Health Tip: Do You Have a Phobia?
(HealthDay News) -- While fear is a normal reaction to a
perceived danger, a phobia may be diagnosed when a fear is
exaggerated or irrational.
Timely Surgery Appears to Cut Infection Risk, Costs
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying elective surgery
after a patient is admitted to the hospital increases the risk of
complications from infections and results in higher hospital costs,
according to a new study.
Cancer Cells May Be Able to Urge Their Own Death
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests
that many cancer cells are equipped with a kind of suicide pill: a
protein on their surfaces that gives them the ability to send an
"eat me" signal to immune cells.
Too Much Fried Fish Might Help Make South the 'Stroke Belt'
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Southerners living in the
area of the United States known as the "stroke belt" eat twice as
much fried fish as people living in other parts of the country do,
according to a new study looking at regional and ethnic eating
habits for clues about the region's high stroke rate.
Placebos Work -- Even if Patients Are in on the Secret
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Confronting the
"ethically questionable" practice of prescribing placebos to
patients who are unaware they are taking dummy pills, researchers
found that a group that was told their medication was fake still
reported significant symptom relief.
Death Rates Higher for Those With Lasting Epilepsy: Study
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- People with childhood
epilepsy who continue to have seizures into adolescence and beyond
face a significantly higher risk of death than people who've never
had epilepsy, new research suggests.
Single Embryo Beat Double Embryo Transfer in IVF Study
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Women who undergo
in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are almost five times more likely to
give birth to a single healthy baby following the implantation of a
single embryo than are women who choose to have two embryos
implanted at the same time, an international team of experts has
U.S. Food-Safety Laws Overhauled
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- President Barack Obama is
expected to sign, perhaps as early as Wednesday, new legislation
that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unprecedented
powers to keep the nation's food supply safe.
Gardasil Approval Expanded to Include Anal Cancer
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug
Administration approval of Gardasil (human papillomavirus vaccine)
has been widened to include prevention of anal cancer and
associated precancerous lesions, the agency said Wednesday in a