Put Your Best Feet Forward, Despite Diabetes

SUNDAY, April 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you have diabetes, it’s time to think about your feet. “Diabetes is a multisystem disease,” Dr. Ronald Lepow explained in a news release from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “Circulation in the feet and legs may be diminished because there are problems with blood vessels…

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Prenatal Test Advance May Help Spot Serious Gene Mutations

SATURDAY, March 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Scientists who found a way to use amniotic fluid to sequence the entire genome of a fetus say the breakthrough could significantly increase detection of genetic conditions during pregnancy. Researchers tweaked a common prenatal test called amniocentesis. In that procedure, amniotic fluid is taken from a pregnant woman’s…

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Many Grad Students Struggle With Anxiety, Depression

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Depression and anxiety is nearly seven times more common among graduate students than in the general population, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed nearly 2,300 graduate students — 90 percent who were working on their Ph.D. and 10 percent pursuing a master’s. They found that 41 percent had…

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Brain Cell Development Differs in Those With Autism: Study

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Neurons in a brain area involved with social and emotional behavior normally increase as children become adults, but this does not occur in people with autism, new research contends. Instead, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have too many neurons in this part of the brain — the…

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has had emergency open-heart surgery to replace a heart valve, TMZ reports. According to the celebrity-news agency, sources close to Schwarzenegger say the 70-year-old was admitted Thursday to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, for a catheter-based heart valve replacement.…

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With Warmer Weather Comes Wrap-Up of Severe Flu Season

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Spring continues to take the bite out of this year’s brutal flu season, new numbers show. For starters: yet another drop was seen in doctor visits, and less severe strains of influenza are becoming ever more dominant. But hospitalizations for the flu are still a problem, and there…

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ER Docs Prescribe More Opioids Than They Realize

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many emergency room doctors underestimate how often they prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers, new research shows. But they pare back those pills when they see their real numbers, according to the University of Colorado study. Of 109 ER doctors at four hospitals, two-thirds underestimated how often they prescribed…

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For Hard-to-Manage Type 1 Diabetes, Transplant Makes Life Better

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New research shows that for people with type 1 diabetes who can no longer sense when their blood sugar levels drop too low, an islet cell transplant can dramatically improve their lives. Some people with type 1 diabetes develop a condition called hypoglycemia unawareness, which means they no…

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AHA: When a College Hoops Star Died of a Heart Attack, His Family Got in the Game

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) — March Madness, the annual college basketball tournament that glues Americans to their TVs and their brackets, is a bittersweet time for the Cornette family. Just 15 years ago Joel and Jordan, brothers and best friends, were stars on teams that advanced to the Sweet 16. Though neither…

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More Women Die of Lung Cancer in 2 U.S. 'Hot Spots'

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Lung cancer death rates among women have fallen in much of the United States, but have increased in two regions where smoking is more common, a new study finds. The first cluster or “hot spot” comprises 669 counties in Appalachia and the Midwest, and the second is 81…

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Guideline Urges Hormone Test for Women With Unwanted Hair

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women with dark, coarse hair growth on the face, chest or back should be tested for polycystic ovary syndrome and other underlying health problems, a new Endocrine Society guideline says. Hirsutism — the growth of unwanted hair in places where men typically grow hair, such as the face…

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Many Pick the Wrong Drugs for Sneezin' Season

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hay fever sufferers often choose the wrong medication for their seasonal sniffles, new research suggests. With flowers, trees and grasses springing back to life, folks with allergies will start to complain of sneezing, runny noses, and watery, itchy eyes. More often than not, though, they’ll head to the…

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