For Infertility Treatment, Should He Drink Less Coffee, More Booze?
For Infertility Treatment, Should He Drink Less Coffee, More Booze? MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man's love of coffee could hamper the success of a couple's infertility treatment, a small new study suggests. But mild alcohol use by would-be fathers might help boost the odds of pregnancy through in vitro fertilization, the findings indicate. The Boston researchers aren't ready to encourage men enrolled in IVF to cut coffee consumption and have an extra beer with dinner. Still, these prelim...
Frequent Dining Out Might Widen Your Waistline, Study Finds
Frequent Dining Out Might Widen Your Waistline, Study Finds FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Love to dine out? You could be at higher risk for becoming overweight and having poorer cholesterol levels than people who prefer to eat at home, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Ashima Kant of Queens College, City University of New York, analyzed data from more than 8,300 American adults between 2005 and 2010. The researchers found that people who ate six or more meals a week away from home had...
Family Acceptance Key to Curbing Teen Suicides, Study Shows
Family Acceptance Key to Curbing Teen Suicides, Study Shows FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Family rejection could be potentially deadly for teens already at risk for suicide, a new study has found. When teens were followed six months after discharge from a psychiatric unit for attempting suicide, the majority of boys and girls reported feeling family or peer "invalidation" at the time of discharge. "Family invalidation refers to a lack of acceptance of individuals' sense of self and their emo...
For Ebola, No New Drugs Riding to the Rescue -- for Now
For Ebola, No New Drugs Riding to the Rescue -- for Now WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's no magic bullet in the foreseeable future for the treatment of people infected by Ebola, infectious-disease experts say. No one knows if any of the experimental drugs used during the ongoing Ebola epidemic actually work. The most promising therapies -- ZMapp, TKM-Ebola and brincidofovir -- are all months or years away from clinical trials that would prove their effectiveness. "There are no licens...
Family Support Tied to Safer Sex for Young Gay Males: Study
Family Support Tied to Safer Sex for Young Gay Males: Study WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young gay and bisexual males are less likely to engage in riskier sex if their families are supportive of the way they live, a small new study reveals. However, while the study found an association between family support and safer sex practices, such as using condoms, it did not prove a cause-and-effect link. Still, "youth had limited engagement in unsafe sex when the families were able to have open,...
FDA OKs Once-a-Day Drug for Chronic Hepatitis C
FDA OKs Once-a-Day Drug for Chronic Hepatitis C FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Harvoni, a daily pill that treats the most common form of hepatitis C, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday. It's the first combination pill (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) approved to treat the chronic infection, and the first medication that doesn't require that the antiviral drugs interferon or ribavirin be taken at the same time, the FDA said in a news release. Both drugs in the combinati...
Fried Foods Linked to Raised Risk of Diabetes in Pregnancy
Fried Foods Linked to Raised Risk of Diabetes in Pregnancy THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly eating fried food before pregnancy may increase a woman's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy, according to a new study. Researchers examined more than 21,000 single-child pregnancies in the United States over more than 10 years. Diabetes occurred in almost 850 of the pregnancies, the study found. Diabetes that develops during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes, according to the...
Five Major U.S. Airports to Screen Travelers From West Africa for Ebola
Five Major U.S. Airports to Screen Travelers From West Africa for Ebola WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Five major U.S. airports will begin screening travelers entering the country from the three West African nations hit hardest by the ongoing Ebola epidemic, federal health officials announced Wednesday. These five airports receive 94 percent of the roughly 150 travelers who arrive daily in the United States from the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Dr. Tom Frieden, ...
Fetal Exposure to Plastics Chemical Tied to Breathing Ills in Kids
Fetal Exposure to Plastics Chemical Tied to Breathing Ills in Kids MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans -- known as bisphenol A, or BPA -- may increase a child's risk of breathing problems, researchers say. In a study of nearly 400 pregnant women and their children, researchers found that each 10-fold increase of BPA in a mother's urine was associated with a 14 percent decrease in the child's breathing function at 4 years of age...
Free, Long-Acting Contraceptives May Greatly Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate
Free, Long-Acting Contraceptives May Greatly Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving teenage girls free birth control -- especially long-acting implanted devices -- could slash pregnancy and abortion rates to well below the current U.S. average, new findings suggest. In a study of 1,400 teenage girls, researchers found that counseling and free contraceptives substantially cut the girls' rates of unplanned pregnancy and abortion. Over three years, their annual pregna...
Feeding Your Baby
Fetal Ultrasound Click Image to Enlarge Procedure overview What is a fetal ultrasound? Fetal ultrasound is a test used during pregnancy that creates an image of the fetus in the mother's uterus, or womb. During a fetal ultrasound, various parts of the baby, such as the heart, head, and spine, are identified and measured. The testing may be performed either through the mother's abdomen (transabdominal) or vaginal canal (transvaginal). Fetal ultrasound provides a safe way to evaluate the health of an unbo...
Fire Safety and Burns
Fire Safety and Burns Teaching your family about safety and burn prevention could save lives. Listed in the directory below is additional information related to fire safety and burns. Fire Safety and Burns Overview Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates Identifying High-Risk Situations Prevention
Female Growth and Development
Female Growth and Development As a female matures from a young girl into a woman, there are many important things to consider regarding her health and development. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Puberty: Adolescent Female Breast Health Gynecological Health
Fifth Disease What is fifth disease? Fifth disease is a viral illness that causes a condition called an exanthem. An exanthem is another name for a rash or skin eruption. Fifth disease is also known as erythema infectiosum and as "slapped cheek" disease because the rash can cause a child's cheeks to become quite red. Fifth disease is spread from one child to another through direct contact with fluid from the nose and throat. It can also be spread through contact with infected blood. It is moderately con...
Female Physical Development
Female Physical Development As a female matures from a young girl into a woman, many important things must be considered regarding her health and development. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anatomy of the Breasts Normal Breast Development Anatomy of the Female Pelvic Area Menstrual Cycle: An Overview Puberty: Adolescent Female
Facts About the Spine, Shoulder, and Pelvis
Facts About the Spine, Shoulder, and Pelvis Click Image to Enlarge Facts about the spine The vertebral column, also called the spine or backbone, is made up of multiple vertebrae that are separated by spongy disks and classified into 4 distinct areas. The cervical area consists of 7 bony parts in the neck; the thoracic spine consists of 12 bony parts in the back area; the lumbar spine consists of 5 bony segments in the lower back area; 5 sacral* bones; and 4 coccygeal* bones (the number of coccygeal bon...
Fractures What is a fracture? A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. When a fracture occurs, it is classified as either open or closed: Open fracture (also called compound fracture). The bone exits and is visible through the skin, or a deep wound that exposes the bone through the skin. Closed fracture (also called simple fracture). The bone is broken, but the skin is intact. Fractures have a variety of names. Below is a listing of the common types that may occur: Greenstick. This is an i...
Fibromyalgia What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a chronic, widespread pain in muscles and soft tissues surrounding the joints throughout the body. The disease is fairly common, affecting approximately 2 to 4 percent of the U.S. population, mostly middle-aged women. Although its symptoms are similar to other joint diseases, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia is actually a form of soft tissue or muscular rheumatism that causes pain in the muscles and soft tissues. What causes or triggers fibromyalgia? Alt...
Food-Drug Interactions What happens during a food-drug interaction? Food-drug interactions can happen with both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, including antacids, vitamins, iron pills, herbs, supplements, and beverages. Some nutrients can affect the way you metabolize certain drugs by binding with drug ingredients, thus reducing their absorption or speeding their elimination. For example, the acidity of fruit juice may decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics such as penicillin. D...
Fungal Infections of the Skin
Fungal Infections of the Skin Many types of fungal skin infections require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Candidiasis (Yeast Infection) Tinea Infections (Ringworm) Tinea Versicolor
What’s True About the Flu? Take a look at the influenza virus under a microscope, and you'll see a funny-looking spiked ball, much like the famous Russian satellite Sputnik. But if you've ever been flat on your back with the flu, you know there's nothing funny about this highly contagious virus. Test your savvy by taking this quiz. 1. Stomach flu is the worst kind of flu. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is There's no such thing as stomach flu, says the CDC. But people wi...
Frequently Asked Questions About Vulvar Cancer
Frequently Asked Questions About Vulvar Cancer Q: What is vulvar cancer? A: Vulvar cancer is cancer that starts in the vulva, which is the outer part of the female reproductive system. Click Image to Enlarge The vulva includes the skin folds under the pubic hair that protects the urethra and vagina. Vulvar cancer is rare, in that it represents only about 4 percent of all female reproductive organ cancers. If it is found in its early stages, vulvar cancer is highly curable. Fortunately, most cases are di...
Frequently Asked Questions About Ovarian Cancer
Frequently Asked Questions About Ovarian Cancer Here are some answers to questions women often have about ovarian cancer. Click Image to Enlarge Q: What are the ovaries? A: The ovaries are female reproductive organs. There is one small, almond-shaped ovary on each side of the uterus. An ovary releases an egg every month in a woman who is still having her period. The ovaries also make most of the female hormones, including estrogen and progesterone. These hormones control the development of certain parts...
For Kids: When Someone You Love Has Cancer
For Kids: When Someone You Love Has Cancer If someone you love has cancer, you probably feel sad, angry, and confused. It's OK to feel this way. Cancer is a serious disease. Your loved one is sick. He or she will need to see the doctor a lot. It can help to learn more about cancer. If you have any questions about your loved one's cancer, first ask your loved one, but you can also ask a relative, a doctor, or a nurse. What is cancer? Cancer is when one of the body's cells starts to divide out of control....
Fertility Options for Women with Ovarian Cancer
Fertility Options for Women With Ovarian Cancer Women who still have 1 ovary may be able to get pregnant. Women without either ovary may choose IVF, surrogacy, or adoption to have a child. Most women who develop ovarian cancer are past childbearing age, but some women are not. If you have ovarian cancer and still wish to have children, be aware of the following: How treatment for ovarian cancer affects fertility Fertility refers to your ability to produce children. Some women who are treated for ovarian...
French Toast Sandwiches
French Toast Sandwiches (Gout-Friendly) Ingredients 4 thin slices whole-grain bread 2 large eggs (alternative: 1/2 cup egg substitute ) 1/4 cup skim milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese 2 tablespoons apricot preserves Cooking spray 2 teaspoons powdered sugar 1/4 cup warm maple syrup Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a bowl or baking dish large enough for flat bread, beat eggs with milk and vanilla. Make two sandwiches with the cream cheese and preserves. Put ...
FDA Approves New Kind of Insomnia Drug
FDA Approves New Kind of Insomnia Drug WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new prescription insomnia drug that's the first of its kind was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets are approved to treat patients with insomnia, which means they have difficulty falling and staying asleep. The new sleep drug is called an orexin receptor antagonist and it works by altering the action of the brain chemical orexin, which helps regulate the sleep-w...
Fewer Unmarried Women Having Children, CDC Reports
Fewer Unmarried Women Having Children, CDC Reports WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer unmarried America women are having babies, with the notable exception of those who are over 35, federal health officials reported Wednesday. Births outside of marriage continued a slight decline in 2013, accounting for 40.6 percent of all births, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's 7 percent lower than the peak in 2008, with reductions in all age groups...
For Heart Attack Survivors, More Exercise Isn't Always Better, Study Says
For Heart Attack Survivors, More Exercise Isn't Always Better, Study Says TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack survivors are encouraged to exercise regularly to improve their cardiac health, but new research suggests there's a point of diminishing returns. "More isn't always better," said study researcher Paul Williams, staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif. Williams tracked nearly 2,400 heart attack survivors from his long-term study of runne...
FDA Approves Highly Accurate At-Home Colon Cancer Test
FDA Approves Highly Accurate At-Home Colon Cancer Test MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new at-home, DNA-based stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy. The decision was based on an FDA panel's unanimous decision in March that the benefits of Exact Sciences Corp.'s Cologuard test outweighed its risks. "This approval offers patients and physicians another option to screen for colorectal cancer," Al...
First Ebola Vaccine Could Be Less Than a Year Away, Scientist Says
First Ebola Vaccine Could Be Less Than a Year Away, Scientist Says FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus could become a reality in less than a year, one expert says. As the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa nears 1,000, several groups of scientists are racing to produce a vaccine to protect against the disease. And the developer of one of these potential vaccines claims it could be ready for human use in six to 10 months with additional funding. Matt...
Front-of-Head Hits Blamed for Nearly Half of Young Football Player Concussions
Front-of-Head Hits Blamed for Nearly Half of Young Football Player Concussions MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High school football players are more likely to lose consciousness after concussions if they get hit at the top of the head compared to the sides, back or front, according to a new study. And nearly half of all concussions suffered by high school players occur from player-to-player collisions on the front of the head, the researchers found. The findings support a growing movement for ...
For Breech Baby, C-Section May Be Safer Option: Study
For Breech Baby, C-Section May Be Safer Option: Study MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breech babies are much more likely to die during vaginal delivery compared with cesarean section, according to a new study. Breech deliveries -- when the baby is positioned to come out with the legs and buttocks first instead of the head -- account for up to 4 percent of births. Researchers looked at more than 58,000 women in the Netherlands who had term breech deliveries between 1999 and 2007. They found tha...
Fears of U.S. Ebola Outbreak Unwarranted, Experts Say
Fears of U.S. Ebola Outbreak Unwarranted, Experts Say WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The decision to bring two American aid workers infected with Ebola back to the United States has kicked up controversy, causing some to fear a local outbreak of the killer virus. But experts in infectious disease say there's close to no chance that Dr. Kent Brantly or Nancy Writebol will cause an Ebola outbreak on these shores. "The risk of spreading it from those two people approximates zero," said Dr. Lee...
Fitness May Help Ward Off Depression in Girls
Fitness May Help Ward Off Depression in Girls THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more fit middle-school girls are, the less likely they may be to develop symptoms of depression, according to a recent study. Although the effect of fitness on depression was small, improvements in fitness may be part of an overall strategy for reducing the risk of depression in middle-schoolers, according to Camilo Ruggero, lead researcher and an assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Texa...
First U.S. Ebola Patient to Arrive in Atlanta on Saturday
First U.S. Ebola Patient to Arrive in Atlanta on Saturday SATURDAY, Aug. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first of two Americans stricken with the Ebola virus in the West Africa nation of Liberia is expected to arrive in Atlanta by air on Saturday for treatment, according to media reports. According to the Associated Press , the second patient will arrive in Atlanta for treatment at a specially equipped medical center a few days later. "The State Department, together with the Centers for Disease Control ...
FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug
FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it approved a new drug, Jardiance, to help fight type 2 diabetes. Jardiance (empagliflozin) "can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control blood sugar levels in the overall management of diabetes," Dr. Curtis Rosebraugh, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency state...
FDA Approves New Treatment for People With COPD
FDA Approves New Treatment for People With COPD FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with the progressive, deadly respiratory ailment known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a new weapon to battle the disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The agency approved a new treatment, an inhaled spray called Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) for COPD, the third leading killer of Americans. COPD, which is often linked to smoking, involves multiple lung conditio...
Food Is a Common Choking Hazard for Kids, Doctor Says
Food Is a Common Choking Hazard for Kids, Doctor Says FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although many parents worry about their children choking on small objects or toys, many overlook a common choking hazard: food. Such was the case for 15-month-old Landon Jones who started to wheeze and cough after eating a handful of nuts. "At the time, Landon had a cold so it was not obvious if the coughing was related to his illness or choking," recalled his mother, Ula Jones. But, it wasn't a cold. A cashew...
Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting Lifespan
Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting Lifespan TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The nutrients in fruits and vegetables are vital to good health and a long life, but only up to a point. Once you've hit five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, additional daily servings don't appear to boost longevity, a new research review suggests. The human body may only be able to effectively process a certain amount of fruits and vegetables every day, limiting its ability to absorb import...
FDA Expands Use of Imbruvica for Form of Leukemia
FDA Expands Use of Imbruvica for Form of Leukemia MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Approved use for Imbruvica (ibrutinib) has been expanded to include people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have a deletion in chromosome 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday in a news release. People with the 17p deletion are prone to a poor response to standard therapies for CLL, the agency noted. CLL, a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, generally gets worse over time and leads to a grad...
Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions
Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists know it takes humans just milliseconds to look at someone's face and judge them good-looking or trustworthy. Now, a new study finds that certain facial features seem to trigger specific first impressions about a person's character, too. The shape and size of the mouth, for example, appear directly linked to whether someone seems approachable, while eye dimensions are keys to attractiveness. The study f...
Farmers' Market Vouchers May Help Poorer Families Eat Healthier
Farmers' Market Vouchers May Help Poorer Families Eat Healthier THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving low-income families vouchers to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets could increase their consumption of these healthy foods, according to a new study. Low-income families tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables. In addition to not having adequate access to healthy foods, cost is also an issue. Farmers' market vouchers could help address both of these obstacles, the researchers not...
FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller
FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new formulation of a powerful narcotic painkiller that discourages potential abusers from snorting or injecting the drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Called Targiniq ER and made by Purdue Pharma, the pill is a combination of the narcotic oxycodone and naloxone, a drug that blocks the euphoric effects of oxycodone. The naloxone is only activated when the pill is crushed, snorted, di...
Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence
Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who compete in triathlons are at increased risk for pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence, and other health problems, a new study says. "There has been a surge in popularity of high-impact sports such as triathlons, but little has been known until now about the prevalence of pelvic health and certain other issues associated with endurance training and events," study author Dr. Coll...
Full-Time Job May Disrupt Breast-Feeding Plans
Full-Time Job May Disrupt Breast-Feeding Plans FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who return to work full-time are less likely to stick with their breast-feeding goals than those who go back to work part-time, a new study finds. "Support for a mother's delayed return to paid employment, or return at part-time hours, may help more mothers achieve their breast-feeding intentions," the researchers wrote. "This may increase breast-feeding rates and have important public health implication...
FDA Advisers Weigh Risks of Procedure for Removal of Uterine Fibroids
FDA Advisers Weigh Risks of Procedure for Removal of Uterine Fibroids SATURDAY, July 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's no way to guarantee that a surgical technique used to grind up uterine growths and remove them through tiny incisions won't increase the risk of spreading cancer to other parts of a woman's body, U.S. health advisers said Friday. The advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration also said that women who do undergo the procedure -- called laparoscopic power morcellation -- should...
Food Safety Tips for the Summer
Food Safety Tips for the Summer FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Backyard barbeques, picnics and outdoor parties are common throughout the summer, but warm weather makes food safety a lot more challenging. Bacteria in food can grow at a faster rate at temperatures between 40 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and 140 degrees F, according to Marjorie Davidson, education team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "Fortunately, there are a lot of steps...
Feeding Fido Raw Pet Food a Risky Choice: FDA
Feeding Fido Raw Pet Food a Risky Choice: FDA TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- You may think you're doing what's best for your beloved pets when you feed them raw food, but you're actually putting their health -- and yours -- at risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Raw pet food -- which consists primarily of uncooked meat or poultry, organs and bones -- can carry disease-causing bacteria. Two types of bacteria are particularly dangerous to both pets and people -- salmonella and Li...
FDA Approves Inhaled Diabetes Medication
FDA Approves Inhaled Diabetes Medication SATURDAY, June 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with type 1 or 2 diabetes now have a new means of getting their medication, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval on Friday of the first inhaled medicine for the blood sugar disease. The drug, Afrezza, "is a new treatment option for patients with diabetes requiring mealtime insulin," Dr. Jean-Marc Guettier, director of the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products in the FDA's Center for D...
For Young Kids, Nasal Spray Beats Needle for Flu Immunization
For Young Kids, Nasal Spray Beats Needle for Flu Immunization THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Good news for needle-phobic kids everywhere: U.S. health experts say giving children ages 2 to 8 the flu vaccine via a nasal spray offers better protection than the traditional shot. According to a decision from the Advisory Committee on Immunization (ACIP) -- the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine advisory panel -- young children who get the seasonal influenza vaccine with a ...
For Heat Stroke Victims, Cool First, Then Transport
For Heat Stroke Victims, Cool First, Then Transport FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As the hottest months of the year approach, experts are urging coaches and paramedics to change how they treat athletes suffering from heat stroke. New guidelines released Friday by the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) say heat stroke victims need immediate cooling before they are taken to a hospital. "We're trying to get people to realize that's how you save people's lives from heat stroke," said...
FDA Panel Backs Appetite-Curbing Implant for Severely Obese
FDA Panel Backs Appetite-Curbing Implant for Severely Obese TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new implant designed to curb the appetite by electrically stimulating stomach nerves may have moved closer to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Tuesday. The device is aimed at severely obese adults who have failed to slim down using traditional methods, but don't want, or can't have, weight-loss surgery, the device's manufacturer, EnteroMedics Inc., said in its application for FDA approva...
FDA: Bee Pollen Weight Loss Products Pose Health Risks
FDA: Bee Pollen Weight Loss Products Pose Health Risks FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some bee pollen products marketed for weight loss may actually threaten your health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These potentially dangerous products have been found to contain undeclared ingredients that may harm people who have conditions such as high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and bipolar disorder, the agency said. According to the FDA, the undeclared ingredients sibutramine and/...
For Safety's Sake, Don't Leave Kids in Cars
For Safety's Sake, Don't Leave Kids in Cars SATURDAY, June 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As summer starts, experts are reminding parents not to leave children alone in a car in warm weather, because that puts them at risk for heat stroke and death. In 2013, 43 children in the United States died from heat stroke after being left in vehicles, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Children overheat three to five times faster than adults, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Even when it's 70 degrees ...
Former NFL Players May Be Plagued With Chronic Headaches
Former NFL Players May Be Plagued With Chronic Headaches TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some retired NFL players live with nearly constant headaches, and their misery is frequently punctuated with skull-splitting migraines, a new study reports. An evaluation of eight retired football pros found that the former players averaged more than 19 headache days per month. Twelve of those 19 days involved migraines, said study author Dr. Frank Conidi, director of the Florida Center for Headache &...
Fruits, Veggies Not a Magic Bullet for Weight Loss, Study Finds
Fruits, Veggies Not a Magic Bullet for Weight Loss, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is often recommended as a way to lose weight, but doing so may not help you shed excess pounds, according to researchers. They reviewed data from more than seven studies that examined how increased fruit and vegetable consumption affected weight loss. "Across the board, all studies we reviewed showed a near-zero effect on weight loss," Kathryn Kaiser, an instr...
FDA Sets Safety Standards for Infant Formula
FDA Sets Safety Standards for Infant Formula MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new rule that aims to ensure the safety of infant formula has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An initial version of the rule for manufacturers of infant formula was released in February and the final version contains some modifications and clarifications that were made in response to comments received by the FDA. The agency said infant formula makers will have to start complying with the fina...
Food Handlers Cause Most Food-Poisoning Cases
Food Handlers Cause Most Food-Poisoning Cases TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Norovirus, the so-called "cruise ship virus," is more often caused by infected restaurant workers than outbreaks on the high seas, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. Just 1 percent of more than 1,000 food-borne outbreaks examined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were traced to a cruise ship. Most outbreaks were caused by infected kitchen employees touching food with their bare hands, accordi...
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