|Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson's Patients: Study
Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson's Patients: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of complications when implanting deep brain stimulation devices in the brains of people with Parkinson's disease is no greater in older patients than younger ones, a new study shows. The treatment involves placing electrodes in specific parts of the brain. The new findings should ease concerns about using the devices in patients older than 75, the Duke University researchers said. They a...
When It Comes to a Growing Child, the Brain Comes First
When It Comes to a Growing Child, the Brain Comes First TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from PET and MRI brain scans and found that enormous amounts of energy are used by the human brain in the first few years of life, which means physical growth has to take a back seat during that time. For ...
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive care. The group's latest guidelines are aimed at a large swat...
Playing Video Game May Boost MS Patients' Balance: Study
Playing Video Game May Boost MS Patients' Balance: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An exercise component of the popular Nintendo Wii video game may help multiple sclerosis patients improve their balance by rewiring their brains, a new study suggests. No medications exist to preserve balance in MS patients, and some drugs make balance worse, said study lead author Dr. Luca Prosperini, a neurologist at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. It appears that patients who use the Wii Balance Bo...
Even Normal-Weight Teens Can Have Dangerous Eating Disorders, Study Finds
Even Normal-Weight Teens Can Have Dangerous Eating Disorders, Study Finds TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers do not need to be rail thin to be practicing the dangerous eating behaviors associated with anorexia, a new study suggests. Rather, the true measure of trouble may be significant weight loss, and the Australian researchers noted that a drastic drop in weight carries the same risk for life-threatening medical problems even if the patient is a normal weight. Even more concerning, ...
Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2014
Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Blood Pressure Controlled Best by Patient: Study Patients with hypertension who monitored their own blood pressure at home, and adjusted their medications accordingly, had better blood pressure readings after a year than those who were under the care of their doctor, a new study shows. Although the patients who cared for themselves weren't completely on their own, they...
Health Tip: Help Prevent Foodborne Illness
Health Tip: Help Prevent Foodborne Illness (HealthDay News) -- Keeping your hands, utensils, food and work station clean are among the best ways to prevent foodborne illness. The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service offers this advice: Always keep hands clean, washing frequently and thoroughly. Wear clean disposable gloves if you have any type of hand wound. Wash cutting board before and after using, and sanitize when necessary. Don't re-use unwashed utensils or dishes that have touched raw meat. Tho...
Health Tip: Did You Bruise a Muscle?
Health Tip: Did You Bruise a Muscle? (HealthDay News) -- Most of the time, a bruised muscle isn't a serious injury. But it can be a painful nuisance, especially among athletes and others who exercise frequently. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says common symptoms of a muscle bruise include: Pain and swelling of the muscle. Reduced range of motion. Blue discoloration of the skin. Muscle stiffness and weakness.
Polyp Removal Doesn't Always Signal Raised Colon Cancer Risk, Study Says
Polyp Removal Doesn't Always Signal Raised Colon Cancer Risk, Study Says WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors may be performing too many repeat colonoscopies on people who've had pre-cancerous polyps removed during an earlier colon cancer screening, a new Norwegian study suggests. Many of these patients have no greater risk of dying from colon cancer than the general public, the researchers determined. People who have a single low-risk polyp removed have a much lower risk of colon cancer...
MERS Virus Doesn't Seem to Spread Easily, Study Finds
MERS Virus Doesn't Seem to Spread Easily, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus are unlikely to pass it to others in their household, a new study suggests. Mostly confined to countries in the Middle East so far, the virus has infected 837 people and killed at least 291, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). "A lot of speculations have been made that MERS spreads significantly among family members and ho...
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