Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim
Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every day, people receive medical implants -- artificial valves, hip replacements, surgical mesh and the like -- that may not have been rigorously tested before or after their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two new studies contend. The studies -- conducted by prominent nonprofit groups and published online Sept. 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine -- lay the blame for inadequate me...
MRSA and Children: What You Should Know
MRSA and Children: What You Should Know Millions of Americans develop serious infections each year from drug-resistant staphylococcus bacteria. This type of staph bacteria is known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aur eus (MRSA), although it's resistant to common antibiotics, including penicillin and amoxicillin. MRSA infections originally appeared mostly in hospitals and nursing homes. A virulent kind of resistant "staph" has developed outside of health care settings. It's known as community-acq...
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram, MRA) Procedure overview You might be familiar with the testing procedure called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In this test, radio waves, a magnetic field, and a computer create a scan of your body parts to look for health problems. Magnetic resonance angiography – also called a magnetic resonance angiogram or MRA – is a type of MRI that looks specifically at the body’s blood vessels. Unlike a traditional angiogram, which requires in...
Mirtazapine Oral disintegrating tablet
Mirtazapine Oral disintegrating tablet What is this medicine? MIRTAZAPINE (mir TAZ a peen) is used to treat depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. These tablets are made to dissolve in the mouth. Place the tablet in the mouth and allow it to dissolve, then swallow. You can take these tablets with water, but you do not have to. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do ...
Maprotiline Hydrochloride Oral tablet
Maprotiline Hydrochloride Oral tablet What is this medicine? MAPROTILINE (ma PROE ti leen) is used to treat depression. This medicine also helps to relieve anxiety associated with depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping t...
Mirtazapine Oral tablet
Mirtazapine Oral tablet What is this medicine? MIRTAZAPINE (mir TAZ a peen) is used to treat depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen. A...
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Resting
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Resting (Resting Thallium Scan, Cardiac Nuclear Imaging, Cardiolite Scan, Sestamibi Scan) Procedure overview What is a resting myocardial perfusion scan? A myocardial perfusion scan is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the tissue under study. Specifically, the myocardial perfusion scan eval...
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart (MRI Scan of the Heart, Cardiac MRI) Procedure overview What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. How does MRI work? The MRI machine is a large, cylindrical (tube-shaped) machine that creates a strong magnetic field around the patient. This magnetic ...
Mediastinoscopy Procedure overview What is a mediastinoscopy? A mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure performed to examine the mediastinum. The mediastinum is the space behind the sternum (breastbone) in the middle of the chest that separates the two lungs. It contains lymph nodes, the heart and its great vessels, the trachea, the esophagus, and the thymus gland. The mediastinum can be visualized by the use of an endoscopic instrument called a mediastinoscope. A mediastinoscope is a lighted, long, thi...
Micropenis What is micropenis? Micropenis is defined as a normally structured penis that is below the normal size range for an infant. Normally, the length of a newborn boy's penis is between 2.8 to 4.2 centimeters (1.1 to 1.6 inches) with a circumference of 0.9 to 1.3 centimeters (0.35 to 0.5 inches). This measurement is taken by carefully stretching the penis and measuring from the tip of the penis to the base of the penis. A penis length of less than 1.9 centimeters (0.75 inches) is usually considere...
Motor Vehicle Safety Overview
Motor Vehicle Safety Overview For children ages 14 and younger, unintentional injury-related deaths occur most often when riding in a car. Many injuries that may occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents require clinical care by a doctor or other health care provider. Listed in the directory below are some other considerations for motor vehicle safety, for which a brief overview has been provided. Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates Identifying High-Risk Situations Installing and Using Child Safety...
Muscle and Joint Injuries
Muscle and Joint Injuries Children often injure muscles and joints while running, playing, climbing, or during sports activities. A sprain occurs when ligaments, the bands of tissue that hold bones together, are stretched or torn. A strain occurs when the muscle-tendon unit is overstretched or torn. Tendons help hold muscles and bones together. Sprains and strains can cause pain, swelling, and sometimes result in inability to move the joint. Ankle sprains are the most common type of sports injury. Many ...
Meningococcal Infections What are meningococcal infections? Meningococcal infections are caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis . The most common forms of meningococcal infections include meningitis (infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord) and meningococcemia (blood stream infections). Meningococcal infections are uncommon, but can be fatal. These infections occur most often during the late winter and early spring months. Children are more commonly affected, but t...
Meningitis in Children
Meningitis in Children What is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. What causes meningitis? Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection that invades the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and inflames the meninges. Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) is the fluid within the open spaces of the brain that protects and cushions the brain and spinal cord. The meninges are the thin membranes lining the brain and spinal cord. A fungus or p...
Maternal and Fetal Testing
Maternal and Fetal Testing To evaluate the health of a pregnancy and fetus, many types of prenatal tests may be performed. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Maternal and Fetal Testing Overview First Trimester Screening Second Trimester Screening Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) Ultrasound Chorionic Villus Sampling Amniocentesis Fetal Blood Sampling Fetal Monitoring Fetal Movement Counting Nonstress Testing (NST) Biophysical Profile (BPP) Doppler Flow Studies
Male Growth and Development
Male Growth and Development As a male matures from a young boy into a man, there are many important things to consider regarding his health and development. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Puberty: Adolescent Male Overview of the Male Anatomy Physical Examination: Adolescent Male Care of the Uncircumcised Penis
Manage Your Medications
Manage Your Medications Managing medication can be complicated, particularly if you are taking several, and treating different conditions. Managing medications The following suggestions will help you manage your medications: Understand the exact dose and timing of each medication your doctor prescribes. Verify the information with your pharmacist when you have the prescriptions filled. If you go to different doctors for different conditions, it's extremely important to tell all of them about each medica...
Mental Health Conditions
Mental Health Conditions Many children and adolescents have mental health problems that interfere with their normal development and daily life activities. Some mental health problems are mild, while others are more severe. Some mental health problems last for only short periods of time, while others, potentially, last a lifetime. Listed in the directory below are some mental health disorders that may occur in growing children, for which we have provided a brief overview. Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivit...
Meningitis What is meningitis? Click Image to Enlarge Meningitis is a disease caused by an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain. The inflammation is usually caused by infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. There are three meninges, including the following: Dura mater. This is the outside membrane that adheres to the inside of the skull. Arachnoid. This is the middle membrane. Pia mater . This is the innermost membrane, which adheres to the brain. Wha...
Multiple Sclerosis What is multiple sclerosis (MS)? Click Image to Enlarge Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. It is an unpredictable condition that can be relatively benign, disabling, or devastating. Some individuals with MS may be mildly affected, while others may lose their ability to see clearly, write, speak, or walk when communication between the brain and other parts of the body becomes disrupted. Myelin is a fat...
Measles What is measles? Measles, also known as rubeola, is a viral illness. It is characterized by a distinct rash and a fever. Measles is very contagious. It is spread through airborne droplets of nasal secretions. When infected people cough or sneeze, droplets spray into the air and can remain active and contagious for 2 hours. Once a common childhood disease, it is now rare due to effective immunizations in developed countries. Although usually a mild illness in children, measles can have serious co...
Menorrhagia What is menorrhagia? Menorrhagia is the most common type of abnormal uterine bleeding characterized by heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding. In some cases, bleeding may be so severe and relentless that daily activities become interrupted. Other types of abnormal uterine bleeding (also called dysfunctional uterine bleeding) include: Polymenorrhea Too frequent menstruation Oligomenorrhea Infrequent or light menstrual cycles Metrorrhagia Any irregular, acyclic nonmenstrual bleeding from the u...
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral Valve Prolapse What is mitral valve prolapse (MVP)? Mitral valve prolapse, also known as click-murmur syndrome, Barlow's syndrome, balloon mitral valve, or floppy valve syndrome, is the bulging of one or both of the mitral valve flaps (leaflets) into the left atrium during the contraction of the heart. One or both of the flaps may not close properly, allowing the blood to leak backward (regurgitation). This regurgitation may result in a murmur (abnormal sound in the heart due to turbulent blood f...
Migraine News: How’s the Weather?
Migraine News: How’s the Weather? More than half of migraine sufferers are affected by weather. The most common weather factors that affect migraines are: Humidity Major weather changes over one or two days Changes in barometric pressure Some migraines attributed to weather are not related to it at all. Many people tend to pin their headaches on weather patterns, when other triggers, such as excessive consumption of caffeine or changes in sleep patterns, may actually be the cause. If weather truly is a ...
Managing Your Diabetes Medications
Managing Your Diabetes Medications For many people with diabetes, staying healthy means having a full medicine chest and taking multiple medications. Each medication may be simple to use by itself. Yet combining several drugs takes extra care. Here’s how to prevent problems that can arise from drug interactions and medication errors. Multiplying the risk Having diabetes means you’re at increased risk for conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney problems, and depression. Along with y...
Medications for Coronary Artery Disease
Medications for Coronary Artery Disease In recent years, better medications have made it easier to take care of coronary artery disease. Medications such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and statins, have helped many people stay healthy and avoid heart attacks. Aspirin Aspirin is the most common medication prescribed by doctors for people with coronary artery disease. Aspirin helps prevent heart attacks in people with coronary artery disease. Taking aspirin once a day helps make platelets less sticky. ...
Metabolic Syndrome: Managing Salt
Metabolic Syndrome: Managing Salt A key way to reduce the effects of metabolic syndrome is to lower high blood pressure. Reducing the amount of sodium and salt in your diet is a great start. If you are like most Americans, you consume more salt than your body needs. The current daily recommendation from the American Heart Association is to have less than 2,400 mg, ideally less than 1,500 mg, of sodium per day. Sodium chloride or table salt is about 40% sodium. So, two-thirds teaspoon of salt equals abou...
Metabolic Syndrome Worksheet
Metabolic Syndrome Worksheet To help manage your condition, fill in the dates on which you had or will have the following tests or checkups. Lipid profile I had a lipid profile on __________. A lipid profile is a lab test that measures the amount of certain fats and cholesterol in your blood. High lipid levels can lead to a heart attack or worsen heart disease. You should have a lipid profile at least once a year. Maintain healthy levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and HDL ("good") cholesterol. Healthy l...
Medication Safety Quiz
Do You Know Enough About Taking Prescription Medications? Learn how to better manage your medications by taking this quiz. 1. Older people have a greater risk for drug interactions. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Not only do we usually take more medications as we age and develop some medical problems, but as we age, body changes can affect the way the medications are absorbed and used. Changes in the digestive tract affect how quickly a medication is absorbed. If you...
Making the Decision to Have Chemotherapy for Endometrial Cancer
Making the Decision to Have Chemotherapy for Endometrial Cancer Chemotherapy is the use of cancer-fighting drugs given either as a pill or put directly into a vein. Although it is not commonly the first treatment used for endometrial cancer, your doctor may feel it is necessary based on the extent of your cancer and treatment plan. Chemotherapy is now the most effective type of therapy for people with advanced stage (outside the uterus) endometrial cancer. It's very important that your particular findin...
Making the Decision to Have Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Cancer
Making the Decision to Have Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Cancer Your doctor may suggest radiation therapy to treat endometrial cancer if any of these statements is true for you: You are not able to have surgery. You recently had surgery for endometrial cancer. Having radiation after surgery is called adjuvant therapy. This can help lower the chances of the cancer coming back. It’s the most common reason to have radiation for endometrial cancer. You are getting chemotherapy or hormone therapy to tre...
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Medical Reviewers For StayWell Our commitment StayWell makes a significant investment biennial to medically review content and support its commitment to current high standards of accuracy. Content is developed in conformance with current Practice Guidelines of government agencies and medical specialty organizations. For new content, the staff is exclusively dedicated to developing health communication solutions that are evidence-based, URAC-accredited, NCQA-certified, easy to understand, and behavioral-...
Many With Schizophrenia Say They're Happy: Study
Many With Schizophrenia Say They're Happy: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even though schizophrenia is one of the most severe forms of mental illness, nearly 40 percent of people with the disorder say they're happy, new research contends. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, surveyed 72 schizophrenia patients, ranging in age from 23 to 70, living in the San Diego area, and found that 37 percent said they were happy all or most of the time. Their happiness wasn't rela...
More Children Hit by Cars in September, Experts Say
More Children Hit by Cars in September, Experts Say MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More children are hit by cars during September than any other month of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. This means that parents, drivers and others need to be especially vigilant about traffic safety when schools across the United States are in session, Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts say. Distractions are a major threat. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before they step o...
Many Expectant Moms Don't Get Steroids That Protect Preterm Babies
Many Expectant Moms Don't Get Steroids That Protect Preterm Babies WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Only half of eligible women in low- and middle-income countries at risk for preterm birth receive an inexpensive drug that seems to help prevent complications and deaths in premature infants, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed the use of prenatal corticosteroid injections in more than 300,000 births in 29 countries, and found that only 52 percent of women eligible to receive the simple an...
Man's Rare Condition May Open Door to New Alzheimer's Treatments
Man's Rare Condition May Open Door to New Alzheimer's Treatments MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man with a rare disease has shown scientists that there might be a different way to try to halt the devastating damage of Alzheimer's disease. A mutation of the apolipoprotein E gene (apoE4) has been shown to raise the chances of developing the memory-robbing condition, and experts have wondered how dangerous it would be to treat the patients by eliminating the protein from the brain. Now, resear...
Millions Given Access to Breast, Cervical Cancer Screening: CDC
Millions Given Access to Breast, Cervical Cancer Screening: CDC THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of American women have benefited from a breast and cervical cancer screening program offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new report. The program was launched in 1991 to serve women with limited access to health care. It has provided screening for more than 4 million women in its first 20 years. During that time, the program identified more than 56...
Mutant Gene Spurs Dangerous Heart Condition in Newfoundland Dogs: Study
Mutant Gene Spurs Dangerous Heart Condition in Newfoundland Dogs: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have pinpointed a gene mutation that causes a potentially deadly heart condition in Newfoundland dogs. The inherited condition -- called subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS) -- also affects children and other dog breeds. Surgery can correct the problem in children, but not in dogs, the researchers noted. In dogs, SAS shows up in the heart as a ridge or ring of abnormal tissue growth ...
Mental Decline Often Precedes a Stroke, Study Finds
Mental Decline Often Precedes a Stroke, Study Finds THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related declines in memory and thinking abilities may increase a senior's risk of stroke and death, researchers say. Their new study included more than 7,200 Americans older than 65 who were given tests every three years to evaluate their short- and long-term memory, attention, awareness and other mental functions. Those with lower test scores were 61 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than those with ...
More Young Adults Getting Mental Health Care Under Obamacare: Study
More Young Adults Getting Mental Health Care Under Obamacare: Study MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of young American adults getting mental health treatment has risen since the rule on dependent coverage went into effect with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, a new study finds. That key provision ensures that those aged 19 to 25 have the option of remaining on their parents' health insurance plan. It's been in effect since September 2010. In the new study, researchers found tha...
Many Doctors Recommend E-Cigarettes as Anti-Smoking Aid, Survey Finds
Many Doctors Recommend E-Cigarettes as Anti-Smoking Aid, Survey Finds FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarettes seem to be everywhere these days, and a new study finds many U.S. doctors recommending them to smokers as a way to kick the tobacco habit. "Even in the absence of evidence regarding the health impact of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, a third of physicians we surveyed are recommending e-cigarettes to their patients to help quit smoking," study co-author Leah Ranney, associat...
Most Cosmetic Procedures Based on Stem Cells Are Bogus, Experts Say
Most Cosmetic Procedures Based on Stem Cells Are Bogus, Experts Say MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Could stem cell injections help rejuvenate your face or body? Probably not, plastic surgery experts say, but ads for these types of bogus procedures abound on the Internet. "Stem cells offer tremendous potential, but the marketplace is saturated with unsubstantiated and sometimes fraudulent claims that may place patients at risk," a team led by Dr. Michael Longaker, of Stanford University Medical...
Malaria Growing Resistant to Drugs Used to Fight It
Malaria Growing Resistant to Drugs Used to Fight It WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The parasite that causes malaria is growing increasingly resistant to the drugs commonly used to fight it, according to new surveillance reports. But several new drugs are in development, and at least one in early clinical trials may offer new hope against this global killer. "Although there has been considerable progress in malaria control in the past decade, the battle against malaria is far from won, and ...
Make Kids' Weight Loss a Family Affair, Study Suggests
Make Kids' Weight Loss a Family Affair, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who want to help their preschooler shed excess pounds may want to team up with their child, new research suggests. Youngsters whose parents joined them in a supervised behavioral modification program gained less weight than their peers who were enrolled in a traditional child-only program (an average difference of about four pounds over two years). Their parent partners also benefited, losing almo...
More Than 10 Million People Gained Coverage Under Obamacare, Study Finds
More Than 10 Million People Gained Coverage Under Obamacare, Study Finds THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study estimates that more than 10 million uninsured Americans gained health coverage over the past year due to the Affordable Care Act. The biggest gains came in states that expanded eligibility for Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor. Under health care reform, popularly known as Obamacare, states had a choice about expanding eligibility. "This study reaffirms that ...
Most Adults Are Members of 'Clean Plate Club'
Most Adults Are Members of 'Clean Plate Club' FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Unlike children, the vast majority of adults finish all of the food they put on their plate at mealtime, according to a new study. This is true for adults from much of the world -- not just Americans, researchers from Cornell University revealed. They noted their findings could help those trying to lose weight or improve their eating habits make better choices. "If you put it on your plate, it's going into your stoma...
Many U.S. Male Soldiers Had Troubled Childhoods, Study Finds
Many U.S. Male Soldiers Had Troubled Childhoods, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. servicemen are more likely to have been exposed to some form of childhood trauma than their civilian counterparts, a large, new survey suggests. The finding seems to apply solely to military men, not women. The research team suggested that the finding could be a cause for concern, given that early childhood exposure to various forms of physical, mental, and/or sexual abuse among the civilian po...
Many Kids With Medicaid Use ER as Doctor's Office: CDC
Many Kids With Medicaid Use ER as Doctor's Office: CDC THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children covered by Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for the poor, visit the emergency room for medical care far more often than uninsured or privately insured youngsters, a U.S. survey finds. And kids with Medicaid were more likely than those with private insurance to visit for a reason other than a serious medical problem, according to the 2012 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Dise...
Many Obese U.S. Kids Think They're Thinner Than They Are
Many Obese U.S. Kids Think They're Thinner Than They Are WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many obese and overweight American children and teens look in the mirror and tell themselves their weight is fine, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. "Being overweight or obese is associated with adverse health outcomes, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes," said lead researcher Neda Sarafrazi, a nutritional epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...
MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn
MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic fragments of the deadly MERS virus were detected in the air of a barn where an infected camel was kept, a new study says. The findings show the need for further studies to determine if Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) can be transmitted through the air, the researchers said. Researchers collected air samples over three consecutive days from a camel barn owned by a 43-year-old male MERS patient who lived south...
Many Sexually Active U.S. Teens Not Tested for HIV: CDC
Many Sexually Active U.S. Teens Not Tested for HIV: CDC FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Only one in five sexually active U.S. teens has been tested for HIV, a new government report shows. That percentage is concerning because teens make up a significant share of new HIV infections, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "We know that one in four new HIV infections occur in young people ages 13 to 24, which is about 12,200 new infections per year in the Unite...
Most Kids Eat Fruit, Veggies Daily: CDC
Most Kids Eat Fruit, Veggies Daily: CDC WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than three-quarters of U.S. children eat fruit on any given day, and nearly 92 percent dig into vegetables in a 24-hour period, a new U.S. health survey reveals. But consumption of fruits and vegetables -- sources of valuable nutrients -- declines as kids move from preschool to high school, according to the survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And whether kids' vegetable and fruit consum...
Men With Prostate Cancer May Not Always Get Best Advice
Men With Prostate Cancer May Not Always Get Best Advice MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many men may not be getting the best advice when it comes to managing low-risk prostate cancer, two new studies suggest. In the first study, researchers found that most men are getting their prostate removed or undergoing radiation therapy when carefully watching the cancer may be just as effective without the risks and side effects of surgery or radiation. "The variation of treatment of low-risk prostate c...
Mississippi Girl Thought Cured of HIV Shows Signs of Infection
Mississippi Girl Thought Cured of HIV Shows Signs of Infection THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A Mississippi girl born with HIV who was thought to be cured by immediate and aggressive drug treatment has relapsed, with new tests showing detectable levels of the AIDS-causing virus in her bloodstream, disappointed federal officials announced Thursday afternoon. The girl, now nearly 4 years old, had remained virus-free even though she stopped taking HIV medications when she was 18 months old. Do...
Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs' Harms
Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs' Harms SATURDAY, July 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many young adults don't realize that using hookahs can harm their health, a new study reveals. Hookah smoking can be just as dangerous as cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, this study found that many young adults believe the water pipes are a safe alternative to cigarettes. Researchers asked patrons, aged 18 to 30, at three Southern California hookah lounges ...
Make Exercise Fun, Eat Less Afterwards
Make Exercise Fun, Eat Less Afterwards SATURDAY, July 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you make exercise fun, you'll eat less after your workout, new research contends. In one experiment, 56 adults were led on a 1.4-mile walk and were either told it would be an exercise walk or a scenic walk. The participants were given lunch after the walk, and those who were told it was an exercise outing ate 35 percent more chocolate pudding for dessert than those who were told it was a scenic walk. In another experim...
More Painkillers May Raise Heart Risks for Older Women: Review
More Painkillers May Raise Heart Risks for Older Women: Review TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A category of painkillers that includes the popular over-the-counter drug naproxen (Aleve) might increase an older woman's risk of heart attack or stroke, researchers report. Doctors already knew that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that target and inhibit the so-called "cox-2 enzyme" can raise a person's heart attack risk. This new study found the same sort of heart risks accompany NSA...
Muscle and Bone Injuries, Mental Disorders Plagued U.S. Iraq War Vets
Muscle and Bone Injuries, Mental Disorders Plagued U.S. Iraq War Vets WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Muscle, bone and joint injuries, as well as mental health disorders, are the main reasons why U.S. soldiers who served in Iraq left the military, a new study finds. Researchers followed more than 4,100 Army soldiers, aged 18 to 52, from the start of a 15-month deployment in Iraq in 2006 until the end of four years after their return to the United States. Among those who were unable to return...
Many Don't Want to Be Alone With Their Thoughts
Many Don't Want to Be Alone With Their Thoughts THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some people would rather do anything -- even hurt themselves -- than spend quiet time with their own thoughts, a new study finds. Researchers conducted a series of experiments with volunteers aged 18 to 77 and found that they generally did not like spending even short periods of time alone in a room with nothing to do but think or daydream. The majority of them preferred external activities such as listening to mu...
Many Anesthesiologists Fail to Wash Hands, Study Shows
Many Anesthesiologists Fail to Wash Hands, Study Shows MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Anesthesiologists may need to improve their hand hygiene habits during surgery, because they might be putting patients at risk for infections, a new study suggests. Researchers observed anesthesiologists during operations and found that they had an average of 149 "hand hygiene opportunities" per hour of patient anesthesia time. There are five hand hygiene opportunities that help reduce the risk of health care...
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