Health & Wellness

Fri, 25 May 2018 13:15:16 EST Obesity Might Help When Infection Strikes

If you're in the hospital suffering from an infectious disease, you're half as likely to die if you're overweight or obese, Danish researchers report.

Fri, 25 May 2018 13:15:13 EST Little Follow-Up for Many Concussion Patients

The findings, published online May 25 in JAMA Network Open,  are based on a sample of 831 patients who went to a top-level trauma center with a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Fri, 25 May 2018 11:03:14 EST How to Survive Snake Season, Even if You Get Bit

The CDC estimates that as many as 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. each year. Such bites are rarely fatal. They kill about five people annually. But snake venom can cause serious harm.

Fri, 25 May 2018 09:15:12 EST Coal Miners Facing New Wave of Black Lung Disease

Over 46 years, more than 4,600 coal miners were diagnosed with black lung. Half of the cases occurred since 2000, the data showed.

Fri, 25 May 2018 09:15:10 EST To Repel Ticks, Try Insecticide-Treated Clothes

In lab tests of clothes bought from one manufacturer, researchers found that the garments either quickly caused ticks to fall off, or rendered them unable to bite.

Fri, 25 May 2018 09:15:08 EST Your Tablet and Smartphone Is Ruining Your Sleep

It wasn't just that light from electronic devices suppressed their secretion of melatonin, the sleep-regulating hormone, study author Jeanne Duffy said. Researchers expected that based on other studies.

Thu, 24 May 2018 15:15:14 EST Low-Fat Diet Tied to Better Breast Cancer Survival

Data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study had already found that women who ate a low-fat diet were at lower odds of developing more aggressive forms of breast cancer.

Thu, 24 May 2018 13:20:05 EST Closed Cars Can Become Deathly Hot in Minutes

In the United States, six children have died in hot cars so far this year -- and about 750 since 1998, the study authors noted.

Thu, 24 May 2018 13:15:10 EST Severe Eczema May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk

Because this was an observational study, the researchers couldn't prove eczema caused the increased heart disease risk. But they said that, given the large number of people included in the study, the association appears strong.

Thu, 24 May 2018 09:15:17 EST Study Says Antidepressants May Lead to Weight Gain

In the study, patients who used any of a dozen common antidepressants were 21 percent more likely than others to put on an extra 5 to 8 pounds, the study authors said.

Thu, 24 May 2018 09:15:14 EST Heavier Women May Face Higher Cancer Risks: Study

Although the study couldn't prove cause and effect, obesity was tied to a rise in the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by 20 percent and kidney cancer by 95 percent.

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:15:19 EST Cinnamon-Flavored E-Cigs May Bring Lung Dangers

Cinnamaldehyde is the biochemical that gives cinnamon its distinctive flavor and smell, and it has been approved as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:15:12 EST Lung Cancer Rate Now Rising Faster in Young Women

In general, the study found, the incidence of the disease dipped over time. But men saw a sharper decrease, so that the traditional male-female pattern flipped.

Wed, 23 May 2018 16:29:34 EST FDA Takes Action Against Teething Products, Makers

The FDA previously warned consumers about the risks of benzocaine, which includes a risk of developing a disease known as methemoglobinemia, which can raise the levels of methemoglobin in the blood while dangerously lowering blood oxygen levels.

Wed, 23 May 2018 15:21:27 EST New Guidelines Mean 1 in 3 Adults May Need BP Meds

Under the new guidelines, nearly 46 percent of U.S. adults now would be considered to have high blood pressure, a new study reported.

Wed, 23 May 2018 15:15:09 EST Could Eating Fish Boost Sex Lives and Fertility?

For the study, Harvard researchers tracked outcomes for 500 couples in Michigan and Texas for one year.

Wed, 23 May 2018 13:15:25 EST Mediterranean Diet Most Popular on U.S. Coasts

People on the West Coast and in the Northeast have been quick to embrace this healthy eating plan. But it has yet to catch on in parts of the South and some Midwest states, the study showed.

Wed, 23 May 2018 09:15:20 EST Skin May Absorb Toxins from Grill Fumes

Grilling meats at a high temperature can produce cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

Tue, 22 May 2018 17:15:12 EST A Pill Will Protect You From Sun? No Way, FDA Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to companies marketing supplements that they claim will counter the effects of the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Tue, 22 May 2018 17:15:09 EST Closing Power Plants Tied to Fewer Preterm Births

The most significant improvement occurred in the ring closest to the plant -- within 3 miles, the researchers said.

Tue, 22 May 2018 16:10:30 EST Don’t Scramble Diet Over Eggs and Heart Study

In the study, eating an egg daily lowered the odds of dying from heart disease by 18% and cut the risk of hemorrhagic stroke by 28%, when compared with those who never, or rarely, ate eggs.

Tue, 22 May 2018 15:15:12 EST Yoga May Be Right Move Versus Urinary Incontinence

More than 20 million American women routinely struggle with urinary incontinence. The 56 women in this study experienced the problem several times a day, every day.

Tue, 22 May 2018 13:19:13 EST U.S. Cancer Death Rate Down, But Prostate Cases Up

Overall, cancer diagnoses and cancer deaths continue to decline in the United States, said lead author Kathleen Cronin, a researcher with the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

Tue, 22 May 2018 13:15:08 EST Adding Blue Dye to Colonoscopy May Boost Detection

Spotting polyps during a colonoscopy can be tricky, particularly when they're flat or small (under 5 millimeters), one expert in the United States said.

Tue, 22 May 2018 13:15:06 EST Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Tied to Changes in Baby's Size

Nearly 16 percent of women smoke tobacco during pregnancy, according to the researchers. Up to 30 percent of them also use marijuana

Tue, 22 May 2018 10:22:04 EST Vitamin Cocktail for Sepsis Getting Wider Test

Sepsis is a leading cause of hospital deaths. Now, researchers at several hospitals are trying to reproduce the success one Virginia doctor had with a combination of vitamins and steroids.

Tue, 22 May 2018 09:49:41 EST Ebola Deaths Hit 27 in Congo, Vaccinations Start

The vaccine remains experimental but seems effective. It was developed during the world's worst Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014-2016, which claimed 11,300 lives.

Tue, 22 May 2018 09:15:20 EST Most Hospitals Not Ready for Mass Tragedies

Based on the poll results, the ACEP is calling on federal lawmakers to take steps to help hospitals prepare for mass casualties and emergencies.

Mon, 21 May 2018 15:15:17 EST Berries and Grapes May Keep You Breathin' Easy

The new study found that those who ate a large amount of dark-colored fruits and vegetables had a slower per year decline in lung function compared to those who ate fewer of these anthocyanin-filled foods.

Mon, 21 May 2018 13:15:13 EST Race May Play Role in Kids' Suicide Risk

Among kids aged 5 to 17, about 1,660 black children took their own lives, versus 13,300 whites, the findings showed.

Mon, 21 May 2018 13:15:10 EST Lower Vitamin D levels Linked to More Belly Fat

Low vitamin D levels have been linked to poor bone health, as well as increased risk for respiratory infection, autoimmune disorders and heart disease.

Mon, 21 May 2018 13:15:08 EST Overdoses on ADHD Drugs May Be Rising

Just over 6 percent of calls ended with a hospital admission, the investigators found. And three teenagers died -- two from abusing ADHD medications, and one in a suspected suicide.

Mon, 21 May 2018 09:15:13 EST Poll Finds Parents Say A Restaurant Made Kids Sick

Other places where kids got sick from bad food were school (21 percent), a friend's home (14 percent) and potlucks (11 percent).

Mon, 21 May 2018 09:15:10 EST Screenings Miss Signs of Autism, Especially in Girls

Girls with autism, in particular, have different social behaviors that could mask their disorder, the researchers found.

Mon, 21 May 2018 09:15:08 EST Lifelong Exercise Can Guard Heart Health

Those who had exercised two to three times a week for at least a half-hour a day for many years had more "youthful" -- that is, less stiff -- middle-sized arteries, the researchers found.

Fri, 18 May 2018 15:15:07 EST 'Low-Alcohol' Booze Labels May Backfire

As part of a multi-pronged effort to reduce drinking, U.K. policymakers are considering allowing alcohol makers to label a wider range of products as lower in alcohol.

Fri, 18 May 2018 13:15:12 EST Chiropractic Has Role to Play in Easing Back Pain

Still, at least one pain specialist said more research may be needed to confirm chiropractic's value for lower back pain.

Fri, 18 May 2018 09:15:27 EST Life-Saving Cancer Meds Tied to Vision Loss

New research reports on three cases of a potentially vision-threatening eye condition called uveal effusion that patients developed after taking cancer immunotherapy.

Thu, 17 May 2018 19:15:15 EST Anxiety Might Get Into Women's Bones

The researchers noted that osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disease in the world. An estimated 33 percent of women and 20 percent of men will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in their lives.

Thu, 17 May 2018 19:10:37 EST FDA Approves First of New Migraine Drugs

The FDA has approved the first in a new class of migraine drugs, called CGRP inhibitors, that aim to head off fight painful migraine headaches before they start.

Thu, 17 May 2018 17:15:20 EST Pools, Hot Tubs Can Harbor Dangerous Germs

And of all the outbreaks from waterborne germs between 2000 and 2014, one-third occurred in pools or hot tubs at hotels, the officials said.

Thu, 17 May 2018 13:15:29 EST U.S. Fertility Rates Hit Record Low in 2017

In the United States, the provisional or "draft" number of births in 2017 was tallied at 3,853,472 births -- a 2 percent drop from the year before.

Thu, 17 May 2018 13:15:25 EST Eat Fish Twice a Week to Ward Off Heart Disease

The best choices are oily fish with large doses of omega-3 fatty acids. The options include salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, lake trout, herring and sardines.

Thu, 17 May 2018 13:15:22 EST Blood Type May Impact Severity of E. Coli Illness

Some people infected with this type of E. coli develop severe, watery diarrhea. For others, the infection causes only mild symptoms or none at all.

Thu, 17 May 2018 11:17:13 EST FDA Approves First Non-Opioid for Withdrawal

The FDA found the drug to be safe and effective in easing symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and an overall feeling of sickness that often keep patients from withdrawing from opioids.

Thu, 17 May 2018 10:54:13 EST Egg Farm at Root of Salmonella Crisis Had Rodents

Thirty-five people who ate eggs traced back to the farm have been sickened since November, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the cases were in New York and Virginia.

Thu, 17 May 2018 10:48:33 EST Surgeon General Helps Save Person Mid-Flight

Surgeon General Helps Save Person Mid-Flight

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:15:30 EST Could Nonprofit Drug Firms Cut Sky-High Prices?

Earlier this year, the consortium of several large hospital systems announced it would form a nonprofit drug company called Project Rx.

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:15:28 EST Medical Marijuana Ads May Spur Teen Pot Use

The study was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The researchers tracked more than 6,500 Southern California students from middle school to high school between 2010 and 2017.

Thu, 17 May 2018 09:15:18 EST Hookahs Hooking Lots of Young Adults on Tobacco

Hookahs expose users to  lower, but still significant, levels of nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide, the researchers found.

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