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Are Emergency Medical Workers Ready for a Nuclear Attack?

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Emergency medical workers are trained to handle a wide range of traumas and disasters, but they aren't prepared to deal with a nuclear attack, a new study reports. There are concerns about the risk of nuclear warfare due to rising tensions between the United States and North Korea. So University of Georgia researchers decided to assess the readiness of medical ...

Ouch! How to Tell If You Have a Sprain, a Strain or a Tear

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Sprains, strains and tears are different types of injuries, and it's important to know how they differ, a sports massage therapist says. A sprain is the overstretching or tearing of ligaments, which are the tissues that connect bones to each other and stabilize them. "Sprains occur when the joint is forced into an unnatural position. They happen most often in the ankle ...

Health Tip: Use Ice to Ease Ankle Sprain Pain

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Ice can help ease the pain and swelling of a sprained ankle, but it's important to use the therapy properly. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Never apply ice for longer than 20 minutes. Always remove ice if the area starts to feel numb. For the first three days after a sprain, ice the ankle every two-to-four hours. Use an ice pack, ice slush bath or ice massage. For an ice ...

Better Care Could Cut Deaths From Trauma by 20 Percent: Report

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 – Improved care could prevent one in every five deaths currently lost to traumatic injuries in the United States, a new federal report finds. Injuries from car crashes, gun violence, falls and other incidents remain the leading cause of death among Americans younger than 46, a committee from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine noted. Trauma's ...

With Early Breast Cancer, Targeted Radiation Shows Promise

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – For women with early stage breast cancer, targeted doses of radiation therapy may be as effective as standard radiation treatment of the entire breast, a new British study suggests. The research only tracked women for five years, so it isn't definitive. Still, "this contributes to a growing body of evidence that a large proportion of women over 50 years old with small ...

Study Says Radiation Often Overused in Late-Stage Lung Cancer

Posted 2 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 – Late-stage lung cancer patients in the United States often receive more radiation therapy than recommended, a new study finds. While radiation therapy can reduce pain and improve quality of life, unnecessary treatments increase costs and hospital visits, and can lead to radiation toxicity and difficulty swallowing, the researchers noted. "This study uncovered that there's ...

They Overcame Childhood Cancer, But Now Obesity?

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – Certain treatments may increase a childhood cancer survivor's risk of obesity later in life, a new study says. "The ability to identify patients at increased risk may guide selection of therapeutic protocols that will maximize treatment outcomes while simultaneously minimizing the risk of long-term complications among children diagnosed with cancer," said study co-leader ...

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