Patti Neighmond

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Does Testosterone Improve Older Men's Health? It Depends

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Several studies out this week show mixed results for testosterone replacement. It appears to protect bone density and strength and prevent anemia, but there is no effect on memory and cognition.

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Got Back Pain? Try Yoga Or Massage Before Reaching For The Pills

Monday, February 20, 2017

New guidelines encourage doctors to tell patients to try non-drug therapies for acute lower back pain first.

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Cooling Cap May Limit Chemo Hair Loss In Women With Breast Cancer

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cooling caps haven't been studied much in the U.S., and only one is approved by the FDA. Studies of two different caps show they can reduce hair loss by half in many women undergoing chemo.

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Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

Monday, February 13, 2017

A study tracking depression rates among U.S. teens from 2005 to 2014 finds an increase — especially among girls. A steady diet of harsh judgments from social media may play a role, researchers say.

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When Old Medicine Goes Bad

Monday, February 06, 2017

With drug prices climbing, you may be tempted to keep unused pills and cough syrups past their expiration date. Don't do it, pharmacists warn. And get all medicine out of the bathroom cabinet now.

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Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too

Monday, January 23, 2017

Holding a newborn on a parent's bare chest has long been used to help premature babies. Hospitals increasingly recommend it for full term babies, too. Doctors say it reduces pain and lowers stress.

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Marijuana's Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine sorted through 10,000 studies to determine the good and bad health effects of marijuana. Tight drug restrictions impede research, they say.

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Is The Warning That Creatine's Not For Teens Getting Through?

Monday, January 02, 2017

Researchers who surveyed 244 shops across the U.S. found that, despite label warnings, two thirds would recommend the dietary supplement to a 15-year-old football player trying to gain muscle.

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Advice For Doctors Talking To Parents About HPV Vaccine: Make It Brief

Monday, December 05, 2016

A decade after HPV vaccine was introduced in the U.S., many doctors still hesitate to routinely recommend that children get vaccinated against the cancer-causing virus.

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Older Patients Can Benefit From Lung Cancer Surgery

Monday, November 21, 2016

Lung cancer affects mostly older people, but they're often not offered surgery as a treatment. A study finds that most older people can tolerate surgery, and that it extends lives.

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Hey, Baby, Meet Peanuts: How And When To Safely Introduce The Food

Friday, November 11, 2016

Giving infants peanut puree as one of their first solid foods can help prevent peanut allergies, research has shown. To do that safely, start early — and only after checking with your doctor.

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Lack Of Child Care Rating Systems Leaves Parents In A Bind

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

About 20 states are in the process of creating a system for rating child care providers. But it's hard to decide which standards best measure quality and which are most useful to parents.

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Poll: Cost Of Child Care Causes Financial Stress For Many Families

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The most common challenge parents face when looking for child care is the high cost. At an average cost of $10,000 a year, infant child care rivals a year's tuition at a state college or university.

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Why Parents Don't Get Their Children Vaccinated For The Flu

Monday, October 10, 2016

Parents decline to vaccinate kids against the flu because they don't think they need it. Influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine preventable disease.

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How California's 'Paid Family Leave' Law Buys Time For New Parents

Friday, October 07, 2016

The state's 2002 law offers six weeks' leave at a little over half-pay to eligible workers after the birth of a child. Ninety percent of businesses say the law's had a "neutral or positive" impact.

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Parents May Be Giving Their Children Too Much Medication, Study Finds

Monday, September 19, 2016

The biggest mistake parents make is over dosing. Part of the problem is the spoons and measuring cups the parents use are not accurate, and researchers suggest using a syringe instead.

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Bariatric Surgery Can Help People Keep Weight Off Long Term

Monday, September 05, 2016

Earlier studies suggested that most people put the pounds back on, but a large study that followed people for a decade after bariatric surgery found that the vast majority avoided gaining weight.

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What's The Best Way To Stop Taking Powerful Prescription Drugs?

Monday, August 15, 2016

With all the concern about opioid addiction, some patients are worried and want to stop taking powerful medication. Tapering the drugs gradually may be a better way to do that than going cold turkey.

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Wellness Programs Take Aim At Workplace Stress

Monday, July 18, 2016

A recent poll shows stress tops the list for people concerned about the impact of their job on their health. Workplace wellness programs often address stress, but many employees don't sign up.

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Overworked Americans Aren't Taking The Vacation They've Earned

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

And they're not unplugging from email and text messages when they do get away, an NPR poll finds. "So they're taking their stress along with them wherever they go," says a Harvard scientist.

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