Health & Wellness

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:15:05 EST Protective Use of Antivirals Cuts New HIV Cases

In a study of gay men who did not have HIV who were given antiviral drugs protectively, the number of new HIV infections fell from 295 cases in the year before the program rollout to 221 cases the year after.

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:15:14 EST Study: Skin Creams May Be OK During Radiation

Contrary to the usual advice, a new study has found that, unless applied very heavily, skin creams did not raise the radiation dose to the skin during cancer treatment.

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:15:12 EST 3-Drug Therapy Might Be Cystic Fibrosis Advance

In what researchers call “a breakthrough,” two clinical trials have found that two different three-drug treatment plans could help 90 percent of people with cystic fibrosis. “It’s not a cure,” said one of the lead researchers. “But it could be game-changing.”

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:15:08 EST Self-Control Key to Weight Loss, Brain Scans Show

Brain scans reveal that people who are better at losing weight have more activity in regions of the brain associated with self-control, a small new study reports.

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:35:08 EST FDA Panel OKs Stronger Opioid Despite Concerns

The company says there's a need for opioid pain medicines that don't require swallowing, because some patients have difficulty taking oral medication and may not have access to IV opioids. The FDA had earlier flagged two safety concerns.

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:15:20 EST Experts Sound Warning About 'Baby Boxes'

There's no proof that cardboard baby reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and they may pose other risks, British researchers said this week, concerns that are shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:15:10 EST Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia Later

Women with a history of preeclampsia were 3.4 times more likely to suffer from vascular dementia later in life, researchers have found. This form of dementia is triggered by impaired blood flow in the brain.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:15:20 EST Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help

New research appears to challenge longstanding wisdom that those who struggle with rosacea should avoid both caffeine and hot drinks of any kind.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:01:18 EST Report: Burger Chains' Antibiotics Plans Flawed

Only two burger chains in the U.S. earn top marks for avoiding ground beef pumped full of antibiotics, according to a new report issued by a group of environmental and consumer groups. Shake Shack and Burger Fi both earned A’s while nearly all other major burger chains failed.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:56:30 EST Drug-resistant Salmonella Hits Dozens Across U.S.

The agency is not yet advising consumers to stop eating chicken but urges anyone who does to make sure it is properly cooked. Illnesses began in January, and the most recent case was confirmed in September.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:24:34 EST WebMD Infographic: Missing the Signs

Do you know if your child is stressed? View this chart to learn more about the signs.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:38:44 EST In Pregnancy, Doctors' Focus is on Baby, Not Mom

Experts say there has long been concern that obstetrics has focused on babies’ well-being almost to the exclusion or certainly to the detriment of moms, and many hope and believe that tide is starting to turn.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:15:22 EST Number of Autism Genes Now Tops 100

Researchers say that we now know of 102 genes that are associated with autism.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:15:13 EST Post-surgery pounds can predict health problems

In a study of pounds regained after weight-loss surgery, the percentage of pounds put back on helped predict serious health problems, researchers said.

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:15:11 EST U.S. Birth Rates Still Dropping, Moms Still Older

Fewer babies are being born in the United States, and women are generally older when they have their first child, according to a new government report.

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:15:08 EST Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aid May Help Aging Brain

Researchers studying cognitive health related to hearing and vision found that the rate of mental decline was halved after cataract surgery and was 75 percent lower after people got a hearing aid.

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:15:15 EST Bigger Family, Lower Cancer Risk?

Researchers who analyzed data from 178 countries found that people from larger families were less likely to get cancer than those from smaller families.

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:15:12 EST CDC Warns of Polio-Like Virus Striking More Kids

The CDC on Tuesday reported 127 cases of a rare but devastating polio-like virus, partially paralyzing hundreds of children in 22 states. It’s the third wave of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) to hit the United States since 2014.

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:10:23 EST Feds and Pharma Spar Over Drug Costs in TV Ads

The Trump administration first mentioned requiring drug prices in ads in May, as part of the government's American Patients First plan to lower drug costs. In August, it began officially reviewing a proposed rule.

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:15:10 EST Obesity Surgery May Cut Diabetics' Heart Risk

Severely obese patients who had weight-loss surgery were 40 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke over five years, versus those on standard diabetes care, according to a new study.

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:15:17 EST Gluten-Free Craze Good, Bad for Celiac Patients

People with celiac disease are happy to have more food choices away from home, but some sense a growing stigma as other people voluntarily go gluten-free.

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:15:16 EST Nerve Root Stimulation May Help Back Pain More

Stimulating a specific set of nerves that are nestled along the spine may deliver relief to those who suffer from chronic back pain and cut the need for opioid painkillers, new research suggests.

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:15:11 EST Study: Blows Without Concussion May Not Hurt Brain

A small new study suggests that repeated impacts to the head that were not as severe as concussions did not result in brain damage to young athletes. The researchers say they need to follow the kids longer.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:15:10 EST Countries That Ban Spanking See Less Teen Violence

In countries that ban corporal punishment (spanking and slapping), the rates of physical fighting among teens are as much as 69 percent lower than in countries without such a ban, a study has found.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:15:12 EST Facebook Posts May Hint at Depression

Using sophisticated software, researchers scanned social media posts and detected depression months before it was apparent on clinical screening tests, according to a recent study.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:15:13 EST Your Gut May Be to Blame for Your Blood Infection

A Stanford University study of 30 patients with bloodstream infections showed that the infections mostly started in patients' own bodies -- often in the large intestine.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:15:10 EST Despite Opioid Crisis, Most Patients Want the Drugs for Post-Op Pain

The survey, of more than 500 patients scheduled for surgery, found that more than three-quarters expected to get opioids afterward. Most also thought opioids were the most effective treatment for post-surgery pain.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:02:22 EST Cancer Bell Ringing Angers Some Who Can Only Watch

For patients whose cancer has spread, who cannot "beat" cancer, the sound of the bell can trigger anger, resentment, resignation, or depression, according to various online accounts.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:15:38 EST What Kids Fear Most at the Doctor's Office

Half of 2- to 5-year-olds are afraid of going to the doctor, according to a new survey. And some kids get so upset that 1 in 5 parents say they find it hard to concentrate on what the doctor or nurse is saying.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:15:25 EST Kids' Concussion Symptoms May Persist for a Year

A year after a concussion, as many as 31 percent of kids ages 4 to 15 still had symptoms that included inattention or fatigue, researchers report.

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:15:16 EST FDA: Unapproved Ingredients in Many Supplements

Many dietary supplements, especially those promising enhanced sexual pleasure or weight loss, contain unapproved and potentially dangerous ingredients, the FDA says.

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:15:07 EST Pot May Help MS A Little, But Questions Remain

People with MS who used cannabis-derived drugs reported slightly fewer muscle contractions, less bladder dysfunction and pain in a new study. But the self-reported results differed from those doctors came up with.

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:09:12 EST CDC: More Kids Not Getting Recommended Vaccines

The percentage of U.S. children under 2 who haven't received any recommended vaccinations quadrupled in the past 17 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:15:19 EST Study: C-Section Rates Nearly Doubled Since 2000

Worldwide, births by C-section nearly doubled between 2000 and 2015, a new study has found.

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:15:11 EST Are Shorter Days Linked to Postpartum Depression?

Pregnant women’s odds of developing postpartum depression were strongly influenced by the number of daylight hours during the last month of pregnancy and immediately after delivery, a new study has found.

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:15:13 EST Genes, Not Diet, May Be Key to Gout Flare-Ups

Diet was much less important than the individual's genes in deciding whether they would develop hyperuricemia, which can lead to gout, according to researchers who analyzed data from nearly 17,000 American men and women of European ancestry.

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:24:32 EST Pop Culture: Behind the Pimple Video Craze

Videos of pimples being squeezed or drained get millions of views regularly on YouTube. One Southern California dermatologist who calls herself Dr. Pimple Popper has a television show. But why does this thing that makes some of us recoil captivate so many others

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:15:14 EST Flu Shot in Pregnancy Keeps Women Out of Hospital

In pregnant women, the flu shot protects equally during all three trimesters, and for those with health problems like asthma and diabetes, a new study finds. It also reduces hospitalizations for complications like pneumonia.

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:15:24 EST Obesity Doubles Younger Women's Colon Cancer Odds

Women aged 20 to 49 who were overweight or obese had up to twice the risk for colon cancer before age 50, compared with normal-weight women, in a new study.

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 09:15:24 EST What’s The Right Amount of Sleep?

A recent study of more than 40,000 people worldwide confirms the sweet spot for sleep: People who got average of seven to eight hours a night did better than those who got more or less sleep a night.

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 09:15:14 EST Skip the Cold Meds for Kids Under 6, Experts Say

Decongestants should not be given to children younger than 6 because there's no evidence that they do any good, according to a new review published online Oct. 10 in the BMJ.

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:45:09 EST California Typhus Outbreak Continues to Grow

The typhus involved in the L.A. outbreak is known as murine typhus and can spread to people from infected feces of fleas. The feces of fleas are infected with bacteria called Rickettsia typhi, according to the CDC.

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:15:07 EST A-Fib Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

In a new study, people who had atrial fibrillation were 40 percent more likely to develop dementia than those without the heart condition.

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:15:06 EST Weight-Loss Surgery Linked to Easier Deliveries

A new study of almost 6,000 women in Sweden found weight-loss surgery was tied to fewer cesarean sections, infections, tears, hemorrhages or post-term deliveries.

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:15:13 EST Could Eczema Drug Restore Hair Lost To Alopecia?

A 13-year-old girl with alopecia totalis -- a total lack of scalp hair -- and eczema, began growing hair on her head again after she began weekly injections of dupilumab (Dupixent) to treat her eczema, doctors report. It’s the first known such case.

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:15:11 EST Smoggy Air Tied to Higher Odds for Mouth Cancers

Middle-aged men living in 64 municipalities throughout Taiwan were more likely to develop oral cancer if they lived in places with high levels of air pollutants, researchers report.

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 09:15:19 EST Can Short Fasts Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

A small study has showed that occasional 24-hour fasting regimens can significantly reverse or eliminate the need for diabetic medication.

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:15:13 EST Home Fridge May Not Be Best For Your Insulin

Even though diabetes patients often store insulin in refrigerators at home for months before they use it, little is known about how temperature variations affect insulin quality, researchers say.

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:15:10 EST Hospital Privacy Curtains May Harbor Risky Germs

Privacy curtains in hospital rooms became more contaminated the longer they stayed in place, and by the 14th day, 88 percent tested positive for MRSA bacteria, a serious threat to patients, a new study says.

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:15:35 EST Study: Early Pushing In Birth Won't Hurt Mom, Baby

In a new study of 2,400 first-time moms, early pushing didn't increase the need for C-sections. It was also associated with lower odds of hemorrhage and infection.

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