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Crashes Cause Majority of Deaths for Truck Drivers
Crashes Cause Majority of Deaths for Truck Drivers TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Crashes cause 65 percent of on-the-job deaths of truck drivers in the United States, making it the top cause of work-related deaths in that occupation, a federal government report shows. There are about 2.6 million people in the United States who drive trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds. The number of crash deaths among these drivers and their passengers fell to a 35-year low in 2009, but rose between then...
Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk
Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs used to treat a wide range of health problems may be associated with an increased risk of pneumonia, a new study suggests. Anticholinergic medications include those used for conditions such as allergies (for example, Benadryl), overactive bladder (including Ditropan), depression (for example, doxepin) and insomnia (Sominex, etc.). "Our study is the first to address whether oral anticholinergic medicati...
Could Coffee Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis?
Could Coffee Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis? THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who down several cups of coffee every day may have a decreased risk of developing multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. The study, of 5,600 Swedish and U.S. adults, found that those who drank four to six cups of coffee a day were about one-third less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS), compared with people who did not drink coffee. Researchers stressed that the findings do not prove that coffee f...
Could a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food?
Could a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food? WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Skipping just a single night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that seems to spark a desire to consume more fat the following day, a new study suggests. The study offers potential insights into the relationship between lack of sleep and the risk of obesity, researchers said. "The main finding of this study is that one night of sleep loss altered function within the brain's 'salience network,' "...
Cat, Dust Mite Allergies Linked to Childhood Asthma
Cat, Dust Mite Allergies Linked to Childhood Asthma MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers and preschoolers with cat and dust mite allergies may face an increased risk for asthma later in childhood, a preliminary study suggests. The research included almost 500 children from Cincinnati. The youngsters had allergy skin prick tests for four common indoor allergens -- cat, dog, cockroach and dust mite. The tests were done at ages 1, 2, 3 and 4 years. The children were tested for asthma at age 7...
Could a Dishwasher Raise Your Child's Allergy, Asthma Risk?
Could a Dishwasher Raise Your Child's Allergy, Asthma Risk? MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hand washing dishes instead of using a machine to wash dishes may reduce children's risk of developing allergic conditions, such as asthma or eczema, according to a new study. These findings are the latest to lend support to the "hygiene hypothesis." This theory suggests that early exposure to many different microbes may keep the immune system working properly. If the immune system is working well, the ...
Controlled Exposure to Peanuts at Early Age Shows Promise as Allergy Treatment
Controlled Exposure to Peanuts at Early Age Shows Promise as Allergy Treatment SUNDAY, Feb. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exposing young children with peanut allergies to small amounts of the legumes shows promise as a treatment, researchers report. Known as oral immunotherapy, the idea behind the therapy is to slowly increase tolerance to the allergen. The small study included 40 children aged 9 months to 36 months with peanut allergy. Some were enrolled within six months of suffering an allergic reacti...
CDC Says New Tick-Borne Virus May Have Killed Kansas Man
CDC Says New Tick-Borne Virus May Have Killed Kansas Man FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An otherwise healthy man in Kansas became infected with a newly discovered type of virus after he was bitten by ticks, and he died of a related illness 11 days later, U.S. health officials reported Friday. The virus -- dubbed "Bourbon virus" after the name of the Kansas county where the man lived -- has never been spotted in the United States before, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pr...
Chantix Linked to Higher Quit Rates in Certain Smokers: Study
Chantix Linked to Higher Quit Rates in Certain Smokers: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-smoking medication Chantix can boost the likelihood that cigarette smokers who aren't ready to stop cold turkey will cut down gradually, a new study suggests. "The main contribution of this study is that it demonstrates that for patients who are not ready to quit right away, the use of Chantix could be helpful in getting them to cut down, and then, eventually, to making a quit attempt," said...
Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-in-Hand for Some Elderly
Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-in-Hand for Some Elderly MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For people age 70 or older who struggle with a chronic illness, loneliness is often a complicating factor, a new study finds. Canadian researchers looked at 121 older adults, mostly in their 70s. They found that feelings of loneliness rose after the onset of chronic health problems -- even among those who had been with the same partner for 50 years or more. "The quality of our social ties plays a r...
Coming Out at School Better for LGBT Youth, Study Finds
Coming Out at School Better for LGBT Youth, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens who come out at high school have better mental health as young adults than those who aren't open with their fellow high school students, according to a new study. Researchers examined data from a San Francisco State University survey of 245 Hispanic and white lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young adults, ages 21 to 25. The participants said they ...
Creatine Doesn't Treat Parkinson's Disease, Study Says
Creatine Doesn't Treat Parkinson's Disease, Study Says TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Creatine doesn't appear to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, a new study finds. Creatine monohydrate is an amino acid believed to play an important role in energy production in cells, a process that may be impaired in people with Parkinson's disease. Previous research in mice suggested that creatine supplements might potentially protect nerve cells. Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder o...
Cities Are Getting Hotter, New Research Reports
Cities Are Getting Hotter, New Research Reports SATURDAY, Feb. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of heat waves has risen over the past 40 years, particularly in urban areas, a new study says. Researchers analyzed data from 217 cities around the world and found that between 1973 and 2012 the number of heat waves increased significantly in 48 percent of them. Only 2 percent of the cities had a large decrease in heat waves. "Our findings suggest that urban areas are experiencing a kind of double whamm...
Coffee Linked to Possible Lower Endometrial Cancer Risk
Coffee Linked to Possible Lower Endometrial Cancer Risk FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ladies, a heavy coffee habit might do more than perk you up. New research suggests it may also reduce your risk of endometrial cancer. Using data on more than 456,000 women from two large ongoing studies, researchers evaluated the dietary habits of more than 2,800 women diagnosed with cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. Compared to women who drank less than a cup a day, those who drank about...
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Early Menopause: CDC
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Early Menopause: CDC THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's a link between early menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a new study suggests. The findings may help explain why women are two to four times more likely to have CFS than men, and why the condition is most common among women in their 40s, the researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "CFS can take a tremendous toll on women's lives at midlife and on our soc...
Certain Infections Linked to Reduced Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Certain Infections Linked to Reduced Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with recent gut, urinary tract or genital infections may be less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, new research says. The findings are "particularly interesting" in light of recent research suggesting that digestive system bacteria may play a role in the development of rheumatoid arthritis, researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, said. The study included almos...
Change in Gut Bacteria May Precede Type 1 Diabetes in Kids
Change in Gut Bacteria May Precede Type 1 Diabetes in Kids THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In some young children who develop type 1 diabetes, a change in normal stomach bacteria can precede the disease by a year, a small study has found. The findings, published Feb. 5 in the journal Cell, Host & Microbe , are based on just 33 children at increased genetic risk of type 1 diabetes. And experts stressed that it's too early to tell what it all could mean. But one hope is that the results wil...
Certain Genes in Babies May Up Preterm Birth Risk
Certain Genes in Babies May Up Preterm Birth Risk MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some babies' genes may increase their risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the number of copies of certain genes in hundreds of babies and their mothers. There was no link between the number of copies of these genes in mothers and the risk of preterm birth. A preterm birth is one that occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy. However, if any of four specific genes were duplicated, or if any...
Certain Heart Drug, Antibiotic Combo Might Be Fatal for Seniors
Certain Heart Drug, Antibiotic Combo Might Be Fatal for Seniors MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The combination of a widely used heart medication and a commonly prescribed antibiotic seems to more than double the risk of sudden death in seniors, a new study says. Spironolactone (brand name Aldactone) is a diuretic widely used in treating heart failure. It protects the heart by blocking a hormone that causes salt and fluid buildup. But taking spironolactone alongside the antibiotic trimethoprim-...
Could Weather Influence Language Development?
Could Weather Influence Language Development? FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Humidity played a role in the evolution of languages, a new study suggests. Languages with a wide range of tones are more common in areas of the world with high levels of humidity, while languages with a narrower range of tones are more common in less humid regions, the researchers explained. "In relatively dry central Europe, no tonal languages have developed like those found in the Tropics, subtropical Asia and cen...
Colon Cancer Rates Rising Among Americans Under 50
Colon Cancer Rates Rising Among Americans Under 50 FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although the overall rate of colon cancer has fallen in recent decades, new research suggests that over the last 20 years the disease has been increasing among young and early middle-aged American adults. At issue are colon cancer rates among men and women between the ages of 20 and 49, a group that generally isn't covered by public health guidelines. "This is real," said study co-author Jason Zell, an assistant...
Concussions Linked to Memory Loss in Study of Retired NFL Players
Concussions Linked to Memory Loss in Study of Retired NFL Players TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Concussions may damage areas of the brain related to memory in National Football League players. And that damage might linger long after the players leave the sport, according to a small study. "We're hoping that our findings are going to further inform the game," Dr. Jennifer Coughlin, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in ...
Can Coffee Protect You From Melanoma?
Can Coffee Protect You From Melanoma? TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your morning coffee might do more than perk you up. Researchers suggest it also might help protect you against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Coffee drinkers are less likely to suffer from malignant melanoma, and their risk decreases somewhat with every cup they swallow, according to findings published Jan. 20 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute . "We found that four or more cups of coffee per day ...
Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury's Harms?
Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury's Harms? WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite concerns over mercury exposure, pregnant women who eat lots of fish may not harm their unborn children, a new study suggests. Three decades of research in the Seychelles, the islands in the Indian Ocean, found no developmental problems in children born to women who consume ocean fish at a much higher rate than the average American woman, the study concluded. "They eat a lot of fish, historical...
California Measles Outbreak Shows How Quickly Disease Can Resurface in U.S.
California Measles Outbreak Shows How Quickly Disease Can Resurface in U.S. WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fifteen years after measles was declared eliminated in the United States, the recent outbreak traced to two Disney parks in California illustrates how quickly a resurgence can occur. As of Wednesday afternoon, 59 cases had been reported in California residents as a result of the outbreak, which began in the third week of December. Eight others in four U.S. states and Mexico have also ...
Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Risk for Heart Failure?
Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Risk for Heart Failure? MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a drink each day might help lower a middle-aged person's odds for heart failure, a new study reveals. The investigation suggests that men in their 40s, 50s and 60s who drink as much as seven comparably sized glasses of wine, beer and/or spirits per week will see their risk for heart failure drop by 20 percent. For women the associated drop in risk amounted to roughly 16 percent, according to the study...
Children of Melanoma Survivors Often Get Sunburned: Study
Children of Melanoma Survivors Often Get Sunburned: Study FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Common wisdom holds that adults who've experienced the trauma of melanoma would go to greater lengths to shield their children from the sun's rays. But a new study shows that nearly half of parents who were also melanoma survivors said their child had experienced a sunburn over the previous year. "Sunburns were common among the children in our study despite their elevated risk for skin cancer," study auth...
Child Medicaid Recipients Become Healthy, Productive Adults: Study
Child Medicaid Recipients Become Healthy, Productive Adults: Study WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who received expanded Medicaid benefits as children contribute more in taxes, were more likely to attend college, and have a lower risk of premature death, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed the tax returns of nearly all people born in the United States between 1981 and 1984, to compare those from similar backgrounds who were eligible for Medicaid during childhood for different len...
CDC Lab Worker Has No Sign of Ebola Infection, Agency Says
CDC Lab Worker Has No Sign of Ebola Infection, Agency Says TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab technician who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in an agency laboratory in Atlanta last month did not get sick, agency officials said Tuesday. The possible exposure occurred Dec. 22 when CDC scientists doing research on Ebola mistakenly transferred a sample of the potentially lethal virus to another CDC lab in the same building. The sample, o...
Cluster of Heart Risk Factors Tied to Uterine Cancer Risk
Cluster of Heart Risk Factors Tied to Uterine Cancer Risk TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A collection of health risk factors known as the "metabolic syndrome" may boost older women's risk of endometrial cancer, even if they're not overweight or obese, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of health conditions occurring together that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These conditions include high blood pressure, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol,...
Cancer Survivors May Struggle for Years With Mental, Physical Problems
Cancer Survivors May Struggle for Years With Mental, Physical Problems MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. cancer survivors have unresolved physical and mental health issues long after being cured, a new study finds. One expert wasn't surprised. "Many oncologists intuit that their patients may have unmet needs, but believe that these will diminish with time -- the current study challenges that notion," said Dr. James Ferrara, chair of cancer medicine at Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Si...
Cooler Temps May Boost Calorie-Burning 'Brown Fat,' Mouse Study Suggests
Cooler Temps May Boost Calorie-Burning 'Brown Fat,' Mouse Study Suggests THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cold temperatures may raise levels of calorie-burning "brown fat" in your body, a new study conducted with mice suggests. Unlike white fat, brown fat burns calories instead of storing them, and some studies have shown that brown fat has beneficial effects on glucose (blood sugar) tolerance, fat metabolism and body weight. "Overall, the percentage of brown fat in adults is small compared to...
Cancer Groups Urge More Regulation of E-Cigarettes
Cancer Groups Urge More Regulation of E-Cigarettes THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The potential health hazards of e-cigarettes remain unclear, and more regulation on their use is needed, say two groups representing cancer researchers and specialists. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) together issued a list of recommendations on Thursday aimed at bringing e-cigarette regulations more in line with those of traditional cigar...
Coordinated Care Through 'Medical Home' Best for Chronically Ill Kids: Study
Coordinated Care Through 'Medical Home' Best for Chronically Ill Kids: Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Very sick children with complex chronic illnesses can receive effective, less expensive care from a clinic that functions as a "medical home," with easy access to a team of dedicated health care professionals, a new study shows. Children were less likely to become seriously ill and need either hospitalization or a trip to the emergency room when they received treatment at an enhanced...
Can Fast Food Hinder Learning in Kids?
Can Fast Food Hinder Learning in Kids? TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A steady diet of fast food might hurt your child in the classroom, a new study finds. Kids who frequently ate fast food in fifth grade lagged behind by eighth grade, said researchers who reviewed questionnaires and test scores of more than 8,500 U.S. students. "The largest effects were found for the kids who reported daily consumption of fast food," said study leader Kelly Purtell, assistant professor of human sciences at ...
Concussion Laws Helping Student-Athletes, Study Finds
Concussion Laws Helping Student-Athletes, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large increase in the number of U.S. school-age athletes receiving treatment for concussions is likely due to new laws and increased public awareness, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data collected from privately insured 12- to 18-year-olds across the United States between 2006 and 2012 in order to assess the impact of concussion laws. Since 2009, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have e...
Certain Antibiotic/Statin Combos May Be Unsafe Mix: Study
Certain Antibiotic/Statin Combos May Be Unsafe Mix: Study MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who take the antibiotic Biaxin (clarithromycin) along with certain types of cholesterol-lowering statins are at risk for drug interaction side effects that can lead to hospitalization or even death, a new study suggests. "Physicians need to be made aware of this newly described dangerous interaction and consider alternative antibiotics to prevent toxicity that could be life-threatening," said expe...
Combination Antibiotic Zerbaxa Approved
Combination Antibiotic Zerbaxa Approved MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The combination antibiotic Zerbaxa (ceftolozane/tazobactam) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with complicated abdominal infections and complicated urinary tract infections. The approval for abdominal infections was approved in combination with another drug, metronidazole, the agency said in news release. The approval for urinary tract infection includes infection of the kidney. Zer...
Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users' Suicide Risk
Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users' Suicide Risk FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Injectable drug users who also use cocaine and amphetamines have nearly double the suicide attempt rate of other substance users, a new study finds. "We know that substance use is associated with the risk of suicide attempt and completed suicide," Didier Jutras-Aswad, a psychiatry professor at the University of Montreal, said in a university news release. "However, there are many different profiles ...
Could Bacteria Play a Role in Colon Cancer?
Could Bacteria Play a Role in Colon Cancer? FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dense bunches of bacteria called biofilms can be found on most colon polyps and cancers, a new study finds. The researchers said these biofilms were especially prevalent on the right side of the colon. The presence of these biofilms may represent an increased likelihood of colon cancer and could offer a new way to predict a person's risk for the disease, the researchers said. Like tooth plaque and slime on pond stones,...
Crohn's, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study Finds
Crohn's, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study Finds FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The intestinal bacteria that cause inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, may be inherited, researchers report. The findings, published recently in the journal Genome Medicine , could help in efforts to prevent the disease and treat the 1.6 million Americans with Crohn's or colitis, the study authors added. "The intestinal bacteria, or 'gut microbiome,' you d...
Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds
Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of cancer treatment can cause financial stress that threatens patients' well-being, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from 1,000 people in the United States who had been diagnosed with colorectal or lung cancer. Of those patients, almost 900 had finished their treatments and were cancer-free, and more than 100 had advanced cancer. Nearly half of the patients said they were struggli...
CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel Apples
CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel Apples FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. and state health officials are investigating a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples that has killed at least four people and sickened 28 others in 10 states. Consumers should not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples until more information becomes available, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a news release. As of Dec. 18, a total of 28 people had been infect...
Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk
Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you can't balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest. Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred, which means the risk for more serious strokes is high, the investigators reported online Dec. 18 in the journal Stroke . "Individuals showing instability while standing on one leg, as we...
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Common painkillers, including ibuprofen, might slightly reduce your risk of developing a form of skin cancer, researchers say. Use of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) appear to reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 15 percent, the researchers concluded after reviewing nine prior studies. Squamous cell skin cancer is usually caused by sun exposure. These painkillers "h...
Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit
Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The naturally occurring plant compound cytisine may be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit, a new study suggests. Cytisine, an acid-like chemical found in the seeds of the golden rain tree, has been used in Eastern Europe for decades to help smokers quit, researchers say. But it's not widely available. "Cytisine is one of the most affordable smoking cessation medicines available...
College Students Say 'Curiosity' Leads Them to Fake Pot
College Students Say 'Curiosity' Leads Them to Fake Pot WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Curiosity is the main reason why college students try synthetic marijuana, a new survey finds. Of more than 330 students in undergraduate and graduate health programs at a public university, 17 percent said they used fake pot at least once in their lifetime, and 3 percent reported recent use, University of Cincinnati researchers found. The leading reasons for trying synthetic marijuana included: curiosit...
Cyramza Approval Expanded to Include Non-Small Lung Cancer
Cyramza Approval Expanded to Include Non-Small Lung Cancer FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the anti-cancer drug Cyramza (ramucirumab) has been expanded to include aggressive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the agency said Friday. NSCLC, the most common form of lung cancer, will be diagnosed in an estimated 224,000 Americans this year, and about 159,000 Americans will die from it, the FDA said, citing U.S. National Cancer Institute projections. ...
Could a Supplement Prevent Weight Gain?
Could a Supplement Prevent Weight Gain? THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A newly developed food supplement appears to prevent weight gain and trim fat around the waist, researchers say. However, the chemical compound doesn't seem to help people lose pounds, and the preliminary study is so small that the findings could be misleading. Still, it did "lower appetite and prevented weight gain in overweight people," said study co-author Gary Frost, chair of nutrition and dietetics at Imperial Colle...
Cutting Docs-in-Training Hours Hasn't Improved Patient Care: Studies
Cutting Docs-in-Training Hours Hasn't Improved Patient Care: Studies TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting medical residents' work hours hasn't reduced death rates, hospital readmission rates or outcomes of surgery, two new studies find. "The work-hour restrictions have been controversial because there have been questions whether they are positive or negative," said Dr. James Arrighi, an associate professor of medicine at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Arrighi is also the co-author of ...
Cost of Job-Based Health Insurance Outpaces Family Income: Report
Cost of Job-Based Health Insurance Outpaces Family Income: Report TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who get job-based health insurance are spending a bigger chunk of their paychecks on health care than they were a decade ago, and they may be getting less financial protection for the money, a new report suggests. Premium increases sharply outpaced wage growth between 2003 and 2013, researchers at the Commonwealth Fund reported Tuesday. Family health plan premiums jumped 73 percent, to $...
Cigarettes Cause One-Third of U.S. Cancer Deaths: Report
Cigarettes Cause One-Third of U.S. Cancer Deaths: Report TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite large declines in smoking rates, cigarettes still cause about one-third of cancer deaths in the United States, according to a new study. "Our results indicate that cigarette smoking causes about three in 10 cancer deaths in the contemporary United States. Reducing smoking prevalence as rapidly as possible should be a top priority for U.S. public health efforts to prevent future cancer deaths," rese...
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California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report
California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis of the whooping cough epidemic in California finds that infants have been hit the hardest, and it calls for increased efforts to vaccinate pregnant women so their babies are protected. In what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 70 years, 9,935 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) were diagnosed between Jan. 1 and Nov. 26. That translated into 26 cases per 100,000 ...
Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests
Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A common type of knee surgery may increase the chances of arthritis, a new study suggests. The procedure repairs tears in the meniscus, a piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. There are two in each knee, and they stabilize the knee joint. Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries, and surgery is often performed to reduce pain and improve joint function, the researchers said....
Could a 'Mediterranean' Diet Extend Your Life?
Could a 'Mediterranean' Diet Extend Your Life? TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are hints in a new study that eating the much-lauded Mediterranean diet may help boost longevity. Researchers found that the regimen -- rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, fish and olive oil -- appears to be associated with longer telomere length, which are indicators of slower aging. Telomeres are located on the ends of chromosomes -- much like the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces. Ac...
CDC Endorses Circumcision for Health Reasons
CDC Endorses Circumcision for Health Reasons TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are poised to endorse circumcision as a means of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released its first-ever draft guidelines on circumcision that recommend that doctors counsel parents and uncircumcised males on the health benefits of the procedure. The guidelines do not outright call for circumcision of all male ...
Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?
Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs? TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests. The research doesn't confirm that these changes make it more likely users will become ill, and study authors aren't recommending that anyone stop taking the so-called proton pump inhibitors. However, these antac...
Calorie Counts Mandated at Chain Restaurants, FDA Says
Calorie Counts Mandated at Chain Restaurants, FDA Says TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New rules announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will have many restaurant chains posting calorie counts on their menus, and the rules even apply to movie theater popcorn and ice cream parlor fare. "Americans get about a third of their calories away from home, often consuming less nutritious food and underestimating the calories they eat," FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said durin...
Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking
Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Close friends have more influence on teens' alcohol use than their general peer group does, a new study says. "We've known for a long time that friends and peers have an influence on individual alcohol use, but there are no common studies that distinguished between the broader peer group and the friend group's influence on those decisions," Jonathon Beckmeyer, an assistant professor at Indiana University's School of Pu...
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