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Free Testosterone Does this test have other names? Free T-index What is this test? This test measures the amount of unattached, or "free," testosterone in your blood. Testosterone is a male sex hormone (androgen) that helps male features develop. Testosterone is made in the testes and the adrenal glands. It causes the changes that occur in boys during puberty. Testosterone helps hair and muscles grow. It also helps the penis and testes grow. Testosterone also causes a boy's voice to deepen. Men continue...
Free and Bound T4
Free and Bound T4 Does this test have other names? Total T4 concentration, thyroxine screen, free T4 concentration What is this test? This test measures the level of the hormone thyroxine (T4) in your blood. The thyroid gland makes T4 and also T3 (triiodothyronine) in response to thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH is made by the pituitary gland in your brain. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland near the base of your throat, above your collarbones. T4 is found in the body in two forms: free T4 an...
Free and Bound Triiodothyronine (Blood)
Free and Bound Triiodothyronine (Blood) Does this test have other names? Triiodothyronine test, T3 test, thyroid function test What is this test? This blood test measures the level of the hormone triiodothyronine (T3) in your blood. The thyroid gland makes the hormones T4 (thyroxine) and T3 in response to thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH is made by the pituitary gland. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland near the base of your throat, above your collarbone. T3 and T4 help to control your ...
Free Light Chains (Blood)
Free Light Chains (Blood) Does this test have other names? Serum free light chain assay, Freelite What is this test? This test looks for signs of antibodies called immunoglobulins in your blood. Immunoglobulins are made by white blood cells called plasma cells to help protect you against infection and illness. Plasma, or myeloma, cells are found in your bone marrow. Light chains, also called Bence Jones proteins, make up part of the structure of immunoglobulins. Immunoglobulins are also made up of heavy...
Free T 4 Does this test have other names? Free thyroxine test What is this test? This test measures the levels of free T 4 , or free thyroxine, in your blood. A free T 4 test is used to find out how well your thyroid is working. T 4 is one of two hormones produced by the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Some T 4 in your blood is bound to proteins, and some T 4 circulates freely, or unbound from proteins. Testing for unbound T 4 is more accurate than testing for bound T 4 . The free T 4 te...
Free Androgen Index
Free Androgen Index Does this test have other names? FAI What is this test? A free androgen index (FAI) is a ratio figured out after a blood test for testosterone. It's used to see whether you have abnormal androgen levels. Both men and women make male hormones called androgens, which include testosterone. During puberty, testosterone helps children develop into adults. As you age, levels of this hormone can fall. This causes health problems for both men and women. A testosterone test is a blood test th...
Fragile X Syndrome (Amniotic Fluid)
Fragile X Syndrome (Amniotic Fluid) Does this test have other names? FMR1 test, molecular Fragile X diagnosis, Fragile X DNA test What is this test? This test checks a sample of your amniotic fluid to find out whether your fetus may have fragile X syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Fragile X syndrome often causes intellectual disability, behavior and learning challenges, and autistic disorders. This prenatal test isn't a common one. But if you or your partner has this syndrome or is a known carrier of t...
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone Does this test have other names? FSH What is this test? This test measures the level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH is an important hormone made in your pituitary gland. Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through your blood. Your pituitary gland is located on the underside of your brain. FSH is made in the front part of your pituitary gland. If you are a man, FSH travels to your testicles. There, it tells the cells in your testicles to make sperm. If yo...
Folate Does this test have other names? Vitamin B-9, folic acid test What is this test? This is a blood test to measure the concentration of folate in the liquid part of your blood, called serum, or in your red blood cells. The concentration in the red blood cells will be higher than in the serum. Folate is a B vitamin naturally found in: Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, collards, and romaine lettuce Citrus fruits and juices Dried beans, lentils, and peas Yeast Liver Asparagus Broccoli Whe...
Fluphenazine Drug Level (Blood)
Fluphenazine Drug Level (Blood) Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This blood test measures the amount of the medicine fluphenazine in your blood. Fluphenazine is an antipsychotic medicine used to treat schizophrenia and Tourette syndrome. Fluphenazine helps you think more clearly. It also improves social exchanges, paranoia, and disposition. It can also help reduce involuntary movement related to Huntington chorea. The medicine can take up to 6 weeks to work as it should. Fluphenaz...
Fetal Fibronectin Does this test have other names? fFN What is this test? This test measures the amount of fetal fibronectin (FFN). FFN is a protein made during pregnancy. It's found between the lining of your uterus and the amniotic sac that's protecting your baby. Fetal fibronectin works as a glue to hold the amniotic sac to the uterine lining. This test helps find out whether you're at risk for premature delivery. The protein is found in cervical and vaginal fluid during the first half of your pregna...
Ferritin (Blood) Does this test have other names? Serum ferritin level What is this test? This test measures how much iron is in your blood. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron. Red blood cells need iron to form normally and carry oxygen around your body. Other parts of your body, such as your liver, bone marrow, and muscles, also need iron. Low levels of ferritin lead to iron-deficiency anemia. This means you have too few red blood cells. Iron deficiency can come from a poor diet or blood loss. Or y...
Fecal Occult Blood Test
Fecal Occult Blood Test Does this test have other names? FOBT, stool occult blood What is this test? A fecal occult blood test checks a stool sample for blood that can't be seen with the naked eye. Blood in the stool is a sign of bleeding in the digestive tract. This could indicate cancer, polyps, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, or inflammatory bowel disease, also called colitis. Why do I need this test? The American Cancer Society recommends that all men and women at average risk for colon cancer start sc...
Fecal Fat Does this test have other names? Fat in stool, fecal fat stain, quantitative stool fat What is this test? This test measures the amount of fat in your stool. Having too much fat in your stool is called steatorrhea. If you have too much fat in your stool, it may be a sign that food is moving through your digestive system without being broken down and absorbed properly. This is called malabsorption. Having a fecal fat test is the best way to find out if you have malabsorption. You can develop ma...
Factor XII Does this test have other names? Coagulation factor XII, F12, FA12-human, HAE3, HAEX, HAF, Hageman factor What is this test? This test measures the amount of a protein called coagulation factor XII in your blood. A deficiency in factor XII is a rare bleeding disorder, but it causes abnormal clotting rather than bleeding. Factor XII is part of a group of proteins that act in a specific order to create a blood clot after an injury. Factor XII is often called Hageman factor. Factor XII floats fr...
Factor XI Does this test have other names? FXI, factor XI deficiency test, test for hemophilia C What is this test? This test measures the amount of factor XI in your blood. Factor XI is a protein that plays an important role in blood clotting. If you don't have enough factor XI, you may have a condition called factor XI deficiency. This is a rare bleeding disorder. It is also known as hemophilia C. Hemophilia C is a bleeding disorder that can range from mild to moderate. If you have hemophilia C, your ...
Factor X Does this test have other names? Factor assays, clotting factor tests What is this test? A factor X test is a blood test that checks for a deficiency in a protein in the blood called factor X. This protein helps with clotting. Your body has a number of protein clotting factors. They are identified by Roman numerals. A deficiency of factor X in the blood is a rare bleeding disorder. It affects about 1 person in 1 million. When it occurs, it can lead to abnormal or excessive bleeding. Why do I ne...
Factor VIII (Antihemophilic Factor A)
Factor VIII (Antihemophilia Factor A) Does this test have other names? Antihemophilia factor A test, AHF, factor VIII:C, coagulation factor test What is this test? This test measures the activity of factor VIII, a blood-clotting protein. The test can find out whether you have hemophilia A or another clotting disorder. Hemophilia A is the most common severe bleeding disorder. Von Willebrand disease is the most common of all bleeding disorders. In hemophilia A, blood does not clot as it should. This puts ...
Factor V Does this test have other names? Factor V assay, clotting factor tests What is this test? A factor V test is a blood test that checks for a deficiency in a protein known as factor V. Factor V is a protein that helps your blood to clot. Having too little factor V causes a rare bleeding disorder. Your body has a number of protein "clotting factors." They are identified by Roman numerals. Factor V deficiency is an inherited disorder. It is called an autosomal recessive gene disorder. This means bo...
Factor IX (Antihemophilic Factor B)
Factor IX (Antihemophilic Factor B) Does this test have other names? Hemophilia B, Christmas disease, factor IX hemophilia, FIX, factor IX deficiency test What is this test? The factor IX test is part of a larger screening test to find out which type of bleeding disorder you have. Factor IX is a protein that helps your blood clot. If you are lacking this protein, you may have a bleeding disorder called hemophilia B. Hemophilia B is found mostly in males. When people with hemophilia gets cut or injured, ...
Factor II Does this test have other names? Factor II assay What is this test? This test measures how much of a protein called factor II is in your blood. It can help find out whether you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder. The test can also screen for liver problems. Factor II, also called prothrombin, is made in your liver. Prothrombin must be present in your blood for a clot to form. Prothrombin and other similar proteins are called coagulation factors. Prothrombin is also called factor II bec...
Factor I Does this test have other names? Factor I (fibrinogen), serum fibrinogen, functional fibrinogen What is this test? This test measures the level of a protein called fibrinogen in your blood. It helps find out whether you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder. Fibrinogen is an important protein made by your liver. If you have bleeding anywhere in your body, fibrinogen is released from your liver and travels to the site of bleeding to help form a blood clot. Fibrinogen is also called coagulat...
Family Support for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Family Support for Autism Spectrum Disorder A diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is difficult for both your child and you. Some children with autism spectrum disorder have a lesser degree of impairment than others. Odd or inappropriate behaviors, problems with communication, and repeated routines and rituals that accompany autism spectrum disorder can make life challenging for the entire family. The importance of support It's critical that parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder have a good ...
Fanconi Anemia What is Fanconi anemia? Fanconi anemia is a blood disorder. With this condition, the bone marrow doesn't make enough blood cells. Or it makes defective blood cells. Bone marrow is the spongy material inside bones. It makes white and red blood cells, and platelets. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body. White blood cells help fight infection. Platelets help with clotting. All these cells die after a certain amount of time and constantly need to be replaced. Fanconi anemia is a very...
Frontotemporal Dementia What is frontotemporal dementia? Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a common cause of dementia, is a group of disorders that occur when nerve cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain are lost. This causes the lobes to shrink. FTD can affect behavior, personality, language, and movement. These disorders are among the most common dementias that strike at younger ages. Symptoms typically start between the ages of 40 and 65, but FTD can strike young adults and those who are o...
First Trimester Fatigue
First Trimester Fatigue Is it common to be so tired in the first trimester of pregnancy? Feeling dog tired, can’t summon the energy to do much of anything, and craving your bed? For many women, the extreme tiredness of the first trimester is quite a surprise. And it’s an especially hard transition for those who are normally go-getters with lots of energy. Women who usually need only 6 hours of sleep at night often find they need nearly double that during these first weeks of pregnancy. And, for others, ...
Friedreich's Ataxia What is Friedreich's ataxia? Friedreich’s ataxia is a rare, inherited, degenerative disease that damages the spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and the cerebellum portion of the brain. It tends to develop in children and teens and gradually worsens over time. Unsteady, awkward movements and a loss of sensation due to nerve injury develop as the disease progresses. ANerv_20140304_v0_001 The condition is named after Nicholaus Friedreich, the German doctor who discovered it in the 1800s. A...
Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby
Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby What is folic acid? Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin. The word folate comes from folium the Latin word for leaf. Folate happens naturally in food, particularly in dark, green leafy vegetables. Folic acid is the synthetic form supplied in multivitamins and foods fortified with folic acid. Researchers discovered folate’s importance in preventing anemia about 70 years ago. But only in recent years have they learned of the link between folate deficiency and certain birth d...
Food Intolerance After Gastric Band Surgery
Food Intolerance After Gastric Band Surgery What is food Intolerance after gastric band surgery? If you are severely obese, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a type of weight-loss surgery that can help you lose at least half of your extra weight. During the surgery, your doctor places a band around the top section of your stomach, in the area where your food goes, to reduce the size of your stomach. This makes you feel full more quickly, and it helps you to not eat too much food. After t...
Fluocinolone Acetonide Otic drops, oil
Fluocinolone Acetonide Otic drops, oil What is this medicine? FLUOCINOLONE (floo oh SIN oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is used to reduce swelling, redness, and itching of the ear. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is only for use in the ears. Wash your hands with soap and water. Do not insert any object or swab into the ear canal. Gently warm the bottle by holding it in your hand for 1 to 2 minutes. Lie down on your side with the affected ear up. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to ...
Febuxostat Oral tablet
Febuxostat Oral tablet What is this medicine? FEBUXOSTAT (feb UX oh stat) is used to treat gout. People with gout have too much uric acid in their body. This medicine works to lower how much uric acid the body makes. 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. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your docto...
Fluvoxamine Maleate Oral capsule, extended-release
Fluvoxamine Maleate Oral capsule, extended-release What is this medicine? FLUVOXAMINE (floo VOX a meen) is an antidepressant. It is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking ...
Fosaprepitant dimeglumine Solution for injection
Fosaprepitant dimeglumine Solution for injection What is this medicine? FOSAPREPITANT (fos ap RE pi tant) is used together with other medicines to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer treatment (chemotherapy). How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. What side effects may I notice from r...
Fluticasone Furoate Nasal spray
Fluticasone Furoate Nasal spray What is this medicine? FLUTICASONE (floo TIK a sone) is a corticosteroid. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies like sneezing, itchy red eyes, and itchy, runny or stuffy nose. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Shake well before using. Do not use more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your nasal spray correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if ...
Fosamprenavir Calcium Oral suspension
Fosamprenavir Calcium Oral suspension What is this medicine? FOSAMPRENAVIR (FOS am pren a veer) is an antiretroviral medicine. It is used with other medicines to treat HIV. This medicine is not a cure for HIV. It will not stop the spread of HIV to others. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Adults should take this medicine without food. Children should take this medicine with food. Use a specially marked s...
Fentanyl Citrate Buccal tablet
Fentanyl Citrate Buccal tablet What is this medicine? FENTANYL (FEN ta nil) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat breakthrough cancer pain that your long acting pain medicine does not control. Do not use this medicine for a pain that will go away in a few days like pain from surgery, doctor or dentist visits. The medicine is used only by people who have been taking an opioid or narcotic pain medicine for at least a week. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the direction...
Fluticasone Propionate Topical lotion
Fluticasone Propionate Topical lotion What is this medicine? FLUTICASONE (floo TIK a sone) is a corticosteroid. It is used on the skin to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care prof...
Fluconazole Oral tablet
Fluconazole Oral tablet What is this medicine? FLUCONAZOLE (floo KON na zole) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in children as young as 6 months of age. What ...
FDA Approves New Kind of Insomnia Drug
FDA Approves New Kind of Insomnia Drug WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new prescription insomnia drug that's the first of its kind was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets are approved to treat patients with insomnia, which means they have difficulty falling and staying asleep. The new sleep drug is called an orexin receptor antagonist and it works by altering the action of the brain chemical orexin, which helps regulate the sleep-w...
Fewer Unmarried Women Having Children, CDC Reports
Fewer Unmarried Women Having Children, CDC Reports WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer unmarried America women are having babies, with the notable exception of those who are over 35, federal health officials reported Wednesday. Births outside of marriage continued a slight decline in 2013, accounting for 40.6 percent of all births, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's 7 percent lower than the peak in 2008, with reductions in all age groups...
For Heart Attack Survivors, More Exercise Isn't Always Better, Study Says
For Heart Attack Survivors, More Exercise Isn't Always Better, Study Says TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack survivors are encouraged to exercise regularly to improve their cardiac health, but new research suggests there's a point of diminishing returns. "More isn't always better," said study researcher Paul Williams, staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif. Williams tracked nearly 2,400 heart attack survivors from his long-term study of runne...
FDA Approves Highly Accurate At-Home Colon Cancer Test
FDA Approves Highly Accurate At-Home Colon Cancer Test MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new at-home, DNA-based stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy. The decision was based on an FDA panel's unanimous decision in March that the benefits of Exact Sciences Corp.'s Cologuard test outweighed its risks. "This approval offers patients and physicians another option to screen for colorectal cancer," Al...
First Ebola Vaccine Could Be Less Than a Year Away, Scientist Says
First Ebola Vaccine Could Be Less Than a Year Away, Scientist Says FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus could become a reality in less than a year, one expert says. As the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa nears 1,000, several groups of scientists are racing to produce a vaccine to protect against the disease. And the developer of one of these potential vaccines claims it could be ready for human use in six to 10 months with additional funding. Matt...
Front-of-Head Hits Blamed for Nearly Half of Young Football Player Concussions
Front-of-Head Hits Blamed for Nearly Half of Young Football Player Concussions MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High school football players are more likely to lose consciousness after concussions if they get hit at the top of the head compared to the sides, back or front, according to a new study. And nearly half of all concussions suffered by high school players occur from player-to-player collisions on the front of the head, the researchers found. The findings support a growing movement for ...
For Breech Baby, C-Section May Be Safer Option: Study
For Breech Baby, C-Section May Be Safer Option: Study MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breech babies are much more likely to die during vaginal delivery compared with cesarean section, according to a new study. Breech deliveries -- when the baby is positioned to come out with the legs and buttocks first instead of the head -- account for up to 4 percent of births. Researchers looked at more than 58,000 women in the Netherlands who had term breech deliveries between 1999 and 2007. They found tha...
Fears of U.S. Ebola Outbreak Unwarranted, Experts Say
Fears of U.S. Ebola Outbreak Unwarranted, Experts Say WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The decision to bring two American aid workers infected with Ebola back to the United States has kicked up controversy, causing some to fear a local outbreak of the killer virus. But experts in infectious disease say there's close to no chance that Dr. Kent Brantly or Nancy Writebol will cause an Ebola outbreak on these shores. "The risk of spreading it from those two people approximates zero," said Dr. Lee...
Fitness May Help Ward Off Depression in Girls
Fitness May Help Ward Off Depression in Girls THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more fit middle-school girls are, the less likely they may be to develop symptoms of depression, according to a recent study. Although the effect of fitness on depression was small, improvements in fitness may be part of an overall strategy for reducing the risk of depression in middle-schoolers, according to Camilo Ruggero, lead researcher and an assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Texa...
First U.S. Ebola Patient to Arrive in Atlanta on Saturday
First U.S. Ebola Patient to Arrive in Atlanta on Saturday SATURDAY, Aug. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first of two Americans stricken with the Ebola virus in the West Africa nation of Liberia is expected to arrive in Atlanta by air on Saturday for treatment, according to media reports. According to the Associated Press , the second patient will arrive in Atlanta for treatment at a specially equipped medical center a few days later. "The State Department, together with the Centers for Disease Control ...
FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug
FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it approved a new drug, Jardiance, to help fight type 2 diabetes. Jardiance (empagliflozin) "can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control blood sugar levels in the overall management of diabetes," Dr. Curtis Rosebraugh, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency state...
FDA Approves New Treatment for People With COPD
FDA Approves New Treatment for People With COPD FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with the progressive, deadly respiratory ailment known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a new weapon to battle the disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The agency approved a new treatment, an inhaled spray called Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) for COPD, the third leading killer of Americans. COPD, which is often linked to smoking, involves multiple lung conditio...
Food Is a Common Choking Hazard for Kids, Doctor Says
Food Is a Common Choking Hazard for Kids, Doctor Says FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although many parents worry about their children choking on small objects or toys, many overlook a common choking hazard: food. Such was the case for 15-month-old Landon Jones who started to wheeze and cough after eating a handful of nuts. "At the time, Landon had a cold so it was not obvious if the coughing was related to his illness or choking," recalled his mother, Ula Jones. But, it wasn't a cold. A cashew...
Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting Lifespan
Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting Lifespan TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The nutrients in fruits and vegetables are vital to good health and a long life, but only up to a point. Once you've hit five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, additional daily servings don't appear to boost longevity, a new research review suggests. The human body may only be able to effectively process a certain amount of fruits and vegetables every day, limiting its ability to absorb import...
FDA Expands Use of Imbruvica for Form of Leukemia
FDA Expands Use of Imbruvica for Form of Leukemia MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Approved use for Imbruvica (ibrutinib) has been expanded to include people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have a deletion in chromosome 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday in a news release. People with the 17p deletion are prone to a poor response to standard therapies for CLL, the agency noted. CLL, a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, generally gets worse over time and leads to a grad...
Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions
Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists know it takes humans just milliseconds to look at someone's face and judge them good-looking or trustworthy. Now, a new study finds that certain facial features seem to trigger specific first impressions about a person's character, too. The shape and size of the mouth, for example, appear directly linked to whether someone seems approachable, while eye dimensions are keys to attractiveness. The study f...
Farmers' Market Vouchers May Help Poorer Families Eat Healthier
Farmers' Market Vouchers May Help Poorer Families Eat Healthier THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving low-income families vouchers to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets could increase their consumption of these healthy foods, according to a new study. Low-income families tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables. In addition to not having adequate access to healthy foods, cost is also an issue. Farmers' market vouchers could help address both of these obstacles, the researchers not...
FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller
FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new formulation of a powerful narcotic painkiller that discourages potential abusers from snorting or injecting the drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Called Targiniq ER and made by Purdue Pharma, the pill is a combination of the narcotic oxycodone and naloxone, a drug that blocks the euphoric effects of oxycodone. The naloxone is only activated when the pill is crushed, snorted, di...
Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence
Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who compete in triathlons are at increased risk for pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence, and other health problems, a new study says. "There has been a surge in popularity of high-impact sports such as triathlons, but little has been known until now about the prevalence of pelvic health and certain other issues associated with endurance training and events," study author Dr. Coll...
Full-Time Job May Disrupt Breast-Feeding Plans
Full-Time Job May Disrupt Breast-Feeding Plans FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who return to work full-time are less likely to stick with their breast-feeding goals than those who go back to work part-time, a new study finds. "Support for a mother's delayed return to paid employment, or return at part-time hours, may help more mothers achieve their breast-feeding intentions," the researchers wrote. "This may increase breast-feeding rates and have important public health implication...
FDA Advisers Weigh Risks of Procedure for Removal of Uterine Fibroids
FDA Advisers Weigh Risks of Procedure for Removal of Uterine Fibroids SATURDAY, July 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's no way to guarantee that a surgical technique used to grind up uterine growths and remove them through tiny incisions won't increase the risk of spreading cancer to other parts of a woman's body, U.S. health advisers said Friday. The advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration also said that women who do undergo the procedure -- called laparoscopic power morcellation -- should...
Food Safety Tips for the Summer
Food Safety Tips for the Summer FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Backyard barbeques, picnics and outdoor parties are common throughout the summer, but warm weather makes food safety a lot more challenging. Bacteria in food can grow at a faster rate at temperatures between 40 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and 140 degrees F, according to Marjorie Davidson, education team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "Fortunately, there are a lot of steps...
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