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Health News Archive - April 25, 2012

A University of Michigan Health System study examined who’s having outpatient surgery in the U.S. today, and showed 1 in 84 highest-risk patients suffers a dangerous blood clot after surgery.

A new study has found huge variations in what ophthalmologists charge for a device used in one of the most common surgeries in Ontario.

Funding cuts for malaria control are the single most common reason for the resurgence of the deadly disease.

Teens Drinking Hand Sanitizer To Get Drunk

Teens are drinking hand sanitizer in order to get drunk, and these teens aren’t just taking it straight -- they’ve concocted a way to get the alcohol from the sanitizer, increasing the effect from the dangerous cocktail.

Can Botox Cure Migraines?

Botox may be useful for more than tightening up lose skin and wrinkles. A new study shows the main ingredient in Botox could offer some relief to those with chronic migraines. Those with less-frequent headaches, however, might not see the same benefit.

Coronary artery disease continues to be a major cause of death in the U.S., killing hundreds of thousands of people per year.

Doctor Claims He Has Discovered The G-Spot

Like the search for the Loch Ness Monster or sightings of UFOs, the search for the elusive G-Spot has eluded researchers ever since it was first described and named in 1950 by Ernst Grafenberg, a German gynecologist.

Pregnant women whose waters break late in preterm pregnancy but before they are in labor—the medical term for this situation is preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes—are best managed by monitoring and waiting until they deliver spontaneously rather than by inducing labor.

Although there has been a steady increase in medical research from low- and middle- income countries in recent decades, there are still many countries that lack anything resembling a health research strategy.

"Journals, professional associations, clinical guideline developers, and others need to worry not just that disclosure provides a band-aid to the real problem of the [conflict of interest] itself, but that any attempt to stem the trouble through disclosure policies may actually be worsening the problem," say the editors of PLoS Medicine writing in an editorial that discusses the response to a paper published in the Journal last month, which examined the financial conflicts of interest of members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) responsible for updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.