|Study Supports Giving Kidney Donors Priority When They Need a Kidney
Study Supports Giving Kidney Donors Priority When They Need a Kidney THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney donation is one of the most selfless acts one person can do for another. And now a new study finds that former donors who find they need a kidney later in life are benefiting from policies that give them priority on the transplant waiting list. Living donors provided organs for almost 6,300 of the 16,900 kidney transplants that took place in the United States in 2010, according to back...
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seeking to make it tougher for people to misuse prescription painkillers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new hydrocodone tablet that's designed to help thwart abuse. Hydrocodone -- best known by the brand name Vicodin -- is a powerful opioid painkiller that has been tied to a surge in dangerous addictions across the United States. The FDA said that newly approved Hysingla ER (hydr...
Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women's Sex Lives, Study Finds
Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women's Sex Lives, Study Finds THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While levels of testosterone and other reproductive hormones have some effect on menopausal women's sex lives, their emotional health and quality of their relationships have a stronger influence, according to a new study. Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men. But, women's ovaries also naturally produce small amounts of the hormone, the researchers noted. The researchers analyzed data ...
Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC
Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says. In fact, 90 percent of those who drink too much aren't dependent on alcohol. But one in three adults drinks to excess, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "A lot of people mistakenly assume that people who drink too much are alcoholics," said study co-author Dr. Robert Brewer, the...
Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar
Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Certain genes might prevent regular exercise from improving blood sugar control in up to a fifth of people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The issue has long been pondered by doctors working with diabetic patients, one expert said. "For many years we have been under the impression that exercise helps decrease insulin resistance in muscles," boosting blood sugar control, said Dr...
Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure
Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Injecting beads of gel into the wall of a still-beating heart has the potential to improve the health of patients with severe heart failure, according to a new study. Heart patients who received the gel implant had improved blood oxygen levels and were able to walk hundreds of feet farther during a six-minute walk test, said senior researcher Dr. Douglas Mann. He is chief of the cardiovascular division at Washington U...
Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows
Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of diabetes care in the United States has increased 48 percent in recent years, climbing to more than $322 billion annually, a new report shows. Even greater increases in cost were seen with prediabetes care, which have risen 74 percent, and undiagnosed diabetes, which have jumped 82 percent, the researchers added. In 2012, excess medical costs and lost productivity associated with diabetes totaled mo...
Health Tip: Change Your Skin Routine During Winter
Health Tip: Change Your Skin Routine During Winter (HealthDay News) -- Healthy skin looks radiant, but it may need a little extra TLC during the winter months. The American Osteopathic Association suggests these steps for healthier winter skin: Since hot water can make skin lose moisture, take shorter warm showers and baths. Use a gentle, light exfoliator to slough off dead skin cells. Don't pick at or peel dry skin. Switch to an oil-based moisturizer that includes sun protection factor. Reapply through...
Health Tip: Seek Treatment for a Broken Toe
Health Tip: Seek Treatment for a Broken Toe (HealthDay News) -- If you break a toe, it may not heal on its own without treatment. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says complications of a broken toe may include: Developing a deformity in the bone, which can cause problems with mobility and in fitting shoes. Developing arthritis in the affected joint. Having chronic pain. Requiring surgery if the toe doesn't heal properly.
Laser Used to Remove Tattoos May Help Reduce Acne Scars
Laser Used to Remove Tattoos May Help Reduce Acne Scars THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The same kind of laser that is used to remove tattoos may reduce scarring from acne, a small pilot study shows. Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and another type of laser is already used to treat scarring from the condition. However, the laser tested in this new study transmits lower energy doses and was used with a special add...
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