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Less Salt, Fewer Nighttime Bathroom Trips?
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:00:25 GMT
SUNDAY, March 26, 2017 -- Lowering your salt intake could mean fewer trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, a new study suggests. Most people over age 60, and many even younger, wake up to pee one or more times a night. This is called...
Is MRI the 'Mammography' of Prostate Cancer Screening?
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:00:12 GMT
SATURDAY, March 25, 2017 -- MRI screening might greatly reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer in older men, a preliminary study suggests. Compared to the current screening method, MRI can reduce overdiagnosis of prostate cancer...
How Doctors Decide to Treat a Ruptured Achilles
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:00:07 GMT
SATURDAY, March 25, 2017 -- Whether your doctor recommends surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon may depend partly on your age and activity level, foot experts say. The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that runs down the back of the lower leg...
Need More Zzzzz's?
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:03:21 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- A good night's sleep is often elusive, but there are things you can do to boost the odds of getting some quality shuteye, sleep experts say. The first is to have regular bed and wake times, according to...
What Drugs Work Best for Diabetic Nerve Pain?
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:03:50 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- Nerve pain and numbness, also known as neuropathy, is a debilitating but common symptom of diabetes. Now, new research suggests certain drugs may outperform others in treating diabetic neuropathy. The new review of the...
Teens With Autism More Likely to Land in ER, Study Finds
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:03:50 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- U.S. teens with autism are four times more likely to visit an emergency room than those without the disorder, a new report says. The Penn State College of Medicine researchers said the likelihood of an ER visit for a teen...
Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:03:27 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- Millions of Americans have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet. About 8.5 million Americans have PAD, including up to 20 percent of people...
Physical Therapy as Good as Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Study
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:03:44 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- Surgery is a common approach to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. But, physical therapy may work just as well, a new study indicates. Researchers found that physical therapy -- particularly so-called manual therapy -- improved...
Raccoon Parasite Not as Deadly to Humans as Thought
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:03:44 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- A raccoon parasite that can be deadly in humans can infect people without causing symptoms, a new study indicates. It was believed that the parasite Baylisascaris procyonis, or raccoon roundworm, led to severe neurological...
Ouch! How to Tell If You Have a Sprain, a Strain or a Tear
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:03:15 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- Sprains, strains and tears are different types of injuries, and it's important to know how they differ, a sports massage therapist says. A sprain is the overstretching or tearing of ligaments, which are the tissues that...
Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:03:38 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on the American workplace, a new analysis shows. Employees who struggle with drinking and drug addiction miss many more days of work, have higher health care costs and are less...
Obesity May Not Compromise Knee Surgery Success
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:03:18 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- Weight doesn't seem to affect whether a common type of knee surgery will be successful, a new study shows. About 15 percent of meniscal repair surgeries fail, researchers said. It's been widely believed that patients with...
Want Cheap and Healthy Meals? Cook at Home
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:03:15 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- If you're eager to save money while eating right, stick close to your own kitchen, researchers say. "Frequent eating out was associated with lower diet quality, more 'empty calories' and higher diet costs" compared to home...
Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:03:44 GMT
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 -- Older Americans on kidney dialysis have high rates of colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, but most get little benefit from the screening, a new study suggests. Dialysis patients have high rates of death, so routine...
Health Highlights: March 24, 2017
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:03:36 GMT
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 'Sea of Despair' Engulfs White Working Class Americans: Study Low levels of education and employment are likely the root causes of rising rates...
Health Tip: Help Teens Say No to Drinking and Driving
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:03:49 GMT
-- Parents should set strict rules that prevent their kids from drinking and driving. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Monitor teen drivers closely. Sign an agreement with your teen that pledges no drinking and...
Health Tip: Kick Your Sugary Drink Habit
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:03:14 GMT
-- Your mouth may be loaded with bacteria just waiting to feast on sugar. And many sodas and juices contain added sugar, which can lead to tooth decay. Here are suggestions to spare your smile, courtesy of the American Dental Association: If you...
Many Talks on End-of-Life Wishes End in Confusion, Study Shows
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:03:30 GMT
THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 -- You've filled out a living will, and designated a surrogate to make medical decisions if you're incapacitated. But, your end-of-life planning may not be done yet. That's because, according to a new study, your surrogate...
Scientists Spot Gene for Rare Disorder Causing Deafness, Blindness
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:03:48 GMT
THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 -- Researchers say they have found the genetic cause of a rare disorder that causes children to be born with deafness, blindness, albinism and fragile bones. The syndrome is called COMMAD. It occurs when children inherit...
Exercise a Great Prescription to Help Older Hearts
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:03:57 GMT
THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 -- Regular exercise is potent medicine for older adults with heart disease, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. Physical activity should be a key part of care for older adults with heart disease who...

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