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Fertility Info Lacking for Young Women Who Beat Cancer
Fertility Info Lacking for Young Women Who Beat Cancer MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many young female cancer survivors say they don't receive enough information about preserving their fertility, a new study finds. These women are at risk for early menopause because of their cancer treatment. If they want to have children but are not yet ready to start a family, they may be able to freeze their eggs or embryos after treatment, researchers explained. "The potential loss of fertility has been d...
FDA Unveils Makeover of Nutrition Facts Label
FDA Unveils Makeover of Nutrition Facts Label FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods in the United States is about to get a long-awaited facelift, with a redesign emphasizing realistic portion sizes and added sugars. The announcement Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reflects changing science and an attempt to rein in Americans' unhealthy eating patterns and help consumers make better choices, the agency said. The updated design, for instance, ...
Frat Brothers Keep Chugging Despite Anti-Booze Efforts
Frat Brothers Keep Chugging Despite Anti-Booze Efforts FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The boys of "Animal House" and "Neighbors" may be immune to anti-boozing programs that curb drinking for other college kids, new research suggests. As Brown University researcher Lori Scott-Sheldon put it: "Current intervention methods appear to have limited effectiveness in reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among fraternity and possibly sorority members." Scott-Sheldon's team reviewed...
Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be Not as Effective as Thought?
Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be Not as Effective as Thought? FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fortifying cereals, grains and flour with folic acid has not protected against the risk of certain birth defects as much as experts thought it would, a large, new study suggests. At issue are neural tube defects, which include anencephaly, a fatal condition where a baby's brain does not develop, and a paralyzing spinal cord deformity known as spina bifida. In the late 1990s, health experts found that low foli...
Fatty Foods During Teen Years May Influence Later Breast Cancer Risk
Fatty Foods During Teen Years May Influence Later Breast Cancer Risk THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who eat high amounts of saturated fats or low amounts of healthier mono- and polyunsaturated fats tend to have denser breasts 15 years later, new research suggests. That's important because greater breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer, the study authors said. But the researchers noted they didn't find a large change in breast density volume based on dietary fat intake. "It w...
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Bladder Cancer
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Bladder Cancer THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat bladder cancer was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. Tecentriq (atezolizumab) treats the most common type of bladder cancer, called urothelial carcinoma. It's the first in its class of drugs, called PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors, approved to treat this type of cancer. "Tecentriq provides these patients with a new therapy targeting the PD-L1 pathway," Dr. Richard Pazdur, dire...
Family Rejection Triples Risk for Suicide Attempts by Transgender People: Study
Family Rejection Triples Risk for Suicide Attempts by Transgender People: Study THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender people can face big difficulties, but a new study shows their journey is made much harder when family members reject them. The researchers found that risks for attempting suicide more than tripled for transgender adults who experienced a "high level" of familial rejection. The risk for alcohol or drug abuse also rose much higher in these situations, the research found. W...
Facebook's Lure the Same for Young and Old
Facebook's Lure the Same for Young and Old FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults are joining Facebook in large numbers for the same reasons as kids and younger adults -- to develop social connections, a new survey finds. "Earlier studies suggest a positive relationship between bonding and bridging social capital and Facebook use among college students," said researcher Eun Hwa Jung, a doctoral candidate in mass communications at Penn State University. "Our study extends this finding to s...
FDA to Re-examine What Makes a Food 'Healthy'
FDA to Re-examine What Makes a Food 'Healthy' TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Which of these foods, if any, should be labeled "healthy"? Raisin bran? Avocados? Granola bars? Going by current -- and perhaps outdated -- U.S. food-labeling regulations, it's impossible to know, food makers and legislators contend. But that's about to change under a U.S. Food and Drug Administration plan to redefine the definition of "healthy" foods. "We believe now is an opportune time to reevaluate regulations co...
FDA Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
FDA Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it is banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, as part of its long-awaited plan to extend the agency's regulatory powers across all tobacco products. The new rules would halt the sale of e-cigarettes and any other tobacco product to anyone younger than 18. The regulations also would require photo IDs to buy e-cigarettes, and ban retailers from handing out free sam...
Fatty Foods, Drowsy Days
Fatty Foods, Drowsy Days TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who eat a lot of fatty foods may find themselves needing an afternoon nap, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among almost 800 men aged 35 to 80, those with diets high in fat reported more problems with daytime sleepiness. The connection was not explained by body weight, exercise levels or chronic health issues, such as diabetes or depression. The study, published recently in the journal Nutrients , does not prove that dieta...
For ADHD, Start With Behavior Therapy, Not Drugs: CDC
For ADHD, Start With Behavior Therapy, Not Drugs: CDC TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Behavior modification therapy is preferable to drugs for treating children 2 to 5 years old who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, U.S. health officials say. "Behavior therapy has been shown to help improve symptoms in young children with ADHD and can be as effective as medicine, but without the side effects," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...
Female Pelvis Widens, Then Shrinks Over a Lifetime, Study Finds
Female Pelvis Widens, Then Shrinks Over a Lifetime, Study Finds MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's pelvic structure keeps adapting over her lifetime -- first widening to accommodate childbirth, then later narrowing, a new study suggests. The researchers said their findings challenge the idea that a woman's pelvis is set in stone. Some scientists have proposed that the female pelvis was "programmed by evolution for childbirth," explained lead researcher Marcia Ponce de Leon. At the same...
Focus on Healthy Foods, Not Avoiding 'Bad' Ones, for Heart Health: Study
Focus on Healthy Foods, Not Avoiding 'Bad' Ones, for Heart Health: Study MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Emphasizing healthy foods in your diet, not just banishing "bad" foods, may be the key to avoiding heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the eating habits of thousands of older adults worldwide with heart disease and found results that might surprise you. "Eating a healthy diet seems to have protective effects, but unhealthy foods don't seem to cause any harm,...
Fewer Children May Explain Why More Women Now Outlive Men
Fewer Children May Explain Why More Women Now Outlive Men MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smaller families may be one reason why women now outlive men, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 140,600 people in Utah and found that men who were born in the early to mid-1800s lived an average of two years longer than women born at the same time. This difference gradually reversed, and women born in the early 1900s lived an average of four years longer than men, the findings showed. ...
FDA Proposes Ban on 'Shock' Device Used to Curb Self-Harm
FDA Proposes Ban on 'Shock' Device Used to Curb Self-Harm FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electrical stimulation devices, used to treat self-harming or aggressive behaviors, should be banned, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The devices pose substantial risks that cannot be eliminated through labeling changes, according to the agency. These electrical stimulation devices deliver shocks through electrodes attached to the skin in an attempt to condition people to stop hurting ...
FDA Launches Ad Campaign Against Chewing Tobacco
FDA Launches Ad Campaign Against Chewing Tobacco TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they are targeting rural teenagers with a new $36 million ad campaign that highlights the health risks associated with chewing tobacco. The campaign's message -- "smokeless doesn't mean harmless" -- will challenge a habit that has become a tradition in the rural United States, said Mitch Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administ...
Fighting Back, Bedbugs Grow a Thicker Skin
Fighting Back, Bedbugs Grow a Thicker Skin WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Bedbugs may be developing thicker "skins" that help them resist common pesticides, a new study suggests. This might explain why bedbug populations are increasing worldwide, the researchers added. "If we understand the biological mechanisms bedbugs use to beat insecticides, we may be able to spot a chink in their armor that we can exploit with new strategies," study author David Lilly, from the University of Sydney i...
First Wire-Free Pacemaker Approved
First Wire-Free Pacemaker Approved FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first pacemaker to treat irregular heartbeat without the need for wires between the device and the heart has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is implanted in the heart's right ventricle, the FDA said in a news release. In traditional pacemakers, wired leads may malfunction and require the device to be replaced. The device was evaluated in clinical studies involvin...
Freezing Technique May Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain for Amputees
Freezing Technique May Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain for Amputees FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A freezing technique may reduce the debilitating phantom limb pain that many amputees experience, according to a new, small study. Chronic pain that emanates from the site of a severed limb can be reduced in some cases when the remaining nerve and scar tissue is frozen in place, researchers said. The minimally invasive technique, known as cryoablation therapy, may offer hope to the roughly 200,000 Amer...
FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries
FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it would permit limited use of a "tissue containment system" in conjunction with laparoscopic power morcellators -- devices that grind up tissue in gynecological surgeries. But the FDA still warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in most women because the procedure can spread undetected cancer cells. The device, called the PneumoLiner, wi...
FDA Approves First Wire-Free Pacemaker
FDA Approves First Wire-Free Pacemaker THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first leadless, wire-free heart pacemaker has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Medtronic's Micra Transcatheter Pacing System works like other pacemakers to regulate heart rate in people with heart rhythm disorders, but does not use wired leads to make the electrical connection between the device and the heart. One expert believes the device's approval is a big win for heart patients. "The leadle...
Fruit Every Day Might Help Your Heart, Researchers Say
Fruit Every Day Might Help Your Heart, Researchers Say WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating fresh fruit regularly may help prevent heart attacks and strokes, a large study out of China suggests. Adults who ate fresh fruit, such as apples and oranges, every day had about a one-third reduced risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, compared to those who rarely or never ate fruit, researchers found. "Fruit consumption is important for your cardiovascular health," said lead researcher Dr....
FDA: 2 Diabetes Drugs May Be Linked to Heart Failure Risk
FDA: 2 Diabetes Drugs May Be Linked to Heart Failure Risk TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes drugs containing saxagliptin and alogliptin may raise the risk of heart failure, particularly in patients with heart or kidney disease, U.S. health officials warned Tuesday. Drugs containing these ingredients are Onglyza (saxagliptin), Kombiglyze XR (saxagliptin and metformin extended release), Nesina (alogliptin), Kazano (alogliptin and metformin) and Oseni (alogliptin and pioglitazone), the U....
FDA Suggests Limit for Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal
FDA Suggests Limit for Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A proposed limit on "inorganic" arsenic in infant rice cereal was announced Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Infant rice cereal is a leading source of arsenic exposure in babies, the agency said, since arsenic can find its way into rice from natural sources or from fertilizers and pesticides. The proposed limit is 100 parts per billion, which is similar to the level set by the European Commissi...
Fridge-Sized Machine Makes Prescription Drugs 'On Demand'
Fridge-Sized Machine Makes Prescription Drugs 'On Demand' THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have created a compact machine that can churn out thousands of doses of prescription medication in a day -- putting the capabilities of a drug-manufacturing plant into a device the size of a kitchen refrigerator. Experts said the advance could eventually allow on-the-spot drug production in special circumstances -- on the battlefield, during epidemics, after natural disasters, or in cases wh...
Flu Shot Might Cut Stillbirth Risk
Flu Shot Might Cut Stillbirth Risk THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A seasonal flu shot may reduce a pregnant woman's risk of stillbirth, according to a new study. Australian researchers examined nearly 58,000 births to mothers in the western part of the country during the 2012 and 2013 flu seasons. More than 5,000 births were to women who received a flu shot during pregnancy. Women who received the flu vaccine had a 51 percent lower risk of stillbirth than those who did not receive the vacc...
First Treatment Approved for Disease Linked to Stem Cell Transplant
First Treatment Approved for Disease Linked to Stem Cell Transplant WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Defitelio (defibrotide sodium) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare, but usually fatal liver disease that affects some people who have had a stem cell transplant. The condition, fatal in as many as 80 percent of cases, is called hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD). It affects people who have had a stem cell transplant to treat cancers of the blood or bo...
FDA Eases Restrictions on Abortion Medication
FDA Eases Restrictions on Abortion Medication WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making it easier for women to obtain a medication that induces abortion. Under changes announced Wednesday by the agency, women in most states who want the drug, called mifepristone (Mifeprex), will need to make just two trips to a doctor, instead of three. They'll also have 10 weeks from the start of their last period to use the medication to terminate pregnancy, up from ...
FDA Approves Experimental Zika Test for Blood Donations
FDA Approves Experimental Zika Test for Blood Donations WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental test to check blood donations for the Zika virus has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The decision to allow use of the test in areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of the virus means that collections of whole blood and blood component donations will be able to resume in Puerto Rico, agency officials said. "The availability of an investigational test to scr...
FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent
FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Continuing their push to combat the nation's epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Thursday urged generic drug makers to take steps to redesign potent drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone to make them harder to abuse. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said they were encouraging the generic drug industry to develop pain medicines with "abuse-deterrent properties." ...
FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers
FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hoping to curb a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Tuesday announced that certain drugs will get new "boxed warnings" about the dangers of misuse. The move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration comes one week after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced tough new guidelines to doctors for "opioid" drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vi...
FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves
FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to ban most powdered medical gloves, saying they pose serious health risks to patients and health care providers alike. The proposed ban, announced Monday, would apply to powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's gloves. "This ban is about protecting patients and health care professionals from a danger th...
Flu Season Hasn't Peaked Yet
Flu Season Hasn't Peaked Yet FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- This flu season continues to be the mildest in the past three years, U.S. health officials say. But flu is still cropping up in new areas of the country, and flu season isn't over yet, the experts cautioned. In most years, flu season peaks in February or early March, but as of this week, flu is still spreading and the peak is not in sight yet, according to Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...
For 'Ironman' Athletes, Study Shows Danger of Too Much Water
For 'Ironman' Athletes, Study Shows Danger of Too Much Water WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-distance triathletes who drink too much water during competition may end up with dangerously low blood sodium levels, new research warns. Researchers in Germany who tested nearly 1,100 competitors in the annual Ironman European Championships found more than 10 percent had developed this condition -- called hyponatremia. In its most severe form, hyponatremia can be life-threatening, experts say....
First U.S. Uterus Transplant Patient Grateful for Chance to Have Children
First U.S. Uterus Transplant Patient Grateful for Chance to Have Children MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first American woman to receive a uterus transplant said Monday that she is grateful for the chance to try to have a child. Speaking at a morning news conference two weeks after her surgery, the 26-year-old woman -- identified only as Lindsey -- said that although she and her husband have adopted three kids, she has still longed to give birth to her own child. "At 16, I was told I woul...
Football's Concussion-Prevention Efforts May Be Spurring More Leg Injuries
Football's Concussion-Prevention Efforts May Be Spurring More Leg Injuries MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Concussion-prevention rules for college football players may have led to an unintended consequence -- an increase in knee, thigh and ankle injuries among players, new research suggests. "Of course concussions sustained in football can be devastating," said study author Dr. Robert Westermann, chief resident at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. "But so can lower extremity injuries, which...
Fitness in Youth May Be Key to Diabetes Risk Decades Later
Fitness in Youth May Be Key to Diabetes Risk Decades Later MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with poor physical fitness are at higher risk for diabetes much later in life, even if they're not overweight or obese, a new study finds. The research involved about 1.5 million Swedes who all underwent physical fitness tests when they were conscripted into the military at age 18. Their health outcomes were then tracked up to the age of 62. Poor aerobic fitness and low muscle strength at age 18 wa...
FDA Orders 'Black Box' Warning Label on Essure Long-Acting Contraceptive
FDA Orders 'Black Box' Warning Label on Essure Long-Acting Contraceptive MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A special "black box" warning should be added to packaging for the Essure implantable birth control device, based on concerns over serious complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday. The FDA also ordered Essure's manufacturer, Bayer, to conduct a new clinical study to gather more data about the health risks the device might pose for "in a real-world environment." ...
For Cancer Patients, Pain May Rise as Finances Dwindle
For Cancer Patients, Pain May Rise as Finances Dwindle MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients skating near financial ruin will likely suffer more pain and worse symptoms than those who have some savings to fall back on, a new study reports. Lung or colon cancer patients with two or fewer months of financial reserves had a significantly poorer quality of life than those who had more than a year of funds, according to a study involving more than 3,400 patients. Patients already stretche...
Fidgeting May Help Students With ADHD Learn
Fidgeting May Help Students With ADHD Learn MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Students who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often get into trouble for fidgeting in the classroom, but that fidgeting may help them learn, new research suggests. "The prevailing view has been and continues to be that hyperactivity is a core deficit in ADHD," said study author Michael Kofler, an assistant professor of psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. "When we think of it as a ...
For Transgender Kids, Support Is Key to Emotional Well-Being
For Transgender Kids, Support Is Key to Emotional Well-Being FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender children who feel supported seem to have no greater risk of depression and anxiety than other kids do, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings are welcome news -- especially in light of past studies finding high rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among transgender children and adults. These latest results suggest that when transgender kids feel supported in their "so...
Feeling Old? Your Risk for Hospitalization May Rise
Feeling Old? Your Risk for Hospitalization May Rise THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that there may be some truth to the old adage, "You're only as old as you feel." Researchers report that people who feel older than their actual age are more likely to be hospitalized. "How old you feel matters," said study author Yannick Stephan, from the University of Montpellier in France. "Previous research has shown it can affect your well-being and other health-related factors and,...
Flu Season Continues to Be Mild: CDC
Flu Season Continues to Be Mild: CDC WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season continues to be a mild one, with low rates of hospitalizations and flu-related deaths, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. However, flu activity is picking up a bit and the season isn't expected to peak for several weeks, probably some time in March, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Last week influenza activity did increase a bit more and at a little bit...
Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax
Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While deaths from overdoses of heroin and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin have surged in recent years, a new report finds the same thing is happening with widely used sedatives such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. In 2013, overdoses from these drugs, called benzodiazepines, accounted for 31 percent of the nearly 23,000 deaths from prescription drug overdoses in the United States, researchers said. "As m...
Finding Suggests Zika Virus Can Move From Mother to Child During Pregnancy
Finding Suggests Zika Virus Can Move From Mother to Child During Pregnancy WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that suggests the Zika virus can move from a pregnant woman to her unborn child, Brazilian researchers report the virus was present in the amniotic fluid of two women whose infants were diagnosed with the birth defect microcephaly. The discovery adds to growing evidence that the Zika virus might be behind a recent surge in the number of babies born in Brazil with microceph...
For Stroke Patients, Temporary Easing of Symptoms Can Be Deceiving
For Stroke Patients, Temporary Easing of Symptoms Can Be Deceiving WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A quick improvement in symptoms before a stroke patient arrives at the hospital doesn't necessarily mean a better outcome, a new study finds. "Patients with very early rapid neurological improvement when first examined at the hospital still need to be considered for therapy to dissolve blood clots, given the high rate of unfavorable outcome," study author Dr. Clotilde Balucani said in a news r...
FDA: Wait a Month to Donate Blood After Travel to Zika-Prone Areas
FDA: Wait a Month to Donate Blood After Travel to Zika-Prone Areas TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- To protect the U.S. blood supply, people who've traveled to places where the Zika virus is prevalent, or who have symptoms that suggest infection, should wait a month before donating blood, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday. Four weeks is enough time for the virus to pass through a person's system, the agency said. The mosquito-borne Zika virus is thought -- but not proven ...
Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate: Study
Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Along with reducing your flu risk, a flu shot may protect you from a common heart rhythm disorder that significantly increases stroke risk, researchers report. Their study of about 57,000 people in Taiwan found a significant association between the flu and new cases of atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. The condition has been linked to a fivefol...
Frequent Monitoring May Keep Alcohol Offenders Sober
Frequent Monitoring May Keep Alcohol Offenders Sober TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A South Dakota program that requires people involved in alcohol-linked crimes to stay away from booze and be closely monitored for drinking appears to reduce deaths, a new study finds. Offenders in the program must undergo breathalyzer tests twice a day or wear bracelets that continuously check for alcohol. Those who skip or fail the tests are immediately jailed for a short time, typically a day or two, the st...
FDA Tightens Rules for Using Mesh Implants in Women's Surgery
FDA Tightens Rules for Using Mesh Implants in Women's Surgery MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has strengthened rules regarding the use of vaginal mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse in women. The devices were reclassified on Monday from a "moderate" to "high" risk category. Manufacturers must now submit pre-market approval applications to the FDA to help the agency better assess the implants' safety and effectiveness. Pelvic organ prolapse involves...
Families Like Looser ICU Visitation Policies
Families Like Looser ICU Visitation Policies MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many hospitals still restrict who can visit critically ill patients and when. But new survey results suggest that lifting such restrictions can improve family satisfaction and patient well-being. "The term 'visiting hours' is obsolete due to the growing evidence related to the wide-ranging benefits of open access for ICU [intensive-care unit] families," said senior study author Dr. Samuel Brown. He is director of the C...
Families of Critically Ill Patients Need Extra Support, Too
Families of Critically Ill Patients Need Extra Support, Too THURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When a loved one is admitted to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU), family members need support, too. "Families are totally unprepared for a sudden injury and overwhelmed when it is a very serious injury. Families need a road map to guide them through their worst moments, and that is my job," said Kelly McElligott, a clinical social worker in the burn center at Loyola University Health System in May...
FDA Lifts 30-Year Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men
FDA Lifts 30-Year Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Gay and bisexual men who have abstained from sex for one year will now be allowed to donate blood in the United States. The new policy, announced Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, reverses a three-decades-old ban on donations from this group of men that traces back to the start of the AIDS epidemic. "The FDA's responsibility is to maintain a high level of blood product safety for people whose liv...
Florida 'Pill Mill' Crackdown May Have Curbed Painkiller ODs
Florida 'Pill Mill' Crackdown May Have Curbed Painkiller ODs MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A crackdown on "pill mills" in Florida appears to have led to fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, and may have helped reduce heroin overdose deaths as well, researchers report. Pill mills are clinics run by doctors who purportedly write large numbers of prescriptions for narcotic painkillers for cash, often without examining the patient, the researchers said. These painkillers include Oxyc...
Face Mites Might Give Clues to People's Ancestry
Face Mites Might Give Clues to People's Ancestry FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In news that's sure to make your skin crawl at least a little bit, a new study reports that everyone has microscopic face mites, and the critters may offer clues to each person's family tree. These microscopic face mites -- known as Demodex folliculorum -- live in the hair follicles on the face, and the type of mite varies from population group to population group. Scientists now know that distinct lineages of fac...
FDA Proposes Tanning Bed Ban for Minors
FDA Proposes Tanning Bed Ban for Minors FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed that American teenagers be banned from using tanning beds. "Today's action is intended to help protect young people from a known and preventable cause of skin cancer and other harms," said acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff. "Individuals under 18 are at greatest risk of the adverse health consequences of indoor tanning." The FDA proposal also would require u...
Fitness in Youth Can Pay Off Decades Later: Study
Fitness in Youth Can Pay Off Decades Later: Study MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hitting the gym or playing field in your 20s may bring health benefits that last a lifetime, new research suggests. The study of nearly 5,000 young adults found that those with good heart/lung fitness had a lower risk of heart disease and death later in life. One cardiologist who reviewed the study wasn't surprised by the finding. "Despite all the remarkable medical and technological advances in the treatment of ...
Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem
Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Every Thanksgiving, lots of people loosen their belts and reach for antacids to quell an overstuffed tummy. But for some, turkey day is just another day of severe or persistent heartburn, and that chronic digestive trouble may be a sign of a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), an expert says. In GERD, the contents of the stomach repeatedly flow back into the esophagus. This cause...
FDA Approves First Flu Shot With Added Ingredient to Boost Immune Response
FDA Approves First Flu Shot With Added Ingredient to Boost Immune Response WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first flu vaccine with an adjuvant has been approved for use in seniors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. An adjuvant is any compound used in vaccines to boost the immune response of vaccinated people. Fluad is a trivalent vaccine, which means it is produced from three flu virus strains. It also contains the adjuvant MF59, which is made with squalene oil, a natur...
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