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Liz Seegert

Digital Journalist based in Little Neck, NY, United States. Joined on Mar 20, 2012

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Op-Ed: Do seniors need mandatory road tests?

When do you become "too old" to drive? Is this a decision best left up to individuals, or are mandatory road tests necessary to keep everyone safe?

More Americans insured in 2011

Washington - Some 3.6 million more Americans had health insurance in 2011 than in the previous year, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau.

High stress jobs linked to higher risk of heart attacks in women

Women with high stress jobs have a 67 percent greater cardiovascular risk than women in lower-stress jobs, according to a just-released study in the journal PLOS One.

Obesity linked to more major health problems

Obesity continues to be a major health challenge in the United States. It was a hot news topic over the past several days – with several new studies linking it to additional health complications.

U.S. task force says routine prostate screenings not needed

Routine prostate cancer screening should be halted for most men, according to a new recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a key government advisory panel.

Coca-Cola ingredient alarming some health experts

Washington - Can drinking Coca-Cola cause cancer? The state of California thinks one of the ingredients in the secret formula poses a risk.

Teen birth rates in U.S. at all-time low

Washington - Here's some good news about teen pregnancy: the teen birth rate in the United States dropped a record nine percent between 2009 and 2010.

Another mammography study, another controversy

Philadelphia - It seems as if every new study on mammography or breast cancer screening guidelines fuels yet another controversy about the right approach to this process for many women.

Brain freeze effect may hold clue to migraines

San Diego - Brain freeze. If you have ever experienced that sudden rush of cold and sharp headache when eating ice cream, or a frozen slush, you know the feeling. Now researchers think they know why.

Antidote to cocaine overdose developed

La Jolla - In what could be a major breakthrough in treating cocaine addiction, investigators at the Scripps Research Institute have developed an injectable solution that can protect mice from an otherwise lethal overdose of cocaine.

Manufacturer recalls tons of raw tuna in U.S.

The manufacturer of raw yellow-fin tuna frequently used for sushi, sashimi, ceviche and other dishes, is recalling nearly 59,000 pounds of the product because of possible salmonella contamination.

Sleep apnea: few treatment options for a serious condition Special

Some sleep apnea suffers may finally have an alternative to the bulky machines many use nightly to treat their condition. Provent Therapy has recently gained popularity as an effective, less obtrusive, and more comfortable option for some.

New analysis shows life-saving benefit of lung cancer scans Special

A non-invasive process that makes 3D pictures of the lungs could reduce lung cancer deaths by 35 percent for relatively low cost per life saved.

Scientists discover new genes linked to childhood obesity

In the largest study of its kind to date, an international team of researchers has identified two new gene adaptations that increase the risk of common childhood obesity.

Screening mammography over-used, leads to unnecessary surgery

Oslo - Researchers in Norway say that 15 to 25 percent - or about one in four - cases of breast cancer found through routine screening mammography is over diagnosed and would never have posed a health risk for the women had they never been found.

Getting seniors wired costs little, has big ROI Special 

How can seniors become more empowered citizens? The answer is simple, according to Max Rothman, JD, LLM, President and CEO of the Alliance for Aging in Miami, FL.

Surgery-therapy combo more effective for obese diabetic patients

A study published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) shows that bariatric surgery together with medical therapy cut a patient’s blood glucose levels more than medical therapy alone in obese patients who also have type 2 diabetes.

Op-Ed: US health law turns two

It’s been two years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law. It is one of the most controversial achievements of the Obama administration.

Aspirin may help reduce some cancer risks

Oxford - Aspirin, that old medicine cabinet standby, may just be the right tool to prevent and treat some forms of cancer, say British researchers.
 

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