A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth
A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Elise Jackson remembers very clearly the day her son was born: It was May 8, 2002, and Elijah had arrived 15 weeks before his due date. "My child sat right in the palm of my hands," Jackson recalled. "He was very, very fragile. It was 25 weeks and one day into my pregnancy, and he was just 1 pound, 1 ounce." At the time, Elise and her husband, Todd, were told that Elijah's chances for survival were only about...
Antibiotics for Traveler's Diarrhea May Spur Growth of Superbugs: Study
Antibiotics for Traveler's Diarrhea May Spur Growth of Superbugs: Study THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The overuse of antibiotics to treat travelers' diarrhea may contribute to the spread of drug-resistant superbugs, a new study suggests. Antibiotics should be used to treat travelers' diarrhea only in severe cases, said the study authors. The study was published online Jan. 22 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases . "The great majority of all cases of travelers' diarrhea are mild and ...
A Bit More Salt Each Day May Not Harm Older Adults
A Bit More Salt Each Day May Not Harm Older Adults MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming a "modest" amount of salt might not harm older adults, but any more than that can damage health, a new study finds. The study of adults aged 71 to 80 found that daily consumption of 2,300 milligrams (mg) of salt -- the equivalent of a teaspoon -- didn't increase deaths, heart disease, stroke or heart failure over 10 years. However, salt intake above 2,300 mg -- which is higher than heart experts curren...
ADHD Drug Might Help Treat Binge-Eating Disorder, Study Suggests
ADHD Drug Might Help Treat Binge-Eating Disorder, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also help treat binge-eating disorder, preliminary research suggests. At higher doses tested, the prescription drug Vyvanse curtailed the excessive food consumption that characterizes binge-eating disorder, researchers said. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is solely approved in the United States to treat ADHD, and no ...
Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea
Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two troublesome adult breathing issues -- asthma and sleep apnea -- may have a connection, a new study suggests. Adults who struggle with asthma face an increased risk for also developing the nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, the new research reveals. The finding stems from the long-term tracking of about 550 men and women, of whom a little over 15 percent had asthma. All were participants i...
An Optimistic Outlook May Be Good for Your Heart
An Optimistic Outlook May Be Good for Your Heart TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Accenting the positive may be good for your heart, with a large study suggesting that optimistic people seem to have a significant leg up when it comes to cardiovascular health. "Research has already shown a link between psychological pathology and poor physical health," said study lead author Rosalba Hernandez, an assistant professor in the school of social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign....
As Altitude Rises, Lung Cancer Rates Seem to Fall
As Altitude Rises, Lung Cancer Rates Seem to Fall TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live in the mountains seem to have lower rates of lung cancer than those closer to the beach -- a pattern that suggests a role for oxygen intake, researchers speculate. Their study of counties across the Western United States found that as elevation increased, lung cancer rates declined. For every 3,300-foot rise in elevation, lung cancer incidence fell by more than seven cases per 100,000 people, ...
Are Seniors With Diabetes Overtreated?
Are Seniors With Diabetes Overtreated? MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many older people with diabetes may be exposed to potential harm because doctors are trying to keep overly tight control of their blood sugar levels, a new study argues. Researchers found that nearly two-thirds of older diabetics who are in poor health have been placed on a diabetes management regimen that strictly controls their blood sugar, aiming at a targeted hemoglobin A1C level of less than 7 percent. But these patien...
Autism Signs May Be Missed in Short Checkups
Autism Signs May Be Missed in Short Checkups MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The 10 to 20 minutes of a typical well-child visit isn't enough time to reliably detect a young child's risk of autism, a new study suggests. "When decisions about autism referral are made based on brief observations alone, there is a substantial risk that even experts may miss a large percentage of children who need a referral for further evaluation," said lead study author Terisa Gabrielsen. She conducted the study ...
Advisers Endorse HPV Test for Cervical Cancer Checks
Advisers Endorse HPV Test for Cervical Cancer Checks THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An HPV test recently approved by U.S. health officials is an effective way to check for cervical cancer, two leading women's health organizations said Thursday. The groups said the HPV test is an effective, one-test alternative to the current recommendation of screening with either a Pap test alone or a combination of the HPV test and a Pap test. However, not all experts are in agreement with the move: the la...
Alcohol Taxes Up, Binge Drinking Down?
Alcohol Taxes Up, Binge Drinking Down? THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Higher alcohol taxes may help reduce binge drinking, a new study suggests. Binge drinking in men is defined as having five or more drinks on a given occasion; in women it's four or more drinks. Binge drinking causes more than half of the nearly 90,000 alcohol-related deaths in the United States each year, according to background information in the study. Researchers found that a 1 percent increase in alcohol price due to t...
Abuse in Childhood Tied to Migraines in Adulthood
Abuse in Childhood Tied to Migraines in Adulthood WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who experienced childhood abuse or neglect have a higher risk of migraine headaches, suggests a study published online Dec. 24 in the journal Neurology . "Childhood maltreatment can have long-lasting effects, like associated medical and psychological conditions including migraine in adulthood," study author Dawn Buse, director of behavioral medicine at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City, said i...
ADHD May Raise Teens' Odds for Smoking, Drinking
ADHD May Raise Teens' Odds for Smoking, Drinking WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens are more likely to start smoking or drinking with each additional symptom they have of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or conduct disorder, new research suggests. "Our findings underscore the need to counsel families about the risk of substance use as [these] children approach adolescence," said study author Dr. William Brinkman, research director at Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group, wh...
Asians Need Type 2 Diabetes Screening at Lower Body Weight: Experts
Asians Need Type 2 Diabetes Screening at Lower Body Weight: Experts TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is a big contributor to type 2 diabetes, but Asian-Americans may need to pile on fewer excess pounds to develop the disease than other groups do, according to new guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The ADA has now lowered the body-mass index (BMI) -- a standard measurement of weight versus height -- at which Asian-Americans should be screened for type 2 diabetes. T...
Antiviral Combination Approved for Hepatitis C
Antiviral Combination Approved for Hepatitis C MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Viekira Pak, a combination of four antiviral drugs -- ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir and dasabuvir -- has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat hepatitis C infection, including a major complication, cirrhosis of the liver. Some 3.2 million Americans are infected with the viral disease, which can lead to complications including reduced liver function, liver failure or liver cancer, the ...
Americans Buying Fewer Sugary, Pre-Packaged Desserts
Americans Buying Fewer Sugary, Pre-Packaged Desserts MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are buying fewer pre-packaged baked goods, such as pies, cakes and cookies, new research shows. However, the study authors also found that people are not choosing healthier foods in their place. And little progress has been made on the part of food manufacturers in making pre-packaged treats healthier, the researchers said. Although the amount of sugar and fat in these products didn't change much bet...
Arriving Now at Gate 42: Measles
Arriving Now at Gate 42: Measles THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Traveling through the same U.S. airport gate, one infected passenger transmitted the measles virus to three others within a four-hour time span, illustrating just how easily the virus can spread, a new report shows. "The exposures in this report were not prolonged and occurred in a domestic rather than an international terminal, highlighting the fact that measles is highly contagious," wrote a team led by Jared Vega, an infecti...
Alcohol Before Bedtime Won't Help Your Sleep, Study Finds
Alcohol Before Bedtime Won't Help Your Sleep, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in five Americans turns to alcohol sometimes to help them fall asleep, but that can lead to sleep problems later in the night, a new study finds. This is because alcohol hampers the brain's system for regulating a person's need for sleep, researchers found. "The prevailing thought was that alcohol promotes sleep by changing a person's circadian rhythm -- the body's built-in 24-hour clock," ...
Almost Half of U.S. Kids Suffer Traumatic Stress, Study Shows
Almost Half of U.S. Kids Suffer Traumatic Stress, Study Shows THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that almost half of U.S. kids experience traumas that can disrupt their development. "This study tells us that adverse childhood experiences are common among U.S. children and, as demonstrated in adult studies, have lifelong impacts that begin early in life," study author Christina Bethell, a professor in the department of population, family and reproductive health at the Johns...
Almost All U.S. Teens Are Sleep Deprived, Study Finds
Almost All U.S. Teens Are Sleep Deprived, Study Finds THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 90 percent of American high school students are chronically sleep-deprived, putting their health and academic performance in jeopardy, a new report finds. The study, based on U.S. national data, finds that most teens don't get the minimum 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night that's recommended by standard guidelines. Teenagers do face a number of challenges as they try to get adequate sleep, experts s...
Anti-Smoking Campaign Successful and Cost-Effective, CDC Says
Anti-Smoking Campaign Successful and Cost-Effective, CDC Says WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A national anti-smoking campaign featuring tips from former smokers was highly successful and cost-effective, a new study reports. The 2012 Tips From Former Smokers campaign spent $480 per smoker who quit and $393 per year of life saved, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. "Our mission is to protect the public health, and the 2012 Tips ads did this by motivating 1.6 mil...
Abnormalities Found in Brains of Young Bipolar Patients Who Try Suicide
Abnormalities Found in Brains of Young Bipolar Patients Who Try Suicide TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who attempted suicide were found to have abnormalities in the frontal areas of their brains, a new study says. Researchers conducted brain scans on 68 participants, aged 14 to 25, with bipolar disorder, a mental illness that causes extreme emotional highs and lows. Of those patients, 26 had attempted suicide. Brain scans were also done on a control group of 45 teens an...
Are Routine Ultrasounds for Women With Dense Breasts Worthwhile?
Are Routine Ultrasounds for Women With Dense Breasts Worthwhile? MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research questions the value of ultrasound screening for women with dense breasts who've had a normal mammogram. Although dense breasts are a known risk factor for breast cancer, this increasingly common strategy doesn't appear to improve survival much but does "substantially" boost costs and false-positive results, researchers found. "Performing ultrasound for all women with dense breasts after...
Antacids May Improve Head and Neck Cancer Survival
Antacids May Improve Head and Neck Cancer Survival TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using antacids to control acid reflux may improve head and neck cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study suggests. The researchers examined the effects that two types of antacids -- proton pump inhibitors and histamine 2 blockers -- had on head and neck cancer patients. More than two-thirds of the nearly 600 patients in the study took one or both types of the antacids after their cancer diagnosis. Acid ...
A Lasting Legacy of Science
A Lasting Legacy of Science TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Salk polio vaccine trial of 1954 proved a momentous event whose impact is still felt today. On a broad scale, the trial first fundamentally altered the way Americans viewed charities, transforming them from an indulgence catered by a wealthy few into a common cause that could be joined by all. Most of the funding for the trial came from the March of Dimes, which was called the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis back then....
Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved
Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate), an abuse-resistant, extended release form of the painkiller hydrocodone (best known as Vicodin). The drug is sanctioned for long-term severe pain that requires daily, around-the-clock treatment. The tablet is difficult to crush, break or dissolve, making it resistant to abuse, the agency said Thursday in a news release. But ...
A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart
A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A bad marriage increases an older adult's risk of heart trouble, and that's particularly true for women, a new study contends. Researchers examined five years of data from 1,200 married American men and women, aged 57 to 85. People with spouses who were overly critical or demanding were more likely to develop heart disease than those with supportive mates, the researchers from Michigan State University said. They also foun...
Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter, Scans Show
Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter, Scans Show TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report. Heavy drinking may be especially damaging to white matter in the frontal areas of the brain, which can interfere with the impulse control needed to stop drinking, according to the study. The findings were published in the December online issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Res...
Alcohol Taxes May Give Boost to Public Health, Economy
Alcohol Taxes May Give Boost to Public Health, Economy TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some may believe that raising taxes on alcohol products will cost jobs in the service sector, but a new study suggests that's made up for by job creation elsewhere. The findings were to be reported Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans. "Money not spent on alcohol, coupled with the newly raised tax revenues, will be spent on other goods and services which wil...
Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests
Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from asthma who have to take medication every day to control it may face an increased risk of heart attack, new research suggests. And a second study confirms that having active asthma also increases your heart risk. "People with asthma should make an effort to optimally control their asthma symptoms, because proper asthma control not only improves asthma symptoms and quality of life but also re...
Air Pollution May Be Linked to Higher Rates of Kidney Disease
Air Pollution May Be Linked to Higher Rates of Kidney Disease SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may be linked to higher rates of chronic kidney disease, new research suggests. A study from the University of Michigan found the prevalence of kidney disease was greater in areas of the United States that have worse air quality. "If air pollution is a risk factor for [kidney disease], the impact is likely to be even greater in countries where pollution levels are much higher than in t...
Are Women More Likely to Survive Cardiac Arrest?
Are Women More Likely to Survive Cardiac Arrest? SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac arrest is most often fatal, but research is conflicting on whether women have better survival odds than men. In two studies scheduled to be presented Saturday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Chicago, researchers reached differing conclusions. One French study, of more than 400,000 cardiac arrest victims, found that women were 11 percent more likely to survive than men even though th...
Alzheimer's Cases Expected to Double by 2050, Researchers Say
Alzheimer's Cases Expected to Double by 2050, Researchers Say FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people with Alzheimer's disease in the United States will more than double by 2050 -- a trend driven by the aging baby boomer population, a new study predicts. The cost of caring for these Alzheimer's patients will climb from $307 billion to $1.5 trillion a year by 2050, the researchers estimated. They believe that, 35 years from now, the average annual per-patient cost of the disease wi...
ADHD Stimulant Drug Abuse Common Among Young Adults: Survey
ADHD Stimulant Drug Abuse Common Among Young Adults: Survey THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in every five college students abuses prescription stimulants, according to a new survey sponsored by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The survey also found that one in seven non-students of similar age also report abusing stimulant medications. Young adults aged 18 to 25 report using the drugs to help them stay awake, study or improve their work or school performance. The most commonly ...
Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who experience pain and swelling related to their treatment may find relief in acupuncture and exercise, new research suggests. In one study, acupuncture helped reduce joint pain by up to 40 percent, said study author Dr. Jun Mao, director of the integrative oncology program at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. And it didn't matter...
Are the Lactose Intolerant Safer From Some Cancers?
Are the Lactose Intolerant Safer From Some Cancers? FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who are lactose-intolerant may be less likely to develop certain types of cancer, a new study suggests. And, the researchers suspect the reduced risk may be related to diet. Data for the study included nearly 23,000 people in Sweden with lactose intolerance, as well as members of their families. People with lactose intolerance have difficulty digesting lactose, a sugar found in dairy products, because the...
A 'Purpose in Life' May Extend Yours
A 'Purpose in Life' May Extend Yours FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Another study finds that having a sense of meaning and purpose in your life might do more than just give you focus -- it might help you live longer, too. The study, involving more than 9,000 British people averaging 65 years of age, found that those who professed to feeling worthwhile and having a sense of purpose in life were less likely to die during the more than eight years the researchers tracked them. Over the study peri...
Americans' Fears of Ebola May Be Fading, Poll Finds
Americans' Fears of Ebola May Be Fading, Poll Finds FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' fears about Ebola seem to be waning somewhat, though many still believe the virus is a public health threat to the United States, according to a new HealthDay/Harris Poll . The online poll, which surveyed more than 2,000 adults between Oct. 28-30, found that anxiety over Ebola appeared to be declining -- even in the wake of the most recent case, involving an infected doctor in New York City. Just unde...
ADHD Linked to Expectant Moms' Smog Exposure
ADHD Linked to Expectant Moms' Smog Exposure WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women exposed to air pollution are five times more likely to have children who develop behavior problems related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, a new study reports. A child's risk of ADHD symptoms by age 9 appears to increase dramatically if they were exposed in the womb to high levels of air pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), researchers at Columbia University...
Are Your Heart Symptoms All in Your Head?
Are Your Heart Symptoms All in Your Head? MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three-quarters of people whose hearts are found to be healthy after being checked for coronary artery disease continue to have persistent symptoms such as chest pain, a new study finds. Did the doctors miss something? Probably not. Examinations for heart disease can worsen a patient's anxiety and trigger these symptoms, according to the report published published Nov. 3 in the online journal Open Heart . The resear...
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain, a large new survey reveals, with the elderly and women struggling the most. The poll of roughly 35,000 American households provides the first snapshot of the pain landscape in the United States, the survey authors said. The bottom line: Significant and debilitating pain that endures for three months or more is now a comm...
After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers
After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who survive breast cancer face a higher risk of depression that can linger and require antidepressants, a new study finds. Researchers in Copenhagen looked at data on nearly 2 million Danish women between 1998 and 2011, all of whom were initially free of cancer. During the study period, they found nearly 45,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The risk of having to check into a hospital for severe depre...
Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say
Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Riding a bus or an elevator full of sniffles, coughs and sneezes is one of the more unpleasant aspects of the flu season. Those same coughs and sneezes can be downright terrifying these days, given that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has spread a tendril into the United States with the first diagnosed cases in Dallas. But people face no threat from Ebola due to these public sniffles, according to a...
As Pot Use Rises, Teens' Grades May Fall: Study
As Pot Use Rises, Teens' Grades May Fall: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Occasional marijuana use does not appear to affect teens' intelligence or school performance, but heavy marijuana use is associated with slightly lower exam scores, according to a new study. Among more than 2,200 U.K. children who took IQ tests at age 8 and at age 15, marijuana use in the teen years appeared to be associated with lower IQ scores, the researchers said. However, the researchers found a strong link ...
Americans Show Distrust of Medical Profession in Survey
Americans Show Distrust of Medical Profession in Survey WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are less trusting of the medical profession than people in many other countries -- even though they often like their own doctor, a new report finds. Based on data from an international health care survey, the United States is near the bottom of the list when it comes to public trust in the medical establishment, Harvard researchers report. On the other hand, when asked to rate their own medical...
All U.S. Residents Returning From Ebola-Stricken Countries to Be Tracked, CDC Says
All U.S. Residents Returning From Ebola-Stricken Countries to Be Tracked, CDC Says WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Public health officials plan to actively monitor all U.S. residents returning home from one of the three Ebola-affected nations in West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. The new monitoring program, which starts Monday, will require anyone back from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone to check their temperature twice a day and report back da...
Airport Screening in West Africa Will Curb Ebola's Spread: Study
Airport Screening in West Africa Will Curb Ebola's Spread: Study MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If passengers weren't screened before they boarded airplanes in the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three people infected with Ebola would leave on international flights from any of those West African nations every month, a new analysis predicts. The three countries are those hit hardest by the current Ebola outbreak. Screening is currently in place at international ai...
As U.S. Economy Worsened, Vasectomy Rates Rose, Study Finds
As U.S. Economy Worsened, Vasectomy Rates Rose, Study Finds MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- During the recent "Great Recession," worries about the cost of raising children in an uncertain job market may have spurred an uptick in vasectomies, a new study suggests. "Despite an unchanged desire for more children, men in relationships reported planning for smaller families," said a team led by Dr. Bobby Najari, a urologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Najari and colleagues re...
Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes
Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes should undergo heart screening before they play competitive sports, according to new guidelines released by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). The goal of the guidelines for secondary schools is to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in athletes. Sudden cardiac arrest is often caused by an undetected structural abnormality of the heart, according to a NATA news release. The...
Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?
Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With two confirmed cases of Ebola contracted by health care workers now being reported at a Dallas hospital, medical centers across the country are scrambling to ensure that their infection-control measures will protect staff and the public. But are staffers at most centers equipped and experienced enough to handle the threat of infection from this largely new and highly lethal virus? Dr. William Fischer spent several mo...
Another Study Links Mediterranean Diet to Better Heart Health
Another Study Links Mediterranean Diet to Better Heart Health TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Following the Mediterranean diet may help reverse a condition known as metabolic syndrome, new research suggests. The study compared a low-fat diet to a Mediterranean diet -- a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, fish and olive oil. The Mediterranean diet was supplemented with either extra nuts or extra virgin olive oil. The Mediterranean diet didn't lower the odds of develo...
Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says
Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A rare type of skin cancer has been linked to allergic reactions to metal implants, researchers said. Some patients who have metal devices implanted near the skin may develop chronic skin rashes caused by contact allergies to metals such as nickel, cobalt and chromium. These rashes may lead to an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer, the researchers said. The study's authors described t...
Anesthetic During Breast-Removal Surgery May Reduce Long-Term Pain
Anesthetic During Breast-Removal Surgery May Reduce Long-Term Pain MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving a common local anesthetic to women undergoing breast removal surgery -- a mastectomy -- reduces their risk of persistent pain after the procedure, a new study says. More than two-thirds of mastectomy patients experience chronic pain after surgery, which can significantly affect physical activity, physical and mental health, and quality of life. The pain also increases the risk of depressio...
Anesthesia Complications Drop by Half, Study Finds
Anesthesia Complications Drop by Half, Study Finds SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Anesthesia-related complications in the United States have fallen by more than half, while the overall death rate has remained the same, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data from more than 3.2 million cases of anesthesia use between 2010 and 2013, and found the rate of complications decreased from 11.8 percent to 4.8 percent. The most common minor complication was nausea and vomiting (nearly 36 perce...
Akynzeo Approved for Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Akynzeo Approved for Side Effects of Chemotherapy FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The combination drug Akynzeo (netupitant and palonosetron) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat nausea and vomiting among people undergoing chemotherapy, the agency said Friday in a news release. Akynzeo contains a new anti-nausea drug, netupitant, and palonosetron, which was approved to treat nausea and vomiting in 2008. The combination drug's effectiveness was evaluated in two cli...
Americans Increasingly Anxious About Ebola: Poll
Americans Increasingly Anxious About Ebola: Poll FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One-quarter of Americans now view Ebola as a major public health threat to the United States, with many saying they'd change their travel plans due to Ebola fears, a new Harris Poll/HealthDay survey reveals. The online poll of more than 2,000 adults, taken between Oct. 2 and 6, finds the number of people seriously concerned about Ebola surging in recent weeks. The number of people who consider Ebola a "major threa...
As Culture Changed, So Did Melanoma Risk, Study Finds
As Culture Changed, So Did Melanoma Risk, Study Finds TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changing fashions, cultural attitudes and health beliefs have contributed to the rise of deadly melanoma skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed various social and economic trends in the United States from the early 1900s to modern times, including clothing styles, social norms and medical practices. They reported their findings in the Oct. 6 issue of the American Journal of Public Health ...
About 100 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas
About 100 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health officials in Texas said Thursday that approximately 100 people who came into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are now being monitored for symptoms of the often fatal disease. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the roughly 100 people had either "direct" or "indirect" contact with Duncan. A Liberian national, Duncan arrived in the United Sta...
About 100 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas
About 100 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health officials in Texas said Thursday that approximately 100 people who came into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are now being monitored for symptoms of the often fatal disease. The updated count came after an announcement Wednesday that Dallas County health officials were monitoring a potential second Ebola patient who had close contact with Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola...
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