Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer
Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer SUNDAY, Sept. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified a sign of early development of pancreatic cancer, a leading cause of cancer death. And, they add, their discovery might lead one day to a new test to detect the disease in its initial and more treatable stages. The early sign is an increase in levels of certain amino acids, and this occurs before patients develop symptoms and the disease is typically diagnosed. The finding came...
Sports and Children with Special Needs
Sports and Children with Special Needs All children can benefit from the exercise, energy release, and pure enjoyment of playing sports, and this includes children with special needs. About 18% of children in the U.S. have a disability or chronic condition. Special needs children are sometimes not encouraged to exercise because their parents or guardians fear they'll be hurt. But physical activity is as important for special needs children, as it is for any child. Participating in sports can help instil...
Sleep Deprivation Sleep deprivation is not a specific disease. It is usually the result of other illnesses and life circumstances that can cause its own symptoms and poor health outcomes. Sleep deprivation means you’re not getting enough sleep. For most adults, the amount of sleep needed for best health is seven to eight hours each night. When you get less sleep than that, as many people do, it can eventually lead to a whole host of health problems. These can include forgetfulness, inattentiveness, bein...
Sertraline Hydrochloride Oral solution
Sertraline Hydrochloride Oral solution What is this medicine? SERTRALINE (SER tra leen) is used to treat depression. It may also be used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-trauma stress, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) or social anxiety. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Before taking your dose, you need to dilute the solution in a beverage. Measure your medicine dose using the dropper in the bot...
Sertraline Hydrochloride Oral tablet
Sertraline Hydrochloride Oral tablet What is this medicine? SERTRALINE (SER tra leen) is used to treat depression. It may also be used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-trauma stress, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) or social anxiety. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine mo...
Sleep Study (Polysomnogram) Procedure overview What is a sleep study? Sleep is a state of relative unconsciousness and stillness of the voluntary muscles (muscles that are controlled at will). The stages of sleep range from light to deep and each 1 has specific characteristics that can be measured. A sleep study consists of a number of medical tests performed at the same time during sleep. The tests measure specific sleep characteristics and help to diagnose sleep disorders. A sleep study may also be re...
Surgical Overview When preparing your child for surgery, there is a great deal to consider prior to the procedure. Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding preparing your child, for which we have provided a brief overview. Types of Surgery Methods of Surgery The Hospital Setting
Sports Injury Prevention
Sports Injury Prevention Can sports injuries be prevented? Many sports injuries can be prevented by learning about the sport and making sure your child has the necessary protection. Before signing your child up for a sport, you should consider: The temperature. Cooler weather is safer. The playing surface. Some surfaces will reduce the impact on your child’s joints, reducing injuries. Traffic. Sharing the road with automobiles can raise the risk of injury. Gear safety. Broken or unsafe helmets, pads, or...
Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Spinal Muscular Atrophy What is spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)? Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetic disease that affects the spinal cord and nerves, resulting in muscle wasting and weakness. What causes spinal muscular atrophy? SMA is an autosomal recessive disease. This means that both males and females are equally affected, and that two copies of the gene, one inherited from each parent, are necessary to have the condition. A gene called survival motor neuron (or SMN) is found to have an abnormal area...
Sleep Sleep is an essential part of your growing child's health. The amount of sleep needed changes as the child grows older. Newborns sleep approximately 16 to 17 hours a day, while preschoolers need only about 12 hours a day. Normal sleep has two parts: rapid eye movement (REM) and nonrapid eye movement (NREM). REM is an active form of sleep that is not as deep as NREM sleep. Dreams often happen during REM sleep. NREM sleep is a deep sleep. There are less body movements during this phase and the child...
School-Aged Child Nutrition
Nutrition: School-Age Helpful feeding information for your school-age child School-age children (ages 6 to 12) need healthy foods and nutritious snacks. They have a consistent but slow rate of growth and usually eat four to five times a day (including snacks). Many food habits, likes, and dislikes are established during this time. Family, friends, and the media (especially TV) influence their food choices and eating habits. School-age children are often willing to eat a wider variety of foods than their...
Symptomatic Conditions of Allergy in Children
Symptomatic Conditions of Allergy in Children Many different symptomatic conditions of an allergic reaction require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Atopic Dermatitis Contact Dermatitis Allergic Rhinitis Urticaria (Hives) Conjunctivitis Anaphylaxis
Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Adolescents
Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Adolescents What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infectious diseases transmitted through sexual contact. Fifty percent of new STDs occur in people in the age range of 15 to 24 years. Protecting your adolescent from STDs The best way to prevent your son or daughter from contracting an STD is to advise them to abstain from any type of sexual contact with another person. However, if they decide to become sexually active, or...
Sports Safety for Teens
Sports Safety for Teens Participating in sports is great for teens both physically and psychologically. Sports can increase an adolescent's physical coordination, fitness, and self-esteem. In addition, sports can teach teens about teamwork and self-discipline. However, because an adolescent's body is still growing and his or her coordination is still developing, adolescents are more susceptible to sports injuries. Most childhood sports injuries occur due to the following factors: Lack of education and a...
Safety and Injury Prevention for Teens
Safety and Injury Prevention for Teens Unintentional injury sends thousands of children and adolescents seeking emergency medical care each day. With proper education, improvements to the environment, enforcement of certain safety legislation and regulations, and community involvement, many injuries can be prevented. In fact, most unintentional injuries can be prevented. Listed in the directory below you will find some additional information regarding safety and injury prevention for adolescents, for wh...
Shin Splints What are shin splints? Shin splints refers to pain and tenderness along or just behind the large bone in the lower leg (the tibia). Shin splints, also called medial tibia stress syndrome, usually develop after rigorous exercise, sports, or repetitive activity. This repetitive activity can lead to inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and thin layer of tissue covering the bone (the periosteum) of the tibia, causing pain. What are the symptoms of shin splints? The following are the most commo...
Supportive (Palliative) Care for People with Cancer
Supportive (Palliative) Care for People with Cancer What is supportive care? Supportive, or palliative, care is aimed at comfort versus cure. The decision to accept such care versus aggressive treatment is often difficult for family members. It means accepting a poor prognosis, but it also means providing a very special kind of care to a loved one. It means a new goal of providing a peaceful, pain-free death in the presence of loved ones. Palliative care can be provided in the hospital, at home, or in a...
Spirometers What is a spirometer? A spirometer is a device used to determine how well your lungs are working. . Click to Enlarge Spirometry is the measurement of lung function with a spirometer. It's one of the simplest, most common lung function tests and may be done for any or all of the following reasons: To monitor lung disease To monitor how well treatment is working To determine the severity of lung disease To help determine whether lung disease is restrictive (decreased volume) or obstructive (di...
Smoking and Respiratory Diseases
Smoking and Respiratory Diseases Facts about smoking and respiratory diseases According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diseases caused by smoking kill more than 480,000 people in the U.S. each year. In fact, smoking is directly responsible for almost 90% of lung cancer and COPD deaths. Even with antismoking campaigns and health warnings, many people continue to smoke or start to smoke every year. About 8% of kids under the age of 18 years are current tobacco users. What are the...
Swimmer's Ear What is otitis externa? Otitis externa, also called swimmer's ear, is an inflammation, irritation, or infection of the external ear canal. Swimmer's ear is caused by fungi or bacteria. Water that remains trapped in the ear canal (when swimming, for example) may provide a source for the growth of bacteria and fungi. What causes swimmer's ear? Many different factors can increase your child's chance of developing swimmer's ear. As the name implies, one of the factors is excessive wetness as w...
Skin Conditions The skin is the largest organ of the body, covering the entire body. As the outer protective covering of the body, it is exposed to the environment, making it vulnerable to growths, rashes, discolorations, cysts, burns, injuries, infections, and other disorders. Many common skin disorders require the clinical care of a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Acne Birthmarks Bites and Stings Bites an...
Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency
Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency What is substance abuse/chemical dependence? The main words used medically to describe substance abuse or addiction include the following: Substance (drug) abuse (alcohol or other drugs). Substance abuse is the medical term used to describe a pattern of substance (drug) use that causes significant problems or distress, such as failure to attend work or school, substance use in dangerous situations (driving a car), substance-related legal problems, or continued substan...
Skin Cancer What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in the skin cells. In the U.S. alone, more than 2 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed in 2013 with nonmelanoma skin cancer, and more than 76,000 are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma, according to the American Cancer Society. What are the different types of skin cancer? There are three main types of skin cancer, including: Name Description Basal cell carcinoma Basal cell carcinoma accounts for approximately 80 p...
Stomach Cancer What is stomach cancer? Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is cancer that starts in any part of the stomach. Click Image to Enlarge The stomach is just one of many organs located in the abdomen, the area of the body between the chest and the pelvis. What causes stomach cancer? The exact cause of stomach cancer is unknown, although there are many risk factors believed to contribute to cells in the stomach becoming cancerous. What are the risk factors for stomach cancer? The foll...
Skin Sweating Disorders
Skin Sweating Disorders Sweat glands under the skin produce sweat to help keep the body cool. Sweating increases with warmer temperatures, stress, or nervousness. Sweat consists of water, salt, and other chemicals produced and excreted from the body. Several sweating disorders require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Prickly Heat Excessive Sweating
Stroke (Brain Attack)
Stroke (Brain Attack) Stroke is a serious condition that requires clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below you will find some additional information regarding stroke, for which we have provided a brief overview. History of Stroke Overview of Stroke Signs and Symptoms of Stroke Risk Factors for Stroke Statistics of Stroke Types of Stroke Effects of Stroke Evaluation Procedures for Stroke Treatment for Stroke Rehabilitation for Stroke
Symptomatic Conditions of Allergy
Symptomatic Conditions of Allergy Many symptomatic conditions of allergy require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions that result from allergic reactions, for which we have provided a brief overview. Asthma Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) Contact Dermatitis Rhinitis Urticaria / Hives
Soy Allergy Diet
Soy Allergy Diet General guidelines for soy allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid all foods or products containing the food to which you are allergic. A soy allergy is an abnormal response of the body to the proteins found in soy. Soybeans are classified as a legume. Other foods in the legume family are navy, kidney, string, black and pinto beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), lentils, carob, licorice, and peanuts. Sensitivity to peanuts is the most common, but soybean sensitivity is also pr...
Seasonal Allergy Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Seasonal Allergies? For people with seasonal allergies, spring and fall can be times of sniffles and sneezes. Find out more about seasonal allergies by taking this quiz. 1. Which of the following is a symptom of seasonal allergies? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Other symptoms include itchy eyes, nose, and throat, and a runny nose. People’s symptoms depend on where they live and the substances to which they’re allergic. A. Sneezing B. Stoma...
Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests
Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who aren't expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer -- even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds. Unnecessary screening can lead to invasive procedures, such as biopsies, and unneeded treatments including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, all of which can affect quality of life without extending it, the research...
Study Hints at Link Between Poor Sleep, Suicide Risk
Study Hints at Link Between Poor Sleep, Suicide Risk WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sleeping difficulties may increase the risk of suicide in older adults even when other symptoms of depression aren't present, a new study suggests. The study focused on adults 65 and older, and poor sleep included difficulty falling or staying asleep, waking up early in the morning, experiencing daytime sleepiness and not feeling fully rested after a night's sleep. "These findings suggest that sleep disturb...
Sperm's Anti-Germ 'Shield' Might Play Role in Fertility
Sperm's Anti-Germ 'Shield' Might Play Role in Fertility WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary new research points to the possibility that some infertile men could benefit from boosting a protein shield that protects sperm cells from germs. While it's too early to know if the research will lead to any new treatments, one infertility expert said that any treatment would most likely be applied only to sperm used in the process of in-vitro fertilization. Still, the expert, Gary Cherr of t...
Settling Back-to-School Nerves
Settling Back-to-School Nerves SATURDAY, Aug. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's normal for children to feel nervous or anxious about starting or going back to school, but there are a number of things parents can do to ease kids' concerns, an expert says. "The key to reducing back-to-school jitters is open lines of communication and creating a sense of normalcy and calm," Kari Collins, director of mental health services at the School Health Program at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, said in a...
Sigmoidoscopy Does Cut Risk of Dying From Colon Cancer: Study
Sigmoidoscopy Does Cut Risk of Dying From Colon Cancer: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer screening done by sigmoidoscopy -- a less invasive, cheaper alternative to colonoscopy -- does cut people's risk of developing or dying from the disease, a new clinical trial finds. Experts said the study, conducted in Norway and reported in the Aug. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association , confirms the value of sigmoidoscopy screening. But in the United States, wher...
Study: Vigorous Exercise Seems Safe for Heart Transplant Recipients
Study: Vigorous Exercise Seems Safe for Heart Transplant Recipients MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vigorous exercise appears to be safe and beneficial for heart transplant patients, according to new research. Sixteen stable heart transplant patients who'd had their new heart for more than a year were included in the study. Some continued their recommended moderate workouts while others did high-intensity exercise, which involves training for a few minutes at near their maximum heart rate, for...
Sleep Woes for Astronauts May Pose Risks in Space: Study
Sleep Woes for Astronauts May Pose Risks in Space: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of sleep is common among astronauts before and during spaceflight, and their widespread use of sleeping pills could pose a safety threat, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the sleep habits of 64 astronauts on 80 space shuttle missions and 21 astronauts on International Space Station missions before, during and after their time in space. In total, the team examined more than 4,000 nights of sle...
Scientists Inch Closer Toward Using Stem Cells for Spinal Injuries
Scientists Inch Closer Toward Using Stem Cells for Spinal Injuries THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a step toward using stem cells to treat paralysis, scientists were able to use cells from an elderly man's skin to regrow nerve connections in rats with damaged spinal cords. Reporting in the Aug. 7 online issue of Neuron , researchers say the human stem cells triggered the growth of numerous axons -- the fibers that extend from the body of a neuron (nerve cell) to send electrical impulses to...
Some Home Tattoo Kits Recalled Due to Infection Risk
Some Home Tattoo Kits Recalled Due to Infection Risk THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Inks in some home tattoo kits are contaminated and could cause skin infections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency issued the warning after tests confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened home tattoo kits marketed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. "FDA has confirmed one case of skin infection involving a consumer that used this company's tattoo products, and we are aware of other reports li...
Sharp Rise in Risk With New Breast Cancer Gene, Scientists Say
Sharp Rise in Risk With New Breast Cancer Gene, Scientists Say WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mutated versions of a gene called PALB2 can dramatically increase a woman's risk of breast cancer, a new study has found. Women carrying the PALB2 mutation have a one in three chance of developing breast cancer by the age of 70, British researchers report in the Aug. 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine . The risk is even higher for women with a family history of breast cancer, the invest...
Shingles Vaccine Still Effective After Chemotherapy
Shingles Vaccine Still Effective After Chemotherapy FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The shingles vaccine remains effective in older people after they've had chemotherapy, a new study finds. "The zoster vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in elderly adults with healthy immune systems but until now, there has been a lack of data on whether the vaccine remains safe and effective for individuals who might have compromised immune systems resulting from treatments like chemotherapy," stud...
School Vending-Machine Bans May Not Boost Kids' Nutrition: Study
School Vending-Machine Bans May Not Boost Kids' Nutrition: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Banning vending machines from schools without making other food policy changes can actually lead to greater consumption of fast food and soda, according to a new U.S. study. If kids still have access to high-fat, high-calorie foods and beverages from other sources, restricting vending-machine fare won't have much effect, the University of Illinois at Chicago researchers explained. The research team ...
Speedy Delivery of Clot-Busting Drug Helps Stroke Patients Avoid Disability
Speedy Delivery of Clot-Busting Drug Helps Stroke Patients Avoid Disability WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) Another study confirms that "time is brain" when treating stroke patients with a powerful clot-busting drug, tPA. Prompt treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA, also known as alteplase) "is a very effective means of limiting the degree of disability in stroke patients," study co-author Dr. Jonathan Emberson, of University of Oxford in the U.K., said in a news release from the jo...
Skip the Steroids for Shoulder Pain?
Skip the Steroids for Shoulder Pain? TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For relief of shoulder pain, physical therapy and steroid shots provide similar results, a new study finds. Researchers compared the two nonsurgical approaches in a group of 100-plus adults suffering from shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff problems, tendinitis or bursitis. "Whether you had a steroid injection or physical therapy, the improvement in each group was the same," said lead researcher Daniel Rhon, from the Center ...
Statins May Aid Survival From Colon Cancer
Statins May Aid Survival From Colon Cancer MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, may also boost colorectal cancer survival, according to a new U.K. study. Early research has found that, overall, colon cancer patients who took statins such as Lipitor and Zocor had a 29 percent lower risk of dying from the cancer compared to non-users. Taking the drugs longer than a year reduced the risk even more, said Chris Cardwell, of Queen's University Belfast, ...
Some Jobs Harder on the Heart Than Others, Report Finds
Some Jobs Harder on the Heart Than Others, Report Finds THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress at work may raise your risk of heart attack and stroke, particularly if you work in the service industry or have a blue-collar job, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. But being unemployed might be just as unhealthy, they added. "Workplace factors that increase risk include job stress, exposure to air pollution -- like dust and secondhand smoke -- and noise," explained lead researcher Dr. Sara...
Sports, Hot Weather Can Be Dangerous Combo
Sports, Hot Weather Can Be Dangerous Combo FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Summertime fun often includes outdoor sports, but playing hard in the heat can be dangerous, experts warn. Athletes are particularly vulnerable to problems that arise when the body's ability to cool itself is overwhelmed, explained Tim McLane, certified athletic trainer at Georgia Regents Sports Medicine Center. Following just a few simple heat safety rules can protect the health of athletes and prevent issues like heat ...
Some Birth Control Pills May Up Breast Cancer Risk
Some Birth Control Pills May Up Breast Cancer Risk THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Birth control pills containing high doses of estrogen, along with some other formulations, may increase the risk of breast cancer in women under 50, new preliminary research suggests. "There are numerous oral contraceptive formulations," explained lead researcher Elisabeth Beaber, a staff scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. "Some of these formulations increase breast cancer risk...
Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia
Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two. Specifically, they haven't been able to figure out the direction in which the relationship works -- does depression help bring on dementia, or does dementia cause people to become depressed? A new study published online July 30 in the journ...
Stay Out of Stinging Insects' Way This Summer
Stay Out of Stinging Insects' Way This Summer SUNDAY, Aug. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Now's the time to take steps to make sure that stinging insects don't ruin your next picnic or pool party, an expert suggests. "The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology reports that stings from insects send more than half a million people to hospitals and cause at least 50 deaths each year," Dr. Bill Dolen, an allergist and immunologist at Children's Hospital of Georgia, noted in a hospital news release...
Study Links Shift Work to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Study Links Shift Work to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Shift workers, especially men, may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes compared to people not on such schedules, a new study suggests. Also at special risk are shift workers who don't work on a set schedule, with shifts moving around at various times of the day. The findings are "not at all surprising," said one expert, Dr. Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Phys...
Study Casts Doubt on Costly Treatment for Leg Clots
Study Casts Doubt on Costly Treatment for Leg Clots TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two treatments that break up blood clots deep in the veins of the legs appear no different in terms of death risk. However, one results in a greater risk of bleeding and average hospitalization bills that are three times the cost of the other treatment, a new study finds. The standard treatment for these clots -- known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) -- is blood-thinning medications and compression stockings. Th...
Scientists Snipped HIV Out of Human DNA
Scientists Snipped HIV Out of Human DNA MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A recently developed molecular tool allowed researchers to remove HIV from cultured human cells in the lab. The team of scientists at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia said their approach may one day lead to a permanent treatment for HIV. They added that this technique might also be used to develop a vaccine to offer protection against the disease in the future. "Since HIV-1 is never cleared by the immun...
Scientists Discover New Way to Make Human Platelets
Scientists Discover New Way to Make Human Platelets MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report they have discovered a new way to make fully functional human platelets, which are the blood cells that form clots. Using human stem cells and a device called a bioreactor, which mimics the body's natural way of producing blood cells but on a larger scale, the researchers said their method eliminates risks and complications associated with donor blood transfusion. Those include a five-day shel...
Sleepless Nights After Divorce May Be Tied to Blood Pressure Rise
Sleepless Nights After Divorce May Be Tied to Blood Pressure Rise TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who suffer long-term sleep problems after a divorce are at risk for a rise in blood pressure, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked divorce to major health problems and even early death, but few studies have examined the reasons for this link. Sleep trouble may be one of the causes, according to the University of Arizona investigators. Their study included 138 people who had b...
Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children
Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. The new study also hints -- but doesn't prove -- that nicotine-replacement products used during pregnancy, such as patches and gum, could pose the same risk to children. Still, this study suggests that nicotine itself, not just tobacco, may b...
Scientists Spot Gene Behind Rare but Fatal Disease in Children
Scientists Spot Gene Behind Rare but Fatal Disease in Children FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified a gene mutation tied to a rare but severe, and often fatal, disease in children. The disease is called STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy (SAVI). It's an autoinflammatory disease, involving an immune-system malfunction that causes prolonged inflammation that in turn can damage the body. In 2004, Dr. Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky of the U.S. National Inst...
Soldiers' Use of Mental Health Services Up, Stigma Down, Study Finds
Soldiers' Use of Mental Health Services Up, Stigma Down, Study Finds FRIDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research. Even so, about two-thirds of soldiers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression didn't seek care between 2002 and 2011, reports study author Phillip Quartana, a research psychologis...
Scientists Use Gene Therapy to Create 'Biological Pacemaker' in Pig Hearts
Scientists Use Gene Therapy to Create 'Biological Pacemaker' in Pig Hearts WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've found a way to transform ordinary pig heart muscle cells into a "biological pacemaker," a feat that might one day lead to the replacement of electronic pacemakers in humans. "Rather than having to undergo implantation with a metallic device that needs to be replaced regularly and can fail or become infected, patients may someday be able to undergo a single gene ...
Study Suggests Tough Smoking Laws Might Lower Suicide Risk
Study Suggests Tough Smoking Laws Might Lower Suicide Risk WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may increase a person's risk for suicide, but high cigarette taxes and smoking restrictions in public places lower that risk, a new study suggests. Previous research has found that smokers are more likely to take their own lives than nonsmokers. This difference was attributed to the fact that smoking is common among people with psychiatric disorders, who have higher suicide rates. However, thi...
Study Finds Many Flu Patients Not Treated Appropriately
Study Finds Many Flu Patients Not Treated Appropriately THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antiviral drugs aren't prescribed often enough for patients at high risk for flu complications, while too many of them receive unneeded antibiotics, a new study says. The findings show that doctors require more training about the proper use of antiviral and antibiotic drugs in treating flu patients, the researchers said. Unnecessary use of antibiotics contributes to the development of antibiotic resistanc...
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