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Female Pelvis Widens, Then Shrinks Over a Lifetime, Study Finds
Female Pelvis Widens, Then Shrinks Over a Lifetime, Study Finds MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's pelvic structure keeps adapting over her lifetime -- first widening to accommodate childbirth, then later narrowing, a new study suggests. The researchers said their findings challenge the idea that a woman's pelvis is set in stone. Some scientists have proposed that the female pelvis was "programmed by evolution for childbirth," explained lead researcher Marcia Ponce de Leon. At the same...
Focus on Healthy Foods, Not Avoiding 'Bad' Ones, for Heart Health: Study
Focus on Healthy Foods, Not Avoiding 'Bad' Ones, for Heart Health: Study MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Emphasizing healthy foods in your diet, not just banishing "bad" foods, may be the key to avoiding heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the eating habits of thousands of older adults worldwide with heart disease and found results that might surprise you. "Eating a healthy diet seems to have protective effects, but unhealthy foods don't seem to cause any harm,...
Fewer Children May Explain Why More Women Now Outlive Men
Fewer Children May Explain Why More Women Now Outlive Men MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smaller families may be one reason why women now outlive men, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 140,600 people in Utah and found that men who were born in the early to mid-1800s lived an average of two years longer than women born at the same time. This difference gradually reversed, and women born in the early 1900s lived an average of four years longer than men, the findings showed. ...
FDA Proposes Ban on 'Shock' Device Used to Curb Self-Harm
FDA Proposes Ban on 'Shock' Device Used to Curb Self-Harm FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electrical stimulation devices, used to treat self-harming or aggressive behaviors, should be banned, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The devices pose substantial risks that cannot be eliminated through labeling changes, according to the agency. These electrical stimulation devices deliver shocks through electrodes attached to the skin in an attempt to condition people to stop hurting ...
FDA Launches Ad Campaign Against Chewing Tobacco
FDA Launches Ad Campaign Against Chewing Tobacco TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they are targeting rural teenagers with a new $36 million ad campaign that highlights the health risks associated with chewing tobacco. The campaign's message -- "smokeless doesn't mean harmless" -- will challenge a habit that has become a tradition in the rural United States, said Mitch Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administ...
Fighting Back, Bedbugs Grow a Thicker Skin
Fighting Back, Bedbugs Grow a Thicker Skin WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Bedbugs may be developing thicker "skins" that help them resist common pesticides, a new study suggests. This might explain why bedbug populations are increasing worldwide, the researchers added. "If we understand the biological mechanisms bedbugs use to beat insecticides, we may be able to spot a chink in their armor that we can exploit with new strategies," study author David Lilly, from the University of Sydney i...
First Wire-Free Pacemaker Approved
First Wire-Free Pacemaker Approved FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first pacemaker to treat irregular heartbeat without the need for wires between the device and the heart has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is implanted in the heart's right ventricle, the FDA said in a news release. In traditional pacemakers, wired leads may malfunction and require the device to be replaced. The device was evaluated in clinical studies involvin...
Freezing Technique May Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain for Amputees
Freezing Technique May Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain for Amputees FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A freezing technique may reduce the debilitating phantom limb pain that many amputees experience, according to a new, small study. Chronic pain that emanates from the site of a severed limb can be reduced in some cases when the remaining nerve and scar tissue is frozen in place, researchers said. The minimally invasive technique, known as cryoablation therapy, may offer hope to the roughly 200,000 Amer...
FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries
FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it would permit limited use of a "tissue containment system" in conjunction with laparoscopic power morcellators -- devices that grind up tissue in gynecological surgeries. But the FDA still warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in most women because the procedure can spread undetected cancer cells. The device, called the PneumoLiner, wi...
FDA Approves First Wire-Free Pacemaker
FDA Approves First Wire-Free Pacemaker THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first leadless, wire-free heart pacemaker has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Medtronic's Micra Transcatheter Pacing System works like other pacemakers to regulate heart rate in people with heart rhythm disorders, but does not use wired leads to make the electrical connection between the device and the heart. One expert believes the device's approval is a big win for heart patients. "The leadle...
Fruit Every Day Might Help Your Heart, Researchers Say
Fruit Every Day Might Help Your Heart, Researchers Say WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating fresh fruit regularly may help prevent heart attacks and strokes, a large study out of China suggests. Adults who ate fresh fruit, such as apples and oranges, every day had about a one-third reduced risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, compared to those who rarely or never ate fruit, researchers found. "Fruit consumption is important for your cardiovascular health," said lead researcher Dr....
FDA: 2 Diabetes Drugs May Be Linked to Heart Failure Risk
FDA: 2 Diabetes Drugs May Be Linked to Heart Failure Risk TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes drugs containing saxagliptin and alogliptin may raise the risk of heart failure, particularly in patients with heart or kidney disease, U.S. health officials warned Tuesday. Drugs containing these ingredients are Onglyza (saxagliptin), Kombiglyze XR (saxagliptin and metformin extended release), Nesina (alogliptin), Kazano (alogliptin and metformin) and Oseni (alogliptin and pioglitazone), the U....
FDA Suggests Limit for Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal
FDA Suggests Limit for Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A proposed limit on "inorganic" arsenic in infant rice cereal was announced Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Infant rice cereal is a leading source of arsenic exposure in babies, the agency said, since arsenic can find its way into rice from natural sources or from fertilizers and pesticides. The proposed limit is 100 parts per billion, which is similar to the level set by the European Commissi...
Fridge-Sized Machine Makes Prescription Drugs 'On Demand'
Fridge-Sized Machine Makes Prescription Drugs 'On Demand' THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have created a compact machine that can churn out thousands of doses of prescription medication in a day -- putting the capabilities of a drug-manufacturing plant into a device the size of a kitchen refrigerator. Experts said the advance could eventually allow on-the-spot drug production in special circumstances -- on the battlefield, during epidemics, after natural disasters, or in cases wh...
Flu Shot Might Cut Stillbirth Risk
Flu Shot Might Cut Stillbirth Risk THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A seasonal flu shot may reduce a pregnant woman's risk of stillbirth, according to a new study. Australian researchers examined nearly 58,000 births to mothers in the western part of the country during the 2012 and 2013 flu seasons. More than 5,000 births were to women who received a flu shot during pregnancy. Women who received the flu vaccine had a 51 percent lower risk of stillbirth than those who did not receive the vacc...
First Treatment Approved for Disease Linked to Stem Cell Transplant
First Treatment Approved for Disease Linked to Stem Cell Transplant WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Defitelio (defibrotide sodium) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare, but usually fatal liver disease that affects some people who have had a stem cell transplant. The condition, fatal in as many as 80 percent of cases, is called hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD). It affects people who have had a stem cell transplant to treat cancers of the blood or bo...
FDA Eases Restrictions on Abortion Medication
FDA Eases Restrictions on Abortion Medication WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making it easier for women to obtain a medication that induces abortion. Under changes announced Wednesday by the agency, women in most states who want the drug, called mifepristone (Mifeprex), will need to make just two trips to a doctor, instead of three. They'll also have 10 weeks from the start of their last period to use the medication to terminate pregnancy, up from ...
FDA Approves Experimental Zika Test for Blood Donations
FDA Approves Experimental Zika Test for Blood Donations WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental test to check blood donations for the Zika virus has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The decision to allow use of the test in areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of the virus means that collections of whole blood and blood component donations will be able to resume in Puerto Rico, agency officials said. "The availability of an investigational test to scr...
FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent
FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Continuing their push to combat the nation's epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Thursday urged generic drug makers to take steps to redesign potent drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone to make them harder to abuse. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said they were encouraging the generic drug industry to develop pain medicines with "abuse-deterrent properties." ...
FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers
FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hoping to curb a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Tuesday announced that certain drugs will get new "boxed warnings" about the dangers of misuse. The move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration comes one week after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced tough new guidelines to doctors for "opioid" drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vi...
FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves
FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to ban most powdered medical gloves, saying they pose serious health risks to patients and health care providers alike. The proposed ban, announced Monday, would apply to powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's gloves. "This ban is about protecting patients and health care professionals from a danger th...
Flu Season Hasn't Peaked Yet
Flu Season Hasn't Peaked Yet FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- This flu season continues to be the mildest in the past three years, U.S. health officials say. But flu is still cropping up in new areas of the country, and flu season isn't over yet, the experts cautioned. In most years, flu season peaks in February or early March, but as of this week, flu is still spreading and the peak is not in sight yet, according to Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...
For 'Ironman' Athletes, Study Shows Danger of Too Much Water
For 'Ironman' Athletes, Study Shows Danger of Too Much Water WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-distance triathletes who drink too much water during competition may end up with dangerously low blood sodium levels, new research warns. Researchers in Germany who tested nearly 1,100 competitors in the annual Ironman European Championships found more than 10 percent had developed this condition -- called hyponatremia. In its most severe form, hyponatremia can be life-threatening, experts say....
First U.S. Uterus Transplant Patient Grateful for Chance to Have Children
First U.S. Uterus Transplant Patient Grateful for Chance to Have Children MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first American woman to receive a uterus transplant said Monday that she is grateful for the chance to try to have a child. Speaking at a morning news conference two weeks after her surgery, the 26-year-old woman -- identified only as Lindsey -- said that although she and her husband have adopted three kids, she has still longed to give birth to her own child. "At 16, I was told I woul...
Football's Concussion-Prevention Efforts May Be Spurring More Leg Injuries
Football's Concussion-Prevention Efforts May Be Spurring More Leg Injuries MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Concussion-prevention rules for college football players may have led to an unintended consequence -- an increase in knee, thigh and ankle injuries among players, new research suggests. "Of course concussions sustained in football can be devastating," said study author Dr. Robert Westermann, chief resident at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. "But so can lower extremity injuries, which...
Fitness in Youth May Be Key to Diabetes Risk Decades Later
Fitness in Youth May Be Key to Diabetes Risk Decades Later MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with poor physical fitness are at higher risk for diabetes much later in life, even if they're not overweight or obese, a new study finds. The research involved about 1.5 million Swedes who all underwent physical fitness tests when they were conscripted into the military at age 18. Their health outcomes were then tracked up to the age of 62. Poor aerobic fitness and low muscle strength at age 18 wa...
FDA Orders 'Black Box' Warning Label on Essure Long-Acting Contraceptive
FDA Orders 'Black Box' Warning Label on Essure Long-Acting Contraceptive MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A special "black box" warning should be added to packaging for the Essure implantable birth control device, based on concerns over serious complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday. The FDA also ordered Essure's manufacturer, Bayer, to conduct a new clinical study to gather more data about the health risks the device might pose for "in a real-world environment." ...
For Cancer Patients, Pain May Rise as Finances Dwindle
For Cancer Patients, Pain May Rise as Finances Dwindle MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients skating near financial ruin will likely suffer more pain and worse symptoms than those who have some savings to fall back on, a new study reports. Lung or colon cancer patients with two or fewer months of financial reserves had a significantly poorer quality of life than those who had more than a year of funds, according to a study involving more than 3,400 patients. Patients already stretche...
Fidgeting May Help Students With ADHD Learn
Fidgeting May Help Students With ADHD Learn MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Students who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often get into trouble for fidgeting in the classroom, but that fidgeting may help them learn, new research suggests. "The prevailing view has been and continues to be that hyperactivity is a core deficit in ADHD," said study author Michael Kofler, an assistant professor of psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. "When we think of it as a ...
For Transgender Kids, Support Is Key to Emotional Well-Being
For Transgender Kids, Support Is Key to Emotional Well-Being FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender children who feel supported seem to have no greater risk of depression and anxiety than other kids do, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings are welcome news -- especially in light of past studies finding high rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among transgender children and adults. These latest results suggest that when transgender kids feel supported in their "so...
Feeling Old? Your Risk for Hospitalization May Rise
Feeling Old? Your Risk for Hospitalization May Rise THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that there may be some truth to the old adage, "You're only as old as you feel." Researchers report that people who feel older than their actual age are more likely to be hospitalized. "How old you feel matters," said study author Yannick Stephan, from the University of Montpellier in France. "Previous research has shown it can affect your well-being and other health-related factors and,...
Flu Season Continues to Be Mild: CDC
Flu Season Continues to Be Mild: CDC WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season continues to be a mild one, with low rates of hospitalizations and flu-related deaths, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. However, flu activity is picking up a bit and the season isn't expected to peak for several weeks, probably some time in March, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Last week influenza activity did increase a bit more and at a little bit...
Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax
Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While deaths from overdoses of heroin and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin have surged in recent years, a new report finds the same thing is happening with widely used sedatives such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. In 2013, overdoses from these drugs, called benzodiazepines, accounted for 31 percent of the nearly 23,000 deaths from prescription drug overdoses in the United States, researchers said. "As m...
Finding Suggests Zika Virus Can Move From Mother to Child During Pregnancy
Finding Suggests Zika Virus Can Move From Mother to Child During Pregnancy WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that suggests the Zika virus can move from a pregnant woman to her unborn child, Brazilian researchers report the virus was present in the amniotic fluid of two women whose infants were diagnosed with the birth defect microcephaly. The discovery adds to growing evidence that the Zika virus might be behind a recent surge in the number of babies born in Brazil with microceph...
For Stroke Patients, Temporary Easing of Symptoms Can Be Deceiving
For Stroke Patients, Temporary Easing of Symptoms Can Be Deceiving WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A quick improvement in symptoms before a stroke patient arrives at the hospital doesn't necessarily mean a better outcome, a new study finds. "Patients with very early rapid neurological improvement when first examined at the hospital still need to be considered for therapy to dissolve blood clots, given the high rate of unfavorable outcome," study author Dr. Clotilde Balucani said in a news r...
FDA: Wait a Month to Donate Blood After Travel to Zika-Prone Areas
FDA: Wait a Month to Donate Blood After Travel to Zika-Prone Areas TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- To protect the U.S. blood supply, people who've traveled to places where the Zika virus is prevalent, or who have symptoms that suggest infection, should wait a month before donating blood, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday. Four weeks is enough time for the virus to pass through a person's system, the agency said. The mosquito-borne Zika virus is thought -- but not proven ...
Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate: Study
Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Along with reducing your flu risk, a flu shot may protect you from a common heart rhythm disorder that significantly increases stroke risk, researchers report. Their study of about 57,000 people in Taiwan found a significant association between the flu and new cases of atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. The condition has been linked to a fivefol...
Frequent Monitoring May Keep Alcohol Offenders Sober
Frequent Monitoring May Keep Alcohol Offenders Sober TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A South Dakota program that requires people involved in alcohol-linked crimes to stay away from booze and be closely monitored for drinking appears to reduce deaths, a new study finds. Offenders in the program must undergo breathalyzer tests twice a day or wear bracelets that continuously check for alcohol. Those who skip or fail the tests are immediately jailed for a short time, typically a day or two, the st...
FDA Tightens Rules for Using Mesh Implants in Women's Surgery
FDA Tightens Rules for Using Mesh Implants in Women's Surgery MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has strengthened rules regarding the use of vaginal mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse in women. The devices were reclassified on Monday from a "moderate" to "high" risk category. Manufacturers must now submit pre-market approval applications to the FDA to help the agency better assess the implants' safety and effectiveness. Pelvic organ prolapse involves...
Families Like Looser ICU Visitation Policies
Families Like Looser ICU Visitation Policies MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many hospitals still restrict who can visit critically ill patients and when. But new survey results suggest that lifting such restrictions can improve family satisfaction and patient well-being. "The term 'visiting hours' is obsolete due to the growing evidence related to the wide-ranging benefits of open access for ICU [intensive-care unit] families," said senior study author Dr. Samuel Brown. He is director of the C...
Families of Critically Ill Patients Need Extra Support, Too
Families of Critically Ill Patients Need Extra Support, Too THURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When a loved one is admitted to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU), family members need support, too. "Families are totally unprepared for a sudden injury and overwhelmed when it is a very serious injury. Families need a road map to guide them through their worst moments, and that is my job," said Kelly McElligott, a clinical social worker in the burn center at Loyola University Health System in May...
FDA Lifts 30-Year Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men
FDA Lifts 30-Year Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Gay and bisexual men who have abstained from sex for one year will now be allowed to donate blood in the United States. The new policy, announced Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, reverses a three-decades-old ban on donations from this group of men that traces back to the start of the AIDS epidemic. "The FDA's responsibility is to maintain a high level of blood product safety for people whose liv...
Florida 'Pill Mill' Crackdown May Have Curbed Painkiller ODs
Florida 'Pill Mill' Crackdown May Have Curbed Painkiller ODs MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A crackdown on "pill mills" in Florida appears to have led to fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, and may have helped reduce heroin overdose deaths as well, researchers report. Pill mills are clinics run by doctors who purportedly write large numbers of prescriptions for narcotic painkillers for cash, often without examining the patient, the researchers said. These painkillers include Oxyc...
Face Mites Might Give Clues to People's Ancestry
Face Mites Might Give Clues to People's Ancestry FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In news that's sure to make your skin crawl at least a little bit, a new study reports that everyone has microscopic face mites, and the critters may offer clues to each person's family tree. These microscopic face mites -- known as Demodex folliculorum -- live in the hair follicles on the face, and the type of mite varies from population group to population group. Scientists now know that distinct lineages of fac...
FDA Proposes Tanning Bed Ban for Minors
FDA Proposes Tanning Bed Ban for Minors FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed that American teenagers be banned from using tanning beds. "Today's action is intended to help protect young people from a known and preventable cause of skin cancer and other harms," said acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff. "Individuals under 18 are at greatest risk of the adverse health consequences of indoor tanning." The FDA proposal also would require u...
Fitness in Youth Can Pay Off Decades Later: Study
Fitness in Youth Can Pay Off Decades Later: Study MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hitting the gym or playing field in your 20s may bring health benefits that last a lifetime, new research suggests. The study of nearly 5,000 young adults found that those with good heart/lung fitness had a lower risk of heart disease and death later in life. One cardiologist who reviewed the study wasn't surprised by the finding. "Despite all the remarkable medical and technological advances in the treatment of ...
Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem
Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Every Thanksgiving, lots of people loosen their belts and reach for antacids to quell an overstuffed tummy. But for some, turkey day is just another day of severe or persistent heartburn, and that chronic digestive trouble may be a sign of a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), an expert says. In GERD, the contents of the stomach repeatedly flow back into the esophagus. This cause...
FDA Approves First Flu Shot With Added Ingredient to Boost Immune Response
FDA Approves First Flu Shot With Added Ingredient to Boost Immune Response WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first flu vaccine with an adjuvant has been approved for use in seniors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. An adjuvant is any compound used in vaccines to boost the immune response of vaccinated people. Fluad is a trivalent vaccine, which means it is produced from three flu virus strains. It also contains the adjuvant MF59, which is made with squalene oil, a natur...
First Year of Life Poses Highest Risk for Child Abuse: Study
First Year of Life Poses Highest Risk for Child Abuse: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of serious physical abuse is highest among infants under the age of 1, a new study shows. Researchers looked at nearly 15,000 children younger than 16 who were treated for severe injuries at hospitals in England and Wales between 2004 and 2013. Of those injuries, 92 percent were accidental, 2.5 percent were the result of fights and 5 percent were caused by abuse. Among children with abuse-rel...
Foods May Affect Each Person's Blood Sugar Differently, Study Suggests
Foods May Affect Each Person's Blood Sugar Differently, Study Suggests THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research would seem to support what many have enviously suspected while watching a thin friend chow down -- the same foods don't necessarily have the same effect from person-to-person. A new study from Israel suggests that people have very different blood sugar responses to the same food -- with some showing large spikes even after eating supposedly healthy choices. Researchers said the...
FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose
FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A nasal spray that treats narcotic painkiller and heroin drug overdoses has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The newly approved nasal spray (Narcan) contains the medication naloxone hydrochloride, which can stop or reverse the effects of a narcotic (also called opioid) drug overdose. Narcan is the first approved nasal spray version of the medication and offers an important ...
Falls, Fights Cause Most Serious Eye Injuries: Study
Falls, Fights Cause Most Serious Eye Injuries: Study MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Falls and fights are the leading causes of eye injuries that land people in the hospital, a new study finds. Also, the cost of treating such injuries is going up. The analysis of data from nearly 47,000 people hospitalized for eye injuries between 2002 and 2011 showed that treatment costs rose 62 percent during that time and is now more than $20,000 per injury. "While we have some clues, we still can't be cert...
Firefighter Receives Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever
Firefighter Receives Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A 41-year-old volunteer firefighter from Mississippi now wears the face of a 26-year-old bike messenger from Brooklyn, after what doctors are calling the most extensive face transplant surgery ever performed. Patrick Hardison of Senatobia, Miss., successfully received the face of bicyclist Dave Rodebaugh following a 26-hour procedure in August at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City that included mo...
Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer's Warning
Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer's Warning MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Losing your sense of smell may mark the start of memory problems and possibly Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that older adults who had the worst smell test scores were 2.2 times more likely to begin having mild memory problems. And if they already had these memory problems, they were more likely to progress to full-blown Alzheimer's disease, said lead researcher Rosebud Roberts, a ...
FDA Finalizes New Food Safety Rules
FDA Finalizes New Food Safety Rules FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of wide-ranging outbreaks of foodborne illness, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday finalized new rules to help keep contaminated food out of American kitchens. These food safety regulations for fruit and vegetable farms and food importers were developed as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. "These rules, for the first time, establish enforceable safety standards of production and ha...
First Uterus Transplant Planned in U.S.
First Uterus Transplant Planned in U.S. FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Crossing new frontiers in infertility treatment and organ transplantation, Cleveland Clinic doctors hope to transplant a uterus from a deceased donor into a woman without one. The innovative procedure -- tentatively scheduled for the next few months -- would enable a woman with ovaries but no uterus to become pregnant and deliver a child. Eight women have reportedly started the screening process. These women were either bo...
FDA Wants Public Comment on Use of Word 'Natural' on Food Labels
FDA Wants Public Comment on Use of Word 'Natural' on Food Labels WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Plenty of foods in U.S. grocery stores have the word "natural" on their labels, but there is no government definition of the term and little control over its use. That could change soon, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now seeking public input on the use of the word "natural" on food product labels. The agency has received three citizen petitions asking it to define the term "natural...
Football Linemen at Higher Risk for Heart Troubles, Study Finds
Football Linemen at Higher Risk for Heart Troubles, Study Finds TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The heart health of football players might depend on the position they play, with linemen facing a greater risk for certain heart problems compared with their other teammates, a new Harvard study suggests. College football linemen tended to have higher blood pressure than other players, along with an increase in the thickness of their heart muscle wall, said lead researcher Dr. Jeffrey Lin, a forme...
Fewer Americans Than Ever Sticking to Heart-Healthy Lifestyle, Study Finds
Fewer Americans Than Ever Sticking to Heart-Healthy Lifestyle, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are faring worse at maintaining heart-healthy lifestyles than they were two decades ago, a new study has found. The American Heart Association has identified a set of lifestyle goals -- called "Life's Simple 7" -- that contribute to ideal heart health. These include eating a balanced diet, being active, managing your weight, eliminating tobacco use, and maintaining ideal levels o...
Frequent Self-Weighing by Young Women Linked to Depression
Frequent Self-Weighing by Young Women Linked to Depression MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young women who weigh themselves frequently may be at risk for depression, a new study suggests. They were much more likely to be concerned about their weight, to have depression and to have lower levels of self-esteem and body satisfaction, the researchers said. More than than 1,900 young adults were included in the study. Fifty-seven percent were female. The group was asked about self-weighing habits. R...
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