Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Kate Middleton Goes Into Labor
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is in labor, according
to Kensington Palace.
She was accompanied by her husband Prince William and travelled
by car from the palace to St. Mary's hospital in west London. The
couple do not know the sex of their child, who will be third in
line to the throne,
Royal vehicles were parked at the back entrance of the hospital
at about 0:600 British Standard Time and the announcement that the
Duchess was in labor was made by Kensington Palace about an
"Things are progressing as normal", a spokesman said. It's expected that the next official announcement will be that of the birth, BBC Newsreported.
Persistent Erections Send 10,000 Men to ERs Each Year: Study
Unusually long-lasting and painful erections send about 10,000
men to U.S. emergency departments each year, according to a new
Researchers analyzed national data for the years 2006-2009 and
found that this problem, called priapism, accounted for 8.5 out of
every 100,000 ER visits during that time or a total of about 40,000
Erectile dysfunction drugs carry warnings about the risk of
priapism, but the data did not specify whether the drugs or other
causes triggered the cases of priapism seen in the ERs, said study
author Daniel Stein, a urology resident at Northwestern
University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
The study was published in the
Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Treatments for priapism include injecting a drug such as
epinephrine to constrict blood vessels, or sticking a needle into
the side of the penis and injecting and withdrawing saline
Study Examines Whether Cold Cap Prevents Hair Loss During
A new U.S. study will examine whether having cancer patients
wear cold caps during chemotherapy prevents hair loss.
A cold cap keeps the scalp numb during chemotherapy. The goal is
to reduce blood flow in the scalp, making it harder for
chemotherapy drugs to reach and harm hair follicles, the
Cold caps are used in Europe and Canada but are not approved for
use in the United States. One concern is that the caps might
prevent chemotherapy drugs from reaching stray cancer cells that
may be in the scalp.
This study of 110 early-stage breast cancer patients will assess
the effectiveness of a product called DigniCap. The insulated cap
is attached to a cooling machine and keeps a patient's scalp at 41
degrees F during chemotherapy, the
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