Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Records and Forms
Gift Shop and Cafeteria
Events and Classes
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Records and Forms
Gift Shop and Cafeteria
Events and Classes
Study Ties Implanted Defibrillators to Long-Term Complications
Study Ties Implanted Defibrillators to Long-Term Complications MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable defibrillators -- devices that detect and correct an abnormal heart rhythm -- are associated with a high risk of long-term complications, a new study suggests. "An [implantable cardioverter-defibrillator] is a highly effective treatment option to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death," said lead researcher Dr. Isuru Ranasinghe, a senior cardiologist at the University of Adelaide in South ...
Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates
Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children living in an area of New York state that uses aerial pesticides to control mosquitoes have a higher rate of autism than children in neighboring areas, a new study finds. Researchers found that children living in a swampy region in central New York were 25 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with autism or general developmental delay, compared to children in other parts of the...
Seniors' Worsening Depression May Sometimes Predict Dementia
Seniors' Worsening Depression May Sometimes Predict Dementia FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In some cases, worsening symptoms of depression in seniors might point to early dementia, a new study suggests. The Dutch study can't prove cause-and-effect, and certainly not every depressed senior is headed for dementia. But experts said the findings are intriguing. "More research is needed, but the study raises the possibility of an overlap between the pathology of dementia and depression," said Dr...
Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers
Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term exposure to fine particles of air pollution -- from cars, trucks, power plants and manufacturing facilities -- is tied to an increased risk of dying from several kinds of cancer, a new study suggests. "Air pollution remains a clear, modifiable public health concern," said researcher G. Neil Thomas, a reader in epidemiology at the University of Birmingham in England. "Put simply, the more of these particulates th...
Some Smart Yet Easy Ways to Shield Yourself From Skin Cancer
Some Smart Yet Easy Ways to Shield Yourself From Skin Cancer THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life, but it can be treated and cured if detected early, a dermatologist says. "Knowing your own skin is the key to discovering skin cancer early on. See a dermatologist for a skin check if you notice a spot, mole or lump on your body that is changing, growing or bleeding," said Dr. Mark Lebwohl. He is chair of the dermatology dep...
Sleep Doesn't Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries
Sleep Doesn't Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who suffer a traumatic brain injury struggle with sleep problems they may not be aware of, Swiss researchers report. These patients also can suffer daytime sleepiness for as long as 18 months after their injury, the small study found. And these sleep problems may adversely affect daytime performance at work or school, the researchers said. "Sleep-wake disorders are highly prevalent after trauma...
Spanking: More Harm Than Good?
Spanking: More Harm Than Good? WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spare the rod and spoil the child. Not so fast, suggests a new review that found spanking doesn't produce better behavior and may set up a child for psychological and learning problems later. "Spanking is not achieving parents' goals," said lead researcher Elizabeth Gershoff, a developmental psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin. "Children have more mental health problems the more they are spanked. They have lower c...
Statins Might Not Lower Colon Cancer Risk: Study
Statins Might Not Lower Colon Cancer Risk: Study TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statins does not appear to reduce the risk of colon cancer, but a person's cholesterol levels might affect risk, a new study suggests. Both statins and cholesterol levels have been linked with lower colon cancer risk, but pinpointing which one is actually responsible has been difficult, the University of Pennsylvania researchers explained. So, they compared statin use and ch...
Skateboarding Mishaps Send 176 U.S. Kids to ERs Every Day
Skateboarding Mishaps Send 176 U.S. Kids to ERs Every Day TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Skateboarding can be a fun and challenging activity, but it also comes with a significant risk of injury, researchers report. The researchers examined data spanning two decades and found that more than 64,500 U.S. children and teens were treated in hospital emergency rooms each year -- about 176 a day -- for skateboarding-related injuries. Fractures and dislocations were among the most common injuries, ...
Swim Safely This Summer
Swim Safely This Summer SATURDAY, April 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With the arrival of swimming season, the American Red Cross reminds people of all ages to follow safety rules at the beach or pool. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards and always swim with a buddy. Everyone in your family should learn to swim well. Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. Children should never be ...
Study Ties Certain Mouth Germs to Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Study Ties Certain Mouth Germs to Pancreatic Cancer Risk WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests a possible link between certain germs found in the mouth and a heightened risk of pancreatic cancer. "We identified two types of bacteria that are associated with a higher risk for pancreatic cancer and have been tied in the past to such diseases as periodontitis, or inflammation of the gums," explained lead researcher Jiyoung Ahn. She's an associate professor of population health ...
Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study
Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans have a higher risk of homelessness if they suffered sexual trauma while in the service, and the odds are worse for men than women, a new study finds. Military sexual trauma is the name for psychological trauma resulting "from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the veteran was serving on active duty or active duty f...
Small Study Supports New Stool-Based Colon Cancer Test
Small Study Supports New Stool-Based Colon Cancer Test TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new, but small, study finds more evidence that a recently approved, stool-based colon cancer test may be effective for certain patients. Still, experts who looked at the findings stressed that the test, called Cologuard, should never be used as a substitute for the "gold standard" colon cancer test, colonoscopy. Cologuard is a noninvasive stool DNA test that detects red blood cells and certain DNA mutati...
Some Like It Hot! Lab Mice, in Particular
Some Like It Hot! Lab Mice, in Particular TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Too-cool living conditions for lab mice could affect study results, researchers suggest. They said the temperature in a typical mouse laboratory is between 68 degrees and nearly 79 degrees Fahrenheit (between 20 degrees and 26 degrees Celsius), but the ideal temperature for mice is about 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). While a cooler temperature doesn't harm the mice, it does make them use more energy to maintain their co...
Simple Steps Can Keep Lawn Mowing Safe
Simple Steps Can Keep Lawn Mowing Safe FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- April showers bring May flowers, green grass and the potential for lawn mower accidents. More than 250,000 people in the United States were treated for lawn mower-related injuries in 2010, a 3 percent increase from the previous year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers some safety tips for lawn mowers, whether the riding, power or push style: Keep yo...
Spring Allergies? Don't Assume It's Only Pollen
Spring Allergies? Don't Assume It's Only Pollen FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spring allergy season is here, so if you know your triggers you can start reducing your symptoms, experts say. You may believe pollen is the culprit. But, other substances such as mold may be involved in your allergies as well, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The college says more than two-thirds of people with spring allergies actually have symptoms all year long. Here are s...
Study Links Green Spaces to Longer Lives for Women
Study Links Green Spaces to Longer Lives for Women THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women living in homes surrounded by lots of trees and vegetation may have a lower risk of death than those in areas with less greenery, a new study suggests. Researchers sifted through data on more than 108,000 women across the United States. The information was collected between 2000 and 2008. The researchers found that women living in the greenest surroundings had a 12 percent lower risk of death than those...
Spinal Fusion Not Always Necessary for Back Pain, Studies Say
Spinal Fusion Not Always Necessary for Back Pain, Studies Say WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spinal fusion surgery is too often used to treat lower back pain when a simpler procedure would suffice for many patients, according to a pair of new clinical trials. People suffering from spinal stenosis -- pinched nerves caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal -- received similar pain relief with fewer complications when doctors performed a simpler spine surgery called decompression, as oppose...
Study Questions Health Value of Switching From Butter to Vegetable Oils
Study Questions Health Value of Switching From Butter to Vegetable Oils TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A controversial new study challenges the idea that heart health will improve if people cut saturated fat -- typically from animal sources -- from their diets in favor of vegetable oil. The new research found that while people who were briefly forced to change their diets using corn oil in place of saturated fats did lower their cholesterol, their risk of dying prematurely actually increase...
Severe Depression Linked to Dementia in Seniors
Severe Depression Linked to Dementia in Seniors TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Major and worsening depression may significantly increase seniors' risk of dementia, a new study suggests. The research included close to 2,500 people in their 70s who did not have any signs of dementia at the start of the study. The participants were monitored for five years for symptoms of depression, and then for six years for signs of dementia. Dementia developed in just over 21 percent of participants with s...
Study: Many Vets Struggle With Suicidal Thoughts, Need More Help From VA
Study: Many Vets Struggle With Suicidal Thoughts, Need More Help From VA TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 14 percent of U.S. veterans surveyed during a two-year Veterans Affairs (VA) study reported having suicidal thoughts. More than 2,000 veterans were surveyed in 2011 and again in 2013. Each time they were asked whether they'd had suicidal thoughts in the past two weeks. Nearly 4 percent reported suicidal thoughts in the first survey, about 5 percent reported such thoughts in the sec...
Smoking Rates Stall Among Young Blacks
Smoking Rates Stall Among Young Blacks FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Little progress has been made to reduce smoking among young black Americans over the past two decades, likely due to aggressive marketing by the tobacco industry, researchers report. Before 1982, smoking rates were falling among black high school seniors, but progress has since stalled. The rate was 8.7 percent in 1982 and 9 percent in 2014, according to a supplement to the April issue of the journal Nicotine & Tobacco ...
Some 9/11 First Responders Suffer Severe Sinus Problems: Study
Some 9/11 First Responders Suffer Severe Sinus Problems: Study FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sinus surgery is more common among firefighters who responded during the first two days of the World Trade Center disaster than those who had less intense or shorter exposures, a new study shows. The same is true for those firefighters who were at the site for six months or more, the investigators added. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 8,000 firefighters who worked at the Trade ...
Schools in Most States Skimp on Phys Ed, Study Finds
Schools in Most States Skimp on Phys Ed, Study Finds FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most states don't provide students with enough physical education, a new report finds. Just 19 states require elementary school students to take physical education classes for a set amount of time, and only 15 set minimum rules for middle school students. Only Oregon and the District of Columbia require the amount of physical education time recommended by national experts. That's 150 minutes a week for element...
Sleepy Teens Are Risk-Taking Teens
Sleepy Teens Are Risk-Taking Teens THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep-deprived high school students are more likely to sustain injuries -- often due to risky behaviors -- than those who are well rested, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. In a study of more than 50,000 students, researchers found that those teens who got seven hours of sleep or less on school nights were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as not wearing a seatbelt, riding with a drinking driver, and drink...
Stimulant, Banned From Sports, Found in Dietary Supplements in U.S.
Stimulant, Banned From Sports, Found in Dietary Supplements in U.S. THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A stimulant banned from competitive sports has been found in more than a dozen dietary supplements marketed for "burning" body fat. Researchers found the stimulant -- called oxilofrine -- in 14 supplement brands sold in the United States. All of the products listed the substance on their labels, but under the alternative name of methylsynephrine. Experts said the results raise more questions a...
Short Gap Between Pregnancies Tied to Higher Autism Risk?
Short Gap Between Pregnancies Tied to Higher Autism Risk? THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spacing pregnancies in close succession may increase the risk of autism in children, a large new research review suggests. Examining existing research involving more than 1.1 million children, scientists also found that longer pregnancy spacing -- in excess of five years -- may be linked to raised odds of the increasingly common neurodevelopmental disorder. "Based on the current best available evidence,...
Study Sees No Link Between Common Epilepsy Drug, Certain Birth Defects
Study Sees No Link Between Common Epilepsy Drug, Certain Birth Defects WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite initial concern from early studies, taking the epilepsy drug lamotrigine (Lamictal) during pregnancy may not raise the risk for certain birth defects, a large new study finds. "An initial study of this drug showed an increased risk for cleft lip or cleft palate, but a number of other studies since have not, and our previous study showed an increased risk of clubfoot," said study au...
Sugary Drinks, 'Bad' Carbs Tied to Breast, Prostate Cancers
Sugary Drinks, 'Bad' Carbs Tied to Breast, Prostate Cancers TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who consume a lot of processed carbohydrates -- think snack foods and sweets -- and sugary drinks may face heightened risks of breast and prostate cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers said the study, reported Tuesday at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in San Diego, does not prove that "bad" carbs cause cancer. But given that breast and prostate cancers are two of the most...
Sleepless Nights Linked to Brain Changes in Study
Sleepless Nights Linked to Brain Changes in Study TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Insomnia is linked with abnormalities in the brain's white matter -- the tissues that form connections and carry information between different parts of the brain, a small Chinese study suggests. The researchers said these disruptions occur in areas of the brain involved in the regulation of sleep and wakefulness as well as cognitive function. The researchers explained that white matter tracts are bundles made up...
Scientists Grow and Transplant Functioning Skin Onto Mice
Scientists Grow and Transplant Functioning Skin Onto Mice FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an advance that could serve as a step toward better transplants of skin and even hair in people, Japanese researchers report that they've grown complex, functioning mouse skin. The bioengineered version of the skin contains all three layers of skin tissue along with appendage organs, such as sebaceous glands and hair follicles, the study authors reported. What's more, the newly developed skin tissue wa...
Scientists Reduce Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques in Mice
Scientists Reduce Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques in Mice THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists working with mice report preliminary progress in efforts to eliminate brain-clogging proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease. By tweaking genes in the brains of mice, researchers say they reduced levels of a substance called beta amyloid that's closely tied to Alzheimer's. There's no guarantee the findings will be relevant to people with Alzheimer's disease because results of animal studies ...
Smoking During Pregnancy Seems to Alter Fetal DNA, Study Finds
Smoking During Pregnancy Seems to Alter Fetal DNA, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When a pregnant woman smokes, the fetus' DNA is altered in ways also seen in adult smokers, researchers say. The researchers were also able to pinpoint new development-related genes that were affected by a mother-to-be's smoking. The findings may help improve understanding about the connection between smoking during pregnancy and children's health problems, the study authors said. For the study, r...
Study Asks, What Is a 'Good Death'?
Study Asks, What Is a 'Good Death'? WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At the end of their lives, most people want peace, as little pain as possible, and some control over how they die, a new research review finds. Researchers said the study gives some sense of how people typically define a "good death." For those facing a terminal illness, it seems that what matters most is control over the dying process -- being home rather than in hospital, for instance -- being pain-free, and having their...
Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease'
Study: Longer-Term Antibiotics Won't Ease 'Chronic Lyme Disease' WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with persistent symptoms associated with Lyme disease are unlikely to find relief from longer-term antibiotic therapy, according to a new Dutch study. Although antibiotics are the correct therapy to treat Lyme disease when it is diagnosed early, longer-term use appears ineffective against the symptoms linked to the tick-borne illness and may carry the risk of side effects, the researcher...
Study Explores Mechanism Between Zika Virus, Birth Defects
Study Explores Mechanism Between Zika Virus, Birth Defects WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've discovered how the Zika virus might cause severe brain and eye birth defects. The Zika outbreak in Brazil and other parts of Latin American and the Caribbean has coincided with a sharp increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, which results in abnormally small heads and brains. There has also been a rise in other brain and eye birth defects in countries affected ...
Smoking Triggers Big Changes in Mouth Bacteria, Study Finds
Smoking Triggers Big Changes in Mouth Bacteria, Study Finds TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking can dramatically change the balance of bacterial species in the mouth, which may affect the risk of mouth, lung and digestive system diseases, a new study says. The research also found that the proper mix of bacteria in the mouth is restored if people quit smoking. Researchers analyzed the mix of about 600 bacterial species in the mouths (oral microbiome) of more than 1,200 Americans. All were...
Scientists Spot 'Switch' That Helps Sperm Penetrate Egg
Scientists Spot 'Switch' That Helps Sperm Penetrate Egg TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The "switch" that triggers the sudden tail whip that sperm use to penetrate and fertilize an egg has been pinpointed by researchers. The finding could help identify a possible cause of male infertility. And, the study authors suggested, the switch could be a potential target for new contraceptives that work in both women and men. The investigators found that the surface of a sperm's tail has thousands of ...
Stay Safe in the Water This Spring Break
Stay Safe in the Water This Spring Break TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For many Americans, spring break is a good time to head for a beach, lake or pool, which means it's also time to start thinking about water safety. "Families seem to be spending time around water this time of year, so it is important to remind ourselves of the basics of water safety," Michelle Fanucchi, chair in the department of environmental health sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a univers...
Skipping Meds Greatly Ups Heart Patients' Risk of Stroke: Study
Skipping Meds Greatly Ups Heart Patients' Risk of Stroke: Study MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People at risk for heart disease are much more likely to die from a stroke if they don't take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and blood pressure medications as prescribed, a new study reports. Folks with high blood pressure and high cholesterol had a seven times greater risk of suffering a fatal stroke if they didn't follow their drug regimen to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The study fin...
Study: Blood Test May Help Diagnose Concussions
Study: Blood Test May Help Diagnose Concussions MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test appeared to detect signs of concussion up a week after patients suffered a head injury, researchers report. The test might provide a new way to diagnose concussions, especially in patients without immediate symptoms, the researchers said. However, the research is preliminary and the test would not be ready for widespread use for several years, experts said. "Symptoms of a concussion, or a mild ...
Scientists Create Bacteria in Lab With 'Minimal' Genes Needed for Life
Scientists Create Bacteria in Lab With 'Minimal' Genes Needed for Life THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are closer than ever to cracking the hidden code of life itself, having engineered a synthetic bacteria with a "minimum" number of genes needed to support its existence. The lab-created bacteria -- called Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn3.0 -- contains only 473 genes. That's fewer than any other healthy, replicating cell currently found in nature. By stripping an artificial cell dow...
Spare Dying Patients Electric Shocks From Heart Device, Docs Say
Spare Dying Patients Electric Shocks From Heart Device, Docs Say THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dying patients with an implantable heart defibrillator don't know the device can be turned off so that it doesn't give them painful shocks during their last days of life, researchers report. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are surgically implanted in people with certain heart conditions. They deliver a shock to restore normal heart rhythm when they detect a potentially deadly abno...
Statewide Training on Cardiac Arrest Saves Lives in N. Carolina
Statewide Training on Cardiac Arrest Saves Lives in N. Carolina WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A North Carolina program to increase bystander action in cases of cardiac arrest saved lives and reduced brain damage among survivors, a new study shows. The statewide program trained family members and the general public to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and to perform CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs). "You can do something," said study author Dr. Christopher F...
Study Finds No Heart Risk From SSRI Antidepressants
Study Finds No Heart Risk From SSRI Antidepressants WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Widely used antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) don't appear to raise the risk for heart trouble among young and middle-age patients, a large analysis suggests. Commonly prescribed SSRIs include Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. The findings are reassuring, said study lead author Carol Coupland, a professor of medical statistics in primary care at the University...
Scientists Debunk 'Dumb Blonde' Myth
Scientists Debunk 'Dumb Blonde' Myth TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to the long-running joke, the stereotype of the "dumb blonde" is, well, just plain dumb, researchers report. The researchers found that women and men with natural blonde hair had IQ scores similar to people with other hair colors. And, women with natural blonde hair actually had a slightly higher average IQ score (103.2) than those with brown hair (102.7), red hair (101.2) or black hair (100.5), but the difference ...
Stress Management Training May Help Cardiac Rehab Patients
Stress Management Training May Help Cardiac Rehab Patients MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The addition of stress management training can make cardiac rehabilitation programs more effective, a new study indicates. "Cardiac rehabilitation programs do not routinely offer stress management, but this may change should demand increase. And because patients may be reluctant to ask for the programs themselves, the onus is on the physicians to recognize that stress management is important for the opt...
Scientists Pick U.S. Cities Where Zika Might Hit This Summer
Scientists Pick U.S. Cities Where Zika Might Hit This Summer THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some major U.S. cities, including New York City and Los Angeles, could face outbreaks of the Zika virus this summer, scientists say. The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which will likely become more abundant across much of the southern and eastern United States as the weather warms, according to experts at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Computer simulat...
School Breakfast Programs Vital, Even if Some Kids Also Eat at Home
School Breakfast Programs Vital, Even if Some Kids Also Eat at Home THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Students who eat two breakfasts are less likely to become overweight or obese than those who skip the morning meal, according to a new study. "When it comes to the relationship between school breakfast and body weight, our study suggests that two breakfasts are better than none," Marlene Schwartz, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, said...
Scientists Say They've Created New Type of Stem Cells
Scientists Say They've Created New Type of Stem Cells WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they have created embryonic stem cells with just one copy of human DNA instead of the normal two, and they believe their achievement might help further genetic and medical research. These stem cells are the first human cells capable of dividing and replicating with just one copy of DNA, according to the paper published March 16 in the journal Nature . "This study has given us a new type of ...
Scientists Assess Risk to Pregnant Women Infected With Zika
Scientists Assess Risk to Pregnant Women Infected With Zika TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say there's more evidence supporting a link between the Zika virus and a serious birth defect. Researchers report that one in every 100 pregnant women infected with the virus during the first trimester will give birth to a baby with microcephaly -- an abnormally small head and the potential for neurological issues. The new risk analysis did have one important caveat, however. "The findings ...
Severe Migraines Linked to Complications During Pregnancy, Childbirth
Severe Migraines Linked to Complications During Pregnancy, Childbirth FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Severe migraines are associated with an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth, especially among older women, new research suggests. "The results of this study were of particular interest because more than half of the pregnant women with migraine experienced some type of adverse birth outcome, suggesting that these pregnancies should be considered high risk," study au...
Smoothing the Transition to Daylight Saving Time
Smoothing the Transition to Daylight Saving Time THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Be prepared to lose a bit of sleep this weekend with the switch to Daylight Saving Time, but one doctor offers some tips for a smooth transition. The change takes place at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks "spring forward" one hour. "It's well known that a small shift in time can have an impact on our body clock and our health, and the time change may cause sleepiness and fatigue. When time shifts, remember your body ...
Sharapova Not the First to Use Performance-Enhancing Drug
Sharapova Not the First to Use Performance-Enhancing Drug WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many elite athletes were taking meldonium -- the drug that led to the suspension of tennis star Maria Sharapova this week -- before it was banned earlier this year, a new study reveals. Sharapova, 28, shocked the tennis world when it was announced she tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug at the 2016 Australian Open. But the Russian tennis star was hardly alone in using the heart drug. Aft...
Scientists Use Stem Cells to Correct Infant Cataracts
Scientists Use Stem Cells to Correct Infant Cataracts WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new surgical technique for removing cataracts might allow the eye's stem cells to regenerate a healthy lens, if preliminary findings hold up. In an early study of infants born with cataracts, researchers used a minimally invasive approach to remove the eye's damaged lens -- while keeping the native stem cells intact. Stem cells are primitive cells that give rise to different types of mature tissue. Those...
Special Infant Formulas Don't Shield Against Asthma, Allergies: Study
Special Infant Formulas Don't Shield Against Asthma, Allergies: Study TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents who worry that their baby is at risk of asthma, allergies or type 1 diabetes may turn to special cow's milk formulas touted to lower the risk. But a new review of the data on these "hydrolyzed" infant formulas finds no good evidence that they actually protect children from the autoimmune disorders. "We found no consistent evidence to support a protective role for partially or ext...
Short Men, Heavy Women at Lifelong Disadvantage?
Short Men, Heavy Women at Lifelong Disadvantage? TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In terms of getting ahead in life, are small men and heavy women shortchanged? Yes, claim British researchers who found vertically challenged men and curvy women were less likely to get a higher education, have a good job or make a lot of money. "There is something about being fatter or being shorter in itself that leads to poor outcomes," said lead researcher Timothy Frayling, a professor of human genetics at th...
Six Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer
Six Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Half of the colon cancer cases in the United States could be prevented if people followed six proven steps to reduce their risk, a cancer and nutrition expert says. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, and the third most common type of cancer in the United States. This year, there will be over 134,000 cases of colon cancer, the U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates. "Research now suggests that...
Screen High-Risk Adults for Tuberculosis, Experts Say
Screen High-Risk Adults for Tuberculosis, Experts Say TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adults at greater risk for latent tuberculosis infection should be screened for the condition, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends. "The task force recommends that primary care clinicians screen adults at increased risk for [latent TB] to help prevent the progression to active TB," panel member Dr. Francisco Garcia said in a task force news release. Garcia is director and chief medical officer...
Study Suggests Causes for Lupus' Impact on Immune System
Study Suggests Causes for Lupus' Impact on Immune System TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found new clues that help explain what's going wrong in the immune systems of people with lupus -- insight they hope will lead to new therapies, or help guide current treatment choices. Lupus has several forms, but the most common is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In SLE, the immune system mistakenly produces antibodies against the body's own tissue. The onslaught can have widespread ...
Find A Doctor
A to Z LIST
I Need a Specialist In
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Critical Care Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical
A to Z LIST
Search Health Library
Browse Health Library
Senior Circle Events
Healthy Woman Events
Events and Classes
ER WAIT TIME
Current average ER Wait Time
2500 South Woodworth Loop
Palmer, AK 99645
More Helpful Tools
Online Bill Pay
Online Bill Pay
Campus and Amenities
Hospital Fact Sheet
Events and Classes
Billing and Insurance
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Records and Forms
Media and Vendors
Marketing and PR contact
2500 South Woodworth Loop, Palmer, AK 99645
Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.
2500 South Woodworth Loop, Palmer, AK 99645
Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.