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Could Blowing Your Horn Cut Your Odds for Sleep Apnea?
Could Blowing Your Horn Cut Your Odds for Sleep Apnea? FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Playing a wind instrument may reduce your risk of sleep apnea, a new study suggests. Researchers in India tested the lung function of 64 people who played a wind instrument and 65 others who didn't. Even though there was no difference in the two groups' lung function tests, the people who played a wind instrument had a lower risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. This is likely because playing a wind i...
Childhood Self-Control Linked to Better Job Prospects Later in Life
Childhood Self-Control Linked to Better Job Prospects Later in Life FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Self-control during childhood is associated with improved job opportunities later in life, a new study suggests. Kids who pay attention, stick with difficult tasks and refrain from behaving in impulsive or inappropriate ways are more likely to hold down a job as adults, researchers found. They noted children with these qualities spend 40 percent less time out of work than those with less self-c...
Childhood Abuse, Neglect Linked to High Blood Pressure in Adulthood
Childhood Abuse, Neglect Linked to High Blood Pressure in Adulthood FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who suffer abuse or neglect are at increased risk for high blood pressure when they're adults, new research suggests. The study included nearly 400 white and black students in the Richmond County public school system in Georgia whose blood pressure was measured an average of 13 times over 23 years, until they reached a median age of 30. When the participants were 18, they were asked if...
Cigars Pose Dangers Similar to Cigarettes
Cigars Pose Dangers Similar to Cigarettes FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking cigars carries the same risk of death as smoking cigarettes, a new review finds. "The results reinforce the fact that cigar smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking. Cigar smoking is linked to fatal oral, esophageal, pancreatic, laryngeal and lung cancers, as well as heart disease and aortic aneurysm," lead researcher Cindy Chang, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said in a ne...
Could High-Dose Insulin Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in High-Risk Kids?
Could High-Dose Insulin Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in High-Risk Kids? TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a small, preliminary study, high-dose insulin capsules safely induced what appears to be a protective immune response in children at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes. If these findings hold true in larger studies done over longer periods of time, the treatment may prevent the development of type 1 diabetes in high-risk kids, much like allergy shots can prime the immune system not to r...
Combat Deployment Just One Factor That May Cause Smoking
Combat Deployment Just One Factor That May Cause Smoking THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Combat experience is one of the factors that increases the risk that U.S. soldiers will start smoking, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from a long-term study to assess the long-term health effects of service in the U.S. military. The study began in 2001 and will continue until 2022. The researchers collect survey data every three years. The focus of this study was military personnel who ...
Chemicals in Some Flavored E-Cigs Exceed Recommended Limits: Study
Chemicals in Some Flavored E-Cigs Exceed Recommended Limits: Study WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study raises concerns about the levels of chemicals used to flavor some brands of fluids used in electronic cigarettes. Flavorings used in e-cigarette fluids are mostly the same as those used in food and candy products, the study authors said. However, the safety of these flavorings relates to exposure through eating, not inhalation, the U.S. Flavor Extracts Manufacturers Association ha...
Chemo for Breast Cancer Erases Woman's Fingerprints
Chemo for Breast Cancer Erases Woman's Fingerprints WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A 65-year-old breast cancer patient ran into an unexpected problem with her bank: She was denied a transaction because her fingerprints had disappeared. Reporting in the April 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine , doctors in Mexico said the woman's unusual case was due to the effects of chemotherapy for an advanced breast cancer that had spread to the lungs. A chemotherapy side effect called "ha...
Cancer Gene Tests Should Include Healthy Tissue, Too: Study
Cancer Gene Tests Should Include Healthy Tissue, Too: Study WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If genetic tests are only done on cancer tissue, as many as half of patients may not receive the most appropriate treatment for their cancer, a new study reports. Cancer doctors increasingly rely on genetic testing to look for opportunities to use treatments that target specific genetic causes of cancer -- called targeted therapy. But doctors often examine just the genetics -- or DNA -- of a patient...
Could Taking Acetaminophen Dull Your Happiness?
Could Taking Acetaminophen Dull Your Happiness? WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen, the painkiller best known to Americans as Tylenol, may do more than simply dull pain -- it may also dull happy or sad emotions, new research finds. The new, small study is the first to suggest that acetaminophen ratchets down a patient's emotional response to positive, upbeat stimulation. But the study builds on prior research into negative emotions, explained study lead author Geoffrey Durso. "R...
Child's Popularity May Rely on Understanding Others
Child's Popularity May Rely on Understanding Others WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are tuned in to what others want, think and feel are more popular in school than those who aren't as good at understanding others, a new review indicates. "Our study suggests that understanding others' mental perspectives may facilitate the kind of interactions that help children become or remain popular," said review leader Virginia Slaughter, head of the psychology department of the Universit...
College Kids Text on Dates, in Shower, at Funerals: Survey
College Kids Text on Dates, in Shower, at Funerals: Survey WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many college students send or receive text messages more than 100 times each day and at the most inappropriate times and places, a new study finds. How inappropriate? According to a poll involving more than 150 college-age students, many admit to hitting "send" while on a date, during sex, in the shower, in the middle of religious services or even while at a funeral. The same poll found that many of ...
Cheap Allergy Drug May Hold Potential as Hepatitis C Treatment
Cheap Allergy Drug May Hold Potential as Hepatitis C Treatment WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary lab research suggests a hay fever drug that costs about 50 cents a pill has the potential to treat hepatitis C, a stubborn disease that has spawned drugs that sell for $1,000 a dose. It's too early to know if the antihistamine chlorcyclizine HCI will work in people as a treatment for hepatitis C. Still, the new research suggests that "the drug blocks the virus getting into cells and is...
Costlier Breast Cancer Treatments Linked to Better Survival
Costlier Breast Cancer Treatments Linked to Better Survival MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More expensive breast cancer treatments are linked to a greater chance of survival, new research suggests. "Our findings indicate that in some instances, newer and costlier approaches may be leading to improved outcomes in breast cancer patients," study senior author Dr. Cary Gross, director of Yale University's Cancer Outcomes Public Policy and Effectiveness Research Center, said in a university news r...
Cooling After Cardiac Arrest May Help Preserve Brain Function
Cooling After Cardiac Arrest May Help Preserve Brain Function MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cooling the body might help prevent or lessen brain damage caused by cardiac arrest, a new study suggests. People who received what is called targeted body temperature management after cardiac arrest -- when the heart stops beating -- had good outcomes in terms of quality of life and mental function, researchers said. Body temperatures were lowered between 2 and 7 degrees Fahrenheit. "Among unconsciou...
Childhood Trauma May Raise Odds of Asthma
Childhood Trauma May Raise Odds of Asthma FRIDAY, April 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who experience trauma such as divorce, death of a parent or domestic violence are more likely to develop asthma than other kids, new research suggests. "We know that young children are susceptible to numerous adverse factors that they may be exposed to in the home environment, including cigarette smoking, indoor triggers, and even, as this study shows, dysfunctional families and associated domestic violence," sa...
Could Household Bleach Raise Kids' Risk for Flu, Other Infections?
Could Household Bleach Raise Kids' Risk for Flu, Other Infections? THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A ubiquitous cleaning agent in most American homes -- bleach -- might increase children's risk for flu, tonsillitis and other infections, a European study suggests. The effect was modest and the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers said that because millions of homes use bleach or products containing bleach every day, the effect on kids worldwide could be significant....
Could Fish Oil Interfere With Cancer Care?
Could Fish Oil Interfere With Cancer Care? THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fish oil supplements, and even certain fish, may hinder the effectiveness of cancer-fighting chemotherapy, a new study suggests. Dutch researchers found herring, mackerel and three other fish oils increased blood levels of the fatty acid called 16:4(n-3) in cancer patients. Experiments in mice have suggested this fatty acid makes cancer cells resistant to chemotherapy, the researchers said. But, it's not certain that ...
Clues to 'Brain Fog' in Chronic Fatigue Patients Found in Spinal Fluid
Clues to 'Brain Fog' in Chronic Fatigue Patients Found in Spinal Fluid TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic fatigue syndrome show a distinct pattern of immune system proteins in their spinal fluid -- a finding that could shed light on the "brain fog" that marks the condition, researchers say. The new study found that, compared with healthy people, those with chronic fatigue syndrome had lower levels of certain immune-system proteins called cytokines in the fluid that bathes th...
Could an Apple a Day Help Keep the Pharmacist Away?
Could an Apple a Day Help Keep the Pharmacist Away? MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Munching each day on a McIntosh, Granny Smith or other apple might not keep the doctor at bay, but a new study finds apple eaters are less likely to need a prescription medicine. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, looked at data from nearly 8,400 people who took part in federal health surveys between 2007 and 2010. Of those participants, 753 (9 percent) were apple eaters -- at least o...
Could a Diet Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Could a Diet Help Shield You From Alzheimer's? FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've developed an anti-Alzheimer's diet. While it couldn't prove cause-and-effect, the new study found that adults who rigorously followed the so-called MIND diet faced a 53 percent lower risk for Alzheimer's, the most common type of dementia. Those sticking to the diet just "moderately well" saw their Alzheimer's risk drop by roughly 35 percent. "Often, people who eat healthier also participate i...
Connection Between Diabetes, Advanced Breast Cancer Detected in Study
Connection Between Diabetes, Advanced Breast Cancer Detected in Study FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with diabetes may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, a new study from Canada shows. "Our findings suggest that women with diabetes may be predisposed to more advanced-stage breast cancer, which may be a contributor to their higher cancer mortality," Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Women's Colle...
CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads
CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Thursday released a new round of graphic anti-smoking ads featuring former smokers living with the ravages of tobacco. The new ads highlight the benefits of quitting for the families of smokers and the importance of giving up cigarettes completely, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Bottom line, these ads will save lives and they will also save money," ...
COPD Takes Big Toll on Employment, Mobility in U.S.
COPD Takes Big Toll on Employment, Mobility in U.S. THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The respiratory illness known as COPD takes a toll on mobility and employment, with a new report finding that nearly one-quarter of Americans with the condition are unable to work. People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder -- a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema often tied to smoking -- face a disabling illness with no cure, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont...
Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?
Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level? WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers confirmed a long-studied connection between air pollution and cardiovascular health -- finding evidence that dirty air may help trigger strokes in vulnerable people. The other study looked at a newer question: Could air pollution also affect mental health? The answer, it found, is "p...
Counseling Beats School Suspension at Curbing Pot Use: Study
Counseling Beats School Suspension at Curbing Pot Use: Study WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Students at schools that impose suspensions for marijuana use are more likely to smoke pot than those at schools without a suspension policy, a new study finds. Researchers also found that counseling was much more effective in reducing marijuana use than suspensions. "To reduce marijuana use among all students, we need to ensure that schools are using drug policies that respond to policy violations...
Chef's Input Helps Make School Meals Healthier, Study Finds
Chef's Input Helps Make School Meals Healthier, Study Finds MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a professional chef's input improves the fruit and vegetable selection in school cafeterias, leading students to eat more of those healthy foods, a new study finds. "The results highlight the importance of focusing on the palatability of school meals," said the study's lead author, Juliana Cohen, a research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard School of Public Health. "Partnerships wit...
Colorado's Legal Pot Is Potent, and a Little Dirty
Colorado's Legal Pot Is Potent, and a Little Dirty MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New lab tests on Colorado's legal marijuana suggest that the state's weed supply is more potent than ever, and also a little dirty. For over a year, Coloradans age 21 and up have been able to buy recreational marijuana from state-regulated dispensaries. As part of the experiment, several labs have been certified to monitor samples from the state's burgeoning pot industry. One of those labs is scheduled to repor...
Could In-Car Breathalyzers Slash Rate of Booze-Linked Crashes?
Could In-Car Breathalyzers Slash Rate of Booze-Linked Crashes? THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In-car breathalyzers automatically prevent ignition when they detect blood-alcohol levels that exceed legal limits. Now, new research suggests that if the devices were installed in every new U.S. car, deaths linked to drunk driving would plummet by 85 percent over a 15-year period. Installation of the "interlock" devices would also eliminate between 84 to 88 percent of nonfatal drunk driving accid...
Cancer Patients Who Smoke, Drink May Face Longer Feeding Tube Use
Cancer Patients Who Smoke, Drink May Face Longer Feeding Tube Use THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking and heavy drinking seem to increase the risk that patients with head and neck cancer will need a feeding tube for an extended time after treatment, new research suggests. The study included 104 patients with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck. The patients had treatment with either a combination of chemotherapy and radiation or radiation alone. Twelve months after treatment, 35 p...
Can Fish Oil Help Boys With ADHD Pay Attention?
Can Fish Oil Help Boys With ADHD Pay Attention? THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some vegetable oils, a small European study suggests. Those who regularly ate an omega-3-loaded margarine experienced an improvement in their ability to pay attention, compared with boys who did not, researchers report in the March 19 issue of Neuropsychopharmacology . The results suggest that parents mi...
Cholbam Approved for Rare Metabolic Disorders
Cholbam Approved for Rare Metabolic Disorders WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholbam (cholic acid) capsules have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults and children with bile acid synthesis disorders and peroxisomal disorders, the agency said in a news release. People with these rare disorders lack enzymes to process cholic acid, normally made by the liver from cholesterol. This leads to reduced bile flow, potentially poisonous buildup of bile acid products...
Could Loneliness Shorten a Life?
Could Loneliness Shorten a Life? TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Loneliness has long been associated with poor mental health, including depression. But a new study suggests social isolation may harm physical health, too, and even hasten death. The findings are based on a review of data from dozens of studies involving more than 3 million people. "People don't commonly think of social factors when they think of health," said study co-author Timothy B. Smith, a professor in the department of p...
Child Sex Trafficking Victims Easily Missed by Doctors, Social Workers: Study
Child Sex Trafficking Victims Easily Missed by Doctors, Social Workers: Study TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most health care workers may lack the knowledge, awareness and training to identify potential victims of child sex trafficking, a new study suggests. "We need to become more aware that trafficking exists and [more] educated about what we can do to identify and provide resources to victims," said study author Dr. Angela Rabbitt, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical Coll...
Certain Painkillers May Lower Colon Cancer Risk for Some
Certain Painkillers May Lower Colon Cancer Risk for Some TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prior research has suggested that regular use of a certain class of painkillers might lower colon cancer risk, but a new study finds that a person's genetics may also play a big role. Regular, long-term use of nonprescription painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- drugs that include aspirin, naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) -- are associated with an overall lowe...
Could Your Child Have Migraines?
Could Your Child Have Migraines? MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Determining if your child has migraine headaches may be difficult because the symptoms aren't always obvious, experts say. A child who complains about severe headaches should be seen by a doctor, but there are other symptoms that parents may not associate with migraine, according to the American Migraine Foundation. They may include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, and sensitivity to light, sounds and odors. Another clue: wa...
CT Scans Might Spot Heart Risks More Clearly in Patients With Chest Pain
CT Scans Might Spot Heart Risks More Clearly in Patients With Chest Pain SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that CT scans may help doctors do a better job of diagnosing heart disease in patients with chest pain, compared to standard tests. A Scottish team found that CT scans seemed to spot more heart problems and allowed doctors to act to lower the risk of a heart attack. "A CT scan clarifies the diagnosis, changes treatments and may reduce the risk of a heart attack," said...
Could the Future Be Finger-Stick Free for Diabetics?
Could the Future Be Finger-Stick Free for Diabetics? FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A lot of excitement surrounded the announcement from Apple that its new watch will be able to monitor blood sugar levels. Has Apple figured out a way for folks with diabetes to check their blood sugar without the dreaded finger stick? Not quite. The Apple watch, which will be available April 24, will receive information from a continuous glucose monitoring device. These devices rely on sensors inserted -- wit...
Cochlear Implants May Also Boost Seniors' Mood, Thinking: Study
Cochlear Implants May Also Boost Seniors' Mood, Thinking: Study THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cochlear implants not only boost hearing in seniors with severe hearing loss, they might also enhance their emotional state and thinking abilities, a new study finds. A cochlear implant is a small device that helps provide a sense of sound to people who are deaf or have significant hearing loss, according to the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. This new study...
Can Statins Help Improve Prostate Cancer Survival?
Can Statins Help Improve Prostate Cancer Survival? MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may slow down prostate cancer in men who are also taking medication to reduce their levels of male hormones, according to new research. Taking a statin alongside androgen deprivation therapy slowed the progress of prostate cancer by about 10 months, said the study's lead author, Dr. Lauren Christine Harshman, an assistant professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Med...
Could Smartphones Lower Intelligence?
Could Smartphones Lower Intelligence? FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being too reliant on a smartphone could make lazy thinkers even less inclined to use their brain, a new study suggests. "They may look up information that they actually know or could easily learn, but are unwilling to make the effort to actually think about it," study co-lead author Gordon Pennycook, a doctoral candidate in the psychology department at the University of Waterloo in Canada, said in a university news release. ...
Cresemba Approved for Serious Fungal Infections
Cresemba Approved for Serious Fungal Infections FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat rare but serious fungal infections, mostly affecting people with weakened immune systems, the agency said Friday in a news release. The infections are caused by Aspergillus and Mucorales fungi. The new drug, targeting the cell walls of the fungi, is available in oral and intravenous formulations. Cresmba's safety ...
Could the 'Love Hormone' Be a Weight-Loss Aid for Men?
Could the 'Love Hormone' Be a Weight-Loss Aid for Men? FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research in a small number of men suggests that the "love hormone" oxytocin may reduce appetite, potentially turning it into a tool for weight loss. The new study tested a synthetic nasal formulation of oxytocin, and found the hormone treatment reduced the number of calories that men consumed, especially calories from fatty foods. "We are seeing early signs that oxytocin reduces how much food som...
Common Antiseptic Can Prevent Infant Deaths, Study Says
Common Antiseptic Can Prevent Infant Deaths, Study Says FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using a low-cost antiseptic to clean the umbilical cords of babies born outside of a hospital lowers infant infection and death rates in developing countries, researchers say. "Based on our review, using chlorhexidine to clean the umbilical cord saves newborn babies lives," said lead researcher Anju Sinha of the Indian Council of Medical Research in New Delhi. The findings were based on 12 clinical trials, ...
Chinese Researchers Report Successful Hepatitis E Vaccine
Chinese Researchers Report Successful Hepatitis E Vaccine WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new vaccine for hepatitis E provides protection from the virus for at least 4.5 years, according to Chinese researchers. Although hepatitis E is relatively rare in the United States, it's a leading cause of serious liver problems in the developing world. Hepatitis E is spread through contaminated water and through person-to-person contact, the researchers said. "The hepatitis E vaccine was licensed i...
Common Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes
Common Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who take the heart rhythm drug digoxin may face a nearly 30 percent greater risk of death than patients not taking the drug, a review of prior research suggests. The analysis also suggests that digoxin may increase the risk for death by 60 to 70 percent among patients with both the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation and kidney failure. The findings stem from an in-depth look a...
Crashes Cause Majority of Deaths for Truck Drivers
Crashes Cause Majority of Deaths for Truck Drivers TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Crashes cause 65 percent of on-the-job deaths of truck drivers in the United States, making it the top cause of work-related deaths in that occupation, a federal government report shows. There are about 2.6 million people in the United States who drive trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds. The number of crash deaths among these drivers and their passengers fell to a 35-year low in 2009, but rose between then...
Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk
Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs used to treat a wide range of health problems may be associated with an increased risk of pneumonia, a new study suggests. Anticholinergic medications include those used for conditions such as allergies (for example, Benadryl), overactive bladder (including Ditropan), depression (for example, doxepin) and insomnia (Sominex, etc.). "Our study is the first to address whether oral anticholinergic medicati...
Could Coffee Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis?
Could Coffee Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis? THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who down several cups of coffee every day may have a decreased risk of developing multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. The study, of 5,600 Swedish and U.S. adults, found that those who drank four to six cups of coffee a day were about one-third less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS), compared with people who did not drink coffee. Researchers stressed that the findings do not prove that coffee f...
Could a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food?
Could a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food? WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Skipping just a single night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that seems to spark a desire to consume more fat the following day, a new study suggests. The study offers potential insights into the relationship between lack of sleep and the risk of obesity, researchers said. "The main finding of this study is that one night of sleep loss altered function within the brain's 'salience network,' "...
Cat, Dust Mite Allergies Linked to Childhood Asthma
Cat, Dust Mite Allergies Linked to Childhood Asthma MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers and preschoolers with cat and dust mite allergies may face an increased risk for asthma later in childhood, a preliminary study suggests. The research included almost 500 children from Cincinnati. The youngsters had allergy skin prick tests for four common indoor allergens -- cat, dog, cockroach and dust mite. The tests were done at ages 1, 2, 3 and 4 years. The children were tested for asthma at age 7...
Could a Dishwasher Raise Your Child's Allergy, Asthma Risk?
Could a Dishwasher Raise Your Child's Allergy, Asthma Risk? MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hand washing dishes instead of using a machine to wash dishes may reduce children's risk of developing allergic conditions, such as asthma or eczema, according to a new study. These findings are the latest to lend support to the "hygiene hypothesis." This theory suggests that early exposure to many different microbes may keep the immune system working properly. If the immune system is working well, the ...
Controlled Exposure to Peanuts at Early Age Shows Promise as Allergy Treatment
Controlled Exposure to Peanuts at Early Age Shows Promise as Allergy Treatment SUNDAY, Feb. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exposing young children with peanut allergies to small amounts of the legumes shows promise as a treatment, researchers report. Known as oral immunotherapy, the idea behind the therapy is to slowly increase tolerance to the allergen. The small study included 40 children aged 9 months to 36 months with peanut allergy. Some were enrolled within six months of suffering an allergic reacti...
CDC Says New Tick-Borne Virus May Have Killed Kansas Man
CDC Says New Tick-Borne Virus May Have Killed Kansas Man FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An otherwise healthy man in Kansas became infected with a newly discovered type of virus after he was bitten by ticks, and he died of a related illness 11 days later, U.S. health officials reported Friday. The virus -- dubbed "Bourbon virus" after the name of the Kansas county where the man lived -- has never been spotted in the United States before, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pr...
Chantix Linked to Higher Quit Rates in Certain Smokers: Study
Chantix Linked to Higher Quit Rates in Certain Smokers: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-smoking medication Chantix can boost the likelihood that cigarette smokers who aren't ready to stop cold turkey will cut down gradually, a new study suggests. "The main contribution of this study is that it demonstrates that for patients who are not ready to quit right away, the use of Chantix could be helpful in getting them to cut down, and then, eventually, to making a quit attempt," said...
Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-in-Hand for Some Elderly
Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-in-Hand for Some Elderly MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For people age 70 or older who struggle with a chronic illness, loneliness is often a complicating factor, a new study finds. Canadian researchers looked at 121 older adults, mostly in their 70s. They found that feelings of loneliness rose after the onset of chronic health problems -- even among those who had been with the same partner for 50 years or more. "The quality of our social ties plays a r...
Coming Out at School Better for LGBT Youth, Study Finds
Coming Out at School Better for LGBT Youth, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens who come out at high school have better mental health as young adults than those who aren't open with their fellow high school students, according to a new study. Researchers examined data from a San Francisco State University survey of 245 Hispanic and white lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young adults, ages 21 to 25. The participants said they ...
Creatine Doesn't Treat Parkinson's Disease, Study Says
Creatine Doesn't Treat Parkinson's Disease, Study Says TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Creatine doesn't appear to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, a new study finds. Creatine monohydrate is an amino acid believed to play an important role in energy production in cells, a process that may be impaired in people with Parkinson's disease. Previous research in mice suggested that creatine supplements might potentially protect nerve cells. Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder o...
Cities Are Getting Hotter, New Research Reports
Cities Are Getting Hotter, New Research Reports SATURDAY, Feb. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of heat waves has risen over the past 40 years, particularly in urban areas, a new study says. Researchers analyzed data from 217 cities around the world and found that between 1973 and 2012 the number of heat waves increased significantly in 48 percent of them. Only 2 percent of the cities had a large decrease in heat waves. "Our findings suggest that urban areas are experiencing a kind of double whamm...
Coffee Linked to Possible Lower Endometrial Cancer Risk
Coffee Linked to Possible Lower Endometrial Cancer Risk FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ladies, a heavy coffee habit might do more than perk you up. New research suggests it may also reduce your risk of endometrial cancer. Using data on more than 456,000 women from two large ongoing studies, researchers evaluated the dietary habits of more than 2,800 women diagnosed with cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. Compared to women who drank less than a cup a day, those who drank about...
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