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More Cases of High Blood Pressure in Less Affluent States
More Cases of High Blood Pressure in Less Affluent States THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your odds of suffering from high blood pressure may rise depending on the state you live in, a new study suggests. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that people living in low-income states are more likely to have the ailment, compared to those living in more affluent states. The study "suggests that hypertension risk may be influenced by societal structures, insti...
Measles Cases Pass 150 Mark, CDC Says
Measles Cases Pass 150 Mark, CDC Says MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people infected with measles has increased slightly to 154 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. health officials reported Monday. Last week, the number of cases was 141, officials said. The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California in December, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it's believed that the source of the infection was likely...
Most HIV Infections Come From Undiagnosed or Untreated People: Study
Most HIV Infections Come From Undiagnosed or Untreated People: Study MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If an American becomes infected with HIV, chances are he or she contracted the virus from someone who didn't know they were infected or wasn't getting proper treatment. That's the message of a new U.S. study, which found that undiagnosed and untreated people with HIV may be responsible for more than nine out of 10 new infections. The findings "highlight the community-wide prevention benefits of...
Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Lower Levels of Key Nutrients in Women
Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Lower Levels of Key Nutrients in Women FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) have lower levels of important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients than those without the disease, new research finds. "Since MS is a chronic inflammatory disorder, having enough nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties may help prevent the disease or reduce the risk of attacks for those who already have MS," study author Sandra Cassard, of John Hopk...
Measles Can Rob a Child's Sight, Doctors Warn
Measles Can Rob a Child's Sight, Doctors Warn FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the midst of the current resurgence of measles across the United States, many people may still believe it's a harmless, transient disease. But experts warn that even before the telltale skin rash appears, the infection typically shows up in the eyes. In rare cases, measles can trigger long-term vision problems and even blindness. Also, one or two of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from it, according ...
More Americans Dying From Hypothermia, CDC Says
More Americans Dying From Hypothermia, CDC Says THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More people are dying from hypothermia in the United States, a new government report shows, raising fresh worries for a nation that has been pounded by a steady succession of winter storms this year. Those most at risk for hypothermia include seniors, the mentally ill, people addicted to alcohol or drugs, and those living alone, according to the analysis published Feb. 20 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ...
More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago
More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Survival rates are improving for many people with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon or rectum, especially for those diagnosed at younger ages, a new study reports. Cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United States, but advances in radiation, chemotherapy and targeted treatments have improved survival, the researchers said. "Although survival rates for most cancers have imp...
Mammogram Rates May Fall When Women Learn of 'Overdiagnosis' Risk
Mammogram Rates May Fall When Women Learn of 'Overdiagnosis' Risk THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Educating women about the possibility of "overdiagnosis" from mammography screening may make some of them less likely to get the test, a new study says. One expert said the findings are important. "The take-home message needs to be that women should be informed, not only of the benefits of mammography, but also of the shortcomings of the test," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncolo...
Mental Health Woes Common Among Homeless Kids, Study Finds
Mental Health Woes Common Among Homeless Kids, Study Finds THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One-quarter of homeless children in the United States require mental health services -- far more than kids in the general population, a new study shows. North Carolina State University researchers examined data on 328 children, aged 2 months to 6 years, at 11 homeless shelters in Wake County, N.C. "We found that 25 percent of the children in shelters needed mental health services, based on their social...
Many LGBT Medical Students Don't Reveal Sexual Identity
Many LGBT Medical Students Don't Reveal Sexual Identity WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of discrimination is a major reason why about one-third of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) medical students stay "in the closet," new research finds. The study included almost 1,000 LGBT respondents who answered an online survey. The survey was sent to every medical student in the United States and Canada during the 2009-2010 academic year. Thirty percent of those who said they were LG...
Mouse Study Explores Secrets of Marijuana 'Munchies'
Mouse Study Explores Secrets of Marijuana 'Munchies' WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The marijuana "munchies" -- those food cravings that follow pot use -- appear to be driven by neurons in the brain that normally suppress appetite, a new mouse study suggests. Pot's chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, appear to upend the body's ability to control appetite by influencing a group of nerve cells called pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons, researchers report Feb. 18 in the journal Nature ....
Measles Cases Continue to Rise Across the United States
Measles Cases Continue to Rise Across the United States TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases in the United States has reached 141 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal health officials reported Tuesday. The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California in December, the CDC says, and it's believed that the source of the infection was likely a foreign visitor or a U.S. resident returning from abroad. Measles is still common in many ...
Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains
Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of methamphetamine causes more brain damage in teens than adults, a new study finds. Researchers conducted MRI brain scans of 51 teen and 54 adult chronic methamphetamine abusers. They compared those scans to those of 60 teens and 60 adults who didn't use the drug. The study participants were all from South Korea. Compared to the adult methamphetamine users, the teen methamphetamine users had grea...
Minority Kids Less Likely to Get Latest Type 1 Diabetes Care, Study Finds
Minority Kids Less Likely to Get Latest Type 1 Diabetes Care, Study Finds TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The care of type 1 diabetes has evolved rapidly over the past few decades, but not all racial and ethnic groups seem to be benefiting from the latest treatments, a new study indicates. The researchers found that black children with type 1 diabetes were less than half as likely to receive treatment with an insulin pump than white children were -- and that difference persisted even when the...
More Evidence That Even 'Moderate' Exercise Helps Women's Hearts
More Evidence That Even 'Moderate' Exercise Helps Women's Hearts MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even a few bouts of moderate exercise each week can cut a middle-aged woman's odds for heart disease, blood clots and stroke, a new study finds. The British study also found that exercising more frequently didn't lead to greater reductions in heart risk. The take-home message, according to study lead author Miranda Armstrong: "To prevent heart disease, stroke and blood clots, women don't have to be...
Moldy Homes May Mean More Asthma in Young Kids
Moldy Homes May Mean More Asthma in Young Kids MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children appear more likely to develop asthma if their living rooms, kitchens or bedrooms have mold or moisture damage, according to a new study. Children were most susceptible to developing asthma with mold exposure during their first two years of life, or if they already had allergies. However, mold did not increase children's risk of developing allergies in the first place. "The most significant finding was that ...
More Than Half of Women Have Hot Flashes for at Least 7 Years
More Than Half of Women Have Hot Flashes for at Least 7 Years MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats aren't a short-term problem. More than half of women experience these unpleasant change-of-life symptoms for seven years or more, a new study finds. "Women should not be surprised if their hot flashes last a number of years," said lead researcher Nancy Avis, a professor of social sciences and health policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Sale...
Meat-Heavy, High-Acid Diet Poses Risk for Those With Kidney Disease: Study
Meat-Heavy, High-Acid Diet Poses Risk for Those With Kidney Disease: Study FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients struggling with chronic kidney disease who routinely consume meat-rich, highly acidic diets may boost their risk for kidney failure, a new study suggests. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, kidney dysfunction can hamper the organ's elimination of acid from the body, causing a high-acid condition known as metabolic acidosis. Experts have long suspected that a hig...
Mental Health Disorders May Shorten Life Span: Study
Mental Health Disorders May Shorten Life Span: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with mental health conditions such as depression, chronic anxiety and schizophrenia tend to die at younger ages than their peers without psychiatric disorders, a new research review says. In fact, the researchers estimated that mental health disorders typically rob people of nearly a decade of life, and account for 8 million deaths worldwide each year. The findings, published online Feb. 11 in JAMA P...
Milk Lurks in Some Dark Chocolate, Posing Allergy Risk: FDA
Milk Lurks in Some Dark Chocolate, Posing Allergy Risk: FDA WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some boxes of scrumptious dark chocolate given to sweethearts on Valentine's Day might contain milk -- a hidden danger for those allergic to dairy products. A new study conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed that many dark chocolate products contained milk, but didn't say so on their labels. "This can be a problem, since even one small bite of a product containing milk can cause ...
More Stroke Patients Getting Clot-Buster Quickly, Study Shows
More Stroke Patients Getting Clot-Buster Quickly, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More community hospitals are giving a powerful clot-busting medication to stroke victims, improving their chances of survival and recovery, new research shows. These local hospitals are becoming more comfortable using the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue-plasminogen activator) due to a new treatment scheme known as "drip and ship," said study author Dr. Kevin Sheth, chief of the neurocritical care and...
Mercury in Seafood May Raise Risk of Autoimmune Diseases in Women: Study
Mercury in Seafood May Raise Risk of Autoimmune Diseases in Women: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The mercury found in some seafood may be linked to autoimmune disorders among women of childbearing age, new research suggests. Autoimmune diseases develop when the body's immune response goes awry and starts to attack healthy cells. Such diseases include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and "Sjogren's syndrome." All told, these diseases affect ro...
Many Americans Don't Handle Poultry Safely When Cooking, Study Finds
Many Americans Don't Handle Poultry Safely When Cooking, Study Finds SUNDAY, Feb. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans do not follow recommended safety practices when handling and cooking poultry, a new study finds. Fewer than two-thirds of consumers have a food thermometer, and less than 10 percent of those who have the devices use them to check if poultry is cooked to a safe temperature, the researchers reported. "The USDA [U.S. Department of Agriculture] recommends consumers use a food thermome...
Many States Still in Flu's Grip, But Some Areas Report Declines
Many States Still in Flu's Grip, But Some Areas Report Declines FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While levels of flu remain high throughout parts of the United States, some areas are reporting declines, government health officials reported Friday. "We have seen a national peak in influenza, but we are still seeing some increases in activity, specifically on the West Coast, and the Northeast and New England," said Dr. Lyn Finelli, chief of surveillance and outbreak response in the influenza divis...
Money Tops Americans' List of Stressors
Money Tops Americans' List of Stressors WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Money continues to be the leading cause of stress for Americans, a new survey finds. Overall, stress in the United States is at a seven-year low, and average stress levels are declining, the American Psychological Association poll found. But money worries continue to nag at the American psyche, despite the ongoing economic recovery, the association says in its report released Feb. 4, titled Stress in America: Paying With...
Modern Birth Control Methods Could Avoid 15 Million Unwanted Pregnancies: Report
Modern Birth Control Methods Could Avoid 15 Million Unwanted Pregnancies: Report WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If more women had access to modern birth control methods and used them correctly, there would be 15 million fewer unwanted pregnancies in low- and middle-income nations each year, a new study suggests. For women in these countries, unwanted pregnancies can have serious consequences, including death, disease, disability and fewer educational and job opportunities, the researchers n...
Mercury Air Pollution Reflected in Ocean Fish, Study Says
Mercury Air Pollution Reflected in Ocean Fish, Study Says TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rising mercury levels in the air are likely to blame for increasing amounts of mercury in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna, researchers say. Mercury concentrations in the fish are rising by 3.8 percent or more a year, they found after analyzing data from 1971, 1998 and 2008. "The take-home message is that mercury in tuna appears to be increasing in lockstep with data and model predictions for mercury concentration...
Medicare Patients Aren't Benefitting From Surgical Report Cards: Study
Medicare Patients Aren't Benefitting From Surgical Report Cards: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Report cards on the quality of surgical care provided by hospitals don't appear to benefit Medicare patients, a new study finds. The report cards have been issued under the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) since the early 2000s. Trained nurses at participating hospitals record and submit data about every operation. The goal is to prompt ho...
Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year
Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For a growing number of Americans, the final year of life is marked by pain, depression and other distressing symptoms, a new study finds. Experts said the study, published Feb. 2 in Annals of Internal Medicine , highlights disturbing shortcomings in the U.S. health care system. Researchers found that between 1998 and 2010, the number of Americans who suffered pain in their last year of life rose from 54 pe...
Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds
Medication Problems May Spur Many Child ER Trips, Study Finds MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medication-related problems -- from side effects to improper use -- may be the cause of many kids' trips to the emergency room, a new study suggests. Researchers found that at one Canadian children's hospital, medication-related problems accounted for one in 12 ER visits over a year. And about two-thirds of those incidents were preventable, the researchers concluded. The findings, published online Feb....
More Evidence That Boxing Can Lead to Brain Damage
More Evidence That Boxing Can Lead to Brain Damage THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Another study supports the notion that repeated blows to the head in boxing or the martial arts can damage the brain. The study, led by Dr. Charles Bernick of the Cleveland Clinic, included professional fighters -- 93 boxers and 131 mixed martial arts experts. They ranged in age from 18 to 44, and were compared against 22 people of similar age with no history of head injuries. The amount of time the boxers and...
More Measles Cases Seen in January Than in Typical Year: CDC
More Measles Cases Seen in January Than in Typical Year: CDC THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The United States has seen more cases of measles in January than it usually does in an entire year, federal health officials said Thursday. A total of 84 cases in 14 states were reported between Jan. 1 and Jan. 28, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during an afternoon news conferenc...
More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants, Experts Estimate
More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants, Experts Estimate WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Organ transplants have saved more than 2 million years of life in the United States over 25 years, new research shows. But less than half of the people who needed a transplant in that time period got one, according to a report published in the Jan. 28 online edition of the journal JAMA Surgery . "The critical shortage of donors continues to hamper this field: only 47.9 percent of...
Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80
Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80 WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 1 in 5 Americans 80 and older has weak strength in their muscles, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number declines in younger age brackets, with just 2 percent of Americans ages 60 to 79 having weak strength, the new report found. A loss of muscle strength is common in old age and can impair daily function. For example, more than half (55 percent) o...
MRI Improves Prostate Cancer Biopsy Accuracy, Study Finds
MRI Improves Prostate Cancer Biopsy Accuracy, Study Finds TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prostate biopsies that combine MRI technology with ultrasound appear to give men better information regarding the seriousness of their cancer, a new study suggests. The new technology -- which uses MRI scans to help doctors biopsy very specific portions of the prostate -- diagnosed 30 percent more high-risk cancers than standard prostate biopsies in men suspected of prostate cancer, researchers reported....
Many Parents Too Quick to Switch Child Car Seats, Study Finds
Many Parents Too Quick to Switch Child Car Seats, Study Finds FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three-quarters of American parents place their children in forward-facing car seats before it's safe to do so, a new study reveals. Guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that a rear-facing car seat be used until a child is at least 2 years old or has outgrown the weight/height limit of the seat. For the study, University of Michigan researchers compared finding...
Many U.S. Girls Aren't Getting HPV Vaccine, Study Finds
Many U.S. Girls Aren't Getting HPV Vaccine, Study Finds FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only about half of American girls begin receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine at the recommended age, a new study finds. HPV is believed to cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer, and also other types of cancers and genital warts. The HPV vaccine protects against 70 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts cases, according to the researchers. Girls should begin getting the t...
Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC
Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too many women of childbearing age take narcotic painkillers, putting any unborn babies at risk, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Thirty-nine percent of females aged 15 to 44 who were enrolled in Medicaid filled a prescription for a narcotic painkiller each year from 2008 to 2012, says a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among privately insured women, tha...
Most Americans Have Access to 'Exercise Opportunities,' Study Finds
Most Americans Have Access to 'Exercise Opportunities,' Study Finds THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than three-quarters of Americans live close to at least one park or recreational facility, giving many people opportunity to exercise, a new study finds. But access to exercise sites varies regionally, the nationwide study found. "Not everyone had equal access to opportunities for exercise," said study researcher Anne Roubal, a project assistant at the University of Wisconsin Population H...
More Extreme Preemies Are Surviving, Study Finds
More Extreme Preemies Are Surviving, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More extremely premature U.S. infants -- those born after only 22 to 28 weeks of gestation -- are surviving, a new study finds. From 2000 to 2011, deaths among these infants from breathing complications, underdevelopment, infections and nervous system problems all declined. However, deaths from necrotizing enterocolitis, which is the deterioration of intestinal tissue, increased. And despite the progress that's...
Music Resonates Across Cultures, Study Suggests
Music Resonates Across Cultures, Study Suggests FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Certain aspects of music have the same effect on people even when they live in very different societies, a new study reveals. Researchers asked 40 Mbenzele Pygmies in the Congolese rainforest to listen to short clips of music. They were asked to listen to their own music and to unfamiliar Western music. Mbenzele Pygmies do not have access to radio, television or electricity. The same 19 selections of music were als...
Many Americans Who Drink Also Take Prescription Medications: Study
Many Americans Who Drink Also Take Prescription Medications: Study FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A substantial number of Americans who drink also take medications that should not be mixed with alcohol, new government research suggests. The study, of nearly 27,000 U.S. adults, found that among current drinkers, about 43 percent were on prescription medications that interact with alcohol. Depending on the medication, that mix can cause side effects ranging from drowsiness and dehydration to de...
Many With Hepatitis C Missing Out on Treatment, Study Finds
Many With Hepatitis C Missing Out on Treatment, Study Finds SUNDAY, Jan. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many hepatitis C patients get "lost" in the U.S. health care system, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at data from about 13,600 people in Philadelphia who tested positive for hepatitis C virus between January 2010 and December 2013. During that time, just 27 percent of the patients were in care and 15 percent had been treated or were receiving treatment, the study authors found. The study was re...
Many Teens Think 'Light Smoking' Is Safe, Study Finds
Many Teens Think 'Light Smoking' Is Safe, Study Finds MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While the vast majority of American teens say heavy daily smoking is a major health hazard, many others mistakenly believe that "light" -- or occasional -- smoking isn't harmful. "All smoking counts," said study lead author Stephen Amrock, a medical student in pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. "Social smoking has a price and even the occasional cigarette truly is bad for y...
More Than 1 in 10 Use Daily Aspirin Inappropriately
More Than 1 in 10 Use Daily Aspirin Inappropriately MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans are likely using daily low-dose aspirin inappropriately in the hopes of preventing a first-time heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 69,000 U.S. adults prescribed aspirin long-term, about 12 percent probably should not have been. That's because their odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke were not high enough to outweigh the risks of daily aspirin use...
Middle-Aged Worse at Texting-While-Driving, Study Shows
Middle-Aged Worse at Texting-While-Driving, Study Shows TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risky mix of texting and driving may be more problematic for middle-aged drivers than it is for younger drivers, according to new research. However, that doesn't mean texting and driving is OK for any age group, the study authors stressed. "First and foremost we don't want to misrepresent this in any way that promotes texting and driving among young drivers," said study co-author Randall Commissaris, a...
Many Consumers Misled About Bogus Weight-Loss Supplements, Survey Says
Many Consumers Misled About Bogus Weight-Loss Supplements, Survey Says TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Think a pill you saw advertised on the Internet can miraculously help you shed unwanted pounds? You're not alone: A new Consumer Reports survey finds many Americans are misinformed about the quality and effectiveness of these supplements. "The barrage of advertising leads us to think there's a magic way to melt away 10 pounds -- even when we have no evidence that supplements work," Dr. Piete...
Methamphetamine Use Linked to Parkinson's Risk
Methamphetamine Use Linked to Parkinson's Risk FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who use methamphetamine have a greatly increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 40,000 people in Utah. About 5,000 of that group were methamphetamine -- or "meth" -- users. Around 1,800 were cocaine users, and about 34,000 didn't use drugs, according to the researchers. The study found that methamphetamine users were three times...
Make Your Home 'Kid Safe' During the Holidays
Make Your Home 'Kid Safe' During the Holidays THURSDAY, Dec. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, poisonings involving children increase, experts say. The Nebraska Poison Center offers the following advice for a safe holiday season. More than 50 percent of calls to the poison center involve medications, according to a center news release. Relatives and friends often bring medications when they come to stay over the holidays. Never leave medications on a nightstand o...
Mother's Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids
Mother's Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana -- and to do so at an earlier age -- if their mothers were depressed when the kids were in grade school, a new study says. These same teens are also more likely to engage in violence and other delinquent behaviors, according to the study, published online Dec. 22 in Pediatrics . The researchers expected that teens of mothers who were currently depressed ...
Most States Not Ready to Handle Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Report
Most States Not Ready to Handle Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Report THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola's entrance into the United States -- along with Angelina Jolie's chickenpox and the National Hockey League's mumps outbreak -- have highlighted cracks in the nation's public health defense against infectious disease, according to a new health policy report released Thursday. Half of U.S. states are poorly prepared to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. That was ...
Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC
Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The flu is starting to tighten its grip on much of the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. And more than half of the flu infections examined so far have been caused by the strain known as influenza A H3N2, which appears to have mutated from the H3N2 strain included in this year's flu vaccine. That mutated strain has federal officials concerned beca...
Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction
Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few people know how to properly use the medical devices that contain lifesaving medications for severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, a new study shows. Just 16 percent knew the correct way to use an epinephrine injector for someone with a life-threatening allergy. And only 7 percent knew how to use an asthma inhaler as directed. "This isn't a new concern. We always worry about our patients, espe...
Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests
Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who experience migraine headaches may be at heightened risk for the form of facial paralysis known as Bell's palsy, a new study finds. According to background information in the study, between 11 and 40 people per 100,000 develop Bell's palsy each year. Most of them recover completely. Reporting in the Dec. 17 online edition of Neurology , Taiwanese researchers followed two groups of almost 137,0...
Music Classes Boost Language Skills, Study Says
Music Classes Boost Language Skills, Study Says TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Greater participation in music classes may benefit children's language development, a new study finds. Researchers followed kids in the nonprofit Harmony Project, which provides music education and instruments to poor children in Los Angeles. Over two years, children who actively participated in the classes showed larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading, compared to those with lower level...
Male Ebola Survivors Should Use Condoms for at Least 3 Months, Experts Say
Male Ebola Survivors Should Use Condoms for at Least 3 Months, Experts Say TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men who survive Ebola should wear condoms during sex for at least three months after recovering from the deadly disease, a new study shows. The finding supports the current recommendations to that effect, according to the authors of the study, which was published Dec. 16 in the journal Reproductive Sciences . However, they noted there is a lack of research on sex and male survivors of Eb...
Medication Linked to Fewer Injuries in Kids With ADHD
Medication Linked to Fewer Injuries in Kids With ADHD MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) --Taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might reduce the risk of young patients accidentally injuring themselves, new research suggests. When several thousand children and teens were taking methylphenidate, which is marketed as Ritalin or Concerta in the United States, they were a little less likely to end up in the emergency room than when they weren't taking the drug, the study ...
Mom, Put Down That Smartphone at Dinner
Mom, Put Down That Smartphone at Dinner FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Harried mothers who want to stay close with their kids should put aside their smartphones and tablets at the dinner table, a new study suggests. Researchers found that mothers who are regularly distracted by mobile devices at mealtimes fare worse at connecting with their children. The reason? Mealtime exchanges between parent and child decreased because, "the mother's gaze and/or attention was directed at a device," study ...
Memory Lapses May Signal Stroke Risk: Study
Memory Lapses May Signal Stroke Risk: Study THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Memory lapses in people with higher levels of education may be associated with increased stroke risk, researchers report. The research included more than 9,100 people in the Netherlands, aged 55 and older, taking part in a long-term study. During the study, more than 1,100 of the participants suffered a stroke. Overall, memory problems were independently associated with a higher risk of stroke. The researchers also f...
More Young Adults Getting Preventive Care After Obamacare, Study Finds
More Young Adults Getting Preventive Care After Obamacare, Study Finds THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More young adults are using certain types of preventive care since the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called "Obamacare," went into effect in the United States, according to a new study. Significant increases were seen in the numbers of 19- to 25-year-olds getting preventive care, including routine checkups, blood pressure measurement and dental care between 2009 and 2011-12, the study foun...
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