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From Pokemon Go to birdwatching: Scientist studies how we express our inner hunter

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:53:55 EDT

Interested in birding or wildlife photography? Enjoy playing Pokemon Go and catching imaginary creatures? If so, you may simply be expressing your inner hunter.

Narcissists may start out popular, but people see through them in the long run

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:36:57 EDT

To build a following, narcissism works. Briefly.

Retrieved lymph node number affects prognosis in gastric CA

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:30:01 EDT

(HealthDay)—In patients with pathological stage (pStage) II or III gastric cancer, the number of retrieved lymph nodes (RLNs) is an independent poor prognostic factor, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Upper functional GI disorders often overlap with IBS

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:20:01 EDT

(HealthDay)—Factors associated with the overlap of upper functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have been identified, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Lung cancer decision aids are helpful for patients

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:10:01 EDT

(HealthDay)—Outpatients find lung cancer screening decision aids helpful, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

Researchers conduct study with innovative tools to help early identification and treatment of lymphedema

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:08:05 EDT

Each year, about 1.38 million women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer. Advances in diagnosis and treatment have facilitated a 90 percent, five-year survival rate, among those treated. Given the increased rate and length of survival following breast cancer, more and more survivors are facing a life-time risk of developing breast cancer-related lymphedema; one of the most distressing and feared late onset effects.

You'll feel the pinch this year: Get the flu shot

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:00:47 EDT

This year, everyone will have to roll up their sleeves and receive the flu shot via injection, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer recommends the nasal flu mist vaccine due to ineffectiveness.

Shorter duration of feeding tube placement with IMRT

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:00:02 EDT

(HealthDay)—For patients with head and neck cancer (HNC), the duration of feeding tube placement is shorter for those who receive definitive intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) compared with those who receive three-dimensional radiation therapy (3DRT), according to a study published online Sept. 23 in Cancer.

Rapid, successful response to ART for many patients with HIV

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:00:01 EDT

(HealthDay)—Many HIV-infected patients have rapid and successful immune and virological response to antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to a study published online Sept. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

Self-adhesive dressing generates electrical current that promotes healing, reduces infection risk

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:53:11 EDT

Good news for the millions of people who suffer from skin wounds that won't heal. A team of researchers at The Ohio State University has brought a potentially transformative solution to the problem by creating a portable adhesive patch that drives a continuous, small electrical current to stimulate healing and reduce the risk of infection.

Abnormal brain protein may contribute to Alzheimer's disease development

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:52:26 EDT

A recently-recognized pathologic protein in the brain may play a larger role in the development of clinical Alzheimer's disease dementia than previously recognized, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center. The findings of the study of nearly 1,000 older adults were published in the Sept. 30 issue of the journal, Brain.

One in five with non-valvular A-fib receiving digoxin

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:50:38 EDT

(HealthDay)—About one in five patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) receives digoxin, with the indication for use considered inappropriate in nearly 60 percent, according to a study published online Sept. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

Meditation recommended for helping attendees 'attend'

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:50:01 EDT

(HealthDay)—Meditation can allow attending physicians to be "in attendance" in order to heal and maintain personal well-being, according to the American Medical Association.

AbobotulinumtoxinA effective for face-lifting

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:48:58 EDT

(HealthDay)—AbobotulinumtoxinA (ABO) is efficacious for face-lifting, with better response for patients with oval-face shape and those aged younger than 32 years, according to a study published online Sept. 19 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

Smoking bans may keep young men from heavy smoking

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:48:19 EDT

(HealthDay)—Smoking bans may help reduce smoking among young American men, a new study finds.

It may be time to punt on your favorite football fare

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:48:06 EDT

(HealthDay)—Fried foods and free-flowing beer may be the norm at many football or tailgate parties, but the American Heart Association (AHA) says there are many healthier options.

CDC: pregnant women should avoid Southeast Asia due to Zika

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:47:09 EDT

(HealthDay)—Zika continues to extend its reach around the globe, with U.S. health officials now urging women to delay travel to 11 countries in Southeast Asia where the virus is circulating.

Queen Latifah puts heart failure center stage

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:46:34 EDT

(HealthDay)—When her mother was diagnosed with heart failure, the award-winning singer and actress Queen Latifah was shocked.

Fat cells that amplify nerve signals in response to cold also affect blood sugar metabolism

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:08:26 EDT

When exposed to cold, clusters of cells within the body's white fat become beige – a color change that reflects the creation of more energy-producing mitochondria, cellular components that enable cells to burn calories and give off heat. But since white fat cells have very few nerves, how do beige fat cells get the message that it's cold outside?

US extends 6-month warning to men over Zika risk

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:59:06 EDT

US health authorities on Friday extended to six months a warning to men about the risky time period for sexually spreading Zika virus, which often carries no symptoms but can cause devastating birth defects.

Officials: Zika caused only mild illness in US kids

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:57:59 EDT

A first look at U.S. teens and young children who were infected with Zika suggests the virus typically causes at worst only a mild illness.

A doctor's words key to whether child gets HPV vaccine

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:40:01 EDT

(HealthDay)—The language doctors use when recommending the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can influence whether parents will have their children immunized, a new study finds.

Noncoding mutations disrupt cooperative function of 'gene families' in rare genetic disorder

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:37:24 EDT

Scientists at Johns Hopkins say they are one step closer to understanding the genetic mechanism of a rare, complex, multiple-gene disorder called Hirschsprung's disease. The results of their latest study suggest that many patients develop the disease when multiple mutations in gene regulatory sequences of a specific gene combine to destroy the normal cooperative function of a whole network of genes.

Big data brings big gains in surgical quality

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:33:50 EDT

Once upon a time, Dr. Darrell Campbell would get Christmas cards from the patients whose lives he'd saved by transplanting a new kidney, liver or pancreas into them. He'd get hugs and high fives when they came in for appointments.

One size should not fit all when it comes to our out-of-pocket health care costs, experts say

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:32:06 EDT

If you've tried to see a doctor, fill a prescription or get a diagnostic test lately, you've probably had to pay more out of your own pocket than you would have even a few years ago. Most insurance plans have increased their co-pays and deductibles, to keep monthly premiums from rising even faster.

Encouraging surgical ICU patients to get moving pays off

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:30:01 EDT

(HealthDay)—Getting out of bed and moving around as soon as possible benefits surgical intensive care unit patients, a new study shows.

More health care workers need flu shots: CDC

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:20:01 EDT

(HealthDay)—More U.S. health care workers need to get their annual flu shots, a new government report shows.

'Mindfulness'-based approach could help you stay slim

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:15:13 EDT

(HealthDay)—A weight-loss therapy that focuses on personal values and "mindful" decision-making may help people shed more pounds, a new clinical trial suggests.

Many doctors not using site for keeping painkillers in check

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:06:31 EDT

Ohio doctors are supposed check patients' prescription histories against a state website before recommending prescription painkillers, but an audit has found that some 12,000 physicians appear to be violating the policy aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic.

Why aren't some dogs walked regularly?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:00:01 EDT

A new study from the University of Liverpool in collaboration with The University of Western Australia has examined why some people feel motivated to walk their dogs regularly and others don't.