Misdiagnoses Common Among U.S. Outpatients: Review

April 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — At least 5 percent of American adults — 12 million people — are misdiagnosed in outpatient settings every year, and half of these errors could be harmful, a new study indicates.
The findings, from an analysis of data from several published studies, should lead to greater efforts [...]


How the Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism

April 16, 2014

Children with autism may find the “unconditional” love of the family dog a real help, a small new study finds.


Leeches Help Save Woman’s Ear After Pit Bull Mauling

April 16, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A savage pit bull attack results in the total dismembering of a teenage girl’s ear. And though the ear remains fully intact, complications during the initial reattachment process raise the real risk she could lose her ear forever.
What’s a doctor to do?
If you’re Dr. Stephen [...]


Placing Donor Windpipe First in Patient’s Arm Helps With Transplant

April 16, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors in Belgium say they’ve successfully transplanted windpipes in six patients by first placing donor tissue in the patients’ arms.
“This discovery expands the surgical possibilities for people struggling with difficult-to-repair airway defects,” said Dr. Pierre Delaere, of the department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at [...]


Diabetes Complication Rates Drop Among U.S. Adults

April 16, 2014

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The rates of five serious complications from diabetes — heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputations and death — have all dropped dramatically since 1990, a new U.S. government study shows.
Heart attack rates have decreased nearly 70 percent in people with diabetes. Stroke rates have dropped [...]


Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

April 16, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who show signs of apathy tend to have a smaller brain volume than their peers with more vim and vigor, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that of more than 4,300 older adults, those with at least two symptoms of apathy had slightly less [...]


Key Brain ‘Networks’ May Differ in Autism, Study Suggests

April 16, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Differences in brain connectivity may help explain the social impairments common in those who have autism spectrum disorders, new research suggests.
The small study compared the brains of 25 teens with an autism spectrum disorder to those of 25 typically developing teens, all aged 11 to [...]


Free Drug Samples for Doctors Might Prove Costly for Patients

April 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Dermatologists who receive free drug samples are more likely to give their patients prescriptions for expensive medicines, a new study says.
Researchers looked at data on prescriptions for adult acne medications written in 2010 by dermatologists across the United States.
For a single visit, the average retail cost of prescriptions [...]


Which States Are the Most Into Alternative Medicine?

April 16, 2014

A new government report on complementary and alternative medicine trends in the United States (like yoga and chiropractic care) shows clear regional trends in the way Americans choose to use these health approaches.


Gaining Too Much or Too Little Weight During Pregnancy May Influence Child’s Obesity Risk

April 16, 2014

Children born to mothers who gain either too much or too little weight during their pregnancy are more likely to be overweight or obese, a new study has found.





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