Jan 05

Colic can be one of the most frustrating things for a parent. Experts arent entirely certain what it is that causes colic, and there is no guaranteed cure for colic. In fact, it is thought that colic may actually be caused by different things for different babies. There are, however, some ways that you can ease your babys colic. Recognizing that your baby has colic is the very first step in trying to help your baby with colic, and to reduce the frequency and duration of crying that your baby will experience.

Colic is defined as crying for three or more hours, three or more days each week. The most obvious way, then, to know that your baby has colic is if he or she is crying that long and that frequently.

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Jan 03

An influential government panel’s recommendation that healthy guys not get tested for prostate cancer — because that knowledge can do more harm than good — leaves some male patients and their doctors in a rather uncomfortable situation.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel, a kind of Supreme Court for judging what works in medicine and what doesn’t, is expected to issue a report on Tuesday recommending against routine screening with the so-called PSA blood test, suggesting that there is moderate to high certainty that harm from the test outweighs the benefits, largely because of a high rate of false positives.

For nearly a decade, medicine has been debating the value of the PSA test. I

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Jan 01

National Jewish Health researchers and their colleagues in the COPDGene research consortium report that a computerized form of radiology, known as quantitative CT, can offer valuable prognostic information for patients and doctors beyond the standard breathing tests most commonly used to evaluate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Our findings indicate that quantitative CT scans can help identify patients at greater risk for damaging exacerbations of their disease, said James D. Crapo, MD, Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health and co-author of the paper that appeared in the October 2011 issue of Radiology .

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Dec 31

Depressed middle-aged and older women are at significantly increased risk of stroke according to a new study published today in the journal Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Depressed women who were taking popular antidepressants in the SSRI class of drugs such as Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac were most at risk. Researchers are uncertain about the correlation.

Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston cautiously stated that there is something about being depressed that puts one at risk for stroke, but exactly what that is is difficult to determine. That’s because correlation does not mean causation. T

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Tags: Increased Risk , Stroke