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Racial Disparity in Kidney Transplant Outcomes Narrows: Study
Racial Disparity in Kidney Transplant Outcomes Narrows: Study THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Racial disparities in kidney transplant outcomes are shrinking, new research indicates. Previous studies had shown that black patients who received kidney transplants had worse outcomes compared with white patients. But a new analysis of roughly 200,000 kidney transplants revealed that the success of surgeries involving black people improved between 1990 and 2012, with fewer organ rejections and deat...
Researchers ID Areas of Western U.S. With Risk of Plague
Researchers ID Areas of Western U.S. With Risk of Plague THURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parts of central Colorado, north-central New Mexico and southwestern and northeastern California have the highest risk for human exposure to plague, new research suggests. The scientists said their findings, which are based on cases of plague reported in both wild and domestic animals between 2000 and 2015, could help public health officials better monitor the infection, which can be deadly in humans. In...
Researchers: Retract Study That Claimed Nitroglycerin Might Boost Bone Density
Researchers: Retract Study That Claimed Nitroglycerin Might Boost Bone Density TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some authors of a published study that claimed the heart medicine nitroglycerin might boost bone density in older women have asked that the study be retracted, saying the lead researcher falsified data in the report. The research was first published in February 2011 in the Journal of the American Medical Association . The request for a retraction appeared online Dec. 28 on the journa...
Reducing Salt Intake Might Harm Heart Failure Patients, Study Claims
Reducing Salt Intake Might Harm Heart Failure Patients, Study Claims MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For decades, doctors have urged heart failure patients to slash their salt intake as a way to preserve their health. But a new study suggests -- but doesn't prove -- that that advice may be harmful, potentially increasing a heart failure patient's risk of death or hospitalization. Patients with moderate heart failure who stuck to a low-sodium diet were 85 percent more likely to die or require h...
Reduced Blood Flow to Back of Brain Raises Recurrent Stroke Risk: Study
Reduced Blood Flow to Back of Brain Raises Recurrent Stroke Risk: Study MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a stroke in the back of the brain and continue to have reduced blood flow to this area have a higher risk of having another stroke within two years, a new study reveals. But researchers say people with low blood flow to the back of the brain can be identified with a new MRI-based technology. And, identifying areas with low blood flow is crucial, the study authors explained. "...
Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket
Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology . Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and ...
Rectal Thermometer Remains Gold Standard for Spotting Fever
Rectal Thermometer Remains Gold Standard for Spotting Fever MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although it's no one's favorite method, a rectal thermometer is the best way to determine someone's body temperature, experts say. Accurate body temperature readings are important because they are used to make diagnoses, check for infectious diseases, evaluate whether or not a treatment is working, and guide patient management, the study authors explained. Rectal thermometers are considered the gold sta...
Reports Say Charlie Sheen HIV-Positive
Reports Say Charlie Sheen HIV-Positive MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Actor Charlie Sheen is reportedly HIV-positive and will discuss the diagnosis Tuesday morning on NBC's Today show, according to multiple published reports. People magazine reported Monday afternoon that individuals close to Sheen approached Hollywood publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman six months ago on ways to deal with the matter, but Bragman said he never dealt directly with Sheen. "The interview could open up a ...
Race Gap in Life Expectancy Is Narrowing: U.S. Study
Race Gap in Life Expectancy Is Narrowing: U.S. Study FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans are catching up to whites in life expectancy -- largely due to declining rates of death from heart disease, cancer and HIV, a new federal government study finds. Researchers said the study can only show what the trend is, and not the reasons for it. But it's likely that better access to medical treatments has played a role, they added. Americans' life expectancy at birth has risen steadily over ...
Rule Changes Might Lead to More Lung Transplants for Kids
Rule Changes Might Lead to More Lung Transplants for Kids THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Twice as many young people in the United States could get lung transplants if donor lungs were available from a wider geographic area, a new study contends. "Children are dying while waiting for an organ. Geography should be one less barrier to pediatric patients receiving a potentially lifesaving transplant," said senior study author Dr. Maryam Valapour. She is a senior lung investigator at the Clevelan...
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis may raise the risk of early death by as much as 40 percent, with heart and respiratory problems the most common contributors to a shortened life span, a new study suggests. And among those who died of respiratory causes, one of the main causes of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the researchers reported. The findings provide new evidence to support previous research sug...
Relax, Parents, Your Teen's Moodiness Should Subside, Study Finds
Relax, Parents, Your Teen's Moodiness Should Subside, Study Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For parents dealing with moody teens, a new study offers welcome news: Adolescents do grow out of those emotional swings. That's what Dutch researchers report after following nearly 500 teens for five years, starting at age 13. "Mood swings are greatest in early adolescence," said Dominique Maciejewski, a doctoral student at VU University Amsterdam, who led the study. "Most teens get less moody ...
Response in Sierra Leone to Ebola Outbreak Saved 40,000 Lives: Study
Response in Sierra Leone to Ebola Outbreak Saved 40,000 Lives: Study MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The world response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa saved tens of thousands of lives in Sierra Leone, though a quicker response likely would've been even more effective, a new study reports. The opening of new Ebola centers helped isolate sick people and prevented an estimated 57,000 new Ebola cases and 40,000 deaths in Sierra Leone, the new research says. But, the researchers also estimate...
Research May Help Spot Soldiers at Risk for Workplace Violence
Research May Help Spot Soldiers at Risk for Workplace Violence THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With a newly developed computer model, researchers were able to successfully predict which 5 percent of U.S. Army soldiers committed more than one-third of all major Army workplace violent crimes over a six-year period. The researchers said that the model could help identify service members who need intensive interventions. Such interventions, they suggested, might help prevent this type of violence...
Risk of Bladder Cancer Rising for Workers in Many Industries
Risk of Bladder Cancer Rising for Workers in Many Industries THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite efforts by lawmakers and manufacturers to protect workers and provide safe working environments, the risk of bladder cancer is still rising in certain industries, a new study finds. Most cases of this common form of cancer develop following exposure to carcinogens that are inhaled, ingested or come into contact with the skin, the researchers explained. Bladder cancer is also often tied to smok...
Rehab May Not Help After Broken Ankle: Study
Rehab May Not Help After Broken Ankle: Study TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- After a broken ankle, many patients embark on an exercise-based rehabilitation program to help speed healing and regain mobility. But a new study out of Australia casts some doubt on whether these programs help. The findings suggest that routine care for patients should not include "a supervised exercise program," such as those typically provided in a physical therapy program," wrote a team led by Anne Moseley, of the...
Routine Screening for Child Abuse Might Spot More Cases: Study
Routine Screening for Child Abuse Might Spot More Cases: Study MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The early signs of child abuse among infants and toddlers -- head trauma, cracked ribs or abdominal injuries -- are often missed, and that may be due in part to a lack of standardized screening, researchers report. "We probably need to increase testing for abusive injuries, but these data are less about an increase or decrease and more about consistency," said study author Dr. Daniel Lindberg, from th...
Red Blood Cell Count
Red Blood Cell Count Does this test have other names? RBC count, erythrocyte count What is this test? This test measures the number of red blood cells, or erythrocytes, in your blood. Red blood cells play a critical role in moving oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body and returning carbon dioxide to your lungs to be exhaled. A red blood cell count is typically done as part of a complete blood count (CBC), which is a screening test to check for a variety of medical conditions. Why do I need thi...
Roundworm Infections in Children
Roundworm Infections in Children Ascariasis is the name of an infection caused by the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides . When a worm lives inside the human body, the condition is called a parasitic infection. Roundworms can live inside the small intestine for up to two years. The worms are about as thick as a pencil and can grow to be about 13 inches long. They reproduce very quickly. Female roundworms may lay more than 200,000 eggs every day; these eggs leave the body through bowel movements. Ascariasis ...
Recognizing Internal Injuries in Young Athletes
Recognizing Internal Injuries in Young Athletes Millions of children and teens in the U.S. participate in organized and recreational sports. These activities have important physical and social benefits, but they are not without risk. According to the CDC, nearly 2.7 million young people are treated in the emergency room every year for sports-related injuries. If you are the parent of a young athlete, you are probably familiar with the most common types of injuries—scrapes, bumps, sprains, and strains. L...
Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy
Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy (Heart Biopsy, Right Heart Cath with Biopsy) Procedure overview What is a right heart catheterization with heart tissue biopsy? Click Image to Enlarge Right heart catheterization (often abbreviated as right heart cath) with heart tissue biopsy is a procedure in which tissue samples are taken directly from the heart muscle. This procedure may be done to see if the heart tissue is normal. In a right heart cath, the doctor guides a special catheter (a sm...
Right Heart Catheterization
Right Heart Catheterization (Right Heart Cath; Pulmonary Artery Catheterization; Catheterization, Right Heart; Swan-Ganz "Swan" Catheterization) Procedure overview What is a right heart catheterization? Click Image to Enlarge A right heart catheterization is performed to determine how well the heart is pumping and to measure the pressures in the heart and lungs. In a right heart cath, the doctor guides a special catheter (a small, hollow tube) called a pulmonary artery (PA) catheter to the right side of...
Robotic Cardiac Surgery
Robotic Cardiac Surgery (Robotic-assisted Cardiac Surgery, Robotic Heart Surgery, da Vinci Surgery) Procedure overview Robotic cardiac surgery is a form of heart surgery performed through very small incisions in the chest. With the use of tiny instruments and robotic devices, surgeons are able to perform several types of heart surgery in a way that is much less invasive than other types of heart surgery. The procedure is sometimes called da Vinci surgery because that is the name of the manufacturer of t...
Rectal Prolapse Your rectum is the lower part of your colon, where stool forms. If the rectum drops out of its normal place within the body and pushes out of the anal opening, the condition is called rectal prolapse. Rectal prolapse is usually caused by a weakening of the muscles that support the rectum. In the early stages, a prolapse may happen only after a bowel movement. The protruding rectum may then slip back through the anal canal on its own. Over time, however, the prolapse may become more sever...
Rotavirus Vaccine Oral suspension
Rotavirus Vaccine Oral suspension What is this medicine? ROTAVIRUS VACCINE ORAL SOLUTION (ROH tuh vahy ruhs VAK seen) is used to help prevent a virus infection that can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. How should I use this medicine? This vaccine is given by mouth. It is given by a health care professional. A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use o...
Radionuclide Angiogram, Resting
Radionuclide Angiogram, Resting (Resting RNA, MUGA, Gated Blood Pool Scan [Resting], Gated Cardiac Scan, Resting Gated Blood Pool Scan, Cardiac Blood Pool Imaging) Procedure overview What is a resting radionuclide angiogram (RNA)? Resting radionuclide angiogram (RNA) is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the tissue un...
Renal Angiogram (Angiogram-Kidneys, Renal Angiography, Renal Arteriogram, Renal Arteriography) Procedure overview What is a renal angiogram? An angiogram, also called an arteriogram, is an X-ray image of the blood vessels. It is performed to evaluate various vascular conditions, such as an aneurysm (ballooning of a blood vessel), stenosis (narrowing of a blood vessel), or blockages. A renal angiogram is an angiogram of the blood vessels of the kidneys. A renal angiogram may be used to assess the blood f...
Retrograde Pyelogram (Retrograde Ureteropyelogram, Retrograde Pyelography, Retrograde Ureteropyelography) Procedure overview What is a retrograde pyelogram? A retrograde pyelogram is a type of X-ray that allows visualization of the bladder, ureters, and renal pelvis. Generally, this test is performed during a procedure called cystoscopy — evaluation of the bladder with an endoscope (a long, flexible lighted tube). During a cystoscopy, contrast dye, which helps enhance the X-ray images, can be introduced...
Retrograde Cystography (Cystography - Retrograde) Procedure overview What is retrograde cystography? Retrograde cystography is a diagnostic procedure that uses X-rays to examine the urinary bladder. X-rays are made of the bladder after it has been filled with a contrast dye. Contrast refers to a substance taken into the body that causes the particular organ or tissue under study to be seen more clearly. This examination allows the doctor to assess the bladder's structure and integrity. During retrograde...
Rotator Cuff Repair
Rotator Cuff Repair (Rotator Cuff Surgery, Shoulder Surgery) Procedure Overview What is rotator cuff repair? The rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder in place. It is 1 of the most important parts of the shoulder. The rotator cuff allows a person to lift his and her arm and reach up. It stabilizes the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder and allows for normal shoulder mechanics. An injury to the rotator cuff, such as a tear, may happen suddenly when falling on an outstretc...
Recovery Room/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
Recovery Room/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Where will my child recover from surgery? Once surgery has been completed, your child will be brought to the recovery room, also called the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). In the recovery room, registered nurses, anesthesiologists, and other health care professionals will closely monitor your child as he or she "awakens" from anesthesia. The length of time spent in recovery depends on the type of surgery done, your child's response to surgery and anesthesia, and...
Retinoblastoma What is retinoblastoma? Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer of the retina (the innermost layer of the eye, located at the back of the eye, that receives light and images necessary for vision). About 300 children will be diagnosed with retinoblastoma this year. It accounts for 3 percent of childhood cancers. Nearly all children with retinoblastoma can be cured of the disease if it has been diagnosed early enough, and 90 percent will have normal vision in at least one eye after treatment. Click...
Reye Syndrome What is Reye syndrome? Reye syndrome is a rare condition that affects the normal chemical balance in the body, resulting in potential damage to all organs, but primarily affecting the brain and liver. This condition is most common in children and adolescents following a viral infection. Reye syndrome usually affects children between the ages of 4 and 12, although it can occur at any age. As the inflammation in the brain increases, the pressure inside of the head may also increase. The incr...
Measles (Rubeola) What is measles? Measles, also called 10-day measles, red measles, or measles, is a viral illness respiratory disease. It causes a red, blotchy rash or skin eruption. Measles has a distinct rash that helps aid in the diagnosis. Measles is spread from one child to another through direct contact with discharge from the nose and throat. It is also spread through coughing and sneezing (airborne droplets) from an infected child because the virus lives in the mucus in the nose and throat. Th...
Rubella (German Measles) in Children
Rubella (German Measles) in Children What is rubella (German measles)? Rubella is a viral illness that causes a mild fever and a skin rash. It is also called German Measles, but is not the same virus that causes rubeola, or measles. It is spread from one child to another through direct contact with fluid from the nose and throat. Infants and children who get rubella usually only have a mild case of the rash and some respiratory symptoms. However, a fetus that gets rubella from his or her mother while sh...
Rotavirus Infections What is rotavirus? Rotavirus is a contagious virus and, among children, is the leading cause of severe infectious diarrhea. In some infants and children, diarrhea may be so severe that they become dehydrated and may require emergency care or hospitalization. Prior to the use of the rotavirus vaccine in 2006, as many as 55,000 to 70,000 children were hospitalized each year in the U.S. due to rotavirus infections. The virus peaks during the cooler months of the year starting in the fa...
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Children
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) in Children What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is an infection caused by the bite of an infected tick. It usually occurs from April until September, but it can occur anytime during the year where weather is warm. The mid-Atlantic and southeastern states are most affected. The disease is spread to humans through a bite from an infected tick; it is not spread from one person to another. In the U.S., the American dog tick ( Dermacen...
Roseola What is roseola? Roseola is a contagious viral illness that results a high fever and a rash that develops as the fever resolves. The disease is also called roseola infantum or sixth disease. It because it most commonly affects children under 2 years of age. . What are the symptoms of roseola? It may take between 5 to 15 days for a child to develop symptoms of roseola after being exposed to the virus. A child is probably most contagious during the period of high fever, before the rash occurs. The...
Rabies in Children
Rabies in Children What is rabies? Rabies is a viral infection that affects certain warm-blooded animals. It's caused by a virus in the Rhabdoviridae family and attacks the nervous system. Once symptoms develop, it is 100% fatal in animals if left untreated. In North America, rabies occurs mainly in skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and bats. In some areas, these wild animals infect domestic cats, dogs, and livestock. In the United States, cats are more likely than dogs to be rabid. Individual states ma...
Rh Disease What is Rh disease? Rh disease occurs during pregnancy when there is an incompatibility between the blood types of the mother and baby. What causes Rh disease? Every person has a blood type (O, A, B, or AB) and an Rh factor, either positive or negative. The blood type and the Rh factor simply mean that a person's blood has certain specific characteristics. The blood type is found as proteins on red blood cells and in body fluids. The Rh factor is a protein that is found on the covering of the...
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) What is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)? RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs) and pneumonia in babies. It is an illness that often occurs in yearly outbreaks in communities, school classrooms, and day care centers. In the United States, RSV is more common in winter and early spring months. What causes respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)? RSV is spread from respiratory secretions through close contact with infecte...
Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Respiratory Distress Syndrome What is respiratory distress syndrome? Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), which used to be called hyaline membrane disease, is one of the most common problems of premature babies. It can cause babies to need extra oxygen and help breathing. The course of illness with respiratory distress syndrome depends on the size and gestational age of the baby, the severity of the disease, the presence of infection, whether or not a baby has a patent ductus arteriosus (a heart defect)...
Returning Home After a Burn Injury
Returning Home After a Burn Injury Returning home after a burn injury requires an adjustment period for both your child and your family. You will probably experience a variety of feelings and emotions that are normal. You may feel scared, nervous, or uneasy about leaving the hospital (as well as your child's appearance around friends and loved ones). Your mixed feelings are normal and it may help to have someone to talk with. Remember, there are plenty of support persons who were involved in your child'...
Relationship Development Relationship development that occurs during adolescence Changes in adolescent physical and cognitive development are also accompanied by major changes in an adolescent's relationships with others. This includes family members and friends. Family relationships are often reorganized with the onset start of puberty, the desire for increased independence, and increased emotional distance between teens and their parents. Adolescent attention often shifts to a more intense focus on so...
Recognizing Urologic or Gynecologic Problems
Recognizing Urologic or Gynecologic Problems Signs and symptoms that may require medical attention There are many different gynecological problems that could occur during adolescence. Mothers should be sure to talk with their daughters about all of the normal changes that will be occurring in the body during this time of physical maturation and development, so that any abnormal changes can be examined right away. Be sure to discuss the following: Vaginal bleeding and discharge are a normal part of your ...
Radiosurgery What is radiosurgery? Radiosurgery, also called stereotactic radiosurgery, is a very precise form of therapeutic radiology. Even though it is called surgery, radiosurgery does not involve actual surgery. Instead, very focused beams of radiation (gamma rays, X-rays, or protons) are used to treat cancerous tissues without a surgical incision or opening. Radiosurgery is called "surgery" because it is a 1-session radiation therapy treatment that creates a similar result as an actual surgical pr...
Renal Vascular Disease
Renal Vascular Disease What is renal vascular disease? Renal vascular disease is the name given to a variety of complications that affect the arteries and veins of the kidneys. These complications affect the blood circulation of the kidneys, and may cause damage to the tissues of the kidneys, kidney failure, and/or high blood pressure. Vascular conditions affecting the renal arteries and veins include the following: Renal artery stenosis. Renal artery stenosis (RAS) is a blockage of an artery to the kid...
Robin Williams' Death Shines Light on Depression, Substance Abuse
Robin Williams' Death Shines Light on Depression, Substance Abuse TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The suicide Monday of Academy Award-winning actor and comic star Robin Williams has refocused public attention on depression, its sometimes link to substance abuse and, in tragic cases, suicide. Williams was last seen alive at his suburban San Francisco home about 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the Marin County coroner's office. Shortly before noon on Monday, the Sheriff's Department received an em...
Researchers Pinpoint Brain Region Where Contextual Memories Are Made
Researchers Pinpoint Brain Region Where Contextual Memories Are Made TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A region of the brain that plays a key role in contextual memories has been pinpointed in rats by researchers. Alzheimer's disease and other brain disorders can affect contextual memory. Contextual memories help you recall your location when an event occurred. This can range from remembering where you were at the time of a significant incident -- such as 9/11 or the JFK assassination -- to eve...
Researchers Create Functional 3-D Brain-Like Tissue
Researchers Create Functional 3-D Brain-Like Tissue TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who created functional 3-D brain-like tissue say it could help scientists find new treatments for brain injuries and diseases and improve knowledge about normal brain function. The tissue, which can be kept alive in the laboratory for more than two months, is structurally similar to tissue in a rat's brain. It's also functionally like brain tissue. In early experiments with the tissue, researchers ...
Researchers Closer to Test for Human Form of 'Mad Cow' Disease
Researchers Closer to Test for Human Form of 'Mad Cow' Disease WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have developed two simple tests that could offer the first non-invasive ways to diagnose the human version of "mad cow" disease. The tests -- one using a urine sample, the other nasal "brushings" -- seem to reliably detect Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), according to separate reports in the Aug. 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine . CJD -- popularly known as mad cow disease -...
Running Could Add 3 Years to Your Lifespan
Running Could Add 3 Years to Your Lifespan MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Runners may live an average three years longer than people who don't run, according to new research. But, the best news from this study is that it appears that you can reap this benefit even if you run at slow speeds for mere minutes every day, the 15-year study suggests. "People may not need to run a lot to get health benefits," said lead author Duck-chul Lee, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State Univers...
Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb
Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies seem to learn even before they're born, a new study suggests. By the time women are 34 weeks pregnant, their unborn babies can respond to the sound of their mother's voice reciting a familiar nursery rhyme, the researchers report. "The mother's voice is the predominant source of sensory stimulation in the developing fetus," Charlene Krueger, nursing researcher and associate professor in the University of Flor...
Research Reveals Why Pot Can Make People Paranoid
Research Reveals Why Pot Can Make People Paranoid THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers say they've identified several psychological factors that can contribute to short-term paranoia in some people who use marijuana. The paranoia is caused by the main active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), according to the researchers. "The study very convincingly shows that cannabis [marijuana] can cause short-term paranoia in some people," study leader Daniel Freeman, pr...
Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says
Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly checking the pulse of a stroke survivor may help prevent another stroke, researchers report. "Screening pulse is the method of choice for checking for irregular heartbeat for people over age 65 who have never had a stroke. Our study shows it may be a safe, effective, noninvasive and easy way to identify people who might need more thorough monitoring to prevent a second stroke," said study aut...
Ruconest Approved for Rare Genetic Disease
Ruconest Approved for Rare Genetic Disease THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ruconest has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat hereditary angioedema, a genetic disease that leads to sudden and potentially fatal swelling of the hands, feet, limbs, face, intestinal tract or airways. The disease, affecting as many as 10,000 people in the United States, is caused by the body's inability to produce enough of a plasma protein called C1-esterase inhibitor. The remedy is pro...
Routine Errands a Risky Time for Falls by Seniors
Routine Errands a Risky Time for Falls by Seniors THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For older Americans, a fall can sometimes bring serious health consequences. And a new study finds that seniors are more likely to fall while carrying out routine daily errands than when they are walking for exercise. As the researchers noted, seniors are in a bind when it comes to walking: Frequent walking actually boosts muscle strength and balance, but studies also show that up to 63 percent of falls among o...
Removing Healthy Breast of Little Benefit to Breast Cancer Patients: Study
Removing Healthy Breast of Little Benefit to Breast Cancer Patients: Study WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For most women with breast cancer, there doesn't seem to be a significant survival benefit from having their healthy breast removed as well, new research suggests. In recent years, more women with cancer in one breast have been choosing to have the other breast removed as a precaution -- known as a prophylactic or preventive mastectomy. But this new study finds that over 20 years, the ...
Researchers Spot Potential New Culprit Behind Alzheimer's
Researchers Spot Potential New Culprit Behind Alzheimer's WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the exact reason why Alzheimer's disease develops still remains elusive, scientists report that they've found a new protein that may play an important role in the devastating memory illness. What they don't yet know is whether or not this new protein -- called TDP-43 -- is a cause of Alzheimer's disease, or if it's something that develops due to Alzheimer's disease. It's too early to know if t...
Researchers Assess New Way to Boost Polio Immunity
Researchers Assess New Way to Boost Polio Immunity FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Polio is history in much of the world, but remains common in places like Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Giving vaccinated children an extra dose of inactivated polio vaccine could boost their immunity and help eradicate the highly infectious disease, a new study suggests. Although the polio vaccine is highly effective, immunity wanes as early as a year after vaccination. Vaccinated children and adults can st...
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