Scientists Create First 3D-Printer Corneas

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — These days, medical advances seem to be happening in the blink of an eye. Now, British scientists report they have created human corneas using 3D-printing technology. The researchers said they hope this breakthrough will one day ensure an unlimited supply of corneas. Human corneas are now in short…

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High Blood Pressure Can Really Up Your Medical Costs

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If your blood pressure goes up, so do your medical bills, new research suggests. Yearly medical costs for U.S. adults with high blood pressure can run $1,920 more than for those without the condition, a new study finds. Taking in the entire American population with high blood pressure,…

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AHA: Retired Electrician Saved by CPR, Jolts From AED

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) — As a retired electrician, David Paschal knows a thing or two about electrical currents. He did everything he could to avoid the unpleasant feeling of getting shocked, especially since it also carried the risk of being electrocuted. So when emergency responders kept administering shocks to his heart…

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Study Finds Abortion Doesn't Lead to Depression

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Abortion does not increase a woman’s risk for depression, according to new research. The study, of nearly 400,000 women in Denmark, challenges arguments that terminating a pregnancy takes a toll on a woman’s emotional well-being. “Policies based on the notion that abortion harms women’s mental health are misinformed,”…

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New Guidelines Lower Colon Cancer Screening Age to 45

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most people should now begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45, say new guidelines that were spurred by the rising rate of the disease among younger Americans. For years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other medical groups have advised people at average risk of colon and rectal…

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Seniors Slow to Embrace Online Access to Doctors

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many doctors have internet portals to help patients manage their care. But that doesn’t mean older folks will use them. A University of Michigan poll found only about half of patients 50 to 80 years old have set up an online account with their health care provider. “The…

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When Kids Expect a Needle to Hurt, It Does

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to kids and medical procedures like needles, expectation is everything. If they think the shot will hurt, it probably will, a new study finds. On the flip side, if they’re coaxed not to expect a lot of pain, they may feel it less. “We know…

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The ER or Urgent Care?

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Urgent care centers are popping up across the country as an option for medical treatment. But it’s important to know the differences between these facilities and your local hospital emergency department. The ER is for life-threatening situations, yet many people go there when urgent care is more appropriate.…

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Artificial Sweeteners Won't Affect Your Blood Sugar: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Can an artificially sweetened drink or food really satisfy your sweet tooth without raising your blood sugar levels? That depends on what’s in the food or drink, but a new review confirms that artificial sweeteners alone won’t cause a spike in blood sugar. “It’s been widely accepted that…

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'Markers' of Alzheimer's Don't Doom You to Dementia

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even if you discover that you have the first biological signs of Alzheimer’s, you are not doomed to develop the crippling dementia, a new study suggests. “Just because you have amyloid [proteins] in the brain doesn’t mean you’re going to get dementia tomorrow. It doesn’t mean you’re going…

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Wise Words on Women's Health

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — May is Women’s Health Month. With that in mind, doctors are offering suggestions for steps that women can take to reduce their risk of diseases and safeguard their health, both physical and mental. Dr. Blanca Sckell is medical director of the Ambulatory Care Center and internal medicine program…

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Use Your Legs, Boost Your Brain

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Walking, running, crouching, lifting and exercising the legs is critical to optimizing your nervous system’s ability to function, new animal research suggests. Based on work with mice, the finding highlights the complexity of the brain-muscle connection. And it suggests that the nervous system communication moving from an individual’s…

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