Patti Neighmond

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Fitness Trackers: Good at Measuring Heart Rate, Not So Good At Measuring Calories

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A study of seven popular fitness trackers found they are generally good at measuring heart rate, but may mislead consumers about how many calories they have burned.


Women Opt To Skip Pelvic Exams When Told They Have Little Benefit

Thursday, May 18, 2017

OB-GYNs and primary doctors disagree on whether women need a pelvic exam every year. When women were told a medical society recommended against it, they were much less likely to have the exam.


Stressed-Out High Schoolers Advised To Try A Nap Pod

Monday, May 15, 2017

A high school in New Mexico is experimenting with light-shielding lounge chairs where frazzled students can rest. Research suggests it leads to calmer, less anxious teens who do better in school.


Yo-Yo Dieting May Pose Serious Risks For Heart Patients

Monday, May 01, 2017

People with heart disease should keep their weight down, but it can be hard to lose weight and keep it off. Now a study shows big fluctuations may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.


Is It Time For Hearing Aids To Be Sold Over The Counter?

Monday, April 24, 2017

About 35 million Americans suffer some hearing loss, but most don't do anything about it. There's a growing effort to make hearing aids easier and cheaper to buy.


Spinal Manipulation Can Alleviate Back Pain, Study Concludes

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Physically manipulating the spine appears to offer a modestly effective alternative to medication for lower back pain, according to a new evaluation of scientific studies.


Carrying Some Extra Pounds May Not Be Good After All

Monday, April 03, 2017

A new study finds that people who are overweight, but not obese, have shorter life spans. It's the opposite of a 2013 study that got a lot of attention by finding a few pounds might be good for you.


For Gideon, Infection With a Common Virus Caused Rare Birth Defects

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cytomegalovirus is everywhere, and it usually doesn't make people sick. But if a woman gets infected while pregnant, in rare cases it can cause serious problems for the baby.


Are Routine Pelvic Exams A Must? Evidence Is Lacking, Task Force Says

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

There's not enough good evidence to make the call as to whether an annual pelvic exam is a good screening tool, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says.


Models Are Still Pressured To Be Ultra-Thin, Survey Says

Monday, February 27, 2017

A majority of models say they're threatened with job loss if they don't shed pounds. Researchers worry this contributes to poor body image and might increase eating disorders among teenage girls.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.