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MRI Might Boost Cancer Detection for Women With Dense Breasts

MRI Might Boost Cancer Detection for Women With Dense BreastsMONDAY, Feb. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of women have dense breast tissue, which can be a double whammy on their odds for breast cancer.Not only are dense breasts a risk factor for cancer, but this glandular and fibrous connective tissue make it harder to detect cancers on a mammogram, the usual method for breast cancer screening.New research looked at other kinds of imaging to see which might be more effective for the 47% of women who have dense breasts with low levels of fatty tissue.One emerged as an effective alternative: Breast MRI was superior to other methods, using that detection criteria.Researchers also looked at hand-held breast ultrasound, automated breast ultrasound and digital breast tomosynthesis.All showed about the same level of effectiveness, said study...

Not Just Brushing: 10 Ways to Start Caring for Baby Teeth

4 February 2023
Not Just Brushing: 10 Ways to Start Caring for Baby TeethSATURDAY, Feb. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Even the tiniest teeth can decay, which is why it’s important to take care of them.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers some tips for caring for those little teeth, starting before the first one even arrives."There are habits you can start now to keep your baby's teeth healthy,” Dr. David Krol said in an academy news release. "And when that first tooth shows up, there are ways your pediatrician can keep it healthy, too."Even before your baby cuts his or her first tooth, start with a routine that includes wiping gums with a clean, damp washcloth or gauze pad after each feeding, the AAP suggests.Never put your baby to bed with a bottle or give your baby a bottle filled with a sweet drink. Don't dip your baby's pacifier in anything...

TikTok Videos on Abortion Pills Are Largely Accurate: Study

3 February 2023
TikTok Videos on Abortion Pills Are Largely Accurate: StudyFRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While you can't trust everything you read or see on social media, some information is reliable.Researchers from Duke University studied popular videos on the social media site TikTok. The videos offered information on ways to obtain a medication abortion.These were typically informative and useful, the study authors said.“When we started the study, we expected to find more videos with misinformation,” said Dr. Jenny Wu, a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke in Durham, N.C. “After looking at the data, we were surprised by how accurate the videos were. A significant number of videos were created by health care professionals and organizations providing abortion. TikTok says it has internal policies for blocking inaccurate...

Pregnant Women in Rural America Often Lack Health...

3 February 2023
Pregnant Women in Rural America Often Lack Health Insurance, Upping RisksFRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that pregnant women and new moms in rural U.S. areas are at greater risk of adverse outcomes, including death, because they are more likely to be uninsured.Women living in rural communities had lower rates of uninterrupted health insurance before, during and after pregnancy compared to those in urban areas, a University of Michigan study found.“Being uninsured during the time of pregnancy has been associated with less adequate prenatal and postpartum care, which decreases opportunities to address risk factors affecting health outcomes for both the birthing person and baby,” said lead author Dr. Lindsay Admon. She's an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School."Our...

Obamacare Helped Women in Some Southern States Get Better Breast Cancer Care

3 February 2023
Obamacare Helped Women in Some Southern States Get Better Breast Cancer CareFRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid makes it more likely that a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer earlier rather than at an advanced, harder-to-treat stage, new research suggests.Not all U.S. states expanded Medicaid coverage after the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) made it possible in 2010. That's because the Supreme Court made it optional for states to do so in 2012.In the new study, researchers compared Southern states that did and didn’t expand Medicaid coverage, and they found striking differences in breast cancer care. Their findings were published Feb. 1 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.Researchers were inspired to make this comparison between neighboring states in part because...

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