Your Life TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to try to extend your life, a new study suggests that taking up racquet sports might help. Researchers found that people who played racquet sports -- badminton, squash, tennis -- had an almost 50 percent lower risk of dying from any cause during the 15-year study. And playing a racquet sport was linked to a 56 percent lower risk of death from heart disease during the study period. "Our findings indicate that i...

  • Texas Reports 1st Likely Case of Local Zika Infection

    Posted: 12/05/2016

    Texas Reports 1st Likely Case of Local Zika Infection MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Texas reported its first possible case of locally transmitted Zika infection on Monday. If confirmed, Texas would join Florida as the only states with local transmissions of the mosquito-borne illness linked to birth defects. The case involves a woman who lives in Brownsville, near Mexico, and she had no travel-related risk factors for Zika infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. ...

  • Teen 'Choking Game' Played Solo Points to Suicide Risks

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Teen 'Choking Game' Played Solo Points to Suicide Risks MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About 4 percent of U.S. teens surveyed admit to trying the "choking game" -- a potentially deadly game of temporary strangulation. And new research suggests that kids who "play" the game alone are much more likely to harbor thoughts of suicide. The so-called choking game is the practice of using hands, fingers or external wrapping materials -- such as a belt, tie or noose -- to apply strong pressure against...

  • Tobacco Flavors Draw in Young Folks

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Tobacco Flavors Draw in Young Folks TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flavored tobacco products attract young people who also consider them less harmful, researchers say. The University of North Carolina team reviewed 40 studies conducted in the United States and other countries to assess people's attitudes about non-menthol tobacco flavors such as cherry, cotton candy and coffee. "We found that flavors for most tobacco products have a universal and rather strong appeal to youth and young adult...

  • These Medicines Often Send Americans to ERs

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    These Medicines Often Send Americans to ERs TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An estimated one in 250 Americans lands in the hospital emergency department each year because of a medication-related reaction or problem, a new federal study finds. Among adults 65 and older, the rate is about one in 100, the study authors said. Remarkably, the medicines causing the most trouble haven't changed in a decade, the researchers noted. Blood thinners, diabetes medicines and antibiotics top the list. These...

  • Troubled Preschoolers Not Getting Effective Treatment: Report

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Troubled Preschoolers Not Getting Effective Treatment: Report MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most preschoolers with mood, behavior and social disorders would benefit from non-drug therapies, but few receive this type of help, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians reports. As many as one in 10 kids younger than 5 years old experiences these kinds of mental health problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a new report. Current evidence supports the use of "family-focused" therapies -...