PTSD May Raise Odds for Irregular Heartbeat

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For reasons that aren’t yet clear, people who battle PTSD may also be at heightened risk for the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, researchers report. It’s the first time a connection has been made between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and “A-fib,” which typically arises with age and…

A Bone Drug That Treats Baldness?

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A drug intended as a treatment for osteoporosis may help treat hair loss, researchers say. “The fact this new agent, which had never even been considered in a hair loss context, promotes human hair growth is exciting because of its translational potential: It could one day make a…

More Americans DOA From Gun, Knife Wounds

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Victims of gunshots or stabbings are much more likely to die before arriving at U.S. trauma centers than 10 years ago. This suggests the intensity of violence is increasing, a new study contends. “The data we found suggest that a greater proportion of patients injured by penetrating trauma…

Non-Opioids Often Underused After Back Surgery

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Spine and joint surgery patients aren’t taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say. Instead, many are given opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Vicodin). These highly addictive narcotics are potentially deadly when abused. The United States is currently grappling…