Is a Haywire Body Clock Tied to Mood Disorders?

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There may be a genetic link between mood disorders and the body’s internal clock, a new study suggests. Research published earlier this year linked disruptions in the body clock (circadian rhythms) with an increased risk of mood issues such as depression and bipolar disorders. In this new study,…

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Genetic Testing for Cancer Lacking for Women on Medicare: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Testing for gene mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer is rare among some Medicare patients who have the cancers and qualify for such tests, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 12 southeastern states between 2000 and 2014. Only 8 percent of 92 women who met…

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More Opioid Users Getting Treatment Since Medicaid Expansion

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The expansion of Medicaid that came along with the Affordable Care Act has made it easier for some opioid users to get treatment, new research suggests. In a study of nearly 12 million Medicaid patients, researchers found that while the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers decreased slightly,…

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Eating Before Early Workout Helps Burn Carbs

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you exercise in the morning, it may be a good idea to eat breakfast first. A small British study finds that having breakfast before a morning workout triggers the body to burn more carbohydrates during exercise and also speeds digestion afterward. The study included 12 healthy men…

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Clinical Trials Balance Out Urban, Rural Cancer Survival Rates

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Differences in survival rates between rural and urban cancer patients may be due to the kind of care they receive, a review of cancer clinical trials contends. Research has shown that cancer patients in rural areas have lower survival rates than those in urban areas. For example, cancer…

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FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for OCD

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A brain stimulation device to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has received approval for marketing Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. The FDA approved it as a treatment for major depression in 2008 and…

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AHA: Gout Could Increase Heart Disease Risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Having a type of inflammatory arthritis called gout may worsen heart-related outcomes for people being treated for coronary artery disease, according to new research. The study, published Aug. 17 in The Journal of the American Heart Association, sought to clarify older research on the link between cardiovascular…

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Generic EpiPen Gains Doctors' Approval

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval Thursday of the first generic versions of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. has pleased medical experts, who hope it will make the lifesaving medication more affordable and available. “It’s exciting for lots of reasons,” said Dr. Michael Blaiss, executive medical director…

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Maybe It's Time to Get in the Game

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Team sports aren’t just for kids. They offer adults a wealth of benefits, including a greater feeling of well-being, reduced stress and a strong sense of community. You have many options for finding an adult club or team-based sport in your area. Your local park and rec department…

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A Little 'Horseplay' Eases Veterans' Mind, Body & Soul

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — U.S. Navy veteran Lisa Conway was having trouble coping with mobility issues related to two newly diagnosed autoimmune diseases when her therapist suggested equine-assisted therapy. “I rode horses mainly as a youngster and a couple of times as an adult. When my therapist suggested equine therapy, I thought,…

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AHA: Personalized Guidelines for Treating Adults With Congenital Heart Disease

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) — The growing population of adults with congenital heart disease could soon begin to see more personalized care, according to new guidelines released Thursday. Diagnosis and follow-up care for people over 17 will be based on more than their heart anatomy. It will expand to include how the…

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The 'Right' Amount of Carbs May Help You Live Longer

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You’ve probably heard about the high-carb diet and the low-carb diet, but a new study suggests a moderate-carb diet could be the key to longevity. Researchers followed more than 15,000 people in the United States for a median of 25 years and found that low-carb diets (fewer than…

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