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Today's Top Medical Stories for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A study looks at the dangers of playing Lacrosse. And new research points at a gender gap after heart attacks.
A new study finds women have a tougher time recovering from heart attacks than men do. Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine focused on younger patients, between the ages of 30 and 54. They found that women have longer hospital stays than men.. and women are more likely to die in the hospital after a heart attack. The study suggests that younger women may benefit from more aggressive control of high blood pressure, obesity and smoking.

Patients with advanced cancer may benefit from treatments that not only control their symptoms, but also provide exercise and nutritional counseling. Programs for =early= stage cancer usually do include those services - now researchers in Canada are suggesting a similar approach for more advanced cases. The study finds that diet and exercise can improve patients' fatigue and physical endurance, as well as mood and quality of life.

Lacrosse is becoming more popular in high schools, but it's also leading to more injuries. Researchers say more than 170-thousand students now play the sport. Over a four year period, those athletes experienced about 1400 injuries. 22-percent of them were concussions. A study in The American Journal of Sports Medicine calls on high schools to strictly enforce rules on the field to try to limit injuries.


(Craig Boswell, CBS News)


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