Sunday, May 06, 2012

Top Medical News: Can Email Kill You? Fertility Birth Defects, Breast Cancer Treatment, & More

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1. Taking E-Mail Vacations Can Reduce Stress, Study Says: You probably don’t need a doctor or scientist to tell you this, but your e-mail could be killing you.

2. Fertility treatment babies prone to 'serious defects': Children conceived with the aid of fertility treatments are more likely to be born with serious physical defects, according an Australian study published on Saturday.

3. Asthma an Often Unrecognized Risk for Older People: Study Shows That Older Adults With Asthma Often Face Serious Health Risks

4. Swaddling Infants Too Tightly May Cause Hip Problems: When swaddling an infant, make sure to leave the blankets loose enough to allow leg and hip movement, experts say.

5. Sports & Energy Drinks Damage Teeth: Sports drinks hit the wire today with a red light that their level of acidity is increasingly responsible for irreversible damage to teeth, especially amongst adolescents and younger adults, their predominant target market.

6. Recalled dog food tied to salmonella outbreak: At least 14 people in nine states have been sickened by a rare strain of salmonella linked to contaminated dry dog food, government health officials reported.

7. Squirrel tests positive for plague at California campsite: A ground squirrel trapped at a popular campground in southern California has tested positive for plague. 

8. Radiofrequency ablation during breast cancer surgery can provide effective alternative to XRT: Radiofrequency ablation of the lumpectomy site during breast cancer surgery can provide an effective alternative to post-operative external radiation therapy (XRT) and reduce repeat surgeries to achieve clear tumor margins, according to one of the first published long-term studies to examine this new treatment protocol.

9. Early Noninvasive Paternity Test Based on SNPs Is Accurate: A new test, based on single-nucleotide polymorphisms, that only requires a maternal blood sample can correctly identify paternity as early as 8 weeks' gestation, according to a letter published in the May 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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