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Prenatal Exposure to Pollutants May Spell Trouble for Kids
Prenatal Exposure to Pollutants May Spell Trouble for Kids WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to common air pollutants before birth may make children more likely to have the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other thinking and behavioral problems, a small new study suggests. "Exposure to air pollution in pregnancy and during early infancy [and] early childhood seems to produce brain disturbances in the left side of the brain, in direct proportion to the ...
Premature Deaths Down in 60 Percent of U.S. Counties
Premature Deaths Down in 60 Percent of U.S. Counties WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Premature death rates have fallen in 60 percent of the counties in the United States in the past decade, a new report shows. In the District of Columbia, the premature death rate fell nearly one-third between 2004-06 and 2010-12, which was the largest drop among counties with 65,000 or more people, according to the 2015 County Health Rankings. The rankings compared counties on 30 factors that affect health...
Parents' Attitude May Be Key to Pre-Game Jitters in Kids
Parents' Attitude May Be Key to Pre-Game Jitters in Kids FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Want your child to relax and perform well at that next school swim meet? Try not to raise the bar too high in terms of your own expectations, a new study suggests. "You might think that's a really positive thing for the child, but that's creating a lot of worry [for the kid] as well," study author Miranda Kaye, a professor in the exercise and sport sciences department at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., sa...
Plain Packaging Laws Might Spur Smokers to Quit
Plain Packaging Laws Might Spur Smokers to Quit THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Legislation that strips cigarette packaging of all brand-specific design may boost the number of smokers who want to try quitting, a new Australian survey reveals. Researchers polled more than 5,000 Australian adults between 2012 and 2013. During that time, an Australian law was implemented requiring that all tobacco packaging be standardized and carry large graphic images warning of the dangers of cigarettes. I...
Procedure May Beat Drug in Patients With Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat
Procedure May Beat Drug in Patients With Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with heart failure can sometimes also develop the dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, which can raise their odds for stroke. Now, a study to be presented Monday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) examines the best way to treat these patients. It suggests that patients have better outcomes if they undergo a proc...
Pregnancy Weight Has Lasting Effect on Child, Study Finds
Pregnancy Weight Has Lasting Effect on Child, Study Finds FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being overweight or obese before pregnancy, or gaining too much weight during pregnancy, may put children at increased risk for obesity, a new study says. "Some weight gain during pregnancy is normal, but women need to know that gaining too much weight can put their child at risk for being obese in childhood and as they get older, which places them at higher risk for future chronic disease," said study a...
Perhaps Genghis Khan's Greatest Legacy: Millions of Descendants
Perhaps Genghis Khan's Greatest Legacy: Millions of Descendants WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- He helped build an empire stretching across Eurasia, but Genghis Khan's most enduring legacy may be genetic, a new study suggests. British researchers focused on similarities in the Y chromosomes of Asian men living today. They calculated that millions of these men are descended from either the Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan -- who died in 1227 A.D. -- or 10 other powerful Asian leaders who rule...
Physically Tough Jobs May Harm a Man's Fertility: Study
Physically Tough Jobs May Harm a Man's Fertility: Study MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hard physical work, high blood pressure and taking multiple medications are among the factors that may lower sperm quality and make men less fertile, new research finds. "Nearly 15 percent of American couples do not get pregnant within their first year of trying," and male infertility plays a major role, study senior author Germaine Buck Louis, director of the division of intramural population health resear...
Privately Insured Brain Tumor Patients May Fare Better
Privately Insured Brain Tumor Patients May Fare Better MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Brain tumor patients with private health insurance do better than those who have Medicaid coverage or are uninsured, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than a half-million brain tumor-related hospitalizations in the United States between 2002 and 2011. Compared to uninsured or Medicaid patients, those with private insurance had fewer medical complications and were less likely to develop n...
Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma
Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who contract pneumonia during the first three years of life appear to face a higher risk of developing asthma, new research suggests. These findings raise concern that early childhood respiratory problems may have an enduring and negative impact on growing lungs. "This supports the idea that the roots of chronic illness in adult life may be the events that occur in early life," said study co-aut...
Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla.
Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla. FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in the United States are seeing more infants born addicted to narcotic painkillers -- a problem highlighted by a new Florida-based report. These infants experience what's called neonatal abstinence syndrome as they undergo withdrawal from the addictive drugs their mothers took during pregnancy. Most often these are narcotic painkillers, such as oxycodone, morphine or hydrocodone, accor...
Poor Response to Statins May Mean Clogged Arteries
Poor Response to Statins May Mean Clogged Arteries THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty percent of people with heart disease don't respond to cholesterol-lowering statins and may have dangerously clogged arteries, researchers have found. A new study found these people experienced little or no reduction in the "bad" cholesterol that contributes to artery-blocking plaque, making heart attack or stroke more likely. The finding has important implications for statin guidelines, said lead resear...
Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease
Postmenopausal Women May Be at Risk of Gum Disease FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women who are at high risk for broken bones may also be at increased risk for gum disease, a new study suggests. The research included almost 200 women, aged 51 to 80. They had all gone through menopause within the last 10 years, didn't smoke and hadn't taken hormone replacement therapy, bone loss prevention drugs or diabetes medications for at least five years. The women's gums were examined and ...
Plastics Chemical Tied to Changes in Boys' Reproductive Development
Plastics Chemical Tied to Changes in Boys' Reproductive Development THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When expectant mothers are exposed to plastics chemicals called phthalates during the first trimester, their male offspring may have a greater risk of infertility later in life, a new study suggests. Boys exposed to the chemical diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) may be born with a significantly shorter anogenital distance than those not exposed to these chemicals. Anogenital distance is the distan...
Preschoolers May Not Need Naps, Review Reports
Preschoolers May Not Need Naps, Review Reports TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A daytime nap may not be the best idea for preschoolers, concluded a recent review of dozens of previous studies on napping. Children over 2 years old who napped during the day tended to go to bed later and get less sleep than those who gave up a mid-day snooze, the researchers found. "Given that sleep is such an important issue for the well-being of children and their parents, we were surprised to find so few stud...
Parents Split on Later School Start Time for Teens
Parents Split on Later School Start Time for Teens MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About half of American parents support a later start to the school day for teens, a new survey shows. The poll of parents with teens aged 13 to 17 whose schools start before 8:30 a.m. found that half favored a later school start time. Forty percent said doing so would allow their teens to get more sleep, and 22 percent believed doing so would help their teen do better at school. However, 22 percent of the parent...
Pollution Exposure Peaks at Stop Lights, Study Finds
Pollution Exposure Peaks at Stop Lights, Study Finds FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drivers are exposed to very high levels of air pollution when they stop at red lights, a new study shows. The British researchers tracked drivers' exposure to small bits of air pollution, called nanoparticles, as they drove their cars during a normal workday. Cars are known to emit nanoparticles, they added. These harmful pollutants have been linked to increased risk of lung and heart diseases. At red lights, ...
Prolonged Rescue Efforts May Not Help Young Drowning Victims: Study
Prolonged Rescue Efforts May Not Help Young Drowning Victims: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prolonged efforts to save young drowning victims doesn't help those whose hearts have stopped and who have a dangerously low body temperature, according to a new study that challenges current guidelines. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children worldwide, the Dutch researchers noted. Drowning victims often have low body temperatures, or hypothermia, which is thought to offe...
Preterm Delivery Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke Risk in Mothers
Preterm Delivery Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke Risk in Mothers TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have a preterm baby may face an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 10 large studies conducted in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Scotland and Sweden to examine the possible link between spontaneous preterm delivery and heart disease risk. The smallest study had more than 3,700 women. The largest study had more than 923,000, ...
Problems Spotted in Clinical Trials Can Go Unreported, Study Says
Problems Spotted in Clinical Trials Can Go Unreported, Study Says MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical journals and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rarely report violations of scientific conduct that federal regulators unearth during spot inspections of clinical trials, a new analysis shows. In a study published in the Feb. 10 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine , a review of FDA inspection reports between 1998 and 2013 revealed nearly 60 clinical trials in which regulators had uncovered v...
Panel Asks: What Defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Panel Asks: What Defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome is about to get a new clinical definition, with the hope that it will help physicians better diagnose people afflicted with the mysterious and complex disorder. On Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine will release a long-awaited report that will define diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome and examine whether a new name for the disease is warranted. The report could prove a landm...
Prevent Tooth Loss and Dental Work With Good Gum Care
Prevent Tooth Loss and Dental Work With Good Gum Care FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking care of your gums plays an important role in protecting your teeth. Gum disease and tooth decay cause about 90 percent of tooth loss, the American Dental Association says. "The good news is that gum disease is largely preventable through regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings. The bad news is that not many people like flossing their teeth, and many brush improperly," Dr. Martin Hogan, a dental ...
Preemies More Likely to Have Asthma, Study Finds
Preemies More Likely to Have Asthma, Study Finds FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Premature babies have an increased risk of developing asthma, but are likely to grow out of the disease, new research says. "The study confirms that those born prematurely [less than 37 weeks of pregnancy] are more likely to suffer asthmatic symptoms and lung conditions than other children. However, the good news is that they grow out of these conditions," study co-author Dr. Anne Louise de Barros Damgaard, a forme...
Program for 1-Year-Olds Tries to Lessen Autism's Impact
Program for 1-Year-Olds Tries to Lessen Autism's Impact FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of 1-year-olds who appear to be at risk for autism can take simple steps to help them improve, a new study says. Researchers identified 18 families with 1-year-old children with possible signs of autism. At this age, full-blown symptoms of autism are not yet evident, the researchers explained. Children who develop an autism spectrum disorder display persistent deficits in social communication and int...
Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women
Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Extensive exposure to common chemicals appears to be linked to an earlier start of menopause, a new study suggests. Researchers found that menopause typically begins two to four years earlier in women whose bodies have high levels of certain chemicals found in household items, personal care products, plastics and the environment, compared to women with lower levels of the chemicals. The investi...
Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds
Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking doubles the chances that a prostate cancer patient will see his disease spread and that he will eventually die from his illness, a new study finds. "Basically we found that people who smoke had a higher risk of their tumor coming back, of it spreading and, ultimately, even dying of prostate cancer," said study co-author Dr. Michael Zelefsky. He is vice chair of clinical research in the departmen...
Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study
Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients hospitalized with pneumonia appear to have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease for years afterward, a new study finds. This elevated risk was highest in the first month after pneumonia -- fourfold -- but remained 1.5 times higher over subsequent years, the researchers say. "A single episode of pneumonia could have long-term consequences several months or years ...
Pizza Takes a Slice Out of Kids' Health, Study Finds
Pizza Takes a Slice Out of Kids' Health, Study Finds MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- On the days your kids eat pizza, they likely take in more calories, fat and sodium than on other days, a new study found. On any given day in the United States in 2009-10, one in five young children and nearly one in four teens ate pizza for a meal or snack, researchers found. "Given that pizza remains a highly prevalent part of children's diet, we need to make healthy pizza the norm," said study author Lisa P...
Poor Sleep Tied to More Drinking, Drug Use by Teens
Poor Sleep Tied to More Drinking, Drug Use by Teens FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of sleep raises teens' risk of alcohol and drug problems, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 6,500 American teens that was collected in three separate waves: 1994-95, 1996 and 2001-02. The findings appear in the February online issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research . "Sleep difficulties at the first wave significantly predicted alcohol-related int...
Pursuing Pancreatic Cancer's Deadly Secret
Pursuing Pancreatic Cancer's Deadly Secret FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new lab study might help explain why pancreatic cancer is so deadly. "Patients with the earliest stage of pancreatic cancer have a survival rate of only 30 percent. This suggests that even in that very early stage of invasive cancer there are already cells that have spread to distant parts of the body," said study author Dr. Diane Simeone, director of the Pancreatic Cancer Center at the University of Michigan Comprehe...
Petty 'Crimes' Sometimes Tied to Dementia
Petty 'Crimes' Sometimes Tied to Dementia THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some older adults with dementia unwittingly commit crimes like theft or trespassing, and for a small number, it can be a first sign of their mental decline, a new study finds. The behavior, researchers found, is most often seen in people with a subtype of frontotemporal dementia. Frontotemporal dementia accounts for about 10 to 15 percent of all dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Meanwhile, older ...
Parent's Suicide Attempt Makes Child's Much More Likely: Study
Parent's Suicide Attempt Makes Child's Much More Likely: Study TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When a parent has a history of attempting suicide, the odds of a suicide attempt in their child rises fivefold, compared to the offspring of people without such histories, a new study finds. Reporting in the Dec. 30 online edition of JAMA Psychiatry , researchers led by Dr. David Brent of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center tracked more than 700 young and adult-aged children (ages ranged fro...
Pollution Plagues Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca
Pollution Plagues Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution in Mecca rises sharply each year when millions of Muslims make the annual holy pilgrimage (hajj) to the Saudi Arabian city, a new study shows. "Hajj is like nothing else on the planet. You have 3 to 4 million people -- a whole good-sized city -- coming into an already existing city," Isobel Simpson, a research chemist in the atmospheric chemistry laboratory at the University of California, Irvine, said i...
Poverty Makes Diabetes Care Tougher, Study Reports
Poverty Makes Diabetes Care Tougher, Study Reports MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes who have difficulty paying for food, medicine and other basic needs also have trouble managing their diabetes, a new study finds. Those who have trouble paying for food or medicine had the highest risk of poor diabetes control, according to the study. Poor control means higher blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure than normal, the researchers said. "Despite insurance coverage, unmet ba...
Preventing Emergency Surgeries Could Save $1 Billion
Preventing Emergency Surgeries Could Save $1 Billion MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies to reduce the number of emergency surgeries in the United States could save up to $1 billion in health care costs over a decade, new research suggests. The study also found that surgeries planned ahead of time (elective surgery) are less risky for patients and generally have better outcomes. "The costs of surgical care represent nearly 30 percent of total health care expenditures and they are projec...
Pack a Travel First-Aid Kit for the Holidays
Pack a Travel First-Aid Kit for the Holidays FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're planning on traveling during the holidays, be sure to pack a travel first-aid kit, an expert recommends. "A good first-aid kit should help you cope with many of the situations that can make your vacation less than perfect -- like a headache or a stomachache," Caroline Sullivan, an assistant professor of Columbia University School of Nursing, said in a university news release. "Once you set up the kit, just c...
Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts Say
Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts Say FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- All children should have their eyesight checked between the ages of 3 and 6, preferably every year, eye experts say. The new vision-screening guidelines for preschool-aged children are from an expert panel of the U.S. National Center for Children's Vision Health. The panel said that children in this age group require screening for eye problems, particularly vision issues that require correction with glasses, such as a...
Poor Students Eat Healthier Foods at School, Study Finds
Poor Students Eat Healthier Foods at School, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Poor students get more fruits and vegetables at school than they do at home, a new study finds. But, the opposite is true for students from wealthier families. These findings show that having fruits and vegetables at school may give a healthy boost to poor students' diets, according to the study. But, no matter what the family income level, students all ate a similar amount of fruits and vegetables at sch...
Patients Given Less Blood During Surgery Do Fine, Study Reports
Patients Given Less Blood During Surgery Do Fine, Study Reports FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease patients who receive smaller amounts of blood during surgery do as well as those who get more blood, a new study finds. The research included more than 2,000 heart disease patients who were followed for as long as four years after surgery. Half received larger amounts of blood during surgery and half received up to two-thirds less blood. Those who received less blood did not have an in...
Poor Sperm Quality May Signal Health Issues, Study Finds
Poor Sperm Quality May Signal Health Issues, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Defects in sperm within semen may be linked to a variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and skin and glandular disorders, a new study suggests. The defects probably don't cause these problems. It's more likely that semen quality reflects overall health, the researchers said. "It may be that infertility is a marker for sickness overall," said lead researcher Dr. Michael...
Progress Still Needed on 'Race Gap' in Older Americans' Health
Progress Still Needed on 'Race Gap' in Older Americans' Health WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older blacks are still faring worse than whites in the United States when it comes to managing heart disease and diabetes, a new study finds. Researchers found that from 2006 to 2011, black Medicare patients were consistently less likely than whites to have their high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar under control. But the study, published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, ...
Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals Linked to Lower IQs in Study
Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals Linked to Lower IQs in Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed in the womb to higher amounts of two chemicals commonly found in plastics may be at higher risk for lower IQ, a new study suggests. The two compounds, di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), are part of a class of chemicals called phthalates and are found in a variety of household goods. "This study adds to the small but growing body of research linking c...
Press Releases Blamed for Exaggerated Health News
Press Releases Blamed for Exaggerated Health News WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exaggerated news reports about health research often can be traced back to press releases issued by universities, a new British study suggests. Improving the accuracy of these news releases could greatly reduce the amount of misleading health news, the researchers said in their Dec. 9 report in the BMJ . The blame "lies mainly with the increasing culture of university competition and self-promotion, interactin...
Preliminary Studies Target Advanced Breast Cancers
Preliminary Studies Target Advanced Breast Cancers WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two preliminary studies into medications under development may offer some hope for women with advanced breast cancer. A breast cancer specialist says the findings aren't a "home run," but so far the experimental treatments show some promise, especially the pair of drugs for advanced cancer that is estrogen-receptor-positive. "We're finding drugs that can delay cancer and hopefully improve survival. And we're ...
Painkiller Tramadol Linked to Low Blood Sugar
Painkiller Tramadol Linked to Low Blood Sugar MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The narcotic painkiller tramadol (Ultram) seems to be associated with an increased risk of dangerously low blood sugar, Canadian researchers report. Tramadol is a narcotic drug whose use has increased steadily worldwide. The new research links taking the drug to around a threefold increased risk of being hospitalized for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), according to the study. In some cases, those low blood sugar episo...
Prompt Treatment of Shoulder Dislocation May Prevent Future Problems
Prompt Treatment of Shoulder Dislocation May Prevent Future Problems MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate medical treatment of a dislocated shoulder reduces the risk of bone, muscle and nerve injuries as well as the risk of future dislocations, a new study found. Prompt treatment includes scans of the shoulder before and after it is reset. These scans check for possible fractures or other muscle and bone injuries, according to the researchers who reviewed available literature on the topic....
Public Restrooms No Germier Than Your Home, Study Finds
Public Restrooms No Germier Than Your Home, Study Finds FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people envision public restrooms as filthy and crawling with nasty germs, but they're actually as healthy as the average room in your home, a new study reports. Microbiologists tracking bacteria and viruses in four public restrooms found that most of the bacteria present came from human skin and outdoor environments. Illness-causing fecal bacteria were present in the restrooms, but represented less than...
Painkiller Abuse More Likely for Those Who Skip College: Study
Painkiller Abuse More Likely for Those Who Skip College: Study FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who skip college are more likely to abuse prescription painkillers than their degree-bound peers, a new study finds. "Our findings clearly show there is a need for young adult prevention and intervention programs to target nonmedical prescription drug use beyond college campuses," said first author Dr. Silvia Martins, an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman...
Poorest Seniors at Risk for Repeat Hospital Stays
Poorest Seniors at Risk for Repeat Hospital Stays MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors from the poorest U.S. neighborhoods are at increased risk for repeat trips to the hospital for heart disease or pneumonia, a new study finds. The research, published in the Dec. 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine , looked at records from nearly 256,000 Medicare patients who were discharged from a hospital after being treated for heart complications or pneumonia. The investigators found that people ...
Parents Need to Take Lead on Teen Concussion Prevention
Parents Need to Take Lead on Teen Concussion Prevention TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents need to take an active role in protecting their children from sports concussions, an expert warns. Parents must make sure sports-playing teens have the right protective gear and undergo standard, Dr. David Dodick, chair of the American Migraine Foundation and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz. in an American Migraine Foundation, said in a foundation ...
Parents Want Children in Day Care to Be Vaccinated: Poll
Parents Want Children in Day Care to Be Vaccinated: Poll TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of American parents would consider removing their children from day care if other kids did not have all the recommended vaccinations, and many say that under-vaccinated children shouldn't be allowed to attend day care. Those are among the findings from a national survey of parents of children up to 5 years old. The parents were asked how they would respond if 25 percent of children in their...
Preterm-Birth Complications Leading Global Killer of Young Children
Preterm-Birth Complications Leading Global Killer of Young Children MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 3,000 children under the age of 5 die worldwide each day from preterm birth complications, making it the leading cause of death among young children, a new study reports. That means that for the first time in history, complications from preterm births are the leading killer of young children around the globe, according to the researchers. Complications from preterm birth caused nearly ...
Pain, Depression Tied to Delirium Risk After Surgery for Seniors
Pain, Depression Tied to Delirium Risk After Surgery for Seniors TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pain and depression before an operation may increase seniors' risk for delirium after surgery, a new study suggests. Rates of delirium after surgery are highest among older patients, occurring in up to 51 percent of those aged 65 and older. Previous research has also shown that depression is a major risk factor for delirium, which is a disoriented state marked by a sharp decrease in attention and ...
Protect Yourself in Icy Temperatures, Heavy Snow
Protect Yourself in Icy Temperatures, Heavy Snow TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As the winter's first big snowstorm hits the Midwest and an Arctic blast barrels toward the East Coast this week, experts are offering tips on how to deal with the cold and snow. Temperatures in some areas are dipping into the single digits, and that's when adequate clothing is key, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "It's important to dress in layers...
Phone Counseling Helps Rural Women With Cancer Gene Tests
Phone Counseling Helps Rural Women With Cancer Gene Tests TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Telephone counseling on genetic testing is as effective as in-person counseling for women at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer, a new study finds. While in-person genetic counseling is available for many women in cities, that's typically not the case for women in rural areas, the researchers noted. This study included 988 women at risk for hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer. All received a pers...
PTSD in Women Linked to Premature Birth
PTSD in Women Linked to Premature Birth THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) significantly increases a pregnant woman's risk of premature birth, according to a new study. Researchers examined more than 16,000 births involving female U.S. military veterans between 2000 and 2012, and found that having PTSD in the year before delivery increased the risk of spontaneous premature birth by 35 percent. In spontaneous premature birth, the mother goes into labor...
Premature Births Down in U.S., But Rates Still High, Reports Say
Premature Births Down in U.S., But Rates Still High, Reports Say THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preterm births in the United States fell to 11.4 percent in 2013, the lowest rate in 17 years, the March of Dimes reported Thursday. And an unrelated U.S. study finds more good news: Since 2005, the rate of preterm deliveries has declined consistently each year for the first time in more than two decades. However, experts hope to see the number of premature births fall even lower. "Having a preter...
Prescribe Blood Thinner Pradaxa With Caution, Study Warns
Prescribe Blood Thinner Pradaxa With Caution, Study Warns MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors may want to use caution when prescribing the blood thinner Pradaxa for a common irregular heart beat called atrial fibrillation. So say the authors of a new study that shows Pradaxa carries a higher risk of major bleeding and of gastrointestinal bleeding compared to the traditional blood thinner warfarin. However, patients taking Pradaxa (dagibatran) also had a reduced risk of bleeding in the brain...
Plastics' Chemical May Affect Baby Boys' Genital Development
Plastics' Chemical May Affect Baby Boys' Genital Development WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to a common plastics' chemical during pregnancy may have effects on genital development in baby boys, a small study hints. Researchers found that baby boys born to moms with greater exposure to a chemical called DiNP tended to have a shorter anogenital distance -- the space between the genitals and anus. Anogenital distance is set in the womb, and it's considered a marker of exposure to and...
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