Health & Wellness

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:24:37 EST FDA: Pets May Have Bad Reactions to Flea Medicine

Although most dogs and cats handle this powerful pesticide just fine, others can have severe reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:15:12 EST Parents Fret Over Fussy Eaters - but What Works?

Parents who use coercion or bribes to deter picky eating may be setting the child up for problems down the road, Australian researchers have found.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:15:46 EST Fewer Teens Having Sex, Most Use Birth Control

A new CDC study found a dramatic drop in the number of sexually active U.S. teens, and of those teens, nearly 90 percent used some form of birth control the last time they had sex.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:15:24 EST Contact Lenses May Harbor Serious, Blinding Infection

Cases of an eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis have tripled in southeast England since 2011, a new study found. For one in every four of people infected, the disease results in a loss of most of their vision or blindness, the research team said. It’s typically caused by poor contact lens hygiene.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:15:38 EST More Americans Are Recording Their Doctor Visits

In a new study, almost 30 percent of doctors surveyed said they had recorded a visit for a patient's use. And about 19 percent of U.S. adults said they'd done so themselves -- usually after asking the doctor's permission.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:15:16 EST Regular Bedtime Might Be Key to Better Health

A study of more than 1,900 older adults has found that those who didn't keep to a regular bedtime and wake time weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure and a higher risk of heart attack or stroke within 10 years.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:15:29 EST Your Puppy Can Make You Very Sick: CDC

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter infections in 2017 and 2018 that sickened 118 people in 18 states was traced to pet store puppies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:53:48 EST Is 100 the New 80? What's It Take to Live Longer?

As more and more people live to 100, researchers want to know what separates them from those who live the average, expected 80 years. Of course exercise, a good diet, and other healthy choices key. But studies show genes are pretty important, too. So do you have to win the genetic lottery to live a whole century? Or can science unlock the secret to spreading the genetic wealth?

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:16:22 EST We All Carry a Personal Cloud of Germs, Chemicals

In fact, if your personal exposome was visible to the naked eye, the researchers said, you'd look like the "Peanuts" character Pig-Pen.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:16:11 EST Easing Sleep Apnea May Be Key to Stroke Recovery

The investigators found that, among stroke patients, "treatment of sleep apnea with CPAP therapy provides significant benefits, even greater than the benefits of tPA, the FDA-approved drug treatment for stroke," said study lead researcher Dr. Dawn Bravata.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:16:00 EST Mediterranean Diet May Cut Stroke Risk for Women

Women in a new study who followed a Mediterranean diet cut their risk for stroke, but the effect was not the same for men. The reason isn’t quite clear, researchers said.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:15:50 EST U.S. Alzheimer's Cases to Nearly Triple by 2060

By 2060, an estimated 13.9 million Americans are expected to have Alzheimer’s disease, equaling nearly 3.3 percent of a projected population of 417 million people, the CDC says. That’s almost three times as many as were affected in 2014, 5 million – or 1.6 percent of the population.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:22:59 EST Florence's Lingering Threat: Mold

Mold-related illnesses are a serious concern following severe flooding in North and South Carolina, say experts from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:22:58 EST Opioids Driving U.S. Life Expectancy Decline: CDC

Babies now can expect to live 78.6 years on average, based on 2016 data that's the most recent, according to NCHS researchers.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:15:06 EST Gluten in Pregnancy Tied to Baby's Type 1 Diabetes

There's already a known link between celiac disease and type 1 diabetes -- approximately 10 percent of people with type 1 diabetes also have celiac disease.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:15:15 EST 1 in 6 Americans Over 40 Has Been Knocked Out

Further, these head injuries are associated with neurological and psychological problems such as depression, sleep disorders, stroke and alcoholism, the researchers found.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:03:18 EST Medscape Physicians' Choice: Top Hospital Rankings for 2018

Doctors rank their top hospitals in an annual survey by Medscape.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:15:09 EST Reports Warn of Growing Senior Opioid Crisis

Millions of older Americans are now filling prescriptions for many different opioid medications at the same time, while hundreds of thousands are winding up in the hospital with opioid-related complications, according to two new government reports.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:15:11 EST 30 Million Americans Now Have Diabetes

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 percent of U.S adults have diabetes -- 10 percent know it and more than 4 percent are undiagnosed.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:15:09 EST Does Childbearing Delay Result in More Multiples?

Since the 1980s, the number of multiple births has jumped from roughly 20 sets per 1,000 live births to almost 35 sets per 1,000 live births, a new study has found. A sizable proportion of multiple births are attributable simply to delaying childbearing, the author says.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:15:07 EST Does Pharma Hike Prices During Med Shortages?

Prices can be expected to rise about 20 percent for drugs facing a shortage, but only about 9 percent for medicines in good supply, researchers report.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:39:17 EST Coca-Cola Eyes Cannabis Oil Market

Coke's interest signals the growing acceptance of cannabis by established companies, and of the importance of Canada to the development of those businesses, the wire service said.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:15:12 EST Scientists Find 500 More Genes That Influence BP

High blood pressure, which is a risk factor for stroke and heart disease, claimed almost 8 million lives around the world in 2015 alone, the researchers noted.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:15:24 EST Zapping Airway Nerves May Help COPD Patients

COPD, which is often linked to smoking, is a progressive deterioration of lung function that involves a combination of bronchitis and emphysema symptoms.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:28:30 EST Psychedelic Drugs to Treat Depression, PTSD?

Over the last 50 years, researchers have made “transformative” advances in understanding how the brain works. But there haven’t been corresponding breakthroughs in psychiatric drugs.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:15:14 EST Injected Drug May Be New Weapon Against Gout

Instead of targeting excessively high uric acid levels as existing gout drugs do, the new strategy aims to reduce overall inflammation. The drug goes after a specific inflammatory molecule called interleukin-1.

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:15:09 EST Could Household Cleaners Make Your Kid Fat?

Babies whose parents used "eco-friendly" cleaning products had lower odds of excess weight by age 3, the findings showed.

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:37:36 EST FDA Approves 2nd Migraine Prevention Drug

The FDA in May approved a first self-injectable drug, erenumab (Aimovig), made by Amgen and Novartis. It's now offered as once-monthly 70- or 140-milligram prefilled autoinjectors.

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:15:13 EST 1 in 3 High School E-Cig Users Vape Pot: Survey

The survey involved nearly 20,700 middle and high school students from both public and private institutions. The goal was to gain fresh insight into vaping, which has been the most popular means for smoking among American youth since 2014.

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:15:14 EST Many Americans Slicing Meat From Their Diet

Americans still eat more meat than health experts recommend. High meat consumption has negative consequences for people's health and the environment, according to scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:37:45 EST Lose Weight, Reverse Type 2 Diabetes: Why It Works

Type 2 diabetes is caused by excess fat in the digestive organs, says an English researcher and physician who has seen his patients go into remission. Losing a substantial amount of weight can kill off that fat, often allowing the organs to work again, including a return to normal insulin production by the pancreas.

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:15:22 EST Fertile Females Smell Better to Men

Researchers in Switzerland determined that women who are the "fittest" for reproduction have a distinctive scent that makes them particularly appealing to men.

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:15:12 EST Infant Walkers Still Injuring Thousands of Babies

More than 230,000 children younger than 15 months old were treated in emergency rooms between 1990 and 2014 for baby walker-related injuries, new research published in the journal Pediatrics shows. More than 10,000 of those youngsters ended up being admitted to the hospital.

Sun, 16 Sep 2018 13:15:07 EST Study Doubts Worth of Daily Aspirin for Seniors

Daily aspirin is recommended for people between 50 and 69 if they are at increased risk of heart disease, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a guideline-setting expert panel. However, there's not been enough medical evidence to say whether aspirin would help elderly folks, the USPSTF says.

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:15:07 EST Asthma-Obesity Link May Cut Both Ways

The researchers analyzed data on more than 8,600  people from 12  countries included in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey.  None of the participants was obese when the survey began.

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:15:12 EST Household Chemicals Tied to Kidney Problems

Reseachers who analyzed 74 studies of manufactured chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found the chemicals are associated with poorer kidney function and other kidney problems. PFAS can be found in food packaging; stain- and water-repellent fabrics; nonstick cookware; polishes, waxes, paints and cleaning products; and firefighting foams.

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:46:36 EST 'Vampire Facial' Spa Clients to be Tested for HIV

In a vampire facial -- popularized by Kim Kardashian and other celebrities -- a patient's blood is drawn and then injected back into the face using micro-needles.

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:15:11 EST 1 in 12 in U.S. Lives With Intrusive Chronic Pain

Chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain – the kind that keeps people from life’s daily activities – affect 1 in 12 Americans, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:11:47 EST Second Contaminant Found in Valsartan Drugs

Those drugs were already part of August’s recall of valsartan products for possible contamination with NDMA, another impurity that may cause cancer.

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:11:09 EST What Does a 2-Year-Old Know? You May Be Surprised

New studies on toddlers are shedding more interesting insights into just what a 2-year-old knows.

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:15:29 EST Menu Calorie Counts Are Changing the Way We Order

The posting of nutrition information on restaurant menus and order boards has led customers to order 3 percent fewer calories, a study by Cornell University researchers has found.

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:15:23 EST Flooding One of Florence's Big Dangers

Florence's winds have weakened slightly, dropping to between 90 and 100 miles per hour, but weather experts stress that the slow-moving storm will likely dump catastrophic amounts of rain on coastal and inland areas in the coming days.

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:15:18 EST Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients

According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death.

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:15:17 EST More Water, Mom? H2O Is Top Kids' Beverage in U.S.

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that water accounts for almost half of kids' total beverage consumption.

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:15:09 EST No Short-Term Cancer Risk From Recalled Valsartan

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July recalled valsartan medicines manufactured by the Chinese company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:15:16 EST Internal Clock May Affect Epileptic Seizure Timing

For about 80 percent of people with epilepsy, the timing of their seizures may be associated with their internal body clock, according to new research.

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:15:15 EST New Drug Could Help Kids With MS

The first drug approved for use in children with MS reduced relapse rates by 82 percent in people aged 10 to 17 compared with interferon beta-1a, a drug commonly used to slow the progression of the degenerative nerve disease.

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:15:12 EST A Needle-Free Flu Vaccine in the Mail?Could Be

Researchers are testing an injection-free vaccine that looks like a Band-Aid you place on your arm. Their initial hope is to create such a vaccine that would allow for a rapid public health response in case of a pandemic flu.

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:26:38 EST FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other E-Cigarette Makers

More than 1,200 warning letters and fines have been sent to retailers and five major e-cigarette manufacturers who illegally sold Juul devices, which look like computer flash drives, and other e-cigarette products to minors.

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:15:15 EST Banned Supplement Found in Weight-Loss Products

Higenamine is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of substances prohibited in sports, though it is legal for use in supplements in the United States, Canada and Europe.

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