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Why Humans Have Bigger Brains
Why Humans Have Bigger Brains WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've uncovered why humans have such big brains. It turns out that metabolism -- the rate at which a body burns calories -- runs faster in humans than it does in other primates. And humans have more body fat, which provides the energy reserves needed to fuel that faster metabolism, the researchers said. What does all of this mean? Greater growth and development of the brain, the researchers said. In their study, th...
Why Labradors Often Get Fat
Why Labradors Often Get Fat TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One of America's favorite dog breeds, the Labrador retriever, has a genetic variant that seems to make them more likely to gain weight, a new study suggests. "Labradors make particularly successful working and pet dogs because they are loyal, intelligent and eager to please, but importantly, they are also relatively easy to train. Food is often used as a reward during training, and carrying this variant may make dogs more motivated to ...
Well Water a Suspected Cause of Bladder Cancer in New England
Well Water a Suspected Cause of Bladder Cancer in New England MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Arsenic in drinking water from private wells may explain the elevated bladder cancer risk among people in three New England states, a new study suggests. Bladder cancer rates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have been about 20 percent higher than the national rate for more than 50 years, the researchers noted. They said this difference was not explained by factors such as smoking or job exposures. "A...
With Flu Shot, Timing May Be Everything
With Flu Shot, Timing May Be Everything TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flu shots may be more effective when people get them in the morning than in the afternoon, a new study suggests. British researchers assessed 276 people 65 and older who received vaccinations against three different flu strains between 2011 and 2013. The patients received the vaccines either between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., or 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. People in the morning group had a much larger increase in antibodies against two o...
While Travelers Sleep, Brain Patrols for Danger
While Travelers Sleep, Brain Patrols for Danger THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When you sleep in a new place, a part of your brain remains alert for potential threats, a new study finds. The findings might help explain why many people sleep poorly on their first night in a hotel, a sleep laboratory or other new location. "In Japan they say, 'if you change your pillow, you can't sleep,' " study corresponding author Yuka Sasaki, research associate professor of cognitive linguistic and psycho...
Warfarin Can Be Safe, Effective for People With Irregular Heartbeat
Warfarin Can Be Safe, Effective for People With Irregular Heartbeat WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of American heart patients take warfarin -- for decades a cheap, but often tricky-to-manage mainstay blood thinner. Now, new research shows that when it is well-managed, warfarin treatment appears safe for people with atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder. "Well-managed warfarin treatment is a valid alternative in patients with atrial fibrillation who require anticoagu...
Widely Used Type 2 Diabetes Drug May Reduce Cancer Death Risk
Widely Used Type 2 Diabetes Drug May Reduce Cancer Death Risk FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, may reduce the risk of dying from some cancers for postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The study found that for women with type 2 diabetes and cancer, the odds of dying from cancer appeared to be 45 percent higher compared to women with cancer who didn't have diabetes. But, in women with cancer who took metformin to treat th...
What Women Should Do to Guard Against Vision Loss
What Women Should Do to Guard Against Vision Loss TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women are a majority of the 4.4 million Americans over age 40 who are visually impaired or blind, Prevent Blindness says. The national organization has declared April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month, and has outlined several things women need to know about vision and eye health. The group said women are at greater risk than men for vision loss from such eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma and m...
Women Twice as Likely to Die From Severe Heart Attack, Study Finds
Women Twice as Likely to Die From Severe Heart Attack, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women are up to twice as likely as men to die from the most dangerous type of heart attack, a worldwide study finds. Although death rates have fallen, there are still significant survival differences after what's called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to the Yale University-led team of investigators. The study "highlights that there is a gender discrepancy between...
Weight-Loss Surgery Gets People Moving, Study Shows
Weight-Loss Surgery Gets People Moving, Study Shows TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery seems to help ease joint pain and improve mobility in the long run, new research suggests. "Previous studies have reported improvement in pain and function [after weight-loss surgery]," said study author Wendy King, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. However, most of those studies only followed people for a year after their procedure, she added. "We foun...
Waistline May Predict Heart Disease Better Than Weight
Waistline May Predict Heart Disease Better Than Weight SATURDAY, April 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to heart health, new research adds to the argument that a pear-shaped body, which is heavy in the hips, may be better than an apple-shaped body, which carries more weight around the belly. A study of diabetes patients found that increasing waist size appears to be a stronger predictor of serious heart disease than body weight or body mass index (BMI, the weight-to-height ratio). "We have know...
Web Searches for E-Cigs Focus on Buying
Web Searches for E-Cigs Focus on Buying FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most people who search the Internet for e-cigarettes are shopping for the products -- not looking to quit smoking, a new study reveals. In fact, researchers found that less than 1 percent of millions of Google searches on the topic were focused on smoking cessation or the health effects of vaping. "The e-cigarette industry, the media, and the vaping community have promoted the notion that e-cigarettes are an effective devi...
World's Senior Population Forecast to Boom by 2050
World's Senior Population Forecast to Boom by 2050 MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of the world's population aged 65 and older is expected to double by 2050, a new report says. People who are 65 and older now make up 8.5 percent of people (617 million) worldwide. By 2050, they are expected to represent nearly 17 percent (1.6 billion), according to the U.S. Census Bureau report commissioned by the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA). Over that time, the number of Americans 65...
Want a 2nd Date? 'Welcoming' Body Language May Be Key
Want a 2nd Date? 'Welcoming' Body Language May Be Key MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sit up straight to get a date? That's the message of a new study that suggests good posture and welcoming body language boost the odds of a romantic spark in online or speed dating. The key is to not appear withdrawn, said study lead author Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk. "People pick up on the openness of their potential romantic partners." First impressions are especially crucial in the modern dating world when pe...
Wearable 'Defibrillator-in-a-Vest' May Help Some Heart Patients
Wearable 'Defibrillator-in-a-Vest' May Help Some Heart Patients MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A vest containing a defibrillator may be an option for some heart patients who can't use an implantable defibrillator -- the device that can shock the heart back to a proper rhythm if needed. That's the conclusion of the first science advisory on the devices just issued by the American Heart Association. The advisory, however, cautioned that there are still big gaps in knowledge about the devices a...
Women, Men Share Similar Symptoms of Heart Disease
Women, Men Share Similar Symptoms of Heart Disease WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tests used to confirm heart disease will probably pick up the same symptoms in women and men, a new study finds. The two most prominent symptoms -- chest pain (angina) and shortness of breath -- are common to both sexes, concludes a study of more than 10,000 people in the United States and Canada. "In most cases, symptoms of possible blockages in the heart's arteries are the same [for women] as those seen in...
Women May Not Be Aware of Heart Disease Risks
Women May Not Be Aware of Heart Disease Risks WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many American women have heart disease risk factors, but few are properly informed of their risk by doctors, a new study finds. Researchers conducted an online survey of 1,000 women nationwide and found that 74 percent had at least one heart disease risk factor, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, irregular menstrual cycle, early menopause or a family history of heart disease. Women who wer...
Women Who Survive Childhood Cancer Stand Good Chance of Having Kids: Study
Women Who Survive Childhood Cancer Stand Good Chance of Having Kids: Study WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who survive childhood cancer after receiving chemotherapy stand a good chance of having children, but the same doesn't appear to be as true for men, a new study finds. More than 80 percent of children with cancer survive into adulthood, so their ability to have children is a major concern, the researchers noted. Their findings were published March 22 in The Lancet Oncology journ...
Work With Monkeys May Benefit HIV Babies
Work With Monkeys May Benefit HIV Babies TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Treating baby monkeys within 24 hours of exposure to an HIV-like virus eliminated the virus, a new study says. The findings suggest that giving antibodies to human infants infected with HIV by their mothers might clear the AIDS-causing virus from their bodies, according to the researchers. "We knew going into this study that HIV infection spreads very quickly in infants during mother-to-child transmission," said study s...
Women Who've Battled Postpartum Depression Often Limit Family Size
Women Who've Battled Postpartum Depression Often Limit Family Size FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who've had postpartum depression may not have more than two children, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 300 mothers born in the early to mid-20th century. Most of them lived in developed nations while raising their children, researchers said. The investigators -- led by Sarah Myers from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom -- concluded that postpartum d...
Women With Alzheimer's May Keep Verbal Skills Longer Than Men
Women With Alzheimer's May Keep Verbal Skills Longer Than Men WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, women tend to remember words better than men do, which could delay diagnosis in women, new research suggests. The difference exists even though women and men have similar amounts of shrinkage in brain areas that show the earliest evidence of Alzheimer's disease, according to the study involving hundreds of people. "One way to interpret the results is tha...
Want to Keep an Aging Brain Sharp? Try the Stairs
Want to Keep an Aging Brain Sharp? Try the Stairs TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aging Americans looking to maintain a healthy brain may want to switch from elevators to stairs, new research suggests. Fitness seemed key to sharper minds as people got older, a Canadian study found, as was more time spent reading and studying. The findings show "that education and physical activity affect the difference between a physiological prediction of age and chronological age, and that people can activ...
Woman Who Had 1st U.S. Uterus Transplant Loses the Organ Due to Complication
Woman Who Had 1st U.S. Uterus Transplant Loses the Organ Due to Complication WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first U.S. woman to receive a transplanted uterus has had the implanted organ removed due to an unnamed "sudden complication," her doctors at the Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday. "At this time, the circumstance of the complication is under review and more information will be shared as it becomes available," the hospital said in a statement. "There is a known risk in solid or...
With Early Breast Cancer, Targeted Radiation Shows Promise
With Early Breast Cancer, Targeted Radiation Shows Promise WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For women with early stage breast cancer, targeted doses of radiation therapy may be as effective as standard radiation treatment of the entire breast, a new British study suggests. The research only tracked women for five years, so it isn't definitive. Still, "this contributes to a growing body of evidence that a large proportion of women over 50 years old with small breast cancers can avoid whole br...
Women in Cardiac Arrest May Be Less Likely to Receive Help
Women in Cardiac Arrest May Be Less Likely to Receive Help TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women are less likely than men to be helped by bystanders if they suffer cardiac arrest, a new study finds. "There is a misconception that women don't have heart problems so they don't get as much help from the public and they are not treated the same by doctors," said study author Dr. Nicole Karam. She is an interventional cardiologist at the European Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris. Researchers rev...
Women Often Overestimate Odds That Early Breast Cancer Will Return, Spread
Women Often Overestimate Odds That Early Breast Cancer Will Return, Spread THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many women treated for early breast cancer overestimate the odds of it spreading to another organ, and those fears can diminish their quality of life, new research suggests. The study involved more than 1,000 women newly diagnosed with either very early breast cancer, known as DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), or low-risk invasive cancer (LRI). All were at low risk for what's called dist...
Winter Skin-Care Tips From a Pro
Winter Skin-Care Tips From a Pro SATURDAY, Feb. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Winter can be hard on your skin, but there are several ways to deal with those challenges, a dermatologist says. If your skin gets drier in the winter, use oil-based ointments and creams that tend to be more moisturizing and less irritating than water-based lotions, suggested Dr. Nicole Burkemper, an associate professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University. People with dry skin on the face should avoid harsh peels, masks, a...
WHO: Neurological Disorder on the Rise in Zika Zones
WHO: Neurological Disorder on the Rise in Zika Zones MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More cases of the rare but potentially devastating neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome are appearing in some Latin American countries where the Zika virus is also present, according to the World Health Organization. The United Nations-affiliated health group said in a weekly report Saturday that Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can cause temporary paralysis, has been reported in Brazil, Colombia, El Sa...
Widely Used Heartburn Drugs Linked to Dementia Risk in Study
Widely Used Heartburn Drugs Linked to Dementia Risk in Study MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A popular class of heartburn medications might raise a senior's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. Called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), this group of drugs includes Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. They work by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach. But German researchers found that people 75 or older who regularly take the medications had a 44 percent increased risk of dementia, comp...
Women With Asthma May Be Prone to Fertility Problems: Study
Women With Asthma May Be Prone to Fertility Problems: Study FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with asthma may take longer to get pregnant and have a lower pregnancy rate than those without the lung disease, new research suggests. The study included 245 women, aged 23 to 45, who had unexplained fertility problems and were undergoing fertility treatment. Ninety-six of the women had been diagnosed with asthma. The women were followed until they had a successful pregnancy, stopped treatment or...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People's Lives: Study
Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People's Lives: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery -- good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests. However, the news is not the same for those under 35. The study found no survival benefit for this group, and saw an increase in the number of "externally caused deaths," which included accide...
Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar Nations
Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar Nations TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Car crashes, shootings and drug overdoses, which cause more than 100,000 deaths a year in the United States, may explain why Americans' life expectancy is lower than in similar countries, a new study suggests. Americans' life expectancy is about two years shorter than residents of Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Ki...
White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus
White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration is seeking $1.8 billion in emergency funds from Congress to combat the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the White House announced Monday. The funding will allow an expansion of mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women, the Associated Press reported. In an interview on CBS Monday morning, P...
When and Where of Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Vitamin D Levels
When and Where of Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Vitamin D Levels MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery is associated with low vitamin D levels, but new research suggests seasonal changes in sun exposure may play a role in this complication. A Johns Hopkins study involving more than 930,000 patients found that people in the northern United States who have weight-loss surgery during winter face more complications than patients in the South. "Sun exposure is critical in the synthes...
Watch Out for Distracted Walkers
Watch Out for Distracted Walkers MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's the old joke that some people can't walk and chew gum at the same time. But for many, walking while texting or talking is a dangerous practice. Distracted walking puts an increasing number of Americans at risk for injury, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "Today, the dangers of the 'digital deadwalker' are growing with more and more pedestrians falling down stairs, tripping over curbs, bumping int...
Weight-Loss Surgery Lowered Risk of Heart Attack, Type 2 Diabetes in Study
Weight-Loss Surgery Lowered Risk of Heart Attack, Type 2 Diabetes in Study TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery can reduce the risk of heart attack, type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related health problems, a new study says. "Bariatric surgery is safe and produces unrivaled health benefits that are life-changing for patients and cost-saving [for Britain's National Health Service]," said study co-author Rachel Batterham, head of the Bariatric Centre for Weight Management and Me...
Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues
Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues SATURDAY, Dec. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Celebrating is the last thing some people feel like doing during the holiday season. "The holidays can be an especially difficult time for people who are depressed or grieving," Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, said in a foundation news release. "People who are sad or lonely often feel out of sync when everyone else seems to be celebrating, and the holidays can exacerbate ...
Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds
Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Losing a large amount of weight slows the loss of knee cartilage in obese people, a new study shows. Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that often leads to joint replacement surgery. The new study included just over 500 overweight and obese Americans who either had mild to moderate osteoarthritis or risk factors for the disease. The study participants were randoml...
Why You Need Flexibility Exercises
Why You Need Flexibility Exercises SATURDAY, Nov. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Flexibility exercises should be part of your regular workouts, an expert says. Effective fitness programs should include cardiovascular training, strength building and flexibility exercises, but the flexibility component is often overlooked, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "Increasing your flexibility improves your ability to move easily," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raymond Rocco Monto, of Nantucket, Ma...
Weekend Childbirth Riskier, British Study Suggests
Weekend Childbirth Riskier, British Study Suggests TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weekdays may be the safest time to have a baby, at least in British hospitals, a new study finds. Compared to babies born during the week, babies born on weekends are slightly more likely to die in the first week, and their mothers are more likely to develop infections, researchers found. "More work needs to be done to better understand the causes of these differences, so that steps can be taken to improve outc...
Women Starting to Match Men's Drinking Habits, Study Finds
Women Starting to Match Men's Drinking Habits, Study Finds TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American women are catching up to men when it comes to using and abusing alcohol, a new government report shows. The researchers analyzed data from 2002 to 2012 and found that reported alcohol consumption in the previous 30 days rose among women, from almost 45 percent to more than 48 percent, while it fell among men, from slightly more than 57 percent to just over 56 percent. "We found that over that p...
Why Women Should Lower Their Holiday Stress Level
Why Women Should Lower Their Holiday Stress Level SUNDAY, Nov. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The stress of making holiday time a happy time can put women at risk for heart problems, an expert warns. The pressure of tasks like cooking, buying presents, and organizing family gatherings can lead to stress that can damage their hearts, according to Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer, a cardiologist with Houston Methodist Hospital's Heart and Vascular Center. "We have seen more than a few cases of stress-induced cardiomyo...
When Do Kids Learn 'Fairness'? Culture May Matter, Study Finds
When Do Kids Learn 'Fairness'? Culture May Matter, Study Finds THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone is apparently born with the ability to detect unfair treatment, but kids don't naturally sense when someone else is getting a raw deal at their expense, a new globe-spanning study has found. The researchers contend that it's the culture that kids are raised in that lets them recognize when they're being treated better than another person -- and to act accordingly. In a series of tasks invo...
Wives Worry, Husbands Get Frustrated When Problems Arise
Wives Worry, Husbands Get Frustrated When Problems Arise THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Problems in long-term marriages trigger much different responses in wives and husbands, a new study finds. Researchers asked 722 couples who were married an average of 39 years if they could talk to their spouse about their worries, and if they believed their significant other understands how they feel. The men and women were also asked whether they felt appreciated, or if their spouse argues with them, ...
Why Heart Failure Patients Often Get Too Little Exercise
Why Heart Failure Patients Often Get Too Little Exercise TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A number of obstacles prevent heart failure patients from getting enough exercise, a new study has found. Supervised aerobic workouts benefit people with heart failure. But a lack of social support and barriers -- such as child care -- means that many patients don't get the recommended amount of exercise, researchers found. They looked at more than 2,200 heart failure patients enrolled in a 36-session sup...
Women May Get Poorer Care Than Men Post-Heart Attack
Women May Get Poorer Care Than Men Post-Heart Attack MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women are less likely than men to get the recommended treatments for heart attack survivors, and that could explain much of the gender gap in long-term survival, a new study finds. Looking at records for nearly 50,000 older Americans hospitalized for a heart attack, researchers found that women were 8 percent less likely to be on "optimal care" when discharged. Optimal care means that patients are sent home wit...
Widely Used Antibiotics May Raise Heart Risks, Review Finds
Widely Used Antibiotics May Raise Heart Risks, Review Finds MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used class of antibiotics is associated with a small but measurable increased risk of sudden cardiac death, researchers report. These antibiotics -- called macrolides -- are used to treat infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis and some sexually transmitted diseases. In the new report, the investigators analyzed 33 studies that were conducted between 1966 and 2015, and included a total of more ...
Wealthy Transplant Recipients May Have an Edge: Study
Wealthy Transplant Recipients May Have an Edge: Study MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Wealthy patients may have an advantage over those most in need when it comes to receiving organ transplants in the United States, a new study contends. That's because registering at multiple transplant centers -- which is more likely to be done by wealthy people with private insurance -- can improve the chances of getting a new organ, the researchers said. They reviewed data from the United Network for Organ S...
Weight Loss May Help Control Common Irregular Heartbeat
Weight Loss May Help Control Common Irregular Heartbeat SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight patients treated for a common type of irregular heartbeat are less likely to experience a relapse if they lose the extra pounds and maintain that healthier weight, two new studies suggest. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often-rapid heartbeat involving the upper two chambers of the heart that leads to poor blood flow throughout the body. It can be corrected through cardiac ablation, a proc...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Bring Long-Term Benefits to Very Obese Teens
Weight-Loss Surgery May Bring Long-Term Benefits to Very Obese Teens FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgeries, long used by obese adults to drop excess pounds, may provide long-lasting health benefits to very obese teenagers, a new study finds. The study of extremely obese teens found that, three years after either gastric bypass surgery or a procedure called sleeve gastrectomy, the average patient had lost 27 percent of his or her original weight. What's more, many also showed rem...
What You Need to Know When Your Child Gets a Rash
What You Need to Know When Your Child Gets a Rash FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When children develop a rash, parents might think it's simply due to a skin irritation. But viruses are also a common cause of rashes in children, an expert says. "Causes of rashes vary immensely and it can be difficult for parents to know if they should be concerned," Dr. Heidi Renner, a pediatrician at Loyola Medicine and assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in a univ...
Weight-Loss Surgery Often Brings Less Painful Joints: Study
Weight-Loss Surgery Often Brings Less Painful Joints: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Aching knee and hip joints may hurt less after successful weight-loss surgery, a new study suggests. "In particular, walking is easier, which impacts patients' ability to adopt a more physically active lifestyle," lead researcher Wendy King said in a news release from the ObesityWeek meeting. Weight-loss surgery isn't a "magic bullet" for joint pain for every patient, however. "Some patients continue ...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Trim Health Care Costs
Weight-Loss Surgery May Trim Health Care Costs WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery may save health care dollars down the road, a new study suggests. Researchers report that there was a sharp drop in medical spending by obese patients after they had the so-called "bariatric" procedure. "The main reduction in costs were related to fewer hospital admissions and clinic visits, and a reduction in the use of prescription drugs for diabetes, [high blood pressure] and heart disease,"...
Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism: Study
Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism may have a greater risk of obesity, with weight differences seen as early as preschool, a new study reveals. "A lot of things are happening for these families when their children are under 5, including going through the process of getting a diagnosis and just managing day-to-day behaviors and juggling their child's education and treatment needs," said study author Alison Presmanes Hill....
Weight, Exercise May Affect Children's Thinking Skills
Weight, Exercise May Affect Children's Thinking Skills MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children's weight and physical activity levels may affect their thinking and learning skills, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 45 normal-weight children, aged 7 to 11; 24 of them were active and the rest were not. Children were considered active if they took part in organized activities, such as swimming, gymnastics, soccer or dance for more than an hour a week. The study also included 45 overweight ...
Weight, Growth Early in Life May Affect Adult Brain
Weight, Growth Early in Life May Affect Adult Brain FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Birth weight and growth during childhood could affect hearing, vision, thinking and memory later in life, a new study suggests. "Sensory problems and illness such as dementia are an increasing problem, but these findings suggest that issues begin to develop right from early life," said the study's leader, Dr. Piers Dawes. He is a lecturer in audiology at the University of Manchester's School of Psychological Sci...
Worse Psoriasis, Less Healthy Arteries, Study Finds
Worse Psoriasis, Less Healthy Arteries, Study Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The skin disorder psoriasis appears linked with artery inflammation, raising the odds for heart disease, a new study says. "As the amount of psoriasis increases, the amount of blood vessel inflammation increases," said senior investigator Dr. Nehal Mehta, a clinical investigator with the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. His team also found that even mild psoriasis may indicate an increased risk ...
Whistle and Walk While You Work
Whistle and Walk While You Work THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If you have to sit almost all day while you work, take a short walk whenever you can. Why? Researchers report that even a 10-minute stroll can restore blood flow to legs affected by prolonged sitting. "Although the size of our sample was small, the effects and results we found were still profound," said study first author Robert Restaino, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. The findings were publish...
With Liposuction, Weight Should Guide Fat Removal Limits: Study
With Liposuction, Weight Should Guide Fat Removal Limits: Study FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although there's no magic bullet for weight loss, new research suggests that surgeons may be able to safely remove more fat during liposuction surgery than previously believed. Right now, surgeons follow guidelines that set a maximum extraction limit of 5,000 milliliters of fat (11 pounds) for all patients, regardless of variations in weight or body fat status. But the new study suggests surgeons c...
When Your Teen Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your Teen Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 12 to 18 years) Both you and your teen are likely anxious and upset by what's happening. Being prepared for the test or procedure will help both of you stay calm. Understanding the procedure will help you to be supportive when your teen needs you. What your teen understands During the adolescent years, abstract thinking begins and your teen can fully understand how parts of the body function, the medical problem he or she is experiencing, and the ...
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