Bypass tops stents in diabetics with diseased arteries
November 5th, 2012
By Bill Berkrot and Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES | Sun Nov 4, 2012 7:52pm EST LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Diabetics with more than one diseased artery fared significantly better if they underwent bypass surgery than those who received drug coated stents following artery clearing procedures to improve blood flow to the heart, according to data from a five-year study presented on Sunday. After five years, the bypass group had a lower combined rate of heart attacks, strokes and deaths of 18.7 percent versus 26.6 percent for the stent group in the 1,900-patient study funded by the U.S.
Young docs less tired, less prepared with fewer hours
November 2nd, 2012
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Fri Nov 2, 2012 3:00pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Orthopedic surgeons-in-training said they were tired less often after rules regulating how much they could work went into place, according to new survey results. But the residents didn’t actually get any more sleep under the limited work hours policy. And they also said they felt less prepared as doctors and were less satisfied with their education
Court refuses Planned Parenthood appeal of Texas funding cut
October 26th, 2012
By Corrie MacLaggan AUSTIN, Texas | Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:19pm EDT AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A federal appeals court declined on Thursday to reconsider a ruling that would allow Texas to withhold funding for women’s healthcare from Planned Parenthood’s clinics because the organization also performs abortions. Texas Governor Rick Perry said after the order by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans that the state would immediately stop paying program participants that are affiliates of abortion providers.
Vaginal birth tied to pelvic muscle weakness
October 25th, 2012
A mother holds the hand of her baby at the Munich hospital ‘Rechts der Isar’ January 18, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Michaela Rehle By Kerry Grens NEW YORK | Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:00pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Many years after childbirth, women who delivered vaginally may have weaker pelvic muscles than mothers who had their babies by cesarean section, according to a new study.
Green tea drinkers show lower cancer risks
October 23rd, 2012
By Amy Norton NEW YORK | Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:58pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Older women who regularly drink green tea may have slightly lower risks of colon, stomach and throat cancers than women who make no time for tea, a large study suggests. Researchers found that of more than 69,000 Chinese women followed for a decade, those who drank green tea at least three times a week were 14 percent less likely to develop a cancer of the digestive system. That mainly meant lower odds of colon, stomach and esophageal cancers
Substance abuse diagnoses increasing in U.S.
October 22nd, 2012
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:44pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Possibly driven by a surge in painkiller abuse, the number of drug and alcohol problems diagnosed by U.S.
Simpler colon screen may be enough for many women: study
October 21st, 2012
Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:59pm EDT (Reuters) – Women younger than 70 have a relatively low risk of abnormal growth in the upper part of the colon – suggesting, U.S.
Is simpler colon screen enough for many women?
October 19th, 2012
By Amy Norton NEW YORK | Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:40pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women younger than 70 have a relatively low risk of abnormal growths in the upper part of the colon, a new study confirms – suggesting, researchers say, that many women can opt for less invasive colon cancer screening. Most experts recommend that people at average risk of colon cancer start having screening tests for the disease at age 50.
Women with genital cutting have poorer sex life
October 18th, 2012
By Amy Norton NEW YORK | Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:02pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new study confirms that women who were forced to undergo genital cutting as young girls have a poorer sex life years later. An estimated 130 million women worldwide have undergone genital mutilation, also known as female “circumcision.” The centuries-old practice, which involves removing part or all of a girl’s clitoris and labia, and sometimes narrowing the vaginal opening, remains a common practice in some countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s well-known that genital cutting has long-term consequences for women – including childbirth complications, incontinence and psychological disorders.
Counseling slows weight gain in obese moms-to-be
October 18th, 2012
By Kerry Grens NEW YORK | Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:48am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Motivational counseling can slow down pregnancy weight gain in obese women and may take the edge off their anxiety, too, according to a new study from Belgium. It’s recommended that obese women gain no more than 11 to 20 pounds during pregnancy to avoid health complications in both baby and mother.