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Don't Schedule Your Operation on Your Surgeon's Birthday

Don`t Schedule Your Operation on Your Surgeon`s BirthdayTHURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you have a choice, you might want to avoid having an operation on your surgeon's birthday.A new study finds that seniors who have emergency surgery on their surgeon's birthday have a much higher risk of dying in the following weeks.Researchers analyzed data on nearly 981,000 emergency surgeries performed on Medicare beneficiaries by about 48,000 surgeons between 2011 and 2014. The analysis included 17 different types of surgery. Of those operations, 0.2% occurred on the surgeons' birthdays. In the 30 days after surgery, death rates were 6.9% among patients whose procedures were performed on their surgeons' birthdays and 5.6% among other patients, a difference of about 23%.Surgeons may be more distracted on their birthdays than on other...

Caregivers Feeling the Strain This Tough Holiday Season

8 December 2020
Caregivers Feeling the Strain This Tough Holiday SeasonTUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic makes the holidays even more difficult for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, an expert says."Even in the best of times, holidays can be a mixed bag for families who are caring for a loved one with an age-related illness that causes physical and mental changes. Focus on family togetherness and joy," said Mary Catherine Lundquist, program director of Care2Caregivers, a peer counseling helpline for caregivers of people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The helpline is operated by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in New Jersey."People dealing with significant illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease may be experiencing other feelings, such as sadness, worry and even...

Targeted Microwaves Probably Caused U.S. Embassy...

7 December 2020
Targeted Microwaves Probably Caused U.S. Embassy Illnesses: ScientistsMONDAY, Dec. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Targeted microwaves were the likely cause of mysterious illnesses that afflicted staff and their families at U.S. embassies in Cuba and China, according to a U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report.Symptoms included ear pain, intense head pressure or vibration, dizziness, visual problems, thinking difficulties and the perception of loud noise.The physical complaints were reported in Havana, Cuba, in 2016 and in Guangzhou, China, in 2017. They were previously described as "sonic attacks," and many of the people affected still have health problems.The U.S. Department of State asked the National Academies for advice. The investigators considered multiple possible causes, including directed, pulsed radio frequency...

Your Microbiome & Vitamin D Levels May Be Linked: Study

7 December 2020
Your Microbiome & Vitamin D Levels May Be Linked: StudyMONDAY, Dec. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The diversity, and therefore the health, of the microbes in your gut is linked to your levels of vitamin D, a new study suggests.The gut microbiome is composed of bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in our digestive tracts and are important factors in our health and risk for disease.In this study, researchers analyzed stool and blood samples from 567 men in six U.S. cities (average age: 84). Most rated their health as good or excellent.The University of California, San Diego investigators found that the makeup of the men's gut microbiome was linked to their levels of active vitamin D, which is important for bone health and immunity.Vitamin D comes in different forms, but standard blood tests detect only an inactive precursor that can...

Sudden Death More Common Than Thought in Very Young With Epilepsy

4 December 2020
Sudden Death More Common Than Thought in Very Young With EpilepsyFRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Sudden, epilepsy-related death is more common than thought in infants and children, a new study suggests.It also found that Black and multiracial youngsters are at higher risk for what's known as sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).It occurs in otherwise healthy people with epilepsy, most often when they're asleep or resting.Researchers analyzed data on 1,769 infants and children in nine U.S. states who died suddenly and unexpectedly of natural causes between 2015 and 2017.Of those deaths, the researchers categorized 3% as SUDEP and 1% as possible cardiac death/SUDEP.The death rate from SUDEP was 0.26 per 100,000 live births in infants and children, 63% higher than the 0.16 per 100,000 rate previously reported, according to the authors...

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