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Over 64? Want to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk? Try Exercise
Over 64? Want to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk? Try Exercise MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ride a bike, take a swim, walk your dog: New research shows even a "moderate" amount of exercise each week drastically reduces the odds a person aged 65 or older will die from heart disease. The benefits of exercise are "good prevention for many diseases, and the effect is dose-dependent -- the more you do, the better," said study lead author Riitta Antikainen. She is a professor of geriatrics at the Uni...
Oxalate (Urine) Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This is a urine test to see whether you have a high level of the chemical oxalate in your urine. Oxalate is a natural end product of metabolism in the body. It should leave your body through your urine. If your oxalate levels are too high, the extra oxalate can combine with calcium to form kidney stones. These stones are hard masses of chemicals that can get stuck in the urinary tract. They commonly cause severe pain. Calcium-oxalat...
Ova and Parasites (Stool)
Ova and Parasites (Stool) Does this test have other names? Stool sample examination, stool O&P, fecal smear What is this test? This test looks for parasites and their larvae or eggs in a sample of your stool. Parasites are organisms that can live within or on the human body and use it as a source of food. Many live in the digestive tract. Many parasites also cause illnesses. These include one-celled organisms, such as Giardia, and larger organisms such as pinworms. In their adult form, pinworms can ...
Osmolality (Urine) Does this test have other names? Osmotic gap, osmolal gap test What is this test? This test measures the concentration (osmolality) of particles in your urine. It finds out whether your electrolyte balance is normal and whether your kidneys are working as they should. Why do I need this test? You may have this test if your healthcare provider needs to look at the concentration of your urine, as well as at your fluid and electrolyte balance. This may be necessary if your provider suspe...
Osmolality (Stool) Does this test have other names? Stool osmolality What is this test? This test measures the concentration (osmolality) of certain particles in a sample of your watery stool. The amount of sodium, potassium, and other substances in your stool can affect its consistency. The test is used to find out why your stool isn't solid. Short-term (acute) diarrhea often clears up on its own within a few days. But it's considered long-term (chronic) diarrhea when the loose, watery bowel movements ...
Osmolality (Blood) Does this test have other names? Serum osmolality, osmolality serum What is this test? This test measures the concentration of dissolved particles (osmolality) in your blood. This test can help diagnose a fluid or electrolyte imbalance, including dehydration. Electrolytes are mineral salts that help move nutrients into your cells and waste products out of your cells. Electrolytes also control your acidity and pH levels. The more dilute your blood and urine are, the lower the concentra...
Obesity in Children: How Parents Can Help
Obesity in Children: How Parents Can Help Childhood obesity in the U.S. is growing at an alarming rate. According to the CDC, since 1980, the obesity rate among U.S. children and adolescents has tripled. In fact, the most recent CDC statistics indicate that approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents between ages 2 and 19 are obese. Most children become obese because of a combination of poor diet, lack of physical activity, and other lifestyle issues. In rare cases, however, a child'...
Oligodendroglioma in Children
Oligodendroglioma in Children What is an oligodendroglioma? The brain is part of the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS also includes the spinal cord. A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue. An oligodendroglioma is a type of CNS tumor called a glioma. These are tumors of the glial cells, the supporting cells of the brain. There are several types of glioma, depending on the type of cells involved and the location in the brain. Oligodendroglioma is a rare tumor that starts in the oligodendrocytes. The...
Olfactory Neuroblastoma When a cancer starts specifically in the nerves that affect your sense of smell, it is known as olfactory neuroblastoma. (Esthesioneuroblastoma is another name for this type of cancer.) An olfactory neuroblastoma often happens on the roof of the nasal cavity. It involves the cribriform plate, which is a bone between the eyes and located deep in the skull. Olfactory neuroblastoma is a rare form of cancer. Symptoms A number of symptoms and warning signs can indicate olfactory neuro...
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea What is obstructive sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your breathing is interrupted during sleep, for longer than 10 seconds at least 5 times per hour (on average) throughout your sleep period. These periods are called hypopneas when your breathing is reduced and you're not taking in enough oxygen. They're called apneas if your breathing completely stops. Your breathing typically stops because something is blocking your upper airway, such as the muscles, tongue, an...
Optic Neuritis What is optic neuritis? Optic neuritis is a condition that affects the eye and your vision. It occurs when your optic nerve is inflamed. The optic nerve sends messages from your eyes to your brain so that you can interpret visual images. When the optic nerve is irritated and inflamed, it doesn't carry messages to the brain as well, and you can't see clearly. Optic neuritis can affect your vision and cause pain. When the nerve fibers become inflamed, the optic nerve can also start to swell...
Oral Hairy Leukoplakia
Oral Hairy Leukoplakia What is oral hairy leukoplakia? Oral hairy leukoplakia is a condition triggered by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It causes white patches on your tongue. Sometimes the patches happen in other parts of your mouth. The patches may look hairy. This is where the name comes from. Oral hairy leukoplakia happens most often in people with weak immune systems. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) often causes this condition. What causes oral hairy leukoplakia? Oral hairy leukoplakia is caused...
OTC Pain Medications and Their Risks
OTC Pain Medications and Their Risks Drugstore shelves have so many choices of over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication that it can seem difficult to find one that you like. But OTC pain relievers can be divided into just 2 main types: acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Acetaminophen is available as a generic medicine and by the brand name Tylenol. You'll find a few different NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, and ketoprofen. Some medicines, such as Excedrin Extra ...
Outpatient Rehabilitation When you're recovering from an illness, surgery, or injury, you may need outpatient rehabilitation. This means you'll receive one or more types of therapy after you've been discharged from a hospital or clinic. You may go to an outpatient rehabilitation facility. Or, in some cases, treatment may take place in your home. The goal of this rehab is to help you heal and get back to your everyday activities. Outpatient rehab after an accident or injury As part of your recovery, you ...
Oxycodone Hydrochloride Oral solution
Oxycodone Hydrochloride Oral solution What is this medicine? OXYCODONE (ox i KOE done) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure your dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Do not use a household spoon. If you are allergic to latex or rubber, do not use the dropper that comes with the product. If the medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. You...
Oxycodone Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended-release
Oxycodone Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended-release What is this medicine? OXYCODONE (ox i KOE done) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat constant pain that lasts for more than a few days. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Swallow only one tablet at a time. Do not wet, soak, or lick the tablet before you take it. You can take it with or without food. If it ...
Omeprazole Magnesium Oral suspension
Omeprazole Magnesium Oral suspension What is this medicine? OMEPRAZOLE (oh ME pray zol) prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, certain bacteria in the stomach, inflammation of the esophagus, and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome. It is also used to treat other conditions that cause too much stomach acid. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with water. Empty the contents of 1 packet into a container of water. Th...
Oxybutynin Topical gel
Oxybutynin Topical gel What is this medicine? OXYBUTYNIN (ox i BYOO ti nin) is used to treat overactive bladder. This medicine reduces the amount of bathroom visits. It may also help to control wetting accidents. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for use on the skin. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying. Apply to clean, dry, unbroken skin on the abdomen, upper arms, shoulders, or thighs. Rub gel gently into the skin...
Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Oral tablet
Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Oral tablet What is this medicine? OXYMORPHINE (ox i MOR feen) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not break, crush, or chew this medicine. Do not take broken tablets. Taking broken, chewed, crushed or dissolved tablets can be very dangerous. You may get too much medicine, too fast. Take this medicine on an empty sto...
Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended-release
Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended-release What is this medicine? OXYMORPHINE (ox i MOR feen) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain that lasts for more than a few days. It is used by people who have been taking an opioid or narcotic pain medicine. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow only one tablet at a time. Do not wet, soak, or lick the tablet before you t...
Omeprazole, Sodium Bicarbonate Oral suspension
Omeprazole, Sodium Bicarbonate Oral suspension What is this medicine? OMEPRAZOLE; SODIUM BICARBONATE (oh ME pray zol; SOE dee um bye KAR bon ate) prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, and inflammation of the esophagus. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Place the contents of the packet into a small glass containing 1 to 2 tablespoons of water before use...
Omeprazole, Sodium Bicarbonate Oral capsule
Omeprazole, Sodium Bicarbonate Oral capsule What is this medicine? OMEPRAZOLE; SODIUM BICARBONATE (oh ME pray zol; SOE dee um bye KAR bon ate) prevents the production of acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, and inflammation of the esophagus. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Do not take with other drinks or foods. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush or chew the capsules. Ta...
Oxybutynin Chloride Oral tablet, extended-release
Oxybutynin Chloride Oral tablet, extended-release What is this medicine? OXYBUTYNIN (ox i BYOO ti nin) is used to treat overactive bladder. This medicine reduces the amount of bathroom visits. It may also help to control wetting accidents. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Swallow whole, do not crush, cut, or chew. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not...
Ondansetron Oral disintegrating tablet
Ondansetron Oral disintegrating tablet What is this medicine? ONDANSETRON (on DAN se tron) is used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. It is also used to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting after surgery. How should I use this medicine? These tablets are made to dissolve in the mouth. Do not try to push the tablet through the foil backing. With dry hands, peel away the foil backing and gently remove the tablet. Place the tablet in the mouth and allow it to dissolve, then swallow. While...
Obesity People can become obese by taking in more calories than they burn. Obesity also appears to be influenced by genetics. This video discusses the health risks associated with obesity and what treatment and lifestyle changes are commonly recommended.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta in Children
Osteogenesis Imperfecta in Children What is osteogenesis imperfecta? Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle-bone disease, is a genetic (inherited) disorder characterized by bones that break easily without a specific cause. An estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people in the U.S. have this disease. OI can affect males and females of all races. What causes osteogenesis imperfecta? The cause of OI is believed to be because of a genetic defect that causes imperfectly formed or an inadequate amount of b...
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea What is obstructive sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea happens when a child stops breathing during periods of sleep. The cessation of breathing usually happens because of a blockage (obstruction) in the airway. Tonsils and adenoids may grow to be large relative to the size of a child's upper airway (passages through the nose and mouth to the windpipe and lungs). Inflamed and infected glands may grow to be larger than normal. This causes more blockage. The enlarged tonsils and a...
Overview of Diabetes Mellitus
Overview of Diabetes Mellitus What is diabetes mellitus? Diabetes is a condition in which sufficient amounts of insulin are either not made, or the body is unable to use the insulin that is made. Diabetes can be defined as a metabolic disorder because the disease affects the way the body uses food to make glucose. This is the main source of fuel for the body. The three main types of diabetes include: Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the ...
Online Resources - Cancer
Online Resources – Cancer This Web was compiled from a variety of sources including the online resources listed below, but is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your health care provider. The content provided here is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your health care provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. This page contains links...
Oriental Greens (Gluten-free, gout-friendly) Ingredients 1/2 cup fresh green beans 1/2 cup snow peas 1 cup cauliflower florets, broken into small pieces 1 cup sliced water chestnuts, drained 2 large radishes, thinly sliced 2 scallions (also called spring onions), thinly sliced 1/4 cup red onion, slivered 1 teaspoon powdered ginger 1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar Directions Remove strings and ends from green beans and snow peas. Combine with cauliflower florets. Add water chestnuts, radish slices, and...
Orange-Walnut Salad (Gout-friendly, gluten-free) Ingredients 2 cups romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped (about 6 leaves) 1 cup arugula 1 cucumber, peeled, quartered lengthwise, seeds removed, and chopped 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced 2 navel oranges, peeled and chopped 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped 1 tablespoon walnut oil 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 2 ounces blue cheese (gluten-free) Directions Layer ingredients in a large salad bowl. Just before serving, sprinkle with walnut oil and vinegar and tos...
Obesity May Be Bad for the Brain, Too
Obesity May Be Bad for the Brain, Too WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Could too much weight be bad for the brain as well as the belly? New research suggests that being overweight or obese may trigger premature aging of the middle-aged brain. The study centered on how carrying excess weight might affect the brain's white matter, which facilitates communication between different brain regions. White matter tissue is known to shrink with age. But the new study found that the amount of white ma...
Online Video Games May Boost High School Students' Academic Skills
Online Video Games May Boost High School Students' Academic Skills MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new Australian study suggests that players of online video games do better in school, but those who frequent Facebook or chat sites are more likely to have trouble. It's not clear whether games or social sites have a direct cause-and-effect relationship on students' academics. Still, "when you play online games you're solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the ...
Obamacare's Medicaid Expansions May Be Improving Care
Obamacare's Medicaid Expansions May Be Improving Care MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Low-income adults in Arkansas and Kentucky experienced significant improvements in care after their states expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study reveals. The gains were not immediate. But after the second year of coverage, patients had better access to primary care, lower out-of-pocket spending and less reliance on hospital emergency departments for care, compared with low-income adults ...
Officials: Aerial Spraying Working Against Miami Mosquitoes
Officials: Aerial Spraying Working Against Miami Mosquitoes FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aerial spraying is killing many mosquitoes in a part of Miami where the insects have been linked to 16 cases of Zika infection, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Aerial spraying of the insecticide naled began Thursday and rapidly killed adult mosquitoes that ground-applied pesticides could not reach, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, the Associated Press reported. The Zika...
Order Lunch Early, Lose Weight Later?
Order Lunch Early, Lose Weight Later? MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You might be able to cut your calorie intake by ordering meals before you're actually hungry, a new study suggests. Researchers examined the lunch orders of 690 employees using a corporate cafeteria and 195 university students choosing catered lunch options. The participants selected high-calorie meals when they ordered their lunches immediately before eating, but lower-calorie meals when they placed their orders an hour or m...
Opioids by Injection May Drive HIV Outbreaks
Opioids by Injection May Drive HIV Outbreaks WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. prescription drug abuse epidemic has increased the risk of HIV outbreaks in rural and suburban communities, where up to now the virus has posed little threat, warns a new case study. Needle-sharing among prescription drug addicts created an outbreak in rural Scott County, Ind. Public health officials report HIV infected 181 people there between November 2014 and November 2015. "It was the largest outbreak ...
Omega-3s in Fish Tied to Better Colon Cancer Outcomes
Omega-3s in Fish Tied to Better Colon Cancer Outcomes THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer patients who take in higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, mainly from oily fish, may have better odds of survival, a new study finds. The study of almost 1,700 American adults with colon cancer was observational, meaning that it can't prove cause-and-effect. But it did seem to find a benefit from the healthy nutrient. One colon cancer expert who reviewed the new findings wasn't surprised. "We...
Opioid Abusers Missing Out on Addiction-Fighting Drug
Opioid Abusers Missing Out on Addiction-Fighting Drug WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors aren't using one of the most effective weapons at their disposal in battling addiction to prescription painkillers -- the anti-addiction drug Suboxone, a new study finds. A review of Medicare claims showed that U.S. physicians are woefully underprescribing Suboxone. The drug is the only therapy Medicare covers to treat opioid addiction. "For every 40 family practice physicians who prescribed an opi...
Obamacare Paying Off With Improved Health Care: Report
Obamacare Paying Off With Improved Health Care: Report FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new report finds health care improved in much of the United States between 2011 and 2014, mostly because more people were insured and doctors and other providers did a better job. The Commonwealth Fund looked at health care in just over 300 local areas during the period when the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called Obamacare, was being established across the United States. The ACA was signed into law by ...
Obesity More Deadly for Men Than Women: Study
Obesity More Deadly for Men Than Women: Study WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is nearly three times more deadly for men than it is for women, new research suggests. In a study of nearly 4 million men and women around the globe, the risk of dying before the age of 70 was 19 percent for men and 11 percent for women of normal weight. But that risk jumped to 30 percent and 15 percent, respectively, for obese men and women. That's an absolute increased risk of 11 percent for men and 4 pe...
Obese Preschoolers More Likely to Be Hospitalized
Obese Preschoolers More Likely to Be Hospitalized FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obese preschoolers are two to three times more likely to end up in the hospital than their healthy weight peers are, new research suggests. The Australian study also found that health care costs are about 60 percent higher for obese kids. "Childhood obesity is a serious public health issue, and is becoming an increasing problem in children under 5 years old," said study lead author Alison Hayes. She is an associat...
Old Drug Boosts Brain's Memory Centers
Old Drug Boosts Brain's Memory Centers TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A long-used drug called methylene blue may rev up activity in brain regions involved in short-term memory and attention, a small study suggests. Methylene blue has been used in medicine for more than a century, said Timothy Duong, the senior researcher on the study and a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. These days, he said, it's used to manage a condition called methemoglobinemia, ...
Older Adults Sharpest in the Morning, Study Finds
Older Adults Sharpest in the Morning, Study Finds FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults' minds may be sharpest in the morning, a new small study finds. Canadian researchers used functional MRI to monitor the brain activity of 16 younger adults (aged 19 to 30) and 16 older adults (aged 60 to 82) as they did a series of memory tests while subjected to distractions. When the tests were conducted between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., older adults were 10 percent more likely to be distracted than younge...
Orbactiv Approved for Drug-Resistant Skin Infections
Orbactiv Approved for Drug-Resistant Skin Infections THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antibacterial drug Orbactiv (oritavancin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat drug-resistant skin infections in adults, the agency said in a news release. The drug is sanctioned to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other acute bacterial skin infections. It's the third such drug approved in 2014, following May approval of Dalvance (dalbavancin) and...
Obese More Likely to Survive Serious Bloodstream Infection
Obese More Likely to Survive Serious Bloodstream Infection TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese seniors are more likely to survive a life-threatening bloodstream infection called sepsis than those who are at a normal weight, according to a new study. The results are surprising because obesity often leads to worse, not better, health outcomes. The study also raises new questions about how obesity affects the body's response to infection, the University of Michigan researchers said. "Physician...
One in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke Years Later, Study Finds
One in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke Years Later, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 10 percent of people who survive cancer are still smoking a decade later, a new study from the American Cancer Society shows. Experts said the findings, reported online Aug. 6 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention , show that some cancer survivors need ongoing help with kicking the smoking habit. The study also underscores how tough it can be to quit tobacco, said Dr...
Once-Daily Inhaler Approved for COPD
Once-Daily Inhaler Approved for COPD THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) inhalation spray has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the agency said Thursday in a news release. COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and chronic emphysema, is a progressive disease that makes breathing difficult by obstructing airflow through the lungs. Most commonly caused by smoking, it's the third-leading cau...
Obstetric Complication Rates Vary Widely Between Hospitals in U.S.
Obstetric Complication Rates Vary Widely Between Hospitals in U.S. MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An American woman's odds of encountering a complication during childbirth may depend on where she delivers, a new study suggests. The study finds that about 13 percent of U.S. deliveries involve a complication, and obstetric complication rates vary widely among hospitals. The researchers believe there's a key lesson to be learned from the research -- by taking cues from hospitals with the fewest c...
Obesity Might Slow You Down at Work
Obesity Might Slow You Down at Work FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who are obese and work in manufacturing jobs may have significantly less endurance than those who weigh less, a new research suggests. In a study of 32 people -- half were obese, half were of normal weight -- people who were not obese had endurance times that were about 60 percent longer. Obesity also was associated with less strength, increased discomfort and declines in task performance. Being older -- 50 to 65 years o...
Older Women With Asthma Face Worse Health Outcomes
Older Women With Asthma Face Worse Health Outcomes FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although older women with asthma often have worse health outcomes, they may not make asthma care a priority, according to a new study. "There is no doubt that women over 65 suffer from asthma much more than men over 65," concluded Dr. James Sublett, an allergist and president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), in an organization news release. In fact, the asthma death rate am...
Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids
Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests. "We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those whose mothers were overweight or obese during pregnancy had up to 20 to 30 percent higher odds of asthma," said lead researcher Dr. Erick Forno, an assistant professor of pediatrics at C...
Obamacare Dealt Setback by Federal Appeals Court
Obamacare Dealt Setback by Federal Appeals Court TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a bombshell ruling that could potentially play havoc with Obamacare, a federal appeals court said Tuesday that the financial subsidies provided to millions of Americans who bought health insurance though the federal HealthCare.gov website exchange are illegal. In a 2-1 ruling, the federal appeals court for the District of Columbia said that as the law is written, the subsidies may only be provided to people wh...
Organic Foods May Be Healthier, Review Finds
Organic Foods May Be Healthier, Review Finds TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Organic produce and grains contain more protective antioxidants, less pesticide residue and lower levels of the toxic metal cadmium than food raised in traditional ways, a new review finds. It's not clear what this means for your health. And several agriculture experts claim the analysis missed some important points. But a study co-author said the research offers a clear message. "Organic plant-based foods offer some...
Omega-3s in Diet May Help Ward Off Lou Gehrig's Disease
Omega-3s in Diet May Help Ward Off Lou Gehrig's Disease TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help cut your risk for the fatal neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a new study suggests. These fatty acids -- found most commonly in certain fish -- are known to help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress on cells. Both of those processes can damage nerve tissue, according to the study authors. Inflam...
Obesity Epidemic Hitting Hispanics Hard, Study Finds
Obesity Epidemic Hitting Hispanics Hard, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is a growing problem among Hispanic Americans, especially among young adults, a new study shows. After analyzing data from more than 16,300 Hispanics in Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego, the researchers found that 18 percent of women and 12 percent of men had a body mass index (BMI) over 35. BMI is a measurement based on height and weight. People with a BMI over 30 are considered obese. A ...
Obesity May Raise Risk of COPD
Obesity May Raise Risk of COPD MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people, particularly those with excess belly fat, may face a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study suggests. The researchers report that women with a waist size of roughly 43 inches or more and men with waist size of 46 inches or more showed a 72 percent increased risk of developing the lung disease, compared with people who had a normal waist size. COPD, also known as emphysema an...
Older Adults Can Safely Donate a Kidney, Study Finds
Older Adults Can Safely Donate a Kidney, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's safe for healthy older people to donate kidneys, researchers say. Live kidney donation by people 55 and older has become more common in the United States in the past two decades, but there have been concerns that giving up a kidney might put older people at increased risk for heart problems and premature death. Dr. Peter Reese, from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, and colle...
One in 25 Reports Falling Asleep at the Wheel: CDC Report
One in 25 Reports Falling Asleep at the Wheel: CDC Report THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a new government survey, one in 25 U.S. drivers said they had fallen asleep at the wheel a least once over the prior month. The study found those most at risk for having accidents while driving drowsy are those under 25, males, people who binge drink, people who don't wear seat belts, folks with sleep problems, and, not surprisingly, those who regularly sleep less than five hours a night, according to...
One Tick Bite Can Equal Two Infections
One Tick Bite Can Equal Two Infections THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're planning to spend quality time outdoors this summer, new research may give you another reason to guard against ticks. In a New York state study, about one in 10 deer ticks were found to be harboring at least two harmful germs, and the tiny bloodsuckers could pass both infections to a human host through a single bite. "A third of ticks around here are infected with the Lyme bacteria, and about a third of those are...
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