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Moderate Drinking Might Help Men Live Longer After Heart Attack

Mar 28, 2012

WEDNESDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- A drink or two per day may help lower a man's odds of death in the two decades following a heart attack, a new study suggests.

The research, which appears online March 28 in the European Heart Journal, included more than 1,800 American men who survived a ...

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Early, Temporary HIV Treatment Can Postpone Long-Term Therapy

Mar 28, 2012

WEDNESDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Early, 24-week treatment for people newly infected with HIV can delay the need at a later date to start long-term treatment, according to a new study.

The study included 168 newly infected HIV patients who were randomly selected to receive no treatment, 24 ...

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Analysts Differ on Role of 'Individual Mandate' to Health-Reform Law

Mar 28, 2012

By Margaret Steele
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Striking down the so-called "individual mandate," the most controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act, should the Supreme Court do so, wouldn't deliver a death blow to the health-reform package. But, it would alter ...

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Health Tip: Why Am I Constipated?

Mar 28, 2012

(HealthDay News) -- Constipation can mean passing fewer-than-normal stools during a week, or passing stools that are dry and hard, or difficult to pass.

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers these possible causes of constipation:

  • Changes in your exercise routine,

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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Mar 28, 2012

(HealthDay News) -- Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when inflammation affects tissue and a nerve that runs from the forearm to the fingers through a tunnel-like formation of bones in the wrist.

Long-term repetitive use of the hand can play a role in developing carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as ...

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HPV Vaccine May Help Women With Cervical Conditions

Mar 28, 2012

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that women diagnosed with pre-cancerous cervical conditions after they get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can still benefit from the shot because it cuts their risk of future HPV-related cervical disease.

"This study helps to clarify ...

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Virginia man injured in gun accident gets new face

Mar 27, 2012

By SARAH BRUMFIELD, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — After 15 years of wearing a mask and living as a recluse, a 37-year-old Virginia man disfigured in a gun accident got a new face, nose, teeth and jaw in what University of Maryland physicians say is the most extensive face transplant ever ...

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Court won't reconsider bone marrow payments ruling

Mar 27, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday declined to reconsider a ruling that allows bone marrow donors to be paid for their donations like blood donors.

In December, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shook up the organ transplant community when it overturned the criminality of ...

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Ex-doc dumps abortion files in Kan. recycling bin

Mar 27, 2012

By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas abortion provider isn't likely to face criminal charges for discarding hundreds of patients' private medical records in a recycling bin outside an elementary school, but anti-abortion lawmakers called Tuesday for the state ...

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High Out-of-Pocket Costs for Kids' Asthma Drugs Could Pose Dangers

Mar 27, 2012

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- When health insurers require parents to pay a larger share of the cost of asthma medications for their children, more kids need emergency asthma treatment, suggests new research.

For children older than 5, higher out-of-pocket ...

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Warfarin Helps Cut Stroke Risk, Researchers Report

Mar 27, 2012

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-clotting drug warfarin reduces stroke risk in patients with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, research shows.

In atrial fibrillation -- the most common type of irregular heartbeat -- the heart's upper chambers don't pump blood ...

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Lower death risk with heart bypass vs. angioplasty

Mar 27, 2012

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Older patients with clogged heart arteries may have a little lower death risk over time if they get bypass operations instead of angioplasty and stents to fix the problem, new research suggests.

It's not the kind of study that gives ...

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Community Hospitals Safe for Angioplasty: Study

Mar 27, 2012

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Angioplasty -- a procedure to open blocked arteries -- can be performed safely and effectively at community hospitals that don't have on-site cardiac surgery units, according to a new study.

The study included nearly 19,000 patients who had elective ...

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Could Unroasted Coffee Beans Help You Shed Pounds?

Mar 27, 2012

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- When taken as a supplement, unroasted -- or green -- coffee-bean extract can help people shed pounds, according to a small preliminary study.

The research, which is being presented this week at the national meeting of the American ...

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Omontys Approved for Anemic People With Kidney Disease

Mar 27, 2012

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Omontys (peginesatide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat anemia in adults who require dialysis due to chronic kidney disease.

Anemia is characterized by a lack of enough healthy red blood cells. The newly approved drug is ...

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Cardiac Cocktail Delivered by Paramedics May Save Lives

Mar 27, 2012

By Denise Mann
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Training paramedics to give probable heart attack patients a mixture of glucose, insulin and potassium may lessen the severity of a heart attack and save lives, new research suggests.

When someone suspects a heart attack and ...

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Tighter Recommendations Issued for Blood Cell Transfusions

Mar 27, 2012

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Aiming to cut back on unnecessary red blood cell transfusions, the American Association of Blood Banks has issued new recommendations that raise the bar for when patients should be considered in need of fresh blood.

The guidelines ...

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Health Highlights: March 27, 2012

Mar 27, 2012

  • New Diet Drugs May Require Heart Risk Studies: FDA
  • Production Suspended at Three Plants that Make 'Pink Slime'
  • Human Gene Patents Overturned by U.S. Supreme Court
  • Deal Reached on Medical Isotopes

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of ...

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Supreme Court Takes on Pivotal Piece of Health-Reform Law

Mar 27, 2012

By Lisa Esposito
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday morning that cut to the heart of the constitutional debate over the massive health-reform initiative known as the Affordable Care Act: Can the federal government require ...

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Bypass Surgery May Be Better Than Angioplasty for Seniors

Mar 27, 2012

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Patients over the age of 65 who have severe coronary artery disease fare better with bypass surgery than with minimally invasive angioplasty, a large, new study indicates.

Although there was no significant difference in ...

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