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  1. Impotence Drugs Don't Fix All Sexual Concerns: StudyRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Apr 23 | HON

    Popping a little blue pill doesn't guarantee that an older man will be happy with his sex life, British researchers report. Men who take drugs like Viagra and Cialis continue to express more concern and dissatisfaction with their overall sex life, compared with men who don't suffer from erectile dysfunction, according to results of a survey conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester.


  2. Diabetes Drug May Not Guard Against Pancreatic CancerRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 21 | HON

    Despite evidence that has suggested the diabetes drug metformin might have potential as a cancer fighter, a new study finds the medication didn't help patients with a type of pancreatic cancer. Patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma who took the drug didn't gain any survival benefit from the medication, Mayo Clinic researchers said.


  3. Arts, Crafts, Socializing May Buoy the Aging BrainRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Apr 8 | HON

    Researchers found that older adults involved in these activities or those who used a computer later in life were about half as likely to experience mild dementia over the next four years. "Engaging in cognitively stimulating activities has beneficial long-term effects on cognitive [thinking] function," said study author Rosebud Roberts, chair of the division of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.


  4. Live Liver Transplants Seem Safe, Effective for Sudden Liver FailureRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 19, 2015 | HON

    Liver transplants from live donors appear to work just as well as traditional transplants for patients with sudden liver failure, new research suggests. What's more, people who donate a portion of their liver don't seem to have any serious complications as a result of the donation procedure.


  5. Researchers Develop Screening for Early Memory TroublesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 18, 2015 | HON

    Researchers say they have developed a new scoring system to help identify seniors who are at high risk for memory and thinking problems that might lead to dementia. "Our goal is to identify memory issues at the earliest possible stages," wrote lead researcher Dr. Ronald Petersen, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.


  6. Age-Linked Memory Loss May Be Worse for Men, Study FindsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 16, 2015 | HON

    Can't remember that work colleague's name? Misplaced your keys again? Don't fret: a new study finds that nearly everyone will suffer more memory lapses as they age, with men being more vulnerable to failing memory than women. The study also reported that people's memory skills and brain volume typically decline with age -- and, surprisingly, it seems to have little to do with the buildup of brain "plaques" that mark Alzheimer's disease, the study suggests.


  7. New Study Casts Doubt on Dangers of Hormone Therapy for Hot FlashesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 6, 2015 | HON

    Hormone replacement therapy for women may not be as potentially risky as previously thought, a new Mayo Clinic review contends. The new study, which evaluated three decades of prior research, concluded that hormone therapy to treat symptoms of menopause doesn't increase overall risk of death or the risk of death from heart attack, stroke or cancer.


  8. Study Questions Close Monitoring of Thyroid GrowthsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 3, 2015 | HON

    Harmless growths in the thyroid gland are common, and a new study suggests they don't need to be monitored as closely as current guidelines recommend. The thyroid is a gland in the neck that secretes hormones involved in metabolism.


  9. Surgery Patients Might Not Need Sedative Before AnesthesiaRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 3, 2015 | HON

    A new French study questions the need for giving a sedative to surgical patients to calm them down before anesthesia is administered. The investigators found that the sedative lorazepam did not improve patients' experience, and was tied to a lower rate of early mental recovery.


  10. Heart Valve Repair Surgery May Ease Mental Health Symptoms, TooRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2015 | HON

    People with a serious heart valve defect have less depression and anxiety after they undergo surgery to repair the problem, a new study finds. The research included people with severe mitral regurgitation, which occurs when the heart's mitral valve doesn't close tightly and blood flows backward into the heart.


  11. Health Highlights: Feb. 26, 2015Read the original story

    Feb 26, 2015 | HON

    The changes include giving veterans a choice to receive subsidized private care, and making the Veterans Health Administration a non-profit corporation instead of a government agency, USA Today reported. Significant changes are needed after serious problems were revealed in the VA health system, such as long waiting times, mismanagement, and falsified records, according to the group's chief executive, Peter Hegseth.


  12. Heart Failure Patients Who Struggle With Daily Tasks at Greatest RiskRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 25, 2015 | HON

    Heart failure patients who struggle to perform daily tasks are at increased risk for hospitalization and death, a new study shows. The study included more than 1,100 people with heart failure, average age 75, who were classified as having either minimal, moderate or severe difficulty with activities such as getting dressed, cleaning the house, climbing stairs, taking medications and using the bathroom.


  13. Chantix Linked to Higher Quit Rates in Certain Smokers: StudyRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 17, 2015 | HON

    The anti-smoking medication Chantix can boost the likelihood that cigarette smokers who aren't ready to stop cold turkey will cut down gradually, a new study suggests. "The main contribution of this study is that it demonstrates that for patients who are not ready to quit right away, the use of Chantix could be helpful in getting them to cut down, and then, eventually, to making a quit attempt," said Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health.


  14. Number of Hip Replacements Has Skyrocketed, U.S. Report ShowsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 12, 2015 | HON

    The number of hip replacements performed in the United States has increased substantially, and the procedure has become more common in younger people, new government statistics show. The numbers reveal the rapid evolution of the procedure, which "remains one of the most dramatic and cost-effective ways to improve the quality of life for patients," said Dr. Mark Pagnano, chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.


  15. Common Breast Biopsy Finding May Be More Dangerous Than ThoughtRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 31, 2014 | HON

    Women who have a pre-cancerous condition known as atypical hyperplasia of the breast are at higher risk of developing breast cancer than experts had believed, a new study finds. Hyperplasia is an overgrowth of cells.


  16. Stem Cell Therapy for MS Shows PromiseRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 29, 2014 | HON

    An experimental therapy that kills off and then "resets" the immune system has given three years of remission to a small group of multiple sclerosis patients, researchers say. About eight in 10 patients given this treatment had no new adverse events after three years.


  17. Many Kids Exposed to Unneeded X-Rays, Study FindsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 3, 2014 | HON

    "Chest X-rays can be a valuable exam when ordered for the correct indications. However, there are several indications where pediatric chest X-rays offer no benefit and likely should not be performed to decrease radiation dose and cost," said study author Dr. Ann Packard, a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.


  18. Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers QuitRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 17, 2014 | HON

    The study included 1,560 adult smokers in England who made at least one attempt to quit over six months. About 45 percent used no aids to help them quit, while about 5 percent used prescription medication in combination with behavioral counseling.


  19. For Ebola, No New Drugs Riding to the Rescue -- for NowRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 15, 2014 | HON

    There's no magic bullet in the foreseeable future for the treatment of people infected by Ebola, infectious-disease experts say. No one knows if any of the experimental drugs used during the ongoing Ebola epidemic actually work.


  20. Standard Treatment for Underactive Thyroid Gland Still Best: ExpertsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 2, 2014 | HON

    An expert panel reviewing treatments for hypothyroidism has concluded that the drug levothyroxine should remain the standard of care. For instance, thyroid hormones control how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats.


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