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Pet Geckos May Pose Health Risk
Pet Geckos May Pose Health Risk THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your pet gecko might make you sick, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed fecal samples from Indonesian tokay geckos -- an imported species popular as pets in the United States. They found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the intestines that may pose a health threat to owners. "The study shows how importing animals can introduce bacteria into households," study co-author Sonia Hernandez, an associate professor of wildlife di...
Parents of Child Cancer Patients Prefer Honesty, Study Finds
Parents of Child Cancer Patients Prefer Honesty, Study Finds MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's better for doctors to be open with parents about their child's cancer prognosis, even if the news is bad, researchers say. Doing so is more likely to give parents peace of mind and hope rather than increase their anxiety or cause them to become despondent, the study found. "Providing families with a full explanation of the likely course of a disease is critical to helping them plan and have reasona...
Preschoolers Get Too Little Physical Activity in Child Care
Preschoolers Get Too Little Physical Activity in Child Care MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Kids in daycare and preschool may not be getting enough physical activity, according to a new study. Preschoolers in the Seattle study spent just a half hour playing outside and were offered less than an hour each day for indoor play at child care centers, the researchers found. Guidelines recommend at least one hour of adult-led, structured physical activity and one hour of unstructured free play time p...
Prostate Cancer Testing Drops Off Following Controversial Guidelines
Prostate Cancer Testing Drops Off Following Controversial Guidelines SUNDAY, May 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer American men are receiving prostate cancer screening in the wake of a national panel's conclusion that the test does men more harm than good, a new study finds. What's more, primary care doctors appear to have broadly accepted the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's (USPSTF) ruling that the harms of prostate screening outweigh the benefits, according to a second study. Both studies are s...
Prompt Treatment of Kidney Stones Keeps Costs Down: Study
Prompt Treatment of Kidney Stones Keeps Costs Down: Study SATURDAY, May 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying surgery for kidney stones can increase the risk of complications, raising health care costs, a new study finds. "These data underscore the importance of prompt attention and treatment of patients presenting with kidney stones," Dr. Howard Adler, associate professor of urology at Stony Brook University in New York, said in a news release from the American Urological Association. Surgery to remove...
Probiotic Supplements May Contain Traces of Gluten
Probiotic Supplements May Contain Traces of Gluten FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many probiotic products contain traces of gluten and could cause problems for people with celiac disease, according to a new study. Tests of 22 top-selling probiotics revealed that 12 (55 percent) of them had detectable gluten, the researchers said. Many people take probiotics for their theoretical digestive system benefits. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. In people with celiac disease, gluten...
Pregnancy Doesn't Make General Surgery More Dangerous: Study
Pregnancy Doesn't Make General Surgery More Dangerous: Study WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being pregnant does not raise a woman's risk for death or complications after undergoing general surgery, a new study finds. "Pregnant patients undergoing emergency and non-emergency general surgery do not appear to have elevated rates of [illness or death]," Dr. Robert Meguid, of the University of Colorado, and colleagues wrote. "Therefore, general surgery appears to be as safe in pregnant as it is ...
Parkinson's Protein May Spur Immune Response
Parkinson's Protein May Spur Immune Response TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A protein known to accumulate in Parkinson's disease and other degenerative brain disorders activates the brain's immune defenses, researchers say. The protein is called a-synuclein. The researchers noted that diseases such as Parkinson's and Lewy body dementia are characterized by the abnormal accumulation of this protein. The immune response appears to increase inflammation. The researchers said the high blood press...
Peanut Allergy Exposure Occurs Most Often at Home, Study Says
Peanut Allergy Exposure Occurs Most Often at Home, Study Says MONDAY, May 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For children with peanut allergies, home is more dangerous than school, researchers say. The Canadian study also found schools that ban peanut products are not less likely to have an accidental exposure occur than schools that don't have these policies in place. "Our study looked at 1,941 children who had been diagnosed as being allergic to peanuts to determine how exposure occurs, how serious the outc...
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder May Be Linked to Accelerated Aging
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder May Be Linked to Accelerated Aging FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may cause accelerated aging, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked PTSD with mental health disorders such as depression, insomnia, anger, eating disorders and substance abuse. But, this is the first time PTSD has been potentially linked to a number of biological processes that could lead to faster aging, the University of California, San Diego inves...
Pig Farmers at Greater Risk for Drug-Resistant Staph Infections: Study
Pig Farmers at Greater Risk for Drug-Resistant Staph Infections: Study THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pig farm workers are at increased risk for multidrug-resistant staph infections, new research indicates. Most infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus are minor, but this strain of the bacteria can sometimes cause serious infections, and drug-resistant strains are becoming more common. Researchers followed more than 1,300 people who lived in rural areas or small towns in Iowa for 17 months....
Patients With Bleeding Strokes May Do Better at Specialized Centers
Patients With Bleeding Strokes May Do Better at Specialized Centers WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds that patients with hemorrhagic strokes, which cause bleeding in the brain, are more likely to survive if they seek treatment at a comprehensive stroke center. "Clinicians, especially emergency room physicians, need to be aware of the severity and potential implications of hemorrhagic stroke, and try to transfer patients to the hospital most capable of providing the full compl...
Preemie Girls Feed Sooner Than Boys, Study Finds
Preemie Girls Feed Sooner Than Boys, Study Finds TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research supports the theory that girls born prematurely fare better than preemie boys in the first weeks of life. The study of 2,700 premature infants found that females were able to breast-feed or bottle-feed one day earlier than males. This is an important measurement because preemies need feeding tubes if they can't suck, swallow and breathe at the same time. Infants can't go home until they can eat without...
Preteen Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Strength Over Time, CDC Finds
Preteen Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Strength Over Time, CDC Finds MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A booster shot of the whooping cough vaccine that is given to preteens loses a large measure of effectiveness within a few years, new research reveals. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation may help explain a recent surge in the number of Americans with whooping cough (pertussis). "Among adolescents, within the first year following immunization the vaccine effectiveness ...
Put Car Seat on Your Summer-Travel Checklist
Put Car Seat on Your Summer-Travel Checklist WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As you plan summer car trips with your young children, you should also consider car seat safety. Car seats reduce the risk of death in infants and children by up to 71 percent, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. But CDC research suggests 72 percent of car and booster seats are used improperly, which reduces their effectiveness. Using a seat belt instead of a car seat for young children can b...
Pediatrics Group Advises Doctors on How to Spot Child Abuse
Pediatrics Group Advises Doctors on How to Spot Child Abuse MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released new guidance to help primary care doctors recognize the signs of child abuse. "Minor injuries in children are incredibly common, and most are not the result of abuse or neglect," report lead author Dr. Cindy Christian, past chair of the AAP Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, said in an agency news release. "But sadly we also know how common ...
Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines for Hospital Release of Newborns
Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines for Hospital Release of Newborns MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released updated guidelines for judging whether or not a newborn is ready to leave the hospital. The decision to allow a healthy newborn to go home is made after careful review by health providers, but there can be wide variation in the degree of an infant's readiness to leave the hospital, and a number of factors need to be considered, accordin...
Processed Foods the Biggest Chunk of Calories in U.S. Grocery Bags: Study
Processed Foods the Biggest Chunk of Calories in U.S. Grocery Bags: Study SUNDAY, March 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Highly processed foods account for more than 60 percent of the calories in products Americans routinely buy in grocery stores, a new study finds. These foods tend to have more fat, sugar and salt than less-processed foods, the researchers said. "Overall, we found that not only are highly processed foods a dominant, stable part of U.S. purchasing patterns, but also that the highly processe...
Progress Reported in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer
Progress Reported in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine and a drug already on the market each may help slow down advanced ovarian cancer, two new studies suggest. In one, of just 31 patients, researchers found that adding the vaccine to standard treatment staved off a recurrence in women who had advanced-stage ovarian cancer. The other study, involving women with recurrent ovarian cancer, found that administering the drug Avastin after s...
Painful Knee Arthritis May Be Linked to Premature Death
Painful Knee Arthritis May Be Linked to Premature Death FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Painful knee arthritis is associated with an increased risk of premature death in women, a new study suggests. Women with osteoarthritis-related knee pain -- the type associated with normal wear and tear -- were nearly twice as likely to die early from any cause, and more than three times as likely to die from heart problems as those without knee pain from arthritis, the British researchers found. "These f...
People May Grow More Trusting With Age, Study Finds
People May Grow More Trusting With Age, Study Finds FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Far from the "grumpy old men" stereotype, people may actually become more trusting -- and happier -- with age, a new study suggests. "When we think of old age, we often think of decline and loss," study co-author Claudia Haase, an assistant professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University, said in a university news release. "But a growing body of research shows that some things actua...
Prenatal Exposure to Pollutants May Spell Trouble for Kids
Prenatal Exposure to Pollutants May Spell Trouble for Kids WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to common air pollutants before birth may make children more likely to have the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other thinking and behavioral problems, a small new study suggests. "Exposure to air pollution in pregnancy and during early infancy [and] early childhood seems to produce brain disturbances in the left side of the brain, in direct proportion to the ...
Premature Deaths Down in 60 Percent of U.S. Counties
Premature Deaths Down in 60 Percent of U.S. Counties WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Premature death rates have fallen in 60 percent of the counties in the United States in the past decade, a new report shows. In the District of Columbia, the premature death rate fell nearly one-third between 2004-06 and 2010-12, which was the largest drop among counties with 65,000 or more people, according to the 2015 County Health Rankings. The rankings compared counties on 30 factors that affect health...
Parents' Attitude May Be Key to Pre-Game Jitters in Kids
Parents' Attitude May Be Key to Pre-Game Jitters in Kids FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Want your child to relax and perform well at that next school swim meet? Try not to raise the bar too high in terms of your own expectations, a new study suggests. "You might think that's a really positive thing for the child, but that's creating a lot of worry [for the kid] as well," study author Miranda Kaye, a professor in the exercise and sport sciences department at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., sa...
Plain Packaging Laws Might Spur Smokers to Quit
Plain Packaging Laws Might Spur Smokers to Quit THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Legislation that strips cigarette packaging of all brand-specific design may boost the number of smokers who want to try quitting, a new Australian survey reveals. Researchers polled more than 5,000 Australian adults between 2012 and 2013. During that time, an Australian law was implemented requiring that all tobacco packaging be standardized and carry large graphic images warning of the dangers of cigarettes. I...
Procedure May Beat Drug in Patients With Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat
Procedure May Beat Drug in Patients With Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with heart failure can sometimes also develop the dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, which can raise their odds for stroke. Now, a study to be presented Monday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) examines the best way to treat these patients. It suggests that patients have better outcomes if they undergo a proc...
Pregnancy Weight Has Lasting Effect on Child, Study Finds
Pregnancy Weight Has Lasting Effect on Child, Study Finds FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being overweight or obese before pregnancy, or gaining too much weight during pregnancy, may put children at increased risk for obesity, a new study says. "Some weight gain during pregnancy is normal, but women need to know that gaining too much weight can put their child at risk for being obese in childhood and as they get older, which places them at higher risk for future chronic disease," said study a...
Perhaps Genghis Khan's Greatest Legacy: Millions of Descendants
Perhaps Genghis Khan's Greatest Legacy: Millions of Descendants WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- He helped build an empire stretching across Eurasia, but Genghis Khan's most enduring legacy may be genetic, a new study suggests. British researchers focused on similarities in the Y chromosomes of Asian men living today. They calculated that millions of these men are descended from either the Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan -- who died in 1227 A.D. -- or 10 other powerful Asian leaders who rule...
Physically Tough Jobs May Harm a Man's Fertility: Study
Physically Tough Jobs May Harm a Man's Fertility: Study MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hard physical work, high blood pressure and taking multiple medications are among the factors that may lower sperm quality and make men less fertile, new research finds. "Nearly 15 percent of American couples do not get pregnant within their first year of trying," and male infertility plays a major role, study senior author Germaine Buck Louis, director of the division of intramural population health resear...
Privately Insured Brain Tumor Patients May Fare Better
Privately Insured Brain Tumor Patients May Fare Better MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Brain tumor patients with private health insurance do better than those who have Medicaid coverage or are uninsured, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than a half-million brain tumor-related hospitalizations in the United States between 2002 and 2011. Compared to uninsured or Medicaid patients, those with private insurance had fewer medical complications and were less likely to develop n...
Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma
Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who contract pneumonia during the first three years of life appear to face a higher risk of developing asthma, new research suggests. These findings raise concern that early childhood respiratory problems may have an enduring and negative impact on growing lungs. "This supports the idea that the roots of chronic illness in adult life may be the events that occur in early life," said study co-aut...
Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla.
Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla. FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in the United States are seeing more infants born addicted to narcotic painkillers -- a problem highlighted by a new Florida-based report. These infants experience what's called neonatal abstinence syndrome as they undergo withdrawal from the addictive drugs their mothers took during pregnancy. Most often these are narcotic painkillers, such as oxycodone, morphine or hydrocodone, accor...
Poor Response to Statins May Mean Clogged Arteries
Poor Response to Statins May Mean Clogged Arteries THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty percent of people with heart disease don't respond to cholesterol-lowering statins and may have dangerously clogged arteries, researchers have found. A new study found these people experienced little or no reduction in the "bad" cholesterol that contributes to artery-blocking plaque, making heart attack or stroke more likely. The finding has important implications for statin guidelines, said lead resear...
Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease
Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women who are at high risk for broken bones may also be at increased risk for gum disease, a new study suggests. The research included almost 200 women, aged 51 to 80. They had all gone through menopause within the last 10 years, didn't smoke and hadn't taken hormone replacement therapy, bone loss prevention drugs or diabetes medications for at least five years. The women's gums were examined and ...
Plastics Chemical Tied to Changes in Boys' Reproductive Development
Plastics Chemical Tied to Changes in Boys' Reproductive Development THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When expectant mothers are exposed to plastics chemicals called phthalates during the first trimester, their male offspring may have a greater risk of infertility later in life, a new study suggests. Boys exposed to the chemical diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) may be born with a significantly shorter anogenital distance than those not exposed to these chemicals. Anogenital distance is the distan...
Preschoolers May Not Need Naps, Review Reports
Preschoolers May Not Need Naps, Review Reports TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A daytime nap may not be the best idea for preschoolers, concluded a recent review of dozens of previous studies on napping. Children over 2 years old who napped during the day tended to go to bed later and get less sleep than those who gave up a mid-day snooze, the researchers found. "Given that sleep is such an important issue for the well-being of children and their parents, we were surprised to find so few stud...
Parents Split on Later School Start Time for Teens
Parents Split on Later School Start Time for Teens MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About half of American parents support a later start to the school day for teens, a new survey shows. The poll of parents with teens aged 13 to 17 whose schools start before 8:30 a.m. found that half favored a later school start time. Forty percent said doing so would allow their teens to get more sleep, and 22 percent believed doing so would help their teen do better at school. However, 22 percent of the parent...
Pollution Exposure Peaks at Stop Lights, Study Finds
Pollution Exposure Peaks at Stop Lights, Study Finds FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drivers are exposed to very high levels of air pollution when they stop at red lights, a new study shows. The British researchers tracked drivers' exposure to small bits of air pollution, called nanoparticles, as they drove their cars during a normal workday. Cars are known to emit nanoparticles, they added. These harmful pollutants have been linked to increased risk of lung and heart diseases. At red lights, ...
Prolonged Rescue Efforts May Not Help Young Drowning Victims: Study
Prolonged Rescue Efforts May Not Help Young Drowning Victims: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prolonged efforts to save young drowning victims doesn't help those whose hearts have stopped and who have a dangerously low body temperature, according to a new study that challenges current guidelines. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children worldwide, the Dutch researchers noted. Drowning victims often have low body temperatures, or hypothermia, which is thought to offe...
Preterm Delivery Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke Risk in Mothers
Preterm Delivery Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke Risk in Mothers TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have a preterm baby may face an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 10 large studies conducted in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Scotland and Sweden to examine the possible link between spontaneous preterm delivery and heart disease risk. The smallest study had more than 3,700 women. The largest study had more than 923,000, ...
Problems Spotted in Clinical Trials Can Go Unreported, Study Says
Problems Spotted in Clinical Trials Can Go Unreported, Study Says MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical journals and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rarely report violations of scientific conduct that federal regulators unearth during spot inspections of clinical trials, a new analysis shows. In a study published in the Feb. 10 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine , a review of FDA inspection reports between 1998 and 2013 revealed nearly 60 clinical trials in which regulators had uncovered v...
Panel Asks: What Defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Panel Asks: What Defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome is about to get a new clinical definition, with the hope that it will help physicians better diagnose people afflicted with the mysterious and complex disorder. On Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine will release a long-awaited report that will define diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome and examine whether a new name for the disease is warranted. The report could prove a landm...
Prevent Tooth Loss and Dental Work With Good Gum Care
Prevent Tooth Loss and Dental Work With Good Gum Care FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking care of your gums plays an important role in protecting your teeth. Gum disease and tooth decay cause about 90 percent of tooth loss, the American Dental Association says. "The good news is that gum disease is largely preventable through regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings. The bad news is that not many people like flossing their teeth, and many brush improperly," Dr. Martin Hogan, a dental ...
Preemies More Likely to Have Asthma, Study Finds
Preemies More Likely to Have Asthma, Study Finds FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Premature babies have an increased risk of developing asthma, but are likely to grow out of the disease, new research says. "The study confirms that those born prematurely [less than 37 weeks of pregnancy] are more likely to suffer asthmatic symptoms and lung conditions than other children. However, the good news is that they grow out of these conditions," study co-author Dr. Anne Louise de Barros Damgaard, a forme...
Program for 1-Year-Olds Tries to Lessen Autism's Impact
Program for 1-Year-Olds Tries to Lessen Autism's Impact FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of 1-year-olds who appear to be at risk for autism can take simple steps to help them improve, a new study says. Researchers identified 18 families with 1-year-old children with possible signs of autism. At this age, full-blown symptoms of autism are not yet evident, the researchers explained. Children who develop an autism spectrum disorder display persistent deficits in social communication and int...
Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women
Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Extensive exposure to common chemicals appears to be linked to an earlier start of menopause, a new study suggests. Researchers found that menopause typically begins two to four years earlier in women whose bodies have high levels of certain chemicals found in household items, personal care products, plastics and the environment, compared to women with lower levels of the chemicals. The investi...
Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds
Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking doubles the chances that a prostate cancer patient will see his disease spread and that he will eventually die from his illness, a new study finds. "Basically we found that people who smoke had a higher risk of their tumor coming back, of it spreading and, ultimately, even dying of prostate cancer," said study co-author Dr. Michael Zelefsky. He is vice chair of clinical research in the departmen...
Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study
Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients hospitalized with pneumonia appear to have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease for years afterward, a new study finds. This elevated risk was highest in the first month after pneumonia -- fourfold -- but remained 1.5 times higher over subsequent years, the researchers say. "A single episode of pneumonia could have long-term consequences several months or years ...
Pizza Takes a Slice Out of Kids' Health, Study Finds
Pizza Takes a Slice Out of Kids' Health, Study Finds MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- On the days your kids eat pizza, they likely take in more calories, fat and sodium than on other days, a new study found. On any given day in the United States in 2009-10, one in five young children and nearly one in four teens ate pizza for a meal or snack, researchers found. "Given that pizza remains a highly prevalent part of children's diet, we need to make healthy pizza the norm," said study author Lisa P...
Poor Sleep Tied to More Drinking, Drug Use by Teens
Poor Sleep Tied to More Drinking, Drug Use by Teens FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of sleep raises teens' risk of alcohol and drug problems, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 6,500 American teens that was collected in three separate waves: 1994-95, 1996 and 2001-02. The findings appear in the February online issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research . "Sleep difficulties at the first wave significantly predicted alcohol-related int...
Pursuing Pancreatic Cancer's Deadly Secret
Pursuing Pancreatic Cancer's Deadly Secret FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new lab study might help explain why pancreatic cancer is so deadly. "Patients with the earliest stage of pancreatic cancer have a survival rate of only 30 percent. This suggests that even in that very early stage of invasive cancer there are already cells that have spread to distant parts of the body," said study author Dr. Diane Simeone, director of the Pancreatic Cancer Center at the University of Michigan Comprehe...
Petty 'Crimes' Sometimes Tied to Dementia
Petty 'Crimes' Sometimes Tied to Dementia THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some older adults with dementia unwittingly commit crimes like theft or trespassing, and for a small number, it can be a first sign of their mental decline, a new study finds. The behavior, researchers found, is most often seen in people with a subtype of frontotemporal dementia. Frontotemporal dementia accounts for about 10 to 15 percent of all dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Meanwhile, older ...
Parent's Suicide Attempt Makes Child's Much More Likely: Study
Parent's Suicide Attempt Makes Child's Much More Likely: Study TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When a parent has a history of attempting suicide, the odds of a suicide attempt in their child rises fivefold, compared to the offspring of people without such histories, a new study finds. Reporting in the Dec. 30 online edition of JAMA Psychiatry , researchers led by Dr. David Brent of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center tracked more than 700 young and adult-aged children (ages ranged fro...
Pollution Plagues Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca
Pollution Plagues Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution in Mecca rises sharply each year when millions of Muslims make the annual holy pilgrimage (hajj) to the Saudi Arabian city, a new study shows. "Hajj is like nothing else on the planet. You have 3 to 4 million people -- a whole good-sized city -- coming into an already existing city," Isobel Simpson, a research chemist in the atmospheric chemistry laboratory at the University of California, Irvine, said i...
Poverty Makes Diabetes Care Tougher, Study Reports
Poverty Makes Diabetes Care Tougher, Study Reports MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes who have difficulty paying for food, medicine and other basic needs also have trouble managing their diabetes, a new study finds. Those who have trouble paying for food or medicine had the highest risk of poor diabetes control, according to the study. Poor control means higher blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure than normal, the researchers said. "Despite insurance coverage, unmet ba...
Preventing Emergency Surgeries Could Save $1 Billion
Preventing Emergency Surgeries Could Save $1 Billion MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies to reduce the number of emergency surgeries in the United States could save up to $1 billion in health care costs over a decade, new research suggests. The study also found that surgeries planned ahead of time (elective surgery) are less risky for patients and generally have better outcomes. "The costs of surgical care represent nearly 30 percent of total health care expenditures and they are projec...
Pack a Travel First-Aid Kit for the Holidays
Pack a Travel First-Aid Kit for the Holidays FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're planning on traveling during the holidays, be sure to pack a travel first-aid kit, an expert recommends. "A good first-aid kit should help you cope with many of the situations that can make your vacation less than perfect -- like a headache or a stomachache," Caroline Sullivan, an assistant professor of Columbia University School of Nursing, said in a university news release. "Once you set up the kit, just c...
Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts Say
Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts Say FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- All children should have their eyesight checked between the ages of 3 and 6, preferably every year, eye experts say. The new vision-screening guidelines for preschool-aged children are from an expert panel of the U.S. National Center for Children's Vision Health. The panel said that children in this age group require screening for eye problems, particularly vision issues that require correction with glasses, such as a...
Poor Students Eat Healthier Foods at School, Study Finds
Poor Students Eat Healthier Foods at School, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Poor students get more fruits and vegetables at school than they do at home, a new study finds. But, the opposite is true for students from wealthier families. These findings show that having fruits and vegetables at school may give a healthy boost to poor students' diets, according to the study. But, no matter what the family income level, students all ate a similar amount of fruits and vegetables at sch...
Patients Given Less Blood During Surgery Do Fine, Study Reports
Patients Given Less Blood During Surgery Do Fine, Study Reports FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease patients who receive smaller amounts of blood during surgery do as well as those who get more blood, a new study finds. The research included more than 2,000 heart disease patients who were followed for as long as four years after surgery. Half received larger amounts of blood during surgery and half received up to two-thirds less blood. Those who received less blood did not have an in...
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