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E-Cigarettes May Pose a Risk in Pregnancy and to Children
E-Cigarettes May Pose a Risk in Pregnancy and to Children FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes may damage the developing brains of infants in the womb, as well as the brains of children and adolescents, suggests a new review of nicotine's effects. Animal experiments have shown that exposure to nicotine can harm developing lungs and brains, according to the review's senior author Dr. Tim McAfee, director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office...
Expert Offers Tips to Help Babies With Stuffy Noses
Expert Offers Tips to Help Babies With Stuffy Noses FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stuffy noses are common among babies, but many parents aren't sure how to help, an expert says. "Babies can't blow their nose, so caregivers can feel helpless in offering relief," said Dr. Andrew Hotaling, a pediatric otolaryngologist at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. "Breathing is essential to baby's health and stuffy noses can indicate something more serious," he said in a university news ...
Eylea Approval Expanded to Include Diabetic Retinopathy
Eylea Approval Expanded to Include Diabetic Retinopathy WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Eylea (aflibercept) has been expanded to treat diabetic retinopathy among people with diabetic macular edema, the agency said Wednesday in a news release. Affecting more than 29 million people in the U.S., diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness, the FDA said. Among some people who have vision-impairing d...
Ebola May Hit Young Children Hardest, Study Finds
Ebola May Hit Young Children Hardest, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola appears to do its damage faster in young children than it does in adults, a new study reports. Young children infected with Ebola during the current West African epidemic developed symptoms and required hospitalization sooner than adults. They also died days earlier than did adults with the infection, according to research from the World Health Organization's Ebola Response Team. "Anybody who develops E...
Employers Contributing Less to Workers' Health Savings Accounts
Employers Contributing Less to Workers' Health Savings Accounts WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. workers got less help socking away savings for medical expenses from their employers in 2014 than the prior year, a new study finds. Employers shelled out an average of $515 toward single workers' health savings accounts in 2014, a 10 percent decrease from $574 in 2013, United Benefit Advisors (UBA), a national network of employee benefit consultants based in Indianapolis, reported. Employe...
Exfoliate With Care, Dermatologist Urges
Exfoliate With Care, Dermatologist Urges TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If you plan to exfoliate, get some professional advice first, a dermatologist suggests. "Before you exfoliate, you really need to understand your skin and skin type," Dr. Mary Lupo, a clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "A board-certified dermatologist can help you choose the exfoliation option that's best-suit...
Exercise, But Not Vitamin D, Cuts Injuries From Falls in Older Women: Study
Exercise, But Not Vitamin D, Cuts Injuries From Falls in Older Women: Study MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Neither routine exercise nor vitamin D supplementation does anything to lower the overall risk for accidental falls among older women, a new Finnish study says. However, the risk of serious injury as a result of falling was cut by more than half when elderly women engaged in regular exercise, according to the study. "Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries and fractures in...
Evolution May Explain Why a Curvy Bottom Drives Men Wild
Evolution May Explain Why a Curvy Bottom Drives Men Wild MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men are naturally drawn to a woman with a curvy backside, a new report suggests. The "theoretically optimal angle" is a 45.5-degree curve from back to buttocks -- not necessarily a big butt, the University of Texas at Austin researchers determined. These curvaceous gals would have had an evolutionary advantage, in that they appeared able to bear multiple children easily, the researchers said. "This spinal...
Exercise Might Help His Sex Life
Exercise Might Help His Sex Life MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Up and at 'em, guys. Exercise might boost your sex life, a new study suggests. Nearly 300 men provided information about their physical activity levels and their ability to have erections and orgasms, the quality and frequency of erections, and their overall sexual function. Men who exercised the most -- as measured by what's known as metabolic equivalents (METS) -- had higher sexual function scores, regardless of race, accordin...
Early Scans for Back Pain May Do Little to Help Seniors
Early Scans for Back Pain May Do Little to Help Seniors TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most current guidelines suggest that when seniors report new back pain to their primary care physician they should quickly be sent for diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans or MRIs. But a new study suggests that early imaging may actually be a waste of both time and money. "Older adults with back pain who seek care and get imaging within six weeks of their doctors visit for back pain do not have better out...
E-Cigarette Ads Linked to Tobacco Cravings
E-Cigarette Ads Linked to Tobacco Cravings MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Television ads for e-cigarettes trigger cravings for cigarettes in current and former smokers, a new study found. The study included more than 800 daily, occasional and former smokers who watched e-cigarette ads and then completed a survey to assess their smoking urges, intentions and behaviors. Regular smokers who saw ads with people using e-cigarettes (vaping) had a greater urge to smoke than regular smokers who did ...
Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk
Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adding an experimental new biologic drug to conventional cholesterol-lowering drugs may result in better cholesterol control and reduced risks of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study. Compared to patients on conventional therapy alone, those who also got the experimental drug evolocumab were half as likely to die, suffer a heart attack or a stroke or be in the hospital to ha...
E-Cigarette Use in College Tied to Other Risky Behaviors
E-Cigarette Use in College Tied to Other Risky Behaviors FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- College students who use tobacco, marijuana and/or binge drink are more likely to use electronic cigarettes, researchers report. The study included more than 1,400 students, aged 18 to 23, at four colleges/universities in upstate New York who took part in an online survey. More than 95 percent of the respondents knew about e-cigarettes, and nearly 30 percent said they had tried e-cigarettes, the survey fo...
Ebola Outbreak Disrupted Routine Medical Care in West Africa
Ebola Outbreak Disrupted Routine Medical Care in West Africa THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola caused major disruptions to health care systems in West Africa and has put hundreds of thousands of children at risk for measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, new research suggests. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak that began in December 2013 and has led to more than 14,000 confirmed cases and more than 10,000 deaths. Many health care facilities...
Excessive Use of Medical Scans Varies By Region
Excessive Use of Medical Scans Varies By Region THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The overuse of expensive medical imaging such as MRI and CT scans is an ongoing cause of concern. Now, a study finds that if you're an American with low-risk prostate or breast cancer, your odds for getting an unnecessary scan vary based on where you live. One expert said the unwarranted ordering of imaging scans can have a big ripple effect on medical bills. Reining in the use of these scans "is important not o...
Exercise's Effect on Brain May Boost Mobility in Old Age
Exercise's Effect on Brain May Boost Mobility in Old Age WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Staying physically active as you age may ward off brain damage that can limit mobility, a small study says. Small areas of brain damage called white matter hyperintensities are seen in MRI scans of many older patients, according to scientists from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Higher levels of this damage have been linked to difficulty walking and other mobility problems, the researchers s...
Employees Often Angry Over After-Work Texts, Emails
Employees Often Angry Over After-Work Texts, Emails MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many employees get mad when they receive after-hours emails or texts from work, and that anger can interfere with their personal lives, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 314 working adults over seven days to track their responses when they opened work emails/texts after they had left the office. "People who were part of the study reported they became angry when they received a work email or text after ...
Experimental Ebola Vaccine Appears Successful in At Least One Case
Experimental Ebola Vaccine Appears Successful in At Least One Case THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine may have prevented the disease in a doctor who was at high risk of infection, according to a new report. The report comes on the heels of news from the World Health Organization that trials of the vaccine, called VSV-EBOV, will begin this weekend in the West African nation of Guinea. "If a vaccine is found effective, it will be the first preventive tool against Ebo...
Exercise May Boost Size of Some Brain Regions
Exercise May Boost Size of Some Brain Regions THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may increase the size of brain regions that contribute to balance and coordination, preliminary research suggests. The small new study in twins found that those who exercised more had increased brain volume in areas of the brain related to movement. These changes "may have health implications in the long-term, such as possibly reducing the risk of falling and mobility limitations in older age," said study ...
Erratic Sleep May Make Teens Hungrier
Erratic Sleep May Make Teens Hungrier THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Night-to-night changes in the amount of sleep teens get may affect how much they eat, a new study suggests. The research included 342 teens, average age 17, who slept an average of 7 hours a night. But after nights when they slept an hour less or more than normal, the teens ate an average of 201 more calories, 6 grams more fat and 32 grams more carbohydrates a day. Also, they were much more likely to have nighttime snacks ...
Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk
Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk THURSDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who start having hot flashes at a younger age may be at increased risk for heart disease, according to two studies conducted by the same team of researchers. One of the studies also found that women who have more frequent hot flashes during a typical day may be at raised heart risk. Led by Rebecca Thurston, of the University of Pittsburgh, the studies found that women who begin experiencing h...
Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds
Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that treating depression with antidepressants may have an added bonus: reducing heart risks. "Screening and treatment of depressive symptoms should be a high priority" in heart patients, lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The findi...
Early Studies See No Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy
Early Studies See No Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Testosterone therapy doesn't seem to increase a man's risk of heart attack or stroke, a pair of new studies suggests. "Testosterone therapy in any form -- gel, pills or injections -- does not appear to cause adverse cardiovascular effects," said Dr. Pawan Patel, lead author of one of the studies and an academic physician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. The studies are to be presented next week a...
ER Physician Raises Concerns About Powdered Caffeine
ER Physician Raises Concerns About Powdered Caffeine FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The availability of both alcohol and caffeine in powdered form that can be added to food or drinks has sparked public concern, but one expert says the substances don't pose equal risks. Several states, including Pennsylvania, have taken steps to preemptively ban the sale of powdered alcohol, but an emergency specialist warns that powdered caffeine is probably the greater health threat. "Of the two, caffeine is...
Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey
Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than nine in 10 epilepsy patients who had brain surgery to try to control their seizures are happy they did so, a new survey reveals. The review appears to be driven by the fact that patients saw the number of debilitating seizures they experienced after surgery either drop significantly or disappear altogether, the researchers noted. "One percent of the U.S. population has epilepsy, and among that ...
Early Hospital Release May Hurt Broken-Hip Patients
Early Hospital Release May Hurt Broken-Hip Patients WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients with a broken hip are more likely to die after the fracture if they're discharged from the hospital early, a new study indicates. "Our results suggest that the continuous efforts to decrease length of stay after major surgery is associated with higher mortality after hospital discharge," Peter Nordstrom, of Umea University in Sweden, and colleagues wrote. The researchers analyzed data from mor...
Exposing Babies to Peanuts May Help Curb Allergy Risk
Exposing Babies to Peanuts May Help Curb Allergy Risk MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Giving peanut products to infants at high risk for peanut allergy may reduce the risk of developing the allergy by 80 percent, a startlingly new study suggests. For years, the conventional wisdom was to avoid giving peanuts to infants who were at risk for developing an allergy to them. And although that recommendation was retracted in 2008, many parents continued to avoid giving peanut products to their infan...
Ears May Have Natural Defense Against Loud Noise, Mouse Study Shows
Ears May Have Natural Defense Against Loud Noise, Mouse Study Shows FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ears have a natural mechanism to help protect them against extremely loud and damaging noises, new research suggests. Researchers pinpointed a connection from a part of the ear known as the cochlea to the brain that warns of intense incoming noise. The cochlea is the hearing part of the inner ear. This noise alert system may be the reason you stick your fingers in your ears when there is an extr...
Ebola Transmission Through Cough Possible, But Not Likely: Experts
Ebola Transmission Through Cough Possible, But Not Likely: Experts THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The cough of very sick Ebola patients could be as dangerous as their vomit or diarrhea to those around them, a new report suggests. However, the same experts also cautioned that this does not mean that the deadly virus could spread quickly through the air, as illnesses like measles or flu do. The report "shouldn't be something that alarms the public into believing that Ebola could become airbor...
Eczema Cream for Children Not a Cancer Risk, Study Finds
Eczema Cream for Children Not a Cancer Risk, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A cream used to treat the skin condition eczema in children does not appear to increase the risk of cancer, according to a study funded by the maker of the cream. Researchers looked at nearly 7,500 children in the United States who were given an average of 793 grams of pimecrolimus (Elidel) cream to treat eczema and were followed for 10 years. As of May 2014, five cases of cancer were diagnosed among th...
Eating More Fiber Helped People Lose Weight, Researchers Report
Eating More Fiber Helped People Lose Weight, Researchers Report MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A simple high-fiber diet can provide health benefits while being easier to stick with than a diet calling for multiple changes in eating habits, a new clinical trial concludes. People who only added more fiber to their otherwise normal diet were able to lose weight, lower their blood pressure and reduce blood sugar levels -- all key to staving off diabetes and improving overall health. They didn't l...
Eyes May Be Window to Outcomes After Stroke, Research Suggests
Eyes May Be Window to Outcomes After Stroke, Research Suggests WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The eye's optic nerve may provide clues to a stroke patient's survival, a new study indicates. The research focuses on the sheath surrounding the optic nerve, which connects the eye and the brain. Using ultrasound to measure the thickness of the sheath may help spot patients at higher risk of death within days or months due to higher pressure inside the skull, according to a team from the Universi...
Effectiveness of Implanted Defibrillators May Depend on Patient's Age
Effectiveness of Implanted Defibrillators May Depend on Patient's Age TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) prolong survival among heart patients who face a high risk for sudden cardiac death, a new review of research indicates. But, ICDs may not benefit all patients to the same degree, as their effectiveness seems to diminish somewhat with the advancing age of the patient, the review authors said. The investigators caution that the studies included in...
Ebola Drug Shows Promise in Monkey Trial
Ebola Drug Shows Promise in Monkey Trial TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An investigational drug designed to stop Ebola in its tracks has shown early promise in a study involving rhesus monkeys, researchers say. The drug in question, for now dubbed AVI-7537, appeared to safely protect 75 percent of treated monkeys from Ebola after exposure to the virus. However, it has not been tested in humans, and trials in animals often fail to translate to success in people, experts note. The search for v...
Energy Drinks Tied to Inattention, Hyper Behavior in Middle Schoolers: Study
Energy Drinks Tied to Inattention, Hyper Behavior in Middle Schoolers: Study MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Energy drinks are linked to hyperactivity and inattention in middle-school students, a new study reveals. Yale University researchers looked at more than 1,600 students at middle schools in one urban school district in Connecticut. Their average age was around 12 years. Boys were more likely to consume energy drinks than girls. The researchers also found that among boys, black and Hispan...
Exclusive Breast-Feeding May Ease Transition to Solid Food
Exclusive Breast-Feeding May Ease Transition to Solid Food THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding helps prepare babies to eat solid food by creating a healthy population of bacteria in the digestive tract, a small study says. "We can see from the data that including formula in an infant's diet does change the gut bacteria even if you are also breast-feeding. Exclusive breast-feeding seems to really smooth out the transition to solid foods," study first author Amanda Thompson, an assoc...
Ebola Donations Slow to Reach West Africa
Ebola Donations Slow to Reach West Africa WEDNEDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only about 40 percent of the nearly $2.9 billion in international aid promised for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa had reached the hard-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by Dec. 31, a new study found. Delays in aid may have contributed to the spread of the virus and even increased the need for money to fight the outbreak, according to study author Karen Grepin, an assistant professor of global health p...
E-Cigarettes Seem to Dampen Immune Response in Mice
E-Cigarettes Seem to Dampen Immune Response in Mice WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research with mice shows that electronic cigarette vapor weakens the immune system in the lungs and contains some of the same harmful chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes are growing in popularity in the United States, partly because many people think they aren't as dangerous as tobacco cigarettes, the researchers said. "Our findings suggest that e-cigarettes are not neutral in terms of the...
Electronic Devices May Disrupt Teen Sleep, Study Reports
Electronic Devices May Disrupt Teen Sleep, Study Reports TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Spending too much time using electronic devices during the day harms teens' sleep, a new study suggests. The research included nearly 10,000 Norwegian teens, aged 16 to 19, who were asked how much screen time (computer, smartphone, tablet, video game console, television, MP3 player) they got during the day outside of school, and about the amount and quality of their sleep. The use of any electronic device ...
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...
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