Health & Wellness

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:36:34 EST Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

There was also a slight drop in doctor visits for flu-like illness: 7.5 percent of patient  visits during the week ending Feb. 10, down from 7.7 percent of patient visits the week before.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:15:14 EST Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

Although furry companions won't replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according to British researchers.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:34:52 EST Transgender Woman Able to Breast-Feed Infant

Doctors said the case shows "modest but functional lactation can be induced in transgender women," The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. reported.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:15:13 EST In Shooting's Wake, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools

Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to death, the American College of Surgeons has long pushed a nationwide program to train teachers simple but effective means of halting blood loss.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:15:10 EST Kids With Sickle Cell Are Missing Out On Meds

Bacterial infections are a major health threat for children with sickle cell anemia, but taking daily antibiotics can reduce that risk by 84 percent, according to the study.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:15:08 EST How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness -- even if you can't avoid being around other people.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:44:10 EST CDC: Most Children Dying From Flu Not Vaccinated

Most children who have died of the flu so far this season had not been vaccinated, according to the CDC. Of the 63 confirmed flu deaths, investigators have health histories on 56 of them. Of those, 54% had an underlying medical condition which placed them at greater risk of severe flu complications.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:15:07 EST Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study

Consumer products containing compounds refined from petroleum all release small amounts of smog-producing particles into the air, the researchers explained.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:02:45 EST FDA Warning: Euthanasia Drug Found in Wet Dog Food

J.M. Smucker Co. said it has pulled specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:15:08 EST Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Lots of New Meds

Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development of 84 first-in-class drugs that use new biological mechanisms or targets.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:15:20 EST Researchers Probe Mystery of Illnesses in U.S. Cuba Embassy Personnel

But the exact nature of what harmed more than 20 U.S. government personnel stationed in Havana, Cuba, last year remains mysterious, reports a team led by Dr. Douglas Smith of the University of Pennsylvania.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:15:07 EST Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma an Advantage

Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with a healthy body weight, researchers found.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:15:09 EST Highly Processed Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

Every 10 percent dietary increase in packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and other highly processed foods boosts the risk for cancer by 12 percent, new research suggests.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:19:44 EST Yes, It's True: We're Hungrier After Losing Weight

Cutting back on calorie consumption is likely to spark changes that permanently boost appetite among obese men and women, Norwegian researchers report.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:15:22 EST FDA Approves First Blood Test to Detect Concussion

Known as the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, it could help reduce the need for CT scans and thus decrease radiation exposure to patients, according to the FDA.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:15:08 EST Parents Find Kids' Weight Grades Hard to Swallow

About half of U.S. states have laws requiring schools to conduct BMI screenings among their students, according to a study published last year in Current Obesity Reports.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:15:11 EST Drug Might Be Safer For Dementia Psychosis

British researchers say they may have found a medicine that helps ease symptoms of agitation in dementia patients, but in a much safer way.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:15:14 EST Do Common Household Chemicals Affect Your Weight?

Widely used manmade chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may undermine dieters' attempts to maintain weight loss by slowing down the body's metabolism, the new study suggests.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:45:14 EST Routine Ovarian Cancer Screenings Aren't Helping

Screening not only didn’t prevent any deaths, it also led to harm, the panel said.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:15:16 EST Depression Common in U.S., Women Hit Hardest

Among women, slightly more than 10 percent have depression, versus 5.5 percent of men. And the mood disorder affects everyday life for a majority of these people, the 2013-2016 questionnaires show.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:15:07 EST Widely Used COPD Meds Tied to Higher Fracture Risk

COPD -- often linked to smoking -- is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is a progressive, debilitating illness that currently has no cure.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:15:12 EST Want to Keep the Weight Off? Eat More Slowly

The study linked those simple changes to a smaller waist, and lower rates of obesity and overweight.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:15:08 EST Kidney Stones on the Rise Among Women

The investigators found that women -- especially those 18 to 39 years old -- developed stones more often than men. They were most likely to have so-called infection stones, blamed on chronic urinary tract infections.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:15:09 EST No Proof At-Home 'Cranial Stimulation' Eases Depression

The therapy -- known as cranial electrical stimulation (CES) -- involves a handheld device that delivers low-intensity electrical currents through electrodes placed on the head.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:15:21 EST Ick! U.S. Woman Has First Case of Human 'Eye Worm'

For days, the woman's left eye felt irritated. It felt like there was a hair or something in her eye.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:15:19 EST Unsafe Water Found in Faucets Across the U.S.

Almost 8 percent of community water systems are plagued by health-based violations of water quality standards in any given year, the study found. That meant up to a quarter of all Americans were affected.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:15:16 EST Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?

The death rate is as high as 7 percent for pneumococcal pneumonia, 20 percent for bacteremia and 22 percent for meningitis, the researchers said.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:35:14 EST New Shingles Vaccine: What You Need To Know

The new vaccine is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and a painful complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) in all age groups.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:15:38 EST Who Gets Unneeded Antibiotics Most Often?

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants were 15 percent more likely than a doctor to prescribe an antibiotic to adults with these four conditions, the study found.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:15:35 EST Driving May Be Risky Business on 4/20 Pot Holiday

Your risk of dying in a fatal wreck increases about 12 percent on that date, comparable to the increase in traffic risk that's been observed on Super Bowl Sunday, according to the analysis of crash data.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:08:42 EST Baby Suffocation Deaths From Co-Sleeping Rise

While the number of babies that die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been falling, the number of babies dying from accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed skyrocketed 184% from 1999 to 2015, according to new statistics released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:10:57 EST Opioid Maker To Stop Marketing Painkillers to Docs

The company is slashing its sales force in half to 200, and the remaining representatives will no longer visit doctors to market Purdue's opioid products, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:15:14 EST Can UV Light Be Used to Kill Airborne Flu Virus?

Researchers say a certain spectrum of ultraviolet light -- called far-UVC -- easily kills airborne flu viruses while posing no risk to people.

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:17:59 EST The Purrfect Diet for Your Fat Cat

The goal was to help the cats shed 1.5 percent of their body weight per week. That's in line with recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:39:56 EST Miserable Flu Season Is Breaking Records

Hospitalizations for the flu are the highest recorded since the CDC began tracking them a decade ago.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:19:00 EST Scientists Create First Lab-Grown Human Eggs

U.K. researchers who created the first laboratory-grown human eggs say their achievement could lead to news ways to preserve the fertility of girls undergoing radiation or chemotherapy for cancer.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:15:15 EST Make a Bucket List -- Then Share It With Your Doc

Do you have things you want to do before your time's up? If so, consider sharing that so-called "bucket list" with your doctors.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:15:12 EST Head Injuries Hit 1 in 14 Kids, CDC Reports

About 7 percent of children 3 to 17 years old have experienced a head injury, according to U.S. health officials.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:15:06 EST Hey Kids, Just Say No to Energy Drinks

Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:15:12 EST Two Drugs Offer Hope Against Prostate Cancer

Two cancer drugs can stall the progression of a particularly hard-to-treat form of prostate cancer, a pair of new trials shows.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:15:22 EST More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in S. Korea

An investigation into the outbreak began after 41 security guards developed diarrhea and vomiting. Food and water sources were being inspected at a mountainside facility in Pyeongchang, where the guards were staying, the Associated Press reported.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:15:19 EST Mental Illnesses Share Genetic Similarities

By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:15:15 EST Are Germs Falling From the Sky?

Scientists report that large numbers of all manner of germs circulate in, and fall from, the Earth's atmosphere.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:15:13 EST Women Fare Worse Than Men After a Stroke

On average, female stroke survivors reported more limitations in their day-to-day activities than male survivors did, according to a review of 22 studies

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:15:11 EST MS Drug Poses Hard Choices for Women Wanting Kids

Those who take Tysabri (natalizumab) to manage their MS are more likely to suffer a relapse during pregnancy if they stop taking the drug before they conceive, the first study found.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:35:38 EST New Gerber Baby First With Down Syndrome

Lucas' family will receive $50,000 and appear on Gerber's social media channels throughout the year.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:31:00 EST Women Who Are Most at Risk of Stroke

Stroke affects 55,000 more women than men each year in the United States. It's the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in women, the researchers said in background notes.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:30:58 EST Poll: Moral Concerns Shouldn't Prevent Health Care

More than eight of 10 surveyed do not believe doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers should be allowed to use their conscience or beliefs to refuse care.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:15:06 EST Norovirus Outbreak Hits Winter Olympics' Site

Korean health officials announced the virus had infected dozens more as well.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:15:13 EST Cancer-Causing HPV Can Hide in the Throat

Testing can detect HPV before it leads to cervical cancer. However, that's not the case for head and neck cancers, the researchers said.

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