Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check
Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being in good shape seems to reduce your risk of high blood pressure, researchers report. They looked at data from more than 57,000 Americans, including more than 35,000 with high blood pressure, who underwent treadmill tests between 1991 and 2009. Those in the poorest shape had a more than 70 percent chance of having high blood pressure at the start of the study, compared to a 50 percent chance for those with high level...
Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Study Shows
Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain inflammation, triggered by an overactive immune system, is common among people with autism, a new study finds. However, this inflammation does not cause the developmental disorder. Rather, it's a response to the different factors that can trigger autism, the researchers stressed. Their findings are based on autopsies performed on 72 brains of people with and without autism. In the brains of those who ...
Boost in Docs' Incomes Comes From More Procedures, Not More Patients
Boost in Docs' Incomes Comes From More Procedures, Not More Patients TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High-income doctors make more money by ordering more procedures for each patient rather than by seeing more patients, which may not be the best thing for patients, a new study suggests. The findings from the analysis of 2012 Medicare data were "very surprising," according to the authors of the research letter published Dec. 8 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine . "Medicare spending is the big...
BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure: Study
BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure: Study MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating food from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could raise your blood pressure, a new study suggests. BPA previously has been linked to a variety of ills, including heart problems, developmental problems in children and high blood pressure. The chemical is widely used in products ranging from plastic bottles and food containers to dental fillings and cash register receipts. In cans, BPA is ...
Breast Cancer Screening Less Likely Among Mentally Ill: Study
Breast Cancer Screening Less Likely Among Mentally Ill: Study THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a mental illness appear to be less likely to be screened for breast cancer, a new study suggests. "In this study we found that mental ill health was linked with 45,000 missed screens, which potentially could account for 90 avoidable deaths [a year] in the United Kingdom alone," study leader Dr. Alex Mitchell, a consultant psychiatrist in the department of cancer studies at the University o...
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Future Stroke Risk
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Future Stroke Risk THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans taken shortly after a mild stroke can help identify patients at risk of suffering another stroke within three months, a new study suggests. The study included more than 2,000 people who had CT scans of the brain within 24 hours of suffering a mild, non-disabling stroke or a transient ischemic attack, which are sometimes called "mini-strokes." Of those patients, 40 percent had brain damage due to a lack o...
Blincyto Approved for Rare Leukemia
Blincyto Approved for Rare Leukemia WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Blincyto (blinatumomab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat Philadelphia chromosome-negative precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare cancer of the bone marrow. The cancer occurs when the bone marrow makes too many B-cell lymphoblasts, a type of white blood cell. Some 6,000 Americans are projected to contract acute lymphoblastic leukemia this year, and more than 1,400 will die fro...
Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial
Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine designed to stop breast cancer in its tracks appeared to be safe in a preliminary trial. Fourteen women with breast cancer that had spread were injected with a vaccine that targets a specific protein, known as mammaglobin-A, that is found in high amounts in breast tumors. Although the study was small, the findings suggest that the vaccine may also boost a patient's immune response and hel...
Better Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes in Both Sexes, Study Finds
Better Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes in Both Sexes, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lifestyle changes and medicines are equally effective in preventing men and women with prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes, a new analysis finds. Previous research has shown that lifestyle changes, such as a healthier diet and regular exercise, and use of medicines to lower blood sugar levels can delay or prevent the onset of full-blown diabetes in people with prediabetes. However,...
Babies Still Sleeping With Soft Bedding Despite SIDS Risk: CDC
Babies Still Sleeping With Soft Bedding Despite SIDS Risk: CDC MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although soft bedding has been linked to an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), more than half of American parents continue to use such bedding for their sleeping babies, according to a new study. Use of soft bedding among parents declined sharply from 1993 through 2000, but has mostly leveled off since the early 2000s, the study found. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recomme...
Best to Be Honest About Your Relationship With Your Boss
Best to Be Honest About Your Relationship With Your Boss FRIDAY, Nov. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your job performance will be better if you and your boss have the same opinion about your relationship, even if it's a bad one, a new study finds. Researchers interviewed 280 employees and their bosses separately so that neither knew what the other said. The workers ranged from cashiers to senior managers in a number of industries, including automotive, retail and financial services. The researchers found ...
Brain Abnormality Spotted in Many SIDS Babies
Brain Abnormality Spotted in Many SIDS Babies TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A brain abnormality may be responsible for more than 40 percent of deaths from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a new study suggests. The abnormality is in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that influences breathing, heart rate and body temperature. This abnormality may disrupt the brain's control of breathing and heart rate during sleep or during brief waking that happens during the night, the researchers re...
Being the Boss Tied to Depression Risk for Women, But Not Men
Being the Boss Tied to Depression Risk for Women, But Not Men FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being the boss at work seems to raise the odds for symptoms of depression among women, but not men, a new study finds. "Women with job authority -- the ability to hire, fire, and influence pay -- have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this power," lead author Tetyana Pudrovska, an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, said i...
Blue-Eyed People May Face Higher Melanoma Risk
Blue-Eyed People May Face Higher Melanoma Risk WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that genes tied to blue eyes and red hair could put people at higher risk for moles or freckling in childhood, which are often precursors to the deadly skin cancer melanoma later in life. However, the finding in no way suggests that the risk can't be reduced by prudent avoidance of cancer-causing UV sunlight, especially in childhood, the researchers said. "We think if you can modify behavior...
Bedbugs Could Be Potential New Source of Tropical Disease in U.S.
Bedbugs Could Be Potential New Source of Tropical Disease in U.S. MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Until recently, insect-transmitted Chagas disease was found mainly in Latin America and South America, but it has made its way to the United States over the past few years. The potentially fatal illness is typically transmitted via the bite of the "kissing bug," which feeds on the faces of humans at night. And now a new study suggests that common bedbugs might be carriers as well. "We've shown tha...
Boston Marathon Bombing's Legacy of Hearing Damage
Boston Marathon Bombing's Legacy of Hearing Damage FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people suffered long-term ear and hearing problems after the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, a new study finds. The study included nearly 100 people who were treated for ear/hearing injuries after the two bomb blasts. All of them reported hearing loss or ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Seventy-nine of the patients had initial hearing tests that were available for review, and these tests revealed ...
B Vitamins May Not Boost Memory or Thinking, Study Suggests
B Vitamins May Not Boost Memory or Thinking, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin B12 or folic acid supplements may not reduce seniors' risk of memory loss, according to a new study. Past research hinted that taking vitamin B12 and folic acid might help protect memory and thinking skills, according to background information from the study. But follow-up trials have yielded less convincing findings. The current study included nearly 3,000 people. Their average age wa...
Big-Name Diets All Work for a While, Review Found
Big-Name Diets All Work for a While, Review Found TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are plenty of famous-name diets for weight loss, but none stands out from the pack when it comes to lasting results, a new review suggests. Looking at a dozen clinical trials, researchers found that three big-name diets -- Atkins, Weight Watchers and the Zone -- were all "modestly" effective over the course of a year. In studies that compared the plans head-to-head, people lost anywhere from 4 to 10 pounds...
Bed Position Matters for Stroke Patients, Report Shows
Bed Position Matters for Stroke Patients, Report Shows THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital bed positioning can be critical in the first 24 hours after a person suffers an ischemic stroke, according to a new report. Researchers summarized the latest research on ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, which occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain. The other type is a bleeding (hemorrhagic) stroke. "The period immediately following an acute ischemic stroke is a time of si...
Better Detection, Diagnosis Major Factors Behind Rise in Autism Cases: Study
Better Detection, Diagnosis Major Factors Behind Rise in Autism Cases: Study MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is largely the result of changes in how the condition is reported, Danish researchers contend. At least in Denmark, the researchers say, most of the increase -- 60 percent -- can be attributed to changes in diagnostic criteria and the inclusion of out-of-hospital diagnoses. These findings should pr...
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are clear differences in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and the brains of healthy people, new research indicates. Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine said their findings could help doctors diagnose this baffling condition and shed light on how it develops. People with chronic fatigue syndrome are often misdiagnosed or labeled as hypochondriacs. Using three types of b...
Brief Interruption of Blood Supply to Limb Might Aid Heart Surgery: Study
Brief Interruption of Blood Supply to Limb Might Aid Heart Surgery: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Interrupting blood supply to an arm or a leg before heart surgery may help reduce the risks associated with the surgery, according to a new study. "During heart surgery we have to stop the blood supply to the heart to be able to operate on it. After some time without fresh blood, the heart will reduce its ability to produce energy because it doesn't get oxygen. When we shut off the blood f...
Beware Claims That Activated Charcoal Can Cure Gut Troubles
Beware Claims That Activated Charcoal Can Cure Gut Troubles THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man who hoped to detoxify his body with a supplement known as activated charcoal may have instead triggered a case of the intestinal disorder known as colitis. Activated charcoal is a supplement that soaks up gases and odors, making it a common treatment for people with flatulence. It's also purported to be a treatment for colitis, according to a new report detailing the man's condition. While it's ...
Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men
Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Binge drinking among young adult men may lead to increased blood pressure, according to a new study. But binge drinking didn't cause a similar rise in blood pressure for young adult women or for teenagers, according to the study. In fact, when young adult women drank lightly or moderately, their risk of high blood pressure was cut in half, the study found. "This finding parallels studies in older adult men an...
Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatments, Study Says
Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatments, Study Says TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) are only about half as likely as white women to become pregnant using the popular assisted reproduction technique, new research indicates, and the racial disparity persists even when donor eggs are used. In the study, about 31 percent of white patients became pregnant after IVF, compared to about 17 percent of black patients. Analyzing more than 4,00...
Broccoli Compound Shows Promise for Autism Symptoms in Small Study
Broccoli Compound Shows Promise for Autism Symptoms in Small Study MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A compound extracted from broccoli sprouts may improve some social and behavioral problems that affect people with autism, a new study suggests. The study was short-term and small, including just over 40 teenage boys and young men with autism. And experts stressed that no one is saying broccoli -- or its extracts -- is a magic bullet. "This is just one study, and it's a preliminary study," said l...
Body May Change Bad Fat to Good After Exposure to Cold
Body May Change Bad Fat to Good After Exposure to Cold THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cold temperatures may prompt unhealthy white fat in the thighs and belly to turn into brown fat that burns calories for body heat, a new study says. But being obese appears to hinder this process, according to researchers. Most adult fat deposits are what's known as white fat, and it was once believed that only babies have brown fat, which appears to help keep them warm. Previous research suggested, however...
Bro Alert: Too Much Booze May Harm Your Sperm
Bro Alert: Too Much Booze May Harm Your Sperm THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more alcohol young men drink, the lower their sperm count and quality may be, new research suggests. "Many studies have shown that excessive alcohol intake is bad for general health, but few have shown impacts on reproductive health, except at very high levels," said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, an assistant professor of urology at Stanford University School of Medicine who was not involved with the study. "This provi...
Bupropion Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended release 12 hour [Depression/Mood Disorders]
Bupropion Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended release 12 hour [Depression/Mood Disorders] What is this medicine? BUPROPION (byoo PROE pee on) is used to treat depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. If you take this medicine more than onc...
Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (MRI Scan of the Breast) Click Image to Enlarge Procedure overview What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. How does an MRI work? The MRI machine is a large, cylindrical (tube-shaped) machine that creates a strong magnetic field around the patient. The magnetic field,...
Bone Marrow To learn more about the intricate process of bone marrow transplantation, it is important to first learn about the blood and its components. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding the anatomy of blood and bone marrow transplantation, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Blood and Blood Components Bone Marrow Transplantation
Breastfeeding Your Baby
Breastfeeding Your Baby Choosing how to feed your baby is an important decision that has lifelong effects for your baby and for you. What you have seen and learned about infant feeding from your family, friends, and teachers is likely to influence your attitude and perceptions. Whether you definitely plan to breastfeed or you are still uncertain, the research is pretty clear. Your milk is the best milk for your baby, and it is the ideal first food for your baby's first several months. Listed in the dire...
Breast Milk Expression
Breast Milk Expression Most mothers who plan to continue breastfeeding will need to express their breast milk during the work or school day if away from the baby for more than three or four hours. They also may want to obtain milk to store for feedings by the care provider. Continued, routine breast milk expression is important to maintain adequate milk production during the time spent away from your baby. Listed in the directory below is some information regarding breast milk expression, for which we h...
Breastfeeding and Returning To Work
Breastfeeding and Returning To Work For a mother who is breastfeeding and returning to work, special preparation is needed. Listed in the directory are some considerations to make as you return to work, for which we have provided a brief overview. Maternity Leave Your Workplace Childcare Introducing a Bottle Breast Milk Expression
Breast Milk Collection and Storage
Breast Milk Collection and Storage There are general guidelines for breast milk collection and storage for the healthy baby. They may be used when obtaining milk via a breast pump for occasional "relief" feedings or when collecting milk during regular separation from the baby, such as during work or school days. The mother obtaining milk for an occasional relief feeding may want to consider learning the simple skill of hand expression. Generally, it is as effective as using a breast pump -- some mothers...
Baby's Care After Birth
Baby's Care After Birth Learning to care for your baby is an exciting time, but it may come with many questions. Listed in the directory below is some information that will assist you in caring for your baby after birth. Baby's Care in the Delivery Room Baby's Care After a Vaginal Delivery Baby's Care After a Cesarean Delivery When a Baby Has Difficulty After Birth
Breastfeeding the High-Risk Newborn
Breastfeeding the High-Risk Newborn Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding breastfeeding a high-risk newborn, for which we have provided a brief overview. Breastfeeding Overview The Benefits of Mother's Own Milk Adding to Mother's Milk Milk Expression Milk Expression Techniques Milk Collection and Storage Delayed or Not Enough Milk Production Moving Toward Breastfeeding
Breast Health and Adolescents
Breast Health and Adolescents There are many changes that a young woman's body experiences during puberty - one change being the development of breasts. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding breast health, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anatomy of the Breasts Normal Breast Development Breast Conditions Breast Self-Examination
Behavior Disorders Behavior disorders (sometimes referred to as disruptive behavior disorders) are the most common reasons children are referred for mental health evaluations and treatment. Many types of behavioral disorders require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder Conduct Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Breast Health Breast development occurs in distinct stages throughout a woman's life, first before birth, and again at puberty and during the childbearing years. Changes also occur to the breasts during menstruation and when a woman reaches menopause. Listed in the directory below you will find some additional information regarding breast health, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anatomy of the Breasts Normal Breast Development Three-Step Plan for Preventive Care How to Perform a Breast Self-...
Bulimia Nervosa What is bulimia nervosa? Bulimia nervosa, usually referred to as bulimia, is defined as uncontrolled episodes of overeating (bingeing) and usually followed by purging (self-induced vomiting), misuse of laxatives, enemas, or medications that cause increased production of urine, fasting, or excessive exercise to control weight. Bingeing, in this situation, is defined as eating much larger amounts of food than would normally be consumed within a short period of time (usually less than two h...
Breast Cancer in Men
Breast Cancer in Men Statistics regarding men and breast cancer Breast cancer occurs not only in women but also in some men, because men have breast tissue as well. Breast cancer in men is rare--less than 1% of all breast carcinomas occur in men. Consider the latest statistics available from the American Cancer Society (ACS): The ACS estimates that in 2013 about 2,200 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men in the U.S. Breast cancer is about 100 times more common among women. Est...
Blisters What is a blister? A blister is a bubble on the skin containing fluid. Blisters are usually circular in shape. The fluid that forms underneath the skin can be bloody or clear. What causes a blister? Blisters are caused by injury, allergic reactions, or infections, which may include the following: Burns or scalds Sunburns Friction (from a shoe, for example) Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) Impetigo. A contagious infection of the skin. Pemphigus. A rare, blistering skin disease often occu...
Basic Anatomy of the Heart
Basic Anatomy of the Heart Click to Enlarge Image About the heart The heart is the hardest working muscle in the human body. Located almost in the center of the chest, the adult human heart is about the size of a fist. At an average rate of 80 times a minute, the heart beats about 115,000 times in one day or about 42 million times in a year. In a 70-year lifetime, an average human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. Even when a person is at rest, the heart continuously works hard. How the heart...
Back to School with Diabetes
Back to School with Diabetes When fall arrives, it’s back-to-school time—and for some kids, it’s back to dealing with diabetes in the classroom. These tips can help your student stay safe and healthy at school: Make a diabetes medical management plan. This is a written document prepared by you and your child’s health care team that spells out his or her treatment plan. It should include emergency contacts and instructions for monitoring blood glucose, measuring insulin doses, taking pills, eating meals,...
Bronchodilator Reversibility Testing
Bronchodilator Reversibility Testing What is a bronchodilator reversibility test? The bronchodilator reversibility test is used to determine how well your lungs are working. This test uses a spirometer and a bronchodilator. A spirometer is a machine that measures lung function. It measures how much and how fast air is blown out or exhaled. Bronchodilators are medications that open the airways, making it easier to breathe. Person breathing into a spirometer. Why might I need a bronchodilator reversibilit...
Big Drop in U.S. Heart-Related Hospitalizations and Deaths, Study Finds
Big Drop in U.S. Heart-Related Hospitalizations and Deaths, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke have dropped dramatically in the United States over the past decade, according to a large study of Medicare patients. The declines noted from 1999 to 2011 are the result of lifestyle changes, better treatment and effective preventive measures, the researchers said. "The findings are jaw-dropping," said lead researcher Dr. Harlan Krumho...
Bone Drugs Don't Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All, Study Finds
Bone Drugs Don't Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs known as bisphosphonates, commonly prescribed to treat the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, don't appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer as previously thought, new research finds. "We found that postmenopausal women who took a bisphosphonate for three or four years did not have a decreased risk in breast cancer," said study author Trisha Hue, an epidemiologist at the University of Californi...
Black Veterans Less Likely to Get Colon Cancer Screening, Study Finds
Black Veterans Less Likely to Get Colon Cancer Screening, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer screening rates for black patients in a Veterans Affairs health care system in California are much lower compared to other races, even though all patients have similar access to care, according to a new study. The study also found that having a primary care health provider greatly increased the likelihood that patients would be screened for colon cancer. "Notably, individuals with...
Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms, Study Finds
Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Strict regulation of electronic cigarettes isn't warranted based on current evidence, a team of researchers says. On the contrary, allowing e-cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might cut tobacco-related deaths and illness, the researchers concluded after reviewing 81 prior studies on the use and safety of the nicotine-emitting devices. "Current evidence suggests that there is a potential for ...
Big Jump in Doctor's Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes
Big Jump in Doctor's Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new report finds that by 2010, one in every 10 visits Americans made to their doctor's office involved diabetes, with the greatest rise among those aged 25 to 44. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the number of office visits for patients with diabetes in this age group jumped by 34 percent between 2005 and 2010. Almost 29 million Americans have diabetes, the C...
Burnout Common Among Transplant Surgeons, Study Reveals
Burnout Common Among Transplant Surgeons, Study Reveals THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Transplant surgeons often feel emotionally drained and overextended, which are red flags for burnout, a new study suggests. Nearly half of the transplant surgeons in the study reported having a low sense of personal accomplishment and four out of 10 admitted to feeling emotionally exhausted, researchers found. "Burnout is common in medicine, especially in high-pressure specialties like transplantation," s...
Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects
Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, new research finds. The test would measure the concentration of folate (a form of vitamin B) in a pregnant women's red blood cells. The findings from this study -- conducted by an international team of scientists -- could help doctors predict the risk of serious birth defects known as neural tube defects because folate is vi...
Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns
Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the bite of a brown recluse spider is poisonous, these wounds usually heal well if left alone, an expert notes. It's still important to recognize the warning signs of an adverse reaction to a brown recluse spider bite, warned Dr. Donna Seger, medical director of the Tennessee Poison Center, particularly since these potentially dangerous bites are on the rise. "As physicians, it is hard for us to do n...
Barbershops Join Fight Against High Blood Pressure in Black Men
Barbershops Join Fight Against High Blood Pressure in Black Men FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Across the country, barbershops serve as a time-honored destination for a good cut and conversation. Now experts want to see whether barbershops might also be the spot to tackle an often overlooked health concern: high blood pressure among black men. In a novel partnership, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), enlisted t...
Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels: Study
Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels: Study THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Human semen is naturally colonized by bacteria, and a new study suggests the microbes might have a role to play in both HIV transmission and levels in infected men. U.S. researchers found that bacteria in semen -- the "microbiome" -- play a role in local inflammation and in the production of HIV by infected men. They say the findings point to possible targets for reducing transmission of the AIDS-cau...
Blood Test Might Help Predict Survival With Lou Gehrig's Disease
Blood Test Might Help Predict Survival With Lou Gehrig's Disease TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Simple blood tests may one day help predict survival and the course of the disease in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease, Italian researchers report. The components in the blood that might yield clues to how fast ALS is progressing are called albumin and creatinine. These components are normally tested to follow kidney and liver health, according to t...
Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery
Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most children who have spinal surgery don't require anti-clotting drugs because blood clots occur so rarely in these procedures, a new study says. Instead of the risky and costly blood-thinning drugs, close monitoring after surgery is enough for most of these patients, according to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers. Anti-clotting drugs should be considered only for young spinal surgery patien...
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