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2023

Surgery Brings Added Risks to People With COPD

Surgery Brings Added Risks to People With COPDTUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Major surgery is a challenge for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), raising their odds of death within a year by 61%, new research shows. The researchers also found these patients incurred 13% higher health care costs in the year after their operation, compared to patients without the respiratory condition. "These increased risks and costs were evident long after the immediate 30-day postoperative period," said lead researcher Dr. Ashwin Sankar, a clinician investigator in anesthesiology at the University of Toronto, in Canada.The study quantifies the additional risks COPD patients face, which doctors should discuss before surgery, he said. "Informing patients of the risk of surgery is an important component of the...

Each Year, People Start Fires That Cost 20,000 American...

17 January 2023
Each Year, People Start Fires That Cost 20,000 American LivesTUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Fires started by people account for a majority of premature deaths related to inhalation of tiny smoke particles in the United States, a new study reveals. These blazes, which are increasing, led to 20,000 premature deaths in 2018. That was 270% more than in 2003, according to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge.More than 80% of the premature deaths related to smoke particles stem from human-ignited fires, including agricultural burns and wildfires, according to the report published online Jan. 16 in the journal Environmental Research Letters.“Fires not only threaten human lives, infrastructure and ecosystems, but they are also a major cause for concern in terms of air quality. High levels of smoke exposure can...

Quick Scan Spots a Common Hormonal Form of High Blood...

17 January 2023
Quick Scan Spots a Common Hormonal Form of High Blood PressureTUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For people with a specific type of high blood pressure, British researchers led a new study on a particular CT scan that may enable a cure.In about 5% to 10% of high blood pressure cases, the source is a gene mutation in the adrenal glands, according to earlier research. Tiny benign nodules in the glands lead to excessive production of the steroid hormone aldosterone, which causes salt to be retained in the body and drives up blood pressure. Unfortunately, folks with this type of high blood pressure don't usually respond to common blood pressure medications.With a new type of CT scan, researchers say they can light up the nodules. Creation of this simpler screening test could lead to surgical removal of the nodule, curing the high blood...

Elementary School Kids Get Healthier When Gardening Is...

16 January 2023
Elementary School Kids Get Healthier When Gardening Is on CurriculumMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A Texas-based education initiative has found that enrolling children in poor communities in gardening and cooking classes may help boost their long-term health.Called “Texas Sprouts," the program covered one full academic year and exposed elementary school children in 16 low-income schools access to outdoor gardening instruction, nutrition information and cooking lessons. Parents were offered similar classes.The end result? Among the kids, there was a notable post-class drop in the risk for becoming pre-diabetic and diabetic, as measured by lower blood sugar levels, and lower "bad" cholesterol levels.“We know that diets high in added sugar, specifically sugar-sweetened beverages, are linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes in children,...

Many Women Over 65 Are Dying of Cervical Cancer. What Needs to Change?

16 January 2023
Many Women Over 65 Are Dying of Cervical Cancer. What Needs to Change?MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new study shows that many women diagnosed with and dying from cervical cancer are older than 65 -- a group for whom routine screening is usually not recommended.Cervical cancer screening has been credited with a sharp drop in deaths from the disease in the decades since it was introduced in the United States. But current guidelines state that once a woman reaches 65, if she has been regularly screened and gotten a series of normal results in recent years, screening is no longer needed.However, women in that age group can and do develop cervical cancer -- and are often diagnosed at a late stage, research has shown. The new study confirms that in a large group of women.Researchers found that among over 12,000 California women diagnosed with...

AHA News: When He Stopped Breathing, His Dog Called Out For Help

16 January 2023
AHA News: When He Stopped Breathing, His Dog Called Out For HelpMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- On a Friday morning in late February, Ken Walsh and his wife, Nicole, sat on their couch in East Brunswick, New Jersey, having coffee and talking about weekend plans.Their dog, Indiana, a 6-month-old Australian Shepherd mix, sat on the floor at Ken's feet. She was a happy, friendly dog who loved walks. She was especially attached to Ken, often curling up by the door after he left for work.The morning chat lasted so long that Nicole realized she was running late for work. She jumped up to finish getting ready.On her way out of the room, she heard Indiana uncharacteristically growl and whimper.She turned around to see Ken seemingly making funny faces at the dog. Then she realized that Ken was shaking. His jaw was clenched. His...

Marijuana-Linked ER Visits by Seniors Are Rising

16 January 2023
Marijuana-Linked ER Visits by Seniors Are RisingMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research out of California finds seniors are being treated in emergency rooms in significantly higher numbers for adverse side effects from cannabis consumption.Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) said they studied the issue because they noticed more primary care patients ending up in the ER after using marijuana products."While we did expect to see an increase, just given the increase in the use of cannabis by older adults, the sharp increase, especially from 2013 to 2016, did surprise us," said first study author Dr. Benjamin Han, a geriatrician in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care at UCSD's School of Medicine. While people 65 and up were involved in only 366 cannabis-related ER visits...

VA Announces Plan to Give Free Care to Any Vet in Suicide Crisis

16 January 2023
VA Announces Plan to Give Free Care to Any Vet in Suicide CrisisMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While U.S. veterans are already eligible for emergency suicidal crisis care, starting Tuesday they can get it for free.Care available at any VA facility or any private facility will include up to 30 days of inpatient or crisis residential care, the Department of Veteran's Affairs announced Friday. It will also include up to 90 days of follow-up outpatient care and ambulance rides to hospitals. The veterans will not need to be enrolled in the VA system.“Veterans in suicidal crisis can now receive the free, world-class emergency health care they deserve — no matter where they need it, when they need it or whether they’re enrolled in VA care,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said in an agency news release. “This expansion of care will save...

Holiday Gatherings Didn't Trigger Spike in Respiratory...

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Going into the holiday season, many public health experts feared a “tripledemic” of flu, COVID-19 and RSV cases.New government data now shows that...

Hundreds of Hospitals Could Close Across Rural America

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of rural hospitals across the United States are teetering on the edge of closure, with their financial status increasingly in peril, a new report...
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