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Some Brain Cancer Patients Have Radiation Options: Study

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
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 […]

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FDA Bolsters Warnings About Class of Antibiotics

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it’s strengthening label warnings on a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones because the drugs can lead to disabling side effects, including long-term nerve damage and ruptured tendons.
The agency also cautioned that these bacteria-fighting drugs — including levofloxacin (Levaquin) and […]

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2 in 10 Alzheimer’s Cases May Be Misdiagnosed

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Alzheimer’s disease is often misdiagnosed, possibly causing undue stress for those who don’t have the disease but are told they do, and delays in treatment for others, two new studies reveal.
Although no cure or effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease exists, a correct diagnosis is […]

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Roll Up Your Sleeves: Red Cross Says Blood Need ‘Urgent’

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The American Red Cross says it has an urgent need for blood donations, with less than a five-day supply of blood on hand to help those who need it.
“The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save […]

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Does Dementia Diagnosis Have Silver Lining for Some?

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Is it possible that a diagnosis as devastating as dementia could have some positive effects?
Yes, a small study suggests.
Researchers asked 48 people with early dementia or mild cognitive impairment to complete a questionnaire that measured their quality of life and personal outlook after getting their diagnosis.
The “Silver Lining […]

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Flu Shot Tied to Fewer Hospitalizations, Deaths in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The seasonal flu vaccine may offer people with type 2 diabetes some protection against dying prematurely, a new study suggests.
The flu shot also appeared to protect those with type 2 diabetes from hospitalizations for stroke, as well as heart and breathing problems, the study said.
British researchers looked at […]

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U.S. Panel Says Evidence ‘Insufficient’ to Recommend Skin Cancer Screenings

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There currently isn’t enough scientific proof to recommend regular full-body exams for skin cancer as a means of preventing deaths from these cancers, a leading panel of U.S. preventive health experts has concluded.
An updated evidence review found scant evidence on either the benefits or harms […]

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‘Heat Dome’ Not Budging Until Week’s End

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The massive “heat dome” that has blanketed the eastern United States with oppressive heat and humidity for days will not be budging before the end of the week, weather forecasters said Tuesday.
“With no strong pushes of cool air from Canada on the horizon, people from the mid-Atlantic to […]

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Little Threat of Zika Spread From Rio Olympics, Study Says

Travelers and competitors at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil are not likely to contract the Zika virus during their stay or bring it back to their home countries, Yale University experts contend in a new report.

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Teasing Out Where the Tokers Live

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Whether you smoke pot might depend on what part of the United States you live in, a new survey suggests.
Marijuana use by Americans is highest in the West and lowest in the South, according to a federal government report that also examined people’s beliefs about the risk of […]

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Put Birth Control in Place Right After Childbirth

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Obstetrician-gynecologists should counsel pregnant women about use of long-acting reversible contraception, such as implants and IUDs, immediately after they give birth, a leading group of U.S. doctors says.
The goal is to prevent accidental pregnancy or another pregnancy too soon, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) explained […]

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Are Stroke Centers Life Savers?

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The odds of surviving a stroke are slightly better for patients treated at hospitals with a specialized stroke department, known as primary stroke centers, a new study finds.
But that benefit was only seen if stroke patients got to a stroke center in less than 90 […]

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‘Managing’ Elderly Patients Without Powerful Antipsychotics

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — About 25 percent of dementia patients in U.S. nursing homes are still quieted with risky antipsychotic medications. Now, a small study suggests that managing these difficult patients, instead of medicating them, could obtain better results.
“Drugs have a place, but should not be first-line treatments. […]

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Is Binge-Watching Hazardous to Your Health?

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Binge-watchers, beware: Too much time in front of the TV could boost your risk of death from a blood clot in the lung, researchers warn.
A lung blood clot (pulmonary embolism) typically begins as a clot in the leg or pelvis that develops due to inactivity and reduced blood […]

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2 of 3 Americans OK With Doctors Discussing Gun Safety

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A large majority of American adults thinks it’s OK for doctors to discuss gun safety with their patients, a new study reveals.
The online survey included more than 3,900 respondents. The researchers found that 66 percent said it was at least sometimes appropriate for doctors to talk about guns […]

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Even a Little Exercise May Help Younger Women’s Hearts

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Younger women who exercise just 2.5 hours a week may cut their risk for heart disease by up to 25 percent, a new study suggests.
“The habits and the choices we make in the first half of our life determine our well-being and freedom from chronic […]

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It Takes an Average of 6 Years to Get a Bipolar Diagnosis

People with bipolar disorder may face a long wait from when their symptoms start to the time they get a proper diagnosis.

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