Make the Most of This Weekend's Time Change
Make the Most of This Weekend's Time Change FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A few simple steps can help make this weekend's time change easier to cope with, a sleep expert says. "Adjusting to the end of Daylight Saving Time in the fall is a bit easier than handling the time change in the spring. The main reason is because we gain an hour of sleep for the fall time change," Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., sa...
Many U.S. Colleges Have Indoor Tanning Salons On, Near Campus: Study
Many U.S. Colleges Have Indoor Tanning Salons On, Near Campus: Study WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. colleges have indoor tanning salons on or near campus, even though tanning increases the risk for skin cancer, researchers report. Tanning remains popular among young adults, particularly white women, so colleges should adopt tanning-free policies, to help protect students' health, the researchers said. "Public health efforts are needed to raise university administration and studen...
More Clues to Spotting Autism in Siblings of Those With Disorder
More Clues to Spotting Autism in Siblings of Those With Disorder TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brothers and sisters of children with autism can show signs of the disorder as early as 18 months of age, a new study says. About 20 percent of younger siblings of children with autism will be diagnosed with autism by age 3, the Yale University researchers said. Their study included 719 younger siblings of children with autism. The siblings were assessed when they were 18 months old and again at a...
Metformin Beats Other Type 2 Diabetes Drugs for First Treatment: Study
Metformin Beats Other Type 2 Diabetes Drugs for First Treatment: Study TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who are initially given the drug metformin are less likely to eventually need other drugs to control their blood sugar, a new study suggests. The study found that, of those started on metformin, only about one-quarter needed another drug to control their blood sugar. However, people who were started on type 2 diabetes drugs other than metformin oft...
Multiple Drug Use Raises Infection Risk for 'Swinging' Couples
Multiple Drug Use Raises Infection Risk for 'Swinging' Couples FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple drug use put couples who "swing" at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new study shows. Swingers are defined as heterosexual couples who have group sex, swap partners and/or visit sex clubs for couples. Researchers looked at 289 people, average age 49, in the Netherlands who said they were swingers and visited an STD clinic between 2009 and 2012. Half of the participa...
Many Americans in Debt, Bankruptcy Paying for Cancer Care
Many Americans in Debt, Bankruptcy Paying for Cancer Care WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Besides the danger and worry from the disease itself, many Americans battling cancer are faced with high bills for medical care, two new reports show. One-third of cancer survivors in the United States say they have experienced money or work problems due to cancer care, while even many cancer patients who have insurance say they have had to change their lifestyle and medical care due to the financial b...
Mutations Linked to Blood Cancers Rise With Age, Study Shows
Mutations Linked to Blood Cancers Rise With Age, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Blood cell mutations linked to the blood cancers leukemia and lymphoma increase as people get older, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed blood samples from nearly 3,000 Americans, ages 10 to 90, and found the mutations in less than 1 percent of those ages 40 to 49. By the time people are between 70 and 79, 5 percent will have blood cell mutations, according to the study. For people betwee...
Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics May Aid Salmonella's Spread in Animals
Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics May Aid Salmonella's Spread in Animals MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics might actually help Salmonella -- bacteria that cause food poisoning -- spread among infected animals, according to new research. Although this phenomenon isn't yet known to have occurred among people, the study's authors cautioned their findings should serve as a reminder of the potential dangers of antibiotic use. They also noted that their findings call into question the perva...
Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children
Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A child receives the wrong medication or the wrong dosage every eight minutes in the United States, according to a recent study. Nearly 700,000 children under 6 years old experienced an out-of-hospital medication error between 2002 and 2012. Out of those episodes, one out of four children was under a year old. As the age of children decreased, the likelihood of an error increased, the study found. Though 9...
Man Treated for Ebola in Atlanta Now 'Free' of the Virus
Man Treated for Ebola in Atlanta Now 'Free' of the Virus MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An unidentified patient being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is now "free of Ebola virus disease" and was discharged Sunday from the facility, the medical center said in a statement released Monday afternoon. The man, who has requested anonymity since being admitted to care at Emory's Serious Communicable Disease Unit on Sept. 9, now poses no threat to public health and has left the hospit...
Most Kindergartners Are Getting Their Shots: CDC
Most Kindergartners Are Getting Their Shots: CDC THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most American kids entering kindergarten are getting their required vaccinations, a new report shows. Coverage for the 2013-2014 school year ranged from 95 percent for the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine to 94.7 percent for two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and 93.3 percent for two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, the report found. However, there was st...
More Evidence That Exercise May Help Fight Depression
More Evidence That Exercise May Help Fight Depression THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physically active people are less likely to show signs of depression, a new study finds. And exercise can help improve mood in people who already feel depressed, but there's a catch: Depressive symptoms appear to be a barrier to physical activity, the British researchers said. The findings, based on 11,000 adults ages 23 to 50, correlate with previous research suggesting that exercise can have a powerful ef...
Medicare Subsidy Helps Breast Cancer Patients Afford Treatment
Medicare Subsidy Helps Breast Cancer Patients Afford Treatment WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A Medicare subsidy program makes it more likely that breast cancer patients in all racial and ethnic groups will continue hormone therapy after surgery for their cancer, a new study found. "Patients are more likely to take their medications if they are able to afford them," said lead author Dr. Alana Biggers, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago. "Our s...
More Kids Using ERs for Medical Care, Researchers Say
More Kids Using ERs for Medical Care, Researchers Say TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More children are going to the emergency room for health care, a new California study reveals. Children's visits to the emergency room in California hospitals increased 11 percent between 2005 and 2010. At the start of the study, 2.5 million children were seen in the ER. By 2010, 2.8 million children visited the ER each year, according to the study released Oct. 14 in the Journal of the American Medical Asso...
Many Parents Need to Educate Themselves About Concussions
Many Parents Need to Educate Themselves About Concussions FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents' lack of knowledge about concussion may hinder youngsters' treatment and recovery, two new studies suggest. One study included a survey of 511 parents of children aged 5 to 18 who suffered a head injury. Only about half of the parents knew that a concussion was a brain injury that could cause symptoms such as headache or difficulty concentrating. Ninety-two percent knew that they should stop their...
Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions: Study
Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although food allergies have garnered a lot of attention lately, a new study reports that medications are actually the biggest cause of sudden deaths related to allergy. Over a little more than a decade, nearly 60 percent of the allergy-related deaths were caused by medications, while less than 7 percent were caused by food allergies, the study found. "Medications can be dangerous," said study res...
Marriage Break-Up Rates Similar for Gay, Straight Couples: Study
Marriage Break-Up Rates Similar for Gay, Straight Couples: Study MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When gays and lesbians have access to government-sanctioned marriage, or engage in highly committed "marriage-like" unions, their rates of break-up are the same as those of heterosexuals, a new study finds. The study was released Monday, coinciding with an announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court that it would refuse to hear cases from five states seeking to maintain bans on same-sex marriage. Exper...
MRI May Spot Early Signs of Mental Decline, Study Finds
MRI May Spot Early Signs of Mental Decline, Study Finds TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An MRI scan that measures blood flow in the brain may help predict which older adults are at risk for future memory loss, a preliminary study suggests. The researchers found that, in some apparently healthy older adults, the MRI technique was able to pick up reductions in blood flow to a brain region linked to memory. And those people were more likely than their peers to show subtle memory loss 18 months la...
More Women Having Reconstruction Surgery After Breast Cancer Treatment
More Women Having Reconstruction Surgery After Breast Cancer Treatment FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of breast cancer patients in the United States are having breast reconstruction surgery immediately after breast removal (mastectomy), a new study shows. This steady increase over the past 15 years is especially notable among women who were once considered too high-risk for breast reconstruction surgery, including those aged 65 and older, those who have had radiation therapy a...
Mini-Strokes May Lead to PTSD, Study Finds
Mini-Strokes May Lead to PTSD, Study Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A mini-stroke may not cause lasting physical damage, but it could increase your risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small, new study suggests. Almost one-third of patients who suffered a mini-stroke -- known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA) -- developed symptoms of PTSD, including depression, anxiety and reduced quality of life, the researchers said. "At the moment, a TIA is seen by doctors ...
Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study
Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers face a high risk of overdose, most don't know how to respond when one occurs, new research shows. At issue is the increasingly popular, non-medicinal use of legal prescription narcotic pain medications, including so-called "opioids" such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. Such drugs can substantially slow or even halt the ability to bre...
Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim
Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every day, people receive medical implants -- artificial valves, hip replacements, surgical mesh and the like -- that may not have been rigorously tested before or after their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two new studies contend. The studies -- conducted by prominent nonprofit groups and published online Sept. 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine -- lay the blame for inadequate me...
MRSA and Children: What You Should Know
MRSA and Children: What You Should Know Millions of Americans develop serious infections each year from drug-resistant staphylococcus bacteria. This type of staph bacteria is known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aur eus (MRSA), although it's resistant to common antibiotics, including penicillin and amoxicillin. MRSA infections originally appeared mostly in hospitals and nursing homes. A virulent kind of resistant "staph" has developed outside of health care settings. It's known as community-acq...
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram, MRA) Procedure overview You might be familiar with the testing procedure called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In this test, radio waves, a magnetic field, and a computer create a scan of your body parts to look for health problems. Magnetic resonance angiography – also called a magnetic resonance angiogram or MRA – is a type of MRI that looks specifically at the body’s blood vessels. Unlike a traditional angiogram, which requires in...
Mirtazapine Oral disintegrating tablet
Mirtazapine Oral disintegrating tablet What is this medicine? MIRTAZAPINE (mir TAZ a peen) is used to treat depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. These tablets are made to dissolve in the mouth. Place the tablet in the mouth and allow it to dissolve, then swallow. You can take these tablets with water, but you do not have to. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do ...
Maprotiline Hydrochloride Oral tablet
Maprotiline Hydrochloride Oral tablet What is this medicine? MAPROTILINE (ma PROE ti leen) is used to treat depression. This medicine also helps to relieve anxiety associated with depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping t...
Mirtazapine Oral tablet
Mirtazapine Oral tablet What is this medicine? MIRTAZAPINE (mir TAZ a peen) is used to treat depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen. A...
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Resting
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Resting (Resting Thallium Scan, Cardiac Nuclear Imaging, Cardiolite Scan, Sestamibi Scan) Procedure overview What is a resting myocardial perfusion scan? A myocardial perfusion scan is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the tissue under study. Specifically, the myocardial perfusion scan eval...
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart (MRI Scan of the Heart, Cardiac MRI) Procedure overview What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. How does MRI work? The MRI machine is a large, cylindrical (tube-shaped) machine that creates a strong magnetic field around the patient. This magnetic ...
Mediastinoscopy Procedure overview What is a mediastinoscopy? A mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure performed to examine the mediastinum. The mediastinum is the space behind the sternum (breastbone) in the middle of the chest that separates the two lungs. It contains lymph nodes, the heart and its great vessels, the trachea, the esophagus, and the thymus gland. The mediastinum can be visualized by the use of an endoscopic instrument called a mediastinoscope. A mediastinoscope is a lighted, long, thi...
Micropenis What is micropenis? Micropenis is defined as a normally structured penis that is below the normal size range for an infant. Normally, the length of a newborn boy's penis is between 2.8 to 4.2 centimeters (1.1 to 1.6 inches) with a circumference of 0.9 to 1.3 centimeters (0.35 to 0.5 inches). This measurement is taken by carefully stretching the penis and measuring from the tip of the penis to the base of the penis. A penis length of less than 1.9 centimeters (0.75 inches) is usually considere...
Motor Vehicle Safety Overview
Motor Vehicle Safety Overview For children ages 14 and younger, unintentional injury-related deaths occur most often when riding in a car. Many injuries that may occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents require clinical care by a doctor or other health care provider. Listed in the directory below are some other considerations for motor vehicle safety, for which a brief overview has been provided. Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates Identifying High-Risk Situations Installing and Using Child Safety...
Muscle and Joint Injuries
Muscle and Joint Injuries Children often injure muscles and joints while running, playing, climbing, or during sports activities. A sprain occurs when ligaments, the bands of tissue that hold bones together, are stretched or torn. A strain occurs when the muscle-tendon unit is overstretched or torn. Tendons help hold muscles and bones together. Sprains and strains can cause pain, swelling, and sometimes result in inability to move the joint. Ankle sprains are the most common type of sports injury. Many ...
Meningococcal Infections What are meningococcal infections? Meningococcal infections are caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis . The most common forms of meningococcal infections include meningitis (infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord) and meningococcemia (blood stream infections). Meningococcal infections are uncommon, but can be fatal. These infections occur most often during the late winter and early spring months. Children are more commonly affected, but t...
Meningitis in Children
Meningitis in Children What is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. What causes meningitis? Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection that invades the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and inflames the meninges. Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) is the fluid within the open spaces of the brain that protects and cushions the brain and spinal cord. The meninges are the thin membranes lining the brain and spinal cord. A fungus or p...
Maternal and Fetal Testing
Maternal and Fetal Testing To evaluate the health of a pregnancy and fetus, many types of prenatal tests may be performed. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Maternal and Fetal Testing Overview First Trimester Screening Second Trimester Screening Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) Ultrasound Chorionic Villus Sampling Amniocentesis Fetal Blood Sampling Fetal Monitoring Fetal Movement Counting Nonstress Testing (NST) Biophysical Profile (BPP) Doppler Flow Studies
Male Growth and Development
Male Growth and Development As a male matures from a young boy into a man, there are many important things to consider regarding his health and development. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Puberty: Adolescent Male Overview of the Male Anatomy Physical Examination: Adolescent Male Care of the Uncircumcised Penis
Manage Your Medications
Manage Your Medications Managing medication can be complicated, particularly if you are taking several, and treating different conditions. Managing medications The following suggestions will help you manage your medications: Understand the exact dose and timing of each medication your doctor prescribes. Verify the information with your pharmacist when you have the prescriptions filled. If you go to different doctors for different conditions, it's extremely important to tell all of them about each medica...
Mental Health Conditions
Mental Health Conditions Many children and adolescents have mental health problems that interfere with their normal development and daily life activities. Some mental health problems are mild, while others are more severe. Some mental health problems last for only short periods of time, while others, potentially, last a lifetime. Listed in the directory below are some mental health disorders that may occur in growing children, for which we have provided a brief overview. Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivit...
Meningitis What is meningitis? Click Image to Enlarge Meningitis is a disease caused by an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain. The inflammation is usually caused by infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. There are three meninges, including the following: Dura mater. This is the outside membrane that adheres to the inside of the skull. Arachnoid. This is the middle membrane. Pia mater . This is the innermost membrane, which adheres to the brain. Wha...
Multiple Sclerosis What is multiple sclerosis (MS)? Click Image to Enlarge Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. It is an unpredictable condition that can be relatively benign, disabling, or devastating. Some individuals with MS may be mildly affected, while others may lose their ability to see clearly, write, speak, or walk when communication between the brain and other parts of the body becomes disrupted. Myelin is a fat...
Measles What is measles? Measles, also known as rubeola, is a viral illness. It is characterized by a distinct rash and a fever. Measles is very contagious. It is spread through airborne droplets of nasal secretions. When infected people cough or sneeze, droplets spray into the air and can remain active and contagious for 2 hours. Once a common childhood disease, it is now rare due to effective immunizations in developed countries. Although usually a mild illness in children, measles can have serious co...
Menorrhagia What is menorrhagia? Menorrhagia is the most common type of abnormal uterine bleeding characterized by heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding. In some cases, bleeding may be so severe and relentless that daily activities become interrupted. Other types of abnormal uterine bleeding (also called dysfunctional uterine bleeding) include: Polymenorrhea Too frequent menstruation Oligomenorrhea Infrequent or light menstrual cycles Metrorrhagia Any irregular, acyclic nonmenstrual bleeding from the u...
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral Valve Prolapse What is mitral valve prolapse (MVP)? Mitral valve prolapse, also known as click-murmur syndrome, Barlow's syndrome, balloon mitral valve, or floppy valve syndrome, is the bulging of one or both of the mitral valve flaps (leaflets) into the left atrium during the contraction of the heart. One or both of the flaps may not close properly, allowing the blood to leak backward (regurgitation). This regurgitation may result in a murmur (abnormal sound in the heart due to turbulent blood f...
Migraine News: How’s the Weather?
Migraine News: How’s the Weather? More than half of migraine sufferers are affected by weather. The most common weather factors that affect migraines are: Humidity Major weather changes over one or two days Changes in barometric pressure Some migraines attributed to weather are not related to it at all. Many people tend to pin their headaches on weather patterns, when other triggers, such as excessive consumption of caffeine or changes in sleep patterns, may actually be the cause. If weather truly is a ...
Managing Your Diabetes Medications
Managing Your Diabetes Medications For many people with diabetes, staying healthy means having a full medicine chest and taking multiple medications. Each medication may be simple to use by itself. Yet combining several drugs takes extra care. Here’s how to prevent problems that can arise from drug interactions and medication errors. Multiplying the risk Having diabetes means you’re at increased risk for conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney problems, and depression. Along with y...
Medications for Coronary Artery Disease
Medications for Coronary Artery Disease In recent years, better medications have made it easier to take care of coronary artery disease. Medications such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and statins, have helped many people stay healthy and avoid heart attacks. Aspirin Aspirin is the most common medication prescribed by doctors for people with coronary artery disease. Aspirin helps prevent heart attacks in people with coronary artery disease. Taking aspirin once a day helps make platelets less sticky. ...
Metabolic Syndrome: Managing Salt
Metabolic Syndrome: Managing Salt A key way to reduce the effects of metabolic syndrome is to lower high blood pressure. Reducing the amount of sodium and salt in your diet is a great start. If you are like most Americans, you consume more salt than your body needs. The current daily recommendation from the American Heart Association is to have less than 2,400 mg, ideally less than 1,500 mg, of sodium per day. Sodium chloride or table salt is about 40% sodium. So, two-thirds teaspoon of salt equals abou...
Metabolic Syndrome Worksheet
Metabolic Syndrome Worksheet To help manage your condition, fill in the dates on which you had or will have the following tests or checkups. Lipid profile I had a lipid profile on __________. A lipid profile is a lab test that measures the amount of certain fats and cholesterol in your blood. High lipid levels can lead to a heart attack or worsen heart disease. You should have a lipid profile at least once a year. Maintain healthy levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and HDL ("good") cholesterol. Healthy l...
Medication Safety Quiz
Do You Know Enough About Taking Prescription Medications? Learn how to better manage your medications by taking this quiz. 1. Older people have a greater risk for drug interactions. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Not only do we usually take more medications as we age and develop some medical problems, but as we age, body changes can affect the way the medications are absorbed and used. Changes in the digestive tract affect how quickly a medication is absorbed. If you...
Making the Decision to Have Chemotherapy for Endometrial Cancer
Making the Decision to Have Chemotherapy for Endometrial Cancer Chemotherapy is the use of cancer-fighting drugs given either as a pill or put directly into a vein. Although it is not commonly the first treatment used for endometrial cancer, your doctor may feel it is necessary based on the extent of your cancer and treatment plan. Chemotherapy is now the most effective type of therapy for people with advanced stage (outside the uterus) endometrial cancer. It's very important that your particular findin...
Making the Decision to Have Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Cancer
Making the Decision to Have Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Cancer Your doctor may suggest radiation therapy to treat endometrial cancer if any of these statements is true for you: You are not able to have surgery. You recently had surgery for endometrial cancer. Having radiation after surgery is called adjuvant therapy. This can help lower the chances of the cancer coming back. It’s the most common reason to have radiation for endometrial cancer. You are getting chemotherapy or hormone therapy to tre...
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Many With Schizophrenia Say They're Happy: Study
Many With Schizophrenia Say They're Happy: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even though schizophrenia is one of the most severe forms of mental illness, nearly 40 percent of people with the disorder say they're happy, new research contends. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, surveyed 72 schizophrenia patients, ranging in age from 23 to 70, living in the San Diego area, and found that 37 percent said they were happy all or most of the time. Their happiness wasn't rela...
More Children Hit by Cars in September, Experts Say
More Children Hit by Cars in September, Experts Say MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More children are hit by cars during September than any other month of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. This means that parents, drivers and others need to be especially vigilant about traffic safety when schools across the United States are in session, Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts say. Distractions are a major threat. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before they step o...
Many Expectant Moms Don't Get Steroids That Protect Preterm Babies
Many Expectant Moms Don't Get Steroids That Protect Preterm Babies WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Only half of eligible women in low- and middle-income countries at risk for preterm birth receive an inexpensive drug that seems to help prevent complications and deaths in premature infants, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed the use of prenatal corticosteroid injections in more than 300,000 births in 29 countries, and found that only 52 percent of women eligible to receive the simple an...
Man's Rare Condition May Open Door to New Alzheimer's Treatments
Man's Rare Condition May Open Door to New Alzheimer's Treatments MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man with a rare disease has shown scientists that there might be a different way to try to halt the devastating damage of Alzheimer's disease. A mutation of the apolipoprotein E gene (apoE4) has been shown to raise the chances of developing the memory-robbing condition, and experts have wondered how dangerous it would be to treat the patients by eliminating the protein from the brain. Now, resear...
Millions Given Access to Breast, Cervical Cancer Screening: CDC
Millions Given Access to Breast, Cervical Cancer Screening: CDC THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of American women have benefited from a breast and cervical cancer screening program offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new report. The program was launched in 1991 to serve women with limited access to health care. It has provided screening for more than 4 million women in its first 20 years. During that time, the program identified more than 56...
Mutant Gene Spurs Dangerous Heart Condition in Newfoundland Dogs: Study
Mutant Gene Spurs Dangerous Heart Condition in Newfoundland Dogs: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have pinpointed a gene mutation that causes a potentially deadly heart condition in Newfoundland dogs. The inherited condition -- called subvalvular aortic stenosis (SAS) -- also affects children and other dog breeds. Surgery can correct the problem in children, but not in dogs, the researchers noted. In dogs, SAS shows up in the heart as a ridge or ring of abnormal tissue growth ...
Mental Decline Often Precedes a Stroke, Study Finds
Mental Decline Often Precedes a Stroke, Study Finds THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related declines in memory and thinking abilities may increase a senior's risk of stroke and death, researchers say. Their new study included more than 7,200 Americans older than 65 who were given tests every three years to evaluate their short- and long-term memory, attention, awareness and other mental functions. Those with lower test scores were 61 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than those with ...
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