Are Women Surgeons Better Than Men?

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The gender of a surgeon appears to have little to do with the outcome of an operation. A Canadian study found that patients operated on by women had no more complications or problems after surgery than did patients whose surgeons were men. “Our findings have important implications for…

Stress Can Blind You to Danger

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — In a finding that challenges the belief that stress heightens your ability to spot danger, researchers report it did the opposite in lab experiments. “Stress does not always increase perceptions of danger in the environment, as is often assumed,” said lead study author Candace Raio. She is a…

Be ‘Mindful’ of the Hype

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — “Mindfulness” is touted as a cure-all for many modern ills, from stress and pain to depression. But little to no scientific evidence backs up most of the health claims surrounding the practice, said Willoughby Britton, director of Brown University’s clinical and affective neuroscience laboratory. There’s not even an…

Bumpier Skies Ahead, Thanks to Climate Change

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Airplane passengers around the world could be in for a bumpier ride because of climate change, new research suggests. By mid-century, the likelihood of severe air turbulence along popular international flight routes will probably multiply, British scientists say. “Air turbulence is increasing across the globe, in all seasons,…

Pump May Beat Shots for Type 1 Diabetes

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — In young people with type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy may offer better blood sugar control and fewer complications than daily injections of the vital hormone, new German research suggests. “Insulin pumps work, and they work even somewhat better than multiple daily injections overall,” said Dr. Robert Rapaport,…

Homing In on Homework Help

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — It can be the most dreaded task of the day for parents and kids alike. Homework. But sticking to a schedule and helping your child — not doing it yourself — can lead to a truce in the battle over this age-old rite of passage. First, don’t dive…