Expert Shares Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tips
Expert Shares Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tips THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Thanksgiving meals can pose a challenge for people who have to eat a gluten-free diet, an expert says. Many traditional Thanksgiving dishes -- such as turkey, corn, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce -- are gluten-free, but "when it comes to pies, stuffing, gravy, etc., gluten-free substitutes may need to be considered," Dr. Anca Safta, director of the Gluten and Allergic Digestive Disorders program at Wake Forest Ba...
Early Trial Promising for Ebola Vaccine
Early Trial Promising for Ebola Vaccine WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine appears to be safe and produces an immune system response that could protect people against the deadly virus, according to early clinical trial results reported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The success of the phase I clinical trial for the vaccine paves the way for field-testing it in the Ebola-stricken West African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone as early as January, said...
EPA Issues Tougher Rules on Ozone Emissions
EPA Issues Tougher Rules on Ozone Emissions WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New regulations to reduce emissions of the smog-causing pollutant ozone from power plants and factories were issued Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ozone has been linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. The new rules would lower the current limit for ozone pollution from 75 parts per billion to between 65 to 70 parts per billion, the EPA said. "Bringing ozone pollution standards i...
ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports
ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of emergency department visits in the United States rose from about 130 million in 2010 to a record 136 million in 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings also showed that fewer people were going to ERs with non-urgent medical needs: 96 percent of patients were identified as needing medical care within two hours of arriving at the ER. In 2010, that number was 92 percent...
Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens
Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests. Early puberty was linked with a number of factors associated with depression, such as poor self-image and high anxiety levels, according to the researchers. Early puberty was also linked to social problems, such as conflict with family and peers, and having friends who were prone to getting into trouble, th...
Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar
Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Certain genes might prevent regular exercise from improving blood sugar control in up to a fifth of people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The issue has long been pondered by doctors working with diabetic patients, one expert said. "For many years we have been under the impression that exercise helps decrease insulin resistance in muscles," boosting blood sugar control, said Dr...
Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice
Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if you do add a few pounds once you quit, your post-cigarette health is still much better than if you'd kept on smoking. "This study is important for smokers to understand," said Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ Health Sy...
Early Heart Disease May Lead to Impotence, Study Says
Early Heart Disease May Lead to Impotence, Study Says TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Early stage vascular disease may lead to impotence for men later in life, a new study says. "Erectile function can be a window into men's cardiovascular and overall health. Erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease commonly coexist," lead author David Feldman, a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University's Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, said in an American Heart Association news releas...
ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds
ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans seeking emergency care for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation is the most common kind of irregular heartbeat and can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related problems, experts say. In the new study, researchers led by Dr. Sourabh Aggarwal, chief resident of the depar...
Emotional Stress Affects Women's Hearts
Emotional Stress Affects Women's Hearts SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Emotional stress is more likely to physically impact younger women with heart disease compared to men with heart disease and seniors of both genders, new research shows. The study included 534 patients with stable coronary heart disease who were given a mental stress test that involved recalling a stressful life event and talking about it to a small audience. During the test, nuclear imaging showed that women aged 55 and y...
Experimental Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Effective, Study Reports
Experimental Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Effective, Study Reports MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental antibody drug could prove effective at lowering LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels for patients who have side effects with cholesterol-lowering statin medications. That's the conclusion of a clinical trial presented Monday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Chicago. The drug, alirocumab, outperformed the on-the-market medication that is currently the most widely used alt...
Every Kiss Begins With 80 Million Germs
Every Kiss Begins With 80 Million Germs MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A kiss isn't just a kiss: It's also an opportunity to transfer millions of germs. That's the word from new Dutch research that suggests 10 seconds of lip lock can translate into 80 million germs moving from one person to the other. And two people who smooch a bunch of times each day will end up sharing similar germs. "Intimate kissing, involving full tongue contact and saliva exchange, appears to be a courtship behavior un...
Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis
Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis, new research suggests. The study included 206 people with hip and knee osteoarthritis, average age 66, who were divided into two groups. One group received usual care, while the other group had regular exercise, physical therapy or both added to their standard care. After two years, those who did exercise and/or physi...
Easy-to-Walk Communities Linked to Sharper Senior Minds
Easy-to-Walk Communities Linked to Sharper Senior Minds THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Living in easy-to-walk communities may slow mental decline in older adults, according to a small study. The research included 39 older adults with no thinking or memory problems and 25 older adults with mild Alzheimer's disease. Over two years, the participants were given a series of tests to assess mental skills such as attention and memory. By the end of the study, those who lived in easy-to-walk commun...
End-of-Life Care Discussions May Miss Patient Priorities
End-of-Life Care Discussions May Miss Patient Priorities MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Important points are often missed when doctors have end-of-life discussions with patients and their families, a new study finds. Researchers asked more than 200 older Canadians who were hospitalized with serious illnesses and 205 of their family members about the importance of 11 recommended elements of end-of-life care. The patients and families said the top five end-of-life issues that should be discussed...
Early, Small Babies May Be More Prone to Adult Hip Trouble
Early, Small Babies May Be More Prone to Adult Hip Trouble MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who were born preterm or at a low birth weight may have an increased risk of needing a hip replacement due to osteoarthritis, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at more than 3,600 Australian adults, aged 40 and older. Seventy-five of them had undergone hip replacement and 116 had knee replacement surgery due to osteoarthritis. The researchers found that preterm birth and low birth weight ...
Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study
Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The skin condition eczema may increase slightly the risk of broken bones and injured joints, a new study reports. In a study of 34,500 adults, researchers found that among 7 percent of people who had an eczema flare-up in the past year, 1.5 percent had a bone or joint injury and 0.6 percent had an injury that caused a limitation of function. Compared to people without eczema, those with the skin condition had more tha...
Ebola Outbreak in Liberia May Be Slowing: WHO
Ebola Outbreak in Liberia May Be Slowing: WHO WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Ebola outbreak in Liberia -- one of three West African nations ravaged by the disease -- may be slowing, World Health Organization officials said Wednesday. Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO's assistant director general, said there's been a decline in the number of burials in Liberia and no increase in laboratory-confirmed cases. He said he was cautiously optimistic that the global push to tame the epidemic may be making...
Experts Predict 'Catastrophic' Ebola Epidemic in West Africa If Aid Delayed
Experts Predict 'Catastrophic' Ebola Epidemic in West Africa If Aid Delayed THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large influx of international aid is needed, and soon, if West Africa is to avoid tens of thousands of deaths from the widening Ebola crisis, a team of Yale University researchers predict. Using a specially designed mathematical model, the researchers looked at the possible future of the outbreak in just one densely populated county of hard-hit Liberia -- Montserrado County, home to ...
Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper
Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A crucial part of conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- the incubation of embryos in a laboratory dish -- can instead take place in a device inside the vagina, new research suggests. Scientists from the United States and Colombia contend that the device, called an INVOcell, might sharply cut costs for pricey IVF procedures among certain women. It could also make the technology more accessible to...
Ebola Vaccines May Be Deployed in West Africa by January, Officials Say
Ebola Vaccines May Be Deployed in West Africa by January, Officials Say TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A pair of promising Ebola vaccines could be deployed against the outbreak ravaging three West African nations by January, experts say. Rival American and Canadian vaccines are being prepared for possible use in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but first they have to pass expedited human safety trials in the United States, manufacturers say. If all goes well, inoculation of frontline health...
Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself
Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Headlines remain riveted on the three Ebola cases in Dallas. But, mental health specialists say overblown fear is a much bigger health threat to Americans. President Barack Obama on Friday appointed an Ebola "czar" to oversee the U.S. response to the virus, which has infected two Dallas nurses who cared for a Liberian man who died of Ebola this month at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. But the U.S. cas...
Ebola or Not? Rapid Test for the Virus Not Here Yet
Ebola or Not? Rapid Test for the Virus Not Here Yet MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Diagnosing Ebola is very different from treating Ebola." That assessment, by Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer at Texas Health Resources, during testimony before a Congressional panel on Thursday, sums up the critical concern at the heart of the current Ebola scare. It was the challenge faced by staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas as they struggled in late September to identify and man...
Esbriet, Ofev Approved to Treat Deadly Lung Disease
Esbriet, Ofev Approved to Treat Deadly Lung Disease THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat progressive lung scarring from an uncertain cause, medically called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Approval was given to Esbriet (pirfenidone) and Ofev (nintedanib), the agency said in news releases on Wednesday. Symptoms of IPF include shortness of breath, cough and difficulty engaging in everyday activities. Current tre...
Ebola Nurse From Dallas Transferred to Atlanta Medical Center
Ebola Nurse From Dallas Transferred to Atlanta Medical Center THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second nurse at a Dallas hospital to be diagnosed with Ebola was transferred Wednesday night to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the medical center that has successfully treated two other patients with the often fatal disease. Amber Joy Vinson, 29, was diagnosed on Wednesday with Ebola after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who died from Ebola on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Pre...
ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double, Report Finds
ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double, Report Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms linked to synthetic pot -- also known as "K2" or "Spice" -- have more than doubled in recent years, U.S. officials reported Thursday. "Synthetic cannabinoids are a growing public health risk -- made even more dangerous by the widespread misconception that they are safe and legal," Pamela Hyde, administrator at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health...
Early Study Points to Diabetes Drug Controlled by Light
Early Study Points to Diabetes Drug Controlled by Light TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the future, could people with type 2 diabetes manage their medications with a pulse of light? A preliminary new study suggests it may be possible. In the study, scientists showed that the prototype drug -- for now just called JB253 -- stimulated insulin release from pancreatic cells in the lab when they were exposed to blue light. "In principle, this type of [light-activated] therapy may allow better co...
Exercise May Not Ward Off Teen Depression
Exercise May Not Ward Off Teen Depression TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although exercise has long been thought to help improve the symptoms of depression, teenagers may not reap these benefits, a new British study suggests. The study found that physical activity levels in early teen years didn't appear to affect rates of depression in later teen years. "Those participants who were more physically active in early adolescence did not subsequently have significantly lower (or higher) depressi...
Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy Shows Long-Term Effectiveness, Safety
Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy Shows Long-Term Effectiveness, Safety TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study is the first to show the long-term safety of embryonic stem cell transplants to treat human disease. The research involved 18 people who received the transplants to treat forms of macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss. The transplants, which restored some sight in more than half of the patients, appeared safe up to three years after the procedure. The study, funded by a...
Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School
Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating disorders can begin before puberty and may be linked with other mental health issues, a new study shows. Canadian researchers evaluated 215 children, aged 8 to 12, with eating problems. More than 15 percent of the kids made themselves vomit occasionally, and about 13 percent had bulimic-like behaviors. Fifty-two percent of the children had been hospitalized at least once due to their eating problem, and 48 p...
Even Decaf Coffee May Help the Liver
Even Decaf Coffee May Help the Liver FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Another study suggests that coffee might actually be healthy for your liver, and that even decaffeinated coffee may have this effect. Prior research had suggested that drinking coffee may help protect the organ, but the new study suggests caffeine might not be the active ingredient at work. In this study, researchers led by Dr. Qian Xiao, of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, analyzed data from nearly 28,000 Americans, aged ...
Ebola Patient in Dallas Hospital Takes Turn for Worse
Ebola Patient in Dallas Hospital Takes Turn for Worse SUNDAY, Oct. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States has "taken a turn for the worse," federal health officials said Sunday. Thomas Eric Duncan, a native of Liberia -- one of the West Africa nations being ravaged by the Ebola outbreak -- is receiving supportive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Hospital officials have changed his condition from serious to critical. "Ebola is a deadly d...
EPA Wants Less Dental Mercury Entering Environment
EPA Wants Less Dental Mercury Entering Environment MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new standards to reduce the amount of mercury released from dentists' offices. The changes would fall under the Clean Water Act and would lessen the amount of dental amalgam entering the environment. Mercury and other metals are mixed together to make amalgam, which is used to fill cavities. Mercury is released into public water treatment systems when de...
Ebola Focus Shrinks to About 50 People in Texas
Ebola Focus Shrinks to About 50 People in Texas FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About 50 people in Texas are now being checked daily for possible Ebola infection, based on their prior contact with the Liberian national undergoing treatment in Dallas for the deadly virus, health officials said Friday. None of the 50 currently has a fever or any other symptoms of Ebola, and most have a low risk of infection, Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said at a...
Experimental Cervical Cancer Vaccine Looks Promising in Trial
Experimental Cervical Cancer Vaccine Looks Promising in Trial WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine meant to protect against nine types of human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent 90 percent of all cervical cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 2,500 women with precancerous cervical lesions and found that nearly all were caused by the nine types of HPV targeted by the vaccine being developed by Merck and Co. The new vaccine, currently under...
Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades
Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For those visiting a person with advanced Alzheimer's, the moment can be bittersweet -- will the patient even remember or care that the loved one was there? Now, a new study suggests that even if people with the mind-robbing illness quickly forget a visit or other event, the emotions tied to the experience may linger. The study included 17 Alzheimer's patients who watched 20-minute clips of e...
Escitalopram Oral solution
Escitalopram Oral solution What is this medicine? ESCITALOPRAM (es sye TAL oh pram) is used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. This medicine can be taken with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more...
Escitalopram Oral tablet
Escitalopram Oral tablet What is this medicine? ESCITALOPRAM (es sye TAL oh pram) is used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety. 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. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of yo...
Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG, Resting ECG, Resting EKG) Procedure overview What is an electrocardiogram? An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to evaluate the heart. Electrodes (small, plastic patches) are placed at certain locations on the chest, arms, and legs. When the electrodes are connected to an ECG machine by lead wires, the electrical activity of the heart is measured, interpreted, and printed out for the doctor's information and further interpretat...
Endometrial Ablation Procedure overview What is an endometrial ablation? Endometrial ablation is a procedure to permanently remove a thin tissue layer of the lining of the uterus to stop or reduce excessive or abnormal bleeding in women for whom childbearing is complete. The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. In some cases, endometrial ablation may be an alternative to hysterectomy. There are several techniques used to perform endometrial ablation including the following: Electrical or elec...
Endometrial Biopsy (Biopsy-Endometrium) Procedure overview What is an endometrial biopsy? An endometrial biopsy is a procedure performed to obtain a small tissue sample from the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. After the biopsy, the endometrial tissue is examined under a microscope to identify the presence of abnormal cells, or the effects of hormones on the endometrium. Other related procedures used to evaluate and treat endometrial problems include dilation and curettage (D & C), hyst...
Ewing Sarcoma What is Ewing sarcoma? Ewing sarcoma is a cancer that occurs primarily in the bone or soft tissue. Ewing sarcoma can occur in any bone, but it most often is is found in the hip bones, ribs, or in the long bones, such as the femur (thigh), tibia (shin), or humerus (upper arm). It can involve the muscle and the soft tissues around the tumor site as well. Ewing sarcoma cells can also spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body including the bone marrow, lungs, kidneys, heart, adrenal glan...
Ectopic Pregnancy What is ectopic pregnancy? About 2 percent of all pregnancies develop outside the uterus and is called an ectopic pregnancy. These are nearly always in a fallopian tube. Rarely, an ectopic pregnancy will be located in an ovary or in the cervix, or even in the abdomen. Ectopic pregnancy is more common in women with the following conditions: Infertility (difficulty conceiving) Endometriosis--a condition in which the tissue normally inside the uterus grows in other areas of the pelvis. Se...
Examples of Teratogens
Examples of Teratogens There are many different examples of teratogens that cause birth defects. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Phenytoin (Dilantin) Varicella
Evaluating a Child for Birth Defects
Evaluating a Child for Birth Defects There are many tests that help to evaluate a child for birth defects. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Newborn Screening for Birth Defects Medical History and Genetic Testing
Eye Safety and First Aid
Eye Safety and First Aid As a parent, you can help your child avoid eye trauma with the proper use of safety equipment during sports and recreational activities. Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding eye safety and first aid for your child, for which we have provided a brief overview. Avoiding Eye Injuries Cosmetic Safety for Contact Lens Wearers First Aid for the Eyes
Emergency Treatment of a Burn Injury
Emergency Treatment of a Burn Injury Burn injuries require emergency clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are several different types of burn injuries, for which we have provided a brief overview. Chemical Burns Heat or Thermal Burns Electrical Burns
Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions
Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions Children can have many problems with their ears, nose, and throat. In fact, ear infections alone account for millions of doctor's appointments each year. Listed in the directory below are some common conditions of the ear, nose, and throat in the growing child, for which we have provided a brief overview. Otitis Media Swimmer's Ear Nosebleeds Sinusitis Pharyngitis / Tonsillitis
Endometrial Cancer Click Image to Enlarge What is endometrial cancer? The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. Cancer of the endometrium, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs, is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the endometrium. Cancer of the endometrium is different from cancer of the muscle of the uterus, which is called uterine sarcoma. About 80% of all endometrial cancers are adenocarcinomas. Endometrial cancer is highly curable when found ea...
Eye Safety There are many important safety considerations when it comes to avoiding eye injuries. Listed below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview: Avoiding Eye Injuries Cosmetic Safety for Contact Lens Wearers Eye Safety at the Computer First-Aid for Eyes
Endocrinology Statistics Statistics related to the endocrine system Consider the following statistics, as they relate to the endocrine system: About 210,000 people with acute pancreatitis are admitted to hospitals in the United States each year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that about 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. It's one of the most expensive diseases in the U.S, with an annual cost of $245 billion. Osteoporosis affects 40 million people in the U.S.. It causes 2 million b...
Evaluation Procedures for Stroke
Evaluation Procedures for Stroke How is stroke diagnosed? In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for stroke may include the following. Imaging tests of the brain Preparing for a CT Scan Computed tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan). A diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the...
Take the Emphysema Quiz Emphysema is a long-term lung disease that usually gets worse over time. It's a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to the American Lung Association, close to 5 million Americans have emphysema. Take this quiz to see what you know about this disease. 1. Cigarette smoking is the usual cause of emphysema. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Cigarette smoking is the cause in about 90% of people with emphysema. A smoker is 1...
Early Detection and Prevention Are Keys to Gynecological Health
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Easing Side Effects of Vulvar Cancer Treatment
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Early Research With Drug Restores Hair in Patients With Alopecia
Early Research With Drug Restores Hair in Patients With Alopecia SUNDAY, Aug. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat a rare type of bone marrow cancer restores hair in patients with an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, a new study found. Columbia University Medical Center researchers found that the drug ruxolitinib (brand name: Jakafi) restored hair growth in a small number of patients with alopecia areata, a disease in which immune cells destroy hair follicles. Alopecia areata can oc...
Ease Kids Into School Sleep Schedules
Ease Kids Into School Sleep Schedules SUNDAY, Aug. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents shouldn't wait until the last minute to help children get back into their normal sleep schedules for school, an expert says. "Getting back on a normal sleep schedule doesn't just happen overnight," Peter Bidey, instructor of family medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, said in a college news release. "A gradual transition back to regular sleep habits is essential. A drastic change in sleep habits ...
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Officials at the World Health Organization said that the first round of clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine made by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline could begin next month. A vaccine resulting from the trials could possibly be available by 2015, MSN News reported Sunday. Late last week, WHO declared the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in West Africa a "public health emergency." The outbreak, which has already clai...
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