E-Cigarettes Don't Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking: Study
E-Cigarettes Don't Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking: Study MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research raises doubts about the possible benefits of e-cigarettes for people with cancer. Smokers with cancer who used e-cigarettes along with traditional cigarettes were more dependent on nicotine than those who didn't use the devices, a Memorial Sloan Kettering study found. These patients were also just as likely -- or less likely -- to have quit smoking than patients who didn't use e-cigarettes...
ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find
ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to emergency room waiting times, patients seeking care at larger urban hospitals are likely to spend more time staring down the clock than those seen at smaller or more rural facilities, new research suggests. "The experience of crowding and our ability to provide timely emergency care varies dramatically across hospitals in the United States," said one of the authors of the new research, Dr. Ren...
Europeans Are Descendants of at Least 3 Ancient Human Groups: Study
Europeans Are Descendants of at Least 3 Ancient Human Groups: Study WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Present-day Europeans are the descendants of at least three groups of ancient humans, according to a new study. Previous research suggested that Europeans descended from indigenous hunter-gatherers and early European farmers. But, a new genetic analysis involving ancient bone samples revealed they are also the descendants of Ancient North Eurasians. Nearly all present-day Europeans have gene...
Ebola Outbreak Still Not Under Control: Officials
Ebola Outbreak Still Not Under Control: Officials WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is outpacing efforts to control it, could pose a global threat and will cost at least $600 million to contain it, U.S. and global health officials warned Wednesday. "This is not an African disease. This is a virus that is a threat to all humanity," Gayle Smith, special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director at the U.S. National Security Council, told reporters...
E-Cigarette Vapor May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco Smoke: Study
E-Cigarette Vapor May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco Smoke: Study WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Secondhand vapor created by one brand of electronic cigarette harbors fewer hazardous chemicals than regular cigarette smoke, although the researchers report the finding doesn't leave e-cigarettes in the clear. The study has caveats. For one, it doesn't examine which hazardous chemicals in e-cig vapor actually make it into the lungs of people nearby. And the scientists only looked at indoor smoking...
Encouraging Your Baby's Babbling May Speed Language Development
Encouraging Your Baby's Babbling May Speed Language Development FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The way that parents respond to their infant's babbling might affect the baby's language development, a new study suggests. Over six months, researchers observed the interactions between 12 mothers and their infants during free play. The sessions were 30 minutes long and happened twice a month. The infants were 8 months old at the start of the study. When parents listened and responded to a baby's b...
European MRSA Originated in Sub-Saharan Africa, Study Finds
European MRSA Originated in Sub-Saharan Africa, Study Finds FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The main strain of a common antibiotic-resistant infection in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa originated in sub-Saharan Africa, a new study says. Researchers studied so-called community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections, which occur in healthy people who have not recently been hospitalized. These infections typically affect the skin and can be transmitted...
Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study
Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found that sending electrical currents through the scalp to a specific network of brain structures can enhance people's memories, for up to a day. In a small study of healthy young adults, researchers used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to fire up certain networks involved in memory. That, in turn, boosted participants' performance on memory tests -- an improvement apparent 24 hours af...
Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People, U.N. Says
Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People, U.N. Says THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deadly Ebola outbreak hitting four West African nations could eventually infect more than 20,000 people, the World Health Organization announced Thursday. Already the largest Ebola outbreak ever, the viral infection has produced 3,069 cases so far and killed 1,552 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Nearly 40 percent of the total number of reported cases have occurred in the past three w...
Eye Pigment May Help Vision in Hazy Conditions
Eye Pigment May Help Vision in Hazy Conditions THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having greater amounts of yellow pigment in your eyes could boost your ability to see distant objects in hazy conditions, a new study reports. In a laboratory experiment, University of Georgia researchers simulated hazy conditions in order to test the distance vision of people with different levels of yellow pigment (also called macular pigment) in their eyes. The volunteers had widely varying amounts of yellow pi...
Everest Study Finds High Altitude Affects Blood Pressure
Everest Study Finds High Altitude Affects Blood Pressure WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a new study done from the heights of Mount Everest, Italian researchers found that your blood pressure steadily increases if you ascend to great heights. They also found that a drug widely used to treat high blood pressure was ineffective once climbers reached above a certain altitude. The findings, reported online Aug. 27 in the European Heart Journal , could impact not just high-altitude trekkers b...
Even Normal-Weight Teens Can Have Dangerous Eating Disorders, Study Finds
Even Normal-Weight Teens Can Have Dangerous Eating Disorders, Study Finds TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers do not need to be rail thin to be practicing the dangerous eating behaviors associated with anorexia, a new study suggests. Rather, the true measure of trouble may be significant weight loss, and the Australian researchers noted that a drastic drop in weight carries the same risk for life-threatening medical problems even if the patient is a normal weight. Even more concerning, ...
E-Cigarettes Should Be Regulated Like Tobacco: American Heart Association
E-Cigarettes Should Be Regulated Like Tobacco: American Heart Association MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarettes should be subject to the same laws that apply to tobacco products, and the federal government should ban the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to young people, a new American Heart Association policy statement says. The group also called for thorough and continuous research on e-cigarette use, marketing and long-term health effects. "Over the last 50 years, 20 millio...
Escitalopram Oral solution
Escitalopram Oral solution What is this medicine? ESCITALOPRAM (es sye TAL oh pram) is used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. This medicine can be taken with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more...
Escitalopram Oral tablet
Escitalopram Oral tablet What is this medicine? ESCITALOPRAM (es sye TAL oh pram) is used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of yo...
Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG, Resting ECG, Resting EKG) Procedure overview What is an electrocardiogram? An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to evaluate the heart. Electrodes (small, plastic patches) are placed at certain locations on the chest, arms, and legs. When the electrodes are connected to an ECG machine by lead wires, the electrical activity of the heart is measured, interpreted, and printed out for the doctor's information and further interpretat...
Endometrial Ablation Procedure overview What is an endometrial ablation? Endometrial ablation is a procedure to permanently remove a thin tissue layer of the lining of the uterus to stop or reduce excessive or abnormal bleeding in women for whom childbearing is complete. The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. In some cases, endometrial ablation may be an alternative to hysterectomy. There are several techniques used to perform endometrial ablation including the following: Electrical or elec...
Endometrial Biopsy (Biopsy-Endometrium) Procedure overview What is an endometrial biopsy? An endometrial biopsy is a procedure performed to obtain a small tissue sample from the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. After the biopsy, the endometrial tissue is examined under a microscope to identify the presence of abnormal cells, or the effects of hormones on the endometrium. Other related procedures used to evaluate and treat endometrial problems include dilation and curettage (D & C), hyst...
Ewing Sarcoma What is Ewing sarcoma? Ewing sarcoma is a cancer that occurs primarily in the bone or soft tissue. Ewing sarcoma can occur in any bone, but it most often is is found in the hip bones, ribs, or in the long bones, such as the femur (thigh), tibia (shin), or humerus (upper arm). It can involve the muscle and the soft tissues around the tumor site as well. Ewing sarcoma cells can also spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body including the bone marrow, lungs, kidneys, heart, adrenal glan...
Ectopic Pregnancy What is ectopic pregnancy? About 2 percent of all pregnancies develop outside the uterus and is called an ectopic pregnancy. These are nearly always in a fallopian tube. Rarely, an ectopic pregnancy will be located in an ovary or in the cervix, or even in the abdomen. Ectopic pregnancy is more common in women with the following conditions: Infertility (difficulty conceiving) Endometriosis--a condition in which the tissue normally inside the uterus grows in other areas of the pelvis. Se...
Examples of Teratogens
Examples of Teratogens There are many different examples of teratogens that cause birth defects. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Phenytoin (Dilantin) Varicella
Evaluating a Child for Birth Defects
Evaluating a Child for Birth Defects There are many tests that help to evaluate a child for birth defects. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Newborn Screening for Birth Defects Medical History and Genetic Testing
Eye Safety and First Aid
Eye Safety and First Aid As a parent, you can help your child avoid eye trauma with the proper use of safety equipment during sports and recreational activities. Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding eye safety and first aid for your child, for which we have provided a brief overview. Avoiding Eye Injuries Cosmetic Safety for Contact Lens Wearers First Aid for the Eyes
Emergency Treatment of a Burn Injury
Emergency Treatment of a Burn Injury Burn injuries require emergency clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are several different types of burn injuries, for which we have provided a brief overview. Chemical Burns Heat or Thermal Burns Electrical Burns
Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions
Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions Children can have many problems with their ears, nose, and throat. In fact, ear infections alone account for millions of doctor's appointments each year. Listed in the directory below are some common conditions of the ear, nose, and throat in the growing child, for which we have provided a brief overview. Otitis Media Swimmer's Ear Nosebleeds Sinusitis Pharyngitis / Tonsillitis
Endometrial Cancer Click Image to Enlarge What is endometrial cancer? The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. Cancer of the endometrium, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs, is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the endometrium. Cancer of the endometrium is different from cancer of the muscle of the uterus, which is called uterine sarcoma. About 80% of all endometrial cancers are adenocarcinomas. Endometrial cancer is highly curable when found ea...
Eye Safety There are many important safety considerations when it comes to avoiding eye injuries. Listed below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview: Avoiding Eye Injuries Cosmetic Safety for Contact Lens Wearers Eye Safety at the Computer First-Aid for Eyes
Endocrinology Statistics Statistics related to the endocrine system Consider the following statistics, as they relate to the endocrine system: About 210,000 people with acute pancreatitis are admitted to hospitals in the United States each year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that about 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. It's one of the most expensive diseases in the U.S, with an annual cost of $245 billion. Osteoporosis affects 40 million people in the U.S.. It causes 2 million b...
Evaluation Procedures for Stroke
Evaluation Procedures for Stroke How is stroke diagnosed? In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for stroke may include the following. Imaging tests of the brain Preparing for a CT Scan Computed tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan). A diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the...
Take the Emphysema Quiz Emphysema is a long-term lung disease that usually gets worse over time. It's a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to the American Lung Association, close to 5 million Americans have emphysema. Take this quiz to see what you know about this disease. 1. Cigarette smoking is the usual cause of emphysema. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Cigarette smoking is the cause in about 90% of people with emphysema. A smoker is 1...
Early Detection and Prevention Are Keys to Gynecological Health
Early Detection and Prevention Are Keys to Gynecological Health It’s important to know about your family’s history of breast, ovarian, uterine, and colon cancer. These can be genetically transmitted through either your mother or father. The Foundation for Women's Cancer (FWC), formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) has designated September as Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. The goal is to draw attention to the importance of early detection and prevention. Gynecologic cancers include all ca...
Easing Side Effects of Vulvar Cancer Treatment
Easing Side Effects of Vulvar Cancer Treatment Anxiety and depression You may feel blue, anxious, or distressed after being told you have cancer. These feelings are normal and may continue or come back throughout treatment. Taking these actions may ease your mental stress: Talk with your family or friends. Consider joining a cancer support group or finding a cancer "buddy" who can help you cope. Consider learning relaxation techniques, meditation, or yoga to help control and ease mood swings. Exercise t...
Evidence-Based Health Content and the Development Process
Evidence-Based Health Content and the Development Process Our commitment StayWell defines health content as that which provides clients with valuable information on diseases, conditions, tests, and procedures and helps promote understanding and management of health and wellness to their end-users. Health content is developed with the goal of being consistent with evidence-based medicine and nationally accepted guidelines and standards of practice. StayWell health content is developed using clinicians wh...
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Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women
Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise may help older women avoid a condition that causes a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, a new study shows. Physically active postmenopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared to women who were more sedentary, researchers report in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association . Active women enjoyed this protection a...
Early Research With Drug Restores Hair in Patients With Alopecia
Early Research With Drug Restores Hair in Patients With Alopecia SUNDAY, Aug. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat a rare type of bone marrow cancer restores hair in patients with an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, a new study found. Columbia University Medical Center researchers found that the drug ruxolitinib (brand name: Jakafi) restored hair growth in a small number of patients with alopecia areata, a disease in which immune cells destroy hair follicles. Alopecia areata can oc...
Education Linked to Activity Levels During the Week
Education Linked to Activity Levels During the Week TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College-educated Americans tend to be more physically active on weekends, while adults without a high school diploma are more active on weekdays, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from the 2005-2006 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that people with a college degree were inactive an average of 8.72 hours a day on weekdays, compared with 7.48 hours for people without a h...
Ease Kids Into School Sleep Schedules
Ease Kids Into School Sleep Schedules SUNDAY, Aug. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents shouldn't wait until the last minute to help children get back into their normal sleep schedules for school, an expert says. "Getting back on a normal sleep schedule doesn't just happen overnight," Peter Bidey, instructor of family medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, said in a college news release. "A gradual transition back to regular sleep habits is essential. A drastic change in sleep habits ...
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Officials at the World Health Organization said that the first round of clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine made by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline could begin next month. A vaccine resulting from the trials could possibly be available by 2015, MSN News reported Sunday. Late last week, WHO declared the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in West Africa a "public health emergency." The outbreak, which has already clai...
Exposure to Common Antibacterials May Affect Growth of Fetus: Study
Exposure to Common Antibacterials May Affect Growth of Fetus: Study SUNDAY, Aug. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many pregnant women and their unborn children are being exposed to antibacterial compounds that may be linked to developmental and reproductive issues, a new small study suggests. The antibacterial triclosan appeared in the urine of every woman tested in the study, and triclocarban, another antibacterial chemical, appeared in more than 85 percent of the urine samples, the researchers report. Pot...
Ethicists Grapple With Tough Questions Over Release of Ebola Drugs
Ethicists Grapple With Tough Questions Over Release of Ebola Drugs MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As the number of dead in the West African Ebola outbreak nears 1,000, many people are calling for the wider production and release of untested medicines that might help patients. A precious handful of samples of one such drug, called ZMapp, appeared to boost the recovery of two American aid workers stricken with the viral disease, which has a 90 percent fatality rate. And on Monday, Spain announc...
Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk in Older Women, Study Finds
Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk in Older Women, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older women intent on keeping breast cancer at bay may want to start and maintain a regular exercise regimen, a new study shows. The researchers found that regular physical activity cuts the odds of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, but that protection disappears if women stop exercising. One expert wasn't surprised by the findings. "As a breast surgeon, one of my roles is to discuss prevention st...
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September SUNDAY, Aug. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Officials at the World Health Organization said that the first round of clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine made by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline could begin next month. A vaccine resulting from the trials could possibly be available by 2015, MSN News reported Sunday. Late last week WHO declared the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in West Africa a "public health emergency." The outbreak, which has already claim...
Eating Out Equals Eating More
Eating Out Equals Eating More THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that people who eat out consume an average of about 200 calories more a day than when they cook at home. They also take in more saturated fat, sugar and salt. The study has limitations. It doesn't say anything about whether frequent restaurant diners are unhealthier than at-home eaters, and it doesn't take into account the potential benefits of eating out, such as socializing and reducing the stress of cooking. St...
Ebola Patient Nancy Writebol Making 'Slow Improvement'
Ebola Patient Nancy Writebol Making 'Slow Improvement' TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second of two Americans stricken with Ebola in the West African nation of Liberia arrived in the United States on Tuesday for treatment and is said to be making "slow improvement." Carried in a plane specially outfitted with an isolation unit, Nancy Writebol, 59, arrived just outside Atlanta Tuesday morning, NBC News reported. She was taken to Emory University Hospital, where she was wheeled in on a stre...
Experts Issue Guidelines for Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Experts Issue Guidelines for Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Newly released guidelines for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and a type of constipation known as chronic idiopathic constipation reveal a number of proven treatments for these two common conditions. "There's a greater variety of approaches which reflect a greater understanding of the disorders," said guidelines co-author Dr. Eamonn Quigley, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepa...
Experimental Serum May Have Been Key to Recovery of 2 Ebola Patients: Reports
Experimental Serum May Have Been Key to Recovery of 2 Ebola Patients: Reports MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental serum never before tried in people may have been pivotal in helping treat two Americans stricken with Ebola, according to media reports. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59, both contracted the highly fatal virus while working to help infected patients in the West African nation of Liberia. Brantly was flown on a specially equipped plane to Atlanta on Saturday f...
Ebola Patient Dr Kent Brantly Arrives in U.S., May Be Improving
Ebola Patient Dr Kent Brantly Arrives in U.S., May Be Improving SUNDAY, Aug. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dr Kent Brantly, one of two Americans stricken with the Ebola virus in the West Africa nation of Liberia, was delivered Saturday morning to an Atlanta hospital for treatment and is showing signs of improvement, experts say. Brantly "seems to be improved from the reports we got earlier," Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on ...
Ebola Patient to Be Flown to U.S. for Treatment
Ebola Patient to Be Flown to U.S. for Treatment FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An American who is battling the Ebola virus in West Africa will be flown to the United States for treatment over the next few days, according to staff at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The name of the patient is not yet being released, but there are two known American patients currently fighting Ebola in medical centers in Monrovia, Liberia: Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59. Both had been working ...
Expert Offers School Bus Safety Tips
Expert Offers School Bus Safety Tips FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 140 people die every year in accidents related to school transportation in the United States. But there are several simple ways to prevent school bus-related catastrophes, Dawne Gardner, injury prevention coordinator at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Comprehensive Children's Injury Center, said in a medical center news release. "As families begin to prepare for children returning to school, it's importa...
Early Stem Cell Transplant Vital in 'Bubble Boy' Disease
Early Stem Cell Transplant Vital in 'Bubble Boy' Disease WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born with so-called "bubble boy" disease can often be cured with a stem cell transplant, regardless of the donor -- but early treatment is critical, a new study finds. Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), as the condition is medically known, actually refers to a group of rare genetic disorders that all but eliminate the immune system. That leaves children at high risk of severe infections. Th...
Extreme Weather Kills 2,000 in U.S. Each Year: CDC
Extreme Weather Kills 2,000 in U.S. Each Year: CDC WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Each year in the United States, at least 2,000 Americans die from extreme heat or cold, floods or lightning, health officials said Wednesday. Heat waves, heat stroke or sun stroke caused nearly one-third of more than 10,600 weather-related deaths reported between 2006 and 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cold snaps or hypothermia -- a severe loss of body heat -- accounte...
Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts
Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy women at low risk of cardiovascular disease may be able to take hormone replacement therapy soon after menopause for a short time without harming their hearts, according to a new study. Previous studies, including the large-scale Women's Health Initiative, found that hormone replacement therapy had harmful effects on the heart. But, many of those women were older when they began the hormone treatments,...
Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma Symptoms
Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma Symptoms WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with asthma, just believing an odor is potentially harmful is enough to trigger airway inflammation for at least 24 hours, a new study indicates. "It's not just what you smell, but also what you think you smell," study author Cristina Jaen, a physiologist at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, said in a Monell news release. "Asthmatics often are anxious about scents and fragranc...
Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study
Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking is harder for people with depression, according to a new review. Depression can make it more difficult to ride out the anxiety, cravings or lack of sleep that come with trying to quit cold turkey, scientists found. But extra exercise -- even just a walk -- could help people quit faster, they said. "The review should be seen as a call to arms," the study's co-author, Gregory Moullec, a post...
EPA Unveils New Bug Repellant Labeling
EPA Unveils New Bug Repellant Labeling FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new graphic for insect repellant labels will show consumers how many hours the product will protect them from mosquitoes and/or ticks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. "We are working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF [sun-protection factor] labeling did for sunscreens," Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said in an agenc...
Energy Drink 'Cocktails' May Boost Desire to Drink More
Energy Drink 'Cocktails' May Boost Desire to Drink More THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol appears to boost the desire to keep on drinking, new research reveals. The finding from a small study of young adults suggests that the energy drink-booze combination could fuel a higher risk for dangerous binge-drinking, the Australian researchers said. "Based on our study, we can't be certain whether it was the caffeine or the sugary additives that made the ...
Even Mild Concussion Can Cause Thinking, Memory Problems: Study
Even Mild Concussion Can Cause Thinking, Memory Problems: Study WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A mild or moderate concussion may have longer-lasting consequences than previously realized, a new study suggests. By comparing brain imaging studies and thinking tests between healthy people and those with relatively minor concussions, the researchers found that the recovery of thinking skills can take a long time. Minor concussions can be caused by events such as falling off a bike, being in a ...
Exercise May Help Counter Health Risks of Sedentary Lifestyle
Exercise May Help Counter Health Risks of Sedentary Lifestyle THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being a couch potato may have fewer long-term health consequences if you trade some of your couch time for gym time, suggests a new study. The research found that people who were more fit were able to counter some of the ill health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, such as high blood pressure. And, not surprisingly, folks who were fitter also had less body fat, according to the researchers from the ...
Even Moderate Drinking Might Raise Odds for Irregular Heartbeat
Even Moderate Drinking Might Raise Odds for Irregular Heartbeat MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who indulge in even a drink or two a day of wine or liquor may raise their odds for a potentially dangerous form of irregular heartbeat, a new study suggests. The study did not find a similar trend among moderate beer drinkers -- they seemed to have no bump up in risk for the arrhythmia, known as atrial fibrillation. According to researchers reporting in the July 14 issue of the Journal of th...
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