Women Who Are Most at Risk of Stroke

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stroke affects more women than men in the United States. And a new study pinpoints stroke risk factors unique to females. “Many people don’t realize that women suffer stroke more frequently than men, and mortality is much higher among women,” said Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, the study’s corresponding author.…

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Sleepy Drivers May Be Causing More Crashes Than Thought

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Driver fatigue causes many more car accidents in the United States than previously estimated, a new report suggests. The finding comes from an analysis of several months’ worth of video recordings taken of nearly 3,600 Americans while they were driving. During that time, participating drivers were involved in…

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Most Say Health Workers Shouldn't Refuse Care on Moral Grounds: Poll

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most Americans are not on board with President Donald Trump’s recent decision to further protect health care workers who refuse to treat patients on religious or moral grounds, the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll shows. More than eight of 10 surveyed do not believe doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health…

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Picking a New Primary Care Doctor

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There are times in life when you need to pick a new doctor, or primary care provider. A primary care provider is your health gatekeeper, offering wellness visits, evaluating problems and suggesting specialists when necessary. There are different types of providers to choose from, such as internists; family…

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Long-Term Opioid Use Down Among U.S. Vets: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Recent efforts by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to promote safe prescribing of opioid painkillers seem to be working. Opioid prescriptions by the VHA have declined since peaking in 2012, a new study finds. Key to the drop is decreases in long-term prescriptions, which carry greater risk…

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Cancer-Causing HPV Can Hide in the Throat

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Human papilloma virus (HPV) could be lurking in your throat. It’s known that strains of the virus can cause cervical cancer. And the virus can also cause certain forms of head and neck cancer, according to researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Testing…

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Did Robin Williams' Suicide Spur 'Copycat' Acts?

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fans around the world were shocked when comedian Robin Williams took his own life in 2014. But the tragedy didn’t stop there: Researchers believe his grim death spawned a rash of copycat suicides. In the five months after Williams hung himself inside his California home, U.S. suicides went…

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Looking to Bats for Clues to Longevity

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New insights into what gives one bat species a long life span could offer clues to helping people live longer, scientists say. European researchers analyzed DNA from about 500 wild bats from four species. Their focus was on telomeres, the protective structures on the end of chromosomes. In…

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Impotence Among Heart Patients Not the Fault of Meds, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Worried that the drugs you’re taking to lower cholesterol or blood pressure might make you more apt to develop erectile dysfunction? That’s not likely, a new Canadian study suggests. The study involved about 2,000 men who were taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a blood pressure-lowering medication, or both.…

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Your Attitude About Aging Might Affect Odds for Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you hope to avoid dementia in old age, having an upbeat view on aging itself might help, new research suggests. Researchers found that people with positive beliefs about aging had a nearly 44 percent lower risk of developing dementia over the next four years than those with…

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Uber, Lyft Rides May Not Help Boost Doc Visits for Poorer Patients

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Unreliable transportation keeps many poor patients from their medical appointments. But offering free ride-sharing services isn’t the easy fix some predicted, a new study suggests. Some health care systems and ride-sharing and ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft have formed partnerships to make it easier for these…

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Defibrillators May Not Help Kidney Patients With Bad Hearts

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with chronic kidney disease often develop heart failure, leading to their having a heart defibrillator implanted to control an irregular heartbeat. But that’s not without risk, a new study has found. The chances of being hospitalized for heart failure were 49 percent greater for kidney disease patients…

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