Expert Panel Unclear on Whether E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

Can E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit? Experts Unsure By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An influential U.S. panel of experts says there’s just not enough data to decide whether or not e-cigarettes can help smokers quit. For now, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends behavioral therapy and federally […]

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10 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor About DVT

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor About DVT 1. What is DVT? And how dangerous is it? DVT stands for deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot in one of the body’s deep veins, usually deep within the leg. The biggest danger of DVT is that part of the clot could break off and travel […]

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Breast Reconstruction Often Involves Multiple Operations

Breast Reconstruction May Mean Multiple Surgeries By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most women undergoing breast reconstruction after a mastectomy will need several operations, a new study finds. Among nearly 4,000 women studied, 88 percent had at least two breast reconstruction operations, 65 percent had more than two, and […]

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Want to Stay Slim? Keep Food Out of Sight

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — With food, seeing it is eating it, a new study suggests. People who keep food in plain sight around the house are more likely to be obese, researchers report, while low self-esteem is another risk factor. “Self-esteem is important because when adults don’t feel good about themselves, there […]

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Dropping One Sugary Soda a Day Could Cut Diabetes Risk: Study

Dropping 1 Sugary Soda a Day May Cut Diabetes Risk By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who love sugary sodas and flavored milk may have a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes, regardless of their body weight, a large new study finds. The good news, the researchers said, […]

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Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy as Good as Full Breast Removal: Study

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy vs Full Breast Removal By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women with early stage breast cancer who chose to preserve the nipple during a mastectomy had similar survival or recurrence rates to women who underwent full breast removal, a new study found. “Nipple-sparing surgery is oncologically safe […]

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Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk? By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins for a year before getting a diagnosis of lung cancer was associated with a 12 percent lower risk of dying from that cancer, new research suggests. The researchers […]

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Experts Continue to Scale Back Annual Pap Smear

Experts Continue to Scale Back Annual Pap Smear May 1, 2015 — Many women were raised on the mantra “Pap smear once a year.” But for women 21 years and older at average risk for cervical cancer, getting screened once every 3 years should be enough, according to advice from the American College of Physicians […]

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Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigarettes ‘Safer’ Than Regular Cigarettes

Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigs ‘Safer’ By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than 40 percent of pregnant women surveyed think electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. What’s more, only 57 percent of the women believed that e-cigarettes contain nicotine. And fewer […]

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New Drug Kybella Zaps Double Chin: FAQ

Apr. 30, 2015 — A shot that dissolves fat will offer people with a double chin a way to get rid of it without surgery. The FDA approved the new drug, called Kybella, on Wednesday. It will be available in cosmetic surgeons’ and dermatologists’ offices in June. Here’s what you need to know. What is […]

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