Early Exposure to English May Help Spanish-Speaking Kids in School
Early Exposure to English May Help Spanish-Speaking Kids in School FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early exposure to English helps Spanish-speaking children in the United States do better in school, a new study shows. "It is important to study ways to increase Spanish-speaking children's English vocabulary while in early childhood before literacy gaps between them and English-only speaking children widen and the Spanish-speaking children fall behind," study author Francisco Palermo, an assista...
Early Birds May Catch the Worm, but Night Owls May Snatch the Win
Early Birds May Catch the Worm, but Night Owls May Snatch the Win THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Who's going to win Sunday's Super Bowl? It may depend, in part, on which team has the most "night owls," a new study suggests. The study found that athletes' performance throughout a given day can range widely depending on whether they're naturally early or late risers. The night owls -- who typically woke up around 10 a.m. -- reached their athletic peak at night, while earlier risers were at th...
Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly
Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report. They said the simple approach can be used in emergency departments and, perhaps one day, on the sidelines at sporting events. "Concussion is a condition that has been plagued by the lack of an objective diagnostic tool, which in turn has helped drive confusion and fears among those affected and their families," said ...
Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Triggers Immune Response, U.K. Study Finds
Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Triggers Immune Response, U.K. Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early results suggest an experimental Ebola vaccine triggers an immune response and is safe to use. However, larger clinical trials in West Africa are needed to determine if the immune response generated by the vaccine is large enough to protect against Ebola infection, said the researchers at Oxford University in the U.K. This vaccine works against the Zaire strain of Ebola currently circ...
Ebola Threat Diminishing in West Africa, Officials Say
Ebola Threat Diminishing in West Africa, Officials Say TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- West Africa's Ebola epidemic has slowed significantly, but health officials are hesitant to say the lethal virus is no longer a threat. Ebola infections have killed more than 8,600 people and sickened 21,000, mostly in the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, since cases first surfaced in Guinea last winter. Infections in all three countries have dropped in recent months, with Liberia experiencing...
Exercise May Tone Up Women's Bodies and Minds
Exercise May Tone Up Women's Bodies and Minds FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young women who regularly exercise may have more oxygen circulating in their brains -- and possibly sharper minds, a small study suggests. The findings, from a study of 52 healthy young women, don't prove that exercise makes you smarter, researchers said. On the other hand, it's "reasonable" to conclude that exercise likely boosts mental prowess even when people are young and healthy, said Liana Machado, of the Unive...
Eczema Linked to Other Health Problems
Eczema Linked to Other Health Problems FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with eczema -- a chronic, itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood -- may also have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study. This increased risk may be the result of bad lifestyle habits or the disease itself. "Eczema is not just skin deep," said lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Med...
Experts See Place for Weight-Loss Drugs in Obesity Treatment
Experts See Place for Weight-Loss Drugs in Obesity Treatment TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet and exercise should be the main tools obese people use to lose weight, but prescription weight-loss drugs may have a place, too, according to new guidelines from the Endocrine Society. "Lifestyle changes should always be a central part of any weight loss strategy," Dr. Caroline Apovian, chair of the guidelines task force, said in a society news release. She is director of the Nutrition ...
Early Study Says Stem Cells May Reverse Multiple Sclerosis Disability
Early Study Says Stem Cells May Reverse Multiple Sclerosis Disability TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A therapy that uses patients' own primitive blood cells may be able to reverse some of the effects of multiple sclerosis, a preliminary study suggests. The findings, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, had experts cautiously optimistic. But they also stressed that the study was small -- with around 150 patients -- and the benefits were limited to people who w...
Ebola Virus Gets More Lethal as It Spreads, Study Says
Ebola Virus Gets More Lethal as It Spreads, Study Says WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New animal research suggests why Ebola becomes more deadly as it spreads. Investigators tracked the Zaire Ebola strain, the virus circulating in the West African outbreak, as it spread among laboratory animals. The first animals to be infected were not affected by the virus, but it became more lethal as it spread to other animals. By analyzing the virus at different stages, the British scientists identifi...
Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says
Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Little to no progress is being made in curtailing tobacco use in the United States, a new report from the American Lung Association contends. The Surgeon General's 1964 report raised the red flag about the dangers of smoking. Tobacco, however, still claims nearly 500,000 lives each year and costs up to $333 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity in the United States, says the lung asso...
Ebola Epidemic in Liberia Could End by June, Study Predicts
Ebola Epidemic in Liberia Could End by June, Study Predicts TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If the current high rates of monitoring and hospitalization continue, the Ebola epidemic in Liberia could be halted by the middle of this year, researchers report. After including data collected as of Dec. 1, 2014, a computer model projected that the Ebola infections in Liberia could be largely contained by June, according to the study published Jan. 13 in the journal PLoS Biology . "That's a realistic...
Episiotomies on the Decline for U.S. Births
Episiotomies on the Decline for U.S. Births TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An operation called an episiotomy, which widens the birth canal to facilitate easier deliveries, seems to be on the decline in the United States, a new study indicates. As recently as a decade ago, an episiotomy was performed during roughly one-quarter of all vaginal births. But overall incidence has been declining since the 1990s because of concerns regarding related risks and benefits, the researchers said. To asses...
Ebola, Obamacare Top U.S. Health News for 2014
Ebola, Obamacare Top U.S. Health News for 2014 TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It started as a deadly but little-known outbreak in West Africa, but the lethal and unchecked spread of the Ebola virus dominated U.S. headlines for much of 2014, making it one of the year's top health news stories. According to the latest World Health Organization figures, nearly 20,000 reported cases of Ebola -- including more than 7,700 deaths -- have occurred since the outbreak began earlier this year in Guinea...
Expert Offers Tips for Preventing Holiday Migraines
Expert Offers Tips for Preventing Holiday Migraines WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays can be a challenge for people who suffer migraines, which can be set off by certain foods and drinks. "This is the season in which many people overindulge in things that can trigger attacks of migraine," Dr. David Dodick, chair of the American Migraine Foundation, said in a news release from the foundation. "It's important to think through food and beverage choices, to help reduce the risk of ha...
Early Study Offers Hope for an Ebola Vaccine
Early Study Offers Hope for an Ebola Vaccine TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news about the experimental Ebola vaccine that U.S. officials are preparing to test in West Africa -- new research shows a precursor of that vaccine produced a safe and potent immune response in Africans. That earlier version of the vaccine, when given to more than 100 Ugandans in 2009 and 2010, prompted the production of antibodies and white blood cells that could potentially protect a person against in...
Excess Weight May Help Heart Failure Patients, Study Contends
Excess Weight May Help Heart Failure Patients, Study Contends MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese heart-failure patients appear to live longer than people of normal weight who develop the disabling condition, a new study suggests. Researchers tracked nearly 1,500 heart failure patients, most of whom were overweight or obese before their diagnosis. They found that 38 percent of obese and 45 percent of overweight patients died over 10 years, compared with 51 percent of normal-weight patients. ...
E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs
E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially illness-causing E. coli bacteria were found on nearly one-quarter of herbs bought at farmers markets, according to a new study. Researchers checked cilantro, basil and parsley from almost 50 vendors from 13 farmers markets in Los Angeles and Orange counties in California, and in the Seattle area. Out of almost 150 samples tested, 24 percent were positive for E. coli. One sample was positive for salmonella, ...
E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds
E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Former tobacco smokers find e-cigarettes less addictive than traditional cigarettes, new research finds. Even though they "smoke" e-cigarettes as often as they did regular cigarettes, thousands of ex-smokers said they have fewer cravings and are less likely to feel impulsive and irritable over their need to smoke, researchers reported. "The pattern was really very clear. The score was significantly...
Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests
Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While women's hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy are well-known, new research shows that men experience swings of their own as their partner's pregnancy progresses. "There are hormonal changes going on with men as well, and they occur earlier than other studies have suggested," said lead researcher Robin Edelstein, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. "...
Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws Makes Roads Safer, Study Finds
Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws Makes Roads Safer, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With the holiday party season fast approaching, a new study reveals that states that routinely perform randomized traffic stops and make DUI arrests have fewer drunk drivers on their roads. The finding suggests that states that enforce drunk driving laws more vigilantly are better able to deter inebriated revelers from getting behind the wheel in the first place. "Hardly any new laws are being pas...
Ebola Survivors Face Critical Problems
Ebola Survivors Face Critical Problems TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Ebola survivors in West Africa face major challenges and need support to help them cope, two new studies report. There are now thousands of Ebola survivors, according to the new research. These survivors have to deal with stigma, income loss, long-term concerns about their mental and physical health, as well as grief and survivor guilt over the loss of family and friends, researchers explained. Many or all of their po...
E-Cigarette Use May Be Rising Among Teens
E-Cigarette Use May Be Rising Among Teens MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly a third of Hawaiian high school students have tried e-cigarettes, new research suggests. This finding reflects a growing trend of American teens flocking to the nicotine inhalation devices, according to public health experts. The overall rate of e-cigarette use in the new study is higher than found in mainland U.S. studies over the past several years. But e-cigarette use is "accelerating very rapidly" across the n...
Exercise, Diet May Be Key to Beating a Common Irregular Heartbeat
Exercise, Diet May Be Key to Beating a Common Irregular Heartbeat FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Atrial fibrillation is a potentially dangerous form of irregular heartbeat for older Americans. However, a new study suggests healthy changes in eating and exercise habits can help ease the condition. According to the Australian researchers, atrial fibrillation is the most common cause of irregular heartbeat, and it's been linked to a heightened risk for dementia, stroke and death. The new study i...
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Exercise After Weight-Loss Surgery Yields Added Health Gains
Exercise After Weight-Loss Surgery Yields Added Health Gains THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery patients gain extra health benefits if they exercise regularly after the procedure, a new study found. Researchers divided 119 people who had weight-loss surgery into two groups. One group did 120 minutes of moderate exercise a week and attended education sessions on topics such as nutrition, upper-body stretching and medication use. The others did the education program only. After...
Experts Urge Quick Use of Epinephrine for Severe Allergic Reactions
Experts Urge Quick Use of Epinephrine for Severe Allergic Reactions TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People having a severe allergic reaction need immediate treatment with the medication epinephrine, newly released guidelines say. But, not all medical personnel are aware of the importance of epinephrine, according to the guideline authors. A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) caused by food, latex or an insect sting can lead to throat swelling, breathing problems, heart attack and even deat...
Expert Shares Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tips
Expert Shares Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tips THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Thanksgiving meals can pose a challenge for people who have to eat a gluten-free diet, an expert says. Many traditional Thanksgiving dishes -- such as turkey, corn, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce -- are gluten-free, but "when it comes to pies, stuffing, gravy, etc., gluten-free substitutes may need to be considered," Dr. Anca Safta, director of the Gluten and Allergic Digestive Disorders program at Wake Forest Ba...
Early Trial Promising for Ebola Vaccine
Early Trial Promising for Ebola Vaccine WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine appears to be safe and produces an immune system response that could protect people against the deadly virus, according to early clinical trial results reported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The success of the phase I clinical trial for the vaccine paves the way for field-testing it in the Ebola-stricken West African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone as early as January, said...
EPA Issues Tougher Rules on Ozone Emissions
EPA Issues Tougher Rules on Ozone Emissions WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New regulations to reduce emissions of the smog-causing pollutant ozone from power plants and factories were issued Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ozone has been linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. The new rules would lower the current limit for ozone pollution from 75 parts per billion to between 65 to 70 parts per billion, the EPA said. "Bringing ozone pollution standards i...
ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports
ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of emergency department visits in the United States rose from about 130 million in 2010 to a record 136 million in 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings also showed that fewer people were going to ERs with non-urgent medical needs: 96 percent of patients were identified as needing medical care within two hours of arriving at the ER. In 2010, that number was 92 percent...
Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens
Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests. Early puberty was linked with a number of factors associated with depression, such as poor self-image and high anxiety levels, according to the researchers. Early puberty was also linked to social problems, such as conflict with family and peers, and having friends who were prone to getting into trouble, th...
Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar
Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Certain genes might prevent regular exercise from improving blood sugar control in up to a fifth of people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The issue has long been pondered by doctors working with diabetic patients, one expert said. "For many years we have been under the impression that exercise helps decrease insulin resistance in muscles," boosting blood sugar control, said Dr...
Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice
Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if you do add a few pounds once you quit, your post-cigarette health is still much better than if you'd kept on smoking. "This study is important for smokers to understand," said Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ Health Sy...
Early Heart Disease May Lead to Impotence, Study Says
Early Heart Disease May Lead to Impotence, Study Says TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Early stage vascular disease may lead to impotence for men later in life, a new study says. "Erectile function can be a window into men's cardiovascular and overall health. Erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease commonly coexist," lead author David Feldman, a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University's Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, said in an American Heart Association news releas...
ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds
ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans seeking emergency care for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation is the most common kind of irregular heartbeat and can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related problems, experts say. In the new study, researchers led by Dr. Sourabh Aggarwal, chief resident of the depar...
Emotional Stress Affects Women's Hearts
Emotional Stress Affects Women's Hearts SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Emotional stress is more likely to physically impact younger women with heart disease compared to men with heart disease and seniors of both genders, new research shows. The study included 534 patients with stable coronary heart disease who were given a mental stress test that involved recalling a stressful life event and talking about it to a small audience. During the test, nuclear imaging showed that women aged 55 and y...
Experimental Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Effective, Study Reports
Experimental Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Effective, Study Reports MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental antibody drug could prove effective at lowering LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels for patients who have side effects with cholesterol-lowering statin medications. That's the conclusion of a clinical trial presented Monday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Chicago. The drug, alirocumab, outperformed the on-the-market medication that is currently the most widely used alt...
Every Kiss Begins With 80 Million Germs
Every Kiss Begins With 80 Million Germs MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A kiss isn't just a kiss: It's also an opportunity to transfer millions of germs. That's the word from new Dutch research that suggests 10 seconds of lip lock can translate into 80 million germs moving from one person to the other. And two people who smooch a bunch of times each day will end up sharing similar germs. "Intimate kissing, involving full tongue contact and saliva exchange, appears to be a courtship behavior un...
Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis
Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis, new research suggests. The study included 206 people with hip and knee osteoarthritis, average age 66, who were divided into two groups. One group received usual care, while the other group had regular exercise, physical therapy or both added to their standard care. After two years, those who did exercise and/or physi...
Easy-to-Walk Communities Linked to Sharper Senior Minds
Easy-to-Walk Communities Linked to Sharper Senior Minds THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Living in easy-to-walk communities may slow mental decline in older adults, according to a small study. The research included 39 older adults with no thinking or memory problems and 25 older adults with mild Alzheimer's disease. Over two years, the participants were given a series of tests to assess mental skills such as attention and memory. By the end of the study, those who lived in easy-to-walk commun...
End-of-Life Care Discussions May Miss Patient Priorities
End-of-Life Care Discussions May Miss Patient Priorities MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Important points are often missed when doctors have end-of-life discussions with patients and their families, a new study finds. Researchers asked more than 200 older Canadians who were hospitalized with serious illnesses and 205 of their family members about the importance of 11 recommended elements of end-of-life care. The patients and families said the top five end-of-life issues that should be discussed...
Early, Small Babies May Be More Prone to Adult Hip Trouble
Early, Small Babies May Be More Prone to Adult Hip Trouble MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who were born preterm or at a low birth weight may have an increased risk of needing a hip replacement due to osteoarthritis, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at more than 3,600 Australian adults, aged 40 and older. Seventy-five of them had undergone hip replacement and 116 had knee replacement surgery due to osteoarthritis. The researchers found that preterm birth and low birth weight ...
Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study
Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The skin condition eczema may increase slightly the risk of broken bones and injured joints, a new study reports. In a study of 34,500 adults, researchers found that among 7 percent of people who had an eczema flare-up in the past year, 1.5 percent had a bone or joint injury and 0.6 percent had an injury that caused a limitation of function. Compared to people without eczema, those with the skin condition had more tha...
Ebola Outbreak in Liberia May Be Slowing: WHO
Ebola Outbreak in Liberia May Be Slowing: WHO WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Ebola outbreak in Liberia -- one of three West African nations ravaged by the disease -- may be slowing, World Health Organization officials said Wednesday. Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO's assistant director general, said there's been a decline in the number of burials in Liberia and no increase in laboratory-confirmed cases. He said he was cautiously optimistic that the global push to tame the epidemic may be making...
Experts Predict 'Catastrophic' Ebola Epidemic in West Africa If Aid Delayed
Experts Predict 'Catastrophic' Ebola Epidemic in West Africa If Aid Delayed THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large influx of international aid is needed, and soon, if West Africa is to avoid tens of thousands of deaths from the widening Ebola crisis, a team of Yale University researchers predict. Using a specially designed mathematical model, the researchers looked at the possible future of the outbreak in just one densely populated county of hard-hit Liberia -- Montserrado County, home to ...
Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper
Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A crucial part of conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- the incubation of embryos in a laboratory dish -- can instead take place in a device inside the vagina, new research suggests. Scientists from the United States and Colombia contend that the device, called an INVOcell, might sharply cut costs for pricey IVF procedures among certain women. It could also make the technology more accessible to...
Ebola Vaccines May Be Deployed in West Africa by January, Officials Say
Ebola Vaccines May Be Deployed in West Africa by January, Officials Say TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A pair of promising Ebola vaccines could be deployed against the outbreak ravaging three West African nations by January, experts say. Rival American and Canadian vaccines are being prepared for possible use in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but first they have to pass expedited human safety trials in the United States, manufacturers say. If all goes well, inoculation of frontline health...
Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself
Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Headlines remain riveted on the three Ebola cases in Dallas. But, mental health specialists say overblown fear is a much bigger health threat to Americans. President Barack Obama on Friday appointed an Ebola "czar" to oversee the U.S. response to the virus, which has infected two Dallas nurses who cared for a Liberian man who died of Ebola this month at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. But the U.S. cas...
Ebola or Not? Rapid Test for the Virus Not Here Yet
Ebola or Not? Rapid Test for the Virus Not Here Yet MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Diagnosing Ebola is very different from treating Ebola." That assessment, by Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer at Texas Health Resources, during testimony before a Congressional panel on Thursday, sums up the critical concern at the heart of the current Ebola scare. It was the challenge faced by staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas as they struggled in late September to identify and man...
Esbriet, Ofev Approved to Treat Deadly Lung Disease
Esbriet, Ofev Approved to Treat Deadly Lung Disease THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat progressive lung scarring from an uncertain cause, medically called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Approval was given to Esbriet (pirfenidone) and Ofev (nintedanib), the agency said in news releases on Wednesday. Symptoms of IPF include shortness of breath, cough and difficulty engaging in everyday activities. Current tre...
Ebola Nurse From Dallas Transferred to Atlanta Medical Center
Ebola Nurse From Dallas Transferred to Atlanta Medical Center THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second nurse at a Dallas hospital to be diagnosed with Ebola was transferred Wednesday night to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the medical center that has successfully treated two other patients with the often fatal disease. Amber Joy Vinson, 29, was diagnosed on Wednesday with Ebola after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who died from Ebola on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Pre...
ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double, Report Finds
ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double, Report Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms linked to synthetic pot -- also known as "K2" or "Spice" -- have more than doubled in recent years, U.S. officials reported Thursday. "Synthetic cannabinoids are a growing public health risk -- made even more dangerous by the widespread misconception that they are safe and legal," Pamela Hyde, administrator at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health...
Early Study Points to Diabetes Drug Controlled by Light
Early Study Points to Diabetes Drug Controlled by Light TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the future, could people with type 2 diabetes manage their medications with a pulse of light? A preliminary new study suggests it may be possible. In the study, scientists showed that the prototype drug -- for now just called JB253 -- stimulated insulin release from pancreatic cells in the lab when they were exposed to blue light. "In principle, this type of [light-activated] therapy may allow better co...
Exercise May Not Ward Off Teen Depression
Exercise May Not Ward Off Teen Depression TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although exercise has long been thought to help improve the symptoms of depression, teenagers may not reap these benefits, a new British study suggests. The study found that physical activity levels in early teen years didn't appear to affect rates of depression in later teen years. "Those participants who were more physically active in early adolescence did not subsequently have significantly lower (or higher) depressi...
Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy Shows Long-Term Effectiveness, Safety
Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy Shows Long-Term Effectiveness, Safety TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study is the first to show the long-term safety of embryonic stem cell transplants to treat human disease. The research involved 18 people who received the transplants to treat forms of macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss. The transplants, which restored some sight in more than half of the patients, appeared safe up to three years after the procedure. The study, funded by a...
Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School
Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating disorders can begin before puberty and may be linked with other mental health issues, a new study shows. Canadian researchers evaluated 215 children, aged 8 to 12, with eating problems. More than 15 percent of the kids made themselves vomit occasionally, and about 13 percent had bulimic-like behaviors. Fifty-two percent of the children had been hospitalized at least once due to their eating problem, and 48 p...
Even Decaf Coffee May Help the Liver
Even Decaf Coffee May Help the Liver FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Another study suggests that coffee might actually be healthy for your liver, and that even decaffeinated coffee may have this effect. Prior research had suggested that drinking coffee may help protect the organ, but the new study suggests caffeine might not be the active ingredient at work. In this study, researchers led by Dr. Qian Xiao, of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, analyzed data from nearly 28,000 Americans, aged ...
Ebola Patient in Dallas Hospital Takes Turn for Worse
Ebola Patient in Dallas Hospital Takes Turn for Worse SUNDAY, Oct. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States has "taken a turn for the worse," federal health officials said Sunday. Thomas Eric Duncan, a native of Liberia -- one of the West Africa nations being ravaged by the Ebola outbreak -- is receiving supportive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Hospital officials have changed his condition from serious to critical. "Ebola is a deadly d...
EPA Wants Less Dental Mercury Entering Environment
EPA Wants Less Dental Mercury Entering Environment MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new standards to reduce the amount of mercury released from dentists' offices. The changes would fall under the Clean Water Act and would lessen the amount of dental amalgam entering the environment. Mercury and other metals are mixed together to make amalgam, which is used to fill cavities. Mercury is released into public water treatment systems when de...
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