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'Major Financial Hardship' Hits Most Patients Battling Advanced Colon Cancer

THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A cancer diagnosis can deliver a double blow -- along with dealing with a serious health crisis, you also need to worry about how your treatment is going to affect your finances. Nearly three out of four people with advanced colon cancer that spread to other parts of their bodies experienced major financial hardships within a year of starting treatment, a new study found. "Major financial hardship was extremely common -- nearly 75% in a year experienced a decline in income, increasing debt, new loans, or selling or refinancing their home," explained study author Dr. Veena Shankaran. She's co-director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Shankaran said she was...

More Patients Turning to Medical Marijuana for Arthritis...

28 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of people are using medical marijuana to treat their arthritis and other muscle aches and pains, often without consulting their doctor, a new study reports. As many as 1 in 5 patients who consult an orthopedic surgeon for chronic musculoskeletal pain are using a cannabis product to treat them, Canadian researchers found. "We found 20% had reported past or current use of cannabis with the specific intention to manage pain," said study author Dr. Timothy Leroux, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Toronto. "Not just recreational users, but patients who said, 'I'm using cannabis because I want to improve pain with this condition.' " There's also a lot of interest in medical marijuana among arthritis sufferers who haven't yet tried it,...

Are Many With Autism Missing Out on Key Gene Tests?

28 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Very few people with autism receive two recommended genetic tests, a new study finds. The American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical groups recommend offering chromosomal microarray testing and Fragile X testing to people with autism, to detect or rule out genetic abnormalities that could affect their diagnosis and care. For the study, the researchers analyzed data gathered from 1,280 autism patients in Rhode Island between April 2013 and April 2019. Only 16.5% said they'd received some genetic testing, with 13.2% receiving Fragile X testing, and 4.5% receiving chromosomal microarray testing. Only 3% received both recommended tests. Older patients were less likely to have the tests. Patients diagnosed by subspecialist pediatricians...

Music Might Help Soothe Ailing Hearts

28 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Music influences people's heart rates, and one piece of music will affect individuals' hearts differently, a new, small study shows. The findings could lead to novel, drug-free treatments for such conditions as high blood pressure and heart rhythm disorders, or to help people relax or stay alert, the researchers said. Previous studies that examined physical responses to music measured changes in heart rate after participants listened to recordings simply categorized as sad, happy, calm or violent. This new study of three patients with mild heart failure requiring a pacemaker took a more targeted approach. During a live, classical piano concert, researchers used the patients' pacemaker leads to measure the electrical activity of their...

Spirituality Helps Stroke Survivors, Caregivers Bounce Back

28 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Could a higher power help stroke recovery? People who are spiritual may be better able to deal with stroke-related disability, new research suggests. The Italian study linked spirituality -- be it through religion or simply a strong sense of purpose and connection to others -- to a lower risk of depression for people with low to moderate disability after a stroke and their caregivers. Spirituality also appeared to improve the quality of life for both. "We observed that when stroke survivors had higher spirituality, their caregivers had lower depression and consequently better physical and psychological quality of life," said study author Gianluca Pucciarelli, a research fellow at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy. Stroke...

Pandemic Can Overwhelm Those With Autism

28 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic can be especially difficult for children and adults with autism and their families, experts say. Self-isolation and disruption of routine are tough for anyone, but may emotionally upend someone with an autism spectrum disorder, said Dr. Adrien Eshraghi, a professor and director of the University of Miami Hearing Research and Communication Disorders Laboratory. The challenges autism patients and their families might face during the COVID crisis, and what health care providers should know to ensure appropriate care, are outlined in a letter published recently in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. "The goal of this paper is to define the challenges these patients face in a pandemic like this, so physicians, caregivers and...

Could an Injected Electrode Control Your Pain Without Drugs?

28 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- An injectable electrode could prove a better way to ease chronic nerve pain than opioid painkillers or bulky and expensive implants, animal research suggests. It's called an "injectrode." It appears easier and cheaper than spinal implants for debilitating back pain, and safer than long-term use of opioids like OxyContin (oxycodone), a recent paper suggests. A liquid silicone gel filled with small metal particles is injected around the nerve that's causing the pain, said researcher Kip Ludwig, a professor of biomedical engineering and neurological surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "It cures (hardens), and it becomes a conductible electrode" that surrounds the nerve, Ludwig said. Doctors then inject an outer sheath of...

100,000 Dead, 40 Million Unemployed: America Hits Grim Pandemic Milestones

28 May 2020
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As the U.S. coronavirus death toll passed 100,000 on Wednesday, there was more evidence of the collateral damage the virus has caused: New numbers released Thursday show the number of unemployed has now passed 40 million. The death toll is "a striking reminder of how dangerous this virus can be," Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy with the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, told the Associated Press. COVID-19 is also a virus of opportunity: A jump in cases is being seen in nearly a dozen U.S. states, at least half of which reopened early, as the country's coronavirus case count passed 1.7 million on Thursday. Though the overall national trend has been staying steady or dropping, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South...

'Silent' COVID-19 More Widespread Than Thought

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new cruise ship study suggests that the number of people who are infected with the new coronavirus but have no symptoms may be much higher than...

VESIcare LS Approved for Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- VESIcare LS (solifenacin succinate) oral suspension is now approved to treat neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO) in children 2 years and older, the...
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