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Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds
Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many heart bypass patients are skipping medications meant to maintain smooth blood flow in their repaired veins, a new study finds. "It is important for patients to understand that bypass surgery is a second chance, not a cure for their disease," Dr. Michael Savage, a professor of cardiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. Research has shown that taking statins ...
Medical Errors: A Hidden Killer
Medical Errors: A Hidden Killer TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States, a new study contends. Johns Hopkins University researchers analyzed eight years of U.S. data and concluded that more than 250,000 people died each year due to medical errors. If confirmed, that would make medical errors the third leading cause of death among Americans. Currently, respiratory disease, which kills about 150,000 people a year, is listed as th...
Managing Allergies, Asthma 101
Managing Allergies, Asthma 101 TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with allergies or asthma who are heading for college later this year should begin preparing for the transition now, an expert says. "For most teens, going away to college marks their first time living independently," said Dr. David Stukus, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Public Relations Committee. "In addition to moving to a new place, many must learn to manage their own schedule, diet, exer...
More Kids Burned, Hospitalized as Fireworks Sales Rules Ease
More Kids Burned, Hospitalized as Fireworks Sales Rules Ease MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a sharp increase in the number of U.S. children who have been hospitalized with fireworks-related burns since sales restrictions on fireworks have been eased, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed national data and found a slight increase since 2006 in the number of patients younger than 21 with fireworks-related burn injuries who were treated and released by U.S. emergency departments. ...
More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study
More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American kids suffering from asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the increase, with poor children being hit the hardest, researchers report. Children living in extreme poverty who had asthma and ADHD were nearly twice as likely to have at least one other chronic medical condition. These conditions included developmental delays, autism, depression, anxiety, behavioral...
Many Manly Men Avoid Needed Health Care
Many Manly Men Avoid Needed Health Care THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Macho men are less likely than women to visit a doctor, and more likely to request male physicians when they do make an appointment, researchers say. But these "tough guys" tend to downplay their symptoms in front of male doctors because of a perceived need to keep up a strong front when interacting with men, according to three recent studies. The results can be dangerous. "These studies highlight one theory about why m...
Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy
Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Being exposed to just a small amount of air pollution during pregnancy ups the risk of a pregnancy complication that can cause long-term health problems in children, a new study warns. "This study raises the concern that even current standards for air pollution may not be strict enough to protect the fetus, which may be particularly sensitive to environmental factors," said study author Rebecca Massa Nachman. She is ...
Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Help Predict Child's Size
Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Help Predict Child's Size WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers whose mothers were overweight or obese before pregnancy may be more likely to be overweight, a new study suggests. The study also found that mothers who gain too much weight during pregnancy may be more prone to having overweight toddlers. The study had a bit of good news -- breast-feeding for at least six months could reduce a toddler's risk of being overweight. "Childhood obesity is linked w...
Mindfulness Therapy May Help Ease Recurrent Depression
Mindfulness Therapy May Help Ease Recurrent Depression WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness therapy may help reduce the risk of repeated bouts of depression, researchers report. One expert not connected to the study explained the mindfulness approach. "Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy enhances awareness of thoughts and emotions being experienced, and enables development of skills to better cope with them," said Dr. Ami Baxi, a psychiatrist who directs adult inpatient services at ...
More Kids Being Poisoned by Detergent Pods: Study
More Kids Being Poisoned by Detergent Pods: Study MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of small children are getting their hands and mouths on colorful detergent pods, with serious and sometimes fatal consequences, a new study finds. Among more than 62,000 calls made to emergency departments for poisoning from any kind of laundry or dishwashing detergent from 2013 to 2014, 17 children were in a coma, six stopped breathing, four had fluid in their lungs and difficulty breathing, an...
Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost
Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Can listening to music boost your baby's brainpower? Maybe, at least in specific ways. A new study suggests that listening to music with a waltz-like rhythm -- a difficult form of rhythm for infants to comprehend -- and tapping out the beats with their parents improved babies' processing of music patterns and speech sounds. "Actively participating in music may be another important experience that can influence in...
Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds
Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to dealing with illness, most Americans turn to a higher power for help, a new study suggests. "Outside of belief in God, there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer," study author Jeff Levin said in a Baylor University news release. Levin is the director of the program on religion and population health at Baylor University in Texas. About 87 pe...
Mixing Lab Mice With Pet Store Peers Might Boost Research
Mixing Lab Mice With Pet Store Peers Might Boost Research WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Placing pet store mice in the same cages as laboratory mice could help improve mouse-based research into human diseases, a new study suggests. Laboratory mice are used in many areas of medical research, but their immune systems are more similar to the immature immune systems of newborn humans than adult immune systems, according to researchers led by David Masopust at the University of Minnesota. That...
More Evidence Gay Parents Raise Well-Adjusted Kids
More Evidence Gay Parents Raise Well-Adjusted Kids TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Straight parents or same-sex parents -- what's the difference to kids' well-being? Nothing, as long as the parents have a stable relationship, new research finds. Matching 95 same-sex and 95 different-sex parent households, researchers found that children raised by homosexual parents showed no differences in general health, emotional difficulties, coping or learning behavior compared to children of heterosexua...
Metformin Safer for Heart Than Other Common Type 2 Diabetes Drugs: Study
Metformin Safer for Heart Than Other Common Type 2 Diabetes Drugs: Study MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin, the most frequently prescribed standalone drug for type 2 diabetes, is better for the heart than its closest competitors, a large analysis suggests. Metformin reduced the risk of dying from heart attack and stroke by about 30 percent to 40 percent compared with other commonly used drugs called sulfonylureas, such as glibenclamide, glimepiride, glipizide and tolbutamide, research...
Many Breast Cancer Patients May Not Need Chemo: Study
Many Breast Cancer Patients May Not Need Chemo: Study MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many breast cancer patients receive chemotherapy they don't need, according to the results of a long-awaited clinical trial. A genetic test called MammaPrint determined that nearly half the women slated for chemotherapy based on standard clinical assessments didn't really need to undergo the challenging treatment. Researchers planned to announce the findings Monday at the American Association for Cancer Rese...
Many U.S. Adults Think Kids' Health Is Worse Today
Many U.S. Adults Think Kids' Health Is Worse Today MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of American adults believe children have worse emotional and mental health than children in previous generations, a new survey shows. Many of the nearly 2,700 respondents also believe youngsters today have higher stress levels, less quality family time, and poorer coping skills and personal friendships, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Mott is par...
Makers of Corn Masa Flour Can Add Folic Acid
Makers of Corn Masa Flour Can Add Folic Acid THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Makers of corn masa flour can voluntarily add up to 0.7 mg. of folic acid per pound of corn masa flour under a new approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Folic acid is a B vitamin that, when taken by pregnant women, can help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, the agency said Thursday in a news release. Neural tube defects affect the brain, spine and spinal cord. Pregnant women who d...
Mom's Obesity, Diabetes May Spur Fetus to Grow Too Fast
Mom's Obesity, Diabetes May Spur Fetus to Grow Too Fast THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long known that pregnant women who are obese or have diabetes are more likely to have abnormally large babies. Now a new study suggests that this rapid fetal growth happens early in pregnancy. British researchers found that babies born to mothers who were obese or had pregnancy-related diabetes were often already overly large by the sixth month of pregnancy. The researchers said the findings ...
Most Americans Want to Learn How to Help Those Injured in Disasters
Most Americans Want to Learn How to Help Those Injured in Disasters TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans would take a class to learn how to stop or control bleeding to help victims of shootings, accidents or other emergency situations, a new survey suggests. The telephone poll of more than 1,000 civilians nationwide was conducted in November 2015. More than four out of five people said they'd be interested in taking a class to learn how to stop bleeding from an injury. Almost half h...
Many of Oldest Old Say They're at Peace With Dying
Many of Oldest Old Say They're at Peace With Dying TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People well into their 90s are often willing to talk about death, but they're rarely asked about it, a new British study finds. "Despite the dramatic rise in the number of people living into very old age, there is far too little discussion about what the 'oldest old' feel about the end of their lives," said study leader Jane Fleming. "We know very little, too, about the difficult decisions concerning their end-...
Mindfulness Training May Ease PTSD
Mindfulness Training May Ease PTSD FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness training can trigger brain changes that help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manage disturbing memories and thoughts, according to a new study of war veterans. The goal of mindfulness training is to help people develop in-the-moment attention and awareness. This study included 23 U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who all received some form of group therapy. After four months of weekl...
More of the World's People Are Now Obese Than Underweight
More of the World's People Are Now Obese Than Underweight THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More people worldwide are obese than underweight, a new study found. The researchers added that about one-fifth of adults could be obese by 2025. The number of obese people in the world rose from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014, with obesity rates rising from 3 percent to 11 percent among men and from 6 percent to 15 percent among women, the study found. Over the same time, the proportion of...
More Evidence Diabetes Drug Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk a Bit
More Evidence Diabetes Drug Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk a Bit WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More evidence linking the diabetes drug Actos to an increased risk of bladder cancer has surfaced in a new study that also finds the risk rises with increased use. Actos (pioglitazone) appears to increase risk of bladder cancer by 63 percent, Canadian researchers say. The findings, published March 30 in The BMJ , stem from an analysis of nearly 146,000 patients treated between 2000 and 2013. ...
Many Americans Misinformed About Zika Virus
Many Americans Misinformed About Zika Virus TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans are woefully misinformed when it comes to understanding the risks of Zika virus, a new Harvard poll has found. The mosquito-borne virus may spread into some parts of the southern United States during the upcoming mosquito season, public health officials predict. But a lot of U.S. residents aren't armed with accurate information to allow them to properly prepare for Zika's arrival, said Gillian SteelFis...
Medicare Spends Billions on Chronic Kidney Disease, Study Finds
Medicare Spends Billions on Chronic Kidney Disease, Study Finds TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic kidney disease affects nearly 14 percent of Americans and costs Medicare billions of dollars a year, a new study reveals. In 2013, Medicare spent $50 billion on chronic kidney disease among people 65 and older, and $31 billion on those with kidney failure, the researchers found. "This report is a one-stop shop to try to understand the prevalence of kidney disease, how it's being treated an...
Mediterranean Diet May Help Lower Hip Fracture Risk in Older Women
Mediterranean Diet May Help Lower Hip Fracture Risk in Older Women MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a Mediterranean diet may at least slightly lower an older woman's risk for hip fracture, a new study suggests. Women who most closely followed a Mediterranean diet -- one high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains -- had a 20 percent lower risk for hip fractures compared to women who didn't follow this regimen, the researchers found. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effe...
Many Kidney Transplant Patients Land in ER Within 2 Years: Study
Many Kidney Transplant Patients Land in ER Within 2 Years: Study THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of kidney transplant recipients wind up in an emergency department within two years of their operation, a new study finds. The researchers looked at more than 10,500 kidney transplant patients in California, Florida and New York. The investigators found that ER visits were made by 12 percent of patients within one month, 40 percent of patients within one year and 57 percent of pat...
Mammograms May Also Help Spot Heart Disease, Study Suggests
Mammograms May Also Help Spot Heart Disease, Study Suggests THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The standard breast cancer screening test, mammography, may offer a surprising extra benefit -- the ability to check heart health, new research suggests. When radiologists look at mammograms for signs of breast cancer, they can also see calcium deposits that have built up in the arteries that supply blood to the breasts, said researcher Dr. Laurie Margolies. She's director of breast imaging at Mount ...
More U.S. Women Delivering Babies at Home or Birth Centers
More U.S. Women Delivering Babies at Home or Birth Centers WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More women in the United States are choosing to deliver their babies at home or in birth centers, a new study indicates. In 2014, nearly 60,000 babies were born outside a hospital, the researchers said. While that is still a small minority of all births, the trend has been gathering steam in the last decade, the study authors added. In 2004, less than 1 percent of U.S. births occurred out of hospital...
Many Parents Skeptical of Online Doctor Ratings, Poll Finds
Many Parents Skeptical of Online Doctor Ratings, Poll Finds TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of parents turn to online ratings in their search for a doctor, but most parents say they aren't sure they can trust Web-based reviews, new U.S. research shows. "Online rating sites are becoming an increasingly common and potentially influential source of information for parents as they choose a doctor," said study lead author Dr. David Hanauer, a pediatrician at the University of Mich...
Meditation May Help Ease Chronic Low Back Pain
Meditation May Help Ease Chronic Low Back Pain TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Meditation may work better than painkillers when it comes to soothing chronic low back pain, a new clinical trial suggests. The study found that a program called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) beat standard medical care for managing low back pain. After one year, people who attended MBSR classes were more than 40 percent likely to show "meaningful" improvements in their pain and daily activities compare...
Moderate Drinking May Not Lengthen Life, Study Suggests
Moderate Drinking May Not Lengthen Life, Study Suggests TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite previous studies suggesting a bevy of health benefits, a new analysis challenges the idea that drinking alcohol in moderation might prolong your life. After reviewing nearly 90 previously completed studies, researchers said that moderate drinkers may not have a survival benefit compared to people who don't drink at all. "So-called 'moderate' drinkers do not live longer than nondrinkers," said revi...
Men, Avoid Impotence Drugs Before Surgery
Men, Avoid Impotence Drugs Before Surgery MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men should not take erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis just before surgery, experts say. The drugs contain nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels and relaxes muscles. This can cause a patient's blood pressure to become dangerously low when combined with anesthesia and other drugs used during surgery, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). The group advises men not to take ...
Most Families Cherish a Child With Down Syndrome, Survey Finds
Most Families Cherish a Child With Down Syndrome, Survey Finds MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Families of children with Down syndrome face challenges, but by and large their experiences are positive ones, a new study suggests. Researchers found that in 87 percent of families they surveyed, everyone -- parents and siblings -- said they loved their family member who had Down syndrome, and almost as many families said they felt pride for the child. Few families expressed any regret about having...
Many Men Have Body Image Issues, Too
Many Men Have Body Image Issues, Too FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women aren't the only ones at risk of worrying about their looks: A new study finds many men also fret about their physique, especially gay men. Surveys on male body image found that 20 percent to 40 percent of men were unhappy with some aspect of their looks, including physical appearance, weight, and muscle size and tone. Those feelings spilled into their health and sex lives, as well. Many straight and gay men, for exampl...
More Young Americans Support Gay Adoption: Survey
More Young Americans Support Gay Adoption: Survey THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young Americans increasingly favor adoption rights for gays and lesbians, with three-quarters of females and two-thirds of males now voicing support, according to a new government report. These statistics from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics reflect a steady rise from 2002, and a significant shift in attitudes across the nation among people 15 to 44 years old. The report doesn't explore the reas...
More Older Women Now Living With 'Moderate' Disability, Study Shows
More Older Women Now Living With 'Moderate' Disability, Study Shows THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Back in the 1980s, older U.S. women typically lived more years free of disabilities than their male peers did, but a new study shows that pattern appears to be changing. For older men, the news is largely positive, researchers report: They're not only living longer, but with fewer disabilities. For women, the picture is different: They've made smaller gains than men have and, in some respects...
More Healthy Foods Offered in School Lunches, Study Finds
More Healthy Foods Offered in School Lunches, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- American kids are getting more healthy food choices in school lunches, a new study finds. Elementary school cafeterias are offering more vegetables, fresh fruit, salad bars, whole grains and more healthy pizzas, while the availability of high-fat milks, fried potatoes and regular pizza has decreased, researchers report. "School food service programs have worked hard to improve the nutritional quality o...
Many With Irregular Heartbeat Missing Out on Stroke-Preventing Treatments
Many With Irregular Heartbeat Missing Out on Stroke-Preventing Treatments WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors know that a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation increases the odds for stroke. But less than half of "a-fib" patients at highest risk for stroke are prescribed recommended blood thinners by their cardiologists, new research finds. "The findings of our study are surprising given that these patients with atrial fibrillation were treated by a cardiovascular specialist...
Mom's Weight, Blood Sugar Levels May Affect Newborn's Size
Mom's Weight, Blood Sugar Levels May Affect Newborn's Size TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Being overweight or obese during pregnancy may mean higher weights in newborns, a new study suggests. Researchers have long known that heavier moms-to-be tend to have bigger babies. But it hasn't been clear that the extra pounds, per se, are the reason. So the new study, reported March 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association , dove into the genetics of the issue. Using genetic information...
Many Unfamiliar With Health Insurance Lingo, Study Says
Many Unfamiliar With Health Insurance Lingo, Study Says FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One-quarter of adults in Texas don't understand basic health insurance terms, a new report finds. Poor, uninsured and Hispanic Texans were least likely to know the meaning of health-plan basics such as "premium," "copayment" and "provider network," according to the Rice University report, which was released this week. Researchers analyzed data from a survey of adults aged 18 to 64 in Texas that took place ...
Mom's Smoking May Put Kids at Higher Risk of COPD in Adulthood
Mom's Smoking May Put Kids at Higher Risk of COPD in Adulthood THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The children of mothers who smoke heavily may face a much higher risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as adults, new research suggests. The finding is based on the tracking of COPD risk among nearly 1,400 adults, and it suggests that heavy maternal smoking -- more than 20 cigarettes per day -- increases a child's long-term COPD risk nearly threefold. "The findings were ...
MS Patients May Be Prone to Other Chronic Illnesses, Study Finds
MS Patients May Be Prone to Other Chronic Illnesses, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to have other chronic health problems than those without the nervous system disorder, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at how common several chronic conditions -- high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, chronic lung disease, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorde...
Most Teens Who Abuse ADHD Meds Get Them From Others
Most Teens Who Abuse ADHD Meds Get Them From Others TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Abuse of ADHD stimulant drugs such Ritalin or Adderall is on the rise, and a new study finds that most teens who abuse the drugs get them from someone else. An expanding market for drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), "coupled with the increasing rates of ADHD diagnosis, provides greater availability of these drugs," study lead author Yanning Wang, from the University of Florida in G...
Most Pediatricians Don't Ask About Mom's Depression
Most Pediatricians Don't Ask About Mom's Depression MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than half of pediatricians in the United States ask mothers about depression, even though the condition affects many women with young children, a new study reveals. "Maternal depression is often overlooked and untreated because women with mental health issues do not routinely access health care for themselves," study co-author Dr. Ruth Stein, an attending physician at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore...
Misconceptions About Acne Still Common
Misconceptions About Acne Still Common FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There are still plenty of negative and mistaken beliefs about people with acne, a new study finds. Researchers showed photos of acne and several common skin conditions to study participants and asked them their views about each condition. More than 62 percent said they were upset by the photos of acne. And more than 80 percent said they felt pity toward people with acne, the research revealed. Of even greater concern, more ...
Monkeys Move Robotic Wheelchairs With Their Thoughts
Monkeys Move Robotic Wheelchairs With Their Thoughts THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who made it possible for monkeys to operate a robotic wheelchair using only the monkey's thoughts say the technology might eventually be used by severely disabled people. The Duke University neuroscientists created a brain-machine interface that translates a monkey's thoughts about movement into real-time operation of the wheelchair. The report, published online March 3 in Scientific Reports , sh...
More Americans Opting for Butt Implants, Lifts
More Americans Opting for Butt Implants, Lifts FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are putting their backsides to the front of the line when it comes to plastic surgery, a new report finds. Butt implants and lifts are now the fastest-growing types of plastic surgery in the United States, according to the latest data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The 2015 statistics also revealed another sign that men are not immune to vanity: More than 40 percent of breast re...
Many Parents Downplay Value of Flu Shot, Poll Finds
Many Parents Downplay Value of Flu Shot, Poll Finds FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only about half of American parents took their kids to get flu shots this season, with many believing it is less important or less effective than other vaccines, a new poll found. "In exploring why some parents do not have their child get the flu vaccine, we found that many parents do not believe that flu vaccine is as safe, effective or important as the other vaccines their children receive," said Sarah Clark,...
Monkey Trial Offers Hope for Future Ebola Treatment for Humans
Monkey Trial Offers Hope for Future Ebola Treatment for Humans THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An antibody treatment for Ebola might be able to protect people for up to five days after they've been exposed to the deadly virus, a new animal study suggests. The treatment protected a group of three macaque monkeys exposed to a high dose of Ebola, even though researchers waited five days before injecting the antibodies, said senior study author Nancy Sullivan. All three monkeys had a fever, one ...
Male Childhood Cancer Survivors Less Likely to Have Kids, Study Finds
Male Childhood Cancer Survivors Less Likely to Have Kids, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who survived cancer when they were children, teens or young adults seem to be less likely to have children of their own than men who never had cancer, a new study reveals. The likelihood of having children was especially low among those who survived testicular cancer, bone cancer, brain tumors, lymphoma and leukemia, researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway found. The findings ...
More American Women Opting for Mastectomy, Study Finds
More American Women Opting for Mastectomy, Study Finds MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More women in the United States are undergoing mastectomies, even though the overall rate of breast cancer has remained stable, a new federal government report reveals. The rate at which American women opted for mastectomy jumped by more than a third (36 percent) from 2005 to 2013, according to data from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In sheer numbers, the mastectomy rate increas...
More Hospitals Offer Donor Breast Milk to Help Preemie Babies
More Hospitals Offer Donor Breast Milk to Help Preemie Babies MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More hospitals give tiny preemies donated breast milk instead of formula, and the babies appear to benefit from it, a new study suggests. Researchers found the number of California hospitals offering donor breast milk rose substantially between 2007 and 2013 -- from about 21 percent of all newborn intensive care units (NICUs) to 41 percent. Over those same years, NICUs that made the change showed an i...
Many Stroke Patients Prefer Video Follow-Up Versus Phone Call
Many Stroke Patients Prefer Video Follow-Up Versus Phone Call THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of stroke patients would prefer a video call, instead of a phone call, when their doctor follows up with them after they leave the hospital, a small study finds. Among 52 stroke patients who were asked how they wanted their doctor to contact them after they left the hospital, nearly 58 percent preferred a video call and about 42 percent said a phone call, the researchers found. But all 14...
More Evidence Smog May Raise Stroke Risk
More Evidence Smog May Raise Stroke Risk WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As levels of air pollution rise, so too does the risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers used data from the United States and China. These two countries are the biggest producers of greenhouse gases in the world, and are responsible for one-third of global warming, according to study lead author Dr. Longjian Liu. "Cities with poorer air quality have significantly higher prevalence of stroke, compared with ci...
Many Suicidal People Make Long-Term Recovery, Study Shows
Many Suicidal People Make Long-Term Recovery, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly four in 10 people who seriously consider suicide end up recovering long-term, achieving a mental state that's free of suicidal symptoms or thoughts, a new Canadian study finds. Certain factors help, however: The chances of recovery are more than seven times greater when a patient has a close confidant to trust and count on, researchers from the University of Toronto reported. "Most people will e...
More Evidence That Poor Sleep Could Lower Teens' Grades
More Evidence That Poor Sleep Could Lower Teens' Grades TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who struggle to get their teens to bed at a decent hour may get some help from a new study that found sleep was closely linked to school achievement. High school students who went to sleep by 11 p.m. Monday through Friday got better grades, the research showed. On the flip side, the less sleep teens got, the lower their grades were on average, the researchers said. "Our findings suggest that going ...
More College Students Misusing ADHD Med as Study Aid
More College Students Misusing ADHD Med as Study Aid TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- College students aiming for an academic edge may explain a surge in the misuse of a stimulant commonly prescribed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests. Among U.S. adults, the number of Adderall prescriptions stayed stable from 2006 to 2011, but misuse of the drug jumped 67 percent and related visits to emergency rooms went up by 156 percent, researchers found. "The majori...
Mammograms a Personal Decision for Women in Their 40s, Panel Says
Mammograms a Personal Decision for Women in Their 40s, Panel Says MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women in their 40s should talk with their doctors and then decide whether they need regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer before the recommended age of 50, according to updated U.S. health guidelines released Monday. The finalized guidelines, released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and published simultaneously in the Annals of Internal Medicine , largely reiterate con...
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