Monthly Archives: May 2018

AHA: High-Flying Young Doc Overcomes Stroke That Once Grounded Him

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THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Flying at 35,000 feet at the start of a trip from their Chicago home to Hawaii to celebrate the upcoming birth of their first child, Dave Levy woke his sleeping wife and said, "Does my right eye look weird?" Allison Pataki, five months pregnant, replied that his [...]

Most First-Time Moms Say Labor Pains Were Manageable

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THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many first-time mothers have mistaken ideas about managing the pain of childbirth, a new survey reveals. The survey, commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), included more than 900 U.S. mothers, 73 percent of whom had vaginal births. While many said they had less pain than feared, [...]

Chiropractic Has Role to Play in Easing Lower Back Pain: Study

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FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chiropractic care can help ease low back pain when added to a comprehensive treatment plan, a new clinical trial has found. Active-duty military personnel reported having fewer back problems when they visited a chiropractor along with receiving usual medical care, the researchers said. "This study provides the strongest [...]

FDA Approves First Drug Aimed at Preventing Migraines

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FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope -- the first drug aimed at preventing the headaches gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Thursday. Researchers have found that the injected drug, called Aimovig (erenumab), can prevent migraines if other [...]

Hospitals Should, and Could, Avoid IV Opioids: Study

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MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to pain management for hospital patients, opioid pills or injections are less dangerous and just as effective as giving the drug intravenously, a new study shows. The results "have the potential to be practice-changing," study author Dr. Adam Ackerman, clinical instructor in internal medicine at [...]

Opioid Makers' Perks to Docs Tied to More Prescriptions

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MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who accept perks from companies that make opioid painkillers are more likely to prescribe the drugs for their patients, new research suggests. The money in question paid doctors for meals, consulting and speaking fees, and travel expenses. Typically, doctors receive less than $1,000 per year, said lead [...]

Cancer Docs: We Need More Research on Medical Marijuana

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THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most cancer doctors say they don't know enough about medical marijuana to provide an informed opinion to patients. Nevertheless, many go ahead and give its use their blessing, a national survey reveals. Seven out of 10 oncologists surveyed in the United States said they aren't informed enough about [...]

More Doubt Cast on Surgery for Spinal Compression Fractures

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THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a new study, a widely used form of spinal surgery was no more effective than placebo in treating spinal fracture pain for people with osteoporosis. Researchers and experts now say that the technique -- called vertebroplasty -- should not be a standard pain treatment for these patients. [...]

Exercises for Chronic Health Conditions

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THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can help prevent many chronic illnesses as well as make it easier to manage health conditions, from diabetes to joint pain. In terms of prevention, aim for the recommended 150 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking or cycling, each week. Along with eating a healthy diet, this [...]

Is Testing for Zika in U.S. Blood Supply Worth the Cost?

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WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Since 2016, every blood donation in the United States has been individually tested for the Zika virus. A new study suggests it's not worth it. Researchers at the American Red Cross found that of roughly 4 million donor blood samples tested over 15 months, only eight were positive [...]