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Depression Linked to Death of Many Heart Failure Patients
Depression Linked to Death of Many Heart Failure Patients SATURDAY, May 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression significantly increases the risk of death in heart failure patients, a new study finds. Heart failure patients with moderate to severe depression had a five times higher risk of death than those with no or mild depression, researchers found. "We know that depression is common in heart failure and affects 20 to 40 percent of patients," said study author John Cleland, a professor of cardiology a...
Depression May Intensify Anger in Veterans With PTSD: Study
Depression May Intensify Anger in Veterans With PTSD: Study FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Anger often escalates quickly in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they're depressed, a new study reveals. "Our study findings should draw attention to anger as a major treatment need when military service members screen positive for PTSD or for depression, and especially when they screen positive for both," lead researcher Raymond Novaco said in a news release from the American Ps...
Diet and Exercise May Not Stave Off Age-Related Muscle Loss
Diet and Exercise May Not Stave Off Age-Related Muscle Loss FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's not clear whether diet and exercise can prevent muscle loss as people age, a new British review finds. People lose 30 percent to 50 percent of their muscle mass between the ages of 40 and 80, according to the study authors. Muscle loss can lead to reduced strength, more difficulty doing everyday tasks, and increased health care needs and costs, the researchers noted. "Poor diets and being physically...
Dog-Human Bond May Go Back 40,000 Years
Dog-Human Bond May Go Back 40,000 Years THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The close relationship between dogs and humans may have started 27,000 to 40,000 years ago, a new study says. Previous estimates had suggested this bond began no more than 16,000 years ago, the researchers noted. For the study, published May 21 in the journal Current Biology , researchers conducted a genetic analysis of a wolf bone fragment discovered on the Taimyr Peninsula in Siberia. Radiocarbon dating showed the bone ...
Does Botox Actually Rejuvenate Skin?
Does Botox Actually Rejuvenate Skin? THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Botox injections might do more than simply paralyze facial muscles to create a more youthful appearance. New research suggests the anti-aging treatments may also turn back the clock on facial skin itself, aiding its ability to stretch and recoil. Botox treatment seems to promote production of elastin and collagen, a pair of proteins that make young skin tight, firm and flexible, said lead author Dr. James Bonaparte, a plasti...
Depression Tied to Some Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Depression Tied to Some Risk of Parkinson's Disease WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with a history of depression seem to have a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a large new study reports, adding to the growing body of research linking the two conditions. The Swedish study found that people diagnosed with depression were more than three times as likely as people without a history of the mood disorder to develop Parkinson's disease within the first year of depression. By 1...
Does Mom's Cellphone Startle the Fetus?
Does Mom's Cellphone Startle the Fetus? WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their fetuses, new research suggests. The finding is based on a small study that tracked fetal reactions to repetitive cellphone and beeper use among more than two dozen resident physicians while they were pregnant. "We wanted to see what these devices can do to the fetus," said study co-author Dr. Boris Petrikovsky, a profe...
Diabetes Study Suggests a Little Extra Weight Tied to Longer Survival
Diabetes Study Suggests a Little Extra Weight Tied to Longer Survival MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A controversial new study suggests that some extra weight may be linked to a longer life for people with type 2 diabetes. Compared to underweight or normal-weight people with type 2 diabetes, those who were overweight but not obese were less likely to die over the 10-year study period, British researchers found. But this isn't to say that folks with type 2 diabetes can safely fatten up, research...
Device May Pose Dangers for Patients With Irregular Heartbeat: Study
Device May Pose Dangers for Patients With Irregular Heartbeat: Study MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart surgeons are making regular and potentially dangerous "off-label" use of a suturing device in patients with abnormal heart rhythms, researchers report. Though the Lariat device can be used to tie off a part of the heart that raises stroke risk, it has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for this specific purpose. And a small number of atrial fibrillation patients have...
Dropping One Sugary Soda a Day Could Cut Diabetes Risk: Study
Dropping One Sugary Soda a Day Could Cut Diabetes Risk: Study THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who love sugary sodas and flavored milk may have a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes, regardless of their body weight, a large new study finds. The good news, the researchers said, is that swapping just one of those drinks each day -- for water or unsweetened coffee or tea -- could lower diabetes risk by up to 25 percent. The findings, reported online April 30 in the journal Diabetologia , ...
Drop in Drunk Driving Crashes May Have Boosted U.S. Economy
Drop in Drunk Driving Crashes May Have Boosted U.S. Economy THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A dramatic drop in the number of alcohol-related car accidents over the past three decades may have helped fuel the U.S. economy, a new study suggests. "Alcohol-involved crashes drag down the U.S. economy," the study authors wrote of their research that focused on the year 2010. In that year, just 12 percent of car crashes involved alcohol, the researchers found. That's half the rate it was in the mi...
Drugs Show Promise for Some Advanced Lung Cancers
Drugs Show Promise for Some Advanced Lung Cancers WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two experimental drugs may help patients whose lung cancer has become resistant to the latest available treatments, separate studies say. Both drugs showed benefits for patients with advanced lung cancer who develop a particular mutation that makes their tumors resistant to recently approved drugs called EGFR inhibitors. Currently, little can be done for those patients aside from chemotherapy. "And those chem...
Divorce May Increase Psychosomatic Symptoms in Teens: Study
Divorce May Increase Psychosomatic Symptoms in Teens: Study MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens may have an increased risk for psychosomatic symptoms -- physical problems caused by mental distress -- if their parents separate or divorce, a new study suggests. Those who lived mostly with one parent due to a family breakup had the most psychosomatic symptoms, while those who lived in the same home with both parents had the fewest. Children whose parents had joint custody arrangements had fewe...
Depression, Weapons May Be More Common for Bullied Teens
Depression, Weapons May Be More Common for Bullied Teens MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Bullied high school students have greater odds for depression and suicidal thoughts than others, and they're also more likely to take weapons to school, according to three new studies. "Teens can be the victim of face-to-face bullying in school, electronic bullying outside of the classroom and dating violence," said Dr. Andrew Adesman, senior investigator of the studies. Each experience is associated with...
Doctors Say Head Lice Should Not Bar Kids From School
Doctors Say Head Lice Should Not Bar Kids From School MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Outbreaks of head lice in kids can be effectively treated without banning infected children from school, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say. In fact, the AAP believes that doctors and other health care professionals should educate schools and communities that "no-nit" policies are unfair and should not be implemented. Children found to have head lice or nits can finish the schoo...
Drinking Water Helps Prevent Kidney Stones
Drinking Water Helps Prevent Kidney Stones FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking plenty of water will lower your risk of kidney stones, researchers report. "This analysis shows that drinking water is an effective way to cut one's risk for developing kidney stones in half," Kerry Willis, chief scientific officer at the National Kidney Foundation, said in a foundation news release. "Kidney stones cause significant discomfort and cost, along with a potential to contribute to the development o...
Deep Brain Stimulation May Ease Some Parkinson's Pain for Years
Deep Brain Stimulation May Ease Some Parkinson's Pain for Years MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with Parkinson's disease who undergo deep brain stimulation may experience long-term pain relief, a small, new study from Korea suggests. However, three-quarters of the patients developed new pain in muscles and joints eight years after the procedure was performed, the researchers found. "It is potentially important that some pain types improved, but also important to understand why other ty...
Decline in U.S. Tuberculosis Rates Slows: CDC
Decline in U.S. Tuberculosis Rates Slows: CDC THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As health officials in Kansas struggle with an outbreak of tuberculosis at a local high school, federal officials reported Thursday that the annual decline in U.S. cases is slowing. In 2014, there were slightly more than 9,400 TB cases in the United States, a rate of three cases per 100,000 people. That's about 2 percent lower than the TB rate in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control an...
Dad's Depression Affects Toddler's Behavior, Too
Dad's Depression Affects Toddler's Behavior, Too WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression in fathers may be linked to anxiety and bad behavior in toddlers, a new study suggests. "Fathers' emotions affect their children," study author Sheehan Fisher, an instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said in a university news release. Researchers looked at 200 couples with 3-year-olds and found that depression in either t...
Doctors' Racial Biases May Not Influence Patient Care, Survey Suggests
Doctors' Racial Biases May Not Influence Patient Care, Survey Suggests WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey finds that hospital doctors don't treat patients differently because of race or income level, even though it detected unconscious bias in some clinicians. Researchers asked more than 200 doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore how they would respond to various hypothetical situations involving white and black patients, and rich and poor patients. The results "raise que...
Dietary Dioxins Don't Seem to Increase Breast Cancer Risk: Study
Dietary Dioxins Don't Seem to Increase Breast Cancer Risk: Study TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming low levels of chemicals called dioxins in food doesn't increase the risk of breast cancer, contends a new study that challenges a widely held belief about the effect of dioxins. Dioxins are a byproduct of industrial activity that have been linked to a number of types of cancer. However, there is conflicting evidence of a connection between dioxins and breast cancer. Food -- primarily me...
Diabetes Groups Call for Greater Scrutiny of Insulin Pumps
Diabetes Groups Call for Greater Scrutiny of Insulin Pumps TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes are calling for more research into the safety and effectiveness of insulin pumps. The diabetes' groups recommended "the adoption of a more rigorous, standardized and transparent approach to safety." Among other things, they want European and American officials to bring their insulin pump standards into harmony. The...
Diet Sodas Linked to Widening Waistlines in Seniors: Study
Diet Sodas Linked to Widening Waistlines in Seniors: Study TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study has linked drinking diet sodas to increasing waistlines in seniors. What's more, the study found that the more diet soda someone drank, the more likely they were to add to their waistline. "We're being naive if we only look at the number of calories in the label. People may be sabotaging their own health if they use diet sodas to protect themselves from gaining weight," said study author Sh...
Divorce May Mean Kids Down More Soft Drinks
Divorce May Mean Kids Down More Soft Drinks TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children may be more likely to drink sodas and other sugary beverages if their parents are recently separated or divorced, a new study suggests. Drinking too many sugary beverages puts children at increased risk for obesity, the researchers warned. "When families separate, one of the things that is most impacted for kids is their day-to-day routines," lead researcher Jeff Cookston, chair of psychology at San Francisc...
Depression May Worsen Problem of Obesity Among the Poor
Depression May Worsen Problem of Obesity Among the Poor TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression may increase the risk of poor nutrition and obesity among Americans receiving food assistance, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at more than 600 people who were the main food shoppers in low-income families living in "food deserts" in Pittsburgh. The term refers to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods, such as fresh produce. All of the participants were enrolled in a f...
Don't Delay School for Summer-Born or Premature Kids: Study
Don't Delay School for Summer-Born or Premature Kids: Study MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying the start of school for a year for children with summer birthdays or those born prematurely may lead to worse academic performance later, new British research suggests. "Our study shows that delaying school entry has no effect on Year 1 teacher ratings of academic performance. But it is associated with poorer performance in age-standardized tests of reading, writing, mathematics and attention a...
Depression During Pregnancy Linked to Child's Asthma Risk
Depression During Pregnancy Linked to Child's Asthma Risk MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A child may face an increased risk of asthma if the child's mother experienced depression during her pregnancy or she took an older antidepressant to treat her condition, new research suggests. However, more than 80 percent of the women in the study who were prescribed antidepressants were given one of a newer class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). And those medications w...
Divorce May Be More Likely When Wives Get Sick
Divorce May Be More Likely When Wives Get Sick THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- That part of the marriage vows where couples pledge to stay together "in sickness and in health" may be heeded more by wives than husbands, new research suggests. Although divorce rates did not increase when husbands were in poor health, researchers at Iowa State University found the divorce rate was 6 percent higher in marriages in which wives were sick. "There is a difference between feeling too sick to make din...
Drug May Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Early Menopause
Drug May Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Early Menopause WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer chemotherapy can trigger an unfortunate side effect for some patients -- early menopause. But a new study suggests that adding the drug goserelin to chemotherapy cuts the odds of that happening in women with certain early-stage breast cancers. "These findings provide hope for young women with breast cancer who would like to prevent early menopause or still have children," senior stu...
Decrease in Air Pollution Tied to Healthier Lungs in Children
Decrease in Air Pollution Tied to Healthier Lungs in Children WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children in southern California may be breathing easier these days compared with the 1990s, thanks to a big reduction in air pollution, a new study suggests. Researchers found that as air quality improved in five Los Angeles-area communities over two decades, so did children's lung development. Experts said the findings, published in the March 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine , sugges...
Does Long-Term Acetaminophen Use Raise Health Risks?
Does Long-Term Acetaminophen Use Raise Health Risks? MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen may not be as safe as previously thought, with larger doses and long-term use linked to increased risk of health problems, a new report contends. Best known in the United States under the brand name Tylenol, acetaminophen is the most widely used painkiller in the world, the study authors said in background notes. It is the World Health Organization's front-line treatment for pain, and is consider...
Doctors Often Yield to Parents' Requests to Delay Kids' Vaccines
Doctors Often Yield to Parents' Requests to Delay Kids' Vaccines MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors commonly get requests from parents to delay young children's vaccinations -- and despite their better judgment, they often give in, a new U.S. study finds. In a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors, researchers found that 93 percent said they handled such requests in a typical month. One-fifth said that at least 10 percent of parents they see want to postpone some vaccination...
Do Heart Surgery Patients Get Too Many Blood Tests?
Do Heart Surgery Patients Get Too Many Blood Tests? MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The high number of blood tests done before and after heart surgery can sometimes lead to excessive blood loss, possibly causing anemia and the need for a blood transfusion, new research suggests. The study included almost 1,900 patients who had heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic between January 2012 and June 2012. From the time they first met their heart surgeons until they left the hospital, the patients co...
Dangerous C. Difficile Germ Infects 500,000 Americans a Year: CDC
Dangerous C. Difficile Germ Infects 500,000 Americans a Year: CDC WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half a million Americans were infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile in 2011, and 29,000 died within a month of diagnosis, U.S. health officials report. "Infections with C. difficile have become increasingly common over the last few decades, and are seen in patients in health-care facilities as well as people in their communities," Dr. Michael Bell said at a U.S. Centers for Di...
Doctors Less Likely to Divorce, Study Finds
Doctors Less Likely to Divorce, Study Finds THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors appear less likely to get divorced than most other health care professionals, a new study finds. "It's been speculated that doctors are more likely to be divorced than other professionals because of the long hours they keep and the stress associated with the job, but no large-scale study has ever investigated whether that is true," said senior study author Dr. Anupam Jena in a Massachusetts General Hospital n...
Doctors Pinpoint Why Child Who Appeared Free of HIV Suffered Relapse
Doctors Pinpoint Why Child Who Appeared Free of HIV Suffered Relapse WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- HIV hid deep inside a young Mississippi girl born with the virus who suffered a disappointing relapse last July, after more than two years in which she appeared to have been cured by early, aggressive drug treatment, her doctors report. They now know that the girl's HIV was dormant all that time -- not simply percolating undetected -- because tests have shown that her recurring virus was an ...
Dentists Offer Tips to Keep Young Children Cavity-Free
Dentists Offer Tips to Keep Young Children Cavity-Free SUNDAY, Feb. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Good dental habits begin at an early age, but many parents fall short when it comes to the health of their children's teeth, experts say. "Parents who would not dream of letting their toddler bathe alone give the same child total responsibility for brushing," Dr. Gretchen Henson, a dentist at Interfaith Medical Center in New York City said in a center news release. "Misinformation abounds, and it has become ...
Device Approved for Female Fecal Incontinence
Device Approved for Female Fecal Incontinence FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Eclipse System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat fecal incontinence in adult women aged 18 to 75, the agency said in a news release. Fecal incontinence is especially common among older adults. Vaginal childbirth can strain the anal muscles, which can lead to this condition, the FDA said. The new system, inflated inside the vaginal area, exerts pressure onto the rectal area, reduc...
Don't Exclude Cancer Survivors From Lung Cancer Trials, Study Urges
Don't Exclude Cancer Survivors From Lung Cancer Trials, Study Urges FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors should not be excluded from clinical trials of new lung cancer treatments, according to a study that challenges common practice. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 103,000 people older than 65 who were diagnosed with advanced lung cancer between 1992 and 2009. Of those patients, nearly 15 percent had survived previous cancers, including prostate, breast and gastrointestinal c...
Driving Soon After Stroke May Be Risky, Studies Suggest
Driving Soon After Stroke May Be Risky, Studies Suggest WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- After a stroke, driving skills may be impaired, two new studies suggest. The small studies found that drivers who survived a recent stroke were more likely than other drivers to make serious driving errors. Stroke survivors were also more likely to get into collisions when in a simulated driving test environment. "Patients with acute minor stroke made more errors during driving simulation in cognitively ...
Depression After Stroke Linked to Troubled Sleep
Depression After Stroke Linked to Troubled Sleep TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke survivors with depression may be at increased risk for sleep problems, a new study suggests. According to experts, sleep problems are common after stroke and associated with poor health. In the new study, a team of researchers in Korea looked at nearly 300 people hospitalized with stroke. They found that more than a fifth of them got less than six hours of sleep a night while they were hospitalized. Three ...
Donor Hearts Going to Waste, Researchers Report
Donor Hearts Going to Waste, Researchers Report TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even as the need for heart transplants increases, more donor hearts are being discarded, with a new study showing that only one in three donated hearts finds a recipient. In addition, rejection of donor hearts varies across the United States, particularly for so-called "marginal" donor hearts -- those that are judged too small or too old. Hearts that would be used in one medical center would be rejected by another...
Device Aims to Deliver Cancer-Killing Drugs Directly to Pancreas
Device Aims to Deliver Cancer-Killing Drugs Directly to Pancreas WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've developed a device that can deliver drugs to pancreatic tumors in mice, and they hope it will one day become a valuable tool in the treatment of one of the deadliest cancers in people. Details about the device's cost and its effect on people aren't known, and scientists didn't study whether the mice actually lived longer after being treated. Still, the device has the poten...
Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds
Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medications if they've been diagnosed with cancer, researchers report. The new study included more than 16,000 diabetes patients, average age 68, taking drugs to lower their blood sugar. Of those patients, more than 3,200 were diagnosed with cancer. "This study revealed that the medication adherence among users of [blood sugar-lower...
Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?
Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment? WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When pregnant women have high blood pressure, more-intensive treatment doesn't seem to affect their babies, but it may lower the odds that moms will develop severely high blood pressure. That's the conclusion of a clinical trial reported in the Jan. 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine . Experts were divided, however, on how to interpret the results. For one of the study's authors, the choice is...
Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study Warns
Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study Warns TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Daily drinking increases the risk of alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, a new study found. It's generally believed that overall alcohol consumption is the major contributor to cirrhosis. But these new findings suggest that how often you pour yourself a cocktail or beer -- as well as recent drinking -- plays a significant role, the researchers said. Cirrhosis, scarring of the liver, is the final phase o...
Don't Become a Blizzard Casualty
Don't Become a Blizzard Casualty TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns. If you must be outdoors, staying warm is critical, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "In the cold weather, it's important to keep your head, face and nose covered, but most importantly dress in layers to prevent heat loss," Glatter said. He recommends wearing s...
Diabetes-Related Foot Condition Often Missed
Diabetes-Related Foot Condition Often Missed FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A debilitating condition called Charcot foot is often missed among the nearly 30 million Americans with diabetes, doctors say. The condition is highly treatable, but if left alone it can lead to permanent deformity, disability, surgery and even amputation, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Charcot foot can occur in the one-third of diabetes patients who lose feeling in their feet an...
Dealing With a Hostile Boss
Dealing With a Hostile Boss WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One way of dealing with nasty bosses may be to turn their hostility back on them, a new study suggests. Hundreds of U.S. workers were asked if their supervisors were hostile -- doing things such as yelling, ridiculing and intimidating staff -- and how the employees responded to such treatment. Workers who had hostile bosses but didn't retaliate had higher levels of mental stress, were less satisfied with their jobs, and less commit...
Depression, Anxiety Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer's, Study Finds
Depression, Anxiety Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer's, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression, sleep problems and behavioral changes can show up before signs of memory loss in people who go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. "I wouldn't worry at this point if you're feeling anxious, depressed or tired that you have underlying Alzheimer's, because in most cases it has nothing to do with an underlying Alzheimer's process," said study author Catherine...
Does He Post a Lot of 'Selfies'? He Might Be a Narcissist
Does He Post a Lot of 'Selfies'? He Might Be a Narcissist THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- That guy on Facebook posting dozens of "selfies" of himself -- at the beach, at work, partying -- might just be a narcissist, a new study suggests. "It's not surprising that men who post a lot of selfies and spend more time editing them are more narcissistic, but this is the first time it has actually been confirmed in a study," Jesse Fox, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication...
Drug to Treat Serious Infections May Harm Kids' Kidneys, Study Says
Drug to Treat Serious Infections May Harm Kids' Kidneys, Study Says TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treating children who have drug-resistant bacterial infections with high doses of the antibiotic vancomycin may raise the risk of kidney damage, a new study says. Researchers said the drug should be used cautiously. "Our results bear out the difficult balancing act between ensuring the dose is high enough to successfully treat these serious and, at times, life-threatening infections against the...
Diabetes May Affect Kids' Brain Growth, Study Reports
Diabetes May Affect Kids' Brain Growth, Study Reports FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High blood sugar may slow brain growth in young children with type 1 diabetes, a new study indicates. The research included children aged 4 to 9 years who underwent brain scans and tests to assess their mental abilities, as well as continuous monitoring of their blood sugar levels. Compared to children without diabetes, the brains of those with the disease had slower overall and regional growth of gray and wh...
Don't Let Burns Mar Your Holidays
Don't Let Burns Mar Your Holidays THURSDAY, Dec. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of burns from fires and cooking accidents increases during the holidays, so you need to be extra cautious, an expert says. "Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, we see a significant increase in patients coming in with burns," said Dr. Steven Sandoval, medical director at the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center of Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. "Holiday celebrations should be full of joy...
Diabetes Drug Metformin Safe for Patients With Kidney Disease: Review
Diabetes Drug Metformin Safe for Patients With Kidney Disease: Review TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although metformin, the popular type 2 diabetes medication, is usually not prescribed for people with kidney disease, a new analysis shows the drug may be safer for these patients than once thought. Metformin has been used in the United States for two decades to help lower blood sugar levels among people with type 2 diabetes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions that people with kid...
Different Gene Mutations May Determine Severity, Type of Autism
Different Gene Mutations May Determine Severity, Type of Autism MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Different types of gene mutations may play a role in the severity and type of autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatments for the disorder, the researchers added. No two people with autism have the exact type and severity of behaviors, according to background information from the study. Investigators analyzed hundreds of autism patients and nearly 1,00...
Doctors Aren't Discussing Sex With Heart Attack Survivors
Doctors Aren't Discussing Sex With Heart Attack Survivors MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After suffering cardiac arrest, Karen Englert recalled that her doctors freely dispensed advice about not lifting milk jugs, not driving, not showering -- but nothing about resuming sex with her husband, Jeff. "I've had six different heart procedures, and never had any specific instructions about when that activity could resume," said Englert, 33, of suburban St. Louis, Mo. People who survive serious even...
Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says
Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When children land in the hospital, they are often given multiple drugs that could interact with each other in potentially harmful ways, a study of U.S. hospitals finds. Researchers found that among nearly 500,000 children and teenagers who were hospitalized in 2011, nearly half were given combinations of drugs that could have potential interactions. Those interactions could potentially boost the risk ...
Does High-Fructose Corn Syrup Make People Hungrier?
Does High-Fructose Corn Syrup Make People Hungrier? WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fructose -- a kind of sugar found in a wide variety of foods and beverages -- may encourage overeating, new research suggests. Fructose may be best known to consumers in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, which has long been added to manufactured foods from sodas to cookies. Distinct from sugar known as glucose (produced by the natural breakdown of complex carbohydrates), fructose is also a "simple" sugar...
Does The Doctor Speak Your Language?
Does The Doctor Speak Your Language? TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People applying to become medical residents in the United States speak a wide range of non-English languages, but many aren't the languages spoken by patients with limited English skills, a new study finds. More than 25 million U.S. residents speak limited English, which represents an increase of 80 percent from 1990 to 2010. About two-thirds of them speak Spanish, the researchers said. But only 21 percent of 53,000 people wh...
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