Less-Invasive Surgery for Cervical Cancer May Bring More Risks, Studies Find

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Surgeons have long turned to a minimally invasive means of hysterectomy when treating early stage cervical cancer. However, two new studies could change all that. Both found the approach was linked to a higher rate of cancer recurrence, plus worse long-term survival, compared to more “open” surgeries. “Minimally…

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U.S. Hospitals Making Headway Against Infections

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You’re less likely to pick up a nasty infection during a hospital stay in the United States than you were just a few years ago, a new report finds. Between 2011 and 2015, a patient’s risk of catching a hospital-acquired infection dropped 16 percent, researchers said. “The findings…

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Fentanyl-Laced Crack Cocaine a Deadly New Threat

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid, is now showing up in crack cocaine and causing life-threatening overdoses. Within a recent four-day period, a Philadelphia hospital treated 18 patients for an apparent opioid overdose even though they’d only been smoking crack cocaine, researchers report. “None of them had…

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A Healthy Diet Is Never Too Late With Colon Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A healthy diet may lower your risk of death from colon cancer, even if you wait until after you’re diagnosed with the disease, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,800 colon cancer patients. Those whose eating habits before their cancer diagnosis most closely matched American Cancer…

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Could the Appendix Play a Key Role in Parkinson's Disease?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Long belittled as inconsequential, the appendix is hardly the rock star of body organs. But its reputation may get a boost from new research that suggests that removing it may lower the risk for Parkinson’s disease. The finding follows an analysis that examined how appendix removal surgery (appendectomy)…

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Scientists Say Neanderthals Were Exposed to Lead, Too

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The earliest evidence of lead exposure has been discovered in 250,000-year-old teeth from the remains of two Neanderthals found in southeastern France, researchers say. “Traditionally, people thought lead exposure occurred in populations only after industrialization, but these results show it happened prehistorically, before lead had been widely released…

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Take at Least a Year Between Pregnancies: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women should wait a year or more between having babies, to reduce health risks to themselves and their infants, researchers report. “Our study found increased risks to both mother and infant when pregnancies are closely spaced, including for women older than 35,” said lead author Laura Schummers, a…

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Three Paralyzed Patients Now Walk, Thanks to Breakthrough Technology

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The science of spinal cord stimulation has been fine-tuned to the point that three previously paralyzed patients can now walk with minimal assistance, Swiss researchers report. They can do so with only the aid of crutches or a walker, thanks to incredibly precise electrical stimulation of their spinal…

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AHA: Can You Really Be Scared to Death?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Every year around Oct. 31, as horror films, haunted houses and pranksters in creepy costumes try their best to give you a fright, the question arises: Can a person literally be scared to death? The answer is a very conditional “Yes.” But, experts say, it’s extraordinarily unlikely…

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After Mass Shootings, Blood Donations Can Go Unused

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After mass shootings like the one at a Pittsburgh synagogue just last weekend that left 11 dead and six wounded, Americans often rush to donate blood to help the victims. But new research suggests that some of that blood could end up going to waste. “There is an…

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Autism Risk: Mom's Health May Matter More Than Meds

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many pregnant women may wonder if antidepressants — or other drugs acting on the brain’s neurotransmitters — might raise their baby’s odds of developing autism. Now, reassuring research suggests that’s not the case. But a mother’s health before and during pregnancy may play a role in autism spectrum…

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