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Crave Coffee Too Much? Talk Therapy May Help
Crave Coffee Too Much? Talk Therapy May Help MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A short round of "talk-therapy" seems to help over-consumers of caffeine dramatically cut back their intake, a small new study suggests. Caffeine-use disorder, though not yet an official mental health diagnosis, is defined by caffeine dependency and an inability to consume less caffeine despite a desire to do so, the researchers explained. The new study found that just a single one-hour session of "reduction-strategy" ...
Could Your 'Holiday Blues' Be Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Could Your 'Holiday Blues' Be Seasonal Affective Disorder? SUNDAY, Nov. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some people who think they have the holiday blues may actually have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), an expert suggests. "SAD usually occurs in those who already are diagnosed or afflicted with a type of depression. It occurs with the change of the seasons, beginning in the fall and staying with you throughout the cold, dark winter months," Dr. Jason Hershberger, chair of psychiatry at Brookdale Hospit...
Constant Traffic Noise May Boost Depression Risk
Constant Traffic Noise May Boost Depression Risk WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who live with constant road noise may face a higher risk of developing depression, researchers say. The risk was about 25 percent higher for people living in areas with a lot of traffic, compared to those living in areas with little road noise. However, the risk was largely confined to those who were poor, unemployed, had limited education, smoked or had insomnia, the German study authors found. "Althoug...
Could PMS Raise Women's Risk for High Blood Pressure?
Could PMS Raise Women's Risk for High Blood Pressure? TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of women suffer through premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and now new research suggests that those with moderate-to-severe PMS may be at heightened risk for high blood pressure later in life. While the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, the finding may mean that "women with PMS should be screened for adverse changes in blood pressure and future risk of hypertension," wrote a team led by Elizabeth Ber...
Could Obesity Be Wired Into Some Children's Brains?
Could Obesity Be Wired Into Some Children's Brains? TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obese children may have difficulty resisting food because of how their brain is wired, a new study suggests. The small study found that food smells activated the parts of their brains related to impulsive behavior and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is characterized by recurrent thoughts and repetitive behaviors. This did not occur in children of a normal, healthy weight, researchers reported. The finding...
Columbus Did Not Bring Syphilis Back to Europe, Research Shows
Columbus Did Not Bring Syphilis Back to Europe, Research Shows MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's a common notion that after discovering America, Columbus and his crew then brought back the scourge of syphilis to Europe. But there's now conclusive evidence that the theory simply isn't true, and syphilis was already present in the Old World long before Columbus set sail in 1492. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, say they have discovered evidence of congenital syphilis ...
Caffeine in Pregnancy May Not Harm Baby's IQ, Study Finds
Caffeine in Pregnancy May Not Harm Baby's IQ, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy don't appear to be linked to a child's risk for lower IQ or behavior problems, a new study suggests. The research included nearly 2,200 women in the United States whose caffeine intake was measured during pregnancy. The pregnancies occurred between 1959 and 1974, a period of time when coffee consumption during pregnancy was more common, according to researcher...
Colon Cancer Screening Rates on the Rise in NYC
Colon Cancer Screening Rates on the Rise in NYC MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer screening rates in New York City rose 40 percent over four years, possibly due to the efforts of a coalition created to promote and improve access to the procedure, a new study suggests. Screening rates increased from 42 percent in 2003 to 62 percent in 2007, the researchers said. Nationally, screening rates didn't get that high until 2012, they noted. The coalition was formed in 2003 by the city's hea...
Chronic Fatigue Therapies Provide Some With Long-Term Relief
Chronic Fatigue Therapies Provide Some With Long-Term Relief MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For some people with chronic fatigue syndrome, two types of treatment can provide long-term benefits, new research suggests. Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by extreme, debilitating fatigue that doesn't go away with rest, and lasts for six months or more, hindering normal, everyday activity. There is no cure. After evaluating four potential treatments for the mysterious condition, British res...
Child Care Centers Offering Too Little Outdoor Time
Child Care Centers Offering Too Little Outdoor Time FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preschool children at child care centers spend too little time outdoors, a new study says. The research from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center included 380 children, ages 3-6, at 30 U.S. child care centers from November 2009 through January 2011. While 90 percent of the centers said they scheduled at least two outdoor sessions daily, only 40 percent of the children took part, and only 30 percent...
Cancer Survivors, Overweight Men May Face Job Discrimination
Cancer Survivors, Overweight Men May Face Job Discrimination THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors could face discrimination when looking for work, and overweight men are just as likely as overweight women to face discrimination when job hunting, shopping or dealing with customers. Those are the findings of two new studies published recently in the Journal of Applied Psychology by researchers from Rice University, Penn State and the University of North Carolina. In the first case,...
Childhood Cancer Survivors May Suffer Physically, Mentally Decades Later
Childhood Cancer Survivors May Suffer Physically, Mentally Decades Later THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood cancer survivors can have poor mental and physical health as adults, according to two new studies. These health problems may be related to some of the toxic medications needed to treat cancer, experts say. "We are doing a lot better at curing childhood cancers, but there are a lot of late effects of treatment that need to be looked at," said Dr. Karen Effinger, a pediatrics inst...
Charlie Sheen: I'm HIV-Positive
Charlie Sheen: I'm HIV-Positive TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Actor Charlie Sheen acknowledged Tuesday that he is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. "It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life," Sheen, who is 50, said during an interview on NBC's Today show with co-host Matt Lauer. Sheen said he was diagnosed about four years ago and was going public now for two reasons: to end an extortion campaign that he claimed has cost him millions of dollars an...
Certain Antibiotic Might Combat Children's Wheezing Episodes
Certain Antibiotic Might Combat Children's Wheezing Episodes TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Quickly clobbering a cold with a certain antibiotic might help kids who are prone to severe respiratory tract infections, a new study suggests. Doctors generally are advised not to prescribe antibiotics for routine viruses like the common cold. But for especially vulnerable children, one antibiotic in particular -- azithromycin -- might thwart more serious illness, researchers said. As many as one-qua...
Coffee Drinkers May Live Longer
Coffee Drinkers May Live Longer MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Coffee lovers may live longer than those who don't imbibe -- with lower risks of early death from heart disease and neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, a large U.S. study finds. Researchers said the study, published online Nov. 16 in Circulation , adds to a large body of evidence on the good side of coffee. People often think of coffee-drinking as a bad habit that they need to break, said study leader Dr. Frank Hu...
CDC: Child Autism Rate Now 1 in 45 After Survey Method Changes
CDC: Child Autism Rate Now 1 in 45 After Survey Method Changes FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About one in 45 children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of parents. This apparent increase is likely due to a change of questions parents were asked about their child, the study authors said. "Probably the most important finding of this paper, which is hardly new, is that how one asks a question matters," said Dr. Glen Elliot...
Childhood Cancer Tied to Raised Risk for Other Ills in Adult Life
Childhood Cancer Tied to Raised Risk for Other Ills in Adult Life WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood cancer survivors are at increased risk for diabetes and other autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests. "Cure is no longer a sufficient goal in childhood cancer care," the researchers wrote. "As the vast majority of these patients survive, attention must be paid to their long-term quality of life and health challenges." In the study, the investigators analyzed data from more than 20,...
Chemical Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Excess Weight in Kids
Chemical Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Excess Weight in Kids WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure in the womb to high levels of a widely used industrial chemical appears to increase a child's risk of obesity, a new study suggests. The research included information on just over 200 Cincinnati mothers and their children. The findings showed that youngsters whose mothers were exposed to relatively high levels of a chemical known as PFOA during pregnancy had more rapid accumulation of...
Cotellic Approved for Advanced Melanoma
Cotellic Approved for Advanced Melanoma TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cotellic (cobimetinib) in combination with another chemotherapy, vemurafenib (Zelboraf) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat melanoma skin cancer that has spread or cannot be surgically removed, the agency said Tuesday in a news release. Melanoma is the most aggressive and dangerous form of skin cancer. Nearly 74,000 Americans are projected to be diagnosed this year, and nearly 10,000 will d...
Challenges for Extreme Preemies Can Last into Teens
Challenges for Extreme Preemies Can Last into Teens MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The complications and medical treatments that extremely preterm or extremely small newborns experience in their first weeks of life can have an impact years later, a new study reveals. Preemies who had bleeding in their brain or who received corticosteroids were at particular risk for more difficulty with school or thinking skills, the researchers found, regardless of their environment growing up. "The most surp...
Carbon Monoxide Levels in Breath Might Point to Stroke Risk
Carbon Monoxide Levels in Breath Might Point to Stroke Risk SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seemingly healthy adults who exhale high levels of carbon monoxide may be at increased risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Carbon monoxide is produced naturally by the body. According to the researchers, prior studies have linked high exhaled levels of carbon monoxide to an increased risk of heart disease. This new study was led by Dr. Matthew Nayor, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and incl...
Cardiac Concerns Not High on Women's Lists: Survey
Cardiac Concerns Not High on Women's Lists: Survey SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, but few feel a personal link with the disease, new research shows. A 2014 nationwide survey of more than 1,000 women between the ages of 25 and 60 found that only 27 percent could name a woman in their lives with heart disease and only 11 percent could name a woman who died from it. Age made a difference. Among those between 50 and 60 years of age,...
Could Brain Stimulation Be a Way to Weight Loss?
Could Brain Stimulation Be a Way to Weight Loss? FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Electrical stimulation of the brain might hold potential as a weapon against obesity, a small study suggests. The U.S. National Institutes of Health study found that stimulating the brain's prefrontal cortex caused people to eat less, consume fewer calories from soda and fat, and lose more weight. "Brain stimulation appears to be a useful tool for modifying activity of the prefrontal cortex, indicating the importan...
Complications From Tummy Tucks Exceed Other Cosmetic Surgeries
Complications From Tummy Tucks Exceed Other Cosmetic Surgeries WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tummy tucks cause more major complications than other types of cosmetic surgery, researchers report. The risk is even higher among patients who have a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) in combination with other types of cosmetic surgery, according to the new findings. "Although the overall incidence of major complications is low, such complications can leave a potentially devastating cosmetic outcome and...
Count Bites, Subtract the Pounds
Count Bites, Subtract the Pounds WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Counting your bites of food could help you lose weight, a small study suggests. Researchers asked 61 volunteers to tally the number of bites they took each day and pledge to take 20 percent to 30 percent fewer bites over the next four weeks. They also tracked their intake of liquids other than water. The 41 participants who kept their vow lost about four pounds during that month -- about what the U.S. Centers for Disease Contro...
Children of Stressed Parents May Be Prone to Obesity
Children of Stressed Parents May Be Prone to Obesity WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic children are more likely to be obese if their parents have high levels of stress, a new study suggests. Researchers compared obesity rates of Hispanic children in Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego with their parents' levels of stress at home and at work. The children's obesity rates rose according to the amount of stress their parents faced -- from 20 percent among kids whose parents had n...
Childhood Whooping Cough Tied to Small Rise in Epilepsy Risk
Childhood Whooping Cough Tied to Small Rise in Epilepsy Risk TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Whooping cough may be tied to a slightly increased risk for a young child to develop epilepsy, a new study finds. Whooping cough (pertussis) is relatively rare in the United States, however. And the absolute risk to any one child of getting epilepsy remains "low," said Dr. Meghan Fleming, a neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She reviewed the findings from the new study. According to b...
Calorie Counts on Menus May Prompt Healthier Offerings
Calorie Counts on Menus May Prompt Healthier Offerings TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Large chain restaurants that list the calorie counts on their menus offer more lower-calorie choices than those that don't provide calorie counts, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed menu items at 66 of the 100 largest chain restaurants in the United States and found that those with voluntary calorie labeling averaged 140 fewer calories per selection. Much of that difference was due to lower-calorie food...
College Kids Easily Find Contraband ADHD Drugs, Other Meds
College Kids Easily Find Contraband ADHD Drugs, Other Meds MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's easy for U.S. college students to illegally obtain stimulants and other prescription drugs on campus, a new survey finds. Seventy percent of the more than 3,900 respondents said it was somewhat easy or very easy to get the medications without a prescription. The 2015 College Prescription Drug Study, conducted by Ohio State University, included undergraduate, graduate and professional students at six...
Crohn's Disease Treatments for Kids May Not Get Gut Back to Normal
Crohn's Disease Treatments for Kids May Not Get Gut Back to Normal WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Current therapies for children with Crohn's disease don't fully restore healthy bacteria and fungi populations in their digestive systems, a new study shows. These findings suggest that treatments don't have to bring bacteria and other microbe levels back to normal levels in the gut to be useful. This knowledge could lead to new approaches for diagnosing and treating inflammatory bowel disease...
Caramel Apples Can Harbor Listeria, Study Finds
Caramel Apples Can Harbor Listeria, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Caramel apples with dipping sticks -- sometimes handed out as Halloween treats -- can make you sick if they're not refrigerated, researchers warn. The researchers studied the growth of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria on caramel apples stored at either room temperature or in the refrigerator. Some of the apples in both groups had dipping sticks and others did not. After three days, the amount of listeria on unref...
Churches a Good Place for HIV Testing, Treatment in Africa
Churches a Good Place for HIV Testing, Treatment in Africa TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Churches and other faith-based centers are good locations to offer HIV testing and treatment for pregnant women in isolated areas of sub-Saharan Africa, a new study shows. Worldwide, about 87 percent of pregnant women with HIV and more than 90 percent of children with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNAIDS, a United Nations health care program that targets HIV and AIDS. Researchers found th...
Calcium Supplements Tied to Kidney Stone Risk in Study
Calcium Supplements Tied to Kidney Stone Risk in Study TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with a history of kidney stones may have a higher risk of recurrence if they use calcium supplements, a new study finds. The findings, based on records from more than 2,000 patients, add to evidence linking calcium supplements to kidney stone risk. But researchers also said that people taking calcium under a doctor's advice should not stop on their own. "We're definitely not advocating that people st...
Child Safety Seats Often Incompatible With Cars: Study
Child Safety Seats Often Incompatible With Cars: Study SUNDAY, Oct. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children's car seats often do not fit properly inside family vehicles, which could reduce their safety and effectiveness, a new study indicates. The researchers found that 42 percent of the time, children's car seats are not compatible with the size and shape of vehicles' seats. Parents or caregivers who use towels and pool noodles to try to help a child's car seat fit inside their car may be further comprom...
Confirm High Blood Pressure Outside Doctor's Office, U.S. Task Force Says
Confirm High Blood Pressure Outside Doctor's Office, U.S. Task Force Says MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure levels should generally be confirmed with home or ambulatory blood pressure monitoring before starting treatment for hypertension, a new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation says. Many factors can affect blood pressure readings, such as stress, physical activity and caffeine or nicotine, the USPSTF said. And, some people experience "white-coat hyp...
Cesarean Delivery Won't Harm Kids' Health: Study
Cesarean Delivery Won't Harm Kids' Health: Study MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a study of more than 5,000 children, Australian researchers said they found that cesarean section delivery was not linked with a higher risk of health problems in childhood. "This study suggests that some of the previously reported associations between birth by cesarean delivery and adverse childhood health outcomes may be explained by influences other than mode of birth," said lead researcher Elizabeth Westrup...
Common Gene Variant May Raise Miscarriage Risk, Study Finds
Common Gene Variant May Raise Miscarriage Risk, Study Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report that a common gene variant may be linked to both early pregnancy loss and failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. The variant in a woman's genome, which causes errors in the cell replication process, is strongly associated with risk of aneuploidy -- an abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell, the researchers said. But they did not prove that the variant causes pregnancy probl...
Colonoscopy Findings Fade Quickly From Memory
Colonoscopy Findings Fade Quickly From Memory THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The longer it's been since their last colonoscopy, the more likely patients are to forget important details about their procedure, a new study finds. In the study, 200 people were asked to recall the date of their last colonoscopy and the findings. Their answers were compared to their health records. The patients' last colonoscopies were either two months, one year, two years or four years prior to the study. The pe...
Carrots Do Help Aging Eyes, Study Shows
Carrots Do Help Aging Eyes, Study Shows THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your parents may have told you, "Eat your carrots, they're good for your eyes," and a new study suggests they were on to something. Pigments called carotenoids -- which give red or orange hues to carrots, sweet potatoes and orange peppers, or deep greens to produce like spinach, broccoli and kale -- may help ward off the age-linked vision ailment known as macular degeneration, researchers said. While the study can't prove...
Cigarettes May Sabotage Alcoholics' Recovery
Cigarettes May Sabotage Alcoholics' Recovery WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking greatly increases recovering alcoholics' risk of relapse, a new study warns. "Quitting smoking will improve anyone's health. But our study shows that giving up cigarettes is even more important for adults in recovery from alcohol since it will help them stay sober," said lead author Renee Goodwin. Goodwin is an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in Ne...
Concussion Recovery May Be Delayed in Older Adults
Concussion Recovery May Be Delayed in Older Adults TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults recover more slowly from concussion than younger patients, a small new study finds. "Old age has been recognized as an independent predictor of worse outcome from concussion, but most previous studies were performed on younger adults," said lead author Dr. David Yen-Ting Chen, a radiologist at Shuang-Ho Hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan. This study -- published online Oct. 6 in the journal Radiolo...
Could Injection Be Used Someday to Spay or Neuter Pets?
Could Injection Be Used Someday to Spay or Neuter Pets? MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A single injection might control fertility in pets and other animals, a new study suggests. California Institute of Technology researchers working with mice said they've taken a first step in developing an inexpensive alternative to spaying or neutering dogs and cats. One injection was enough to halt egg and sperm production in mice, the scientists said. After receiving the shot, male and female mice were un...
Climate Change May Lead to Low Newborn Weights in Poorer Nations
Climate Change May Lead to Low Newborn Weights in Poorer Nations FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change is expected to bring about a host of health harms, and a new study suggests that a surprising addition to that list might be an increase in the number of low birth weight babies born in poor nations. The researchers looked at almost 70,000 births in 19 African nations. The births occurred between 1986 and 2010. The researchers hoped to assess the relationship between rainfall, tempera...
Childhood Brain Tumor Survivors May Have Memory Troubles
Childhood Brain Tumor Survivors May Have Memory Troubles FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adult survivors of childhood brain tumors appear to have worse working memory than other adults, a small study finds. Researchers tested 17 adult survivors of pediatric brain tumors in the posterior fossa part of the brain. Then they tested a control group of 17 healthy adults. The brain tumor survivors scored significantly lower on tests of working memory, the study found. Working memory is the ability to ...
CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives: Study
CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Recently, CT-based screening for lung cancer in long-term smokers has been recommended by experts, and the scans are now covered by Medicare and some private insurers. But will these scans result in too many false-positive findings, causing patients unnecessary surgeries and trauma? A new study suggests otherwise. Researchers at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., tracked outcomes...
Colds, Flu Up Odds for Stroke in Kids, Though Risk Is Low: Study
Colds, Flu Up Odds for Stroke in Kids, Though Risk Is Low: Study WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a cold or the flu may sometimes trigger a stroke in children -- particularly those with underlying health conditions -- though the overall risk remains low, a new study indicates. Comparing two groups of more than 350 children -- one set had suffered "ischemic" clot-based strokes and the other had not -- researchers found that those with stroke were six times more likely to have had a mi...
Could Your Cellphone Be Harming Your Love Life?
Could Your Cellphone Be Harming Your Love Life? WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Spending too much time on your cellphone can take a toll on your love life, a new study finds. Baylor University researchers surveyed more than 450 American adults to define and gauge the impact of what they called "phubbing" (partner phone snubbing). That's when people use or get distracted by cellphones while in their partner's company. "What we discovered was that when someone perceived that their partner ph...
Cancer May Be a Hidden Danger to the Heart: Report
Cancer May Be a Hidden Danger to the Heart: Report MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with cancer could be suffering silent, unseen heart damage due to their malignancy, a new study from Austria reports. Researchers found that newly diagnosed cancer patients carried high blood levels of hormones and body chemicals that are normally telltale signs of heart disease, the study authors said. Those chemical indicators for heart disease increased with the severity of a person's cancer, and were...
Childhood Trauma May Boost Heart Disease Risk for a Lifetime
Childhood Trauma May Boost Heart Disease Risk for a Lifetime MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Experiencing high levels of mental stress at any point in life -- even if only in childhood -- may raise the risk for heart disease, stroke or diabetes in adulthood, a new study suggests. "The most striking and perhaps sobering finding in our study is that high levels of childhood distress predicted heightened adult disease risk, even when there was no evidence that these high levels of distress persi...
Cancer Treatment Should Proceed for Pregnant Women: Study
Cancer Treatment Should Proceed for Pregnant Women: Study MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who are diagnosed with cancer do not need to delay treatment or end their pregnancy, a new study found. The study included 129 children in Europe whose mothers were diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy, as well as a control group of 129 children born to women without cancer. The children's physical and mental health were assessed when they were 18 months and 3 years of age. Among the chi...
Computer-Aided Mammograms May Not Be Worth the Cost: Study
Computer-Aided Mammograms May Not Be Worth the Cost: Study MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A commonly used computer-aided mammography tool may not improve breast cancer detection, a new study contends. The finding is based on an analysis of more than 625,000 mammograms conducted between 2003 and 2009. "Studies on [computer-aided detection, or CAD] have been inconsistent, so we set out to do a definitive study to see once and for all if CAD actually improves a radiologist's interpretation of a...
Children in Foster Homes Need Better Health Care
Children in Foster Homes Need Better Health Care MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. foster care system needs to do a better job of providing consistent, quality health care to children living in foster homes, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. Children in foster care have been removed from their families due to abuse and/or neglect, so they've suffered trauma -- whether physical or emotional -- and they often have health conditions that have been inconsiste...
Catcher Injuries Aren't Usually the Result of Collisions
Catcher Injuries Aren't Usually the Result of Collisions FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Foul balls and flying bats cause most of the injuries sustained by baseball catchers, not home-plate collisions, a new study finds. Non-collision injuries among catchers are not only more common than crashes, they're also more serious and require different preventive strategies, said researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "While recent rule changes were implemented to p...
Cytomegalovirus (Urine) Does this test have other names? CMV test What is this test? This is a urine test for cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common virus that belongs to the herpes family. It is so widespread that most people in the U.S. have been infected by the time they reach age 40, although many don't realize it. You can pick up the virus by handling or exchanging bodily fluids, such as saliva, blood, urine, breast milk, and semen. The virus usually causes only a mild illness, but it can do serious harm ...
Cytomegalovirus (Blood) Does this test have other names? CMV (serum), cytomegalovirus serologic test, cytomegalovirus antibody, IgG, IgM What is this test? This test looks for antibodies to cytomegalovirus (CMV), a virus in the herpes family, in your blood. CMV is so widespread that most people in the U.S. have been infected by the time they reach age 40, although many don't realize it. You can pick up the virus by handling or exchanging bodily fluids, such as saliva, blood, urine, breast milk, and seme...
Cytomegalovirus (Amniotic Fluid)
Cytomegalovirus (Amniotic Fluid) Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This test checks a developing baby for cytomegalovirus (CMV), a virus that belongs to the herpes family of viruses. The herpes family includes herpes simplex; varicella zoster, which causes chickenpox and shingles; and Epstein-Barr mononucleosis. Cytomegalovirus is common in adults and even children. The majority percent of all adults will have CMV by the time they're 40. It usually goes undetected because actual sy...
Cystic Fibrosis Genetic Carrier Testing
Cystic Fibrosis Genetic Carrier Testing Does this test have other names? Cystic fibrosis genetic testing What is this test? This test is done to see if you carry a defective gene that may cause cystic fibrosis (CF) in your child. A defect in a gene is called a mutation. Genes are made from DNA, and mutations can be found by doing special tests that look at your DNA. CF is a serious disease that causes thick mucus to form in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. CF may be treated, but the disease has no...
Cystatin C Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This test measures the amount of a protein called cystatin C in your blood. Your body makes cystatin C constantly, and the protein is found in different fluids, including blood, spinal fluid, and breast milk. When your kidneys are healthy, they filter cystatin C out of the blood so it can be excreted in your urine. This is a relatively sensitive blood test to look at your kidney health. Why do I need this test? You may need this test if ...
Cryoglobulin Does this test have other names? Cryocrit, cryoprotein What is this test? This test is done to find out if you have abnormal proteins in your blood. Blood proteins include normal immunoglobulins, or antibodies, like IgG and IgM. But they can also include antibodies linked to autoimmune diseases. These abnormal blood proteins are dissolved in your blood at body temperature. But when you are in a cold environment, they thicken and clump together. This restricts the blood flow to your joints, ...
Creatinine (Urine) Does this test have other names? Urine creatinine What is this test? This test measures the level of a substance called creatinine in your urine. Creatinine is a waste product that your body makes when you use your muscles. It's also made when your body digests meat. Healthy kidneys remove creatinine from your blood, and it leaves your body in your urine. This test can find out whether your kidneys are working normally or to see if treatment for kidney disease is working. Why do I nee...
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