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Pediatricians Have Role in Supporting Transgender Youth

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 — In an American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement published online Sept. 17 in Pediatrics, recommendations are presented to ensure comprehensive care and support for youth who identify as transgender and gender diverse (TGD). Jason Rafferty, M.D., M.P.H., from Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I., and colleagues reviewed relevant concepts and […]

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Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 — Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The benefit remained “even after considering other important […]

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Six-year-old becomes first in Mali to have open heart surgery

A six-year-old girl became Mali’s first open heart surgery patient on Monday, after a successful procedure performed by a team of Malian and French surgeons that was a first for the African nation. Fanta Diarra, who was diagnosed with a heart condition when she was just a baby, underwent the operation in what medics hope […]

Health Problems

Southwest passengers may have been exposed to measles

(HealthDay)—Passengers and crew on four Southwest Airlines flights within Texas in late August are being notified that they may have been exposed to measles. Officials said a passenger who took the four flights over two days was later diagnosed with measles, USA Today reported. The flights were: Tuesday Aug. 21, Flight 5 from Dallas Love […]

Personal Health

I have had this mole-like thing on my chest for almost a year now. I thought it used to be a pimple that I popped, but instead of disappearing it became this big soft fatty bump on my chest which makes me look like I have 3 nipples! Is this a bad sign? Do I need to see my doctor?

Anytime you have a skin problem that doesn’t go away, you should make an appointment with your health care provider. Small lumps or cysts (fluid filled sacs under the skin) are common and most of the time aren’t dangerous. They can sometimes get infected and in very rare cases they can be something serious. It […]

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Children born through IVF may have higher risk of hypertension

Children conceived through assisted reproductive technologies may be at an increased risk of developing arterial hypertension early in life, among other cardiovascular complications, according to a Swiss study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Developed in 1978, assisted reproductive technologies (ART) has helped millions of individuals and families who cannot […]

Health Problems

I have had a heart attack. Do I need open heart surgery or a stent?

New advice on the choice between open heart surgery and inserting a stent via a catheter after a heart attack is launched today. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) Guidelines on myocardial revascularization are published online in European Heart Journal. Coronary artery disease, also called ischaemic heart disease, […]

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Do you have decision fatigue?

When Jessica’s boyfriend proposed, the 31-year-old didn’t need time to mull over her answer. While that decision was a cinch, she has struggled to make any decisions about the wedding. “I think, ‘Oh god, I can’t do that. What if this happens?’ Or, ‘This happened to my friend, what if it happens to me?’” Are […]

Personal Health

Evolutionary changes in the human brain may have led to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

The same aspects of relatively recent evolutionary changes that make us prone to bad backs and impacted third molars may have generated long, noncoding stretches of DNA that predispose individuals to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other neuropsychiatric diseases. A study publishing August 9 in the American Journal of Human Genetics identifies an unusually lengthy array […]