Obamacare Led to Rise in Breast Cancer Screening

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More American women started getting recommended mammography screening after an “Obamacare” rule made the tests free, a new study finds. The rule meant that Medicare and most private insurers could no longer require women to foot part of the bill — whether through copays or requiring them to…

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Could a Blood Test Spot Early Stage Colon Cancer?

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A simple, cheap blood test to detect colon cancer — even in its early stages — appears highly effective and accurate, new research indicates. The test detects so-called “circulating tumor cells” (CTCs). Researchers tested it on 620 people in Taiwan who were scheduled for a routine colonoscopy at…

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For Baseball Scouts, Another Tool for Spotting Talent?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Computer testing of baseball players might identify those most likely to be the next Mike Trout or Derek Jeter, a new study claims. Attempting to predict the best of the best, Duke University researchers studied more than 250 professional players on major and minor league teams in the…

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Physical Therapist Challenges 'No Pain, No Gain' Theory

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many people think if they’re not sore after a workout, they didn’t push themselves hard enough. But some experts challenge this view. “There’s no evidence that shows individuals with muscle soreness get stronger versus those that don’t,” said physical therapist Heather Henry, from University Hospitals Avon Health Center…

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Grind Your Teeth at Night? Botox Might Help

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re one of the millions of people who grind and clench their teeth during sleep, an injection of Botox might be the answer, a small study suggests. The condition, called bruxism, can lead to pain, headaches, jaw problems and damaged teeth. However, the researchers reported that shots…

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Cycling Won't Sabotage a Man's Sex Life: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Men who are avid cyclists needn’t worry that hours spent on the bike will translate into problems in the bedroom or bathroom, new research claims. Reportedly the largest study of its kind involving bikers, swimmers and runners, the findings buck prior reports that cycling could harm sexual or…

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Morning Sickness Drug May Not Work: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The most commonly prescribed medicine for morning sickness may not work, a new report contends. The drug, Diclegis, failed to meet minimum effectiveness goals in the clinical trial relied upon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its approval in 2013, Canadian researchers reported. “There was a…

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Restaurant Bans Have Big Impact on Smoking Rates

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Ever wonder if bans against smoking in bars and restaurants have actually made a difference? According to a new study, they have. Smoking bans in U.S. eateries appear to have helped reduce overall smoking rates, especially among people with higher levels of education, the researchers reported. The study…

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Reduce Legal Blood-Alcohol Limit to Cut Drunk Driving Deaths: Report

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers are needed to eliminate drunk driving deaths in the United States, according to a new report. All states should lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,…

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Don't Rely on Just One Blood Pressure Test for Kids: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s important to take a second blood pressure reading if your child’s first reading points to high blood pressure, researchers say. They found that nearly 25 percent of children and teens who had their blood pressure checked by their primary care doctor had readings in the high range,…

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Sleep Better, Lose Weight?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sleeplessness could cost you when it’s time to stand on your bathroom scale, a new British study suggests. People plagued by insomnia who began sleeping more cut the amount of sugary foods they tended to eat, an experiment at King’s College London revealed. U.S. experts said the findings…

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Creativity May Rely on 'Teamwork' in the Brain

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Scientists may have discovered what makes a creative mind tick: stronger connections among brain regions that usually work in opposition to each other. For eons, researchers have wondered what sets the da Vincis, Shakespeares and Einsteins apart. Results from this new study offer more evidence to debunk the…

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