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Study: PTSD signals longer-term health problems
January 3rd, 2011
04:35 PM ET

Study: PTSD signals longer-term health problems

U. S. soldiers who experienced post-traumatic stress disorder  during combat in Iraq were more likely to experience longer-term health problems including depression, headaches, tinnitis, irritability and memory problems compared with soldiers who experienced only concussions without PTSD. The study concludes that screening for PTSD among troops is critical for identifying and treating long-term health problems. The findings are published in the JAMA Archives of General Psychiatry.

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Depression + diabetes = higher heart risks for women
January 3rd, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Depression + diabetes = higher heart risks for women

Women who suffer from both depression and diabetes have a increased risk of dying from heart disease, as well as having a higher chance of dying over a six-year period, according to a new study out this week.

Researchers who published the data in the Archives of General Psychiatry looked at more than 78,000 women between the ages of 54 and 79 who were participating in the famous Nurse's Health Study.

Take a test to see how well you're managing your diabetes

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When should a kid's tonsils come out?
January 3rd, 2011
12:21 PM ET

When should a kid's tonsils come out?

For many children, getting their tonsils out is a part of growing up.  But simply watching and waiting may be best for most kids under 18 who have fewer than seven throat infections in one year, according to the first national guidelines released by the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO). However, the guidelines point out that tonsillectomy can reduce the number of infections in children who have them more often.

"Over half a million tonsillectomies are done every year in the United States," said Dr. Richard M. Rosenfeld, the guideline's author, in a statement. "The tonsillectomy guideline will empower doctors and parents to make the best decisions, resulting in safer surgery and improved quality of life for children who suffer from large or infected tonsils." FULL POST


January 3rd, 2011
09:19 AM ET

Is it OK to have a VBAC?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it's pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

Question asked by Anne of Gainesville, Florida:

I'm pregnant with my third baby and am due next month. I had C-sections with the first two babies but would like to try having the baby naturally this time. People have told me that this is not safe, but I found an obstetrician who is willing to do a VBAC. What's the latest information on having a vaginal delivery after having a C-section?

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Despite claiming abstinence, young adults test positive for STDs
January 3rd, 2011
08:47 AM ET

Despite claiming abstinence, young adults test positive for STDs

A new report about the sex habits of young adults has turned up a worrisome discrepancy.

Researchers tested 14,000 young men and women for the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. Among those who had an STD, 10% claimed in a large national survey that they abstained from sex.

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