Health & Wellness

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:52:58 EST Mayo, Cleveland Clinics Again Top Hospital Rankings

The next two spots are also repeats from last year. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore holds the No. 3 spot, and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston holds the No. 4 spot.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:15:25 EST New Triple-Combo Pill Aids Blood Pressure: Study

Target blood pressure for people in the United States is now 130/80, according to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:15:15 EST Vaping May Shut Off Lungs' Protective Cells

The vapor from e-cigarettes was much more harmful than e-cigarette fluid to lung cells -- and the more the cells were exposed to it, the more they were damaged, scientists report in a new study.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:15:07 EST Women To Be Screened Yearly for Incontinence

New guidelines from the Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) call for annual screening to determine whether a woman has urinary incontinence and whether it affects her daily activities and quality of life.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:44:44 EST Essential Oils Promise Help, But Beware the Risks

In the past year alone, U.S. retail sales of essential oils soared 14% to $133 million -- up from $55 million in 2015 -- according to market research firm SPINS.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:15:12 EST Can Eating Crickets Boost Your Health?

Eating crickets may help improve the natural bacteria in your gut (microbiome) and reduce inflammation in your body, according to a small new study at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:15:08 EST Lung Cancer Screening' Risks Not Discussed Enough

Lung cancer screening is recommended for high-risk current and former smokers. But the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other organizations say that doctors need to explain the risks as well as the benefits. Those risks include a high rate of false positives, which can lead to unnecessary follow-up procedures.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:10:18 EST More Drug Makers Tagged as Valsartan Recall Grows

More than 20 European countries, Canada, and the United States have recalled valsartan medications in recent weeks after NDMA was discovered in the drugs’ ingredients manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals of Linhai, China.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:16:18 EST Study: Tdap Vaccine Doesn't Boost Autism Risk

Children born to women who had a Tdap vaccination during pregnancy had no higher risk of autism than kids whose mothers were not vaccinated, a new study finds.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:15:15 EST Weak Grip May Signal Health Trouble Even in Kids

In a new study followed children from 4th grade through 5th grade, children with weak grips were over three times more likely to remain in poor health or to have declines in health than those with strong grips.

Sun, 12 Aug 2018 09:15:07 EST Study Links 3 Eye Diseases, Alzheimer's

Patients with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma had a 40 to 50 percent greater risk of Alzheimer's disease than those without the eye conditions, the authors of a new study report.

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:41:54 EST 'Snapchat Dysmorphia': Seeking Selfie Perfection

In increasing numbers, people go to cosmetic surgeons requesting “fuller lips, bigger eyes, or a thinner nose” that they see in photo filters, according to new research. The trend, called “Snapchat dysmorphia,” was first identified in 2015 and is now raising alarm among some physicians.

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 15:29:59 EST Court Rules EPA Must Ban Sales of Pesticide

Even tiny levels of exposure to chlorpyrifos can damage babies' brains, research shows.

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:31:18 EST This Spirited Toddler Has Rare Brittle Bone Dis

Three-year-old Byron Baxter has bones that break easily, sometimes with just a wave of his hand, his parents say. But he’s inspiring social media fans with his fighting spirit and cheerfulness in videos and pics his family posts online.

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:15:20 EST Women With Asthma More Likely to Develop COPD

More than 4 in 10 women with asthma developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heavy smoking and obesity were among the significant risk factors, a new study found.

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:15:14 EST Early Onset Type 1 Diabetes Tied to Heart Disease

Compared with the control group, life expectancy averaged 16 years less for people diagnosed with diabetes before age 10. Those diagnosed at an older age died, on average, 10 years earlier than people without diabetes.

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:15:20 EST New Dads Can Get the Baby Blues, Too

New research confirms that roughly 10 percent of new dads experience postpartum depression, and up to 18 percent have some type of anxiety disorder after the birth of a child.

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:15:16 EST Prenatal Vitamin D Pills Won't Boost Baby's Growth

Using vitamin D supplements while a woman was pregnant or after her child was born didn't help the baby grow, a new Canadian study found.

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:15:13 EST Brain Evolution May Play Role in Mental Illnesses

Illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may be the result of changes in the human brain that took place during evolution, new research suggests.

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:16:36 EST U.S. Trauma Doctors Push for Stricter Gun Controls

Strict regulation of semi-automatic guns, accessories and ammunition, plus research, innovation, technology and cooperation are needed to tackle gun violence in much the same way they have been used to reduce car crash deaths by 27 percent over the past 20 years, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma says in a policy statement.

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:15:16 EST Exercise Can Chase Away the Blues, to a Point

A new analysis of data from 1.2 million people in the United States found they reported 3.4 days a month of poor mental health on average. But those who were physically active had 1.5 fewer "down" days a month than those who were not active.

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:15:09 EST Frequent Skin Cancers May Signal Risk of Others

For the study, the researchers analyzed the DNA of 61 patients with frequent basal cell carcinomas, and found 20 percent had mutations in genes that help repair DNA damage in body cells. Cancer arises when such abnormal cells grow and spread unchecked.

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 17:15:10 EST Choosing to Induce Labor May Cut C-Section Risk

Women who chose to have their labor induced were less likely to need a C-section than women who let nature take its course, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. And there was no evidence labor induction carried any added risks for their babies.

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 13:15:13 EST Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Genes ID'd

The team also found that mutations in the BRIP1 and RAD51C genes were associated with a more moderate risk of triple-negative breast cancer.

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 13:15:10 EST Kids' Suicide Risk Tied Parents' Religious Beliefs

The study, however, does not prove that a religious upbringing prevents suicide, only that there is an association between the two.

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:09:00 EST More Primary Care Practices Aim to Treat the Mind

The reality is that many people will go without mental health care if it doesn’t come from their primary care doctor, so integrating mental and behavioral health care into doctor practices makes sense, according to the American Psychological Association.

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 09:15:19 EST Catch-Up HPV Shots Work for Teen Girls

In the United States, HPV vaccination is recommended for girls aged 11-12. For those who did not receive the vaccine at this age, catch-up vaccination has been recommended between ages 13 and 26.

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 09:15:10 EST Which Drugs Work Best for ADHD? Large Study Zeroes in on Two

The researchers compared seven ADHD drugs -- amphetamines (including lisdexamfetamine), atomoxetine, bupropion, clonidine, guanfacine, methylphenidate and modafinil -- and a placebo over 12 weeks of treatment.

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:15:06 EST To Fight Childhood Obesity, Start At Birth

Moms who learned healthy nutrition strategies during their child’s first year had kids who were less likely to be overweight or obese, compared with children of mothers who were trained when the kids were between 3 and 5 years old, two new studies indicate.

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:45:45 EST Can Eating Breakfast Help You Shed Pounds?

Can breakfast help you slim down? WebMD has the answers.

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:42:12 EST No Time for Breakfast? Try These Fast, Portable Meals

Don’t skip breakfast! WebMD suggests five portable morning treats to get you out the door and start your day off right.

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 09:15:17 EST Study: Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys OK to Transplant

Kidney transplants from organs infected with hepatitis C work as well as those with healthy organs, a finding that could help more people with kidney disease get off dialysis, researchers say.

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 09:15:09 EST Women On Herceptin Need Regular Heart Checks

Women who take the chemotherapy drug trastuzumab (Herceptin) for HER2-positive breast cancer can be at higher risk for heart failure and should have their hearts monitored during treatment, new research finds. The complication is not common, and in many cases, the benefits of the chemotherapy still outweigh the risks. But regular checks should be a priority.

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 17:15:09 EST Women With Heart Attack Do Better If Doc is Female

Women are less likely to die from a heart attack if their treating doctor is a woman, new research shows.

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:26:04 EST Almond Milk Recalled Over Cow’s Milk Concerns

The recall comes as the FDA considers whether nondairy beverages made from almond, soy, and other plant-based food can legally be called “milk.”

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:15:12 EST Inactivity Can Quickly Trigger Diabetes in Seniors

The findings suggest seniors who become inactive due to illness, bed rest or hospitalization are more likely to suffer harmful health effects.

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:54:59 EST As Tick Bites Rise, So Do Meat Allergies

As the Lone Star tick migrates west and north, more and more people are developing a meat allergy that can come with the tick's bite.

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:15:11 EST Better Blood Test May Spot Heart Attack Faster

Each year, millions of Americans land in an ER with chest pain or other potential symptoms of a heart attack, said Dr. Rebecca Vigen, lead researcher on the study.

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 09:15:35 EST Too Much Screen Time May Pile on the Pounds

Teenagers who exceed two hours daily of recreational screen time are nearly twice as likely to be overweight or obese, the review showed. Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:19:13 EST Too Many Hot Chips A Recipe for Stomach Trouble?

Spicy hot snacks like Flamin' Hot Cheetos are popular with many these days, especially children. While tasty in moderation, some doctors say they are seeing more and more patients with complications from the fiery-red chips.

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:15:06 EST Hiccups for a Month? It Can Happen

In most cases, persistent hiccups (two days or more) and intractable hiccups (a month or more) are associated with underlying medical conditions, two neurologists write in a new journal article.

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 13:15:15 EST Better Sleep for Mom May Lower Preemie Birth Risk

The review of published studies provides important information for pregnant women and their doctors, said lead researcher Jane Warland, an associate professor at the University of South Australia.

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:15:10 EST More Fish For Moms Tied to Lower Preemie Risks

Approximately 15 million babies worldwide are born premature each year, according to the March of Dimes. In the United States, almost one in 10 babies is born prematurely, putting them at risk for serious health problems.

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:15:11 EST Opioid Addicts Turning to Unapproved Antidepressant

Tianeptine is used in some European, Asian and Latin American countries for treatment of depression and anxiety. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved use of the drug in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:15:19 EST Moon Dust a Health Hazard?

The findings suggest that breathing toxic dust, even tiny amounts, could pose a health peril to future astronauts traveling to airless planets, according to the researchers from Stony Brook University in New York.

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:15:13 EST Google Glass Aid Kids With Autism Relate to Others

Children with autism often struggle to read the subtle nonverbal cues contained in a person's expression. It's so uncomfortable that these kids routinely fail to make eye contact and grapple with even basic social interactions.

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:15:16 EST 'Moderate' Drinking May Protect Brain

Middle-aged people who drink moderately -- no more than a glass of wine a day -- may have a relatively lower risk of developing dementia later in life.

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:15:12 EST Can Arthritic Dogs Benefit From Stem Cell Therapy?

In this study, stem cells were gathered from fat tissue in each dog and injected back into the same dog at the site of the arthritic joint. The dog was able to go home the same day as the procedure.

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:15:06 EST As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Painkiller Prescriptions Don't Drop

Prescribing of opioids remains high largely because of a medical culture that evolved over many years, said study lead researcher Molly Moore Jeffery, a health economist at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn.

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:15:10 EST Obesity Could Create Heart Issues in Pregnancy

Preeclampsia can put both mother and baby at risk, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obesity is a known risk factor for preeclampsia.

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