Getting Your Medical Records Might Not Be Easy

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — U.S. patients face numerous roadblocks when trying to access their medical records at the nation’s top hospitals, a new study finds. Federal law says patients must be given access to their medical records in a timely manner, in their preferred format and at a reasonable cost. But Yale…

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AHA: How Many Days of Checks Needed to Diagnose High Blood Pressure?

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A routine visit to the doctor’s office typically results in a single blood pressure measurement. But for people on the verge of being diagnosed with high blood pressure, or hypertension, visits usually involve several additional checks at the office, along with a recommendation of having more taken…

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Does Aspirin Help Prevent Liver Cancer?

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help. The researchers found that taking two or more standard-dose (325 milligram) pills a week was associated with a 49 percent lower risk of liver cancer. “Regular use of aspirin led…

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Many Young Drug Abusers Not Tested for Hepatitis C, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Too few teens and young adults with an opioid addiction are tested for hepatitis C, even though they’re at high risk for the liver infection, researchers say. In 2016, hepatitis C killed more than 18,000 Americans, making it the most common cause of death from a reportable infectious…

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Vitamin D Supplements Won't Build Bone Health in Older Adults: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Vitamin D supplements have long been touted as a way to improve bone health and possibly ward off the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis in older adults. But a new study contends that claims of benefits from supplements of the “sunshine vitamin” fall flat. A review of previously published studies…

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Mediterranean Diet May Help Preserve Your Vision: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A Mediterranean-style diet might significantly reduce your risk of a major cause of blindness, a new study suggests. Poor diet is emerging as an important factor in the development of a degenerative eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It’s a leading cause of vision loss among older…

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More Preteens Need HPV Shots to Meet Public Health Goal

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Current rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among preteens are too low to achieve goals set by the American Cancer Society, according to a new study. The cancer society wants an 80 percent vaccination rate among 13-year-olds by 2026. But this new report says an additional 14 million…

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Don't Blame Obamacare for the Opioid Crisis: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A look at past expansions to Medicaid appears to challenge claims that expansion under Obamacare helped fuel the current opioid crisis in the United States. University of Pennsylvania researchers report that Medicaid expansions actually had the opposite effect, and led to reductions in drug overdose deaths. “These findings…

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Can a 'Noah's Ark' of Microbes Save the World's Health?

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — To safeguard human health in the future, researchers envision creation of a “Noah’s Ark” of beneficial human microbes. The human microbiome includes trillions of microscopic organisms that live in and on our bodies, and benefit our health in a number of ways, according to the authors of the…

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Flu Season Lingers in Big Cities

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Big cities with a large commuting workforce tend to have longer, more grinding flu seasons, a new study suggests. Researchers found that a city’s flu season is apt to last longer as its population increases and workplaces become more focused within a few key spots, said lead researcher…

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Brain Scans Suggest Pain of Fibromyalgia Isn't Imaginary

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with fibromyalgia have widespread inflammation in their brains, new research reveals. “Finding an objective neurochemical change in the brains of people who are used to being told that their problems are imaginary is pretty important,” explained senior study author Marco Loggia. He is associate director of the…

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