Health Tip: If You Have a Bleeding Disorder
(HealthDay News) -- A bleeding disorder inhibits the blood's ability to clot. Although this type of disorder can't be cured, it can be treated with medication.
Does Stress Reduction Benefit Cancer Patients' Health?
SATURDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing cancer patients' stress may benefit their health, a new study finds.
Health Tip: Help Prevent Back Injury
(HealthDay News) -- The premise is simple: Maintaining good posture lessens your risk of developing back problems.
Ovarian Cancer Prognosis May Depend on Gene Mutations
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Ovarian cancer patients with the BRCA2 gene mutation are more likely to survive than those with the BRCA1 mutation or patients without either mutation, a new study finds.
Study Links Smoking, Breast Cancer in Older Women
SUNDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- There's a significant link between smoking and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, but it depends on their body weight, researchers report.
Most Breast Tumors Have Unique Genetic 'Fingerprint,' Study Finds
SATURDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who sequenced the entire genomes of tumors from 50 breast cancer patients identified more than 1,700 mutations, most of which were unique to individual patients.
Brains of People with Autism Focus More on Visual Skills
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- The brains of people with autism concentrate more resources in areas devoted to visual perception, resulting in less activity in areas used to plan and control thoughts and actions, says a new study.
Research Warns of Overuse of Powerful Class of Antibiotics
SUNDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- The use of a powerful class of antibiotics called carbapenems has increased dramatically in the United States over the past five years, a new study shows.
Scientists Spot 5 New Alzheimer's Genes
SUNDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- The identification of five new genes associated with Alzheimer's disease is a major advance that will help improve understanding of what causes the condition, say the scientists who pinpointed the genes.
Add Cancer to Health Risks of Diabetes: Study
SUNDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes is already linked to a number of complications, but emerging evidence suggests an increased risk of cancer can be added to that list.
Mummies Show Heart Disease Is an Ancient Problem
SUNDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- The earliest known case of coronary artery disease has been found in the 3,550-year-old mummy of an Egyptian princess. She lived between 1580 and 1550 B.C., and died in her early 40s, say researchers.
HPV Might Be Linked to Lung Cancer
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted virus that accounts for most cases of cervical cancer, may also play a role in lung cancer, researchers report.
Monthly Aspirin Use Linked to Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Taking aspirin even once per month, whether low-dose or full strength, appears to be associated with a marked drop in the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, new research reveals.
Breast Milk Cells May Someday Help Predict Cancer
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Examining cells from a woman's breast milk may help evaluate future breast health, new research suggests.
Too Many Hours at Work Might Harm the Heart
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- It may be time to add a long workday to the list of risk factors for heart disease.
Heart Attack Risk Plagues Post-Katrina New Orleans
SUNDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- New Orleans residents still faced a threefold higher risk of heart attack four years after the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a study finds.
Study Hints at Link Between Antidepressants and Heart Trouble
SATURDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Men taking antidepressants may be at risk for atherosclerosis, which can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, a small, preliminary study suggests.
Cases of 'Flattened Head' Babies on the Rise, Study Finds
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of "flattened head" in infants and young children appear to be on the rise, a new study of babies in Texas indicates.
Poverty Linked to Anxiety, Mood Disorders
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- People with low incomes are more likely to suffer mental illness, a new study suggests.
Evidence Weak to Support Many Medications for Autism: Study
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Little evidence supports the use of most medications for treating autism in children, with the exception of the anti-psychotic drugs risperidone and aripiprazole that have shown success in controlling severely disruptive, hyperactive and repetitive behaviors, a new study shows.
Yoga May Also Calm a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat
SATURDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- In a small preliminary study, the ancient art of yoga appeared to halve the number of episodes of a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation.
Blood Test Holds Hope for Spotting Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research suggests that a blood test could offer evidence that a nonsmoker has lung cancer, potentially giving doctors a new diagnostic tool.
Clamp Device for Leaky Heart Valve Seems Effective
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- A minimally invasive treatment for mitral regurgitation -- a leaky heart valve condition common among seniors -- appears to be as effective as open-heart surgery, new research suggests.
Minimally Invasive Heart-Valve Procedure Shows Promise: Study
SUNDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental, minimally invasive procedure to place a new valve in a damaged heart is as good as conventional open-heart surgery, although it comes with a higher risk of stroke, researchers reported Sunday.
Could Pop Music Be Linked to Depression?
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- A preliminary study of American kids suggests a connection between listening to pop music and suffering from major depressive disorder.
Heavy Beer Drinking, Genetics May Raise Risk of Stomach Cancer
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy beer drinkers who carry a gene mutation involved in the metabolism of alcohol may face a higher risk than others of developing stomach cancer, new European research suggests.
Health Highlights: April 4, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Bypass Surgery Best for Some Heart Failure Patients
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- At first glance, patients suffering from heart failure because of blocked coronary arteries appear to fare as well in terms of overall survival whether they have bypass surgery or rely on medication alone, a new study seems to suggest.
Compulsive Eaters May Have 'Food Addiction,' Study Finds
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- People who are compulsive eaters show similar activity in the same brain regions as people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, according to new research.
Nerve Stimulation Device Approved to Restore Bowel Control
MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Medtronic's InterStim implanted electrical stimulation device has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help restore bowel control in people with chronic fecal incontinence, the company said in a news release.