WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Gender-affirming breast removal (mastectomy) can greatly enhance a patients’ mental well-being, a new study finds. Gender-affirming mastectomy is the most common type of gender-confirming surgery, but there’s “not a lot of information out there about how exactly these types of surgeries help people,”Continue Reading

TUESDAY, Oct. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Affordable over-the-counter hearing aids could soon bring relief to millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss, under a landmark proposal announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The proposal would create a category of hearing aids that could be sold directlyContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Oct. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Many female family doctors face sexual harassment, but most remain satisfied with their careers, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 315 women physicians in family practices from 49 countries and found that 75% said they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their workContinue Reading

MONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 could now face thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket medical costs, according to a new report. In 2020, most health insurance companies waived co-pays, deductibles and other cost-sharing for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, but many stopped doing that early this year,Continue Reading

MONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Pop singer Britney Spears was at the height of her fame in 2008 when, through a series of arcane legal maneuverings, her father gained conservatorship over her and took control of her personal and financial affairs. Spears’ plight and the #FreeBritney movement hasContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The National Health Service Corps will receive $100 million to help tackle the U.S. health care worker shortage, the White House announced Thursday. That’s a five-fold increase in funding from previous years for a program that helps find primary care doctors for communitiesContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Days in the saddle can be risky, with horseback riding a potentially deadly activity, according to a new study. “Hospital admission risk from horseback riding is higher than football, auto and motorcycle racing, and skiing,” the study authors noted. Chest injuries are mostContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The coronavirus pandemic forced a significant shift to telemedicine treatment for addiction, but it’s not clear whether that approach is better than in-person care, a new study finds. Before the pandemic, addiction treatment services in the United States had many restrictions on telemedicineContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Private insurers paid out about $156.2 billion in 2018 for U.S. patients with the 15 most common cancers. Medication was the largest expense and drugs for breast, lung, lymphoma and colon cancers accounted for the largest chunk of those costs, according to aContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Just over a decade ago, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) made many common cancer screenings free. But a pair of new studies caution that when those free tests turn up signs of trouble, important follow-up tests may beContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News)– Physical abuse of school-aged kids tripled during the early months of the pandemic when widespread stay-at-home orders were in effect, a new study finds. Exactly what triggered the surge is not fully understood, but other studies have also reported similar upticks in child abuse.Continue Reading

FRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Accidental burns among U.S. children rose by one-third during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. “COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders inevitably created a new dynamic between children and their social environment. One result was the increased risk ofContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Oct. 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A shift in thinking means it’s OK to skip your monthly breast self-exam — but don’t miss your regular professional checkup and diagnostic imaging, health experts say. A periodic visual check in a mirror can be helpful, breast health experts from the Cedars-SinaiContinue Reading