People Tend to Overestimate Pain From Surgery

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Many patients overestimate the amount of pain they’ll experience after surgery, resulting in needless anxiety, a new study reports. “We believe providers need to do a better job of counseling patients on realistic pain expectations,” said study co-author Dr. Jaime Baratta, director of regional anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson…

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What Drives Teen School Shooters

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A teenage school shooter may be attempting to prove his masculinity. So says an Oregon researcher who analyzed the traits shared by 31 boys involved in 29 mass shootings at U.S. schools. The attacks occurred between 1995 and 2015, and the killers ranged in age from 11 to…

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New Finding Hints at Clue to Dementia

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Inflammation in middle age may increase the risk for brain shrinkage and dementia in old age, a new study suggests. The researchers tested more than 1,600 people for five “biomarkers” of inflammation in their blood when they were, on average, 53 years old. About 24 years later, the…

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Coffee May Be Kind to Your Kidneys

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Can caffeine help people with chronic kidney disease live longer? That’s the suggestion of a new study that found that among more than 2,300 Americans with chronic kidney disease, those who drank the most caffeinated drinks reduced their risk of premature death by 24 percent. “Our study showed…

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