More Americans DOA From Gun, Knife Wounds

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Victims of gunshots or stabbings are much more likely to die before arriving at U.S. trauma centers than 10 years ago. This suggests the intensity of violence is increasing, a new study contends. “The data we found suggest that a greater proportion of patients injured by penetrating trauma…

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Expert Panel Highlights Patient Choice for Prostate Cancer Screen

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More men could receive PSA blood tests for prostate cancer under revised guidelines released Tuesday by the nation’s leading panel on preventive medicine. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends that men aged 55 to 69 decide for themselves whether to undergo a prostate-specific antigen (PSA)…

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Non-Opioids Often Underused After Back Surgery

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Spine and joint surgery patients aren’t taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say. Instead, many are given opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Vicodin). These highly addictive narcotics are potentially deadly when abused. The United States is currently grappling…

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Is Integrative Medicine Right for You?

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Any approach that differs from conventional — or Western — medicine is typically considered complementary and alternative, or CAM. But these practices have become much more mainstream, leading to growth in the health care approach called integrative medicine, which draws on traditional and non-traditional systems tailored to each…

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When Do You Take Guns From Someone With Dementia?

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A diagnosis of dementia often triggers discussions about how to keep that person safe as the disease advances, but one serious safety concern that may be overlooked is gun ownership. Somewhere between 40 percent and 60 percent of people with dementia have access to firearms in their homes,…

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Programs That Monitor Opioid Painkillers May Drive Some to Heroin

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Prescription drug monitoring programs are touted as a way to reduce overdoses from opioid painkillers, but they might have the unintended effect of increasing heroin overdose deaths, researchers say. They reviewed 17 studies that assessed the impact of these programs and found that 10 of them linked the…

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Generic Drugs Don't Always Push Prices Down

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Generic drugs tend to trigger big drops in the cost of their expensive, brand-name counterparts, but that has not been the case with the cancer drug commonly known as Gleevec (imatinib). There’s been only a small drop in the price of imatinib since a generic version was introduced…

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Money Worries Have More Americans Anxious, Survey Finds

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans are becoming increasingly nervous, with anxiety levels on the rise — and one of the main reasons is concern about being able to pay their bills, a new survey finds. More than 1,000 adults nationwide were polled in late March and asked to rate their level of…

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Could Mom-to-Be's Antidepressants Have an Upside for Baby's Brain?

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children who were exposed to antidepressants in the womb may score higher on certain tests of mental abilities at the age of 12, a small, preliminary study suggests. Among the 51 kids the researchers analyzed, those whose mothers used antidepressants during pregnancy typically scored higher on tests of…

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Even Mild Concussion Tied to Greater Dementia Risk Later

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Concussions, even those that are mild, more than double the risk for developing dementia down the road, new research suggests. The findings stem from an analysis that tracked concussions and dementia risk among nearly 360,000 military veterans. Study author Deborah Barnes noted that many of the younger vets…

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Kids' Exposure to Domestic Violence Takes Economic Toll

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The long-term effects of children’s exposure to domestic violence costs the U.S. economy about $55 billion a year, a new study reports. Researchers concluded that by the time children who were exposed to domestic violence reach age 64, the average cost to the nation’s economy over their lifetime…

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