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Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Treating Rashes

-- Children often visit the pediatrician for skin rashes. From viruses to allergies, rashes have a multitude of causes. To ease discomfort, KidsHealth tells parents: Do not rub the skin. Pat it dry after a bath or shower. Do not scratch or scrub the skin. Leave the rash exposed to air. ...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Parenting Adopted Teens

-- Teenagers often struggle with questions of identity. For adopted teens, the struggle may be harder than it is for their non-adopted peers. When dealing with questions of identity, the Children Welfare Information Gateway suggests: Talk to your teen about his or her birth parents. Develop a lifebook of personal history. Connect the youth to cultural,...

Posted 3 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Intervention Promotes Better Conversations With Cancer Patients

A communication quality-improvement intervention results in better and earlier serious illness conversations, despite not improving patient outcomes, according to two studies published online March 14, one in JAMA Oncology and one in JAMA Internal Medicine. Joanna Paladino, M.D., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues examined the efficacy...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Should You Get Pills or Surgery for A-Fib?

Many older Americans have the worrisome and potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or "a-fib," and they're typically offered medicines or a surgery called ablation to correct it. Which works best? Two new trials may have the answer. Researchers say ablation and medicines perform similarly in protecting a-fib patients...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Human Ancestors' Diet Led You to Pronounce Your F's and V's

Think of it as another example of a refined palate. The ability to make speech sounds such as "f" and "v" is due to diet-led changes in humans' bite, researchers say. The range of speech sounds people can make was generally thought to be fixed since modern humans appeared about 300,000 years ago, but this new study challenges that theory. The findings...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Funding Gap Leaves Women Scientists at a Lifelong Disadvantage: Study

Women scientists get less early-career research funding from the U.S. government than men, which can put them at a disadvantage for the rest of their careers, a new study says. Researchers analyzed grants given by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to 53,000 first-time principal investigators (57 percent men and 43 percent women) between...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

AHA News: Overweight Kids at Higher Risk for Blood Clots as Adults

Overweight children may be more likely than normal-weight children to develop life-threatening blood clots as adults, a new Danish study suggests. The good news is, getting to a healthy weight by age 13 eliminated the extra risk. For the study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the research team used medical exam records...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Despite Big Heart Benefits, Far Too Many Skip Statins

People who've already had a heart attack or stroke can cut their odds for another one in half if they regularly take cholesterol-lowering statins. Yet new research found that only about 6 percent of patients take these drugs as prescribed by their doctor. "Very few patients were optimally compliant. We found that the less compliant you were, the worse...

Posted yesterday in Medical

'Antibiotic Envelopes' Could Cut Infections After Pacemaker Implant

Tucking a pacemaker inside an antibiotic-soaked mesh envelope before implanting it inside your body can drastically reduce your risk of a dangerous infection, a new study shows. About 1.7 million patients receive cardiac implants like pacemakers or defibrillators every year worldwide, and doctors use preoperative antibiotics to lower the chances of...

Posted 2 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Extra Weight in Adolescence Tied to Later Risk for Renal Cancer

Overweight and obesity in adolescence is associated with an increased risk for developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC) later in life, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the International Journal of Cancer. Anna Landberg, from Örebro University in Sweden, and colleagues used data from a cohort of 238,788 Swedish men who underwent mandatory...

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