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Traumatic Life Events May Harm Women's Hearts, Study Suggests
Traumatic Life Events May Harm Women's Hearts, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and older women who experience a life-threatening illness or the death of a loved one may face a 65 percent increased risk of heart attack, a new study suggests. And having a history of money problems might double the heart attack risk, the study authors added. Such traumatic events can increase a woman's stress levels to the point where her heart health may be harmed, the researchers ...
Terminally Ill Can Do Without Statins, Study Finds
Terminally Ill Can Do Without Statins, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Halting the use of cholesterol-lowering statins in terminally ill patients may improve their quality of life, a new study indicates. These findings suggest that care for terminally ill patients can be improved by taking them off medication primarily meant to prevent other health problems, the study authors said. "For patients with shorter life expectancy, greater concern about pill burden, and more comfort-or...
Too Much Homework May Hurt Teens' Test Scores
Too Much Homework May Hurt Teens' Test Scores THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More isn't necessarily better for teens when it comes to homework, a new study finds. About an hour a day is ideal, and doing homework alone and regularly yielded the best results, Spanish researchers report. "The conclusion is that when it comes to homework, how is more important than how much," wrote study co-author Javier Suarez-Alvarez, from the University of Oviedo. "Once individual effort and autonomous work...
Tips to Make Healthy School Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat
Tips to Make Healthy School Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Packing school lunches that kids will like and are easy to eat can be a challenge, according to Amy Reed, a registered dietitian at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Even when parents carefully craft sandwiches into fun shapes, stack fruit kabobs to resemble animals and chop veggies to look like a rainbow, these foods may come home uneaten. Reed explained there are many reasons why kids may pass on these...
Tips for Managing Spring Allergies
Tips for Managing Spring Allergies SATURDAY, March 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Spring officially arrived on Friday, bringing with it Spring allergies that cause misery for millions of Americans. But there are ways folks can get relief, a medical expert says. "The key to surviving spring allergies is knowing what triggers your symptoms," Dr. James Sublett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said in a college news release. "Because there can be millions of pollen particl...
Traffic Deaths Increase in Spring Break Hot Spots
Traffic Deaths Increase in Spring Break Hot Spots FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's that time of year when college students flock to warm, sunny spots to celebrate spring break, but a new study shows the roads become a lot less safe once they arrive. The overall death toll from car crashes in these popular destinations was 9 percent higher during spring break than at other times of the year. That translates into a total of 16 more traffic deaths per year in the 14 areas studied. Those area...
Tackling Obesity May Ease a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat
Tackling Obesity May Ease a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news for people who are obese and have atrial fibrillation, a common form of irregular heartbeat: Losing weight may help restore healthy heart rhythm. That's the finding from a new Australian study involving 355 obese people with atrial fibrillation. Researchers led by cardiologist Dr. Rajeev Pathak, of the University of Adelaide, tracked outcomes for the patients for four years while they t...
Teens' Heavy Pot Smoking Tied to Memory Problems
Teens' Heavy Pot Smoking Tied to Memory Problems THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily may have lingering memory problems and structural abnormalities in the brain, even after they stop using the drug, a small study suggests. Researchers found that young adults who'd smoked pot heavily as teens performed worse on memory tests than their peers who'd never used the drug regularly. And on brain scans, they tended to show differences in the shape of the hippocampus...
Tetanus Shot Helped Boost Brain Cancer Survival, Small Study Finds
Tetanus Shot Helped Boost Brain Cancer Survival, Small Study Finds THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a simple tetanus shot to another vaccine treatment for a highly lethal form of brain cancer dramatically extended some patients' survival in a small new study. Researchers from Duke Cancer Institute found that three of six patients with glioblastoma -- a brain tumor with a very poor prognosis -- lived years longer than expected after receiving a tetanus shot to enhance an immunotherapy ...
The More the Merrier ... and the Drunker?
The More the Merrier ... and the Drunker? TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of friends in your drinking group influences how much you drink, a new study finds. Researchers focused on 200 young adult drinkers in Switzerland. While drinking with friends in real-life situations, they used their smartphones to provide researchers with hourly reports about how many friends were present and how many drinks they had consumed. As the number of friends increased, so did the number of drinks ...
The Lower His IQ, the More a Young Guy Drinks?
The Lower His IQ, the More a Young Guy Drinks? TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Caricatures of the not-too-swift, drunken fratboy may have some basis in science, with a new study finding that the lower a young man's IQ, the more likely he is to get drunk. Researchers in Sweden found that as men's IQ scores dropped, their risk of both heavy drinking and binge drinking rose. "Intelligence, along with many other factors, might be a part of the complex picture that influences alcohol consumption,...
Teen Suicides by Hanging on the Rise Across U.S.
Teen Suicides by Hanging on the Rise Across U.S. THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors and parents should be aware of the increased use of hanging as a means of teen suicide and take preventive measures, U.S. health officials say. Among 10- to 24-year-olds, suicide rates by hanging increased, on average, 6.7 percent for females and 2.2 percent for males between 1994 and 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in the March 6 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality We...
Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study
Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most people dread the flu, and many work hard to avoid it. However, a new British study finds that the typical person over 30 only gets the illness about twice every decade. "For adults, we found that influenza infection is actually much less common than some people think," said study senior author Dr. Steven Riley, of Imperial College London. His team published its findings March 3 in the journal PLoS ...
Tracking Brain Blood Flow May Help Predict Concussion Outcomes
Tracking Brain Blood Flow May Help Predict Concussion Outcomes MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the days and weeks following a concussion, it's often tough to give patients a clear sense of their recovery time. Now, a new study of college football players suggests that measuring blood flow in the brain might help. "It provides support for using cerebral blood flow as an objective signal for the initial evaluation of a concussion, as well as measuring progress and recovery," said one expert, ...
Teens Can Easily Buy E-Cigarettes Online
Teens Can Easily Buy E-Cigarettes Online MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's easy for teens to buy electronic cigarettes online, a small study finds. Researchers supervised 11 teens in North Carolina, aged 14 to 17, as they tried to buy e-cigarettes from 98 online sellers. The teens ordered e-cigarettes successfully 75 times. The e-cigarette sales were denied just 23 times. The purchases should have been denied every time. "In the absence of federal regulation, youth e-cigarette use has incre...
Tips for Safe Snow Fun
Tips for Safe Snow Fun SATURDAY, Feb. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Winter sports are a great way to get exercise and fresh air, but they're not without risks. In 2013, more than 343,000 people in the United States received medical treatment for winter sports injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Skiing topped the treatment list, with 138,559 injuries. Snowboarding accounted for 95,348 accidents; sledding, more than 63,000; and ice skating, about 47,000. "When it comes to winter ...
Taking Pill Before, After Sex Cuts HIV Infection for Gay Men: Study
Taking Pill Before, After Sex Cuts HIV Infection for Gay Men: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's new evidence that gay men not infected with HIV can stay that way if they take a pill called Truvada in the days before and after a sexual encounter with an infected partner. The strategy is known as "pre-exposure prophylaxis," or PrEP. Prior studies had suggested that chronic, daily use of Truvada (a combo pill of tenofovir plus emtricitabine) could slash rates of HIV transmission in...
Testicular Cancer May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk: Study
Testicular Cancer May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk: Study MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men who've had testicular cancer may be at increased risk for prostate cancer, although that risk is low, a new study finds. "Men with a history of testicular cancer should talk with their doctor about assessing their risk for prostate cancer, given there may be an increased risk," said senior study author Dr. Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School o...
Troops in Middle East May Be at Risk for Lung Problems
Troops in Middle East May Be at Risk for Lung Problems SATURDAY, Feb. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. soldiers serving in the Middle East and Afghanistan may be at risk for lung damage from exposure to dust there, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the composition, mineral content, and bacteria, fungi and virus levels in dust samples collected from Iraq and Afghanistan, and they measured the amount of dust exposure experienced by troops. The investigators concluded that dust exposure levels an...
Tropical Virus Symptoms Can Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study
Tropical Virus Symptoms Can Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus causes joint pain and swelling similar to rheumatoid arthritis, which can make diagnosis difficult, a new study says. Chikungunya has spread in parts of the Caribbean and Central and South America. Though still rare, the virus is increasingly being seen in the United States, according to the researchers. Adding to the potential confusion in making a diagnosis, the ...
Think Hookahs Filter Out Tobacco Toxins? Think Again
Think Hookahs Filter Out Tobacco Toxins? Think Again FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to what many people think, hookah water pipes do not filter out most of the heavy metals in tobacco, a new study warns. Tobacco plants can absorb and accumulate heavy metals, such as copper, iron, chromium, lead and uranium. Long-term exposure to these heavy metals can increase smokers' risk of head and neck cancers, as well as other diseases, the study authors said. It's widely believed that hookahs ...
Talk Therapy May Cut Suicide Rate Among U.S. Soldiers: Study
Talk Therapy May Cut Suicide Rate Among U.S. Soldiers: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy can lead to fewer suicide attempts among at-risk U.S. soldiers, a new study suggests. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of talk therapy designed to stop ineffective and damaging patterns of thinking. Mental illness diagnoses among active-duty U.S. military personnel rose by more than 60 percent during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with a similar incre...
Too Few Breast Cancer Patients Getting Radiation After Mastectomy: Study
Too Few Breast Cancer Patients Getting Radiation After Mastectomy: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many American women with locally advanced breast cancer do not receive recommended radiation therapy after mastectomy, a new study finds. Experts at the U.S. National Cancer Institute currently recommend that breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy receive radiation therapy if their cancer has spread to four or more nearby lymph nodes. However, in the new study, which tracked nearly ...
Type 1 Diabetes More Deadly for Women Than Men, Study Finds
Type 1 Diabetes More Deadly for Women Than Men, Study Finds THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with type 1 diabetes have a nearly 40 percent greater risk of dying from any cause and more than double the risk of dying from heart disease than men with type 1 diabetes, Australian researchers report. In an analysis of 26 studies that included more than 200,000 people, researchers found that women with type 1 diabetes had a 37 percent higher risk of dying from stroke compared to men with type 1...
Timing of Kidney Transplants Doesn't Affect Pregnancy Chances
Timing of Kidney Transplants Doesn't Affect Pregnancy Chances MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy outcomes are similar for women who received a kidney transplant whether they were a child or an adult when they got their transplant, a new study says. "This work has shown that outcomes for childhood transplant mothers are similar to outcomes for adulthood transplant mothers and should provide comfort to such mothers and their physicians that their early onset of kidney failure and longer pe...
Toddler Snacks, Meals Have Lots of Salt and Sugar: Study
Toddler Snacks, Meals Have Lots of Salt and Sugar: Study MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many prepackaged dinners for toddlers contain high amounts of salt, and many toddler and infant snacks, desserts and juices contain added sugar, a new study found. "It was surprising that more than seven of 10 packaged toddler meals contained too much sodium (salt)," said study leader Mary Cogswell, a researcher at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "In addition, a substantial proportion o...
Teens, Young Adults Most Likely to Go to ER After Car Accidents: Report
Teens, Young Adults Most Likely to Go to ER After Car Accidents: Report FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that won't surprise many parents, a new government analysis shows that teens and young adults are the most likely to show up in a hospital ER with injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. Race was another factor that raised the chances of crash-related ER visits, with rates being higher for blacks than they were for whites or Hispanics, data from the U.S. Centers for Disea...
Tamiflu Cuts 1 Day Off Average Flu Bout, Study Finds
Tamiflu Cuts 1 Day Off Average Flu Bout, Study Finds THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A review of the data suggests that the antiviral drug Tamiflu shortens the length of flu symptoms by about a day, and reduces the risk of flu-related complications such as pneumonia. The findings come from an analysis of nine published and unpublished randomized clinical trials of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) in adults. The data was provided to the researchers by Tamiflu's maker, Roche. The studies compared the eff...
Too Much Alcohol at Midlife Raises Stroke Risk, Study Finds
Too Much Alcohol at Midlife Raises Stroke Risk, Study Finds THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too much alcohol in middle age can increase your stroke risk as much as high blood pressure or diabetes, a new study suggests. People who average more than two drinks a day have a 34 percent higher risk of stroke compared to those whose daily average amounts to less than half a drink, according to findings published Jan. 29 in the journal Stroke . Researchers also found that people who drink heavily i...
Test Your Home for Radon: EPA
Test Your Home for Radon: EPA TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans should test their homes for a naturally occurring radioactive gas called radon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. "Many people don't realize that radon is the second cause of lung cancer after smoking," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in an agency news release. "The good news is radon exposure is preventable. Testing and fixing for radon will save thousands of lives, prevent burdensome health care costs,...
Therapy Dogs Help Cancer Patients Cope With Tough Treatments
Therapy Dogs Help Cancer Patients Cope With Tough Treatments TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer may get an emotional lift from man's best friend, a new study suggests. The study, of patients with head and neck cancers, is among the first to scientifically test the effects of therapy dogs -- trained and certified pooches brought in to ease human anxiety, whether it's from trauma, injury or illness. To dog lovers, it may be a no-brainer that ...
Too Much Sitting Can Be Deadly -- Even if You Exercise, Review Finds
Too Much Sitting Can Be Deadly -- Even if You Exercise, Review Finds MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise doesn't erase the higher risk of serious illness or premature death that comes from sitting too much each day, a new review reveals. Combing through 47 prior studies, Canadian researchers found that prolonged daily sitting was linked to significantly higher odds of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dying. And even if study participants exercised regularly, the accumulated evi...
TV Alcohol Ads Tied to Problem Drinking for Teens, Study Finds
TV Alcohol Ads Tied to Problem Drinking for Teens, Study Finds MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds a link between the number of TV ads for alcohol a teen views, and their odds for problem drinking. Higher "familiarity" with booze ads "was associated with the subsequent onset of drinking across a range of outcomes of varying severity among adolescents and young adults," wrote a team led by Dr. Susanne Tanski of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Their...
Those With Autism May Have Unique Brain Connections, Study Shows
Those With Autism May Have Unique Brain Connections, Study Shows MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with autism may have brain connections that are uniquely their own, a new study suggests. Previous research has found either over- or under-synchronization between different areas of the brains of people with autism, when compared to those without the disorder. The authors of the new study said those apparently conflicting findings may reflect the fact that each person with autism might have...
Take Steps to Avoid Winter Falls
Take Steps to Avoid Winter Falls SATURDAY, Jan. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Falls are a major cause of injuries during the winter, but there are steps you can take to help stay on your feet, an expert says. "Many falls can be successfully avoided or the impact minimized by applying a few basic strategies," Mike Ross, an exercise physiologist with the Loyola University Health System, in Maywood, Ill., said in a university news release. His suggestions: Check the traction of your shoes and boots. Better ...
Therapists Must Ease Patients' Fear When Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Study
Therapists Must Ease Patients' Fear When Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Study WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Easing fears that exercise may worsen symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome is crucial in efforts to prevent disability in people with the condition, a new study says. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex condition, characterized by overwhelming fatigue that is not improved by bed rest, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Treatments are aimed at red...
Tuning In to Music May Ease Kids' Post-Op Pain, Study Finds
Tuning In to Music May Ease Kids' Post-Op Pain, Study Finds TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Going through a surgery often means post-operative pain for children, but listening to their favorite music might help ease their discomfort, a new study finds. One expert wasn't surprised by the finding. "It is well known that distraction is a powerful force in easing pain, and music certainly provides an excellent distraction," said Dr. Ron Marino, associate chair of pediatrics at Winthrop-University...
The Mind May Be a Muscle Booster
The Mind May Be a Muscle Booster MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The mind can play a key role in maintaining muscle strength in limbs that are placed in a cast for a prolonged period of time, a new study suggests. The researchers said mental imagery might help reduce the muscle loss associated with this type of immobilization. Although skeletal muscle is a well-known factor that controls strength, researchers at Ohio University's Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute investigated how...
Terrorism Fears May Shorten Your Life, Study Finds
Terrorism Fears May Shorten Your Life, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term fear of terrorists may damage your heart and increase your risk for an early death, a new study from Israel suggests. Conducted by researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the study involved 17,300 Israelis. In Israel, the threat of war and terrorism has been a part of life for more than 60 years. "We wanted to test whether fear of terrorism can predict an increase in pulse rate and increa...
Tablets and E-readers May Disrupt Your Sleep
Tablets and E-readers May Disrupt Your Sleep MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who receive a tablet or e-book reader for the holidays might wind up spending some sleepless nights because of their new gadget. That's because the light emitted by a tablet like an iPad can disrupt sleep if the device is used in the hours before bedtime, according to a new Harvard study. People who read before bed using an iPad or similar "e-reader" device felt less sleepy and took longer to fall asleep than w...
Texas Infant Dies of Legionnaires' Disease After 'Water Birth'
Texas Infant Dies of Legionnaires' Disease After 'Water Birth' WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new report on a Texas infant who died from Legionnaires' disease after being born in a whirlpool tub highlights the potential dangers of having a "water birth." It's not clear if the baby was infected with the respiratory illness via the well water in the tub where the infant was born, according to the report. Still, Texas health officials have since warned midwives statewide about the risks of ...
Timing of First Period Tied to Women's Later Heart Risk: Study
Timing of First Period Tied to Women's Later Heart Risk: Study MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The timing of a woman's first period may be linked to her later risk of heart disease, British researchers report. In a study of more than 1 million women, those who had their first period at age 10 or younger, or at age 17 or older, appeared to have a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and complications from high blood pressure. Women who had their first periods at age 10 or earlier were 27 percen...
The Pill Remains Most Common Method of Birth Control, U.S. Report Shows
The Pill Remains Most Common Method of Birth Control, U.S. Report Shows THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms, a new report shows. Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011 and 2013, approximately 16 percent used the pill. Female sterilization, where women have their fallopian tubes closed or blocked, was used by 15.5 percent of women, while...
Technology Helps Manage Diabetes: FDA
Technology Helps Manage Diabetes: FDA MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Technology can ease some of the burden of managing diabetes, possibly getting blood sugar levels within safe ranges more often, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. People with diabetes don't make or use the hormone insulin properly. Insulin is needed to convert glucose from food into energy. Insulin pumps are devices that deliver a steady flow of insulin, even while you sleep. The pump is about the size of a pager and...
Too Much TV Time May Lower Survival Odds After Colon Cancer, Study Suggests
Too Much TV Time May Lower Survival Odds After Colon Cancer, Study Suggests MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Watching too much television may lower your chances of survival after colon cancer, new research suggests. "The take-away message from our study is that both minimizing TV viewing, to less than two hours per day, and increasing exercise, to four-plus hours per week, were associated with lower mortality risk among colorectal cancer survivors," explained study author Hannah Arem, a postdoct...
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Text Messages Remind People to Take Medications
Text Messages Remind People to Take Medications FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Text reminders improve the chances that patients will stick with their medication regimen, a new study finds. About one-third of people don't take their medications as prescribed, either because they forget or because they're uncertain about the benefits or potential harms of the drugs, according to the researchers. "An important and overlooked problem in medicine is the failure to take prescribed medication. The re...
Time Spent in the OR May Be Linked to Blood Clots, Study Shows
Time Spent in the OR May Be Linked to Blood Clots, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Longer surgery times may increase a patient's risk of dangerous blood clots, a new study suggests. Blood clots are associated with more than 500,000 hospitalizations and 100,000 deaths a year, according to background information in the study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1.4 million people who had surgery under general anesthesia at 315 U.S. hospitals between 2005 and 2011. Of those pat...
Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Get Bone-Strengthening Meds: Study
Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Get Bone-Strengthening Meds: Study TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many men on hormone therapy for prostate cancer aren't getting bone-strengthening drugs they may need, new Canadian research contends. Hormone therapy, which suppresses male hormones called androgens, helps stop cancer cells from growing. But one consequence of the treatment is weakening of the bones, which can lead to fractures. To reduce this risk, men can be given oral bisphosphonates, such a...
The Salk Polio Vaccine: 'Greatest Public Health Experiment in History'
The Salk Polio Vaccine: 'Greatest Public Health Experiment in History' Part two of a two-part series TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A nationwide trial of an experimental vaccine using school children as virtual guinea pigs would be unthinkable in the United States today. But that's exactly what happened in 1954 when frantic American parents -- looking for anything that could beat back the horror of polio -- offered up more than 1.8 million children to serve as test subjects. They included 600...
Toddlers Hurt in Falls Often Not Warned About Climbing on Furniture
Toddlers Hurt in Falls Often Not Warned About Climbing on Furniture MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers who wound up in the emergency room after falls at home were more likely to have parents who did not use safety gates or teach their kids not to climb onto kitchen counters or furniture, a new study finds. In the United States, 1 million children are treated in the ER each year for injuries related to falls in the home, the researchers noted. Most of these falls involve chairs, beds, baby...
Testosterone May Not Deliver Victory for Athletes, Study Found
Testosterone May Not Deliver Victory for Athletes, Study Found MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of testosterone during competition do not improve athletes' chances of victory, a new study finds. "Many people in the scientific literature and in popular culture link testosterone increases to winning," Kathleen Casto, a graduate student in psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, said in a university news release. "In this study, however, we found an increase in testosterone during ...
The Man in the Iron Lung
The Man in the Iron Lung MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Paul Alexander's most impressive accomplishment is something most people never think about. He taught himself how to breathe. Alexander, 67, is a victim of the worst that polio had to offer children in the late 1940s and early 1950s. At the age of 6, he was completely paralyzed by the disease, his lungs stopped working, and he was literally thrown into an iron lung. Alexander has been in that iron lung for 61 years because he remains almo...
The Salk Polio Vaccine: A Medical Miracle Turns 60
The Salk Polio Vaccine: A Medical Miracle Turns 60 Part one of a two-part series MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most American parents today can't fathom the horror that summers brought during the first half of the 20th century. Summer meant polio season, and whole communities waited in dread for an outbreak to strike. Ordinary life all but ground to a halt in cities and towns where polio went on its rampage, crippling or killing scores of children. Movie theaters, bowling alleys, swimming pool...
Too Few Seniors Check Their Medical Records Online
Too Few Seniors Check Their Medical Records Online FRIDAY, Nov. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too few American seniors go online to check their health records, a new study suggests. Many doctors offer patients online access to certain parts of their electronic medical records, including immunization records, lab results, safe and correct use of medications and reminders for visits and screenings. However, this study suggests that older Americans are being left behind when it comes to the benefits of elec...
Turkey Fryer Mishaps Can Cause Serious Burns
Turkey Fryer Mishaps Can Cause Serious Burns THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Celebration can quickly turn to tragedy if popular turkey fryers are misused on Thanksgiving Day, experts say. Over the last decade, more than 141 serious fires and hot-oil burns have occurred while people were using turkey fryers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. "I have actually cared for a patient who tried to deep fry the turkey indoors, which absolutely should not be done in any circums...
Too Few Americans Undergo Dementia Screening
Too Few Americans Undergo Dementia Screening WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of Americans with dementia have never undergone screening of their thinking and memory skills, a new study suggests. As reported online Nov. 26 in Neurology , "approximately 1.8 million Americans over the age of 70 with dementia have never had an evaluation of their cognitive [mental] abilities," study author Dr. Vikas Kotagal, of the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, said in a journ...
Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse
Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications are much more likely to abuse those drugs than other teens, a new study warns. The findings show the need to conduct substance abuse assessments on teenagers before prescribing these drugs to them, the researchers said. "Prescribers and parents don't realize the abuse potential," said lead researcher Carol Boyd, a professor at the University of Michi...
Treating Irregular Heartbeat With Digoxin May Come With Risks
Treating Irregular Heartbeat With Digoxin May Come With Risks FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The widely used heart drug digoxin is associated with increased risk of death and hospitalization among patients who have the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation but no evidence of heart failure, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation is a common form of irregular heartbeat that has been linked to a rise in risk for stroke among older Americans. Digoxin has been used for more than a century to h...
Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women's Sex Lives, Study Finds
Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women's Sex Lives, Study Finds THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While levels of testosterone and other reproductive hormones have some effect on menopausal women's sex lives, their emotional health and quality of their relationships have a stronger influence, according to a new study. Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men. But, women's ovaries also naturally produce small amounts of the hormone, the researchers noted. The researchers analyzed data ...
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