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Parkinson's disease progression can be slowed with vigorous exercise, study shows

His friends noticed the tremor before he did. It started in his left hand, Geoffrey Rogers said, but before long the trembling affected his right too. The cause, doctors found, was Parkinson’s disease. At Rush University Medical Center, where Rogers, then 64, received a second opinion, the father...

Transgender patients need better doctors

Go back to California, the physician at a minor emergency center in a suburb of Tulsa told me. The words were flung - practically vomited - at me. I had gone to the center, a relatively new building that was beautifully decorated, on a Sunday morning in 2010 in terrible pain because of complications...

Could balding signal heart trouble for men?

Preliminary research hints — but cannot prove — that men who lose their hair relatively early in life might be at heightened heart risk. The study involved about 2,000 Indian men under 40 years of age. The researchers said that men who went prematurely gray and experienced male-pattern baldness...

The solar eclipse burned a crescent wound on a woman's retina

Like so many others, 26-year-old Nia Payne wanted to view of August's historic solar eclipse but didn't have a pair of protective glasses. She walked outside on Staten Island and glanced at the sun - 70 percent was covered - for about six seconds before deciding she needed eye protection. She borrowed...

Tips for avoiding workout injuries

Those fitness resolutions will do you no good if they lead you to visit the likes of Hooman Melamed. As an orthopedic spine surgeon, Melamed sees the downside of efforts to get strong and fit. Exercising the wrong way can put a person out of commission for a long time, he says. One recent morning,...

Keep seasonal sickness at bay with these foods that boost immunity

My daughter is in the midst of three surgeries that will span five months. She seems much less anxious than I, but children often remain carefree while their parents worry. Before her first surgery, I wanted to make sure she was prepared emotionally and physically. There is only so much you can...

Hormone birth control linked to small risk of breast cancer

Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast cancer, especially with long-term use. Researchers found a similar breast cancer risk...

Flu vaccine may be only 10 percent effective this year, experts say

This year’s flu season may be rougher than usual, as early reports show the vaccine is only about 10 percent effective. The vaccine may have been mismatched for the strains that are spreading this year, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This year’s vaccine...

Small changes could keep seniors driving longer

Older drivers can easily make their cars safer — but few do, a new study finds. Pedal extensions, for example, help create a safe distance from the steering wheel/airbag and maximize visibility, safety experts say. Seat cushions improve sight line and may reduce back and hip pain, while steering...

Intense workouts may boost memory

Pump up your workouts, pump up your memory, new research suggests. The study of 95 healthy young adults showed that six weeks of 20-minute bouts of interval training — high-intensity exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods — led to significant improvements in what's called high-interference...

Be wary about online sites that review physicians

Q: Can I trust online review sites to find the doctor I need? A: That's a great question, and one that I've been thinking about lately. Are doctor reviews as useful as reviews of other consumer services? After all, I frequently turn to Yelp or similar sites to find a contractor, a new gardener...

Despite Obamacare cost protections, most teens skip regular checkups

As children move through adolescence, some face health hurdles like obesity, sexually transmitted infections, depression and drug abuse. Regular checkups could help families address such problems, and the Affordable Care Act paved the way by requiring insurers to fully cover well-child visits,...

When a Flywheel addict tries SoulCycle. So what's the verdict?

There are 30 seconds left in class, and a rush of adrenaline overtakes my entire body. I forget my problems, responsibilities, and insecurities. I focus on me. You have no limits — I repeat this to myself every time. I see my name jumping on the Torqboard (a competitive meter that tracks who has...

First baby from a uterus transplant born in the U.S.

The first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States has occurred in Texas, a milestone for the U.S. but one achieved several years ago in Sweden. A woman who had been born without a uterus gave birth to the baby at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Hospital spokesman...

Doctors still grapple with how to treat depression

Depression afflicts an estimated 16 million Americans every year, many of whom go to their doctors in despair, embarking on an often stressful process about what to do next. These visits may entail filling out forms with screening questions about symptoms such as mood changes and difficulty sleeping....

Sniffing out the best allergy treatment

Seasonal allergies make life miserable for millions of Americans. So, in a bid to ease some of that discomfort, experts from two leading groups of allergists created a task force that has just issued new practice guidelines on the best ways to quell those bothersome symptoms. The consensus? For...

Hand-poked body art is going mainstream, worrying health experts

About this time last year Madie Ley did something daring. Or foolish depending on whom you ask. She lay on a couch while a friend gently stuck a sewing needle dipped in ink into her arm. Over and over, the friend poked the needle into her skin until, at last, six small but meaningful letters appeared:...

Got food allergies? Add milk to the worries for your meal

Since her son Matt was an infant, Lynda Mitchell knew he had a milk allergy. She controlled the symptoms by switching his baby formula. But when he was 1, Halloween proved horrifying. While trick-or-treating in a pumpkin costume, Matt grabbed a chocolate bar and bit through the wrapper. Although...

Device helps cancer patients keep their hair, dignity

The doctor warned breast cancer patient Joelle Smith that her hair would fall out on Day 14 of chemotherapy treatment in 2002. The prediction came true two weeks later when her hair started coming out in chunks while she washed it in the shower, so her husband helped her shave her head. "I just...

New migraine drugs show promise

Two new migraine drugs have shown promise in late-stage clinical trials. The drugs were designed specifically to target a pathway believed to be important in these headaches. In stage 3 clinical trials, the drugs were found to work exceptionally well for some people, but not as well for others....

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