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Study Links Recession to Spike in Suicides Among Middle-Aged
Study Links Recession to Spike in Suicides Among Middle-Aged FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The financial stress of the last recession likely contributed to a recent increase in suicides among middle-aged Americans, researchers report. Job, financial or legal problems played a role in 37.5 percent of all completed middle-age suicides in 2010, up from just under 33 percent of suicides in 2005, according to findings published in the Feb. 27 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine ....
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, health officials reported Thursday. That's a drop from the 23 percent protection level estimated for the flu shot earlier in the season, said experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The situation for children was even worse. ...
Safety Add-Ons for Football Helmets May Not Cut Concussion Risk
Safety Add-Ons for Football Helmets May Not Cut Concussion Risk WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Football helmet add-ons may not reduce players' risk of concussion, a new study suggests. These safety products include items such as soft-shell layers, spray treatments, pads and fiber sheets. "Our study suggests that despite many products targeted at reducing concussions in players, there is no magic concussion prevention product on the market at this time," researcher John Lloyd, of BRAINS Inc...
Sound of Mother's Voice in Womb May Aid Fetal Brain Growth
Sound of Mother's Voice in Womb May Aid Fetal Brain Growth MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies may get a brain boost in the womb when they hear the voices and heartbeats of their mothers, a new study suggests. Researchers studying premature babies in the hospital found that the sound centers in the babies' brains grew more quickly when they heard recordings of their mothers rather than the normal clamor of intensive care units. The recordings were manipulated to simulate sounds heard in a w...
Study Ties Saunas to Lower Risk of Death From Heart Disease
Study Ties Saunas to Lower Risk of Death From Heart Disease MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sweating it out in a hot sauna may be relaxing, and new research suggests it may also be good for your heart health. A study from Finland found that men who use saunas frequently are less likely to die from heart disease. Men's risk was even lower when they visited saunas more often in a week, and when they spent longer periods of time in a sauna each session, the researchers reported. The findings coul...
Skin Patch Shows Promise in Easing Peanut Allergy
Skin Patch Shows Promise in Easing Peanut Allergy SUNDAY, Feb. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A wearable patch that safely and gradually exposes the body to small amounts of peanut allergen appears effective in easing the allergy, an early new study shows. The Viaskin peanut patch, worn for a year by peanut-allergic children and adults, appears to "educate cells to turn off the allergic reaction," said lead researcher Dr. Hugh Sampson, director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Kravis Children's Hosp...
Some HIV Strains Cause Early Damage to Immune System, Study Finds
Some HIV Strains Cause Early Damage to Immune System, Study Finds THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fast-replicating strains of HIV damage the immune system in the very early stages of infection, resulting in quicker disease progression, a new study says. The results confirmed previous findings that people with faster-replicating HIV strains have a quicker decline in levels of infection-fighting immune system CD4 T-cells, the researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of S...
Sun's Damage Lingers Long After Dark
Sun's Damage Lingers Long After Dark THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation continues long after you get out of the sun, even in the dark, a new study says. Researchers explain that UV light from the sun or tanning beds can damage DNA in melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells in the skin that make the substance called melanin. Melanin gives skin its color. Damage to melanocytes is a major cause of skin cancer, according to the researchers. It was thought...
Small Study Links Lack of Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Small Study Links Lack of Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes Risk THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study helps explain why getting too little sleep might boost diabetes risk. Researchers say lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of substances called free fatty acids in the blood. These substances interfere with the ability of the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. The researchers said these findings suggest that high rates of obesity and diabetes could be reduced by something as...
Study Ties Shingles Virus to Dangerous Blood Vessel Disease in Elderly
Study Ties Shingles Virus to Dangerous Blood Vessel Disease in Elderly WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research links the virus behind chickenpox and shingles to a blood vessel condition that afflicts the elderly and can sometimes be deadly. The study doesn't prove that the so-called varicella zoster virus causes the condition, known as giant cell arteritis. But study author Dr. Don Gilden, a professor of neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, said the fin...
Study Compares Drugs for Diabetes-Linked Eye Disease
Study Compares Drugs for Diabetes-Linked Eye Disease WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A vision-robbing condition called diabetic macular edema can strike people with diabetes. Now, a new study compared three leading drugs for the condition -- Avastin, Eylea and Lucentis -- and found that Eylea came out on top, at least for patients with "moderate" vision loss. The study, funded by the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI), "will have a dramatic impact on patient care," said Dr. Mark Fromer, an o...
Study Questions Benefits of Treadmill Desks
Study Questions Benefits of Treadmill Desks WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With increasing evidence that sitting for long periods isn't good for your waistline or your health in general, efforts have begun to focus on ways to shake up the traditional American workplace. One such innovation that's been touted as a possible solution is the treadmill desk. But a new study may dampen some of the enthusiasm about these devices. Researchers found that the desks are expensive, challenging to inco...
Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Deadly Bird Flu
Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Deadly Bird Flu TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu vaccines trigger immune system protection against the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, a new study reveals. This strain of bird flu, which emerged in China in 2013, kills nearly one-third of people infected with it, the researchers noted. "We have clear evidence that a normal immune response to flu vaccination offers protection against dangerous and highly unique strains of influenza such as H7N9,...
Study Refutes Notion That Fans Are Useless in Extreme Heat
Study Refutes Notion That Fans Are Useless in Extreme Heat TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When a heat wave strikes, using a fan may help keep you cool, despite some public health guidance to the contrary, new research suggests. Previously, some public health experts have recommended against the use of electric fans, suggesting that at best, they don't help cool you, and at worst, might make you hotter by blowing hot air on to you. But, the new study found up to a certain temperature and humi...
Sleep Group Updates Shuteye Guidelines
Sleep Group Updates Shuteye Guidelines TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For the youngest and oldest, the National Sleep Foundation has new guidelines on what constitutes a good night's rest. Newborns (0 to 3 months) need 14 to 17 hours of sleep per day, while infants (4 to 11 months) need 12 to 15 hours, according to the new guidelines. Previous recommendations were 12 to 18 hours for newborns, and 14 to 15 hours for infants. On the other end of the age spectrum, the sleep foundation added a n...
Some Jobs Are a Pain in the Back
Some Jobs Are a Pain in the Back MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Working in an awkward position significantly increases the risk of developing low back pain, a new study finds. Doing manual labor that involved awkward positions increased the risk of low back pain by eight times. Other significant risk factors included fatigue and being distracted during an activity. The risk of back pain was highest between 7 a.m. and noon, the Australian researchers found. The findings were reported in the ne...
Study Links Antibiotics to Digestive Complication in Infants
Study Links Antibiotics to Digestive Complication in Infants MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using certain antibiotics early in infancy may raise the risk of a serious gastrointestinal condition called pyloric stenosis, a new study indicates. Doctors have known that using the antibiotic erythromycin can increase the risk of pyloric stenosis in infants. The new findings confirmed that link, and also found that the antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax) is associated with a higher risk of pyloric s...
Smoking During Pregnancy May Raise Diabetes Risk for Daughters: Study
Smoking During Pregnancy May Raise Diabetes Risk for Daughters: Study MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women whose mothers smoked while pregnant may be two to three times more likely to develop diabetes as adults, new research suggests. The finding is based on the tracking of 1,800 women whose mothers had been participants in an earlier study. All the mothers had received obstetric care in the San Francisco area at some point between 1959 and 1967. Because the study was initially launched to ex...
Sleepiness in Your Teen May Signal 'Weed' Use
Sleepiness in Your Teen May Signal 'Weed' Use FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who are being assessed for the sleep disorder narcolepsy should also be screened for marijuana use because the drug can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, researchers report. People with narcolepsy show the same symptoms, the study authors explained. The researchers looked at 383 children evaluated for excessive daytime sleepiness, and found that 10 percent of those aged 13 and older whose results indicated na...
Smoking Linked to Damage in the Brain, Researchers Find
Smoking Linked to Damage in the Brain, Researchers Find FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may damage part of the brain by causing thinning in a crucial area, new research shows. The study included more than 500 male and female smokers, former smokers and nonsmokers who were an average of 73 years old. Brain scans revealed that current and former smokers had a thinner cortex than those who never smoked. The cortex is where important thought processes such as memory, language and perceptio...
Studies Find More Genetic Links to Obesity
Studies Find More Genetic Links to Obesity WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers more evidence that genes play a significant role in obesity. The findings may help explain why some people are more likely to put on extra pounds and develop obesity-linked conditions, the investigators said. The researchers analyzed genetic samples from more than 300,000 people and identified more than 140 locations across their sets of DNA that play a role in obesity. They also pinpointed new bi...
Smokers May Get Less Benefit From Drugs for Arthritic Back Pain
Smokers May Get Less Benefit From Drugs for Arthritic Back Pain TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may hamper the effects of certain drugs used to treat inflammatory arthritis in the lower back, a new study from Switzerland says. Researchers from University Hospital Zurich looked at how 700 people with this type of arthritis responded to treatment with a class of drugs called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. About two-thirds of the patients were smokers. After one to two years of ...
Shorter Hours for Doctors Don't Lead to Expected Improvements: Study
Shorter Hours for Doctors Don't Lead to Expected Improvements: Study MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Shorter shifts for medical residents don't appear to be making any big improvements in doctors' fatigue levels or in patient care, new research shows. The study found that although doctors weren't less tired during their shortest shifts, an adverse patient event was more likely to occur during a short shift. The results "question the rationale for shortening the exposure of the residents to the ...
Some Tiny Preemies Show Poorer Mental Health in Adulthood
Some Tiny Preemies Show Poorer Mental Health in Adulthood MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who were born very preterm may be at higher-than-normal risk of anxiety disorders and certain other mental health issues, even into their 30s, a new study suggests. Those risks, researchers found, appeared particularly elevated among those who had been exposed to prenatal steroid medication. Corticosteroids are commonly given to pregnant women in danger of preterm delivery, to help speed the baby's ...
Stress May Make Recovery From Heart Attack Harder for Younger Women
Stress May Make Recovery From Heart Attack Harder for Younger Women MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When younger people have heart attacks, stress may lead to a worse recovery. This problem may be of particular concern among women, a new study suggests. Although stress affects both men and women, researchers found that women had higher levels of stress than men. Those higher stress levels may have played a role in their worse recovery in the month after suffering a heart attack. Women had more ...
Stigma Keeps Employees From Admitting to a Mental Illness: Study
Stigma Keeps Employees From Admitting to a Mental Illness: Study FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many workers say they wouldn't tell their manager if they had a mental health problem, a Canadian survey finds. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health poll of more than 2,200 working adults in the province of Ontario found that 38 percent would not disclose a mental illness to a manager. Their reasons for keeping quiet included fears about the effect on their career, bad experiences of others wh...
Smoking Tied to Higher Death Risk After Colon Cancer
Smoking Tied to Higher Death Risk After Colon Cancer FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may increase the risk of earlier death for people who've survived colon cancer, a new study warns. American Cancer Society researchers looked at more than 2,500 colon cancer survivors in the United States. Slightly fewer than 1,100 died during an average of 7.5 years of follow-up, including about 450 who died due to colon cancer. Compared to nonsmokers, cancer survivors who smoked were more than twice a...
Sexual Pain Common After Childbirth, Study Finds
Sexual Pain Common After Childbirth, Study Finds THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sexual pain is common after childbirth, a new study indicates. Nearly nine in 10 women experience pain the first time they have sexual intercourse after childbirth. What's more, almost one-quarter still report painful sex 18 months later, the Australian researchers found. The study also revealed that women who had given birth via cesarean section or vaginally with vacuum extraction were about twice as likely to e...
Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis
Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone accessory that can detect HIV and syphilis has been developed by Columbia University researchers. The low-cost device can spot markers of the infectious diseases from a finger prick of blood in 15 minutes. It's the first smartphone accessory that replicates all the functions of a laboratory-based blood test, according to the researchers. The device was tested by health care workers in Rwanda who used it to a...
Seniors Need 2 Pneumonia Vaccines, CDC Advisory Panel Says
Seniors Need 2 Pneumonia Vaccines, CDC Advisory Panel Says TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults 65 and older need two vaccines to better protect them from bacterial infection in the blood (called sepsis), meningitis and pneumonia, according to a revised vaccination schedule from the 2015 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP is the vaccine advisory panel for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Such infections are caused by pneumococcal bacteria, and o...
Sexual Assault Under-Reported on U.S. College Campuses: Study
Sexual Assault Under-Reported on U.S. College Campuses: Study MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some U.S. universities and colleges appear to be under-reporting sexual assaults on their campuses, a new study concludes. Researchers looked at data about on-campus sexual assaults reported by 31 large private and public universities and colleges during audits by the federal government. During the audits, the number of reported sexual assaults rose an average of 44 percent compared to previously repor...
Some Kids Use Tobacco, E-Cigarettes Together, Study Finds
Some Kids Use Tobacco, E-Cigarettes Together, Study Finds MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American children and teens who smoke may also use a variety of other nicotine delivery systems, including e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookahs and pipes, a new study finds. "We are concerned about this because of the potential for increased harms associated with the use of multiple products, such as exposing young people to nicotine during a time when their brains are still developing or risk ...
Some With Kidney Stones Might Have Calcium Buildup in Blood Vessels: Study
Some With Kidney Stones Might Have Calcium Buildup in Blood Vessels: Study FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some people who develop recurring kidney stones may also have high levels of calcium deposits in their blood vessels, and that could explain their increased risk for heart disease, new research suggests. "It's becoming clear that having kidney stones is a bit like having raised blood pressure, raised blood lipids [such as cholesterol] or diabetes in that it is another indicator of, or ris...
Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect
Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study -- this one involving patients with Parkinson's disease -- adds another layer of insight to the well-known "placebo effect." That's the phenomenon in which people's symptoms improve after taking an inactive substance simply because they believe the treatment will work. The small study, involving 12 people, suggests that Parkinson's patients seem to feel better -- and their brains may actually change -- if ...
Study Suggests Early Start to Football May Pose Brain Risks
Study Suggests Early Start to Football May Pose Brain Risks WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As football fans prepare to watch the 49th Super Bowl this Sunday, a new study suggests that boys who start playing tackle football before the age of 12 may face a higher risk for neurological deficits as adults. The concern stems from an assessment of current memory and thinking skills among 42 former National Football League players, now between the ages of 40 and 69. Half the players had started p...
Some Kids With Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: Study
Some Kids With Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: Study WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 10 percent of preschool-age children diagnosed with autism saw some improvement in their symptoms by age 6. And 20 percent of the children made some gains in everyday functioning, a new study found. Canadian researchers followed 421 children from diagnosis (between ages 2 and 4) until age 6, collecting information at four points in time to see how their symptoms and their ability to adapt to dai...
Soda Habit May Prompt Early Puberty in Girls, Study Suggests
Soda Habit May Prompt Early Puberty in Girls, Study Suggests TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who consume a lot of sugary drinks may enter puberty earlier than girls who don't, Harvard researchers report. Among nearly 5,600 girls aged 9 to 14 who were followed between 1996 and 2001, the researchers found that those who drank more than 1.5 servings of sugary drinks a day had their first period 2.7 months earlier than those who drank two or fewer of these drinks a week. This finding was in...
Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret
Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many seniors don't tell their doctors they've had a fall because they're worried they'll be told they can't live on their own anymore, a physician says. Millions of Americans aged 65 and older fall every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, fewer than half tell their doctor, the researchers noted. "They're worried about other people becoming concerned about safety issues at home and the pot...
Student Loans Take Emotional Toll on Young Adults
Student Loans Take Emotional Toll on Young Adults TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Student loan debt is a major cause of stress for young adults, a new study finds. Researchers looked at survey responses from adults aged 25 to 31 across the United States and found that those with higher student loan debt reported higher levels of depressive symptoms. This was true even after adjusting for factors such as parents' wealth, the researchers said. "We are speculating that part of the reason that th...
Stroke Survivors Who Live Alone Face Higher Risk of Early Death: Study
Stroke Survivors Who Live Alone Face Higher Risk of Early Death: Study FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke survivors -- especially men -- who live alone are at increased risk for premature death, a new study suggests. Researchers followed nearly 1,100 ischemic stroke survivors in Sweden for 12 years. An ischemic stroke occurs when the brain's blood flow is blocked. During the follow-up period, 36 percent of survivors who lived alone died, compared to 17 percent of those with partners. Among...
School Sports Costs Leave Some Students on Sidelines
School Sports Costs Leave Some Students on Sidelines THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many American children can't afford to participate in school sports, a new survey finds. Only 30 percent of students in families with annual household incomes of less than $60,000 played school sports, compared with 51 percent of students in families that earned $60,000 or more a year. The difference may stem from a common practice -- charging middle and high schools students a "pay-to-play" fee to take part...
Study Hints That 'Video Feedback' Therapy May Help Curb Autism
Study Hints That 'Video Feedback' Therapy May Help Curb Autism THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A therapy involving "video feedback" -- where parents watch videos of their interactions with their baby -- might help prevent infants at risk for autism from developing the disorder, a new study suggests. The research involved 54 families of babies who were at increased risk for autism because they had an older sibling with the condition. Some of the families were assigned to a therapy program in ...
Study Rates Migraine Medications
Study Rates Migraine Medications TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The best medications to use if you suffer migraine headaches are listed in a new study. Researchers reviewed recent scientific literature and concluded that a number of classes of drugs were effective for treating acute migraine. These include triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE) and many NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen). Also on the list: butorphanol nasal spray, and the co...
Sleep Position Linked to Death Risk for Those With Epilepsy
Sleep Position Linked to Death Risk for Those With Epilepsy WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sleeping on your stomach may boost your risk of sudden death if you have epilepsy, new research suggests. Sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy occurs when an otherwise healthy person dies and "the autopsy shows no clear structural or toxicological cause of death," said Dr. Daniel Friedman, assistant professor of neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. This is a rare occurrence, and ...
Surgery Not Better for Spine Narrowing, Study Finds
Surgery Not Better for Spine Narrowing, Study Finds MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery and more conservative treatments provide similar long-term outcomes for people with spinal stenosis, a new study suggests. Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that leads to back and leg pain and other symptoms. The study included more than 650 spinal stenosis patients who had surgery or received nonsurgical treatment such as physical therapy or medications. For the first several years, pati...
Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll
Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking and obesity are both harmful to your health, but they also do considerable damage to your wallet, researchers report. Annual health-care expenses are substantially higher for smokers and the obese, compared with nonsmokers and people of healthy weight, according to a recent report in the journal Public Health . In fact, obesity is actually more expensive to treat than smoking on an annual basis, the study con...
Stimulation Device Approved to Treat Obesity
Stimulation Device Approved to Treat Obesity WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new electrical stimulation device designed to control obesity by targeting the nerve pathways between the brain and stomach that regulate hunger and fullness has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Maestro Rechargeable System is the first FDA-approved obesity device since 2007, the agency said Wednesday in a news release. The system is sanctioned for adults with a body-mass index (BMI) of ...
Scientists Spot Mutation Behind Genetic Form of Heart Failure
Scientists Spot Mutation Behind Genetic Form of Heart Failure WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have uncovered a major genetic risk for heart failure -- a mutation affecting a key muscle protein that makes the heart less elastic. The mutation increases a person's risk of dilated cardiomyopathy. This is a form of heart failure in which the walls of the heart muscle are stretched out and become thinner, enlarging the heart and impairing its ability to pump blood efficiently, a new i...
Spending on Medical Research Falls in U.S. While Growing Globally
Spending on Medical Research Falls in U.S. While Growing Globally TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Spending on medical research is waning in the United States, and this trend could have dire consequences for patients, physicians and the health care industry as a whole, a new analysis reveals. America is losing ground to Asia, the research shows. And if left unaddressed, this decline in spending could rob the world of cures and treatments for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, depression and other ...
Straight Men More Prone to Jealousy Over Sexual Infidelity: Study
Straight Men More Prone to Jealousy Over Sexual Infidelity: Study TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A woman may have the reputation of turning into a green-eyed monster when her man sleeps with someone else, but new research suggests a man gets even more jealous in the same scenario. In a poll of nearly 64,000 Americans, sexual infidelity was most upsetting to men in heterosexual relationships, said study author David Frederick, an assistant professor of psychology at Chapman University in Oran...
Skipping Surgery May Work for Some Rectal Cancer Patients: Study
Skipping Surgery May Work for Some Rectal Cancer Patients: Study MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For many rectal cancer patients, the prospect of surgery is a worrisome reality, given that the operation can significantly impair both bowel and sexual function. However, a new study reveals that some cancer patients may fare just as well by forgoing surgery in favor of chemotherapy/radiation and "watchful waiting." The finding is based on a review of data from 145 rectal cancer patients, all of w...
Some 'Safety Net' Health Clinics See Drop in Uninsured Visits Under Obamacare
Some 'Safety Net' Health Clinics See Drop in Uninsured Visits Under Obamacare MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is reducing the number of uninsured patient visits to community health centers, new research suggests. Community health centers provide primary-care services to low-income populations. Under federal funding rules, they cannot deny services based on a person's ability to pay and are viewed as "safety net" clinics. In the January/Fe...
Study Suggests Link Between E-Cigarettes, Respiratory Infections
Study Suggests Link Between E-Cigarettes, Respiratory Infections THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vapor from electronic cigarettes may increase young people's risk of respiratory infections, whether or not it contains nicotine, a new laboratory study has found. Lung tissue samples from deceased children appeared to suffer damage when exposed to e-cigarette vapor in the laboratory, researchers reported in a recent issue of the journal PLOS One . The vapor triggered a strong immune response in e...
Sleeping on Back in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk in Study
Sleeping on Back in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk in Study THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who sleep on their backs in the later months of pregnancy may have a relatively higher risk of stillbirth if they already have other risk factors, a new study suggests. Experts stressed that the findings do not prove that sleep position itself affects stillbirth risk. "We should be cautious in interpreting the results," said Dr. George Saade, director of maternal-fetal medicine at the Universi...
Synthetic Oil May Help Patients With Huntington's Disease
Synthetic Oil May Help Patients With Huntington's Disease THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming a synthetic oil may help normalize brain metabolism of people with the incurable, inherited brain disorder known as Huntington's disease, a small new study suggests. Daily doses of a triglyceride oil called triheptanoin -- which 10 Huntington's patients took with meals -- appeared to boost the brain's ability to use energy, researchers said. The scientists also noted improvements in movement an...
Study Reinforces Link Between Low Birth Weight, Diabetes Risk
Study Reinforces Link Between Low Birth Weight, Diabetes Risk THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study that confirms that underweight babies are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes later in life also identifies factors associated with that increased risk. The findings may help pinpoint which physical processes are disrupted by a low birth weight, eventually resulting in diabetes, the Brown University researchers said. The study authors looked at more than 1,200 women with type 2 diabetes...
Stem Cell Therapy Fixes Post-Surgical Airway Abnormality
Stem Cell Therapy Fixes Post-Surgical Airway Abnormality WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using stem cells derived from a patient's own bone marrow, researchers have repaired a fistula -- a potentially fatal tissue abnormality -- in the man's lower airway. "This is another interesting new therapeutic approach for stem cells," said lead researcher Dr. Francesco Petrella, deputy director of thoracic surgery at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. The patient, a 42-year-old firef...
Stem Cell Therapy for MS Shows Promise
Stem Cell Therapy for MS Shows Promise MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental therapy that kills off and then "resets" the immune system has given three years of remission to a small group of multiple sclerosis patients, researchers say. About eight in 10 patients given this treatment had no new adverse events after three years. And nine in 10 experienced no progression or relapse in their MS, said lead author Dr. Richard Nash of the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St....
Stay Sober or Be Pulled Over This Holiday Season
Stay Sober or Be Pulled Over This Holiday Season MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As the holiday season kicks into full gear, state highway officials from across the nation are warning drivers to stay off the roads if they've been drinking. On average, more than 800 people in the United States die in drunk driving crashes each December. The annual national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, staged from Dec. 10 to New Year's Eve, aims to lower that number and contribute to safer roadwa...
Saxenda Approved for Weight Loss
Saxenda Approved for Weight Loss WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Saxenda (liraglutide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic obesity. The injected drug is approved for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or for those with a BMI of 27 or greater who have at least one other weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol. BMI is a standard measure of weight-vs-height, with statistical "obesity" ...
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