Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit
Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The naturally occurring plant compound cytisine may be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit, a new study suggests. Cytisine, an acid-like chemical found in the seeds of the golden rain tree, has been used in Eastern Europe for decades to help smokers quit, researchers say. But it's not widely available. "Cytisine is one of the most affordable smoking cessation medicines available...
College Students Say 'Curiosity' Leads Them to Fake Pot
College Students Say 'Curiosity' Leads Them to Fake Pot WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Curiosity is the main reason why college students try synthetic marijuana, a new survey finds. Of more than 330 students in undergraduate and graduate health programs at a public university, 17 percent said they used fake pot at least once in their lifetime, and 3 percent reported recent use, University of Cincinnati researchers found. The leading reasons for trying synthetic marijuana included: curiosit...
Cyramza Approval Expanded to Include Non-Small Lung Cancer
Cyramza Approval Expanded to Include Non-Small Lung Cancer FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the anti-cancer drug Cyramza (ramucirumab) has been expanded to include aggressive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the agency said Friday. NSCLC, the most common form of lung cancer, will be diagnosed in an estimated 224,000 Americans this year, and about 159,000 Americans will die from it, the FDA said, citing U.S. National Cancer Institute projections. ...
Could a Supplement Prevent Weight Gain?
Could a Supplement Prevent Weight Gain? THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A newly developed food supplement appears to prevent weight gain and trim fat around the waist, researchers say. However, the chemical compound doesn't seem to help people lose pounds, and the preliminary study is so small that the findings could be misleading. Still, it did "lower appetite and prevented weight gain in overweight people," said study co-author Gary Frost, chair of nutrition and dietetics at Imperial Colle...
Cutting Docs-in-Training Hours Hasn't Improved Patient Care: Studies
Cutting Docs-in-Training Hours Hasn't Improved Patient Care: Studies TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting medical residents' work hours hasn't reduced death rates, hospital readmission rates or outcomes of surgery, two new studies find. "The work-hour restrictions have been controversial because there have been questions whether they are positive or negative," said Dr. James Arrighi, an associate professor of medicine at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Arrighi is also the co-author of ...
Cost of Job-Based Health Insurance Outpaces Family Income: Report
Cost of Job-Based Health Insurance Outpaces Family Income: Report TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who get job-based health insurance are spending a bigger chunk of their paychecks on health care than they were a decade ago, and they may be getting less financial protection for the money, a new report suggests. Premium increases sharply outpaced wage growth between 2003 and 2013, researchers at the Commonwealth Fund reported Tuesday. Family health plan premiums jumped 73 percent, to $...
Cigarettes Cause One-Third of U.S. Cancer Deaths: Report
Cigarettes Cause One-Third of U.S. Cancer Deaths: Report TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite large declines in smoking rates, cigarettes still cause about one-third of cancer deaths in the United States, according to a new study. "Our results indicate that cigarette smoking causes about three in 10 cancer deaths in the contemporary United States. Reducing smoking prevalence as rapidly as possible should be a top priority for U.S. public health efforts to prevent future cancer deaths," rese...
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California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report
California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis of the whooping cough epidemic in California finds that infants have been hit the hardest, and it calls for increased efforts to vaccinate pregnant women so their babies are protected. In what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 70 years, 9,935 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) were diagnosed between Jan. 1 and Nov. 26. That translated into 26 cases per 100,000 ...
Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests
Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A common type of knee surgery may increase the chances of arthritis, a new study suggests. The procedure repairs tears in the meniscus, a piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. There are two in each knee, and they stabilize the knee joint. Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries, and surgery is often performed to reduce pain and improve joint function, the researchers said....
Could a 'Mediterranean' Diet Extend Your Life?
Could a 'Mediterranean' Diet Extend Your Life? TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are hints in a new study that eating the much-lauded Mediterranean diet may help boost longevity. Researchers found that the regimen -- rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, fish and olive oil -- appears to be associated with longer telomere length, which are indicators of slower aging. Telomeres are located on the ends of chromosomes -- much like the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces. Ac...
CDC Endorses Circumcision for Health Reasons
CDC Endorses Circumcision for Health Reasons TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are poised to endorse circumcision as a means of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released its first-ever draft guidelines on circumcision that recommend that doctors counsel parents and uncircumcised males on the health benefits of the procedure. The guidelines do not outright call for circumcision of all male ...
Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?
Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs? TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests. The research doesn't confirm that these changes make it more likely users will become ill, and study authors aren't recommending that anyone stop taking the so-called proton pump inhibitors. However, these antac...
Calorie Counts Mandated at Chain Restaurants, FDA Says
Calorie Counts Mandated at Chain Restaurants, FDA Says TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New rules announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will have many restaurant chains posting calorie counts on their menus, and the rules even apply to movie theater popcorn and ice cream parlor fare. "Americans get about a third of their calories away from home, often consuming less nutritious food and underestimating the calories they eat," FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said durin...
Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking
Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Close friends have more influence on teens' alcohol use than their general peer group does, a new study says. "We've known for a long time that friends and peers have an influence on individual alcohol use, but there are no common studies that distinguished between the broader peer group and the friend group's influence on those decisions," Jonathon Beckmeyer, an assistant professor at Indiana University's School of Pu...
Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows
Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of diabetes care in the United States has increased 48 percent in recent years, climbing to more than $322 billion annually, a new report shows. Even greater increases in cost were seen with prediabetes care, which have risen 74 percent, and undiagnosed diabetes, which have jumped 82 percent, the researchers added. In 2012, excess medical costs and lost productivity associated with diabetes totaled mo...
Could Your Job Help Preserve Your Aging Brain?
Could Your Job Help Preserve Your Aging Brain? THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Jobs requiring intellectually challenging tasks may help preserve thinking skills and memory as workers age, a new study suggests. The researchers compared IQ scores obtained around age 11 from more than 1,000 Scottish people with their memory and reasoning scores around age 70. The scientists found that those who had mentally stimulating jobs appeared to retain sharper thinking even years after retirement. Resear...
Coordination of Heart Attack Care Trims Time to Treatment: Study
Coordination of Heart Attack Care Trims Time to Treatment: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Improved coordination between paramedics and hospitals can reduce heart attack deaths nearly fivefold by getting patients quicker treatment, a new study shows. That's the conclusion of a clinical trial that measured the impact of an American Heart Association initiative designed to improve care for heart attack patients. The findings were to be presented Wednesday at the heart association's annu...
Chasing, Tackling Suspects Raises Cops' Odds of Sudden Death
Chasing, Tackling Suspects Raises Cops' Odds of Sudden Death TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Police face a higher risk of sudden cardiac death when they're restraining or chasing suspects or engaging in altercations, compared to routine duties, according to new research. The risk of sudden cardiac death rose during the most stressful times about 30 to 70 times higher than during non-stressful work, said Dr. Stefanos Kales, associate professor of environmental health at the Harvard School of P...
Cocaine Can Cause Heart Problems: Study
Cocaine Can Cause Heart Problems: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cocaine users can have abnormal blood flow in the heart that is hard to detect, which can put them at increased risk for heart disease or death, a new study warns. Researchers in Chicago compared heart imaging test results from 202 cocaine users and 210 people who didn't use the illegal drug. Those using cocaine showed subtle abnormalities in blood flow through the heart's smallest blood vessels, which were considered sig...
Could Too Much Medication for Irregular Heartbeat Raise Dementia Risk?
Could Too Much Medication for Irregular Heartbeat Raise Dementia Risk? SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with atrial fibrillation who are overtreated with anti-clotting drugs may be doubling their risk for dementia, a new study suggests. Atrial fibrillation causes the upper chambers of the heart to contract quickly and irregularly. These abnormal contractions allow blood to pool in the heart, forming clots that can cause a stroke if they break off and are carried into the brain. However, ...
Certain Heart Attacks Are Deadlier in Hospital
Certain Heart Attacks Are Deadlier in Hospital SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that patients are more likely to die of a certain type of heart attack if they suffer it in a hospital while being treated for non-cardiac conditions. At issue are heart attacks known as ST-elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI. The treatments include opening narrowed arteries with a stent or using medication to dissolve clots. But health officials haven't focused much on treating patients who ...
Could Flu Raise Risk of Fatal Artery Tear?
Could Flu Raise Risk of Fatal Artery Tear? SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza is a nasty virus in its own right. But, it might also increase a person's risk of suffering a life-threatening tear in the body's most important artery, a new study suggests. During flu season, an increased number of people land in the hospital with a potentially fatal leak in their aorta, the major artery that carries blood from the heart to the body, report researchers from the University of Texas Health Sci...
Certain Heart Dysfunction More Likely in Hispanic Women With Many Kids: Study
Certain Heart Dysfunction More Likely in Hispanic Women With Many Kids: Study MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic women who've had at least five children are much more likely to develop a certain type of heart trouble than those who've had fewer children or none, a new study finds. A team of researchers led by Shivani Aggarwal of Wake Forest School of Medicine analyzed data on 855 Hispanic women, 45 and older, from Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego. About 12 percent of them had ...
Calorie-Tracking Apps May Not Help You Lose Weight
Calorie-Tracking Apps May Not Help You Lose Weight MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans use smartphone apps that help them track how many calories they consume each day, but a new study finds that people who used a popular one after their doctor recommended it did not lose any weight. The study doesn't conclusively debunk the idea of using such apps as weight-loss tools. Some participants were barely overweight in the first place, and their level of motivation varied, the rese...
Cholesterol Drug Vytorin Linked to Reduced Heart Attack Risk
Cholesterol Drug Vytorin Linked to Reduced Heart Attack Risk MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Driving "bad" LDL cholesterol down to extremely low levels with a combination drug appears to significantly reduce heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients with clogged arteries, a new study found. Patients experienced fewer heart attacks and strokes when taking Vytorin, a drug that combines a cholesterol-lowering statin called simvastatin with a non-statin medication called ezetimibe, said prin...
Could Wine, Chocolate Help Shield Your Heart From Smog?
Could Wine, Chocolate Help Shield Your Heart From Smog? MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in chocolate, wine, fruits and vegetables may help protect people from heart disease caused by air pollution, new research suggests. The researchers found that elderly men were less likely to experience changes in heart function during heavy smog days if they ate foods loaded with flavonoids, an antioxidant found in plants. For example, eating about 100 grams of blueberries (about three-quarters...
CPR Phone Guidance Boosts Cardiac Arrest Survival, Study Says
CPR Phone Guidance Boosts Cardiac Arrest Survival, Study Says SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Talking bystanders through CPR methods for a cardiac emergency during a 911 call can significantly boost survival rates, a new study suggests. State researchers in Arizona examined the aggressive use of so-called pre-arrival telephone CPR guidelines -- step-by-step dispatcher instructions on administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation before trained rescuers arrive -- and found that it bumped surviv...
Cancer Patients in Hospice Face Less Aggressive Treatment: Study
Cancer Patients in Hospice Face Less Aggressive Treatment: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients who choose hospice care are less likely to receive aggressive end-of-life treatment or to die in hospitals and nursing homes, a new study finds. Researchers studied more than 18,100 elderly Medicare patients who had advanced cancer and received hospice care, and compared them with the same number of patients who did not receive hospice care. Non-hospice patients used significantly ...
Can Video Game Play Help Young Minds Learn?
Can Video Game Play Help Young Minds Learn? MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Action video games like "Call of Duty" can teach young adults new skills while also improving the way the skills are learned, new research suggests. It's not clear how the improved learning abilities may translate to life outside of screen and joystick. And don't get too excited, gamers: There's also no evidence that endless playing of video games is a good idea. "Our studies are no excuse for binging on video games," ...
Chronic Pot Smoking May Alter Brain, Study Suggests
Chronic Pot Smoking May Alter Brain, Study Suggests MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term marijuana use appears to alter a person's brain, causing one region associated with addiction to shrink and forcing the rest of the brain to work overtime to compensate, a new study reports. MRI scans revealed that people who use pot for years have a smaller-than-usual orbitofrontal cortex, a region in the frontal lobes of the brain that is involved in decision-making and assessing the expected reward...
Common Blood Pressure Drug May Lower Risk For Lou Gehrig's Disease: Study
Common Blood Pressure Drug May Lower Risk For Lou Gehrig's Disease: Study MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medications commonly used to lower blood pressure might also lower the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, researchers suggest. In fact, those who took particular doses of the medications known as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) for more than four years appeared to reduce their risk of ALS by 57 percent, the ...
CDC Spends $2.7 Million on Ebola Hospital Kits
CDC Spends $2.7 Million on Ebola Hospital Kits FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About $2.7 million in personal protective gear has been ordered for health care workers at U.S. hospitals treating Ebola patients, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The Ebola-specific protective equipment is being sorted into 50 kits that can be rapidly delivered to hospitals. Each kit contains enough gear to enable medical teams to care for one Ebola patient for up to five days, the...
Certain Painkillers Tied to Raised Risk of Death After Stroke
Certain Painkillers Tied to Raised Risk of Death After Stroke WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Arthritis pain relievers known as COX-2 inhibitors, including Celebrex and Lodine, are associated with an increased risk of dying within a month after a stroke, according to a new study. "This large study from Denmark adds to the prior concerns about COX-2 inhibitors and stroke risks," said Dr. Ralph Sacco, chairman of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "Patients at high...
Climate Change Will Boost Grass Pollen Production, Study Contends
Climate Change Will Boost Grass Pollen Production, Study Contends WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change will boost levels of grass pollen in the air in the next 100 years, resulting in increased misery for people with grass allergy, a new study contends. Researchers predict that climate change-related rises in carbon dioxide will increase grass pollen production and people's exposure to the pollen by up to 202 percent in the next 100 years. "The implications of increasing CO2 for hu...
Colon Cancer on the Rise for U.S. Adults Under 50
Colon Cancer on the Rise for U.S. Adults Under 50 WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news and bad news in the war against colon cancer: While rates have fallen among older Americans, cases among adults aged 20 to 49 are rising and expected to continue to do so, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed U.S. National Cancer Institute data from 1975 through 2010 and found that the overall colon cancer rate for Americans fell by about 1 percent each year during that time, with a similar...
Child's Appendix More Likely to Rupture in Regions Short of Surgeons
Child's Appendix More Likely to Rupture in Regions Short of Surgeons FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children and teens with poor access to general surgeons are at increased risk of suffering a ruptured appendix, and the risk is particularly high among young children, a new study finds. If an infected appendix isn't removed quickly enough, it can burst or rupture, leading to a serious, sometimes fatal infection, according to background information from the study. Researchers analyzed data from...
Can Lots of Sex Protect the Prostate?
Can Lots of Sex Protect the Prostate? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Don Juans of the world, take note: Men who sleep with lots of women may be less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who don't play the field, a new Canadian study suggests. Researchers said they found that Montreal-area men who'd had more than 20 female sex partners in their lifetime had a 28 percent reduced risk of prostate cancer, compared with men who only ever slept with one woman. Previous studies have suggest...
Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child's Autism Risk?
Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child's Autism Risk? FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to two air toxins -- chromium and styrene -- while in the womb and during the first two years of life may have increased odds of developing autism, according to a new study. Prenatal and early exposure to the highest amounts of chromium, a heavy metal, increased the risk for autism by 65 percent, said researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Styrene, found i...
Childhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation
Childhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants with a specific skin gene mutation who are exposed to peanut protein in household dust may be more likely to develop a peanut allergy, according to a new study. Peanut allergy and other food allergies have been linked to severe eczema, a skin disorder, in early infancy, the U.K. researchers said. In conducting the study, researchers at King's College London and colleagues examined the amount of...
Cadavers Beat Computers as Med School Teaching Tool, Study Finds
Cadavers Beat Computers as Med School Teaching Tool, Study Finds FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cadavers are better than a computer simulation of the human body for teaching anatomy to college students, a new study says. The findings suggest that cadavers should continue to be used in undergraduate human anatomy courses for future doctors, nurses and other health and medical professionals, according to the researchers. Their study included almost 240 students in a semester-long undergraduate ...
Controversial Chemical May Leach Into Skin From Cash Receipts
Controversial Chemical May Leach Into Skin From Cash Receipts WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Touching cash register receipts can dramatically increase your body's absorption of a potentially dangerous chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), researchers report. BPA, originally created as an estrogen supplement, has been linked to developmental problems in infants and children, and cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease in adults, researchers say. The chemical is found in products ranging from pla...
Cameraman Treated for Ebola Now 'Free' of the Virus
Cameraman Treated for Ebola Now 'Free' of the Virus TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) - The freelance cameraman who was diagnosed with Ebola while working for NBC News in Liberia has cleared the virus from his system and can leave the special isolation unit at Nebraska Medical Center where he had been treated for the past two weeks, the hospital said Tuesday. A blood test confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Ashoka Mukpo, 33, can now head home to Rhode Island...
Circumcision Past Newborn Stage Poses Risk for Boys, Study Finds
Circumcision Past Newborn Stage Poses Risk for Boys, Study Finds MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Circumcision is typically done in the first days or weeks of life, but about 6 percent of U.S. boys have the procedure later, which increases the risk of complications and increases costs, according to new research. The study analyzed insurance billing data that estimated circumcision rates in 2010 for babies up to 1 month (neonates) and older infants up to 1 year old. Of more than 156,000 circumci...
CDC Monitoring 76 Hospital Workers in Dallas for Ebola Exposure
CDC Monitoring 76 Hospital Workers in Dallas for Ebola Exposure TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Public health officials are actively monitoring 76 Dallas hospital workers who may have been exposed to Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus in the United States. Officials identified the workers after one of Duncan's nurses, Nina Pham, tested positive for Ebola, opening up the possibility that others might have been exposed through contact with...
Could Vitamin D Make Childbirth Less Painful?
Could Vitamin D Make Childbirth Less Painful? TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low vitamin D levels could make childbirth more painful, according to a new study. Vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy, especially among high-risk women, including vegetarians, those with little sun exposure, and members of ethnic minorities, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says. The new study included 93 pregnant women whose vitamin D levels were checked before childbirth and who...
Calm, Positive Family Meals May Help Keep Kids Slim
Calm, Positive Family Meals May Help Keep Kids Slim MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Positive, calm and friendly family meals might help a child avoid becoming overweight or obese, a new study suggests. Children seem to be less likely to add on extra pounds if their family meals feature pleasant conversation, positive encouragement and no disorder caused by kids acting out, University of Minnesota researchers said. For the study, they watched dozens of hours of video recordings of family meals....
Chewing Gum Before Surgery Safe: Report
Chewing Gum Before Surgery Safe: Report SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's safe to chew gum while fasting before surgery, researchers report. Patients are usually told not to eat or drink before surgery to prevent complications while they're under anesthesia, but it wasn't clear if the same was true for chewing gum. This new study included 67 patients who underwent gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures. About half the patients were allowed to chew gum until just before the start of the proc...
Common Childhood Vaccine Cuts 'Superbug' Infection: Study
Common Childhood Vaccine Cuts 'Superbug' Infection: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The childhood pneumococcal vaccine helps children avoid the suffering and danger of ear infections, meningitis and pneumonia. And a new study suggests it may provide an added bonus: cutting down on infections from antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." First used in children in 2010, the pneumococcal vaccine was linked to a 62 percent reduction between 2009 and 2013 of drug-resistant infections of bacterial pn...
Coaches Don't Always Protect Young Pitchers' Arms: Study
Coaches Don't Always Protect Young Pitchers' Arms: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Counting pitches reduces young pitchers' risk of arm damage, but many coaches don't use this method consistently, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed 61 youth baseball coaches in Cincinnati and northeast Ohio, and found that all of them were familiar with pitch counts and limited the number of pitches thrown by players in some way. The results also showed that 92 percent of the coaches knew that...
Contact Sports Boost Spread of 'Superbug' Germs, Study Says
Contact Sports Boost Spread of 'Superbug' Germs, Study Says THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College athletes in contact sports such as football and soccer are more than twice as likely as other college athletes to carry a superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), new research finds. "This study shows that even outside of a full-scale outbreak, when athletes are healthy and there are no infections, there are still a substantial number of them who are colonized with ...
Chain Restaurants Cutting Calories
Chain Restaurants Cutting Calories WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating out might not be as bad for your waistline as you might think. New research shows that newer menu selections at many large chain restaurants in the United States now average 12 percent fewer calories than traditional dishes. This switch could have a major impact on the nation's obesity epidemic, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers said. The findings are from an analysis of menu selections at...
Cancer Diagnosis Can Take Toll on Mental Health, Study Finds
Cancer Diagnosis Can Take Toll on Mental Health, Study Finds MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One out of three people diagnosed with cancer also wind up struggling with a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression, a new study from Germany reports. Many people seem to cope with the natural stress of a cancer diagnosis, but for about 32 percent of cancer patients, the diagnosis may prompt a full-blown psychological disorder, said study lead author Anja Mehnert, a professor of psychosoci...
Certain Meds, Driving Can Be Deadly Mix: FDA
Certain Meds, Driving Can Be Deadly Mix: FDA TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Thinking about taking a drive after popping some over-the-counter medications? Better check the label first, warn experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency cautions that some common nonprescription medicines can impair your ability to drive and operate other vehicles and machinery safely. Some of the most common of these drugs include certain types of nonprescription antihistamines, anti-diarrheals,...
Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study
Certain Autoimmune Drugs in Pregnancy May Up Newborn Infection Risk: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby's ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests. The treatment, called anti-TNF therapy, is an injected, artificial antibody. This type of medication is widely seen as a safe and effective way to tackle a wide range of autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid ...
Cancer Treatments in Pregnancy Safe for Offspring, Small Studies Find
Cancer Treatments in Pregnancy Safe for Offspring, Small Studies Find THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers undergo chemotherapy or radiation for cancer during pregnancy are not at increased risk for mental development or heart problems, two small studies suggest. Some doctors are reluctant to administer these treatments to pregnant women due to concerns about the potential impact the therapies may have on their children, the study authors noted. In one study, researchers ass...
CDC Monitoring Those Who Had Contact With Ebola Patient
CDC Monitoring Those Who Had Contact With Ebola Patient WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Federal health officials are monitoring up to 18 people who were exposed to the man being treated at a Dallas hospital for the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States. Some of the 18 people are members of the man's family. The group also includes five schoolchildren as well as the three-member ambulance crew that transported the man on Sunday to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, according to ...
Could a Fading Sense of Smell Point to Earlier Death?
Could a Fading Sense of Smell Point to Earlier Death? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who have trouble smelling the roses -- literally -- may face an increased risk of dying in the next several years, new research suggests. In a study of over 3,000 older Americans, researchers found those who were unable to detect scents such as rose, orange and peppermint were more than three times as likely to die in the next five years, versus those with a sharp sense of smell. In fact, anosm...
Children and Obesity
Campylobacter Infection in Children
Campylobacter Infection in Children Campylobacter is a bacterium that can cause a mild to serious intestinal infection called campylobacteriosis. Symptoms often include cramping, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Facts about campylobacteriosis The campylobacter bacteria mostly affect infants, teenagers, and young adults. The CDC estimates that over 1.3 million cases of campylobacter occur in the U.S. each year. However, this is just an estimate because most of the cases go undiagnosed and unreported....
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