If You Do Gain Weight, Polyunsaturated Fats May Prevent Some Damage
If You Do Gain Weight, Polyunsaturated Fats May Prevent Some Damage THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Muffins -- and other fatty foods -- can definitely put on the pounds, but those made with polyunsaturated oil may be safer for your heart than if they're made with saturated fats like butter, a small study suggests. That's because olive oil, sunflower oil and other polyunsaturated fats won't increase cholesterol like butter or palm oil, the researchers found. Thirty-nine healthy young adults i...
Immune Therapy Induces Remission for Many With a Tough-to-Treat Blood Cancer
Immune Therapy Induces Remission for Many With a Tough-to-Treat Blood Cancer WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental immune-system therapy can often lead to complete remission in leukemia patients who have run out of other options, a new study confirms. Researchers found that 27 of 30 children and adults with advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) went into full remission after receiving genetically tweaked versions of their own immune system cells. "Ninety percent of patients ...
Is 'Slow and Steady' Weight Loss Really the Best Approach?
Is 'Slow and Steady' Weight Loss Really the Best Approach? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An Australian study throws doubt on the notion that a more gradual approach to weight loss is always the most effective route to take. The study also found that whether you opt for a "crash" diet or something a bit slower, the rate at which you shed excess pounds has no bearing on whether or not those pounds will come back. The findings are published Oct. 15 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology ...
Impotence Drug Might Counter Common Gene Mutation in Type 2 Diabetes: Study
Impotence Drug Might Counter Common Gene Mutation in Type 2 Diabetes: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a small study, Swedish researchers found that the impotence drug yohimbine might help people with type 2 diabetes who have a particular gene mutation that lowers their insulin production. Among 50 men and women with type 2 diabetes partially caused by a mutation in a gene called alpha(2A)-AR, those treated with yohimbine showed improved insulin production and lower blood sugar levels...
Infection Rates in Nursing Homes on the Rise: Study
Infection Rates in Nursing Homes on the Rise: Study WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infection rates within U.S. nursing homes are on the rise, and that trend will continue until better hygiene practices are put in place, a new study suggests. "Infections are a leading cause of deaths and complications for nursing home residents and, with the exception of tuberculosis, we found a significant increase in infection rates across the board," study author Carolyn Herzig, of the Columbia University...
It's Confirmed: You Have Parents to Thank (or Blame) for Your Height
It's Confirmed: You Have Parents to Thank (or Blame) for Your Height MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research confirms that you have your parents to thank for how tall or short you are. The finding doubles the number of gene regions that influence height. That means there are now 424 gene regions, with 697 common genetic variants, that play a role in stature. That's the largest number to date linked with any one trait or disease, the researchers said. The effort to find more genes linked to...
Infant's Early Diet Doesn't Change Celiac Disease Risk, Study Finds
Infant's Early Diet Doesn't Change Celiac Disease Risk, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A newborn's risk of developing celiac disease isn't reduced by breast-feeding. Nor will delaying the introduction of a protein found in wheat called gluten to an infant's diet help prevent celiac disease. Those are the conclusions from a pair of new studies in the Oct. 2 New England Journal of Medicine . The new findings put to rest hopes that a child could avoid celiac disease if mothers brea...
Insulin Solution for injection
Insulin Solution for injection What is this medicine? REGULAR INSULIN (REG yuh ler IN su lin) is a human-made form of insulin. This medicine lowers the amount of sugar in your blood. It is a short-acting insulin that starts working about 30 minutes after it is injected. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection under the skin. Use exactly as directed. It is important to follow the directions given to you by your doctor or health care professional. Your doctor or health care professi...
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Insertion
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Insertion Procedure overview What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion? An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion of an electronic device just below the collarbone is used to help regulate potentially fast and life-threatening electrical problems with the heart. An ICD monitors the heart's electrical activity using wires with electrodes on the end that are placed in specific areas of the heart. The ICD responds to irreg...
Intraoperative Care for Children
Intraoperative Care for Children Intraoperative care lasts from the time your child enters the operating room to when the surgery is complete and your child goes to the recovery room. During most of this time, your child will be asleep. Becoming knowledgeable about the anesthesia process, what the operating room looks like, and who will be present with your child in the operating room, can alleviate some of your fears. Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding intraoperative...
Influenza (Flu) in Children
Influenza (Flu) in Children What is influenza? Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection and is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. Influenza is a viral infection of the upper respiratory system, which includes the nose, bronchial tubes, and lungs. Influenza has these common symptoms: Fever Muscle aches Sore throat Nonproductive cough Influenza can make people of any age ill. Although most people, including children, are ill with influenza for less than a week, some have ...
Identification, Treatment, and Prevention of Birth Defects
Identification, Treatment, and Prevention of Birth Defects Identifying, treating, and preventing birth defects has been and continues to be a primary goal of genetic research. The Human Genome Project Vitamin, Gene, and Enzyme Replacement Therapy Before Your Next Pregnancy When to Seek Genetic Counseling
Infectious Mononucleosis in Teens and Young Adults
Infectious Mononucleosis in Teens and Young Adults What is infectious mononucleosis? Infectious mononucleosis is a contagious disease. It is common in teenagers and young adults. It is also called mononucleosis, "mono," glandular fever, or the "kissing disease." What causes infectious mononucleosis? Infectious mononucleosis is typically caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). The cytomegalovirus (CMV) also causes a similar illness. Both viruses are members of the herpes simplex virus family. Consider th...
Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction Click Image to Enlarge What is erectile dysfunction (ED)? Impotence, or erectile dysfunction, is the inability to achieve an erection, and/or dissatisfaction with the size, rigidity, and/or duration of erections. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), erectile dysfunction affects up to 30 million men. Although in the past it was commonly believed to be due to psychological problems, it is now known that for most men erectile dysfunction is caused by physical...
Intraoperative Care During your procedure, special care is taken by all members of the surgical team to ensure that no complications arise. Below are some of the considerations that need to be made immediately prior to or during your procedure. The Day of Surgery / Getting Ready For Surgery / The Operating Room Methods of Surgery Other Techniques of Surgery Common Surgical Procedures Outpatient Surgery
Inhalers and Nebulizers
Inhalers and Nebulizers Several types of devices are used to deliver medication in a fine mist directly into the lungs. They are used to treat asthma and other lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). These devices cause fewer side effects than medication taken by mouth or injection. Types of Inhalers The type of device you are given will depend on your: Age Ability Medical history Personal choice Severity and frequency of your symptoms The most common types of inhalers are: Meter...
Illustration of the Mouth
Illustration of the Mouth Click Image to Enlarge Illustration of a tooth Click to Enlarge
Immunizations Importance of immunizations Immunization is key to preventing disease among the general population. Vaccines benefit both the people who receive them and the vulnerable, unvaccinated people around them because the infection can no longer spread through the community if most people are immunized. In addition, immunizations reduce the number of deaths and disability from infections, such as measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox. Although children receive the majority of the vaccinations, a...
The Immune System What is the immune system? The immune system works to keep germs out of the body and destroy any that get in. The immune system is made up of a complex network of cells and organs that protect the body from infection. The Immune System - Click to Enlarge Lymph nodes are part of the immune system. They release lymphocytes, a certain type of white blood cell that fights infection. The blood vessels and lymph vessels carry the lymphocytes to and from different areas in the body. Each lymp...
Inguinal Hernia What is an inguinal hernia? A hernia occurs when a section of intestine protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal wall. A soft bulge is seen underneath the skin where the hernia has occurred. An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin area, when a section of intestine pushes through a weak spot in the inguinal canal--a triangle-shaped opening between layers of abdominal muscle near the groin. What causes an inguinal hernia? As a male fetus grows and matures during pregnancy, the testicle...
Insulin Safety Tips
Insulin Safety Tips If you need to inject insulin to manage your diabetes, take care of your insulin properly. Ask your pharmacist how to safely store and use your insulin medicines and remember these general tips from the American Diabetes Association: Store insulin safely. Keep your extra bottles in the refrigerator, away from very hot or very cold temperatures. Never store insulin in the freezer or in direct sunlight. In general, after you open a bottle, don’t keep it for more than 28 days. The cartr...
Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes
Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes If you have type 2 diabetes and your health care provider recently put you on insulin, you may feel disappointed that lifestyle changes and diabetes pills weren’t enough. Or, you may think that you should have tried harder to manage your diabetes. But you shouldn’t blame yourself. Many people with diabetes need to change their treatment plan at some point. There are advantages to this. For example, taking insulin can make it easier to manage your blood sugar and prevent compl...
Insulin Pump Use
Insulin Pump Use Can anyone with diabetes use an insulin pump? Insulin pumps are used most often by people with type 1 diabetes, but some people with type 2 diabetes also use them. Insulin pumps can be used instead of administering insulin by injection. These pager-sized pumps clip to your clothing or attach directly to your body. Through a tube attached to your skin, usually on the abdomen, thigh or buttock, the pump delivers a continuous (basal) dose of insulin 24 hours a day. Before a meal, you push ...
Immunization Quiz Vaccines have made certain childhood diseases rare in this country. Find out more about vaccines by taking this quiz. 1. The first vaccine developed was against smallpox. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The first vaccine was developed in 1796, by a British doctor, Edward Jenner. The word vaccine comes from a Latin word relating to cows. That's because the first vaccine was based on cowpox, a mild disease of cattle and people, but it also protected ag...
Infant Immunization Quiz
Take the Infant Immunization Quiz Test your knowledge of vaccinations against a variety of diseases that can affect your child. This quiz is based on information from the CDC. 1. A pregnant woman passes antibodies to her unborn baby through the placenta to protect against certain diseases. About how long does this natural immunity last after birth? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is A pregnant woman passes on antibodies to those diseases she herself is immune to. That ma...
If You Are Having Radiation Therapy
If You Are Having Radiation Therapy Questions for the doctor: What is the goal of this treatment? How will the radiation be given? How many treatments will I get? Over what period of time? When will the treatment begin? When will it end? How will I feel during radiation therapy? What are the possible short-term and long-term side effects? What are some serious side effects I should report to the doctor? What are the chances treatment will be effective? How will we know if it's working? Will I need other...
Implantable Heart Devices Work, Regardless of Race: Study
Implantable Heart Devices Work, Regardless of Race: Study MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable heart devices are as effective in reducing the risk of death in minority patients with heart failure as in white patients, a new study says. While these devices are recommended for all eligible patients, previous research has shown that black and Hispanic patients were not well-represented in past clinical trials and are less likely than whites to receive implantable cardioverter defibrillator...
In Neonatal ICU, Hand Washing Plus Gloves May Curb Infections
In Neonatal ICU, Hand Washing Plus Gloves May Curb Infections MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature babies are less likely to develop infections when medical staff wear gloves after washing their hands, compared with just hand washing, a new study finds. Researchers looked at infections and cases of so-called necrotizing enterocolitis -- tissue death in the intestines -- among 120 extremely preterm babies in a neonatal intensive care unit at one hospital. The infants were younger...
Is the PSA Test Worth It? Major Study Is Inconclusive
Is the PSA Test Worth It? Major Study Is Inconclusive WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The value of the PSA test to screen men for prostate cancer has long been debated, and a new study of 162,000 men may not resolve the issue. The European study, reported Aug. 6 in The Lancet , finds that widespread use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests does reduce deaths from the disease by about one-fifth. However, due to lingering doubts about whether the benefits of PSA screening outweigh th...
Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Outcome: Study
Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Outcome: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new U.S. study finds that cancer patients who don't have insurance -- or who get it through the federal health insurance program for the poor (Medicaid) -- are at much higher risk of poor medical outcomes than other people. They're more likely to have advanced cancer when they're diagnosed, less likely to be treated with surgery or radiation and more likely to die of their disease, researchers report. The findin...
IRS Caps Fines on Uninsured Americans at $12K for Family of 5
IRS Caps Fines on Uninsured Americans at $12K for Family of 5 FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. taxpayers who go without health insurance this year will face fines of up to $2,448 per individual or $12,240 for a family of five, the Internal Revenue Service says. The Obama administration on Thursday announced an upper limit on the federal tax penalties that some Americans will owe for failing to have health insurance. The IRS cap is based on the monthly national average premium for a bronze-...
It's 'Buyer Beware' for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA Says
It's 'Buyer Beware' for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA Says TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Decorative contact lenses may seem like a fun accessory, but if you're not careful, they can cause serious eye damage. Decorative contacts should be fitted properly by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It's important to get an eye exam and a valid prescription for these lenses and buy them from a trustworthy seller, the FDA cautioned. To spread...
Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke
Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A common inflammatory muscle disorder that causes pain and stiffness in older people may increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, new research suggests. A British study found that patients with polymyalgia rheumatica are more likely to develop vascular disease -- conditions that affect the blood vessels. Doctors should carefully manage the vascular risk factors of patients with polymyalgi...
Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?
Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes? THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats that affect roughly two-thirds of women as they go through menopause, new survey data suggests. "While these findings are preliminary, our study suggests that limiting caffeine intake may be useful for those postmenopausal women who have bothersome hot flashes and night sweats," said researcher Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of the Women's Health Clinic at th...
Injuries on the Increase in High School Lacrosse, Study Shows
Injuries on the Increase in High School Lacrosse, Study Shows TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High school lacrosse players are facing an increasing number of injuries during practices as well as games, a new study finds. Although the most common injuries are sprains and strains, more than 22 percent are concussions, researchers report. They note a better understanding of why these injuries are happening could lead to better ways to protect student athletes. "Concern over concussions in both b...
Irregular Heart Rhythm Ups Stroke Risk Soon After Heart Surgery
Irregular Heart Rhythm Ups Stroke Risk Soon After Heart Surgery MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who are older than 65 who've had a stroke or heart valve surgery, or who have known blood vessel disease, have an increased risk of stroke after heart surgery, a new study finds. Researchers looked at nearly 109,000 heart surgery patients in the Canadian province of Ontario and found that those factors could up the risk of stroke immediately after and for as long as two years following heart ...
Is Obesity an Advantage After Heart Procedures?
Is Obesity an Advantage After Heart Procedures? WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While a host of cardiovascular ailments are associated with excess pounds, new research supports a puzzling "obesity paradox." It found that overweight heart patients experience fewer heart attacks and higher survival rates after cardiac procedures than their slimmer peers. Scientists reviewing 36 prior studies found that obese patients were up to 27 percent less likely to die after heart procedures such as coro...
iPads Can Trigger Nickel Allergies in Kids
iPads Can Trigger Nickel Allergies in Kids MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When an 11-year-old boy in San Diego developed a nasty skin allergy, doctors traced it to the nickel in his family's iPad. They also found a quick and easy solution -- cover the iPad's metal surfaces with a form-fitting case. The incident highlights the importance of considering "metallic-appearing electronics and personal effects as potential sources of nickel exposure" and nickel allergy, wrote Drs. Sharon Jacob and S...
Inactivity May Be Main Culprit in Obesity Epidemic: Study
Inactivity May Be Main Culprit in Obesity Epidemic: Study TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of exercise -- and not a tendency to eat too much -- may explain why an increasing number of Americans are obese, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed U.S. government data from the last 20 years and found that the number of women who reported no physical activity rose from about 19 percent in 1994 to nearly 52 percent in 2010. The number of men who said they didn't exercise increased from about...
If You Can't Stand the Heat . . .
If You Can't Stand the Heat . . . WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Summer's heat puts everyone at potential risk for heat-related illness, but seniors and people with chronic health problems are especially vulnerable. Heat illnesses -- collectively known as hyperthermia -- include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat fatigue and a life-threatening condition called heat stroke. A person's risk for heat illness depends on a number of factors, including outside temperature, general health and indi...
Insulin Pumps May Outperform Daily Injections for Type 2 Diabetes: Study
Insulin Pumps May Outperform Daily Injections for Type 2 Diabetes: Study WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Insulin pumps provide better blood sugar control for adults with diabetes than multiple daily insulin injections, a new study says. Insulin pumps are small devices that are worn by patients and deliver constant amounts of insulin to the body through a catheter placed under the skin. The multicenter, international study was funded by medical device maker Medtronic and included 331 people a...
Injuries, Violence Are Leading Causes of Death for Young Americans
Injuries, Violence Are Leading Causes of Death for Young Americans TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 80 percent of deaths of Americans age 30 and younger result from injury or violence, U.S. health researchers reported Tuesday. More young Americans die from injury than from any other cause, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These fatalities stem from automobile crashes, drowning, firearm-related injuries, falls, assault, drug overdoses and other ...
Inhaled Medication Afrezza Approved to Treat Diabetes
Inhaled Medication Afrezza Approved to Treat Diabetes MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An inhaled medication, Afrezza (human insulin), has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with diabetes. The rapid-acting, inhaled insulin is designed to be used within 20 minutes of beginning a meal, the agency said. Diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million people in the United States, including 7 million who haven't been diagnosed, the FDA said in a news release. Serious c...
iPads May Help Boost Speaking Skills in Kids With Autism: Study
iPads May Help Boost Speaking Skills in Kids With Autism: Study TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding access to a computer tablet to traditional therapy may help children with autism talk and interact more, new research suggests. The study compared language and social communication treatment -- with or without access to an iPad computer tablet -- in 61 young children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and found that the device helped boost the effect of the treatment. "All the children im...
Is Your Medication Working for You?
Is Your Medication Working for You? Prescription drugs can enhance your life, but when not used correctly, they may not be effective, or they may even be dangerous to your health. Medications are serious business and should never be taken lightly. Ask these questions each time you’re prescribed a medication: Q: How should I take this drug? A large percentage of people don't take their medications correctly, according to recent surveys. Some never bother to fill their prescriptions in the first place. Ot...
If Your Child Needs Treatment for Weight Issues
If Your Child Needs Treatment for Weight Issues For overweight children, the most successful treatment combines healthy lifestyle changes—improved diet combined with exercise—with a focus on changing such behaviors as eating while watching TV. Overweight children also need psychological support to deal with the lack of self-esteem and social isolation they often face. What about drugs or surgery? Most doctors consider them last resorts for severely overweight adolescents with other serious risk factors....
In the Kitchen: Prevent the Spread of Infection
In the Kitchen: Prevent the Spread of Infection Bacteria can spread anywhere in the kitchen. So, it's important to wash your hands and kitchen surfaces before and after preparing food. Bacteria can spread from one surface to another without you knowing it. If the bacteria gets into food, they can cause foodborne illnesses. Sources of contamination Most viruses and bacteria that cause colds, flu, and foodborne illnesses are spread by hand-to-hand or hand-to-food contact. People with hepatitis A, Norwalk-...
Indoor Tanning Leads to Early Skin Cancer, Study Says
Indoor Tanning Leads to Early Skin Cancer, Study Says MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who engage in indoor tanning risk developing skin cancer at an early age, a new study finds. Once thought safer than outdoor sunbathing, indoor tanning can produce 10 to 15 times as much ultraviolet (UV) radiation as the midday sun, the study authors noted. "Our findings suggest that children and young adults who seek indoor tanning may be especially vulnerable to developing basal cell ...
Injection Treatment No Help for Hamstring Injuries, Study Says
Injection Treatment No Help for Hamstring Injuries, Study Says WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An expensive and unusual treatment that relies on components from a patient's own blood doesn't appear to speed recovery from hamstring muscle injuries, according to new research. The treatment is favored by top athletes, but the study found no benefit from platelet-rich plasma injections, at least when administered in a certain way. A physician who relies on the largely untested therapy says the ...
Is All That TV Killing You?
Is All That TV Killing You? WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Attention, binge TV watchers: New research suggests that long stretches spent glued to the tube may be more than just a guilty pleasure -- they could also shorten your life. The study of more than 13,000 seemingly healthy adults in Spain found that those who spent more than three hours a day watching television had double the risk of early death compared to those who watched less than an hour a day. "It is a little bit surprising,"...
Insulin-Metformin Combo Tied to Poorer Survival in Diabetes Study
Insulin-Metformin Combo Tied to Poorer Survival in Diabetes Study TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The combination of metformin and insulin for people with type 2 diabetes may slightly increase death rates among patients, according to researchers from Vanderbilt University. However, other experts question the study's conclusions and claim it is at odds with other better-designed studies that show the combination of metformin and insulin is both safe and effective. "Insulin remains a reasonable...
Insulin Use, Out-of-Pocket Costs Way Up for Type 2 Diabetes
Insulin Use, Out-of-Pocket Costs Way Up for Type 2 Diabetes TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Laboratory-engineered "insulin analogs" have become the main type of insulin prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes, significantly boosting their out-of-pocket costs, a new study reports. Insulin use among those with type 2 diabetes increased by about 50 percent over a 10-year period, with most patients receiving pricey insulin analogs that have nearly doubled the amount of money they pay for their...
It's Better to Prevent a Sunburn Than to Treat One, Dermatologist Says
It's Better to Prevent a Sunburn Than to Treat One, Dermatologist Says SATURDAY, June 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The long-awaited arrival of summer means people will be spending more time outdoors. So, an expert warns, it's especially important at this time of year to take steps to protect your skin from the sun. Along with considerable pain and discomfort, sunburn can cause long-term harm to your skin, explained Dr. Elizabeth Martin, a dermatologist in Hoover, Ala. "Although sunburn may seem like a te...
Implanted Defibrillators May Help Patients With Moderate Heart Failure
Implanted Defibrillators May Help Patients With Moderate Heart Failure TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with moderate heart failure may live longer with an implanted defibrillator, researchers report. A normal heart's pumping ability -- called ejection fraction -- is 50 percent to 70 percent. An ejection fraction below 50 percent signals the possible beginnings of heart failure, according to the American College of Cardiology. Implanted defibrillators have shown a benefit in patients wit...
Immune-Based Treatment May Fight Advanced Cervical Cancer
Immune-Based Treatment May Fight Advanced Cervical Cancer MONDAY, June 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new type of therapy shows promise in treating some women with advanced cervical cancer, researchers say. The majority of cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This new treatment -- called HPV-targeted adoptive T cell therapy -- boosts the body's natural immune response to HPV in cervical cancer tumors, the study authors explained. First, HPV-targeted T cells -- immune cells that ...
Indoor Tanning Ups Melanoma Risk, Even Without Burning: Study
Indoor Tanning Ups Melanoma Risk, Even Without Burning: Study WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans visit tanning salons this time of year, hoping that a little "base" color might prevent a full-blown beachside burn. But even without getting a sunburn, indoor tanners boost their risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, a new study finds. "The bottom-line is that tanning is a biological response to damage to the DNA," study co-author DeAnn Lazovich said. "And you're goin...
Iodine Deficiency Common in Pregnancy, Pediatricians Warn
Iodine Deficiency Common in Pregnancy, Pediatricians Warn MONDAY, May 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many pregnant and breast-feeding women are deficient in iodine and should take a daily supplement containing iodide, according to a leading group of pediatricians. Iodine, generally obtained from iodized salt, produces thyroid hormone, an essential component for normal brain development in the developing baby. But as consumption of processed foods has increased, so has iodine deficiency because the salt in...
Illegal Online Meds Targeted in Worldwide Crackdown, FDA Says
Illegal Online Meds Targeted in Worldwide Crackdown, FDA Says THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Illegal online pharmacies that sell unapproved and potentially dangerous prescription drugs to Americans were targeted this week in a worldwide operation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. More than 19,600 packages containing medicines supposedly from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Great Britain were seized in the action, which involved authorities from 111 countries, the FDA s...
In Elections, Thin May Help Bring the Win
In Elections, Thin May Help Bring the Win WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For politicians, slimmer waistlines may mean more votes on Election Day, a new study finds. "We found weight had a significant effect on voting behavior," study co-author Mark Roehling, a professor of human resources at Michigan State University in East Lansing, said in a university news release. "Additionally, the greater size disparity between candidates, the greater the vote share of the more slender candidate." In ...
ICU Patients at Much Greater Risk for PTSD: Study
ICU Patients at Much Greater Risk for PTSD: Study MONDAY, May 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After being discharged from an intensive care unit (ICU), patients are at much greater risk for developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new review finds. "An ICU stay can be traumatic for both patients and their families," researcher Dr. Ann Parker, a pulmonary and critical care medicine fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said in a news release. "In our analysis of more than 3...
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