Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades
Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For those visiting a person with advanced Alzheimer's, the moment can be bittersweet -- will the patient even remember or care that the loved one was there? Now, a new study suggests that even if people with the mind-robbing illness quickly forget a visit or other event, the emotions tied to the experience may linger. The study included 17 Alzheimer's patients who watched 20-minute clips of e...
Escitalopram Oral solution
Escitalopram Oral solution What is this medicine? ESCITALOPRAM (es sye TAL oh pram) is used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. This medicine can be taken with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more...
Escitalopram Oral tablet
Escitalopram Oral tablet What is this medicine? ESCITALOPRAM (es sye TAL oh pram) is used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of yo...
Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG, Resting ECG, Resting EKG) Procedure overview What is an electrocardiogram? An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to evaluate the heart. Electrodes (small, plastic patches) are placed at certain locations on the chest, arms, and legs. When the electrodes are connected to an ECG machine by lead wires, the electrical activity of the heart is measured, interpreted, and printed out for the doctor's information and further interpretat...
Endometrial Ablation Procedure overview What is an endometrial ablation? Endometrial ablation is a procedure to permanently remove a thin tissue layer of the lining of the uterus to stop or reduce excessive or abnormal bleeding in women for whom childbearing is complete. The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. In some cases, endometrial ablation may be an alternative to hysterectomy. There are several techniques used to perform endometrial ablation including the following: Electrical or elec...
Endometrial Biopsy (Biopsy-Endometrium) Procedure overview What is an endometrial biopsy? An endometrial biopsy is a procedure performed to obtain a small tissue sample from the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. After the biopsy, the endometrial tissue is examined under a microscope to identify the presence of abnormal cells, or the effects of hormones on the endometrium. Other related procedures used to evaluate and treat endometrial problems include dilation and curettage (D & C), hyst...
Ewing Sarcoma What is Ewing sarcoma? Ewing sarcoma is a cancer that occurs primarily in the bone or soft tissue. Ewing sarcoma can occur in any bone, but it most often is is found in the hip bones, ribs, or in the long bones, such as the femur (thigh), tibia (shin), or humerus (upper arm). It can involve the muscle and the soft tissues around the tumor site as well. Ewing sarcoma cells can also spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body including the bone marrow, lungs, kidneys, heart, adrenal glan...
Ectopic Pregnancy What is ectopic pregnancy? About 2 percent of all pregnancies develop outside the uterus and is called an ectopic pregnancy. These are nearly always in a fallopian tube. Rarely, an ectopic pregnancy will be located in an ovary or in the cervix, or even in the abdomen. Ectopic pregnancy is more common in women with the following conditions: Infertility (difficulty conceiving) Endometriosis--a condition in which the tissue normally inside the uterus grows in other areas of the pelvis. Se...
Examples of Teratogens
Examples of Teratogens There are many different examples of teratogens that cause birth defects. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Phenytoin (Dilantin) Varicella
Evaluating a Child for Birth Defects
Evaluating a Child for Birth Defects There are many tests that help to evaluate a child for birth defects. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Newborn Screening for Birth Defects Medical History and Genetic Testing
Eye Safety and First Aid
Eye Safety and First Aid As a parent, you can help your child avoid eye trauma with the proper use of safety equipment during sports and recreational activities. Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding eye safety and first aid for your child, for which we have provided a brief overview. Avoiding Eye Injuries Cosmetic Safety for Contact Lens Wearers First Aid for the Eyes
Emergency Treatment of a Burn Injury
Emergency Treatment of a Burn Injury Burn injuries require emergency clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are several different types of burn injuries, for which we have provided a brief overview. Chemical Burns Heat or Thermal Burns Electrical Burns
Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions
Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions Children can have many problems with their ears, nose, and throat. In fact, ear infections alone account for millions of doctor's appointments each year. Listed in the directory below are some common conditions of the ear, nose, and throat in the growing child, for which we have provided a brief overview. Otitis Media Swimmer's Ear Nosebleeds Sinusitis Pharyngitis / Tonsillitis
Endometrial Cancer Click Image to Enlarge What is endometrial cancer? The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. Cancer of the endometrium, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs, is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the endometrium. Cancer of the endometrium is different from cancer of the muscle of the uterus, which is called uterine sarcoma. About 80% of all endometrial cancers are adenocarcinomas. Endometrial cancer is highly curable when found ea...
Eye Safety There are many important safety considerations when it comes to avoiding eye injuries. Listed below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview: Avoiding Eye Injuries Cosmetic Safety for Contact Lens Wearers Eye Safety at the Computer First-Aid for Eyes
Endocrinology Statistics Statistics related to the endocrine system Consider the following statistics, as they relate to the endocrine system: About 210,000 people with acute pancreatitis are admitted to hospitals in the United States each year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that about 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. It's one of the most expensive diseases in the U.S, with an annual cost of $245 billion. Osteoporosis affects 40 million people in the U.S.. It causes 2 million b...
Evaluation Procedures for Stroke
Evaluation Procedures for Stroke How is stroke diagnosed? In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for stroke may include the following. Imaging tests of the brain Preparing for a CT Scan Computed tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan). A diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the...
Take the Emphysema Quiz Emphysema is a long-term lung disease that usually gets worse over time. It's a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to the American Lung Association, close to 5 million Americans have emphysema. Take this quiz to see what you know about this disease. 1. Cigarette smoking is the usual cause of emphysema. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Cigarette smoking is the cause in about 90% of people with emphysema. A smoker is 1...
Early Detection and Prevention Are Keys to Gynecological Health
Early Detection and Prevention Are Keys to Gynecological Health It’s important to know about your family’s history of breast, ovarian, uterine, and colon cancer. These can be genetically transmitted through either your mother or father. The Foundation for Women's Cancer (FWC), formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) has designated September as Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. The goal is to draw attention to the importance of early detection and prevention. Gynecologic cancers include all ca...
Easing Side Effects of Vulvar Cancer Treatment
Easing Side Effects of Vulvar Cancer Treatment Anxiety and depression You may feel blue, anxious, or distressed after being told you have cancer. These feelings are normal and may continue or come back throughout treatment. Taking these actions may ease your mental stress: Talk with your family or friends. Consider joining a cancer support group or finding a cancer "buddy" who can help you cope. Consider learning relaxation techniques, meditation, or yoga to help control and ease mood swings. Exercise t...
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Early Research With Drug Restores Hair in Patients With Alopecia
Early Research With Drug Restores Hair in Patients With Alopecia SUNDAY, Aug. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat a rare type of bone marrow cancer restores hair in patients with an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, a new study found. Columbia University Medical Center researchers found that the drug ruxolitinib (brand name: Jakafi) restored hair growth in a small number of patients with alopecia areata, a disease in which immune cells destroy hair follicles. Alopecia areata can oc...
Ease Kids Into School Sleep Schedules
Ease Kids Into School Sleep Schedules SUNDAY, Aug. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents shouldn't wait until the last minute to help children get back into their normal sleep schedules for school, an expert says. "Getting back on a normal sleep schedule doesn't just happen overnight," Peter Bidey, instructor of family medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, said in a college news release. "A gradual transition back to regular sleep habits is essential. A drastic change in sleep habits ...
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Officials at the World Health Organization said that the first round of clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine made by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline could begin next month. A vaccine resulting from the trials could possibly be available by 2015, MSN News reported Sunday. Late last week, WHO declared the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in West Africa a "public health emergency." The outbreak, which has already clai...
Exposure to Common Antibacterials May Affect Growth of Fetus: Study
Exposure to Common Antibacterials May Affect Growth of Fetus: Study SUNDAY, Aug. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many pregnant women and their unborn children are being exposed to antibacterial compounds that may be linked to developmental and reproductive issues, a new small study suggests. The antibacterial triclosan appeared in the urine of every woman tested in the study, and triclocarban, another antibacterial chemical, appeared in more than 85 percent of the urine samples, the researchers report. Pot...
Ethicists Grapple With Tough Questions Over Release of Ebola Drugs
Ethicists Grapple With Tough Questions Over Release of Ebola Drugs MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As the number of dead in the West African Ebola outbreak nears 1,000, many people are calling for the wider production and release of untested medicines that might help patients. A precious handful of samples of one such drug, called ZMapp, appeared to boost the recovery of two American aid workers stricken with the viral disease, which has a 90 percent fatality rate. And on Monday, Spain announc...
Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk in Older Women, Study Finds
Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk in Older Women, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older women intent on keeping breast cancer at bay may want to start and maintain a regular exercise regimen, a new study shows. The researchers found that regular physical activity cuts the odds of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, but that protection disappears if women stop exercising. One expert wasn't surprised by the findings. "As a breast surgeon, one of my roles is to discuss prevention st...
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September
Ebola Vaccine Trials Set to Begin in September SUNDAY, Aug. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Officials at the World Health Organization said that the first round of clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine made by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline could begin next month. A vaccine resulting from the trials could possibly be available by 2015, MSN News reported Sunday. Late last week WHO declared the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in West Africa a "public health emergency." The outbreak, which has already claim...
Eating Out Equals Eating More
Eating Out Equals Eating More THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that people who eat out consume an average of about 200 calories more a day than when they cook at home. They also take in more saturated fat, sugar and salt. The study has limitations. It doesn't say anything about whether frequent restaurant diners are unhealthier than at-home eaters, and it doesn't take into account the potential benefits of eating out, such as socializing and reducing the stress of cooking. St...
Ebola Patient Nancy Writebol Making 'Slow Improvement'
Ebola Patient Nancy Writebol Making 'Slow Improvement' TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second of two Americans stricken with Ebola in the West African nation of Liberia arrived in the United States on Tuesday for treatment and is said to be making "slow improvement." Carried in a plane specially outfitted with an isolation unit, Nancy Writebol, 59, arrived just outside Atlanta Tuesday morning, NBC News reported. She was taken to Emory University Hospital, where she was wheeled in on a stre...
Experts Issue Guidelines for Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Experts Issue Guidelines for Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Newly released guidelines for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and a type of constipation known as chronic idiopathic constipation reveal a number of proven treatments for these two common conditions. "There's a greater variety of approaches which reflect a greater understanding of the disorders," said guidelines co-author Dr. Eamonn Quigley, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepa...
Experimental Serum May Have Been Key to Recovery of 2 Ebola Patients: Reports
Experimental Serum May Have Been Key to Recovery of 2 Ebola Patients: Reports MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental serum never before tried in people may have been pivotal in helping treat two Americans stricken with Ebola, according to media reports. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59, both contracted the highly fatal virus while working to help infected patients in the West African nation of Liberia. Brantly was flown on a specially equipped plane to Atlanta on Saturday f...
Ebola Patient Dr Kent Brantly Arrives in U.S., May Be Improving
Ebola Patient Dr Kent Brantly Arrives in U.S., May Be Improving SUNDAY, Aug. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dr Kent Brantly, one of two Americans stricken with the Ebola virus in the West Africa nation of Liberia, was delivered Saturday morning to an Atlanta hospital for treatment and is showing signs of improvement, experts say. Brantly "seems to be improved from the reports we got earlier," Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on ...
Ebola Patient to Be Flown to U.S. for Treatment
Ebola Patient to Be Flown to U.S. for Treatment FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An American who is battling the Ebola virus in West Africa will be flown to the United States for treatment over the next few days, according to staff at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The name of the patient is not yet being released, but there are two known American patients currently fighting Ebola in medical centers in Monrovia, Liberia: Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59. Both had been working ...
Expert Offers School Bus Safety Tips
Expert Offers School Bus Safety Tips FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 140 people die every year in accidents related to school transportation in the United States. But there are several simple ways to prevent school bus-related catastrophes, Dawne Gardner, injury prevention coordinator at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Comprehensive Children's Injury Center, said in a medical center news release. "As families begin to prepare for children returning to school, it's importa...
Early Stem Cell Transplant Vital in 'Bubble Boy' Disease
Early Stem Cell Transplant Vital in 'Bubble Boy' Disease WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born with so-called "bubble boy" disease can often be cured with a stem cell transplant, regardless of the donor -- but early treatment is critical, a new study finds. Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), as the condition is medically known, actually refers to a group of rare genetic disorders that all but eliminate the immune system. That leaves children at high risk of severe infections. Th...
Extreme Weather Kills 2,000 in U.S. Each Year: CDC
Extreme Weather Kills 2,000 in U.S. Each Year: CDC WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Each year in the United States, at least 2,000 Americans die from extreme heat or cold, floods or lightning, health officials said Wednesday. Heat waves, heat stroke or sun stroke caused nearly one-third of more than 10,600 weather-related deaths reported between 2006 and 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cold snaps or hypothermia -- a severe loss of body heat -- accounte...
Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts
Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy women at low risk of cardiovascular disease may be able to take hormone replacement therapy soon after menopause for a short time without harming their hearts, according to a new study. Previous studies, including the large-scale Women's Health Initiative, found that hormone replacement therapy had harmful effects on the heart. But, many of those women were older when they began the hormone treatments,...
Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma Symptoms
Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma Symptoms WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with asthma, just believing an odor is potentially harmful is enough to trigger airway inflammation for at least 24 hours, a new study indicates. "It's not just what you smell, but also what you think you smell," study author Cristina Jaen, a physiologist at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, said in a Monell news release. "Asthmatics often are anxious about scents and fragranc...
Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study
Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking is harder for people with depression, according to a new review. Depression can make it more difficult to ride out the anxiety, cravings or lack of sleep that come with trying to quit cold turkey, scientists found. But extra exercise -- even just a walk -- could help people quit faster, they said. "The review should be seen as a call to arms," the study's co-author, Gregory Moullec, a post...
EPA Unveils New Bug Repellant Labeling
EPA Unveils New Bug Repellant Labeling FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new graphic for insect repellant labels will show consumers how many hours the product will protect them from mosquitoes and/or ticks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. "We are working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF [sun-protection factor] labeling did for sunscreens," Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said in an agenc...
Energy Drink 'Cocktails' May Boost Desire to Drink More
Energy Drink 'Cocktails' May Boost Desire to Drink More THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol appears to boost the desire to keep on drinking, new research reveals. The finding from a small study of young adults suggests that the energy drink-booze combination could fuel a higher risk for dangerous binge-drinking, the Australian researchers said. "Based on our study, we can't be certain whether it was the caffeine or the sugary additives that made the ...
Even Mild Concussion Can Cause Thinking, Memory Problems: Study
Even Mild Concussion Can Cause Thinking, Memory Problems: Study WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A mild or moderate concussion may have longer-lasting consequences than previously realized, a new study suggests. By comparing brain imaging studies and thinking tests between healthy people and those with relatively minor concussions, the researchers found that the recovery of thinking skills can take a long time. Minor concussions can be caused by events such as falling off a bike, being in a ...
Exercise May Help Counter Health Risks of Sedentary Lifestyle
Exercise May Help Counter Health Risks of Sedentary Lifestyle THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being a couch potato may have fewer long-term health consequences if you trade some of your couch time for gym time, suggests a new study. The research found that people who were more fit were able to counter some of the ill health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, such as high blood pressure. And, not surprisingly, folks who were fitter also had less body fat, according to the researchers from the ...
Even Moderate Drinking Might Raise Odds for Irregular Heartbeat
Even Moderate Drinking Might Raise Odds for Irregular Heartbeat MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who indulge in even a drink or two a day of wine or liquor may raise their odds for a potentially dangerous form of irregular heartbeat, a new study suggests. The study did not find a similar trend among moderate beer drinkers -- they seemed to have no bump up in risk for the arrhythmia, known as atrial fibrillation. According to researchers reporting in the July 14 issue of the Journal of th...
Exercising Moms-to-Be Have Less Chubby Babies, Study Finds
Exercising Moms-to-Be Have Less Chubby Babies, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to mothers who exercise in late pregnancy may enter the world with a little less body fat, a new study finds. Researchers said that could be a good thing, since extra fat at birth could continue into childhood and beyond. But the long-term health implications, if any, are not known yet. "Body composition at birth is important," said Dr. Dana Dabelea, the senior researcher on the study and a...
Emergency Surgeries on Weekends Riskier for Kids: Study
Emergency Surgeries on Weekends Riskier for Kids: Study FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have emergency surgery on weekends are at greater risk for complications and potentially even death than those who have weekday surgeries, according to a new study. However, the Johns Hopkins researchers noted that the risk of death was "miniscule." The researchers analyzed data on nearly 440,000 simple emergency surgeries that children across the United States underwent over a 22-year period. ...
Eye Tests Might Help ID Alzheimer's, Studies Suggest
Eye Tests Might Help ID Alzheimer's, Studies Suggest SUNDAY, July 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eye tests could be used to identify people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, two new studies suggest. In one study, early results from 40 participants who used a certain eye test found a significant association between levels of beta-amyloid plaques in the retina of the eye and levels of the plaques in the brain. Beta-amyloid plaques in the brain are associated with Alzheimer's disease. This type of ...
Experts Reject Routine Screening for Narrowed Neck Arteries
Experts Reject Routine Screening for Narrowed Neck Arteries MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Routine screening for a narrowing of the neck arteries should not be done in healthy adults, an influential panel of U.S. health experts says. The arteries that run along both sides of the neck supply blood to the brain. If they become narrowed -- a condition called carotid artery stenosis -- this reduced blood flow to the brain can boost the risk of stroke. But the downside of having everyone tested for...
Ecstasy Use Tied to Rare Spinal Blood Vessel Problem in Teen
Ecstasy Use Tied to Rare Spinal Blood Vessel Problem in Teen THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A teen who took the street drug called "ecstasy" suffered a potentially deadly bulge in his spinal cord artery, doctors said. This condition -- called a posterior spinal artery aneurysm -- occurs when the artery wall weakens and bulges. If the aneurysm bursts, it can cause serious damage or death. Only 12 cases of spinal artery aneurysm have been reported, but all of them resulted in bleeding that aff...
Expert Offers Safe Splinter Removal Tips
Expert Offers Safe Splinter Removal Tips SATURDAY, Aug. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The carefree barefoot days of summer can increase your risk of getting a splinter -- pieces of wood or other foreign bodies that are partially or fully stuck in the skin. Most splinters are easily taken care of at home. But, some deep splinters may need medical attention. Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency room physician at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in New Jersey, provided the following tips on how to safely remov...
Eye Doctors Offer Fireworks Safety Tips
Eye Doctors Offer Fireworks Safety Tips THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you and your family like fireworks, the best way to enjoy them is by watching displays staged by professionals, according to eye doctors. In 2012, about 8,700 Americans were injured by fireworks, and more than 1,000 of those cases involved eye injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most of the fireworks-related injuries occurred in the 30-day period before and after the Fourth of July. While you...
Expert Offers Motorcycle Safety Tips
Expert Offers Motorcycle Safety Tips SUNDAY, July 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For many people, a long holiday weekend means a chance for a long motorcycle ride. But, do you know all you need to know about motorcycle safety? "The feeling you get while riding is indescribable; however, it can change in the blink of an eye," riding enthusiast and registered nurse, Carol Bullard, cautioned in a Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center news release. Bullard, who also teaches a motorcycle safety class, offers these...
Earlier is Better to Catch Hearing Loss
Earlier is Better to Catch Hearing Loss When should your child's hearing be tested? Sooner than you think. Many experts urge hearing tests before newborns leave the hospital. Every year, about 1 to 3 per 1,000 babies are born with hearing problems in the U.S. That translates to as many as 33 babies with hearing impairments born every day. Many states have passed laws requiring hospitals to do hearing tests on all newborn infants before they leave the hospital. For years, routine hearing tests took place...
ER Visits Peak When Kids Barred From Child Care: Study
ER Visits Peak When Kids Barred From Child Care: Study MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Child care centers commonly bar parents from dropping off a child with a runny nose or other minor illness. And the result, a new study finds, can be needless trips to the emergency room. That's because a doctor's note is often required for a sick child to return to child care -- or for an employee to stay home with an ill child. So working parents may rush the kid to an ER or urgent care center rather than ...
E-Cigarette Sources Soaring, Study Finds
E-Cigarette Sources Soaring, Study Finds MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Online marketing of electronic cigarettes and flavors has soared in recent years, a new study finds. "The number of e-cigarette brands sold on the Internet is large and the variety of flavors staggering," Dr. Shu-Hong Zhu, of the University of California, San Diego, department of family and preventive medicine, and colleagues said. About 10 new brands and more than 240 new flavors appeared online each month during their s...
Experts Revise Optimum Blood Sugar Level for Kids With Type 1 Diabetes
Experts Revise Optimum Blood Sugar Level for Kids With Type 1 Diabetes MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Experts at the American Diabetes Association are advising a lower blood sugar target for children and teens with type 1 diabetes. According to the ADA, patients younger than age 19 should try to maintain an A1C blood sugar level lower than 7.5 percent, the group said in a new position statement. A1C is a test that determines average blood sugar (glucose) levels over several months. "The new t...
Exercise May Spur More Varied Gut Microbes, Study Finds
Exercise May Spur More Varied Gut Microbes, Study Finds TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can increase the diversity of bacteria found in the gut, possibly boosting the immune system and improving long-term health, British researchers report. High levels of dietary protein might have the same effect, according to their study, published June 9 in the journal Gut . "Understanding the complex relationship among what we choose to eat, activity levels and gut microbiota richness is essentia...
Easy-to-Use IV Antibiotics Could Help Treat Serious Skin Infections
Easy-to-Use IV Antibiotics Could Help Treat Serious Skin Infections WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Severe skin infections are often treated with IV antibiotics for days. But two new drugs -- given once a week, or just once -- could offer an alternative, researchers report. The findings come from two independent studies published June 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine . In one, researchers found that a single-dose IV antibiotic called oritavancin worked as well as standard antibiotic ...
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