Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC
Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Deaths from overdoses of drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine and oxycodone (Oxycontin) climbed from 1.4 per 100,000 people to 5.4 per 100,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means about 3...
Double Mastectomy Doesn't Improve Survival, Study Finds
Double Mastectomy Doesn't Improve Survival, Study Finds TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. women with early stage breast cancer are choosing to have both breasts removed as a precautionary step, although the double mastectomy provides no apparent survival advantage, researchers say. Death rates are similar for women who have both breasts taken off and those who opt for breast-conserving surgery known as lumpectomy, according to their new study. "We found no lower death rates among wome...
Daily Exercise May Halve Risk for Heart Failure, Study Says
Daily Exercise May Halve Risk for Heart Failure, Study Says TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daily exercise may significantly reduce the risk of heart failure, according to new research. Heart failure, a common, disabling condition in older adults, was nearly half as likely in those who got an hour of moderate exercise or a half hour of vigorous exercise every day, researchers in Sweden found. "The study shows that high levels of physical activity are associated with considerably lower risk of...
Drug Gives 'New Hope' Against Heart Failure, Expert Says
Drug Gives 'New Hope' Against Heart Failure, Expert Says SATURDAY, Aug. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a head-to-head comparison, an experimental drug was more effective than standard treatment at preventing deaths and hospitalizations in heart failure patients. According to the study authors, the trial was stopped early because of the marked benefit of the new drug, dubbed LCZ696. In the trial, 26.5 percent of those getting the standard medication, enalapril (Vasotec), either died or were hospitalized...
Donated Livers Not Harmed by Travel Distances, Study Finds
Donated Livers Not Harmed by Travel Distances, Study Finds THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Transporting donated livers long distances does not affect the quality of the organs, according to new research. This finding may impact the number of organs transported by air rather than road. The study was triggered by concerns about the increasing distances from donor to recipient that are being caused by the ongoing shortage of liver donations in the United States. The concern involves organ quali...
Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?
Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids? WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children. Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in the risk of autism in children whose mothers used an antidepressant while pregnant, but some data suggesting a heightened risk of attention-deficit/...
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive care. The group's latest guidelines are aimed at a large swat...
Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson's Patients: Study
Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson's Patients: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of complications when implanting deep brain stimulation devices in the brains of people with Parkinson's disease is no greater in older patients than younger ones, a new study shows. The treatment involves placing electrodes in specific parts of the brain. The new findings should ease concerns about using the devices in patients older than 75, the Duke University researchers said. They a...
Dealing with Discrimination When You Have HIV
Dealing with Discrimination When You Have HIV We've come a long way in our understanding of HIV and AIDS, but discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS is still rampant. Advances in research have made it possible to live with the disease, as people do with other chronic illnesses. But the greatest challenge for many people is still the stigma that accompanies the illness. You may worry about what others will think about your diagnosis. Or you may fear coming out as gay or bisexual, or as an intravenou...
Duloxetine Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets
Duloxetine Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets What is this medicine? DULOXETINE (doo LOX e teen) is an antidepressant. It is used to treat depression. It is also used to treat different types of chronic pain. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more o...
Digestive and Liver Disorders Overview
Digestive and Liver Disorders Overview What is digestion? Food and drink must be changed into smaller molecules of nutrients to be absorbed into the blood and carried to cells throughout the body. Digestion is the process by which food and drink are broken down into smaller parts so that the body can use them to build and nourish cells, and to provide energy. Click Image to Enlarge How does the digestive process work? Digestion involves: The mixing of food with digestive juices The movement of food thro...
Diagnostic Tests for Neurological Disorders in Children
Diagnostic Tests for Neurological Disorders in Children There are many different diagnostic tests that may help to evaluate the functioning of the nervous system. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Diagnostic Tests Overview Electroencephalogram (EEG) Spinal Tap or Lumbar Puncture Neurological Examination
Digestive Disorders in Children
Digestive Disorders in Children Many digestive disorders may require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Some digestive disorders are congenital (present at birth) while others occur after birth. Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding digestive disorders in high-risk newborns, for which we have provided a brief overview. Necrotizing Enterocolitis Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)
Discipline One of the greatest challenges of raising a child is knowing how to properly provide discipline. Discipline is the way in which parents teach their children how they are expected to behave and what is not acceptable. It is different than punishment, which is an action that is the result of unacceptable behaviors. Discipline is an ongoing, consistent means of teaching your child and structuring his or her behavior. Listed in the directory below you will find some additional information regardi...
Dental Procedures for Children
Dental Procedures for Children Many dental procedures are used to treat diseases and conditions of the teeth and mouth. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Orthodontics / Braces Fillings Sealants Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Delayed Puberty What is delayed puberty? Puberty is said to be delayed when physical signs do not appear by age 13 for girls or age 14 for boys. Delayed puberty may run in families. However, delayed puberty may also be due to chromosomal abnormalities, genetic disorders, chronic illnesses, or tumors that damage the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus in the brain, which make hormones that regulate sexual maturation. What are the symptoms of delayed puberty? Lacking signs of puberty is the primary indica...
Deformational Plagiocephaly What is deformational plagiocephaly? Deformational (or positional) plagiocephaly refers to a misshapen (asymmetrical) shape of the head (cranium) from repeated pressure to the same area of the head. Plagiocephaly literally means oblique head, from the Greek words plagio for oblique and cephale for head. How is deformational plagiocephaly different from craniosynostosis? Craniosynostosis is premature fusion of one or more of the sutures in the skull. True synostosis may limit ...
Diagnosing and Evaluating Heart Disease in Children
Diagnosing and Evaluating Heart Disease in Children Diagnosing and evaluating heart disease in children can be complex and requires clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some means by which heart disease in children is evaluated and diagnosed, for which we have provided a brief overview. Physical Examination Blood Tests Chest X-Ray EKG / ECG Holter Monitoring Exercise (EKG / ECG) Testing for Children Tilt Table Evaluation Echocardiography Transe...
Diagnostic Procedures for Allergy in Children
Diagnostic Procedures for Allergy in Children Diagnostic tests for allergy may include any or all of the following: Skin tests. The skin test is a very accurate test that measures your child's level of IgE antibodies in response to certain allergens or triggers. Using small amounts of solutions that contain different allergens, your child's doctor will either inject under the skin or apply the allergens with a small scratch. A reaction would appear as a small red area. A reaction to the skin test does n...
Diabetes Can Be Challenging for Older Adults
December 2013 Diabetes Can Be Challenging for Older Adults Diabetes is never easy to manage. That may especially ring true if you are older than 65. Older adults tend to face more health challenges than younger people with the disease. Multiple conditions Your chance of developing diabetes climbs as you age. In fact, diabetes affects more than one-quarter of American adults ages 65 and older. Some have already been diagnosed with the disease—others are yet to be. Why does age matter? As you grow older, ...
Dental Health With proper preventive care, such as regular checkups, brushing, flossing, fluoridation, and dental sealants, the risk of dental disease can greatly be reduced. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding preventing oral problems, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anatomy and Development of the Mouth and Teeth Care of the Mouth and Teeth Thumb Sucking Teething Tooth Decay (Caries or Cavities) Orthodontics and Braces
Dental Procedures Many dental procedures are performed by a general dentist or other oral health specialist. Listed in the directory below are some of the procedures, for which we have provided a brief overview. Braces / Orthodontics Bleaching Bridges Dentures Implants Fillings Root Canal Sealants Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Diphtheria What is diphtheria? Diphtheria is an acute bacterial disease that can infect the body in the tonsils, nose, or throat and/or the skin. While this was a common childhood disease in the 1930s, a vaccine against diphtheria has now made it very rare in the U.S. and other developing countries. How is diphtheria transmitted? The diphtheria bacterium can enter the body through the nose and mouth, causing respiratory diphtheria. It is transmitted from person to person by respiratory secretions or by ...
Diagnostic Procedures for Cancer: Overview
Diagnostic Procedures for Cancer: Overview What are diagnostic procedures for cancer? When symptoms suggest cancer, your doctor may request or perform any of the following procedures to help diagnose it: A detailed medical history--family and personal Thorough physical exam Pelvic exam of the uterus, vagina, ovaries, bladder, and rectum (women only) Pap test at the time of pelvic exam (women only) Rectal exam of the prostate and rectum (men only) Other diagnostic procedures that may be requested include...
Disorders of the Parathyroid Glands
Disorders of the Parathyroid Glands Many disorders of the parathyroid glands require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we have provided a brief overview. Hyperparathyroidism Hypoparathyroidism Tumors
Digestive Disorders Many digestive disorders require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Appendicitis Barrett's Esophagus Celiac Disease Constipation Crohn's Disease Diarrhea Diverticular Disease Gas in the Digestive Tract Gastritis Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) / Heartburn Gastroparesis Helicobacter Pylori Hemorrhoids Hepatitis Viral Hepatitis Overview Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Hepati...
Diabetic Neuropathy (Nerve Problems)
Diabetic Neuropathy (Nerve Problems) What is diabetic neuropathy? Diabetic neuropathy, a nerve disorder, is a complication of diabetes that can lead to problems throughout your body. If you have diabetes, you can develop nerve problems at any time. Significant nerve problems, or clinical neuropathy , can develop within the first 10 years after receiving a diabetes diagnosis. The risk of developing neuropathy increases the longer you have diabetes. About half of people with diabetes have some form of neu...
Diagnosing Bone Disorders
Diagnosing Bone Disorders How are bone disorders diagnosed? Along with a complete medical history and physical exam, other tests to diagnose bone disorders include: Lab tests on blood, urine, and other body fluids X-ray. An X-ray can show injuries, such as fractures, infections, arthritis, and other changes. Computed tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan). A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than gener...
Diabetes and Sexual Intimacy
Diabetes and Sexual Intimacy Sexual intimacy is an important part of life. For people with diabetes, it's necessary to pay close attention to issues concerning their sexual health. That's because damage to the nerves or blood vessels caused by diabetes can interfere with sexual function. Certain medications used to treat diabetes-related complications can also affect sexual health. By discussing these issues with your health care provider, you can continue to enjoy this part of your life. Men's sexual c...
Diabetes: Tests You Need and Why
Diabetes: Tests You Need and Why Diabetes is a condition that can affect your whole body. When your blood glucose stays too high for too long, it can lead to problems with your heart, blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys. By getting regular tests and checkups, you can help control your glucose level and prevent or delay damage caused by high blood glucose. Watching your health closely lets you react to problems early before they get more serious. Here’s a list of several diabetes-related tests and checkups,...
Drug Interaction Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Drug Interactions? Every year, thousands of people experience interactions between prescribed drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, or between drugs and herbal products. Other unexpected interactions can occur between drugs and certain foods or health conditions. Learn what you can do to prevent these interactions by taking this quiz, based on information from the FDA and other organizations. 1. A variety of substances can alter how well a drug works. You didn't answer this ...
How Much Do You Know about Dialysis? The kidney's main job is to get rid of excess fluid and waste material in your blood. Kidneys damaged by disease, injury, or birth defects lose their filtering ability, and dangerous levels of fluid and waste accumulate. This is known as kidney or renal failure. A person with kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease, needs dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. Learn more about dialysis by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Ins...
Ductal Carcinoma Click Image to Enlarge The most common type of breast cancer starts in the lining of the breast ducts and is called ductal carcinoma. Breast cancer that has not spread outside the ducts is called intraductal breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ. This type of cancer is noninvasive breast cancer. When breast cancer is noninvasive, it has not spread to other parts of the body. Noninvasive breast cancer is often cured with surgery, although other treatments may be recommended. Invasive...
Do What You Can to Ease Side Effects of Treatment for Ovarian Cancer
Do What You Can to Ease Side Effects of Treatment for Ovarian Cancer As you undergo treatment for ovarian cancer, it's likely that you will have various physical concerns. The cancer itself may cause symptoms and your treatment may cause side effects, too. The side effects depend on the type of treatment you get, and that depends, in part, to what extent the cancer has spread from your ovary and the volume of residual disease remaining after surgery. The majority of possible side effects are quite manag...
Drug for Ebola-Like Virus Shows Promise in Monkeys
Drug for Ebola-Like Virus Shows Promise in Monkeys WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new experimental drug has saved a group of rhesus monkeys from deadly Marburg virus, a very close cousin of Ebola virus that kills up to 90 percent of those it infects, researchers report. The drug protected 16 monkeys infected with lethal doses of Marburg virus, even when it was given three days after infection, according to a study published Aug. 20 in the journal Science Translational Medicine . This is ...
Doctors ID New Ways to Get More Kids Vaccinated
Doctors ID New Ways to Get More Kids Vaccinated MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are still struggling to find effective ways to convince wary parents of the importance of vaccinating their infant children. The whooping cough epidemic of 2011-12 made no significant difference in Washington state parents getting their babies up to date on their shots, researchers found. Nearly one-third of their infants remained unprotected against whooping cough even as the virus spread across 49 states,...
Donor-Lung Preservation Device Approved
Donor-Lung Preservation Device Approved TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The XVIVO Perfusion System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help preserve donor lungs that ultimately may be used for transplant, the agency said Tuesday in a news release. The device is expected to be used to preserve lungs that initially may not meet transplant criteria but could be used after doctors have been given more time to evaluate the organ, the agency said. Transplant is an option f...
Doctors May Miss Out on Recommending Aspirin Therapy
Doctors May Miss Out on Recommending Aspirin Therapy FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans who might benefit from taking low-dose aspirin every day to prevent heart attack and stroke say they've never been told by their doctors to do so, a new study shows. The findings highlight the fact that many doctors may not follow U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines that recommend aspirin as prevention therapy, according to the University of Rochester researchers. They analyzed data fr...
Distracted Teen Drivers Often on Cellphone With Parent: Study
Distracted Teen Drivers Often on Cellphone With Parent: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Up to half of teens talking on cellphones while driving are speaking with their mother or father, according to new research. "A lot of parents aren't really aware of how important it is to be a good role model and how dangerous it is for their teen to answer a cellphone while driving," said study author Noelle LaVoie, a cognitive psychologist and president of Parallel Consulting in Petaluma, Calif. "Th...
Daily Aspirin May Help Prevent Cancer, Study Shows
Daily Aspirin May Help Prevent Cancer, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking aspirin every day appears to reduce the odds of developing and dying from colon, stomach or esophageal cancer, a new study suggests. Based on a review of available studies, researchers determined that the benefits of aspirin therapy for preventing cancer outweigh the risks. Millions of people already take this inexpensive drug to prevent or treat heart disease. "We came to the conclusion that most peopl...
Different Areas of Brain Affected in Autism, Sensory Disorders
Different Areas of Brain Affected in Autism, Sensory Disorders WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the vast majority of kids with autism have abnormal sensory behaviors, their brains are still wired very differently from children who have trouble processing sensory stimuli, researchers report. Children with sensory processing disorders (SPD) can be overly sensitive to sound, sight and touch. They can also have poor motor skills and show a lack of concentration. Complicating matters, so...
Dieting at Young Age Often Backfires, Study Says
Dieting at Young Age Often Backfires, Study Says TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dieting at a young age might set the stage for harmful health habits, including eating disorders, according to new research. Surveys of college-age women conducted from 1982 to 2012 also found a link between early dieting and later obesity and alcohol abuse. "The younger a woman was when she started her first diet, the more likely she was [later] to use extreme weight control behaviors -- like vomiting or laxativ...
Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children
Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants and children who are at risk of contracting meningitis because of specific health problems should be vaccinated against the infection, according to updated recommendations from the largest pediatrician group in the United States. And routine vaccinations for the potentially deadly infection should continue for adolescents and college students, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. In its f...
Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens
Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. teens are using synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) to boost their muscles and athletic ability, a new study finds. The percentage of teens who admit to using hGH jumped to 11 percent in 2013 -- more than double the 5 percent figure in 2012, the new survey from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids revealed. The worrisome trend highlights a need for tighter regulation and oversight...
Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says
Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study. These fluctuations could lead to monitoring systems that might help detect and ease flare-ups for people with certain chronic illnesses, such as inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), the researchers said. Trillions of bacteria live in the digestive tract, but their eff...
Dogs Can Get Jealous, Too
Dogs Can Get Jealous, Too WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Jealousy may not be the sole domain of humans, with new research showing dogs can get downright possessive when it comes to the love of their master. When their owners showed affection toward what was actually a stuffed dog, the real puppies in the study responded by snapping or pushing the stuffed dog aside, report researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). This jealous streak only surfaced when owners were att...
Drug-Resistant Superbug Increasing in Southeast U.S. Hospitals
Drug-Resistant Superbug Increasing in Southeast U.S. Hospitals FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Community hospitals in the southeastern United States have seen a fivefold increase in the number of cases of a dangerous drug-resistant superbug during the past five years, according to a new study. The highly contagious bacteria are known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). CRE bacteria are resistant to most commonly used antibiotics and are considered "one of the three greatest threa...
Delayed Retirements May Forestall Predicted Nursing Shortage
Delayed Retirements May Forestall Predicted Nursing Shortage THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The nation's supply of registered nurses has been growing faster than expected, largely because baby boomers in nursing are working longer than ever before, according to a new study. Due to both the delayed retirement of experienced nurses and a surge in new nursing graduates, there were almost 3 million nurses in the United States in 2012, about half a million more than estimated a decade ago. Exact...
Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age
Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are more easily distracted during thinking and memory tasks than younger people, a new study finds. "Almost any type of memory test administered reveals a decline in memory from the age of 25 on," study co-author Randi Martin, professor of psychology at Rice University, said in a university news release. However, Martin said, this study shows that "environmental interference" has a greater impact on processing ...
Doctors More Willing Than General Public to Donate Organs
Doctors More Willing Than General Public to Donate Organs TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are almost twice as likely to sign up as organ donors as the general public, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 15,000 doctors in the Canadian province of Ontario and more than 10 million people in the province, and found that nearly 43 percent of the doctors had agreed to donate their organs after they died, compared with about 24 percent of the general public. Doctors most likel...
Depression May Make It Harder to Beat Prostate Cancer
Depression May Make It Harder to Beat Prostate Cancer FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prostate cancer patients are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive disease, receive less effective treatment and die sooner if they also have depression, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 41,200 American men who were diagnosed with localized prostate cancer between 2004 and 2007. They followed them through 2009. Nearly 1,900 of the patients had been diagnosed with depression...
Dengue Fever Vaccine Shows Some Promise in Trial
Dengue Fever Vaccine Shows Some Promise in Trial THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A potential vaccine to protect children from the worldwide scourge of dengue fever was somewhat successful in a trial among Asian children. While the vaccine only prevented dengue fever in 56 percent of the 10,000 kids who got the full series of three shots, it protected more than 88 percent of them from severe disease. In the worst-case scenarios, dengue fever can lead to hospitalization, and sometimes death. "...
Donating a Kidney May Carry Hidden Insurance Costs
Donating a Kidney May Carry Hidden Insurance Costs WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who have donated a kidney may have difficulty getting or changing life and health insurance coverage, a new study finds. That could reduce the number of people willing to make live kidney donations, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore said. The research team surveyed 1,046 people who donated a kidney at their center between 1970 and 2011. Of the 395 partic...
Don't Judge a Pill by Its Color
Don't Judge a Pill by Its Color MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Generic drugs used for heart disease commonly get makeovers that change their shape or color -- and that may prompt some patients to stop using them, a new study finds. Experts know that issues like side effects and costs can discourage people from taking prescription drugs -- even potentially lifesaving ones. The new findings, reported in the July 15 Annals of Internal Medicine, point to another potential obstacle: the ever-shift...
Don't Blame Bad Weather for Your Aching Back
Don't Blame Bad Weather for Your Aching Back THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The notion that lower back pain flares up during certain kinds of weather may be all in your head, a new study suggests. Researchers in Australia tracked nearly 1,000 people who were seen for acute low back pain at primary care clinics in Sydney. The investigators looked at weather conditions when the patients' back pain started, as well as one week and one month before it began. Reporting July 10 in the journal Art...
Delaying Kid's Knee Surgery Could Be a Bad Play, Study Finds
Delaying Kid's Knee Surgery Could Be a Bad Play, Study Finds FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying surgery to repair damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) -- the main ligament in the middle of the knee -- could increase a young athlete's risk for further injuries, researchers report. They analyzed the medical records of 130 patients, aged 8 to 16, who had ACL reconstruction surgery. Of those patients, 62 had surgery less than six weeks after their injury, 37 had surgery six to 12 w...
Doctors Need to Protect Athletes From Concussion Risk: Neurologists
Doctors Need to Protect Athletes From Concussion Risk: Neurologists WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Safeguarding athletes from concussion is a moral duty for doctors, according to the largest neurologists' group in the United States. In a newly released position statement, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said that doctors have an ethical obligation to educate and protect athletes from concussion in order to preserve their future mental and physical health. "With nearly 4 million spor...
Don't Let Kids Drink Pool Water
Don't Let Kids Drink Pool Water SATURDAY, July 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pools can provide much-needed relief from the summer heat, but kids can make themselves sick if they swallow too much chlorinated water, experts warn. Amid the splashing and excitement, it's common for little ones to get water in their mouth. Some kids may even take a drink from a pool, despite warnings from their parents. Although swallowing a small amount of pool water is harmless, it's important for parents to realize that in...
Dad's Ethnicity May Influence Baby's Birth Weight
Dad's Ethnicity May Influence Baby's Birth Weight TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A father's ethnic background might influence how much his baby weighs at birth, a new study suggests. These findings are more than simply intriguing, because a baby's birth weight is considered a measure of overall health. And, a lower than expected weight can trigger medical interventions, such as a Cesarean delivery, the researchers explained. Plus, current birth weight guidelines are based on parents of Wester...
Daughters Drink More Than Their Moms Did -- in Australia, at Least
Daughters Drink More Than Their Moms Did -- in Australia, at Least THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young Australian women drink more alcohol than their mothers did as young women, researchers find. And the trend may not be limited to the Aussies. Daughters in their early 20s are five times as likely to consume 30 glasses of alcohol a month compared with their mothers at the same age, the study found. And they're three times as likely to down more "moderate" amounts -- seven to 30 alcoholic b...
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