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Health News for 05/09/11

May 09, 2011

Health Tip: Caregivers, Don't Ignore Your Own Health

Caring for someone else during a serious illness can take a lot out of you. The American Academy of Family Physicians says it's important to take care of yourself as you care for someone else.
Health Tip: Evaluate Your Eating Habits

If you've tried various diets and can't seem to lose weight, maybe it's time to re-evaluate your eating habits.
Even a Little Exercise May Protect Against Colon Polyps

Even a little exercise may ward off polyps in the colon, which are sometimes precursors to cancer.
Weight-Loss Surgery Seems No Riskier for Seniors

Seniors can undergo weight-loss surgery without any worse side effects than younger people experience, new research shows.
Burning the Midnight Oil May Lead to Weight Gain

Night owls who consistently stay up late may be putting themselves at higher odds for weight gain, a new study finds.
More People May Benefit From Going Gluten-Free

People at risk for celiac disease ought to be screened for the disorder, even if they show no symptoms, a new study suggests.
Winter Conception Tied to Raised Risk for Autism

Children conceived in winter seem to have a greater risk of being diagnosed with autism, a new study suggests.
ADHD With Poor Emotional Control Seems to Run in Families

Some adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also experience excessive emotional reactions to everyday situations, a combination that appears to run in families.
Risk for Problem Drinking May Rise After Gastric Bypass

Could gastric bypass weight-loss surgery raise the odds for alcohol abuse afterwards?
Some College Athletes More Prone to GI Disorders

College athletes who play high-intensity sports such as crew, lacrosse and swimming are at greater risk for gastrointestinal disorders than other students and athletes their own age, new research suggests.
Gastric Bypass May Help Prevent Heart Disease in Teens: Study

Adults who undergo Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery show improvement in biochemical cardiac risk factors, but teens that have the procedure may realize even greater heart health benefits, according to new research.
Researchers Outline Key Risk Factors for Glaucoma

Researchers say they've pinpointed a number of factors that may be key to the progression of the eye disease glaucoma.
Best Heart Transplant Outcomes Seen at High-Volume Centers

Hospitals that perform a large number of heart transplants are the best places for older, sicker patients to receive a new heart, according to new research.
Child's Head Injury Doesn't Always Need CT Scan: Study

Children rushed to emergency rooms with minor head trauma often get unneeded CT scans that expose them to high levels of radiation, a new study indicates.
Mindful Meditation Might Ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A simple meditation technique can help ease the torment suffered by people with a chronic bowel disease, a new study has found.
Scan Technology Tied to Overtreatment of Clots in Lungs

Overdiagnosis and overtreatment of pulmonary embolism is a problem in the United States due to the large increase in the use of computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA), a new study suggests.
Popular Heartburn Meds May Boost Fracture Risk

Reinforcing U.S. health officials' concerns, new Korean research suggests that long-term use of popular heartburn drugs such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium is linked to an increased risk of fractures.
Gay Men More Likely to Have Had Cancer

A new study finds that homosexual men are twice as likely as other males to have been diagnosed with and then survive a cancer, shining a light on the unique medical risks that gay people may face.
S. Korean Study Suggests Autism Rate May Be Much Higher

An estimated one in 38 South Korean children -- or 2.6 percent -- has an autism spectrum disorder, a new study says -- figures that experts believe could be similar in the United States.
Health Highlights: May 9, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Little Evidence That Diet, Lifestyle Cuts Alzheimer's Risk

Numerous studies have attempted to link specific behaviors and health conditions to the onset of Alzheimer's disease, but scientists still can't say for sure that anything you do or don't do will prevent the brain disorder, according to a new U.S. review of recent research.
After Heart Attack, Certain Painkillers May Raise Risk for Recurrence

People with a history of heart attack are at increased risk of suffering another attack or dying after even a week of taking certain types of prescription and over-the-counter painkillers, including Advil, Motrin or Voltarin, a large new study suggests.
Ring Finger Length Linked to ALS, Study Suggests

Having long ring fingers has been associated with a lethal nervous system disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), British researchers report.
Study Questions Overuse of Colonoscopy in Medicare Patients

Among Medicare patients, colonoscopies are often done more frequently than recommended, a new study finds.

 

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