Health Highlights: Sept. 29, 2014
Health Highlights: Sept. 29, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Tobacco Companies' Strong Warnings on E-Cigs Raise Eyebrows U.S. tobacco companies are putting strong health warnings on their e-cigarettes, much to the surprise and skepticism of critics. The warnings are voluntary and are seen by some experts as a way to reduce the companies' legal liability or to enhance their reputations, The New York Times reported. A warning on ...
Health Tip: What Causes Hives?
Health Tip: What Causes Hives? (HealthDay News) -- Hives are an allergic skin reaction caused by the body's release of histamine. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology mentions these common causes of hives: Exposure to an allergic trigger. Eating something that triggers an allergic reaction. Exercising, or exposure to heat. Being bitten by an insect. Having an allergic reaction to a medication.
Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set (HealthDay News) -- If you're assembling a swing set, take steps to make sure it's properly assembled and safe for your child. The National Safety Council offers these suggestions: Make sure the swing set is stable by placing the legs in concrete below ground level. If you use anchoring devices, make sure they are below ground level to avoid tripping hazards. Don't allow any slack in chains or cables, and make sure any exposed bolts or screws are capped. Make sure t...
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HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions
HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions Skin conditions are common in people with HIV/AIDS. Many, including Kaposi sarcoma, thrush, and herpes, are caused by germs that take advantage of a weakened immune system. That's why they are called "opportunistic" infections. Others, like photodermatitis, may be linked to inflammation caused by an overactive immune system as it revives during antiretroviral drug therapy or due to the drugs themselves. Here are some of the more common skin conditions related to HIV/AIDS. Mo...
Holter Monitor (Continuous Electrocardiogram, Continuous ECG, Ambulatory ECG Monitoring) Procedure overview What is a Holter monitor? The Holter monitor is a type of electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) used to monitor the ECG tracing continuously for a period of 24 hours or longer. A standard or "resting" ECG 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 and abdomen. When the electrodes are connected ...
Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery
Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery (Open Heart Surgery) Procedure overview What is heart valve repair or replacement surgery? Heart valve repair or replacement surgery is a treatment option for valvular heart disease. When heart valves become damaged or diseased, they may not function properly. Conditions which may cause heart valve dysfunction are valvular stenosis and valvular insufficiency (regurgitation). When one (or more) valve(s) becomes stenotic (stiff), the heart muscle must work harder ...
Heart Transplantation Procedure
Heart Transplantation Procedure (Transplant-Heart, Heart Transplant, Cardiac Transplant) Procedure overview What is a heart transplant? A heart transplant is a surgical procedure performed to remove the diseased heart from a patient and replace it with a healthy one from an organ donor. In order to remove the heart from the donor, two or more doctors must declare the donor brain-dead. Before a person can be put on a waiting list for a heart transplant, a doctor makes the determination that this is the b...
Hysteroscopy Procedure Overview What is a hysteroscopy? Hysteroscopy is the visual examination of the canal of the cervix and interior of the uterus using a thin, lighted, flexible tube called a hysteroscope. The device is inserted through the vagina. Hysteroscopy may be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The hysteroscope allows for easy visual access to the interior of the cervix and uterus to assess the lining of these structures. Therapeutic maneuvers, such as taking a tissue sample (...
Hepatitis in Children
Hepatitis in Children What is hepatitis? Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and can result in liver cell damage and destruction. What causes hepatitis? Hepatitis in children has many different origins or causes. A child may contract hepatitis from exposure to a viral source. The following is a list of some of the viruses associated with hepatitis: Hepatitis viruses. Five main types of the hepatitis virus have been identified, including hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Cytomegalovirus (CMV). This viru...
Heart Disease and Pregnancy
Pregnancy and Pre-existing Heart Disease Your heart in pregnancy Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. Located almost in the center of your chest, your heart is about the size of one fist. Beating at an average rate of 80 times a minute, your heart beats about 115,000 times in one day, or 42 million times in a year. During an average lifetime, your heart will beat more than three billion times. It pumps an amount of blood that equals about one million barrels. Even at rest, your heart c...
High-Risk Newborn Blood Disorders
High-Risk Newborn Blood Disorders Many blood disorders place a newborn at higher risk and require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Blood Blood Types in Pregnancy Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn) Hyperbilirubinemia and Jaundice Blood Glucose - Hypoglycemia Hypocalcemia Polycythemia Thrombocytopenia
Health Maintenance As a child grows from infancy through adolescence, it is important to promote good health throughout some of the common problems of development. Listed in the directory below are some health maintenance topics, for which we have provided a brief overview. Play Dental Health Sleep Television and Children Healthy Lifestyles Discipline Immunizations Nutrition Hearing, Speech, and Language Vision
Hepatitis B (HBV) in Children
Hepatitis B (HBV) in Children Click Image to Enlarge What is hepatitis B (HBV)? Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B has a wide range of clinical presentations. It can be mild, without symptoms, or it may cause chronic hepatitis. In some cases, when infants and young children acquire hepatitis B, they are at high risk for chronic liver disease and liver failure. Transmission of hepatitis B virus occurs through blood and body fluid exposure such as blood, sem...
Hearing, Speech, and Language
Hearing, Speech, and Language Speech, language, and hearing are an important part of a healthy child's life. Speech means the ability to make sounds, while language goes beyond this and refers to the ability to understand and use the sounds. Hearing is necessary for the proper development of speech and language. Many conditions that affect hearing require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we have provided a...
Hearing Loss in Babies
Hearing Loss in Babies Although most babies can hear normally, 1 to 3 out of every 1000 babies are born with some degree of hearing loss. However, without screening or testing, hearing loss may not be noticed until the baby is more than one year old. If hearing loss is not detected until later years, there will not be stimulation of the brain's hearing centers. This can affect the maturation and development of hearing, and can delay speech and language. Social and emotional development and success in sc...
Hypoglycemia in the Newborn
Hypoglycemia in the Newborn What is hypoglycemia in the newborn? Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the amount of blood glucose (sugar) in the blood is lower than normal (under 50 mg/dL). Who is affected by hypoglycemia in the newborn? Babies who are more likely to develop hypoglycemia include: Babies born to diabetic mothers may develop hypoglycemia after delivery when the source of glucose (via the umbilical cord) is gone and the baby's insulin production metabolizes the existing glucose. Small for ...
Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease What is hand-foot-and-mouth disease? Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an illness caused by a virus that results in a distinctive rash. It causes small, blisterlike bumps in the mouth, and a rash on the palms of the hands and feet. The rash may also appear in the diaper area and on the legs and arms. The lesions in the mouth usually appear at the back of the throat. What causes hand-foot-and-mouth disease? Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by a virus. The most common viruses...
Heart Defects Causing Too Little Blood Flow Through the Lungs
Heart Defects Causing Too Little Blood Flow Through the Lungs Heart defects that cause too little blood flow through the lungs require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some of these defects, for which we have provided a brief overview. Tricuspid Atresia (TA) Pulmonary Atresia (PA) Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) Tetralogy of Fallot
Heart Defects Causing Obstructions to Blood Flow
Heart Defects Causing Obstruction to Blood Flow Heart defects that cause obstruction to blood flow require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some of these defects, for which we have provided a brief overview. Coarctation of the Aorta Aortic Stenosis Pulmonary Stenosis
Heart Defects Causing Too Much Blood Flow Through the Lungs
Heart Defects Causing Extra Blood Flow Through the Lungs Heart defects that cause too much blood flow through the lungs require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some of these defects, for which we have provided a brief overview. Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Atrioventricular Canal (AV Canal or AVC)
Healthy Lifestyles Healthy lifestyles include healthy eating and exercise. Encouraging healthy lifestyles in children is important as they prepare for adolescence and adulthood. Lifestyles that are learned in childhood are more likely to stay with the child into adulthood. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding helping your adolescent make healthy lifestyle choices, for which we have provided a brief overview. Healthy Eating During Adolescence Weight Management Dete...
Healthy Eating During Adolescence
Healthy Eating During Adolescence What is healthy eating? Eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is something that should be taught at a young age. The following are some general guidelines for helping your adolescent eat healthy. It is important to discuss your adolescent's diet with his or her health care provider before making any dietary changes or placing your adolescent on a diet. Discuss the following healthy eating recommendations with your adolescent to ensure he or she ...
Health Promotion and Prevention
Health Promotion and Prevention At each stage of a woman's development and maturation, it is important to make healthy lifestyle choices and find ways to prevent problems. Getting regular healthcare examinations and learning to identify potential health problems are two ways to help you live a longer, healthier, and happier life. Listed in the directory below, you will health promotion and prevention topics for women. It is hoped that the health information they contain will support your ability to make...
Healthy Child Lifestyles
Healthy Child Lifestyles As a child grows from infancy through adolescence, it is important to promote good health through healthy lifestyles and habits. Lifestyles that are learned in childhood are more likely to stay with the child into adulthood. Listed in the directory below are some healthy child lifestyle topics, as well as age-appropriate vision, hearing, and speech development milestones to help parents identify possible problems, for which we have provided a brief overview. Dental Health Nutrit...
Halitosis (Bad Breath)
Halitosis (Bad Breath) What is halitosis? Halitosis is an oral health problem where the main symptom is bad smelling breath. In most cases, finding the cause of the bad breath is the first step toward treating this preventable condition. What causes bad breath? There are many causes of bad breath, just as there are many sources of bacteria in the mouth. Halitosis may be caused by the following: Certain foods. The things you eat are linked to your oral health, including your breath. Items such as garlic ...
Head Injury What is a head injury? Head injuries are one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults. The injury can be as mild as a bump, bruise (contusion), or cut on the head, or can be moderate to severe in nature due to a concussion, deep cut or open wound, fractured skull bone(s), or from internal bleeding and damage to the brain. A head injury is a broad term that describes a vast array of injuries that occur to the scalp, skull, brain, and underlying tissue and blood vessels in t...
Heart Attack What is a heart attack (myocardial infarction)? A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when one or more regions of the heart muscle experience a severe or prolonged lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow to the heart muscle. Click Image to Enlarge The blockage is often a result of atherosclerosis—a buildup of plaque composed of fat deposits, cholesterol, and other substances. When a plaque ruptures, a blood clot quickly forms. The blood clot is the actual cause of the heart a...
Hepatitis B Click Image to Enlarge What is hepatitis? The liver is one of the organs that helps with digestion but is not part of the digestive tract. It is the largest organ in the body and carries out many important functions, such as making bile, changing food into energy, and cleaning alcohol and poisons from the blood. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver that sometimes causes permanent damage. It is most commonly caused by viruses, bacteria, certain medicines, or alcohol. It may also be caused b...
Home Page - Liver, Biliary, and Pancreatic Disorders
Topic Index The Liver: Anatomy and Functions The Biliary System: Anatomy and Functions The Pancreas: Anatomy and Functions Statistics Common Characteristics of Liver Disease Common Liver Function Tests Diagnostic Procedures Disorders of the Liver Disorders of the Biliary System Disorders of the Pancreas Glossary Millions of U.S. adults suffer from liver, bile duct, or gallbladder diseases. The liver is the largest organ in the human body. It is also one of the most important ones. The biliary system con...
Handwashing What is the best way to wash hands? At home or work, wash your hands often—and properly: Use clean, running water; if available, use warm water. Wet your hands before applying soap. Rub your soapy hands together for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to wash all surfaces well, including your wrists, palms, backs of hands, and between fingers. Clean and remove the dirt from under your fingernails. Rinse your hands thoroughly to remove all soap. Dry your hands with an air dryer or a clean paper to...
Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy
Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy Facts about hypothyroidism and pregnancy Hypothyroidism is a condition marked by an underactive thyroid gland and may occur during pregnancy. Unfortunately, many symptoms of hypothyroidism are masked by symptoms of pregnancy, such as fatigue, weight gain, and abnormal menstruation and, as a result, the disease may be left undetected and untreated. In addition, the risk for developing hypothyroidism increases with age, which is significant because more and more women are dela...
Hormones and the Endocrine System
Hormones and the Endocrine System The endocrine system uses hormones to control and coordinate your body's internal metabolism (or homeostasis) energy level, reproduction, growth and development, and response to injury, stress, and environmental factors. Consider the following hormones and their role in the workings of the endocrine system: Where the hormone is produced Hormone(s) secreted Hormone function Adrenal glands Aldosterone Regulates salt, water balance, and blood pressure Adrenal glands Cortic...
Home Page - Digestive Disorders
Topic Index The Digestive System - An Overview Diagnostic Procedures Medications and the Digestive System Digestive Disorders Colorectal Cancer Esophageal Cancer Stomach Cancer Glossary Each year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with digestive disorders, ranging from the occasional upset stomach to the more life-threatening colorectal cancer. They encompass disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Most digestive diseases are very complex, with subtle ...
Heart Murmurs What causes a heart murmur? Heart murmurs may be caused by a number of factors or diseases, including: Defective heart valves Holes in the walls of your heart (atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect) Pregnancy (increased blood volume) Fever Anemia (a decrease in the red cells in the blood) What are the different types of murmurs? All murmurs are analyzed for pitch, frequency, and duration. They are also graded according to how loud they are (on a scale of 1 to 6 with 1 being ver...
Heart Valve Diseases
Heart Valve Diseases What are heart valves? The heart consists of four chambers--two atria (upper chambers) and two ventricles (lower chambers). There is a valve through which blood passes before leaving each chamber of the heart. The valves prevent the backward flow of blood. They act as one-way inlets of blood on one side of a ventricle and one-way outlets of blood on the other side of a ventricle. The four heart valves include the following: Click on Image to Enlarge Tricuspid valve. Located between ...
Heart Failure and Physical Activity
Heart Failure and Physical Activity If you have heart failure, you may wonder if physical activity is good for you. How could putting more strain on your heart and making it work harder be a good thing? The heart is a muscle, and like other muscles, it gets stronger with use. Regular and moderate physical activity, such as walking, swimming, or biking, can improve heart failure symptoms, reduce stress, and increase energy levels. It can also decrease blood pressure, improve circulation, and help you los...
Help Your Teen Manage Asthma
Helping Your Teen Manage Asthma Having asthma isn't easy, and for most kids, neither is being a teen. You can help your teen with information and support. Providing support and information Make sure your teen understands he or she is not alone. Asthma is a common condition among children and teens in the United States. According to the CDC, in 2013, 7 .4%pf people in the U.S. have asthma. Even though asthma management can be disruptive, try to keep things as normal as possible. Your teen may not believe...
How Endometrial Cancer Spreads
How Endometrial Cancer Spreads Endometrial cancer behaves differently in each woman. Even women who have the same type of cancer in the same stage and who get the same treatment can have different results. Most women are cured, while others have cancer that spreads or comes back. Doctors do not know the reason for this difference. They think it may be because each woman's tumor cells are different and grow at different rates. What a particular cancer looks like and how it spreads away from the original ...
How to Maintain Emotional Wellness When You Have Ovarian Cancer
How to Maintain Emotional Wellness When You Have Ovarian Cancer Many women may live with ovarian cancer for a number of years. That's why it's important to stay as physically and emotionally well as possible. A combination of exercise, such as walking or swimming, and other healthful habits, such as following a well-balanced diet and refraining from smoking, can be helpful. It's important to keep a positive frame of mind. You can do this in a number of ways — through exercise, meditation, religion, spir...
How Does My Doctor Know I Have Vulvar Cancer?
How Does My Doctor Know I Have Vulvar Cancer? Your doctor may find vulvar cancer during a routine visit, even if you don’t have symptoms. If you’re having symptoms of vulvar cancer, your doctor will ask you about: Your health history Your family’s history of cancer Your other risk factors, such as history of smoking or HPV infection The doctor may also do certain tests to find out if you have vulvar cancer. Here are some of the tests doctors use to diagnose or rule out vulvar cancer. It is very importan...
How Can I Prevent Liver Cancer?
How Can I Prevent Liver Cancer? Since it's not always clear what causes liver cancer, doctors do not always know how to prevent it. Even so, you should still avoid known risk factors as much as possible. Below are some ways to avoid risk factors that have been linked to liver cancer: Avoid cirrhosis by seeking treatment before it develops. Make lifestyle changes such as losing weight, not drinking any alcohol, quitting smoking, and taking vitamin D supplements. taking statins has been shown to decrease ...
How Does My Doctor Know I Have Ovarian Cancer?
How Does My Doctor Know I Have Ovarian Cancer? Often, ovarian cancers does not cause symptoms until it has spread beyond the ovaries. If you have symptoms or if your doctor found a mass during a routine pelvic exam, he or she is likely to ask questions about your: Personal medical history Family history of cancer Reproductive history, such as whether or not you've ever been pregnant In addition to asking you questions, your doctor may also do a physical exam, and other tests. Pelvic exam This exam allow...
How Can I Prevent Ovarian Cancer?
How Can I Prevent Ovarian Cancer? Unfortunately, an effective screening strategy for the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer does not exist. The best way you can protect yourself from ovarian cancer is to be aware of what makes you more likely to get it. These are called your risk factors. Researchers keep looking at new tests that may allow doctors to screen for ovarian cancer before it causes symptoms. If you are concerned about your family's history of breast or ovarian cancer, talk to your doctor abou...
Hormone Therapy After Endometrial Carcinoma
Hormone Therapy After Endometrial Cancer Some older women who develop endometrial cancer and have surgery to remove the uterus and ovaries as part of their treatment will have already gone through menopause. Younger women with the cancer, including those who are still menstruating, will go through premature menopause if they have surgery that removes their uterus and ovaries. When this happens, they may develop typical symptoms of menopause as the body adjusts to a dwindling supply of estrogen. These sy...
Health Highlights: Aug. 18, 2014
Health Highlights: Aug. 18, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Cyber Attack Affects 4.5 Million Patients' Data About 4.5 million patients' data was affected during a cyber attack in April and June that targeted Community Health Systems Inc., the rural hospital operator said Monday. The attacker, believed to be based in China, bypassed Community Health System's security measures and copied and transferred data outside the company, ...
HPV Vaccine Protects Against Infection 8 Years Out: Study
HPV Vaccine Protects Against Infection 8 Years Out: Study MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new long-term study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to protect against the sexually transmitted virus for at least eight years. HPV is thought to cause the majority of cervical cancers. Certain strains, such as HPV 16 and 18, are most strongly tied to these tumors. The virus is also believed to cause genital warts in both men and women and certain head and neck cancers. Among t...
Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit
Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help. The program involved giving patients free quit-smoking drugs. It also included automated phone calls that helped them manage their medications, encouraged their efforts to quit and tracked whether they might need more anti-smoking counseling. The study suggests that ho...
Health Highlights: Aug. 13, 2014
Health Highlights: Aug. 13, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Viral Infections in 14 Kansas City-Area Infants Under Investigation Similar viral infections among 14 infants in the Kansas City area are being investigated by health officials. The infections were caused by HPeV3, a virus that can cause meningitis and other inflammation. No deaths have occurred, but all of the infants have been hospitalized, CBS News/Associated Press ...
Health Highlights: Aug. 12, 2014
Health Highlights: Aug. 12, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Lung Preservation System May Boost Number of Transplants: FDA A newly-approved device that preserves donated lungs for transplantation may boost the number of lung transplants in the United States, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The XVIVO Perfusion System (XPS) with STEEN Solution preserves donated lungs that do not initially meet standard criteria ...
Heart Medication Digoxin Linked to Higher Risk of Death for Some
Heart Medication Digoxin Linked to Higher Risk of Death for Some MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Digoxin, a drug that's been used to treat heart problems for about 200 years, might increase the risk of dying in certain patients. New research suggests that for people who have a particular type of irregular heart rhythm, called atrial fibrillation, taking the drug digoxin may increase the risk of dying by more than 20 percent. "We found in 122,000 patients with atrial fibrillation, those treated...
Health Highlights: Aug. 11, 2014
Health Highlights: Aug. 11, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Music Training Might Boost Kids' Reading, Language Skills New research suggests that when kids learn a musical instrument, they might get an added bonus: Enhanced reading and language skills. The study, presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, found that 9- and 10-year-old kids who were taught music had better reading scores ver...
Health Highlights: Aug. 8, 2014
Health Highlights: Aug. 8, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Vietnam Vet Study Shows PTSD Can Last Decades Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans can last for decades, according to a new study that looked at Americans who served in the Vietnam War. Researchers found that most of the 11 percent of veterans who had PTSD a decade or more after that war showed little improvement since then, The New York Times reported. Mor...
Health Highlights: Aug. 7, 2014
Health Highlights: Aug. 7, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Spanish Priest With Ebola in Stable Condition A 75-year-old Spanish priest infected with the Ebola virus was reported in stable condition in a Madrid hospital after being airlifted from Liberia in West Africa on Thursday morning. Father Miguel Pajares was "a little disoriented" and feverish, but wasn't bleeding, according to Rafael Santamara, a Spanish medical official,...
Health Tip: Practice a Well-Balanced Exercise Program
Health Tip: Practice a Well-Balanced Exercise Program (HealthDay News) -- To get the full benefits of regular exercise, experts say you should focus on many forms of activity. The Cleveland Clinic says a balanced exercise program should include: Strengthening exercises that repeatedly contract the muscles, improving strength, posture and wellness. Flexibility and stretching exercises that gradually develop the muscles and improve range of motion. Aerobic exercises that strengthen the lungs and heart and...
Health Tip: Reducing Your Chances of Heart Disease if You Have Diabetes
Health Tip: Reducing Your Chances of Heart Disease if You Have Diabetes (HealthDay News) -- Diabetics are at increased risk of developing heart disease, but there are lifestyle changes you can make to help lower the risk. The National Heart Lung and Blood Association explains how you can reduce the risk of diabetic heart disease: Maintain healthy cholesterol. Keep high blood pressure in check (under 130/80 mm/Hg). Don't smoke Lose any excess weight. Eat a diet low in sodium, sugar and saturated and tran...
Health Highlights: Aug. 5, 2014
Health Highlights: Aug. 5, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: WHO Weighs Declaration of International Emergency in Ebola Outbreak The World Health Organization said Wednesday that it may soon declare an international public health emergency in response to the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Such a rarely used declaration would give health officials greater powers, including the use of quarantines, in affected areas, accordi...
Health Highlights: Aug. 5, 2014
Health Highlights: Aug. 5, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Injured Alzheimer's Caregivers Can't Sue Patients: Court Alzheimer's disease patients are not liable for injuries they may inflict on paid in-home caregivers, the California Supreme Court ruled in a 5-2 decision. The case involved a home health aid who was injured while trying to restrain a client, the Associated Press reported. In Monday's ruling, the court said people...
High Blood Pressure in Middle Age, Weaker Brain Later?
High Blood Pressure in Middle Age, Weaker Brain Later? MONDAY, Aug 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Let your blood pressure get too high in midlife, and you might pay the price in mental decline later on, a new study suggests. The study of almost 14,000 people found that high blood pressure in those aged 48 to 67 was tied to a late-life drop in mental ability. Over 20 years, people with high blood pressure in midlife experienced a modest but significant 6.5 percent decline in scores on tests of mental functi...
Hepatitis C Could Become Rare Disease in 20 Years: Study
Hepatitis C Could Become Rare Disease in 20 Years: Study MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The once tough-to-treat liver infection hepatitis C could become a rare disease in the United States in the next two decades, a new study estimates. Hepatitis C, a viral infection that harms the liver, is usually passed through infected blood. For most people, the infection becomes chronic and it can eventually lead to scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) or liver cancer. U.S. health officials estimate that ov...
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