Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds
Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medications if they've been diagnosed with cancer, researchers report. The new study included more than 16,000 diabetes patients, average age 68, taking drugs to lower their blood sugar. Of those patients, more than 3,200 were diagnosed with cancer. "This study revealed that the medication adherence among users of [blood sugar-lower...
Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?
Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment? WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When pregnant women have high blood pressure, more-intensive treatment doesn't seem to affect their babies, but it may lower the odds that moms will develop severely high blood pressure. That's the conclusion of a clinical trial reported in the Jan. 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine . Experts were divided, however, on how to interpret the results. For one of the study's authors, the choice is...
Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study Warns
Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study Warns TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Daily drinking increases the risk of alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, a new study found. It's generally believed that overall alcohol consumption is the major contributor to cirrhosis. But these new findings suggest that how often you pour yourself a cocktail or beer -- as well as recent drinking -- plays a significant role, the researchers said. Cirrhosis, scarring of the liver, is the final phase o...
Don't Become a Blizzard Casualty
Don't Become a Blizzard Casualty TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns. If you must be outdoors, staying warm is critical, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "In the cold weather, it's important to keep your head, face and nose covered, but most importantly dress in layers to prevent heat loss," Glatter said. He recommends wearing s...
Diabetes-Related Foot Condition Often Missed
Diabetes-Related Foot Condition Often Missed FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A debilitating condition called Charcot foot is often missed among the nearly 30 million Americans with diabetes, doctors say. The condition is highly treatable, but if left alone it can lead to permanent deformity, disability, surgery and even amputation, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Charcot foot can occur in the one-third of diabetes patients who lose feeling in their feet an...
Dealing With a Hostile Boss
Dealing With a Hostile Boss WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One way of dealing with nasty bosses may be to turn their hostility back on them, a new study suggests. Hundreds of U.S. workers were asked if their supervisors were hostile -- doing things such as yelling, ridiculing and intimidating staff -- and how the employees responded to such treatment. Workers who had hostile bosses but didn't retaliate had higher levels of mental stress, were less satisfied with their jobs, and less commit...
Depression, Anxiety Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer's, Study Finds
Depression, Anxiety Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer's, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression, sleep problems and behavioral changes can show up before signs of memory loss in people who go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. "I wouldn't worry at this point if you're feeling anxious, depressed or tired that you have underlying Alzheimer's, because in most cases it has nothing to do with an underlying Alzheimer's process," said study author Catherine...
Does He Post a Lot of 'Selfies'? He Might Be a Narcissist
Does He Post a Lot of 'Selfies'? He Might Be a Narcissist THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- That guy on Facebook posting dozens of "selfies" of himself -- at the beach, at work, partying -- might just be a narcissist, a new study suggests. "It's not surprising that men who post a lot of selfies and spend more time editing them are more narcissistic, but this is the first time it has actually been confirmed in a study," Jesse Fox, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication...
Drug to Treat Serious Infections May Harm Kids' Kidneys, Study Says
Drug to Treat Serious Infections May Harm Kids' Kidneys, Study Says TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treating children who have drug-resistant bacterial infections with high doses of the antibiotic vancomycin may raise the risk of kidney damage, a new study says. Researchers said the drug should be used cautiously. "Our results bear out the difficult balancing act between ensuring the dose is high enough to successfully treat these serious and, at times, life-threatening infections against the...
Diabetes May Affect Kids' Brain Growth, Study Reports
Diabetes May Affect Kids' Brain Growth, Study Reports FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High blood sugar may slow brain growth in young children with type 1 diabetes, a new study indicates. The research included children aged 4 to 9 years who underwent brain scans and tests to assess their mental abilities, as well as continuous monitoring of their blood sugar levels. Compared to children without diabetes, the brains of those with the disease had slower overall and regional growth of gray and wh...
Don't Let Burns Mar Your Holidays
Don't Let Burns Mar Your Holidays THURSDAY, Dec. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of burns from fires and cooking accidents increases during the holidays, so you need to be extra cautious, an expert says. "Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, we see a significant increase in patients coming in with burns," said Dr. Steven Sandoval, medical director at the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center of Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. "Holiday celebrations should be full of joy...
Diabetes Drug Metformin Safe for Patients With Kidney Disease: Review
Diabetes Drug Metformin Safe for Patients With Kidney Disease: Review TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although metformin, the popular type 2 diabetes medication, is usually not prescribed for people with kidney disease, a new analysis shows the drug may be safer for these patients than once thought. Metformin has been used in the United States for two decades to help lower blood sugar levels among people with type 2 diabetes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions that people with kid...
Different Gene Mutations May Determine Severity, Type of Autism
Different Gene Mutations May Determine Severity, Type of Autism MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Different types of gene mutations may play a role in the severity and type of autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatments for the disorder, the researchers added. No two people with autism have the exact type and severity of behaviors, according to background information from the study. Investigators analyzed hundreds of autism patients and nearly 1,00...
Doctors Aren't Discussing Sex With Heart Attack Survivors
Doctors Aren't Discussing Sex With Heart Attack Survivors MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After suffering cardiac arrest, Karen Englert recalled that her doctors freely dispensed advice about not lifting milk jugs, not driving, not showering -- but nothing about resuming sex with her husband, Jeff. "I've had six different heart procedures, and never had any specific instructions about when that activity could resume," said Englert, 33, of suburban St. Louis, Mo. People who survive serious even...
Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says
Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When children land in the hospital, they are often given multiple drugs that could interact with each other in potentially harmful ways, a study of U.S. hospitals finds. Researchers found that among nearly 500,000 children and teenagers who were hospitalized in 2011, nearly half were given combinations of drugs that could have potential interactions. Those interactions could potentially boost the risk ...
Does High-Fructose Corn Syrup Make People Hungrier?
Does High-Fructose Corn Syrup Make People Hungrier? WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fructose -- a kind of sugar found in a wide variety of foods and beverages -- may encourage overeating, new research suggests. Fructose may be best known to consumers in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, which has long been added to manufactured foods from sodas to cookies. Distinct from sugar known as glucose (produced by the natural breakdown of complex carbohydrates), fructose is also a "simple" sugar...
Does The Doctor Speak Your Language?
Does The Doctor Speak Your Language? TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People applying to become medical residents in the United States speak a wide range of non-English languages, but many aren't the languages spoken by patients with limited English skills, a new study finds. More than 25 million U.S. residents speak limited English, which represents an increase of 80 percent from 1990 to 2010. About two-thirds of them speak Spanish, the researchers said. But only 21 percent of 53,000 people wh...
Daily Statin Might Raise Your Risk for Cataracts: Study
Daily Statin Might Raise Your Risk for Cataracts: Study FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a statin to lower your cholesterol may raise your risk of developing cataracts, Canadian researchers report. While statins such as Zocor, Crestor and Lipitor protect many people from heart attack and stroke, they may raise the odds of developing the vision problem by 27 percent, the researchers report. But the risk of developing cataracts -- a clouding of the lens of the eye -- is insignificant compar...
Did Columbus Really Bring Syphilis to Europe?
Did Columbus Really Bring Syphilis to Europe? WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study is intensifying the debate over whether Christopher Columbus or his crews brought syphilis from the New World to Europe, setting the stage for hundreds of years of illness and death. Researchers in Bosnia report that an ancient skeleton of a young Croatia-area man shows signs of the disease. That would mean that the sexually transmitted infection existed there long before the era of the great explorers,...
Don't Let Chronic Heartburn Spoil Your Thanksgiving Feast
Don't Let Chronic Heartburn Spoil Your Thanksgiving Feast THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Planning on seconds at Thanksgiving Day dinner this year? If you suffer from chronic heartburn -- clinically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- a few steps may help minimize the aftereffects. Dr. Jordan Josephson, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, offers up these tips to help manage GERD on Thanksgiving: Pace yourself. Rather than have one big me...
Don't Let High Altitude Ruin Your Holiday Trip
Don't Let High Altitude Ruin Your Holiday Trip WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When you're planning your holiday get-away, don't forget to factor high altitude into your vacation sports -- such as skiing or hiking, a sports medicine specialist cautions. Outdoor explorers may fail to take altitude into account when visiting high-altitude recreation areas, which puts them at risk of developing fatigue and other symptoms related to being high above sea level, according to Dr. Melissa Tabor, an...
Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson's Risk
Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson's Risk TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A moderate amount of physical activity in your daily life may reduce your risk of Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. "We found that a medium level of daily total physical activity is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson's disease," study author Karin Wirdefeldt, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, said in a news release from the journal that published her study, Brain: A Journal of N...
Deaths From Heart Disease Down, Up for Blood Pressure, Irregular Heartbeat
Deaths From Heart Disease Down, Up for Blood Pressure, Irregular Heartbeat SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from heart disease are dropping, but deaths related to high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats are on the rise, a new government study finds. From 2000 to 2010, the overall death rate from heart disease dropped almost 4 percent each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found. At the same time, death rates linked to high blood pressure-related ...
Daily Aspirin Fails to Help Older Hearts in Japanese Study
Daily Aspirin Fails to Help Older Hearts in Japanese Study MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daily low-dose aspirin therapy may not have significant heart-health benefits for older people, new research suggests. The study, which involved more than 14,000 Japanese people aged 60 to 85, found no major difference in heart-related deaths or non-fatal heart attacks and strokes between people who took aspirin and those who didn't. "It indicates that primary prevention with daily low-dose aspirin does ...
Doctor With Ebola Dies at Nebraska Hospital
Doctor With Ebola Dies at Nebraska Hospital MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A doctor from Sierra Leone who became infected with Ebola in his native country died Monday morning at a specialized hospital in Nebraska. Dr. Martin Salia had arrived Saturday at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was a general surgeon who had been working at a hospital in Sierra Leone's capital city of Freetown. Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia are the three West African countries that have been ravaged by the Ebol...
Doctor With Ebola Arrives in U.S. for Treatment
Doctor With Ebola Arrives in U.S. for Treatment SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A doctor from Sierra Leone who lives in the United States and became infected with Ebola in his native country arrived Saturday at a specialized hospital in Nebraska for treatment. Dr. Martin Salia arrived by ambulance at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He is a general surgeon who had been working at a hospital in Sierra Leone's capital city of Freetown. Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia are the three West Afric...
Doctor With Ebola Coming to U.S. for Treatment
Doctor With Ebola Coming to U.S. for Treatment FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A doctor from Sierra Leone who lives in the United States and became infected with Ebola in his native country will be flown Saturday to a specialized hospital in Nebraska for treatment, according to published reports. Dr. Martin Salia is to be transported to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He is a general surgeon who had been working at a hospital in Sierra Leone's capital city of Freetown, the Associated Press r...
Drug Regimen Cures Hepatitis C in Most Liver Transplant Patients in Study
Drug Regimen Cures Hepatitis C in Most Liver Transplant Patients in Study FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug regimen is producing high cure rates in small groups of liver transplant patients with hepatitis C, researchers report. The study's results are a "landmark achievement," said study first author Dr. Paul Kwo, professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, in a university news release. "Recurrent hepatitis C post-liver transplantation has historically been dif...
Deaths From Heart Disease Drop Quickly After Stent Procedure: Study
Deaths From Heart Disease Drop Quickly After Stent Procedure: Study MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack survivors who receive prompt treatment to unclog blocked arteries and keep them open have a lower long-term risk of dying from heart disease, a new study finds. However, they still have an increased risk of death from noncardiac causes, such as cancer and lung problems. The study included more than 2,800 heart attack patients in Denmark who were treated quickly with angioplasty to c...
Domestic Cats' Genes Made Them Purrfect Companions
Domestic Cats' Genes Made Them Purrfect Companions MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans gladly offer their house cats free food, affection and a life of ease. Now, a new investigation of feline DNA suggests why. "Cats, unlike dogs, are really only semi-domesticated," study senior author Wes Warren, associate professor of genetics at The Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, pointed out in a university news release. According to the researchers, cats and human...
Drug Combo Helps Lupus-Related Kidney Condition
Drug Combo Helps Lupus-Related Kidney Condition MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of drugs may offer a better way to combat a serious kidney complication that commonly affects people with lupus, a new study from China suggests. In a trial of more than 300 Chinese patients with the condition, known as lupus nephritis, those who were given a trio of powerful drugs were more likely to see a complete remission. After six months, 46 percent were in full remission, versus 26 percent of p...
Doctor-Implanted Balloons in Stomach May Spur Weight Loss
Doctor-Implanted Balloons in Stomach May Spur Weight Loss FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Balloons placed inside the stomach can trigger substantial weight loss without the need for invasive surgery, according to a new clinical trial. The new device -- two connected balloons filled with saline -- helped obese people lose twice as much excess weight as others who relied on diet and exercise alone, said principal investigator Dr. Jaime Ponce. He is medical director of the bariatric surgery progra...
Dulled Sense of Taste May Boost Weight-Loss Surgery Results
Dulled Sense of Taste May Boost Weight-Loss Surgery Results WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some people can't taste food as well after undergoing weight-loss surgery, but this side effect may help them shed more weight, new research suggests. The study included 88 severely obese people, average age 49, who underwent taste tests before and three, six and 12 months after weight-loss surgery. Eighty-seven percent of the patients had taste changes after weight-loss ("bariatric") surgery, includi...
Discovery of 100-Plus Genes Tied to Autism May Improve Treatments
Discovery of 100-Plus Genes Tied to Autism May Improve Treatments WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 100 genes have been identified that appear linked to autism spectrum disorders, two new studies report. And researchers say they are on their way to discovering up to 1,000 genes overall that may contribute to the disorder. Autism spectrum disorders include a range of developmental disabilities characterized by communication and social difficulties and repetitive behaviors. An estimat...
Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict Progression in the Other
Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict Progression in the Other THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The severity of age-related macular degeneration in one eye is associated with the risk of developing the disease and its progression in the other eye, a new study finds. "Macular degeneration is a disease of the retina which damages central vision and can lead to legal blindness, and this disease is more prominent in the geriatric population," said Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist with Lenox ...
Doctors Often Unaware Their Patients Have Catheters
Doctors Often Unaware Their Patients Have Catheters THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients often have tubes placed in their veins to deliver medication or take blood samples. But a new study suggests their doctors don't always know about it. The study, of doctors at three large U.S. hospitals, found that 21 percent were unaware that a patient under their care had a central venous catheter -- a tube placed in a large vein in the neck, chest, arm or groin. Those catheters are often ...
Discussing Ebola: Children Feel Safe, Calm When Adults Do, Too
Discussing Ebola: Children Feel Safe, Calm When Adults Do, Too WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With so much news focused on the Ebola epidemic in Africa, parents and other caregivers should think about how to help children feel safe, experts say. "Children are almost always listening," said Dr. Allison Baker, a pediatric psychopharmacologist at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. "They hear words and phrases, but this doesn't mean that they have the ability to contextualize it the wa...
Depression After Heart Attack May Be More Common for Women
Depression After Heart Attack May Be More Common for Women WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women are at greater risk for anxiety and depression after a heart attack than men, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 160 patients in Lithuania who were interviewed at least one month after suffering a heart attack. About one-quarter of the patients were depressed and 28 percent of those had been treated with antidepressants. Women were more likely than men to have depression and anxiety, and t...
Dieters May Be Thwarted by Absence of Healthy Foods
Dieters May Be Thwarted by Absence of Healthy Foods SATURDAY, Oct. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even determined dieters can fail if they don't have a good selection of healthy foods nearby, researchers say. Their new study included 240 obese people. All of the participants had metabolic syndrome (a combination of risk factors that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes). And, all were told by their doctors to make lifestyle changes, including improved eating, the study authors said. The...
Dads Face Guilt About Workouts, Just Like Moms Do
Dads Face Guilt About Workouts, Just Like Moms Do FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fathers face many of the same family and work barriers to exercise as mothers, new research indicates. "A decline or lack of exercise among working parents has mostly been recognized as a female issue. The ethic of care theory -- that females have been socialized to meet everyone else's needs before their own -- explains why women feel guilty when they take time to exercise, though the same principle hasn't been ...
Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Kids' Eyes, Researchers Warn
Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Kids' Eyes, Researchers Warn THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The popular "pods" that hold liquid laundry or dishwasher detergent can pose a danger to kids, especially to their eyes, a new study reports. Researchers say parents should keep the pods away from children because if kids squeeze or bite them, the liquid inside can squirt out and enter the eyes, mouth or nose. Within just a few months in 2012, the study authors saw 10 children, all under age 4, who had e...
Drug-Coated Balloon Catheter Approved
Drug-Coated Balloon Catheter Approved MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first drug-coated balloon catheter designed to clear narrowed or blocked arteries in the thigh and knee has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Lutonix 035 Drug Coated Balloon Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty Catheter has a balloon coated with the drug paclitaxel, which may help prevent re-narrowing of the affected artery after the clearing procedure, the FDA said. The device is approved to c...
Dallas Ebola Patient Has Died, Hospital Says
Dallas Ebola Patient Has Died, Hospital Says WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Duncan had entered the United States on Sept. 20, apparently healthy and without symptoms of Ebola, the often fatal disease that has been sweeping through three West African nations since the spring. He first developed symptoms Sept. 24 ...
Docs More Likely to Prescribe Unneeded Antibiotics Later in Day: Study
Docs More Likely to Prescribe Unneeded Antibiotics Later in Day: Study MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are more likely to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics for respiratory infections as the day progresses, a new study finds. It appears that doctors "wear down" throughout the day, making them more likely to make inappropriate decisions about antibiotics, according to the researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Clinic is very demanding and doctors get worn down over the ...
Dallas Ebola Patient on Ventilator, Getting Dialysis
Dallas Ebola Patient on Ventilator, Getting Dialysis TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States is in critical but stable condition, with machines performing life-sustaining functions as he struggles with the deadly virus, federal officials said Tuesday. Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan is on a ventilator and receiving kidney dialysis, part of the supportive care that many advanced Ebola patients require as the virus attacks their vital organs, C...
Despite Proper Cleaning, Endoscopes May Pass on E. coli
Despite Proper Cleaning, Endoscopes May Pass on E. coli TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An E. coli outbreak at an Illinois hospital was caused by endoscopes that had bacterial contamination despite being disinfected in the recommended way, a new study says. The outbreak occurred among patients who underwent procedures with duodenoscopes, which are specialized endoscopes used to diagnose and treat problems in the bile and pancreatic ducts. These are not the same type of endoscopes used for rout...
Drug Addiction Seen as 'Moral Failing,' Survey Finds
Drug Addiction Seen as 'Moral Failing,' Survey Finds FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with drug addiction are much more likely to face stigma than those with mental illness because they're seen as having a "moral failing," according to a new survey. The poll of more than 700 people across the United States also found that the public is less likely to approve of insurance, housing and employment policies meant to help people with drug addiction. The study results suggest that many people c...
Drinking Water Contaminant Linked to Pregnancy Complications in Study
Drinking Water Contaminant Linked to Pregnancy Complications in Study FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A common drinking water contaminant increases the risk of some types of pregnancy complications, a new study suggests. "Our results suggest that prenatal PCE exposure is not associated with all obstetric complications, but may increase the risk of certain ones, including stillbirth and placental abruption [when the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus]," the Boston University Medical ...
Docs Offer Advice for Combating Respiratory Virus That's Striking Kids
Docs Offer Advice for Combating Respiratory Virus That's Striking Kids FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As Enterovirus D68 infections continue to spread across the United States, the American Lung Association offers tips on how to protect your child from infection and what to do if your child is struck by the virus. The severe respiratory illness, which has been reported in 43 states and the District of Columbia, has landed some children in the hospital. With a total of 514 confirmed cases and f...
Drug Gives Big Survival Boost Against Type of Advanced Breast Cancer
Drug Gives Big Survival Boost Against Type of Advanced Breast Cancer MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding the drug Perjeta to a standard medication, Herceptin, may give women with a form of advanced breast cancer a significant boost in survival, a new study finds. The finding is limited to patients with tumors called HER2-positive that have spread (metastasized). And experts say that this type of treatment-linked boost in survival -- an average of nearly 16 extra months of life -- is very r...
Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines
Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of powerful narcotic painkillers outweigh their benefits for treating chronic headaches, low back pain and fibromyalgia, a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology says. Narcotic, or opioid, painkillers include medications such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone or a combination of the drugs with acetaminophen. The drugs can cause serious side effects, o...
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 ...
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