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Benefits of Iron Supplements Unclear for Pregnant Women, Young Children
Benefits of Iron Supplements Unclear for Pregnant Women, Young Children TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking iron supplements during pregnancy doesn't appear to significantly change any health outcomes for mom or baby, a new review shows. A second review -- this one on infants and toddlers -- found no evidence that iron supplements improved growth or development. Both conclusions come from a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) review of the latest research on iron supplementation ...
Breast Cancer Is Not One Disease, Experts Say
Breast Cancer Is Not One Disease, Experts Say MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer isn't the same for every woman, even at the cellular level, according to a new statement from four major medical groups focused on the disease. The report was issued Monday by the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. They say that classifying breast cancers accor...
Brains of Those With Anorexia React Differently to Hunger Signals
Brains of Those With Anorexia React Differently to Hunger Signals THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with anorexia nervosa have an abnormal brain response to hunger signals, a new study finds. "When most people are hungry, they are motivated to eat," study first author Christina Wierenga, an associate professor of psychiatry at the the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "Yet individuals with anorexia can be hungry and still restric...
Blood Fats Hold Vitamin E Captive, Study Shows
Blood Fats Hold Vitamin E Captive, Study Shows FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of blood fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides can hold vitamin E in the blood and prevent it from reaching the tissues that require it, a small study says. The findings suggest that checking only blood levels of vitamin E may not show whether a person has adequate levels of vitamin E, the researchers said. They also suggested that past methods used to measure vitamin E levels in tissues are flawed...
Breast-Fed Babies May Be Smarter, Richer Adults, Study Suggests
Breast-Fed Babies May Be Smarter, Richer Adults, Study Suggests TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-fed babies may be smarter, better educated and richer as adults, a new study by Brazilian researchers suggests. "Breast-feeding is associated with improved performance in intelligence tests at age 30 and also has an important effect on a societal level by increasing educational attainment and income in adulthood," said lead researcher Dr. Bernardo Horta, of the Federal University of Pelotas...
Better Treatments Helping People With Enlarged Hearts Live Longer: Study
Better Treatments Helping People With Enlarged Hearts Live Longer: Study SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Advances in treatment mean that people with an enlarged heart now live longer than they did 10 or 15 years ago, a new study finds. Researchers examined death rates and causes of death between 1992 and 2011 among 1,000 adults with the condition, which is clinically known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). It's a genetic condition in which the walls of the heart grow abnormally thick, i...
Bird Flu Spreads Across China, Posing Threat to People: Report
Bird Flu Spreads Across China, Posing Threat to People: Report WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Avian flu, commonly called "bird flu," is gaining strength in China and has the potential to emerge as a life-threatening virus for humans across the globe, a new report suggests. In the year since avian flu first surfaced in China, it has expanded throughout that country and become a persistent infection in chickens there, the new report states. The virus also has begun to mutate in chickens, ra...
Brainpower Peaks in Different Ways as People Age, Study Finds
Brainpower Peaks in Different Ways as People Age, Study Finds TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For everyone over 40 who fears that their mind is slowly failing them, a new study suggests that older brains are better than younger brains in some ways. While some thinking skills begin to decline as one ages, researchers found that others don't peak until middle age or even later. The study, which looked at almost 50,000 people, raises the prospect that people in their 40s and 50s do a better job...
Black Children May Fare Worse With Crohn's Disease
Black Children May Fare Worse With Crohn's Disease TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Race may play a role in outcomes for children and teens with Crohn's disease, with black patients faring worse than whites, a new study suggests. "We found racial inequalities exist among children and adolescents with Crohn's disease, likely due to a combination of genetic and environmental differences," Dr. Jennifer Dotson, a gastroenterologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and principal investigator in t...
Breath Test for Illegal Drugs Instead of Urine Analysis?
Breath Test for Illegal Drugs Instead of Urine Analysis? TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report they've developed a breath drug test that offers an alternative to urine testing. Urine analysis is the most common way to test people for illegal drug use. But critics regard this approach as inconvenient and a violation of privacy, says the team that developed the breath test. The new approach analyzes exhaled breath using a highly sensitive method called liquid chromatography-mass sp...
British Scientists Spot Brain's Pain Center
British Scientists Spot Brain's Pain Center MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers say they've identified the area of the brain linked to pain intensity. The University of Oxford team used a new imaging technique to observe how different levels of pain affected the brains of 17 volunteers. Activity in only one area of the brain -- the dorsal posterior insula -- matched the participants' self-reported pain ratings. This method could be used to help assess pain levels in people who ...
Breast Cancer Survivors May Have Higher Thyroid Cancer Risk
Breast Cancer Survivors May Have Higher Thyroid Cancer Risk FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who survive breast cancer may have a higher-than-average risk of developing thyroid cancer in the next several years, a new study suggests. Looking at government data on over 700,000 U.S. women treated for breast cancer, researchers found that the women had a higher-than-normal risk of developing thyroid cancer -- particularly within five years of the breast cancer diagnosis. The study results sug...
Be Wary of Websites Selling Genetic Cancer Tests: Study
Be Wary of Websites Selling Genetic Cancer Tests: Study THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Websites that offer personalized genetic cancer tests tend to overstate their supposed benefits and downplay their limitations, a new study says. And many sites offer tests that have not been proven to be useful in guiding cancer treatment, according to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute team that analyzed 55 such websites. "We wanted to see if consumers are getting a balanced picture of benefits and limita...
Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Spotted in Young Adults
Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Spotted in Young Adults MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Brain plaque buildup, long linked to the onset of Alzheimer's disease, has been identified in the brains of men and women as young as 20, researchers say. "One thing this means is that the resource, the machinery, for making the clumps of plaque we see among Alzheimer's patients is already available in young individuals," said study co-author Changiz Geula, a research professor at the Northwestern Univers...
Belief in Acupuncture Key to Effect on Back Pain, Study Suggests
Belief in Acupuncture Key to Effect on Back Pain, Study Suggests FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture for back pain is more likely to help people who believe the treatment will work, new research suggests. The study included 485 people who received acupuncture for back pain and completed questionnaires before they began treatment, at two and three months into treatment, and then again at six months after treatment. Patients who had low expectations of acupuncture before they began the t...
Beavers Offer Tips on Cavity Prevention
Beavers Offer Tips on Cavity Prevention WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Beavers don't need to brush or floss because the presence of iron in their tooth enamel gives them superior protection against tooth decay, researchers report. Beavers' enamel is harder and more resistant to acid than regular enamel, including enamel treated with fluoride, according to the Northwestern University researchers. They said their imaging study of tooth enamel at the nanoscale could help improve understanding...
Blood Transfusion During Flight to Trauma Center Boosts Survival: Study
Blood Transfusion During Flight to Trauma Center Boosts Survival: Study MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving a blood transfusion while being flown via helicopter to a trauma center raises a patient's chances of survival, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed five years of data to compare outcomes among 240 patients who received in-flight blood transfusions and 480 who did not. The patients were transported to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which has 18 helicopter bases ...
Beware the Bitter Cold
Beware the Bitter Cold FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As frigid temperatures send much of the northern half of the United States into a deep freeze, doctors say people need to take steps to avoid dangerous drops in body temperature, or hypothermia. "It is important to take measures to stay warm, paying special attention to the head and scalp [as well as the nose, neck and ears], which are often exposed to the cold air and at risk for heat loss in cold temperatures," Dr. Robert Glatter, an eme...
Big Increase Seen in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics
Big Increase Seen in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There was a 15-fold increase in the number of newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal in the Canadian province of Ontario between 1992 and 2011, researchers report. Opioids, such as OxyContin, are powerful narcotic painkillers that carry a high risk of abuse and addiction, the study authors noted. The incidence of opioid withdrawal among Ontario newborns rose from 0.28 per 1,000 live births to a little mo...
Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis
Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis shows that people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes or die early when they take blood pressure medications -- even if they don't actually have high blood pressure. "Stroke, heart attack and other circulatory diseases are the biggest cause of premature death and disability in people with diabetes," said review author Dr. Kazem Rahimi, deputy di...
Blacks Account for More Than Half of New HIV Diagnoses: CDC
Blacks Account for More Than Half of New HIV Diagnoses: CDC THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Blacks are diagnosed with HIV more often than any other group of Americans, and while their death rate from the disease is declining, it is still higher than in other racial/ethnic group. Those are the findings of two new U.S. government studies reported Thursday. The findings show the need to redouble efforts to provide black Americans with better HIV prevention, diagnosis and care, the researchers, f...
Better Contraceptive Knowledge Can Aid in Safe Use of Acne Drug: Study
Better Contraceptive Knowledge Can Aid in Safe Use of Acne Drug: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally sold under the brand name Accutane. That particular brand has been discontinued, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the drug is still availab...
Blood Test Aims to Detect Parkinson's in Early Stages
Blood Test Aims to Detect Parkinson's in Early Stages TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have developed a blood test that they say could help neurologists detect Parkinson's disease and track the illness as it progresses. "If successful, we expect our findings will translate into a valuable diagnostic tool for Parkinson's disease," said study co-author Judith Potashkin, professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology at Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine...
Battlefield Blood-Transfusion 'Recipe' Passes Real-Life Test
Battlefield Blood-Transfusion 'Recipe' Passes Real-Life Test TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood transfusion strategy developed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan looks like the best way to save civilians bleeding out from severe wounds, a new study reports. A blood transfusion "recipe" containing equal parts plasma, platelets and red blood cells is the most effective treatment for someone who is in immediate danger of bleeding to death, compared to a blood mix containing a la...
Bacteria May Help Battle Cancer, Study Suggests
Bacteria May Help Battle Cancer, Study Suggests SATURDAY, Jan. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Bacteria may offer a new way to treat cancer, a small, preliminary study suggests. Researchers injected a weakened strain of Clostridium novyi -NT bacteria spores into tumors in six patients. The bacteria grew in the tumors and killed cancer cells, the investigators reported. C. novyi -NT, which lives in soil, is a close relative of the bacteria that causes botulism. Before injecting C. novyi -NT into the patient...
Breast Reconstruction Complications Similar for Older, Younger Women
Breast Reconstruction Complications Similar for Older, Younger Women FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The overall risk of complications from breast reconstruction after breast removal is only slightly higher for older women than for younger women, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at data from nearly 41,000 women in the United States who had one breast removed between 2005 and 2012. Of those patients, about 11,800 also underwent breast reconstruction. Patients aged 65 and older were les...
Binge-Watching TV May Be Sign of Depression, Loneliness
Binge-Watching TV May Be Sign of Depression, Loneliness THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Binge-watching television is linked with feeling lonely and depressed, a new study suggests. "Even though some people argue that binge-watching is a harmless addiction, findings from our study suggest that binge-watching should no longer be viewed this way," study author Yoon Hi Sung said in a news release from the International Communication Association. The study included more than 300 people. They were...
Blood Transfusions During Heart Surgery May Up Pneumonia Risk
Blood Transfusions During Heart Surgery May Up Pneumonia Risk TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving a blood transfusion during heart bypass surgery may raise a patient's risk of pneumonia, researchers report. "The ability to store and transfuse blood is one of medicine's greatest accomplishments, but we are continuing to see that receiving a blood transfusion may alter a patient's ability to fight infection," Dr. James Edgerton, of The Heart Hospital, Baylor Plano in Texas, said in a Soci...
Better Outcomes for Children Born With Fertility Treatments
Better Outcomes for Children Born With Fertility Treatments TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past two decades, the health of children born with the help of fertility treatments has improved substantially, according to a new study. Fewer babies are being born prematurely or with low birth weight. There are also fewer stillbirths or children dying within the first year of life, researchers in Denmark found. The study was published in the Jan. 21 online edition of the journal Human Repro...
Brain Scans Give New Clues to Chronic Pain
Brain Scans Give New Clues to Chronic Pain MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The causes and treatment of chronic pain are often elusive. However, a small study provides the first evidence that inflammation in key regions of the brain might play a role in ongoing discomfort. The findings illuminate possible sources of chronic pain, and might also point the way to potential treatments, experts say. In the study, a team led by Marco Loggia of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston conducted brain...
Bites to the Hand Need Medical Attention, Experts Say
Bites to the Hand Need Medical Attention, Experts Say SATURDAY, Jan. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Human and animal bites to the hand require medical attention to prevent potential complications such as infection, permanent disability or even amputation, according to a new review of studies on the subject. Intentional or accidental bites -- such as during sports or play -- to the hand are responsible for as many as 330,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year, the researchers found....
Better Pain Relief After Knee Replacement Surgery?
Better Pain Relief After Knee Replacement Surgery? TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Postoperative pain is always a concern after knee replacement surgery, but a new study suggests a strategy that might give patients another way to ease discomfort. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit note that the painful recovery process following knee replacement surgery is a persistent problem. However, the research team found that injecting a newer, long-acting numbing medicine, known as liposomal...
Bats May Have Triggered Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, Study Says
Bats May Have Triggered Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, Study Says TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Ebola epidemic in West Africa may have started with virus-infected bats, a new study says. Ebola epidemics are "zoonotic" in origin, spreading to humans through contact with bats or larger wildlife, according to the researchers in Germany. But their investigation ruled out larger wildlife as the source of the 2014 outbreak, which began in the Guinean village of Meliandou. "We monitored the la...
Breast Cancer Chemo Tied to Small But Significant Leukemia Risk
Breast Cancer Chemo Tied to Small But Significant Leukemia Risk WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among early stage breast cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment, less than half of one percent will eventually develop leukemia as a result of their treatment, a new analysis reveals. The finding comes from a review of more than 20,000 breast cancer cases treated between 1998 and 2007, and it suggests that the risk for developing treatment-related leukemia, though low...
Bone Drugs May Protect Against Endometrial Cancer
Bone Drugs May Protect Against Endometrial Cancer MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Bisphosphonates, which are drugs that treat bone loss, may lower the risk of endometrial cancer, new research suggests. The study found that women taking the drugs had about half the risk of endometrial cancer compared to women who don't take the drugs. Endometrial cancer -- one of the most common types of cancer in women -- affects the lining of the uterus. Bisphosphonates include medications that go by brand na...
Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check
Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being in good shape seems to reduce your risk of high blood pressure, researchers report. They looked at data from more than 57,000 Americans, including more than 35,000 with high blood pressure, who underwent treadmill tests between 1991 and 2009. Those in the poorest shape had a more than 70 percent chance of having high blood pressure at the start of the study, compared to a 50 percent chance for those with high level...
Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Study Shows
Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain inflammation, triggered by an overactive immune system, is common among people with autism, a new study finds. However, this inflammation does not cause the developmental disorder. Rather, it's a response to the different factors that can trigger autism, the researchers stressed. Their findings are based on autopsies performed on 72 brains of people with and without autism. In the brains of those who ...
Boost in Docs' Incomes Comes From More Procedures, Not More Patients
Boost in Docs' Incomes Comes From More Procedures, Not More Patients TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High-income doctors make more money by ordering more procedures for each patient rather than by seeing more patients, which may not be the best thing for patients, a new study suggests. The findings from the analysis of 2012 Medicare data were "very surprising," according to the authors of the research letter published Dec. 8 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine . "Medicare spending is the big...
BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure: Study
BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure: Study MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating food from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could raise your blood pressure, a new study suggests. BPA previously has been linked to a variety of ills, including heart problems, developmental problems in children and high blood pressure. The chemical is widely used in products ranging from plastic bottles and food containers to dental fillings and cash register receipts. In cans, BPA is ...
Breast Cancer Screening Less Likely Among Mentally Ill: Study
Breast Cancer Screening Less Likely Among Mentally Ill: Study THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a mental illness appear to be less likely to be screened for breast cancer, a new study suggests. "In this study we found that mental ill health was linked with 45,000 missed screens, which potentially could account for 90 avoidable deaths [a year] in the United Kingdom alone," study leader Dr. Alex Mitchell, a consultant psychiatrist in the department of cancer studies at the University o...
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Future Stroke Risk
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Future Stroke Risk THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans taken shortly after a mild stroke can help identify patients at risk of suffering another stroke within three months, a new study suggests. The study included more than 2,000 people who had CT scans of the brain within 24 hours of suffering a mild, non-disabling stroke or a transient ischemic attack, which are sometimes called "mini-strokes." Of those patients, 40 percent had brain damage due to a lack o...
Blincyto Approved for Rare Leukemia
Blincyto Approved for Rare Leukemia WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Blincyto (blinatumomab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat Philadelphia chromosome-negative precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare cancer of the bone marrow. The cancer occurs when the bone marrow makes too many B-cell lymphoblasts, a type of white blood cell. Some 6,000 Americans are projected to contract acute lymphoblastic leukemia this year, and more than 1,400 will die fro...
Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial
Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine designed to stop breast cancer in its tracks appeared to be safe in a preliminary trial. Fourteen women with breast cancer that had spread were injected with a vaccine that targets a specific protein, known as mammaglobin-A, that is found in high amounts in breast tumors. Although the study was small, the findings suggest that the vaccine may also boost a patient's immune response and hel...
Better Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes in Both Sexes, Study Finds
Better Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes in Both Sexes, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lifestyle changes and medicines are equally effective in preventing men and women with prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes, a new analysis finds. Previous research has shown that lifestyle changes, such as a healthier diet and regular exercise, and use of medicines to lower blood sugar levels can delay or prevent the onset of full-blown diabetes in people with prediabetes. However,...
Babies Still Sleeping With Soft Bedding Despite SIDS Risk: CDC
Babies Still Sleeping With Soft Bedding Despite SIDS Risk: CDC MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although soft bedding has been linked to an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), more than half of American parents continue to use such bedding for their sleeping babies, according to a new study. Use of soft bedding among parents declined sharply from 1993 through 2000, but has mostly leveled off since the early 2000s, the study found. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recomme...
Best to Be Honest About Your Relationship With Your Boss
Best to Be Honest About Your Relationship With Your Boss FRIDAY, Nov. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your job performance will be better if you and your boss have the same opinion about your relationship, even if it's a bad one, a new study finds. Researchers interviewed 280 employees and their bosses separately so that neither knew what the other said. The workers ranged from cashiers to senior managers in a number of industries, including automotive, retail and financial services. The researchers found ...
Brain Abnormality Spotted in Many SIDS Babies
Brain Abnormality Spotted in Many SIDS Babies TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A brain abnormality may be responsible for more than 40 percent of deaths from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a new study suggests. The abnormality is in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that influences breathing, heart rate and body temperature. This abnormality may disrupt the brain's control of breathing and heart rate during sleep or during brief waking that happens during the night, the researchers re...
Being the Boss Tied to Depression Risk for Women, But Not Men
Being the Boss Tied to Depression Risk for Women, But Not Men FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being the boss at work seems to raise the odds for symptoms of depression among women, but not men, a new study finds. "Women with job authority -- the ability to hire, fire, and influence pay -- have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this power," lead author Tetyana Pudrovska, an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, said i...
Blue-Eyed People May Face Higher Melanoma Risk
Blue-Eyed People May Face Higher Melanoma Risk WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that genes tied to blue eyes and red hair could put people at higher risk for moles or freckling in childhood, which are often precursors to the deadly skin cancer melanoma later in life. However, the finding in no way suggests that the risk can't be reduced by prudent avoidance of cancer-causing UV sunlight, especially in childhood, the researchers said. "We think if you can modify behavior...
Bedbugs Could Be Potential New Source of Tropical Disease in U.S.
Bedbugs Could Be Potential New Source of Tropical Disease in U.S. MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Until recently, insect-transmitted Chagas disease was found mainly in Latin America and South America, but it has made its way to the United States over the past few years. The potentially fatal illness is typically transmitted via the bite of the "kissing bug," which feeds on the faces of humans at night. And now a new study suggests that common bedbugs might be carriers as well. "We've shown tha...
Boston Marathon Bombing's Legacy of Hearing Damage
Boston Marathon Bombing's Legacy of Hearing Damage FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people suffered long-term ear and hearing problems after the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, a new study finds. The study included nearly 100 people who were treated for ear/hearing injuries after the two bomb blasts. All of them reported hearing loss or ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Seventy-nine of the patients had initial hearing tests that were available for review, and these tests revealed ...
B Vitamins May Not Boost Memory or Thinking, Study Suggests
B Vitamins May Not Boost Memory or Thinking, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin B12 or folic acid supplements may not reduce seniors' risk of memory loss, according to a new study. Past research hinted that taking vitamin B12 and folic acid might help protect memory and thinking skills, according to background information from the study. But follow-up trials have yielded less convincing findings. The current study included nearly 3,000 people. Their average age wa...
Big-Name Diets All Work for a While, Review Found
Big-Name Diets All Work for a While, Review Found TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are plenty of famous-name diets for weight loss, but none stands out from the pack when it comes to lasting results, a new review suggests. Looking at a dozen clinical trials, researchers found that three big-name diets -- Atkins, Weight Watchers and the Zone -- were all "modestly" effective over the course of a year. In studies that compared the plans head-to-head, people lost anywhere from 4 to 10 pounds...
Bed Position Matters for Stroke Patients, Report Shows
Bed Position Matters for Stroke Patients, Report Shows THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital bed positioning can be critical in the first 24 hours after a person suffers an ischemic stroke, according to a new report. Researchers summarized the latest research on ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, which occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain. The other type is a bleeding (hemorrhagic) stroke. "The period immediately following an acute ischemic stroke is a time of si...
Better Detection, Diagnosis Major Factors Behind Rise in Autism Cases: Study
Better Detection, Diagnosis Major Factors Behind Rise in Autism Cases: Study MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is largely the result of changes in how the condition is reported, Danish researchers contend. At least in Denmark, the researchers say, most of the increase -- 60 percent -- can be attributed to changes in diagnostic criteria and the inclusion of out-of-hospital diagnoses. These findings should pr...
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are clear differences in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and the brains of healthy people, new research indicates. Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine said their findings could help doctors diagnose this baffling condition and shed light on how it develops. People with chronic fatigue syndrome are often misdiagnosed or labeled as hypochondriacs. Using three types of b...
Brief Interruption of Blood Supply to Limb Might Aid Heart Surgery: Study
Brief Interruption of Blood Supply to Limb Might Aid Heart Surgery: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Interrupting blood supply to an arm or a leg before heart surgery may help reduce the risks associated with the surgery, according to a new study. "During heart surgery we have to stop the blood supply to the heart to be able to operate on it. After some time without fresh blood, the heart will reduce its ability to produce energy because it doesn't get oxygen. When we shut off the blood f...
Beware Claims That Activated Charcoal Can Cure Gut Troubles
Beware Claims That Activated Charcoal Can Cure Gut Troubles THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man who hoped to detoxify his body with a supplement known as activated charcoal may have instead triggered a case of the intestinal disorder known as colitis. Activated charcoal is a supplement that soaks up gases and odors, making it a common treatment for people with flatulence. It's also purported to be a treatment for colitis, according to a new report detailing the man's condition. While it's ...
Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men
Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Binge drinking among young adult men may lead to increased blood pressure, according to a new study. But binge drinking didn't cause a similar rise in blood pressure for young adult women or for teenagers, according to the study. In fact, when young adult women drank lightly or moderately, their risk of high blood pressure was cut in half, the study found. "This finding parallels studies in older adult men an...
Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatments, Study Says
Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatments, Study Says TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) are only about half as likely as white women to become pregnant using the popular assisted reproduction technique, new research indicates, and the racial disparity persists even when donor eggs are used. In the study, about 31 percent of white patients became pregnant after IVF, compared to about 17 percent of black patients. Analyzing more than 4,00...
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