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Older patients reporting falls before surgery had more post-op complications

Older patients reporting falls before surgery had more post-op complications

October 10, 2013 4:39 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The number of falls older people take before surgery may help predict their health during recovery, says a new study.
Researchers found that older people who reported falling during the six months before heart or bowel surg…


Probiotics show promise for colic relief, but more research needed

Probiotics show promise for colic relief, but more research needed

October 8, 2013 11:57 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Giving babies “good” bacteria may help ease incessant fussing and crying, says a fresh look at past studies. But researchers say it’s too soon to…



Number of blood clots after surgery might not be good hospital quality measure

Number of blood clots after surgery might not be good hospital quality measure

October 7, 2013 1:26 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Some policymakers have suggested using the number of patients that form blood clots after surgery as a measure of a hospital’s quality. But a new study questions that idea.
Researchers found high-quality hospitals and those…


Racial disparities in surgical procedure ‘disappeared’ with insurance expansion, study finds

Racial disparities in surgical procedure ‘disappeared’ with insurance expansion, study finds

October 4, 2013 4:48 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Wider insurance coverage erased racial differences in who got minimally invasive surgery in Massachusetts, according to a new study.
After the state increased access to insurance in 2006, racial disparities in the proportio…


A walk a day could lessen chance of breast cancer for older women

A walk a day could lessen chance of breast cancer for older women

October 4, 2013 12:40 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Older women who take regular walks are less likely to get breast cancer than their less-active peers, according to a new study. American Cancer Society…


Study finds regular doctor visits linked to fewer colon cancers, deaths

Study finds regular doctor visits linked to fewer colon cancers, deaths

October 1, 2013 2:45 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Older Americans who visit their doctors regularly are less likely to develop or die from colon and rectal cancers, according to a new study. Researchers…


Researchers find psychiatric drug prescriptions for preschoolers stabilizing

Researchers find psychiatric drug prescriptions for preschoolers stabilizing

September 30, 2013 12:42 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – By the end of the last decade, psychiatric medications were being used less often in very young children, a new study suggests. Researchers found the…



Study finds no link between celiac disease and autism

Study finds no link between celiac disease and autism

September 26, 2013 4:15 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – There’s no link between celiac disease and autism spectrum disorders, a nationwide study from Sweden says.
People who were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the study were no more likely to be diagnosed wi…


Study: Acupuncture, counseling beneficial for those with depression

Study: Acupuncture, counseling beneficial for those with depression

September 25, 2013 4:02 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People with depression may benefit as much from acupuncture as they do from counseling, suggests a new study.
Researchers found one in three patients was no longer depressed after three months of acupuncture or counseling, …


End of life care for dementia patients linked to insurance type

End of life care for dementia patients linked to insurance type

September 24, 2013 10:53 am by | 3 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The chance that nursing home residents with advanced dementia will receive inappropriate care may be related to their insurance coverage, a new study suggests.
Fewer dying people with dementia were moved to the hospital for…


Cataract development may be linked to statin use

Cataract development may be linked to statin use

September 20, 2013 4:03 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The risk of developing cloudy lenses in the eyes may be linked to the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, according to a new study.
While the researchers can’t prove the drugs caused the eye condition, they …


Study: VA hospital performs more mammograms, but treatment is delayed after diagnosis

Study: VA hospital performs more mammograms, but treatment is delayed after diagnosis

September 18, 2013 4:08 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The U.S. health system that cares for the nation’s veterans increased services to screen for and treat breast cancer over the past five years, but…


MRIs less likely to show a problem when referring doctors have a financial interest in the imaging facility

MRIs less likely to show a problem when referring doctors have a financial interest in the imaging facility

September 17, 2013 3:52 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Scans of people’s knees are less likely to reveal a problem when the referring doctor has a financial stake in the imaging center or the equipment used, suggesting some tests may be unnecessary, according to a new study.
Wh…


CDC: Numbers drop over last decade for hospital-acquired staph infections

CDC: Numbers drop over last decade for hospital-acquired staph infections

September 17, 2013 11:45 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Tough-to-treat staph infections that patients can pick up while in the hospital fell by nearly 30 percent in the last decade, according to U.S. health…


Increased risk of whooping cough for kids who fall behind in DPT vaccines

Increased risk of whooping cough for kids who fall behind in DPT vaccines

September 13, 2013 1:33 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Children who are not vaccinated according to the schedule recommended by U.S. health officials are at an increased risk of catching whooping cough, according to a new study.
Researchers found kids who fell significantly beh…