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27 Jun

Stress and Heart Disease

Persistent mental distress increases risk of death in heart patients, study finds.

26 Jun

Insurance Coverage & Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Loss of Medicaid coverage leads to later stage breast cancer diagnosis, study finds.

23 Jun

Updated Mammography Guidance

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Issues New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Bye-Bye Flu Shot, Hello Patch?

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental flu vaccine patch with dissolving microneedles appears safe and effective, a preliminary study shows.

The patch has 100 solid, water-soluble and painless microneedles that are just long enough to penetrate the skin. Researchers say it could offer a pain-free and more convenien...

Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of people like that sun-kissed look on their skin, but experts caution against any tanning at all.

"There's no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning is a sign of skin damage," said Dr. Ross Levy, chief of dermatology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

He...

Senate GOP Leaders Delay Vote on Health Reform Bill

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Failing to win sufficient backing within their own Republican ranks, Senate GOP leaders on Tuesday postponed a vote on their plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

Party leaders had hoped to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote this week, ahead of the July 4 recess. Instead, Senate...

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Fewer Americans Hospitalized for Heart Failure

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds.

Between 2002 and 2013, heart failure hospitalizations fell by 30 percent nationwide, the study found.

At the same time, disparities betw...

Consider Acupuncture for Incontinence, Not Certain Infertility Cases

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture, a 3,000-year-old healing technique, received mixed reviews in two new studies from China -- one focusing on incontinence and the other on a cause of female infertility.

A research team found acupuncture did improve symptoms of stress incontinence -- an involuntarily loss of urine,...

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E-Cigarettes Lead to 'Real' Smoking by Teens: Review

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who use electronic cigarettes -- also known as vaping -- are almost four times as likely as their non-vaping counterparts to begin smoking traditional cigarettes, a new review suggests.

"E-cigarette use increases the risk of subsequent cigarette smoking, even for teens a...

Michigan's Expanded Medicaid Plan a Boon for Workers

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Michigan's expanded Medicaid program not only improved low-income residents' health, but it helped them do their jobs better or get a new one.

Those are the findings from a University of Michigan survey of nearly 4,100 Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees. Eighty percent of the respondents had inco...

Elevated Protein Level Increases Blacks' Risk of Kidney Disease

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans with gene variants that raise their risk of chronic kidney disease don't always develop it, and researchers now think they know why.

Fifteen to 20 percent of black Americans have inherited variations of the apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1) that put them at risk for chronic kidney dise...

Force, Frequency of Head Hits Jump as Young Football Players Get Older

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As kids who play football get older, head hits during play become more frequent and harder, researchers report.

"Our findings clearly show a trend of head impact exposure increasing with increasing level of play," said study author Jillian Urban, an assistant professor of biomedical engineeri...

6 Out of 7 Possible Concussions May Have Been Missed in 2014 World Cup

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a heads-up to World Cup soccer players from 2014, researchers are warning that health officials may have missed some cases of concussions.

That's because World Cup health care providers often failed to follow international recommendations for assessing concussions, according to a new study....

Some GOP Senators Balk at Health Reform Bill

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Senate Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act took a hit Monday with the release of a Congressional Budget Office analysis saying the bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured by 2026.

Soon after the report's release, three Republican senators threatened to oppose a...

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Could Shift Work Damage Your DNA?

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When people work the night shift, their bodies might have less capacity to repair everyday damage to cells' DNA, a small study hints.

The research found that people excreted lower levels of a chemical called 8-OH-dG when they worked at night. That might be a sign that the body's ability to rep...

What Is 'Moderate' Exercise Anyway?

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You've probably heard the U.S. National Institutes of Health's recommendation for most adults to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days to stay fit.

But what exactly is moderate? And how do you know if you're working hard or hardly working?

One of the easiest ways to measur...

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Senate Health Bill Would Leave 22 Million More Uninsured by 2026: CBO

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Senate Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Monday.

Hours earlier, Senate Republicans released an updated version of their bill that includes a provision requiring pe...

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Persistent Stress May Hasten Death in Heart Patients

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you have heart disease, unrelenting stress might hasten your death, researchers report.

Adults who suffered from persistent mental distress, including depression and anxiety, were nearly four times more likely to die from heart disease and almost three times more likely to die from any caus...

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Gene Sequencing May Reveal Risks for Rare Diseases

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "Genome sequencing" of healthy people reveals that some are at risk for rare genetic diseases, a new study shows.

And doctors need to be sensitive when revealing that information, the researchers said.

"Sequencing healthy individuals will inevitably reveal new findings for that indivi...

How to Dodge Summertime Threats

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- During the summer, poison centers get an increase in the number of calls about bites, stings, plants and pesticides.

The Nebraska Regional Poison Center offers these tips on how to avoid poisonings -- and other hazards -- this summer.

"If you are stung, call the poison center. Close o...

Study Highlights the Beauty Industry's Ugly Side

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When you purchase a new eye shadow or shampoo, you expect those products will be safe and that they won't cause skin breakouts -- or worse.

But new research found that's not always the case. And, because cosmetics are woefully underregulated in the United States, and there's no solid system in ...

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Study Challenges Touted Link Between Eczema and Heart Disease

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence of a link between eczema and increased risk of heart disease, researchers report.

The findings challenge recent studies suggesting that people with atopic dermatitis -- a common form of the skin disease eczema -- are significantly more likely to have heart trouble.

Early Care by Cardiologist May Lower Stroke Risk for A-Fib Patients

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with a common heart rhythm disorder who receive a cardiologist's care soon after diagnosis are less likely to suffer a stroke, a new study finds.

Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that increases the risk of stroke and other complications. It affects...

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