Health & Wellness

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:15:28 EST Abortion Services Vary Widely Across the U.S.

The report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that while legal abortions in the United States are considered safe, many states have rules that limit a woman's access to a safe and effective abortion.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:15:25 EST Study Debunks Link Between Tamiflu & Teen Suicide

Since 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required a warning on Tamiflu packaging that it may cause hallucinations and delirium in young patients and make them more apt to hurt themselves or take their own lives.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:15:19 EST Kratom-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Expands: CDC

Since March 2, three more strains of salmonella involved in the outbreak have been identified, and 47 more cases of salmonella infection and eight more states have been added.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:15:16 EST 'March Madness' a Peak Time for Vasectomies

In fact, an athenahealth study found that urologists in its network did 30 percent more vasectomies during the first week of March Madness in 2016 than in an average week during the rest of the year.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:15:13 EST Recycled Toilet Water Aces Its Taste Test

Although research has shown that recycled wastewater is safe, people are often repulsed about things such as taste.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:15:09 EST Can You Be Obese But Heart-Healthy? Study Says No

In the study, the researchers found that people with a BMI between 22 and 23 had the lowest risk of heart disease.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:15:08 EST Coffee May Have Bigger Effect on You Than Thought

The possible benefits include lower risks of Parkinson's disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and certain cancers.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:15:21 EST Dirty Air May Harm Blacks More Than Whites

Researchers found that blacks living in areas where this type of pollution is high have a 45 percent higher risk of heart disease and death from any cause than whites, even after taking into account other common risk factors.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:15:17 EST FDA Considers Lowering Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

Tobacco use -- mainly cigarette smoking -- kills more than 480,000 Americans a year and costs nearly $300 billion a year in direct health care and lost productivity, the FDA noted.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:15:25 EST More Kids, Fewer Teeth for Moms?

Mothers of three had an average of four fewer teeth than moms with just two children, according to the team of European research

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:15:14 EST Hearing Loss Joins Long List of Smoking Harms

After accounting for work-related noise exposure and other hearing loss risk factors, the investigators found that  smokers were 1.2 to 1.6 times more likely to suffer hearing loss than people who never smoked.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:15:08 EST Birth Defects Affect 7 Percent of Zika-Exposed Babies: Study

About 7 percent of Zika-infected women in French territories of the Caribbean delivered babies that suffered from birth defects of the brain and eyes, researchers report.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:18:42 EST Fit Middle-Aged Women May Fend Off Dementia Later

New research finds that being physically fit around age 50 lowers a woman's risk of developing memory-robbing dementia by almost 90 percent.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:24:43 EST Q&A: What Should We Be Doing About the Opioid Crisis?

Kennedy has also tried to draw the connection between addiction and mental health. While in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kennedy sponsored legislation that requires insurance companies to treat mental illness, depression and addiction the same as they treat illnesses of the body. The bill, known as the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, was signed into law in 2008.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:24:27 EST Q&A: What Are We Doing About the Opioid Crisis?

Scientists at the NIH, the nation’s chief medical research agency, are working on solutions for addressing the public health crisis by investigating new and better ways to prevent opioid abuse, to treat opioid use disorders and to manage pain.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:15:07 EST Weight-Loss Surgery Beats Meds for Obese Teens

This is important information because more than 5,000 Americans under age 20 are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:33:10 EST Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies

Stephen Hawking, a visionary physicist who overcame a debilitating disease, died Wednesday at the age of 76.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:20:01 EST Opioids: A Crisis Decades In the Making

A simple letter to the editor in 1980 opened the way for America's opioid crisis.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:19:46 EST Opioid Addiction: Getting Robbed While Getting Help

Trying to overcome drug addiction is difficult enough, but America's opioid epidemic has led to an explosion in treatment centers and clinics that might have dubious practices.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:19:25 EST Beyond Opioids: The Future of Pain Management

The federal government as well as the drug industry are pumping millions of dollars into research to find pain medication that works as well as opioids but aren't addictive.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:15:19 EST Cutting Co-Pays Helps Heart Patients Take Meds

The finding comes from a study of 11,000 people treated for heart attack at 300 U.S. hospitals. All of the patients had health insurance: 64 percent had private insurance, 42 percent were covered by Medicare and 9 percent had Medicaid.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:15:12 EST Study Confirms Lifesaving Value of Colonoscopy

The study looked at roughly 25,000 patients in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system, where colonoscopy is widely used. The VA views it as the main screening test for patients aged 50 and older who have average odds for developing colon or rectal cancer.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:15:35 EST People Aren't as Safe From Lead as Thought: Study

The findings revealed a link between low-level exposure and increased risk of premature death. Lead exposure has been associated with hardened arteries, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease, according to the researchers.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:15:22 EST 3-in-1 Pill Shows Promise for High Blood Pressure

The finding stems from a study of 700 people, who averaged 56 years old. All had high blood pressure.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:15:18 EST Why Does America Spend More on Health Care?

The investigators found that the United States spends nearly twice as much of its wealth on health care -- 17.8 percent of its gross domestic product, compared with between 9.6 percent and 12.4 percent in other countries.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:03:56 EST Georgia Will Begin Checking Water Utilities’ Lead Testing Sites

For the first time, Georgia Division of Environmental Protection will check the addresses where water systems take their samples to be sure those sites are at the highest risk for lead contamination.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:15:15 EST Presidential Panel: Costly Cancer Drugs Harm Care

The panel recommends a series of actions to minimize the impact of drug costs on patients while also promoting value-based pricing of newer drugs.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:15:12 EST Genetic Testing Underused in Breast Cancer Cases

The study included just over 1,700 women with early stage breast cancer who could benefit from genetic testing.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:15:10 EST Vest Defibrillator May Help Heart Attack Survivors

The defibrillator -- housed in a lightweight vest worn directly against the skin -- continuously monitors the wearer's heart. It sounds an alarm and/or verbally announces the need for medical care if needed.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:15:07 EST 1 in 20 Younger Women Suffers Major Depression

Now, new research reports that nearly 5 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 44 have struggled with major depression.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:15:09 EST Genetic Heart Defects Rarely the Cause of SIDS

Previous studies have suggested that such mutations could cause up to 20 percent of SIDS deaths.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:09:47 EST Poor Sleep May Heighten Alzheimer's Risk

A hallmark of Alzheimer's is the accumulation of a protein in the brain called beta-amyloid. It's believed that one benefit of sleep is to clear beta-amyloid, and poor sleep might allow it to build up, the authors of the new study pointed out.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:07:10 EST Tank Failure at 2nd Clinic Threatens Eggs, Embryos

The clinic did not reveal how many eggs and embryos were affected but said the tank contained "several thousand" of them.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:15:11 EST Certain Teens More Likely to Get Hooked on Opioids

The odds of progressing to long-term opioid therapy can double, triple or  more, depending on the kid's diagnosis and the other drugs prescribed to treat their disorder, the researchers said.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:15:25 EST Barbershop Pharmacists May Aid High Blood Pressure

A new study finds that having pharmacists deliver blood pressure care in neighborhood barbershops resulted in lower blood pressure readings for many black men.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:22:29 EST Malfunction Leads to Loss of Frozen Eggs, Embryos

There appears to have been an equipment failure at a long-term storage tank containing liquid nitrogen at the University Hospitals Fertility Center, NBC News reported.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:15:13 EST Social Support Helps Boost Young Cancer Patients

The 204 participants in the study included 102 cancer survivors, 18 to 30 years old, who'd been  diagnosed with cancer when they were 15 to 30. The others were the same age as the cancer survivors, but they'd never had cancer.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 12:12:34 EST Enlisting Gut Bacteria And Fiber To Fight Diabetes

A 6-year-study has discovered a possible connection between gut bacteria and blood sugar, a revelation that could pave the way for new treatments for diabetes.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:15:10 EST Want to Know Gender Identity? Ask Away, Patients Say

The new study involved nearly 500 patients being seen for the first time at three Mayo Clinic sites in Minnesota. They were given either routine intake forms or forms that included questions about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:15:28 EST Kidney Donations Down Among Men and the Poor

The living kidney donation rate among men dropped by 25 percent between 2005 and 2015, but remained stable among women, the researchers found.

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:35:53 EST Collagen: ‘Fountain of Youth’ or Edible Hoax?

U.S. consumers are expected to spend $122 million on collagen products. But as it's gotten more popular, there have been questions about how well it works and concerns about its safety.

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:15:12 EST Threats, Violent Acts Against Teachers Often Go Unreported

The findings came from a survey of more than 3,400 kindergarten to 12th grade teachers from across the United States -- including more than 2,500 who said they'd experienced violence or threats.

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:15:09 EST Exercise an Antidote for Aging

In the study, the team assessed 84 male and 41 female cyclists, aged 55 to 79. The men had to be able to cycle 62 miles in under 6.5 hours, while the women had to be able to cycle 37 miles in 5.5 hours.

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 11:33:44 EST Brain Doesn't Produce New Neurons After Age 13

It had been thought that the hippocampus -- which plays a major role in learning and memory -- generates new neurons throughout adulthood, CNN reported.

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:45:48 EST Thousands of Cheerleaders Exposed to Mumps

There have been no reports of mumps in Texas or any other states in connection with the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star National Championship held Feb. 23-25, according to health department spokesman Chris Van Deusen.

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:15:46 EST Nurse Treats, Survives His Own Heart Attack

When his heart attack symptoms began, the unnamed nurse gave himself an electrocardiogram (ECG). He quickly emailed the results to an ER physician, using Australia's Emergency Telehealth Service.

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:15:10 EST Blood Pressure Check? You May Find an App for That

Researchers say they've invented a special phone case, using high-tech 3-D printing, that contains an embedded optical sensor on top of a "force" sensor.

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:15:30 EST Breast Cancer Screening Standard May Miss Minorities

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines recommend beginning breast cancer screening at age 50 for women at average risk. But it hasn't been clear if a single guideline can be applied to different racial or ethnic groups, the researchers noted.

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:15:25 EST Ban Menthols to Help Some Smokers Quit

Menthol cigarettes are popular in the United States, accounting for about 30 percent of cigarette sales, versus 5 percent in Canada, according to Chaiton and his colleagues. Menthol cigarettes are popular in the United States, accounting for about 30 percent of cigarette sales, versus 5 percent in Canada.

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:15:11 EST Stem Cell Clinics Sell Bogus 'Cures' for Knee Pain

A same-day injection for one knee costs thousands of dollars at these centers, according to a consumer survey taken of clinics across the United States.


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