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2023

Laser Treatment Might Help Prevent Common Forms of Skin Cancer

Laser Treatment Might Help Prevent Common Forms of Skin CancerTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A cosmetic laser treatment that promises to erase wrinkles, scars, age spots and sun damage may also prevent the return of some skin cancers, a new, small study suggests. Researchers found that in patients who had basal or squamous cell skin cancers, nonablative fractional laser treatment lowered the chances of the cancer recurrence by about half."We actually don't know why this procedure has this result," said senior researcher Dr. Mathew Avram, director of the Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "We have to go to the lab and try to figure out why this is the case. There are theories about whether or not the treatment causes your immune function and skin to change, but we have no evidence of...

Even Light Exercise Can Help Arthritic Knees

24 January 2023
Even Light Exercise Can Help Arthritic KneesTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Even short bouts of light exercise can help the millions of people with knee osteoarthritis reduce pain and improve their range of motion.Knee osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of the disease, occurs when the cartilage between your bones breaks down, causing pain, stiffness and swelling.Researchers in a new study compared high-dose and low-dose exercise in 189 people with knee osteoarthritis. Everyone exercised three times a week for 12 weeks. Exercises included indoor cycling and various lower body exercises such as de-loaded squats and knee extensions. De-loaded exercises use bands or pulleys to take weight off the knee joint and minimize pain.Folks in the high-dose group performed 11 exercises in 60- to 90-minute sessions. Folks in the...

Athletic Heart Syndrome: What It Is, Symptoms and Treatments

24 January 2023
Athletic Heart Syndrome: What It Is, Symptoms and TreatmentsTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s no secret that athletic endurance and strength go hand-in-hand with a healthy heart. “Exercise strengthens the heart muscle, enabling it to pump a greater volume of blood with each heartbeat,” said Dr. Deepak Bhatt, editor of the Harvard Heart Letter, in a recent Q&A.The enlarged heart muscles that athletes may develop are also the hallmark of a condition known as athletic heart syndrome (AHS), often called "athlete’s heart," according to the Cleveland Clinic.What is athletic heart syndrome?When a person does vigorous-intensity exercise for more than an hour a day on the majority of days, changes in the heart may occur, according to the Cleveland Clinic. One of the main changes is thickening of the left ventricle wall. Another...

'Spare Tire' in Middle Age Could Mean a Frail Old Age

24 January 2023
`Spare Tire` in Middle Age Could Mean a Frail Old AgeTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Any 'middle-age spread' of excess weight around your tummy could raise your risk of becoming frail decades later, a new study suggests.Obese folks who've packed on pounds around their waist are more likely to develop symptoms of frailty, including exhaustion, weak grip strength, slow walking speed and reduced physical activity levels, researchers say. Those symptoms can make a person more likely to hurt themselves in a fall, suffer disability, require hospitalization, have a lower quality of life and die prematurely.Frailty affects as many as 17% of older adults, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.The new study, published Jan. 23 in BMJ Open, tracked more than 4,500 people in Norway for an average 21 years, starting at an...

Newly Discovered Disease May Affect Over 15,000 Americans

24 January 2023
Newly Discovered Disease May Affect Over 15,000 AmericansTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are shedding light on a mystery medical condition called VEXAS syndrome that's believed to affect more than 15,000 people in the United States.Identified in 2020, VEXAS syndrome is a rare, genetically linked disorder with a high death rate.The syndrome includes unexplained fevers and low blood oxygen levels in people with other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and blood cancer. It is an autoimmune condition, linked to inflammation and an overactive immune system."Now that we know VEXAS syndrome is more common than many other types of rheumatologic conditions, physicians need to add this condition to their list of potential diagnoses when confronted by patients with persistent and unexplained inflammation and low blood...

AHA News: A Thump to His Chest During a Game Stopped His Heart. Textbook Response Saved Him.

24 January 2023
AHA News: A Thump to His Chest During a Game Stopped His Heart. Textbook Response Saved Him.TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- On April 16, 2021, Peter Laake was a starting freshman defender for his prep school's varsity lacrosse team. He'd had a good year, and now his team was playing a key rival on home turf in Towson, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb.The first quarter was nearing an end when the ball walloped Peter's chest. Sitting in the stands, his mother heard the ball's impact, then watched her son take a few steps. "I saw his legs kind of flop in the air," said Carron Laake.Peter turned to see where the ball went. "Then I got dizzy."He collapsed face-first.Jeremy Parr, the school's head athletic trainer, was among the first to reach Peter. He thought Peter had suffered an abdominal injury or had the wind knocked out of him. Then he saw that...

As Opioid Deaths Rise Among Teens, Too Few Youth Get Anti-Addiction Drug

24 January 2023
As Opioid Deaths Rise Among Teens, Too Few Youth Get Anti-Addiction DrugTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American teenagers becoming addicted to opioids is on the rise, yet fewer are being prescribed a medication that can help them, a new government study finds.Between 2015 and 2020, the proportion of teens receiving buprenorphine prescriptions fell by 45%. Buprenorphine is one of three medications approved to treat opioid addiction.The decline in prescriptions is "concerning," given that the opioid crisis is actually worsening, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Terranella, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."In the context of rising rates of opioid-involved overdose deaths, these data really underscore the important work that still needs to be done to better understand the reasons for low prescribing," he said.The...

Your Weight Could Alter Vitamin D's Effect on Health

24 January 2023
Your Weight Could Alter Vitamin D`s Effect on HealthTUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D is widely promoted for better health, but if you're overweight, you might not reap the benefits.In a new study, researchers found a 30% to 40% reduction in cancer, cancer deaths and autoimmune diseases among people with a lower body mass index (BMI) who took vitamin D supplements, but only a small benefit among those with higher BMIs."Patients with obesity, despite taking the same amount of supplement, had a lower response," said lead researcher Deirdre Tobias, an assistant professor in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston.The cutoff was a BMI of less than 25, which is considered a healthy weight, the study authors noted. It's not known why being overweight or obese affects levels of the...

Could UV Light From Nail Polish Dryers Cause Cancer?

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a gel manicure may be less safe than many think.Researchers say the nail polish dryers that use ultraviolet (UV) light to cure the gel polish...

Research Gives Clues to Why Cancer in One Breast Could...

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Some women with cancer in one breast may have a greater risk of developing cancer in the other breast, new research suggests.Those who carry a specific...
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