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Expectant Mom's Flu Shot Protects 2
Expectant Mom's Flu Shot Protects 2 TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When a pregnant woman gets vaccinated for the flu, the protection extends to her baby too, new research confirms. Babies 6 months and younger whose mothers had a flu vaccine during pregnancy were 70 percent less likely to have lab-confirmed flu than babies born to mothers who didn't have the immunization while pregnant. In addition, the babies born to mothers immunized during pregnancy had an 80 percent reduction in flu-related...
Even Non-Obese Report Better Mood, Sex Drive After Dieting
Even Non-Obese Report Better Mood, Sex Drive After Dieting MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dieting might help improve your health, mood, sex drive and stress levels even if you're not obese, a new clinical trial reports. A group of either healthy weight or mildly overweight people who followed a calorie-restricted diet for two years lost nearly 17 pounds on average and enjoyed significant quality-of-life improvement, said lead author Corby Martin. He is director for behavioral sciences and epide...
Even in Taxis, Kids Belong in Safety Seats
Even in Taxis, Kids Belong in Safety Seats MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Small children riding in taxis often aren't in a car safety seat, putting them at risk for injury and death in an accident, U.S. researchers warn. All 50 states require young children to be in car safety seats when traveling in a motor vehicle. But, many municipalities exempt taxis from this safety rule, the researchers said. Study senior investigator Dr. Ruth Milanaik is with Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde P...
E-Cigarettes 'In' at Some Schools
E-Cigarettes 'In' at Some Schools FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens are more likely to give electronic cigarettes a try if they attend schools where use of the devices is common, a new study suggests. The researchers found that differences in e-cigarette use between schools increased over time. This finding suggests that certain schools play a larger role in increasing teen use of e-cigarettes than other schools do. The researchers believe that there's something in the culture of those sc...
Early Emotional Support May Help Kids Manage Feelings Later
Early Emotional Support May Help Kids Manage Feelings Later TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preschoolers given higher levels of emotional support from moms, dads or other caregivers tend to have better emotional health during their childhood and teen years, a new study suggests. The researchers saw increased growth in a brain region known as the hippocampus in children who were highly supported at preschool age. The hippocampus is involved in emotion, learning and memory formation. Reduction...
E-Cigarette Ads May Help Lure Teens to the Habit: Study
E-Cigarette Ads May Help Lure Teens to the Habit: Study MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The more ads for electronic cigarettes middle and high school students see, the more likely they are to use these devices, a new study finds. Many experts worry that e-cigarettes are merely a "gateway" product to addictive cigarette smoking. "Since electronic nicotine devices have the potential to cause harm, result in nicotine addiction and lead to use of traditional cigarettes, advertisement of these dev...
Expert Offers Advice on Treating Corns, Calluses
Expert Offers Advice on Treating Corns, Calluses SUNDAY, April 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Corns and calluses form due to friction or pressure on the skin, and there are a number of ways to treat these often unsightly areas, an expert says. "Calluses can develop anywhere on the body where there is repeated friction, such as a guitar player's fingertips or a mechanic's palms," said Dr. Nada Elbuluk, assistant professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. "Corns typically devel...
Eating Disorders Seem More Common in Schools Where Girls Predominate
Eating Disorders Seem More Common in Schools Where Girls Predominate WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating disorders may be more prevalent at schools where a greater portion of the student body is female, a new study suggests. British and Swedish researchers analyzed data from Sweden, and also found the risk increased when more of the students' parents had a university education. "Eating disorders have an enormous effect on the lives of young people who suffer from them -- it is important...
Early Stage Breast Cancer Does Need Treatment, Study Finds
Early Stage Breast Cancer Does Need Treatment, Study Finds FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Early stage breast cancers known as DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) should be treated with surgery, not a "wait-and-watch" approach, according to new research. Experts have debated whether to treat early DCIS or simply monitor it to see if it progresses. The new study suggests excision of DCIS -- cancer confined to the milk ducts in the breast -- is best in nearly all cases. "Regardless of [tumor] grade...
Even Light Hookah Use May Cause Airway Problems
Even Light Hookah Use May Cause Airway Problems TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some people believe smoking from a hookah is safe because smoke passes through water before being inhaled. But, a new study found that hookah smoking may actually be more dangerous than cigarettes. The study found that young adults who are considered light hookah users have noticeable changes in the cells lining their airways. "With hookah, smoking a bowl is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes," said s...
Exercise May Counter Harms From Too Much Sitting, Study Says
Exercise May Counter Harms From Too Much Sitting, Study Says FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise helps counteract the harmful health effects of too much sitting, a new British study suggests. "This research is significant because it demonstrates yet again why physical activity and exercise is so important. It shows that people who spend large amounts of time not moving, either through work, leisure or lifestyle, can counteract some of the negative effects of sedentary behavior by ...
Earplugs Help Prevent Hearing Loss Tied to Loud Concerts: Study
Earplugs Help Prevent Hearing Loss Tied to Loud Concerts: Study THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study confirms a common-sense notion: Earplugs can shield you from the temporary hearing loss that can happen after a high-decibel music concert. While getting young people wear earplugs at concerts may be a long shot, one expert said the threat to their hearing is real. With more people using MP3 players, "and the increasing loudness of movies, concerts and sporting events, physicians need ...
Even Controlled, Epilepsy May Still Cause Problems for Kids
Even Controlled, Epilepsy May Still Cause Problems for Kids THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even when their seizures are well-controlled, children with epilepsy can still have learning and behavioral disorders that lead to social and educational problems when they're young adults, a new study finds. "Frequency and intensity of seizures remain important predictors of how well a child does into adulthood. But, somewhat to our surprise we also found seizures are by no means the sole influencer...
Evening Snacking Might Raise Odds for Breast Cancer's Return
Evening Snacking Might Raise Odds for Breast Cancer's Return THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients fond of midnight snacking may be at a higher risk of a breast cancer recurrence, according to new research. "Women whose usual nightly fast was less than 13 hours had a 36 percent increased risk of having a recurrence of the breast cancer over about seven years [of follow-up]," said study co-author Ruth Patterson, of the University of California, San Diego. "We considered recu...
Experimental Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis Shows Promise
Experimental Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis Shows Promise THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis showed promise in a new six-month trial. Baricitinib substantially reduced symptoms and improved daily physical functioning among people who failed other treatments for the autoimmune disease, researchers found. "If you have active disease and you've failed existing treatment options, you should have hope," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Genovese. He is ...
Endometriosis Linked to Heart Disease in Study
Endometriosis Linked to Heart Disease in Study TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have endometriosis, the abnormal growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus, may face a 60 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than women without the disorder, a new study suggests. The potential risk was especially high for women who were 40 or younger: they were three times more likely to have heart disease than women in the same age range without the gynecological condition, the researche...
Exercise May Keep Your Brain 10 Years Younger, Study Suggests
Exercise May Keep Your Brain 10 Years Younger, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who exercise regularly could buy an extra decade of good brain functioning, a new study suggests. The study found that seniors who got moderate to intense exercise retained more of their mental skills over the next five years, versus older adults who got light exercise or none at all. On average, those less-active seniors showed an extra 10 years of "brain aging," the researchers said...
Exercise Helps Ease Psychosis Symptoms
Exercise Helps Ease Psychosis Symptoms FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can reduce symptoms in teens and young adults who had a first psychosis episode, a new study says. "Establishing an exercise regime for people with psychosis is likely to be much more effective when they are younger, and in the earliest stages of treatment. Getting people into a routine early on also helps set habits for life, which can make a huge difference to their long-term physical and mental health," study a...
Exercise May Extend Lives of People With COPD
Exercise May Extend Lives of People With COPD FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise could help boost the survival of people who've left the hospital after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds. "We know that physical activity can have a positive benefit for people with COPD and these findings confirm that it may reduce the risk of dying following hospitalization," study lead author Dr. Marilyn Moy, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medica...
Even Gardening or Dancing Might Cut Alzheimer's Risk
Even Gardening or Dancing Might Cut Alzheimer's Risk FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regular physical activity, including gardening or dancing, may cut Alzheimer's risk by as much as 50 percent, a new study suggests. Researchers who analyzed lifestyle habits and brain scans of nearly 900 older adults found that any activity that gets you moving on a regular basis seems to help the brain increase gray matter. This, in turn, may keep dementia at bay, they suggested. "Any type of physical activi...
Exercise Doesn't Seem to Affect Breast Density
Exercise Doesn't Seem to Affect Breast Density FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that exercise does not appear to affect breast density -- a major risk factor for breast cancer. Women with dense breasts are at increased risk for breast cancer, and physical activity is known to help protect against breast cancer. Previous research looking at a possible connection between exercise and breast density have been inconclusive. This latest study found no link between the two. This s...
Elderly With Advanced Colon Cancer Often Get Costly, Dubious Treatments: Study
Elderly With Advanced Colon Cancer Often Get Costly, Dubious Treatments: Study THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Expensive drugs are being given far more often to elderly patients with advanced colon cancer, but they offer almost no benefit, a new study suggests. "This research found that there is a trend for elderly late-stage colorectal cancer patients to receive newer, more expensive drugs," said lead author Cathy Bradley, associate director for population science research at the Universit...
Emotional Abuse During Childhood Linked to Adult Migraine Risk
Emotional Abuse During Childhood Linked to Adult Migraine Risk WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who suffered emotional abuse as children may have an increased risk of migraines, but such a link wasn't seen with physical or sexual abuse, researchers are reporting. "Emotional abuse showed the strongest link to increased risk of migraine," study author Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, from the University of Toledo in Ohio, said in an American Academy of Neurology news release. "Childhood abuse can ...
Experts Undecided on Whether Seniors Should Get Routine Vision Checks
Experts Undecided on Whether Seniors Should Get Routine Vision Checks TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's just not enough good data to say whether or not seniors should be routinely screened for vision trouble by their primary care physicians, an influential panel of U.S. experts reports. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) believes current data isn't adequate to assess the potential benefits and harms of such screening in people 65 or older. The task force is an independent,...
Earthquake Survivors With PTSD Show Brain Differences
Earthquake Survivors With PTSD Show Brain Differences TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There appear to be significant differences in the brains of earthquake survivors with and without post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study by Chinese researchers finds. The research included 67 survivors who had PTSD and 78 who didn't. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after a traumatic event. All of the study volunteers had MRI brain scans. The researchers saw changes in the thickness and ...
Exercise + Classwork May = Better Math Scores
Exercise + Classwork May = Better Math Scores WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Schoolchildren may have an easier time learning if exercise is part of their math and spelling lessons, a new study suggests. Dutch researchers found that second- and third-graders given "physically active" lessons did better on math and spelling tests, compared with their peers who learned the old-fashioned way. Experts not involved with the study called the findings "encouraging." But they also said it's too soo...
Ebola May Leave Lasting Neurological Problems
Ebola May Leave Lasting Neurological Problems WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many Ebola survivors have brain symptoms that last long after other signs of the potentially fatal infection are gone, a new study finds. "While an end to the outbreak has been declared, these survivors are still struggling with long-term problems," study author Dr. Lauren Bowen, from the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, said in an American Academy of Neurology news release. The resear...
Estrogen for Vaginal Symptoms OK for Breast Cancer Survivors: Experts
Estrogen for Vaginal Symptoms OK for Breast Cancer Survivors: Experts MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who've battled or survived an estrogen-dependent form of breast cancer often encounter vaginal symptoms linked to their treatment, especially around the time of menopause. Now, new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advise that the use of symptom-relieving estrogen therapy is warranted for these patients. "These new recommendations are especial...
Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients
Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Beginning rehabilitation soon after a spinal cord injury seems to lead to improvements in functioning for patients, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 4,000 people in the United States who suffered a spinal cord injury between 2000 and 2014. The patients' average age was about 41 and the average time to start rehabilitation was 19 days. Early rehabilitation was associated with better p...
Extremely Small Preemies May Face Bullying, Mental Health Risks
Extremely Small Preemies May Face Bullying, Mental Health Risks WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely low birth weight infants face higher odds of being bullied in childhood. And, this raises the risk for depression and other mental health problems when they are adults, a new study suggests. Researchers followed Canadians who were 2.2 pounds or less at birth until they were 36 years old. The investigators compared these study participants to people who had normal birth weights of 5.5 po...
Even Slight Kidney Decline May Affect Heart
Even Slight Kidney Decline May Affect Heart MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even a slight decline in kidney function can lead to heart damage, a new study suggests. "Mild chronic kidney disease is common, affecting over 10 percent of the U.S. population, so if kidney disease really is a cause of heart disease it may be a major public health problem," said study senior author Dr. Jonathan Townend, a professor of cardiology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in England. The study, published ...
Exercise May Lower Heart Disease Risk in Depressed People: Study
Exercise May Lower Heart Disease Risk in Depressed People: Study MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may reduce the chances of developing heart disease for people with depression, a new study suggests. Depressed people who weren't physically active had stiffer and more inflamed aortas -- the large artery carrying blood from the heart -- two signs of heart disease. But, in depressed people who exercised, aortic stiffening and inflammation were less common, the study authors found. "Depress...
Early Weight Loss With Parkinson's May Be a Red Flag
Early Weight Loss With Parkinson's May Be a Red Flag MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who lose weight in the early stages of Parkinson's disease may have a more serious form of the movement disorder, according to a new study. Parkinson's is a chronic and progressive disease marked by tremors, impaired coordination, and slowness and/or stiffness. The cause and cure are unknown. Weight loss is common in Parkinson's patients, according to background information from the study. But the study...
Exercise Eases Low Back Pain
Exercise Eases Low Back Pain MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may reduce your risk of low back pain, Australian researchers report. They reviewed 23 studies that included nearly 31,000 people and found that exercise, alone or with education, can prevent back pain. Specifically, exercise and education reduced the risk of a low back pain episode by 45 percent, and exercise alone reduced the risk of a low back pain episode by 35 percent and the risk of time off work due to back pain by 78...
Eye Defects Seen in Some Babies Born With Zika-Linked Microcephaly
Eye Defects Seen in Some Babies Born With Zika-Linked Microcephaly TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eye defects may occur in babies born with microcephaly that seems to be linked to infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, researchers report. Since a Zika virus outbreak began in Brazil last April, there has been an unusual rise in the number of babies born with microcephaly (an abnormally small head). As of January, there were more than 3,000 newborns in that country with the birth defect,...
Exercise May Prevent Harmful Falls in Men
Exercise May Prevent Harmful Falls in Men THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise reduces older men's risk of serious injuries from falls, a new study finds. "The physical activity program was more effective in reducing the rate of serious fall injuries in men than in women," said study author Dr. Thomas Gill, a professor of geriatrics at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. Although the findings were mixed, they suggest that moderate exercise may help prevent serious falls, the lead...
Early Treatment Improves Heart Attack Outcomes, Study Finds
Early Treatment Improves Heart Attack Outcomes, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early treatment to restore blood flow quickly once heart attack symptoms begin may reduce damage to the heart, a new study suggests. Patients who recognize the symptoms of a heart attack early on and receive immediate medical attention have better outcomes, the researchers found. As soon as heart attack patients arrive at the hospital, doctors must restore blood flow to the heart using a stent, a proced...
Ebola Survivors Face Complications Months After Treatment, Study Finds
Ebola Survivors Face Complications Months After Treatment, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some Ebola survivors develop vision and hearing problems as well as joint pain months after treatment, suggesting the virus lingers in some body fluids, new research shows. Records from the Ebola Virus Disease Survivor Clinic in the West African country of Sierra Leone showed the clinic provided care for 603 of the 661 people in the Port Loko district who survived an Ebola outbreak that bega...
End-of-Life Talk Often Comes Too Late for Blood Cancer Patients
End-of-Life Talk Often Comes Too Late for Blood Cancer Patients MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many doctors wait too long to have end-of-life discussions with blood cancer patients, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed surveys completed by 349 blood cancer specialists, and found that 56 percent said end-of-life discussions with patients happen too late. Nearly 43 percent said they had their first end-of-life discussions with patients at less-than-ideal times, the findings showed. About 23 ...
Electromagnetic Waves May Help Fight Deadly Brain Cancer
Electromagnetic Waves May Help Fight Deadly Brain Cancer TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Low-intensity electromagnetic waves might help slow a quick-growing and deadly form of brain cancer, researchers report. Patients with glioblastoma experienced slightly better overall survival and delayed recurrence of their brain cancer if their heads were exposed to a type of electromagnetic field therapy alongside conventional chemotherapy, the Swiss research team found. This therapy, called tumor-trea...
Early Chemo Less Likely to Help Black Breast Cancer Patients: Study
Early Chemo Less Likely to Help Black Breast Cancer Patients: Study FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early chemotherapy is less likely to benefit black women with breast cancer than those in other racial and ethnic groups, a new study finds. Advanced breast cancer is more common among black, Hispanic and Asian women than it is in white women. As a result, black women often receive chemotherapy before surgery in an effort to improve their outcomes, the Yale University Cancer Center researchers s...
Ebola Blood Level May Predict Odds of Death, Study Says
Ebola Blood Level May Predict Odds of Death, Study Says TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The levels of Ebola virus in a patient's blood can strongly predict the risk of death, a new study finds. Researchers evaluated data on nearly 700 people in the West African nation of Guinea who were hospitalized with Ebola between March 2014 and February 2015. A better understanding of the link between blood levels of Ebola and death risk will help researchers better assess the effectiveness of treatments,...
Empliciti Approved for Multiple Myeloma
Empliciti Approved for Multiple Myeloma MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Empliciti (elotuzumab), in combination with two other drugs, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat the blood cancer multiple myeloma. The drug is only approved for patients who have already been given one-to-three prior therapies for the disease. Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that affects germ-fighting white blood cells produced in bone marrow. Symptoms typically include a weakened immu...
E. Coli Linked to Costco Chicken Salad Sickens 19 in Seven States
E. Coli Linked to Costco Chicken Salad Sickens 19 in Seven States WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An E. coli outbreak that has so far sickened 19 people in seven states is linked to rotisserie chicken salad made and sold at Costco stores, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Most of the illnesses have occurred in the western United States. Affected states are California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Washington and Virginia. Five patients have been hospital...
E-Cigarette Ads Boost Use Among Young Adults, Study Finds
E-Cigarette Ads Boost Use Among Young Adults, Study Finds FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Advertising may boost young adults' use of electronic cigarettes, a new study finds. Researchers assessed e-cigarette use among more than 4,200 young adults, aged 18 to 34, who were randomly selected to view or not view e-cigarette ads. About 6 percent of those who had never before tried an e-cigarette had done so six months after the start of the study, researchers found. Among those who had never used r...
Exercise Can Reduce Heart Failure Risk, No Matter Your Age
Exercise Can Reduce Heart Failure Risk, No Matter Your Age FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Starting to exercise later in life can still reduce your risk of heart failure, and even modest increases in activity could provide some protection, researchers say. "Our findings suggest that when it comes to exercise and heart failure, the better-later-than-never axiom rings particularly true, and that even small boosts in activity can cut risk," senior investigator Dr. Chiadi Ndumele said in a Johns H...
Experts Pan Gene Testing of Budding Athletes
Experts Pan Gene Testing of Budding Athletes MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Direct-to-consumer genetic tests should never be used on youngsters to identify athletic ability or boost sports performance, experts say. The scientific evidence is far too weak to support use of these commercial tests, said an international panel of 22 experts in exercise, sports performance, genetics, anti-doping, injury and disease. Their statement was published Nov. 16 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine . ...
Envy, Thy Name Is Youth
Envy, Thy Name Is Youth FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Know someone with great looks, plenty of friends and a hot romance? If you're under 30, there's a good chance you envy that person, new research says. The study found that the younger the person, the more likely they were to experience envy. About 80 percent of those younger than 30 said they'd experienced envy in the last year, according to the survey. But, that doesn't mean that people over 30 are immune to the emotion. The study, which...
Emergency Surgery Patients Often Wind Up Back in Hospital: Study
Emergency Surgery Patients Often Wind Up Back in Hospital: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five patients who are readmitted to a hospital after having emergency general surgery are there because they developed a surgical site infection, a new study suggests. "Reducing readmissions is a noble cost-saving goal with benefits not only to the hospitals, but also to the patients," researcher Dr. Joaquim Havens, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues wrote. "...
Even Easy Exercise May Lower Blood Pressure in Those With Diabetes
Even Easy Exercise May Lower Blood Pressure in Those With Diabetes MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Just a few minutes of easy exercise daily can help lower blood pressure in overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes, researchers report. "It appears you don't have to do very much," co-author Bronwyn Kingwell, head of metabolic and vascular physiology at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes in Melbourne, Australia, said in an American Heart Association news release. "We saw some marked blood p...
Each 1-Day Delay in Hospitalization Ups Risk of Ebola Death
Each 1-Day Delay in Hospitalization Ups Risk of Ebola Death FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola patients are much more likely to survive if they are hospitalized soon after being infected, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,000 cases of Ebola virus that occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo over 38 years. They found that each day of delay in hospital admission was associated with an 11 percent higher risk of death during epidemics. Delays in hospitalization were...
Early Warning Sign for Kidney Disease Identified in Study
Early Warning Sign for Kidney Disease Identified in Study THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've discovered an early warning sign of chronic kidney disease. They found that levels of a common protein in the blood rise in the months or years before the disease develops. Levels of the protein suPAR (soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor) can be checked using a simple blood test. And the results can reliably predict a person's risk of developing chronic kidney di...
Extracting Clot Beats Clot-Busting Drug Alone in Study of Stroke Patients
Extracting Clot Beats Clot-Busting Drug Alone in Study of Stroke Patients TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Extracting a stroke-causing blood clot is better than just using a clot-busting drug for preserving brain function, a new analysis concludes. About 45 percent of patients who underwent the clot-removal procedure experienced functional independence at 90 days, compared with about 32 percent of patients treated with the clot-busting IV medication called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), th...
Enterovirus D68 No Deadlier for Kids Than the Common Cold: Study
Enterovirus D68 No Deadlier for Kids Than the Common Cold: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Enterovirus D68 made headlines in 2014 when it sickened scores of kids across North America, but a new study says the aggressive virus proved no more deadly than other common cold germs. The virus was more aggressive, spreading quickly and causing understandable alarm, said Dr. Dominik Mertz, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of infectious diseases at McMaster University in Onta...
Ebola Persists for Extended Period in Survivors' Semen: Study
Ebola Persists for Extended Period in Survivors' Semen: Study WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Ebola virus is capable of hiding out in the semen of male survivors for up to nine months after symptoms appear, a new study suggests. And a related case report illustrates why this latest discovery is so concerning: Scientists from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases in Maryland found evidence in blood and semen samples that a male Ebola survivor from Liberia infec...
Exercise May Help Prevent Pregnancy-Linked Pelvic Pain
Exercise May Help Prevent Pregnancy-Linked Pelvic Pain TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who routinely exercise in the three months prior to conceiving may help themselves avoid the pelvic pain that often occurs during pregnancy, Norwegian research suggests. The finding is focused on so-called "pelvic girdle pain," the researchers explained. The name reflects a constellation of joint and ligament pain often brought on by pregnancy, and for 2 percent to 3 percent of women, this pain can li...
Early Physical Therapy Not a Cure-All for Low Back Pain: Study
Early Physical Therapy Not a Cure-All for Low Back Pain: Study TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early physical therapy provides only modest benefits for low back pain, and the discomfort usually subsides by itself, a new study has found. The study followed more than 200 people with recent-onset low back pain who were randomly assigned to physical therapy or no treatment for the first month after their pain began. Physical therapy included back manipulation and exercise. Early physical therapy ...
Elephants' Cancer-Crushing Secrets May Someday Help People
Elephants' Cancer-Crushing Secrets May Someday Help People THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- What weighs upwards of 14,000 pounds, can live well past 70 years, and almost never gets cancer? The elephant. Scientists hope that by decoding the cancer-fighting skills of the world's biggest land animal they might gain new insights into how to better fight human disease. Now, a team of researchers thinks it has found the elephant's secret: a huge stash of a tumor-suppressing gene that is also found i...
Excess Weight Helps Women With Heart Failure, Hurts Men: Study
Excess Weight Helps Women With Heart Failure, Hurts Men: Study WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and mildly obese women with heart failure may live significantly longer than similarly heavy men with the progressive disease, a new study suggests. These heavier women may also outlive normal-weight females with heart failure by as much as 16 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Leslie Cho, director of the Cleveland Clinic Women's Cardiovascular Center. The bottom line: "It is not doomsday...
Early Detection Still Key to Breast Cancer Survival: Study
Early Detection Still Key to Breast Cancer Survival: Study TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even with recent strides in breast cancer treatment, a woman's chances of surviving the disease still partly depend on early detection, a new study says. The study of nearly 174,000 Dutch breast cancer patients found that survival rates improved between 1999 and 2012 -- and that included women with more advanced cancer. Still, women's survival odds were best when their tumors were caught early, the resea...
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