Can Video Games Hone ER Docs’ Skills?

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Emergency room doctors must think fast — and video games might help boost their decision-making, new research suggests. A study led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found an adventure video game improved ER doctors’ ability to assess the level of care needed by trauma patients.…

Friday Is the Deadline for Obamacare 2018

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — This coming Friday marks the end of the shortened sign-up period for most Americans to buy health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) marketplace. Dec. 15 is the last enrollment day for people living in 39 states served by the HealthCare.gov website. At the site, people…

Protecting Your Health From Wildfire Smoke

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Fire and smoke from the wildfires raging in Southern California aren’t just destroying homes and lives, they’re a serious health risk, as well. The smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and can cause coughing, wheezing or breathing problems, according to the American Thoracic Society. The…

Will ‘AI’ Be Part of Your Health-Care Team?

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Artificial intelligence is assuming a greater role in many walks of life, with research suggesting it may even help doctors diagnose disease. One new study suggests artificial intelligence (AI) might someday detect breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes. Researchers found that several computer algorithms outperformed…

Dinosaurs Dealt With Pesky Ticks, Too

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Dinosaurs probably didn’t do “tick checks,” but even they had to put up with the blood-sucking critters, a piece of fossilized amber reveals. Researchers say they’ve found a 100-million-year-old piece of Burmese amber that contained an extinct type of tick grasping a dinosaur feather. It’s the first direct…

Tech at Bedtime May Mean Heavier Kids

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Kids and their smartphones aren’t easily parted, but if you want your children to get a good night’s sleep and to stay at a healthy weight, limiting bedtime screen time appears key, new research suggests. Parent surveys revealed that using a smartphone or watching TV at bedtime was…

Postmenopausal Women Should Still Steer Clear of HRT: Task Force

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Yet again, the nation’s leading authority on preventive medicine says postmenopausal women should avoid hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is standing by its original recommendation that women who have already gone through menopause should avoid using female hormones to guard against osteoporosis or…

Get Active, Beat Lymphoma?

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Physical activity appears to help people with lymphoma survive their disease. That finding comes from a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers of nearly 4,100 people with lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the white blood cells that normally help fight infection. “As physicians, we recommend physical activity…