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March 2013 Archives

Study: Single Concussion May Cause Long-Term Brain Injury

Thebraininjury.JPG medical community knows that concussions aren't good for the brain, but there has been disagreement about whether an isolated concussion can cause long-lasting brain damage. The answer is yes, according to researchers from the New York University Longone School of Medicine. The medical study found that patients' brains still displayed significant damage one year after enduring a single concussion.

Unnecessary Intrusion? Colonoscopies Bring Risks To Seniors

People will find any excuse to avoid their doctor-recommended colonoscopy, but some elderly patients are making the right choice when they refuse one.overtreatment.JPG A new study by JAMA Internal Medicine found that 24 percent of colonoscopies are unnecessary, and the side effects may extend far beyond discomfort.

Study Links BPA Ingestion During Pregnancy To Childhood Asthma

asthma.JPGIt seems like pregnant mothers must avoid half of the foods or beverages they normally enjoy. A new study from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology recommends adding another chemical to that list because it could make the difference in a healthy childhood.

MRSA Thrives In Hospitals And Nursing Homes During February, March

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a deadly form of bacteria Thumbnail image for MRSA.JPGthat infects approximately 90,000 Americans each year, killing about 20,000 of them. Hospitals and nursing homes commonly harbor MRSA, exposing countless people to the deadly "superbug." Unfortunately, we're currently at the seasonal peak of MRSA infections affecting those age 65 and older.

Pediatric Stroke Victims Often Harmed By Delayed Diagnosis

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for pediatrician.JPGStrokes are a top-10 cause of death for children in the U.S., and approximately 3,000 children will suffer a stroke during 2013. The threat is substantial, but most children don't receive appropriate medical treatment in the critical minutes and hours after their stroke.