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Could an Apple a Day Help Keep the Pharmacist Away?
Could an Apple a Day Help Keep the Pharmacist Away? MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Munching each day on a McIntosh, Granny Smith or other apple might not keep the doctor at bay, but a new study finds apple eaters are less likely to need a prescription medicine. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, looked at data from nearly 8,400 people who took part in federal health surveys between 2007 and 2010. Of those participants, 753 (9 percent) were apple eaters -- at least o...
Could a Diet Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Could a Diet Help Shield You From Alzheimer's? FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've developed an anti-Alzheimer's diet. While it couldn't prove cause-and-effect, the new study found that adults who rigorously followed the so-called MIND diet faced a 53 percent lower risk for Alzheimer's, the most common type of dementia. Those sticking to the diet just "moderately well" saw their Alzheimer's risk drop by roughly 35 percent. "Often, people who eat healthier also participate i...
Connection Between Diabetes, Advanced Breast Cancer Detected in Study
Connection Between Diabetes, Advanced Breast Cancer Detected in Study FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with diabetes may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, a new study from Canada shows. "Our findings suggest that women with diabetes may be predisposed to more advanced-stage breast cancer, which may be a contributor to their higher cancer mortality," Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Women's Colle...
CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads
CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Thursday released a new round of graphic anti-smoking ads featuring former smokers living with the ravages of tobacco. The new ads highlight the benefits of quitting for the families of smokers and the importance of giving up cigarettes completely, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Bottom line, these ads will save lives and they will also save money," ...
COPD Takes Big Toll on Employment, Mobility in U.S.
COPD Takes Big Toll on Employment, Mobility in U.S. THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The respiratory illness known as COPD takes a toll on mobility and employment, with a new report finding that nearly one-quarter of Americans with the condition are unable to work. People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder -- a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema often tied to smoking -- face a disabling illness with no cure, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont...
Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?
Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level? WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers confirmed a long-studied connection between air pollution and cardiovascular health -- finding evidence that dirty air may help trigger strokes in vulnerable people. The other study looked at a newer question: Could air pollution also affect mental health? The answer, it found, is "p...
Counseling Beats School Suspension at Curbing Pot Use: Study
Counseling Beats School Suspension at Curbing Pot Use: Study WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Students at schools that impose suspensions for marijuana use are more likely to smoke pot than those at schools without a suspension policy, a new study finds. Researchers also found that counseling was much more effective in reducing marijuana use than suspensions. "To reduce marijuana use among all students, we need to ensure that schools are using drug policies that respond to policy violations...
Chef's Input Helps Make School Meals Healthier, Study Finds
Chef's Input Helps Make School Meals Healthier, Study Finds MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a professional chef's input improves the fruit and vegetable selection in school cafeterias, leading students to eat more of those healthy foods, a new study finds. "The results highlight the importance of focusing on the palatability of school meals," said the study's lead author, Juliana Cohen, a research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard School of Public Health. "Partnerships wit...
Colorado's Legal Pot Is Potent, and a Little Dirty
Colorado's Legal Pot Is Potent, and a Little Dirty MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New lab tests on Colorado's legal marijuana suggest that the state's weed supply is more potent than ever, and also a little dirty. For over a year, Coloradans age 21 and up have been able to buy recreational marijuana from state-regulated dispensaries. As part of the experiment, several labs have been certified to monitor samples from the state's burgeoning pot industry. One of those labs is scheduled to repor...
Could In-Car Breathalyzers Slash Rate of Booze-Linked Crashes?
Could In-Car Breathalyzers Slash Rate of Booze-Linked Crashes? THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In-car breathalyzers automatically prevent ignition when they detect blood-alcohol levels that exceed legal limits. Now, new research suggests that if the devices were installed in every new U.S. car, deaths linked to drunk driving would plummet by 85 percent over a 15-year period. Installation of the "interlock" devices would also eliminate between 84 to 88 percent of nonfatal drunk driving accid...
Cancer Patients Who Smoke, Drink May Face Longer Feeding Tube Use
Cancer Patients Who Smoke, Drink May Face Longer Feeding Tube Use THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking and heavy drinking seem to increase the risk that patients with head and neck cancer will need a feeding tube for an extended time after treatment, new research suggests. The study included 104 patients with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck. The patients had treatment with either a combination of chemotherapy and radiation or radiation alone. Twelve months after treatment, 35 p...
Can Fish Oil Help Boys With ADHD Pay Attention?
Can Fish Oil Help Boys With ADHD Pay Attention? THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some vegetable oils, a small European study suggests. Those who regularly ate an omega-3-loaded margarine experienced an improvement in their ability to pay attention, compared with boys who did not, researchers report in the March 19 issue of Neuropsychopharmacology . The results suggest that parents mi...
Cholbam Approved for Rare Metabolic Disorders
Cholbam Approved for Rare Metabolic Disorders WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholbam (cholic acid) capsules have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults and children with bile acid synthesis disorders and peroxisomal disorders, the agency said in a news release. People with these rare disorders lack enzymes to process cholic acid, normally made by the liver from cholesterol. This leads to reduced bile flow, potentially poisonous buildup of bile acid products...
Could Loneliness Shorten a Life?
Could Loneliness Shorten a Life? TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Loneliness has long been associated with poor mental health, including depression. But a new study suggests social isolation may harm physical health, too, and even hasten death. The findings are based on a review of data from dozens of studies involving more than 3 million people. "People don't commonly think of social factors when they think of health," said study co-author Timothy B. Smith, a professor in the department of p...
Child Sex Trafficking Victims Easily Missed by Doctors, Social Workers: Study
Child Sex Trafficking Victims Easily Missed by Doctors, Social Workers: Study TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most health care workers may lack the knowledge, awareness and training to identify potential victims of child sex trafficking, a new study suggests. "We need to become more aware that trafficking exists and [more] educated about what we can do to identify and provide resources to victims," said study author Dr. Angela Rabbitt, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical Coll...
Certain Painkillers May Lower Colon Cancer Risk for Some
Certain Painkillers May Lower Colon Cancer Risk for Some TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prior research has suggested that regular use of a certain class of painkillers might lower colon cancer risk, but a new study finds that a person's genetics may also play a big role. Regular, long-term use of nonprescription painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- drugs that include aspirin, naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) -- are associated with an overall lowe...
Could Your Child Have Migraines?
Could Your Child Have Migraines? MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Determining if your child has migraine headaches may be difficult because the symptoms aren't always obvious, experts say. A child who complains about severe headaches should be seen by a doctor, but there are other symptoms that parents may not associate with migraine, according to the American Migraine Foundation. They may include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, and sensitivity to light, sounds and odors. Another clue: wa...
CT Scans Might Spot Heart Risks More Clearly in Patients With Chest Pain
CT Scans Might Spot Heart Risks More Clearly in Patients With Chest Pain SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that CT scans may help doctors do a better job of diagnosing heart disease in patients with chest pain, compared to standard tests. A Scottish team found that CT scans seemed to spot more heart problems and allowed doctors to act to lower the risk of a heart attack. "A CT scan clarifies the diagnosis, changes treatments and may reduce the risk of a heart attack," said...
Could the Future Be Finger-Stick Free for Diabetics?
Could the Future Be Finger-Stick Free for Diabetics? FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A lot of excitement surrounded the announcement from Apple that its new watch will be able to monitor blood sugar levels. Has Apple figured out a way for folks with diabetes to check their blood sugar without the dreaded finger stick? Not quite. The Apple watch, which will be available April 24, will receive information from a continuous glucose monitoring device. These devices rely on sensors inserted -- wit...
Cochlear Implants May Also Boost Seniors' Mood, Thinking: Study
Cochlear Implants May Also Boost Seniors' Mood, Thinking: Study THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cochlear implants not only boost hearing in seniors with severe hearing loss, they might also enhance their emotional state and thinking abilities, a new study finds. A cochlear implant is a small device that helps provide a sense of sound to people who are deaf or have significant hearing loss, according to the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. This new study...
Can Statins Help Improve Prostate Cancer Survival?
Can Statins Help Improve Prostate Cancer Survival? MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may slow down prostate cancer in men who are also taking medication to reduce their levels of male hormones, according to new research. Taking a statin alongside androgen deprivation therapy slowed the progress of prostate cancer by about 10 months, said the study's lead author, Dr. Lauren Christine Harshman, an assistant professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Med...
Could Smartphones Lower Intelligence?
Could Smartphones Lower Intelligence? FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being too reliant on a smartphone could make lazy thinkers even less inclined to use their brain, a new study suggests. "They may look up information that they actually know or could easily learn, but are unwilling to make the effort to actually think about it," study co-lead author Gordon Pennycook, a doctoral candidate in the psychology department at the University of Waterloo in Canada, said in a university news release. ...
Cresemba Approved for Serious Fungal Infections
Cresemba Approved for Serious Fungal Infections FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat rare but serious fungal infections, mostly affecting people with weakened immune systems, the agency said Friday in a news release. The infections are caused by Aspergillus and Mucorales fungi. The new drug, targeting the cell walls of the fungi, is available in oral and intravenous formulations. Cresmba's safety ...
Could the 'Love Hormone' Be a Weight-Loss Aid for Men?
Could the 'Love Hormone' Be a Weight-Loss Aid for Men? FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research in a small number of men suggests that the "love hormone" oxytocin may reduce appetite, potentially turning it into a tool for weight loss. The new study tested a synthetic nasal formulation of oxytocin, and found the hormone treatment reduced the number of calories that men consumed, especially calories from fatty foods. "We are seeing early signs that oxytocin reduces how much food som...
Common Antiseptic Can Prevent Infant Deaths, Study Says
Common Antiseptic Can Prevent Infant Deaths, Study Says FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using a low-cost antiseptic to clean the umbilical cords of babies born outside of a hospital lowers infant infection and death rates in developing countries, researchers say. "Based on our review, using chlorhexidine to clean the umbilical cord saves newborn babies lives," said lead researcher Anju Sinha of the Indian Council of Medical Research in New Delhi. The findings were based on 12 clinical trials, ...
Chinese Researchers Report Successful Hepatitis E Vaccine
Chinese Researchers Report Successful Hepatitis E Vaccine WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new vaccine for hepatitis E provides protection from the virus for at least 4.5 years, according to Chinese researchers. Although hepatitis E is relatively rare in the United States, it's a leading cause of serious liver problems in the developing world. Hepatitis E is spread through contaminated water and through person-to-person contact, the researchers said. "The hepatitis E vaccine was licensed i...
Common Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes
Common Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who take the heart rhythm drug digoxin may face a nearly 30 percent greater risk of death than patients not taking the drug, a review of prior research suggests. The analysis also suggests that digoxin may increase the risk for death by 60 to 70 percent among patients with both the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation and kidney failure. The findings stem from an in-depth look a...
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...
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