Smokers Have Higher Surgical Costs, More Complications: Study

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FRIDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who have elective surgery have much higher hospital costs than nonsmokers, a new study finds. Postsurgical respiratory complications are a major reason for these increased costs among smokers, according to lead author Dr. Aparna Kamath, a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at the
Last Updated on Monday, 04 June 2012 09:56 Read more...

Many Americans Taking Too Much Acetaminophen

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FRIDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. adults are at risk for overdosing on over-the-counter pain relievers containing acetaminophen, according to a new study. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the most commonly used over-the-counter pain medication in the United States, and acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of acute liver failure, according
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 June 2012 13:03 Read more...

Fewer Stillbirths Among Pregnant Women Vaccinated Against Flu

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FRIDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who received a flu shot to protect them against the H1N1 swine flu virus had a significantly reduced risk of stillbirth, preterm birth and of having a baby small for gestational age, according to a new study.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 May 2012 10:58 Read more...

Babies' Vulnerability to Colds Tied to Immune Response at Birth

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THURSDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- The immune response babies are born with affects their risk for colds in the first year of life, a new study finds.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 May 2012 08:12 Read more...

Germs Lurk in Office Kitchens, Break Rooms

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WEDNESDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- Office kitchens and break rooms are germ "hotspots," and sink and microwave handles in these areas are the dirtiest surfaces touched by office workers on a daily basis, according to a new study.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:49 Read more...

Spider-Phobes May Get Quick Relief

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TUESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of spiders, a type of anxiety disorder, may be treatable in a single therapy session, according to a small new study.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:23 Read more...

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