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  • Vegetarian Diets Called Good for People and the Planet

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Vegetarian Diets Called Good for People and the Planet THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vegetarian diets are healthy for people of all ages, as well as the environment, according to a new update of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' (AND) position on vegetarian diets. Studies show that vegetarians generally have lower risks of obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, according to the AND. That includes vegans -- who eschew not only meat and ...

  • Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Watching violent movies before bed might drag some dark images into your dreams, giving you nightmares, a new study suggests. The study found that those who viewed violent media before bed were 13 times more likely to have violent dreams that night compared to people who didn't watch violence before bed. "That's a big effect," said study co-author Brad Bushman. He's a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio ...

  • Vitamin D May Affect Breast Cancer Survival

    Posted: 11/17/2016

    Vitamin D May Affect Breast Cancer Survival THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D levels may affect breast cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,700 breast cancer patients in California and found that higher vitamin D levels at diagnosis were associated with better overall survival. This link was strongest in premenopausal women. Researchers found lower vitamin D levels in patients with advanced-stage tumors and the lowest lev...

  • Vasectomy May Not Raise Prostate Cancer Risk After All

    Posted: 09/26/2016

    Vasectomy May Not Raise Prostate Cancer Risk After All MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A large, new study challenges previous research that suggested vasectomies might increase the risk of prostate cancer or dying from it. In the latest finding, researchers found no connection between vasectomies and overall risk of prostate cancer, or of dying from the disease. The American Cancer Society epidemiologists reviewed more than 7,000 prostate cancer deaths, as opposed to the just over 800 prostat...

  • Vitamin A Compound Might Aid in Colon Cancer Fight

    Posted: 09/07/2016

    Vitamin A Compound Might Aid in Colon Cancer Fight TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Retinoic acid, a compound derived in the body from vitamin A, might have a role in suppressing colon cancer, new animal research suggests. "Retinoic acid has been known for years to be involved in suppressing inflammation in the intestine," said study senior author Dr. Edgar Engleman, professor of pathology and medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif. Meanwhile, the development of...

  • Veterans' Painkiller Abuse Can Raise Odds for Heroin Use

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Veterans' Painkiller Abuse Can Raise Odds for Heroin Use TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Veterans who misuse narcotic painkillers may be at high risk for heroin use, a new study cautions. The research included nearly 3,400 U.S. veterans who had never misused painkillers or used heroin. Their health was followed for 10 years. During that time, 500 of them began using heroin. Of those, 77 percent misused opioid painkillers before they started using heroin. Other risk factors for heroin use incl...

  • Ventricular Septal Defect Transcatheter Repair

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Ventricular Septal Defect Transcatheter Repair What is VSD transcatheter repair? Ventricular septal defect (VSD) transcatheter repair is a type of heart procedure. It fixes a hole between the left and right ventricles of the heart, without making an incision in the chest wall. The heart has 4 chambers: 2 upper (atria) and 2 lower (ventricles). Blood that is high in oxygen flows from the left atrium to the left ventricle and out to the body, where the vital organs use the oxygen. Blood with less oxygen f...

  • Ventricular Septal Defect Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Ventricular Septal Defect Surgery What is ventricular septal defect surgery? Ventricular septal defect (VSD) surgery is a type of heart surgery. It fixes a hole between the left and right ventricles of the heart. The heart has 4 chambers: 2 upper (atria) and 2 lower (ventricles). Blood that is high in oxygen flows from the left atrium to the left ventricle and out to the body, where the vital organs use the oxygen. Blood with less oxygen flows from the right atrium to the right ventricle and out to the ...

  • Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Von Willebrand Disease (VWD) What is VWD? Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an inherited disorder that affects the blood's ability to clot. What causes VWD? VWD is almost always inherited. This means it is passed from parents to children. People with the disorder may have low levels of a blood protein called von Willebrand factor. It helps the platelets in blood stick together to stop bleeding. Sometimes von Willebrand factor is present, but not working well. VWD may also cause problems with another clott...

  • Video-Assisted Thorascopic Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Video-Assisted Thorascopic Surgery What is VATS? Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a type of surgery for diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions involving the chest area (thorax). It uses a special video camera called a thoracoscope. It is a type of minimally invasive surgery. That means it uses smaller cuts (incisions) than traditional open surgery. One common reason to do VATS is to remove part of a lung because of cancer. You have two lungs: a right lung and a left lung. These lu...