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Avoid Medication Overdoses in Children
Avoid Medication Overdoses in Children FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medications for children -- even those you can buy over-the-counter -- can be dangerous if a child is given too much, one expert says. That's why pharmacist Sheila Goertemoeller, of the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center, wants parents and other caregivers to know how to safely administer these drugs. Before giving medication to children, parents should carefully read the instructions first and use the appropria...
Abused Kids Not Destined to Be Abusive Parents, Study Finds
Abused Kids Not Destined to Be Abusive Parents, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Conventional wisdom says that abused children often grow up to be abusive parents, but a 30-year study of American families suggests it's more complicated than that. In one striking finding, researchers uncovered little evidence that physical abuse is passed from one generation to the next. "That was extremely surprising," said lead researcher Cathy Spatz Widom, a professor of psychology at John Jay ...
Autism Tied to Higher Risk for Gut Troubles in Children
Autism Tied to Higher Risk for Gut Troubles in Children WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism tend to have more gastrointestinal problems early in life compared to other children, a new study finds. Researchers compared these GI symptoms -- such as diarrhea, constipation and food allergy/intolerance -- during the first three years of life among three groups of Norwegian children. One group included 195 children with autism, another included more than 4,600 children with deve...
Athletes Need to Guard Against Skin Woes
Athletes Need to Guard Against Skin Woes TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sprains and fractures aren't the only hazards athletes face. Certain skin problems are also common among sports enthusiasts. The five skin conditions most often seen in athletes are blisters; turf burn (abrasions from falls on an artificial surface); athlete's foot (a fungal infection); sun exposure, and a type of acne called acne mechanica, according to the American Academy of Dermatology in their news release. "Athlet...
Angelina Jolie's Choice Not Uncommon for Women With Cancer Gene
Angelina Jolie's Choice Not Uncommon for Women With Cancer Gene TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Angelina Jolie's decision to talk about the removal of her ovaries has brought new public attention to what is actually standard preventive care for women whose genetics dramatically increase their risk of ovarian cancer, experts say. In a column published Tuesday in the New York Times , Jolie wrote about deciding at age 39 to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, based on the increased ri...
ADHD Children May Gain More From Family-Centered Care
ADHD Children May Gain More From Family-Centered Care MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), receiving more family-centered, compassionate care may be more effective than standard care, a new study found. Researchers compared two types of "collaborative care," in which special care managers act as intermediaries between a family and their child's doctors. One approach was standard collaborative care while the other was "enhanced," wh...
Adopting U.S. Culture Ups Diabetes Risk in Mexican-American Kids
Adopting U.S. Culture Ups Diabetes Risk in Mexican-American Kids MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The more that Mexican-American children adopt mainstream U.S. culture, the greater their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at almost 150 Mexican-American children from North Texas. The kids were between the ages of 10 and 14. The researchers assessed how integrated the children were with U.S. culture by looking at things such as whether they spoke English, watched ...
Adopted Kids' Average IQ Higher Than Non-Adopted Siblings: Study
Adopted Kids' Average IQ Higher Than Non-Adopted Siblings: Study MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adopted children tend to have a slightly higher IQ than siblings who remained with their biological parents, a recent study found. The difference between siblings -- equivalent to about four IQ points -- appears to stem from higher average educational levels in adoptive parents, according to the researchers. "The more educated the adoptive parents are, the bigger the advantage for the child," said...
A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain
A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a strong sense of purpose in life may lower the likelihood of brain tissue damage in older adults, new research suggests. Autopsies conducted among adults in their 80s revealed that those who felt their lives had meaning had far fewer "macroscopic infarcts" -- small areas of dead tissue resulting from blockage of blood flow. This kind of brain tissue damage is believed to boost the risk for developing dementia,...
Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients
Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of premature death in dementia patients more than thought, a new study suggests. The medications are widely used to treat the delusions, hallucinations, agitation and aggression that occur in many people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that antipsychotic drugs have a significant...
American With Ebola Now in Critical Condition
American With Ebola Now in Critical Condition MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The condition of an unidentified American health care worker infected with Ebola in West Africa has been downgraded from serious to critical, doctors at the U.S. National Institutes of Health said Monday. No other details about the patient, who works with the Boston-based non-profit Partners in Health, were being made available, officials said. The patient is being treated at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md....
Age-Linked Memory Loss May Be Worse for Men, Study Finds
Age-Linked Memory Loss May Be Worse for Men, Study Finds MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Can't remember that work colleague's name? Misplaced your keys again? Don't fret: a new study finds that nearly everyone will suffer more memory lapses as they age, with men being more vulnerable to failing memory than women. The study also reported that people's memory skills and brain volume typically decline with age -- and, surprisingly, it seems to have little to do with the buildup of brain "plaques...
Autism-Linked Genes May Be Tied to Slightly Higher IQ
Autism-Linked Genes May Be Tied to Slightly Higher IQ THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Genes believed to increase the risk of autism may also be linked with higher intelligence, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the DNA of nearly 10,000 people in Scotland and also tested their thinking abilities. On average, those who had genes associated with autism scored slightly higher on the thinking (cognitive) tests. Having autism-linked genes doesn't mean that people will develop the disorde...
Are Liberals Happier Than Conservatives?
Are Liberals Happier Than Conservatives? THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Offering a fresh spin on the red-blue political divide, new research suggests that Americans who lean liberal may be a little bit happier than their conservative counterparts. The finding -- though far from definitive -- comes from a series of related studies that attempted to grade happiness based on the way roughly 5,000 people of varying political stripes spoke and smiled. "When we looked at both behavior and politi...
Aggressive Boys Stronger Than Other Teens, Study Says
Aggressive Boys Stronger Than Other Teens, Study Says MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Aggressive boys tend to develop more physical strength when they're teens than nonaggressive boys do, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from twins in Minnesota whose levels of aggression and hand-grip strength were assessed at ages 11, 14 and 17. Hand-grip strength is closely associated with other types of muscle strength, the researchers explained. Aggressive-antisocial behavior was assessed throu...
Always Sleepy After the Change to Daylight Saving Time?
Always Sleepy After the Change to Daylight Saving Time? SUNDAY, March 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- You lost an hour's sleep overnight Saturday when the clocks moved ahead. But there are a number of things you can do to cope with the switch to daylight saving time, a sleep expert says. "It's well known that a small shift in time can have a large impact on our body clock and our health, and the time change causes sleepiness and fatigue. For a young, healthy individual, a one hour difference shouldn't make ...
A Sense of Purpose May Help Your Heart
A Sense of Purpose May Help Your Heart FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Living your life with a strong sense of purpose may lower your risk for early death, heart attack or stroke, new research suggests. The finding is based on a broad review of past research involving more than 137,000 people in all. "Psychosocial conditions such as depression, anxiety, chronic stress and social isolation have strong associations with heart disease and mortality," said study lead author Dr. Randy Cohen, a card...
Always Sleepy After the Change to Daylight Saving Time?
Always Sleepy After the Change to Daylight Saving Time? FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- You'll lose an hour's sleep overnight Saturday when the clocks spring ahead. But there are a number of things you can do to cope with the switch to daylight saving time, a sleep expert says. "It's well known that a small shift in time can have a large impact on our body clock and our health, and the time change causes sleepiness and fatigue. For a young, healthy individual, a one hour difference shouldn't m...
Air Pollution Linked to Increased Stroke Risk, Study Says
Air Pollution Linked to Increased Stroke Risk, Study Says FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of small-particle air pollution can increase your risk for narrowing of the neck (carotid) arteries, which may raise your risk for stroke, a new study says. Researchers analyzed the results of cardiovascular screening tests from more than 300,000 people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Those who lived in areas with the highest levels of air pollution were 24 percent more likely to have...
Another Study Finds Mediterranean Diet May Cut Heart Risks
Another Study Finds Mediterranean Diet May Cut Heart Risks WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Closely following the Mediterranean diet can significantly lower your risk of heart disease, another study suggests. The study included more than 2,500 Greek adults, aged 18 to 89, whose diets and health were tracked for 10 years. Nearly 20 percent of men and 12 percent of women in the study developed or died from heart disease. People who most closely followed a Mediterranean diet were 47 percent les...
About 7 Percent of Kids Worldwide Have ADHD: Study
About 7 Percent of Kids Worldwide Have ADHD: Study TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About 7 percent of children worldwide have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research concludes. This estimate -- which differs significantly from other recent appraisals -- is based on data from 175 prior studies conducted over nearly four decades. The approximation could help public health officials determine whether ADHD is overdiagnosed or underdiagnosed in their nation, state or communit...
Any Exercise Is Good, But Higher-Intensity May Be Better
Any Exercise Is Good, But Higher-Intensity May Be Better MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For people who are obese and sedentary, any exercise can help trim belly fat, but it may take a bit more effort to get other health benefits, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when they got middle-aged, obese adults regularly moving -- even with a half-hour of slow walking -- it helped them shed a little bit of weight and a couple of inches from their waistlines. However, it took higher-intensit...
Airport Screenings Miss Roughly Half of Sick Travelers: Study
Airport Screenings Miss Roughly Half of Sick Travelers: Study FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Airport screenings for infectious diseases often miss 50 percent or more of sick travelers, mostly because people do not tell the truth about their exposure to illnesses, a new study suggests. "Honest reporting can not only improve on-site detection, but is essential to enable authorities to follow up with travelers who may have been exposed but have not yet developed symptoms," wrote researcher and g...
ADHD May Raise Odds for Premature Death
ADHD May Raise Odds for Premature Death WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as those without the common disorder, a new study finds. The risk is small, but it's a clear indication that the disorder is a serious problem, the researchers said. In a study of more than 2 million people, Danish researchers found that accidents were the most common cause of premature death among people with AD...
Additives in Processed Foods May Alter Gut Bacteria
Additives in Processed Foods May Alter Gut Bacteria WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A common ingredient in many processed foods might increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and metabolic syndrome, a new study in mice suggests. Emulsifiers are used to improve food texture and to extend shelf life. In experiments with mice, researchers found that emulsifiers can alter the make-up of bacteria populations in the digestive tract. This can lead to inflammation that may contribute t...
Aspirin 'Resistance' May Make for Worse Strokes: Study
Aspirin 'Resistance' May Make for Worse Strokes: Study MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who are "resistant" to aspirin may be at risk for larger, more severe strokes, South Korean researchers report. Doctors often prescribe low-dose aspirin to people at high risk of stroke because the drug helps prevent blood clots. But for about 28 percent of stroke patients in a new study, aspirin didn't keep blood from clotting. And their strokes were worse than strokes suffered by aspirin-users who w...
Arsenic in Well Water Can Raise Level in Baby Formula: Study
Arsenic in Well Water Can Raise Level in Baby Formula: Study MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The water used to mix baby formula plays the biggest role in whether formula-fed babies are exposed to increased levels of arsenic, according to a new study. Families that use well water instead of municipal water may need to check it for arsenic levels since well water is not regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the study authors suggested. The study also found that formula-fed infan...
A Little Fat, Sugar OK for Kids If Diet Is Healthy: Study
A Little Fat, Sugar OK for Kids If Diet Is Healthy: Study MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting junk food from kids' diets is important, but if a little sugar and fat helps them eat their veggies, that's a good trade-off, a leading group of pediatricians says. New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasize the importance of introducing kids to a wide variety of "whole foods" -- from fruits and vegetables, to whole grains and nuts, to fish and low-fat dairy. And to do t...
Are Too Many Prostate Cancer Patients Receiving Treatment?
Are Too Many Prostate Cancer Patients Receiving Treatment? THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that a wait-and-watch approach for prostate cancer isn't being used often enough, and that more men are being treated than may be necessary. Additionally, the researchers expressed concern about the numbers of men being treated with radiation therapy, regardless of their tumor specifics. "Too many men are being treated for prostate cancer, and too many are being treated with radia...
Americans Still Divided Over Obamacare
Americans Still Divided Over Obamacare THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act remains one of the most significant -- and controversial -- achievements of President Barack Obama's presidency. And Americans remain deeply divided over the health-care reform law that was signed by Obama five years ago, a HealthDay/Harris Poll released Thursday found. A consistent 30 percent of Americans favor repeal of the law, although they're outnumbered by a majority of people who like the la...
Achilles Tendon Can Handle Downhill Running: Study
Achilles Tendon Can Handle Downhill Running: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Achilles tendon can handle downhill running better than previously thought, says a study that offers good news for distance runners. The key is to transition gradually to downhill running, the Brigham Young University researchers noted. "Runners can know it is safe to transition to downhill running and include it in normal training and racing," study author Katy Andrews Neves said in a university news relea...
Americans Confused About Cancer Risks
Americans Confused About Cancer Risks WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than half of Americans are aware that some major lifestyle factors can affect their cancer risk, a new survey suggests. Instead, many people worry about cancer-causing claims that aren't back by scientific evidence -- such as stress or hormones in foods, according to the survey done by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). "About half of cancer deaths in the U.S. could be prevented through lifestyle choi...
A Pill a Day? No Way, Survey Says
A Pill a Day? No Way, Survey Says TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One out of three adults would sooner face a shorter life span than take a daily pill to prevent heart disease, a new Internet survey found. And about one in five would be willing to pay $1,000 or more to avoid taking that daily pill, the survey also found. "There were a not-insignificant number of people who were ready to accept a large risk of death to avoid taking a pill for the rest of their lives," said lead author Dr. Rober...
Are Too Many Heart Failure Patients Getting IV Fluids?
Are Too Many Heart Failure Patients Getting IV Fluids? MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially harmful intravenous (IV) fluids are being given to too many patients with severe heart failure, a new study suggests. As researchers from Yale University explained, heart failure patients in the hospital typically receive drugs called diuretics to prevent excess fluid buildup and to improve their symptoms. However, many will also receive IV fluids early in a hospital stay. This influx of IV fluids...
Acne Gel Linked to Rare Side Effect, Doctors Warn
Acne Gel Linked to Rare Side Effect, Doctors Warn THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For certain people, the acne treatment Aczone may be linked to a rare blood disorder, a new case study contends. A 19-year-old woman who had used Aczone -- the skin gel version of the drug dapsone -- for a week developed a serious condition called methemoglobinemia. The patient showed up at a Pittsburgh emergency room with a headache, shortness of breath, and blue lips and fingers. Her symptoms initially confou...
Arizona Officials Say Nearly 1,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Measles
Arizona Officials Say Nearly 1,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Measles THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a development that could dramatically widen the scope of a measles outbreak that began last month at Disney parks in California, Arizona health officials said Wednesday that up to 1,000 people in that state may have been exposed to the highly infectious disease. Included in that number are an estimated 200 children who could have been exposed to the measles virus after an infected wo...
ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study
ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Among people who use illicit drugs, those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) start using them one to two years earlier in their youth than those without the disorder, a new study finds. The findings show the need to begin substance use prevention programs at an earlier age among teens with ADHD, the University of Florida researchers said. "The take-home message of this study shouldn...
A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth
A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Elise Jackson remembers very clearly the day her son was born: It was May 8, 2002, and Elijah had arrived 15 weeks before his due date. "My child sat right in the palm of my hands," Jackson recalled. "He was very, very fragile. It was 25 weeks and one day into my pregnancy, and he was just 1 pound, 1 ounce." At the time, Elise and her husband, Todd, were told that Elijah's chances for survival were only about...
Antibiotics for Traveler's Diarrhea May Spur Growth of Superbugs: Study
Antibiotics for Traveler's Diarrhea May Spur Growth of Superbugs: Study THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The overuse of antibiotics to treat travelers' diarrhea may contribute to the spread of drug-resistant superbugs, a new study suggests. Antibiotics should be used to treat travelers' diarrhea only in severe cases, said the study authors. The study was published online Jan. 22 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases . "The great majority of all cases of travelers' diarrhea are mild and ...
A Bit More Salt Each Day May Not Harm Older Adults
A Bit More Salt Each Day May Not Harm Older Adults MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming a "modest" amount of salt might not harm older adults, but any more than that can damage health, a new study finds. The study of adults aged 71 to 80 found that daily consumption of 2,300 milligrams (mg) of salt -- the equivalent of a teaspoon -- didn't increase deaths, heart disease, stroke or heart failure over 10 years. However, salt intake above 2,300 mg -- which is higher than heart experts curren...
ADHD Drug Might Help Treat Binge-Eating Disorder, Study Suggests
ADHD Drug Might Help Treat Binge-Eating Disorder, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also help treat binge-eating disorder, preliminary research suggests. At higher doses tested, the prescription drug Vyvanse curtailed the excessive food consumption that characterizes binge-eating disorder, researchers said. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is solely approved in the United States to treat ADHD, and no ...
Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea
Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two troublesome adult breathing issues -- asthma and sleep apnea -- may have a connection, a new study suggests. Adults who struggle with asthma face an increased risk for also developing the nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, the new research reveals. The finding stems from the long-term tracking of about 550 men and women, of whom a little over 15 percent had asthma. All were participants i...
An Optimistic Outlook May Be Good for Your Heart
An Optimistic Outlook May Be Good for Your Heart TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Accenting the positive may be good for your heart, with a large study suggesting that optimistic people seem to have a significant leg up when it comes to cardiovascular health. "Research has already shown a link between psychological pathology and poor physical health," said study lead author Rosalba Hernandez, an assistant professor in the school of social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign....
As Altitude Rises, Lung Cancer Rates Seem to Fall
As Altitude Rises, Lung Cancer Rates Seem to Fall TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live in the mountains seem to have lower rates of lung cancer than those closer to the beach -- a pattern that suggests a role for oxygen intake, researchers speculate. Their study of counties across the Western United States found that as elevation increased, lung cancer rates declined. For every 3,300-foot rise in elevation, lung cancer incidence fell by more than seven cases per 100,000 people, ...
Are Seniors With Diabetes Overtreated?
Are Seniors With Diabetes Overtreated? MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many older people with diabetes may be exposed to potential harm because doctors are trying to keep overly tight control of their blood sugar levels, a new study argues. Researchers found that nearly two-thirds of older diabetics who are in poor health have been placed on a diabetes management regimen that strictly controls their blood sugar, aiming at a targeted hemoglobin A1C level of less than 7 percent. But these patien...
Autism Signs May Be Missed in Short Checkups
Autism Signs May Be Missed in Short Checkups MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The 10 to 20 minutes of a typical well-child visit isn't enough time to reliably detect a young child's risk of autism, a new study suggests. "When decisions about autism referral are made based on brief observations alone, there is a substantial risk that even experts may miss a large percentage of children who need a referral for further evaluation," said lead study author Terisa Gabrielsen. She conducted the study ...
Advisers Endorse HPV Test for Cervical Cancer Checks
Advisers Endorse HPV Test for Cervical Cancer Checks THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An HPV test recently approved by U.S. health officials is an effective way to check for cervical cancer, two leading women's health organizations said Thursday. The groups said the HPV test is an effective, one-test alternative to the current recommendation of screening with either a Pap test alone or a combination of the HPV test and a Pap test. However, not all experts are in agreement with the move: the la...
Alcohol Taxes Up, Binge Drinking Down?
Alcohol Taxes Up, Binge Drinking Down? THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Higher alcohol taxes may help reduce binge drinking, a new study suggests. Binge drinking in men is defined as having five or more drinks on a given occasion; in women it's four or more drinks. Binge drinking causes more than half of the nearly 90,000 alcohol-related deaths in the United States each year, according to background information in the study. Researchers found that a 1 percent increase in alcohol price due to t...
Abuse in Childhood Tied to Migraines in Adulthood
Abuse in Childhood Tied to Migraines in Adulthood WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who experienced childhood abuse or neglect have a higher risk of migraine headaches, suggests a study published online Dec. 24 in the journal Neurology . "Childhood maltreatment can have long-lasting effects, like associated medical and psychological conditions including migraine in adulthood," study author Dawn Buse, director of behavioral medicine at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City, said i...
ADHD May Raise Teens' Odds for Smoking, Drinking
ADHD May Raise Teens' Odds for Smoking, Drinking WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens are more likely to start smoking or drinking with each additional symptom they have of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or conduct disorder, new research suggests. "Our findings underscore the need to counsel families about the risk of substance use as [these] children approach adolescence," said study author Dr. William Brinkman, research director at Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group, wh...
Asians Need Type 2 Diabetes Screening at Lower Body Weight: Experts
Asians Need Type 2 Diabetes Screening at Lower Body Weight: Experts TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is a big contributor to type 2 diabetes, but Asian-Americans may need to pile on fewer excess pounds to develop the disease than other groups do, according to new guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The ADA has now lowered the body-mass index (BMI) -- a standard measurement of weight versus height -- at which Asian-Americans should be screened for type 2 diabetes. T...
Antiviral Combination Approved for Hepatitis C
Antiviral Combination Approved for Hepatitis C MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Viekira Pak, a combination of four antiviral drugs -- ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir and dasabuvir -- has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat hepatitis C infection, including a major complication, cirrhosis of the liver. Some 3.2 million Americans are infected with the viral disease, which can lead to complications including reduced liver function, liver failure or liver cancer, the ...
Americans Buying Fewer Sugary, Pre-Packaged Desserts
Americans Buying Fewer Sugary, Pre-Packaged Desserts MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are buying fewer pre-packaged baked goods, such as pies, cakes and cookies, new research shows. However, the study authors also found that people are not choosing healthier foods in their place. And little progress has been made on the part of food manufacturers in making pre-packaged treats healthier, the researchers said. Although the amount of sugar and fat in these products didn't change much bet...
Arriving Now at Gate 42: Measles
Arriving Now at Gate 42: Measles THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Traveling through the same U.S. airport gate, one infected passenger transmitted the measles virus to three others within a four-hour time span, illustrating just how easily the virus can spread, a new report shows. "The exposures in this report were not prolonged and occurred in a domestic rather than an international terminal, highlighting the fact that measles is highly contagious," wrote a team led by Jared Vega, an infecti...
Alcohol Before Bedtime Won't Help Your Sleep, Study Finds
Alcohol Before Bedtime Won't Help Your Sleep, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in five Americans turns to alcohol sometimes to help them fall asleep, but that can lead to sleep problems later in the night, a new study finds. This is because alcohol hampers the brain's system for regulating a person's need for sleep, researchers found. "The prevailing thought was that alcohol promotes sleep by changing a person's circadian rhythm -- the body's built-in 24-hour clock," ...
Almost Half of U.S. Kids Suffer Traumatic Stress, Study Shows
Almost Half of U.S. Kids Suffer Traumatic Stress, Study Shows THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that almost half of U.S. kids experience traumas that can disrupt their development. "This study tells us that adverse childhood experiences are common among U.S. children and, as demonstrated in adult studies, have lifelong impacts that begin early in life," study author Christina Bethell, a professor in the department of population, family and reproductive health at the Johns...
Almost All U.S. Teens Are Sleep Deprived, Study Finds
Almost All U.S. Teens Are Sleep Deprived, Study Finds THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 90 percent of American high school students are chronically sleep-deprived, putting their health and academic performance in jeopardy, a new report finds. The study, based on U.S. national data, finds that most teens don't get the minimum 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night that's recommended by standard guidelines. Teenagers do face a number of challenges as they try to get adequate sleep, experts s...
Anti-Smoking Campaign Successful and Cost-Effective, CDC Says
Anti-Smoking Campaign Successful and Cost-Effective, CDC Says WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A national anti-smoking campaign featuring tips from former smokers was highly successful and cost-effective, a new study reports. The 2012 Tips From Former Smokers campaign spent $480 per smoker who quit and $393 per year of life saved, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. "Our mission is to protect the public health, and the 2012 Tips ads did this by motivating 1.6 mil...
Abnormalities Found in Brains of Young Bipolar Patients Who Try Suicide
Abnormalities Found in Brains of Young Bipolar Patients Who Try Suicide TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who attempted suicide were found to have abnormalities in the frontal areas of their brains, a new study says. Researchers conducted brain scans on 68 participants, aged 14 to 25, with bipolar disorder, a mental illness that causes extreme emotional highs and lows. Of those patients, 26 had attempted suicide. Brain scans were also done on a control group of 45 teens an...
Are Routine Ultrasounds for Women With Dense Breasts Worthwhile?
Are Routine Ultrasounds for Women With Dense Breasts Worthwhile? MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research questions the value of ultrasound screening for women with dense breasts who've had a normal mammogram. Although dense breasts are a known risk factor for breast cancer, this increasingly common strategy doesn't appear to improve survival much but does "substantially" boost costs and false-positive results, researchers found. "Performing ultrasound for all women with dense breasts after...
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