Health & Wellness

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:38:34 EST Plague: What to Know in 2019

It dates back to the 6th century, but bubonic plague is still active in the U.S. Three new cases have been reported in the last six months in cats, but no humans, in Wyoming.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:15:18 EST Study: Movie Violence Doesn't Make Kids Violent

Researchers found that as PG-13 movies became more violent between 1985 and 2015, overall rates of murder and violence actually fell.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:15:13 EST Are You a Risk-Taker? It Might Lie in Your Genes

More than 100 genetic variants are linked with risk-taking, according to a groundbreaking new study.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:15:10 EST Study: Marketing to Docs, Opioid Crisis Linked

A county-by-county analysis showed that opioid use increased in places where drug makers focused their marketing efforts to physicians, researchers say.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:37:55 EST Perdue Chicken Nuggets Recalled For Wood Particles

The problem was discovered when Perdue received three complaints from consumers that wood was in the bag.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:17:34 EST Universal Flu Vaccine May Offer 1-Shot Protection

Researchers have been working for years on a universal flu vaccine that would mean no annual flu shots. How close are they getting to one?

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:15:21 EST Is Type 1 Diabetes a Factor in Broken Bones?

An A1C level above 8 percent was linked to a greater risk of a specific type of fracture in people with type 1 diabetes, but not in those with type 2, according to a new study.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:15:18 EST Frailty a Risk Factor for Dementia

A new study indicates that a 'frail brain' might be more susceptible to neurological problems like dementia, a new study has found.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:15:14 EST Many Oncologists Unsure of LGBTQ Health Needs

Most doctors surveyed said they were comfortable treating lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender patients, but half or fewer felt confident in their knowledge of these patients' health needs.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:15:07 EST Steps to Reduce Hospital Sleep Disruptions Studied

Nighttime room entries dropped by 44 percent after researchers educated doctors and nurses on the health consequences of in-hospital sleep deprivation.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:15:10 EST Opioid Use in Pregnancy Linked to Birth Defects?

Researchers recently found that counties that had higher rates of opioid prescribing had nearly two times more babies born with their intestines outside of their bodies, a condition known as gastroschisis, compared with counties with low opioid prescribing rates.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:15:14 EST Experimental Drug Could Help In Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers found that the compound -- dubbed TTP399 for now -- improved patients' blood sugar control when it was added to the standard medication metformin for six months.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:51:20 EST WHO Says Anti-Vaxxers Are Global Health Threat

The movement against vaccinations has taken hold in a number of countries, including the United States, making anti-vaxxers are among the top 10 health threats facing the world in 2019, the World Health Organization says.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:15:24 EST Study: 1 in 4 Antibiotic Prescriptions Not Needed

More than 23 percent of prescriptions studied were inappropriate, or not medically justified, researchers said. The inappropriate prescriptions were mostly for colds, chest infections and coughs.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:15:14 EST Money Woes May Damage Black Americans' Hearts

Compared with those without financial stress, the risk of heart disease was nearly three times higher among those with moderate-to-high financial stress, investigators found.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:15:09 EST Experts: People Must Change Diets to Save Earth

People will need to eat half as much sugar and red meat as now, and double the amount of plant-based foods they eat, including nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, to make sure the Earth will be able to feed a growing population of 10 billion people by 2050, according to an expert panel.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:15:17 EST How Getting a Flu Shot Could Save Your Life

The flu can alter your immunity and make you more prone to other infections,. Getting a flu shot is relatively cheap and can reduce hospitalizations, acute heart illnesses and death.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:15:14 EST Study: Climate Change Already Hurting Human Health

Some of the health effects tied to climate change are intuitive: More frequent, and more intense, heat waves raise the risk of heat-related illness, for example. Other health effects, though, are less obvious

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:15:10 EST Keep Moving to Keep Brain Sharp in Old Age

Older people who were physically active kept their minds sharp, even if their brains showed signs of lesions or other markers linked to Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, researchers found.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:18:35 EST WebMD Honors Health Heroes Fighting Cancer

WebMD’s 2018 Health Heroes have left their mark on the fight against cancer in ways large and small.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:59:04 EST Pharma Owners Accused of Lying About OxyContin

A court filing appears to link the family that owns Purdue Pharma with specific decisions the company made about the marketing of OxyContin, which contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic, The New York Times reported.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:37:34 EST DIY Birth Control Patch Being Developed

The patch, which can be pressed into an arm or leg, has dissolvable microneedles that implant into the skin and slowly dissolve over time, delivering a contraceptive hormone, NBC News reported.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:15:14 EST Study: Many Poor Women Can't Afford Tampons, Pads

About one-fifth -- 21 percent -- said they had to go without pads or tampons on a monthly basis, and nearly half said they often had to make tough choices between buying food or period-related products.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:15:11 EST Obesity Can Cut Years Off Your Dog's Life, Too

Among all breeds in the study, the risk of earlier death was higher among overweight dogs.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:16:22 EST Infographic: Reducing Your Alzheimer's Risk

WebMD's infographic details ways you can keep your brain sharp and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:29:22 EST Are Some People Using Their Dogs to Get Opioids?

Veterinarians are prescribing large quantities of opioids to pets, raising concern that some people might be using their furry companions to feed their addiction.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:15:20 EST Diabetes Before 40, Mental Health Stays Linked

About 37 percent of all hospitalization days in a new study’s under-40 group were due to mental illness, the researchers noted. Mood and psychotic disorders were the most common conditions.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:15:11 EST Stem Cell Transplant May Help Some Aggressive MS

Over an average of three years, MS progressed in 34 of 55 patients on medication -- meaning their disabilities worsened. That compared with only three of 55 patients given a stem cell transplant.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:30:39 EST FDA Clears Epilepsy Smartwatch for Use in Kids

The Embrace detects patterns in motion and physiological signals that may be associated with seizures, and immediately alerts caregivers.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:06:08 EST Dog Food Recalled Due to Salmonella

One lot of A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs has been recalled in Nebraska due to possible salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:15:18 EST Sit Less Each Day to Live Longer

People who replaced just 30 minutes of sitting per day with low-intensity physical activity lowered their risk of an early death by 17 percent, according to the study published online Jan. 14 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:15:13 EST More Teens Using Birth Control

The initiation of contraception before the first sexual experience rose from less than 10 percent in the 1970s to more than 25 percent in the 2000s. The rate of birth control initiation during the first sexual experience was about 40 percent.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:15:10 EST Study: Junk Food Ads Target Minority Kids

Fast food, candy, sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks accounted for 86 percent of food ad spending on black-targeted TV programming, and 82 percent of ad spending on Spanish-language TV, according to a new study.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:15:13 EST Just A Couple of Joints Can Damage Teen Brain

Brain scans show that some adolescents who've tried marijuana just a couple of times exhibit significant increases in the volume of their gray matter.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:10:50 EST Twins’ Study Looks At Gene’s Role in Disease

Two of every five common diseases are at least partially influenced by a person's genetics, the largest U.S. study of twins ever conducted finds.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:37:20 EST Why Your Heart Needs A Good Night's Sleep

Chronic lack of sleep and poor sleep quality raise the odds of fatty plaque accumulation in arteries, which increases the odds of heart attack and stroke.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:06:04 EST Adult-Onset Food Allergies Increasing, Confusing

Forty-eight percent of the adult population with a convincing food allergy reported developing at least one as an adult (they may have had others as a child)

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:00:17 EST More in U.S. Dying From Opioids Than On the Roads

For the first time in history, Americans' risk of dying from an opioid overdose is higher than their risk of dying in a car accident, the National Safety Council reported Monday.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:27:48 EST Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Found in 2 U.K. Women

Two U.K. women in the last 3 months have been diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) gonorrhea -- the so-called super gonorrhea.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:20:35 EST Judge Blocks Trump Employer Birth Control Rules

The Trump administration's new rules on employer-provided birth control have been blocked in some parts of the country by a judge in California.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:24:32 EST Mom-to-Be's Flu Can Harm Her Unborn Baby

When a mom-to-be gets the flu, she can be so sick she needs to be admitted to a hospital's intensive care unit. And new research finds her baby then runs the risk of being born preterm, underweight and with a low "Apgar score" -- a gauge of an infant's overall health.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 15:25:03 EST Justice Ginsburg Is Cancer Free, Court Says

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had three bouts with cancer, this latest at age 85.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:34:43 EST U.S. Flu Cases Hit 7 Million Mark: CDC

As of Jan. 5, 15 states and New York City were reporting high flu activity, and it was widespread in 30 states.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:17:04 EST Is Daily Vitamin D a Lifesaver for COPD Patients?

Taking vitamin D supplements was associated with a 45 percent reduction in lung attacks among patients who were deficient in vitamin D, but there was no reduction among patients with higher vitamin D levels, the investigators found.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:08:20 EST U.S. Fertility Rate Drops to 30-Year Low

Only two states had fertility rate above replacement levels.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 04:00:22 EST Potty Foot Stool May Help Your Constipation

After four weeks of using a toilet stool, 71 percent of the study participants had faster bowel movements and 90 percent reported less straining, according to the research published online recently in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:39:12 EST Common Heart, Diabetes Meds May Aid Mental Illness

Specifically, the benefit was seen when patients were taking: statins, which lower cholesterol; calcium channel blockers, a group of blood pressure drugs; or the oral diabetes drug metformin, the study findings showed.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:33:50 EST Shutdown Limits FDA Efforts to Protect Food Safety

The partial government shutdown has the FDA focused only on "high risk" facilities, leaving many food manufacturing without inspections.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:00:32 EST Candies May be Contaminated With Hepatitis A

A public health alert about possible hepatitis A contamination in Modjeskas from Bauer's Candies was announced Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:58:29 EST More Shingles Vaccine On the Way, Maker Says

More doses of Shingrix, the shingles vaccine that has been in very short supply, are on the way to U.S. pharmacies, says drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline. However, demand may still outpace supply.


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