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Methodist Hospitals Briefs, December 4, 2014

By: Methodist Hospitals Last Updated: December 4, 2014

logoArthritis

Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis
Regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis, new research

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Health Tip: Cooking Can Be Challenging With Arthritis
Arthritis can make cooking difficult, but there are things you can do to ease the strain.

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Running Won't Raise Risk of Knee Arthritis, Study Says
Regular running doesn't seem to increase your chances of developing knee osteoarthritis, and it may

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Asthma

Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests
People suffering from asthma who have to take medication every day to control

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Flu Season Off to a Slow Start... for Now
This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's

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With Winter Come New Asthma Worries
Though the pollen of spring and summer sparks many an asthma attack, winter brings its

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Blood Pressure

Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men
Binge drinking among young adult men may lead to increased blood pressure, according to a new

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Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure
Diet plays a big role in managing hypertension, and a few simple changes can help improve your blood pressure.

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More Americans Controlling Their High Blood Pressure
A growing number of Americans with high blood pressure are keeping their

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Breast Cancer

After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers
Women who survive breast cancer face a higher risk of depression that can linger and require

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Breast Cancer Patients Might Prefer 'Invisible Tattoo'
Using "invisible" tattoos instead of permanent dark ink ones when breast cancer patients undergo

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Guidelines Aim to Reduce 2nd Surgeries After Breast Cancer Lumpectomy
In a study of more than 240,000 women who had breast conservation surgery for breast cancer, nearly 25

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Cancer

Colon Cancer on the Rise for U.S. Adults Under 50
There's good news and bad news in the war against colon cancer: While rates have fallen among older

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Knowing Genetic Risk for Cancer May Not Change Behavior
As more genetic tests are developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might think that

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Moving Toward Blood Test for Many Cancers
Researchers who identified more than 800 "markers" of cancer in patients' blood say their findings could

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Depression

1 in 5 U.S. Adults Dealt With a Mental Illness in 2013
Nearly one in five American adults - 43.8 million people

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Dark Days Here for Folks With Seasonal Depression
October's shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder,

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Depression After Heart Attack May Be More Common for Women
Women are at greater risk for anxiety and depression after a heart attack than men, a new study

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Diabetes

Metformin Beats Other Type 2 Diabetes Drugs for First Treatment: Study
People newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who are initially given the drug metformin are less likely

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Nearly 3 in 10 Americans With Diabetes Don't Know It: Study
Almost 8 million Americans have diabetes but don't know it, a new study shows.

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Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Study Shows
Weight-loss surgery significantly lowers an obese person's risk of developing

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Fertility

Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatments, Study Says
Black women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) are only about half as likely as white women to

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Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper
A crucial part of conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) - the incubation of embryos in a laboratory

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Fertility Treatments Aren't Significantly Linked to Birth Defects
The risk of birth defects is low among children conceived using assisted reproductive technologies

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Gastrointestinal Health

Colon Cancer on the Rise for U.S. Adults Under 50
There's good news and bad news in the war against colon cancer: While rates have fallen among older

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Gluten Isn't the Only Culprit in Celiac Disease, Study Says
It's known that gluten - found in wheat, rye and barley - is the cause of health problems in people

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Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk in Study
Not getting the right amount of sleep might raise your risk of ulcerative colitis, a new study

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Heart Disease

Deaths From Heart Disease Down, Up for Blood Pressure, Irregular Heartbeat
Deaths from heart disease are dropping, but deaths related to high blood

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Feeling 'Worn Out'? Your Heart May Pay the Price
Otherwise healthy people on the verge of burning out are more likely to develop heart disease, according

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Are Your Heart Symptoms All in Your Head?
Nearly three-quarters of people whose hearts are found to be healthy after

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Men's Health

Holidays Can Trip Up Problem Drinkers
The approaching holiday season can pose challenges for the 18 million Americans with an alcohol use

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Hormone Therapy May Up Heart-Related Deaths in Some Prostate Cancer Patients
Giving hormone therapy to men with prostate cancer who also have certain heart problems may increase

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Early Heart Disease May Lead to Impotence, Study Says
Early stage vascular disease may lead to impotence for men later in life, a new study

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Multiple Sclerosis

Research Shows No Link Between Vaccinations, Risk for Multiple Sclerosis
A new study finds no link between vaccines and increased risk of multiple sclerosis or similar nervous

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Neurology

Brain Injuries in Older Age Could Boost Dementia Risk, Study Finds
A mild concussion after age 65 might boost your risk of developing dementia, a new study

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Common Blood Pressure Drug May Lower Risk For Lou Gehrig's Disease: Study
Medications commonly used to lower blood pressure might also lower the risk of developing amyotrophic

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High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet May Help With Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy
Eating a low-carb, high-fat diet could help control epilepsy that is difficult to treat, according to

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Orthopedics

Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis
Regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis, new research

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Men Less Likely Than Women to Get Bone Test After Fracture
Older men are much less likely than women to receive osteoporosis screening and treatment after

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Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk
Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at

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Pain Management

Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests
Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain,

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Certain Painkillers Tied to Raised Risk of Death After Stroke
Arthritis pain relievers known as COX-2 inhibitors, including Celebrex and Lodine, are associated with

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Health Tip: Coping With Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can interfere with daily life, making it difficult to assume daily responsibilities.

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Parenting

Prepared Childbirth Classes
A five-week course to help pregnant mothers and their partners learn about labor, delivery and the immediate post partum period. To register call 888.909.3627.

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Health Tip: When to Call the Doctor About a Cold or Flu
Flu and the common cold share some common symptoms. Though both often can be treated at home, more serious cases require a

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Discussing Ebola: Children Feel Safe, Calm When Adults Do, Too
With so much news focused on the Ebola epidemic in Africa, parents and other caregivers should think

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Health Tip: Saying Goodbye to Your Child at Day Care
Dropping off your child at day care can be emotional for parents and little ones. But there are things you can do to help make

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Pediatrics

Falls Leading Cause of Serious Head Trauma for Kids, Study Shows
A new study of more than 43,000 children finds that falls are the most common cause of head injuries

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For a Child's Fracture, Use Ibuprofen, Not Morphine: Study
For children with broken bones, ibuprofen is a better choice for pain relief

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Newer Pneumonia Vaccine for Kids Beats Older Version: Study
A new pneumococcal vaccine is almost 30 percent more effective than its previous version in preventing

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Pregnancy

Health Tip: Cleaning a Litter Box During Pregnancy
Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease that may be transmitted via cat feces. Pregnant women should avoid coming into contact

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Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Babies Delivered by C-Section, Study Finds
Cesarean delivery was the most common inpatient surgery in the United States in 2011 and was used in

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Women With Heart Disease at Low Risk When Giving Birth: Study
Women with congenital heart disease are at low risk for heart-related complications when they give

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Senior Caregiving

'Informal Care' for Older Americans Tops $500B Annually, Study Finds
Each year, people across the United States spend an estimated 30 billion hours caring for older

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Seniors Should Remove Dentures at Bedtime
Seniors who wear their dentures when they sleep are at increased risk for pneumonia, according to new

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Health Tip: Make Home Safer for Alzheimer's
People with Alzheimer's disease may wander or forget how to use household appliances such as a stove, making home a more

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Seniors' Health

'Purpose in Life' a Boon to Your Health
Older adults with a strong sense of purpose in life may be particularly likely to get health screenings

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Brain Injuries in Older Age Could Boost Dementia Risk, Study Finds
A mild concussion after age 65 might boost your risk of developing dementia, a new study

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Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict Progression in the Other
The severity of age-related macular degeneration in one eye is associated with the risk of developing

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Sports Medicine

Running Won't Raise Risk of Knee Arthritis, Study Says
Regular running doesn't seem to increase your chances of developing knee osteoarthritis, and it may

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Knowing What's Best for an Injury - Ice or Heat?
With a mild injury like a sprained ankle or an achy knee, standard advice calls for

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Take Precautions to Prevent Winter Injuries
For many people, winter means the chance to get back into skiing, ice skating and

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Stroke

Bed Position Matters for Stroke Patients, Report Shows
Hospital bed positioning can be critical in the first 24 hours after a

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Irregular Heartbeat Doubles Risk for 'Silent Strokes,' Review Suggests
Atrial fibrillation, a common condition where the heart beats abnormally, may more than double the risk

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Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle
Want to lower your risk of a first-time stroke? New guidelines from the American Heart Association and

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Weight Management

Big-Name Diets All Work for a While, Review Found
There are plenty of famous-name diets for weight loss, but none stands out from the pack when it comes

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Calorie-Tracking Apps May Not Help You Lose Weight
Millions of Americans use smartphone apps that help them track how many calories they consume each day,

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Study Compares 2 Common Weight-Loss Surgeries
A comparison of two of the most common types of weight loss surgery found that laparoscopic gastric

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Women's Health

Holidays Can Trip Up Problem Drinkers
The approaching holiday season can pose challenges for the 18 million Americans with an alcohol use

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Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk
Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at

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Health Tip: When to Call the Doctor About a Cold or Flu
Flu and the common cold share some common symptoms. Though both often can be treated at home, more serious cases require a

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Women's Heart Health

Depression After Heart Attack May Be More Common for Women
Women are at greater risk for anxiety and depression after a heart attack than men, a new study

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Emotional Stress Affects Women's Hearts
Emotional stress is more likely to physically impact younger women with

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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Heart Disease in Women
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States, government statistics show.

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