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Wound Culture Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This test looks for bacteria or other organisms in a wound. The test is used to find out if a wound is infected. It can also see the type of organism that's causing the infection. This test requires a small sample of cells or fluid from a wound. Then the sample is cultured and looked at under a microscope to look for bacteria or other organisms. An infected wound may need special treatment, such as antibiotics. The antibiotics stop th...
White Cell Count
White Cell Count Does this test have other names? WBC count What is this test? This test measures the number of white blood cells (WBCs) in your blood. Cells in your bone marrow make white blood cells and release them into the bloodstream to help you fight infection. White blood cells are part of your body's immune system, which keeps you healthy and makes you well when you get sick. White blood cells work to destroy any foreign virus, fungus, or bacteria that enter your body and threaten to make you si...
Western Equine Encephalitis
Western Equine Encephalitis (CSF) Does this test have other names? Lumbar puncture What is this test? This test looks for the virus that causes Western equine encephalitis. This is a disease that is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes. Babies and young children who are infected are more likely to develop encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Adults are less likely to develop this complication. Horses can also become infected. This test uses a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This flu...
West Nile Virus Antibody (Blood)
West Nile Virus Antibody (Blood) Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This is a blood test that checks for West Nile virus (WNV). This is a viral infection that usually affects birds. The virus spreads when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a human. An infected mother may pass the virus along to her fetus during pregnancy or to her infant during breastfeeding. Some people may get the virus from infected blood or organs. WNV is most common during the summer and fall. Abo...
White Blood Cell (Stool)
White Blood Cell (Stool) Does this test have other names? Stool white blood cell test, fecal leukocyte (LOO-koh-site) test, FLT What is this test? This test looks for white blood cells in your stool. This can help your healthcare provider diagnose the cause of inflammatory diarrhea. White blood cells, also called leukocytes, are immune system cells that can show up in the stool if you have inflammatory diarrhea. This type of diarrhea may be a symptom of an infection caused by bacteria such as shigella, ...
When Your Teen Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your Teen Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 12 to 18 years) Both you and your teen are likely anxious and upset by what's happening. Being prepared for the test or procedure will help both of you stay calm. Understanding the procedure will help you to be supportive when your teen needs you. What your teen understands During the adolescent years, abstract thinking begins and your teen can fully understand how parts of the body function, the medical problem he or she is experiencing, and the ...
When Your School-Age Child Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your School-Age Child Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 5 to 12 years) Your school-age child will understand some aspects of what is going on right now—and you are likely anxious or upset by what's happening. Being prepared for the test or procedure will help you stay calm and supportive when your child needs you. What your child understands By age 7 or 8, school-age children are starting to develop coping skills as they think more logically and begin to understand cause and effect—if this ...
When Your Toddler or Preschooler Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your Toddler or Preschooler Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 1 to 5 years) Your toddler or preschooler is too young to understand everything that is going on right now – but you are likely anxious or upset by what's happening. And your youngster is quite capable of sensing your unease and stress. For you, then, being prepared for the test or procedure will help you stay calm and supportive when your child needs you. What your child understands Your toddler or preschooler is able to grasp o...
When Your Baby Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your Baby Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages newborn to 12 months) Your baby is too young to understand what is going on right now – but you are likely scared and upset by what's happening. And your little one is quite capable of sensing your unease and stress. For you, then, being prepared for the test or procedure will help you stay calm and supportive when your child needs you. What your child understands In the first 8 months of life, infants rely on others to meet their needs for touch ...
Walking Pneumonia in Children
Walking Pneumonia in Children Pneumonia is a serious and potentially life-threatening lung infection. A germ called Mycoplasma pneumoniae is often responsible for a milder type of pneumonia called "walking pneumonia." People with this illness may feel unusually tired and run down, but they may not realize they have pneumonia and continue about their business. Facts about Mycoplasma pneumoniae About 2 million Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections occur each year in the U.S. Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria can ...
What Are Stem Cells?
What Are Stem Cells? Stem cells are special human cells that have the ability to develop into many different cell types, from muscle cells to brain cells. In some cases, they also have the ability to repair damaged tissues. Researchers believe that stem cell-based therapies may one day be used to treat devastating ailments like paralysis and Alzheimer disease. Types of stem cells Stem cells are divided into two main forms. They are embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. The embryonic stem cells used...
What Is Plasma?
What Is Plasma? Plasma is the often forgotten component of blood. White blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets are essential to body function, but plasma also plays a crucial, and mostly unrecognized, job. It carries these blood components throughout the body as the fluid in which they travel. Click to Enlarge Facts about plasma Plasma is the largest component of your blood, making up about 55% of its overall content. When isolated on its own, blood plasma is a light yellow liquid, similar to the c...
What Are Platelets?
What Are Platelets? Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding. If one of your blood vessels gets damaged, it sends out signals that are picked up by platelets. The platelets then rush to the site of damage and form a plug, or clot, to repair the damage. The process of spreading across the surface of a damaged blood vessel to stop bleeding is called adhesion. This is because when platelets get to the site of the injury, they grow sticky tentacles that help them adhere...
What Are White Blood Cells?
What Are White Blood Cells? White blood cells are an important component of your blood system, which is also made up of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Click to Enlarge Although your white blood cells account for only about 1% of your blood, their impact is significant. White blood cells, also called leukocytes, are essential for good health and protection against illness and disease. Think of white blood cells as your immunity cells. In a sense, they are continually at war. They flow through yo...
What Are Red Blood Cells?
What Are Red Blood Cells? Red blood cells play an important role in your health by carrying fresh oxygen throughout the body. Click to Enlarge Red blood cells are round with a flattish, indented center, like doughnuts without a hole. Your healthcare provider can check on the size, shape, and health of your red blood cells using tests, such as the complete blood count screening. Red blood cells at work Hemoglobin is the protein inside red blood cells that carries oxygen. Red blood cells also remove carbo...
Why Parents Shouldn’t Use Food as Reward or Punishment
Why Parents Shouldn't Use Food as Reward or Punishment It's common for parents to offer a "special"—and often unhealthy—food as a reward for good behavior or a job well done. They may also withhold those special treats as a means of punishment. A mother might refuse to serve dessert, for example, if her children have talked back or neglected to clean their room. Using food as a reward or as a punishment, however, can undermine the healthy eating habits that you're trying to teach your children. Giving s...
Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries
Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries Sports participation is a leading cause of injury in young people. Injuries can have both short- and long-term consequences. An injury can immediately sideline a player, putting both the fun of participation and the health benefits of exercise on hold. An injury that keeps a child out of the game over the long term can increase the chances of gaining weight, becoming less fit in general, and even developing arthritis in later years. It may not be always possible ...
What Is Sports Medicine?
What is Sports Medicine? If your child sustains an injury during exercise, sports participation, or any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine doctor for treatment. About sports medicine specialists Sports medicine doctors have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are also knowledgeable about preventing illness and injury in active people. Although sports medicine doctors do work with professional ...
Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome What is Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome? Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a type of heart condition you are born with (congenital). It causes a rapid heart rate. If you have WPW, you may have episodes of palpitations or rapid heartbeats. WPW affects between 1 and 3 of every 1,000 people worldwide. Normally, electrical signals travel through your heart in an organized way to control your heartbeat. This allows blood to pass from the upper chambers of your heart (the a...
Wilson Disease What is Wilson disease? Wilson disease is a rare genetic disorder that is passed from parents to children (inherited). It prevents your body from getting rid of extra copper in your system. Your body needs small amounts of copper from food to stay healthy. But too much copper is poisonous. Normally, your liver gets rid of extra copper by sending it out in bile. Bile is the digestive juice your liver makes. It carries toxins and waste out of your body through your GI tract (gastrointestina...
What Is a Gluten-Free Diet?
What Is a Gluten-Free Diet? Gluten-free foods seem to be everywhere these days. Restaurants and cafes regularly feature gluten-free dishes and pastries. Supermarkets offer gluten-free bread, rolls, and crackers. Many people are reducing or eliminating their dietary intake of gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats. But only those who have celiac disease need to completely stop eating gluten. Celiac disease is a condition in which the immune system is abnormally sensit...
Wegener’s Granulomatosis What is Wegener’s granulomatosis? Wegener’s granulomatosis, now called granulomatosis with polyangiitis, is a condition of the immune system. It causes swelling and irritation in blood vessels and other tissues. This inflammation cuts down or stops the flow of blood to organs in the body. The condition mostly affects the respiratory system. This includes the sinuses, nose, windpipe, and lungs. It can also affect the kidneys. However, it can damage any organ in the body. What cau...
When You’re HIV-Positive: What to Say
When You're HIV-Positive: What to Say Learning that you are HIV-positive can be traumatic and intensely stressful, although the diagnosis is not as terrifying as it used to be thanks to new and better drugs to treat it. Besides coping with your own reaction, you will need to decide whom to tell and how you'll tell them about your HIV status. In some cases, it will be better for you to share the information. In other cases, you may be required to tell, and sometimes it may be best to keep it to yourself....
Warts What are warts? Warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by the papillomavirus. Warts are more common in children than adults, although they can develop at any age. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people. There are many different types of warts, due to many different papillomavirus types (more than 100). Warts usually aren't painful, except when located on the feet. Most warts go away, without treatment, over an extended period of time. Common types of warts The followin...
Weather and Your Health Quiz
How Does the Weather Affect Your Health? We talk about the weather when we don't have much else to chat about: "Nice day, isn't it?" "Aren't you sick of this rain?" The weather has more to do with your health than you might realize. Learn more about the weather and you by taking this quiz. 1. People who suffer from a “bum knee” often say they can tell when rain is coming. This is because they may have which of these common health conditions? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answ...
Whole-Grain Party Mix
Whole-Grain Party Mix You can make a healthier party mix by using whole-grain cereals, olive oil instead of butter or margarine, and soy nuts or wasabi peas rather than the usual mixed nuts. Ingredients 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 3 to 4 tablespoons salt-free garlic and herb seasoning 5 cups whole-grain waffle-style cereal 2 cups whole-grain "O" cereal 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted soy nuts 1 cup mini-pretzels (whole wheat is best) Directions Heat oven to 250°F. Pour olive oil, Wo...
Warm Apple and Cool Ice Cream
Warm Apple and Cool Ice Cream Ingredients 1 apple, core removed (get help from an adult) 2 tablespoons raisins Pinch of cinnamon ½ cup low-fat vanilla ice cream Directions Take the apple and cut it in half. Remove core. Sprinkle raisins over the apple, and place it on a baking sheet. Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes at 350° F. Remove from the oven (don’t forget your oven mitt!), and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over each apple half. Scoop ice cream over the apple halves and enjoy! Makes 2 servings Eac...
Women's Cancer Risk Rises With Years Spent Overweight
Women's Cancer Risk Rises With Years Spent Overweight TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The longer a woman is overweight, the higher her risk of several cancers, researchers report. The study, which followed nearly 74,000 U.S. women, found that the longer a woman carried excess poundage, the greater her risk of breast, endometrial, colon and kidney cancers. "We've known for a long time that excess weight is important in cancer risk," said Susan Gapstur, vice president of epidemiology for the Am...
Who Drinks More -- Couples or Singles?
Who Drinks More -- Couples or Singles? THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who are married or live together drink less than single people, according to a new study. The findings show that "once you're in a committed relationship, your drinking frequency declines permanently, whereas quantity goes back up if you exit that relationship," said lead author Diana Dinescu, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. The researchers looked at more than 2,400 twin p...
Where Do Americans Buy Most of Their Junk Food?
Where Do Americans Buy Most of Their Junk Food? FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans buy most of their junk food at grocery stores and supermarkets, a new study shows. The finding challenges the "food desert" theory, which suggests that a lack of these stores in some neighborhoods puts people at increased risk of obesity by limiting their access to healthy foods. "More than half of the sugar-sweetened beverages and two-thirds of discretionary [junk] foods are purchased in supermarkets and...
What Mom-to-Be Eats Determines Bugs in Baby's Gut: Study
What Mom-to-Be Eats Determines Bugs in Baby's Gut: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The amount of fat in a pregnant woman's diet may influence the mix of microbes in her baby's gut, a new study suggests. The community of gut microbes -- known as the microbiome -- can affect the development of a baby's immune system and the ability to extract energy from food, the researchers said. The study included more than 150 women who provided a record of their eating habits during pregnancy. The amo...
Why Teens Choose E-Cigarettes
Why Teens Choose E-Cigarettes MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers try e-cigarettes the first time for very teen-related reasons -- they're curious, friends use them, and there are lots of different flavors that taste good. But the teens most likely to keep using e-cigarettes do so for very practical reasons, a new study suggests. The low cost of the devices and the promise they can help teens quit smoking tobacco are the two strong predictors of continued use, said senior researcher Suchi...
When It Comes to West Nile, Robins Do It, Cardinals Don't
When It Comes to West Nile, Robins Do It, Cardinals Don't MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cardinals, common backyard birds in parts of the United States, may help protect people against West Nile virus, a new study indicates. Researchers wanted to learn why the infection rate for the mosquito-borne virus in Georgia has remained low even though about one-third of birds in the Atlanta area have been exposed to the virus. A similar pattern is evident throughout the Southeast, but the situation is ...
When Diabetes Strikes, Get Moving to Lower Risk to Eyes
When Diabetes Strikes, Get Moving to Lower Risk to Eyes THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes who remain inactive may have higher odds for a vision-robbing eye condition, new research suggests. While the study couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship, researchers say a "couch potato" lifestyle does seem to raise the risk for diabetic retinopathy. According to the U.S. National Eye Institute, the condition "involves changes to retinal blood vessels that can cause them to b...
Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn't Boost Bone Health: Study
Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn't Boost Bone Health: Study FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery helps severely obese patients shed pounds and can even reverse diabetes, but a new Canadian study suggests it can't erase an existing higher risk of broken bones. Researchers found that compared to other people, weight-loss surgery patients were in greater jeopardy of fractures both before and after they underwent their procedure. According to the study authors, the findings suggest that be...
What Happens When You're Hypnotized?
What Happens When You're Hypnotized? THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Skeptics view hypnosis as a little-understood parlor trick, but a new study reveals real changes occur in the brain when a person enters an hypnotic state. Some parts of the brain relax during the trance while others become more active, said study senior author Dr. David Spiegel, associate chair of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. "I hope this study will demonstrate that hypnosis is a real neurobiol...
Women May Be More Resilient to Effects of Alzheimer's Genes
Women May Be More Resilient to Effects of Alzheimer's Genes SUNDAY, July 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Certain gene variants are known to raise a person's risk of Alzheimer's disease. But a new study finds that even in people carrying this DNA, factors such as gender and physical or mental activity can affect that risk. The study tracked dementia rates for 642 people aged 53 to 95 at the start of the study. All carried at least one of two types of DNA linked to higher Alzheimer's disease risk: the APOEe4...
Women Smokers at Higher Risk for Brain Bleed
Women Smokers at Higher Risk for Brain Bleed THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Strokes characterized by bleeding inside the lining of the brain are more common among smokers, especially women, researchers report. These serious strokes -- called subarachnoid hemorrhages -- are eight times more common among women who smoke more than a pack a day compared to nonsmokers, Finnish researchers found. They're three times more common among men who smoke the same amount. Even light smoking tripled a wom...
Will 'Unloading' Shoes Help Your Arthritic Knees?
Will 'Unloading' Shoes Help Your Arthritic Knees? FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For reducing pain from arthritic knees, "unloading" shoes don't offer a leg up over conventional walking shoes, new research indicates. With their modified midsoles, unloading shoes aim to reduce the force (or "load") placed on an affected knee joint, according to their manufacturer. But after focusing on one brand -- the "Gel Melbourne OA" shoe by Asics -- the Australian researchers concluded the special shoes w...
Which Diabetes Drug Is Best?
Which Diabetes Drug Is Best? TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- No single drug to treat type 2 diabetes stands out from the pack when it comes to reducing the risks of heart disease, stroke or premature death, a new research review finds. The analysis of hundreds of clinical trials found no evidence that any one diabetes drug, or drug combination, beats out the others. Researchers said the results bolster current recommendations to first try an older, cheaper drug -- metformin (Glumetza, Glucoph...
Weight Loss Might Reduce Cancer Risk: Study
Weight Loss Might Reduce Cancer Risk: Study THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and obese women who lose weight may lower their odds of developing cancer as their levels of cancer-linked proteins drop, a new study suggests. These proteins -- VEGF, PAI-1 and PEDF -- promote the growth of blood vessels, a process that is necessary to help tumors thrive. The more weight the women lost, the greater the drop in the levels of these proteins, the researchers found. "It's another piece of evi...
Watch Where Pokemon Go Leads You
Watch Where Pokemon Go Leads You TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Pokemon Go craze sweeping the globe can pose some serious health risks -- and not just to the digital creatures that are the game's intended targets. The free "augmented reality" game, designed for Apple and Android smartphones, lets players use their phone's camera to capture, train and trade virtual Pokemon characters that can appear without warning in a real-world setting. But the immensely popular game -- the top grossin...
Why Breast Cancer Survivors Should Exercise
Why Breast Cancer Survivors Should Exercise FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Excessive stress can lead to memory problems among breast cancer survivors, but exercise can help, according to new research. "We found moderate to vigorous physical activity actually benefits women psychologically and that, in turn, helps their memory," said the study's lead author, Siobhan Phillips. She is assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Pos...
Why Being Cold Might Foster a Cold
Why Being Cold Might Foster a Cold MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists may be proving Mom right: Your odds of avoiding a cold get better if you bundle up and stay warm. Warmer body temperatures appear to help prevent the cold virus from spreading, in multiple ways, researchers at Yale University found. For the study, a team led by immunology professor Akiko Iwasaki examined human airways cells. These cells produce essential immune system proteins called interferons that respond to a col...
Water Therapy May Ease Labs' Lameness
Water Therapy May Ease Labs' Lameness FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Labrador retrievers love swimming. And water therapy may be just what they need for a painful condition called elbow dysplasia. This genetic disorder causes abnormal bone growth in the elbow, impeding movement. It's a common cause of forelimb lameness in large breeds, veterinarians say. For dogs with this condition, supervised water exercises can increase their range of motion and improve mobility, a small study from Britain ...
Who's Most Likely to Seek Infertility Help
Who's Most Likely to Seek Infertility Help FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of people with infertility problems don't seek treatment, according to a new British study. "One of the important and concerning findings in our study is the difference in educational attainment and job status between people who sought help for infertility and those who did not," said study leader Jessica Datta. She is a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London. Datta's team ...
Want to Stay Mobile as You Age? A Healthy Diet May Do the Trick
Want to Stay Mobile as You Age? A Healthy Diet May Do the Trick MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy eating may help reduce a woman's risk of physical disability as she grows older, a new study suggests. "Little research has been done on how diet impacts physical function later in life. We study the connection between diet and many other aspects of health, but we don't know much about diet and mobility," said study senior author Francine Grodstein, from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Bosto...
When Cooking Outside, Don't Let Food Safety Slide
When Cooking Outside, Don't Let Food Safety Slide FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Food is a big part of many Fourth of July celebrations. But take care when making and storing your meal, so that a bout of food poisoning doesn't ruin the rest of your holiday plans, a dietary expert advises. When having a picnic or barbecue, it's important to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. "Cold foods should be ideally put in shallow containers and then kept on ice to keep them below 40 degrees Fahrenhei...
Why Some Seniors Don't Take Their Meds
Why Some Seniors Don't Take Their Meds THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who's helped care for an aging loved one knows that managing their daily medications can be a challenge. Now, new research suggests that the problem of missed pills rises with age and failing memory, especially for men. The problem can have serious consequences, the study's lead author noted. "Health conditions may worsen or not improve if older adults skip or don't take their medications properly," said Brenda Jam...
Why Kicking the Opioid Habit Can Be So Tough
Why Kicking the Opioid Habit Can Be So Tough WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- He was 26, a specialist fifth class with the U.S. Army, and stationed abroad, when an accident on the German autobahn sent him careening through the windshield of his car. The now 60-year-old veteran prefers to withhold his name, but not his story, of a decades-long struggle against chronic back pain and an addiction to the opioid painkillers he'd hoped would help him. "At first I was taking 50 milligrams [mg] of P...
Walking: The Cheap, Easy Workout
Walking: The Cheap, Easy Workout MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Walking is a simple and inexpensive exercise that has been shown to offer numerous benefits for bones, muscles and joints. "Sometimes the hardest part of working out is getting started," Dr. Carolyn Hettrich, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said in an academy news release. "Walking requires minimal preparation, but yields significant benefits. Establish a routine by incorporating at least 30 minut...
WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola Outbreak
WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola Outbreak MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- African nations hit hard by the Ebola outbreak should start screening all passengers leaving international airports, seaports and major ground crossings, the World Health Organization recommended Monday. The United Nations' health agency reiterated that the risk of passengers transmitting the Ebola virus during air travel is low. Still, anyone with an illness or symptoms typical of the highly virulent di...
WHO Experts Give Nod to Using Untested Ebola Drugs
WHO Experts Give Nod to Using Untested Ebola Drugs TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of ethicists specially appointed by the World Health Organization says it is ethical to give untested treatments to people battling Ebola in the current outbreak. "In the particular circumstances of this outbreak, and provided certain conditions are met, the panel reached consensus that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment...
Women, Blacks Hit Harder by Heart Disease Risk Factors
Women, Blacks Hit Harder by Heart Disease Risk Factors MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic diseases that can increase a person's risk of heart attack or stroke appear to hit women and blacks the hardest, a new population-based study found. Diabetes and high blood pressure in particular, contribute to an ongoing gender and race gap in heart disease risk, researchers report online on Aug. 11 in the journal Circulation . "These findings could support the idea that when a woman or a black pati...
What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth?
What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth? TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unsure about the best way to brush your teeth, you're unlikely to get much help from experts. Dental associations and toothpaste and toothbrush companies don't agree on the most effective method to brush teeth, and their advice is "unacceptably inconsistent," a new study says. Researchers at University College London in England examined the brushing recommendations from dental associations in 10 countries, toot...
Will Kidney Stones Recur? New Test Might Tell
Will Kidney Stones Recur? New Test Might Tell THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new tool appears to accurately predict whether someone who's had a kidney stone will have another one in the future, researchers report. They said the tool could help patients and their doctors decide whether preventive steps are needed. The tool uses 11 questions to assess kidney stone patients' risk of developing another kidney stone within two, five or 10 years. Characteristics associated with a higher risk inc...
Women Over 75 May Benefit From Mammograms
Women Over 75 May Benefit From Mammograms TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women 75 and older may still benefit from routine mammograms, according to new research. However, not everyone agrees with this study's conclusions. "Mammography detects breast cancer early, when it's more treatable and the risk of death is very low," said study researcher Judith Malmgren, an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle. "If it's no...
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of children with viral infections severe enough to land them in the hospital end up with serious complications -- such as pneumonia, seizures and brain swelling, a new study finds. The study, reported online on Aug. 4 in Pediatrics , followed kids who had to be admitted to a pediatric hospital for the flu and other respiratory infections. Researchers stressed that they are much different from the vast ...
Women in Military Drink Less Than Civilians, Report Shows
Women in Military Drink Less Than Civilians, Report Shows FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who serve in the U.S. military are less likely to drink alcohol than their civilian peers, a new study suggests. Overall, members of the military are more likely to consume alcohol. However, these researchers found that women respond differently to their experience in the military than men. This may be due to concerns about sexual harassment or being treated unfairly, they suggested. "Alcohol use is ...
Wider Face May Give You an Edge in Negotiations
Wider Face May Give You an Edge in Negotiations TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Successful negotiations may depend on more than diplomacy. When it comes to negotiating, men with wider faces may have an advantage, according to a new study. Researchers found men with a broader face are more successful when negotiating for themselves than men with narrower faces. However, having a wider facer may not be an asset when negotiations require collaboration and compromise, the researchers found. "We n...
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