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Stiff Shoulder No Reason to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery: Study
Stiff Shoulder No Reason to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery: Study SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It may not be necessary to delay rotator cuff surgery in patients with shoulder stiffness, a new study suggests. Researchers compared 170 people who had rotator cuff surgery with 25 people who underwent a glenohumeral joint capsule release procedure to relieve shoulder stiffness at the same time they had rotator cuff surgery. Rotator cuff surgery is done to repair a torn tendon in the shoulder. A g...
Smell Test Helps Spot Brain Trauma in Combat Zones, Study Says
Smell Test Helps Spot Brain Trauma in Combat Zones, Study Says THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Testing soldiers' sense of smell can help diagnose those with traumatic brain injury, a new study shows. The findings suggest that doctors in combat zones could use smell tests to help identify soldiers who require immediate brain scans, thereby improving frontline care of those with blast injuries, the researchers said. "Although it may seem far-fetched that the sense of smell can be used to iden...
Study Ties Frequent Antibiotic Use to Higher Odds for Type 2 Diabetes
Study Ties Frequent Antibiotic Use to Higher Odds for Type 2 Diabetes WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Repeated use of certain antibiotics may increase a person's risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from one million people in the United Kingdom and found that those who were prescribed at least two courses of four types of antibiotics -- penicillins, cephalosporins, quinolones and macrolides -- were more likely to develop diabetes. The risk of diabetes r...
Scientists Spot Gene Tied to Severe Autism in Girls
Scientists Spot Gene Tied to Severe Autism in Girls WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've discovered a new genetic cause of autism, singling out a rare gene mutation that appears to hamper normal brain development early on in powerful ways. The gene, CTNND2, provides instructions for making a protein called delta-catenin, which plays crucial roles in the nervous system, said senior author Aravinda Chakravarti, a professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine...
Second 'Tommy John' Surgery Is No Win for Pitchers
Second 'Tommy John' Surgery Is No Win for Pitchers TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a second elbow ligament reconstruction surgery appears to lower professional baseball pitchers' performance and shorten their careers, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 33 major league pitchers who had surgery twice to reconstruct a torn ulnar collateral ligament in their throwing arm -- a procedure widely referred to as "Tommy John" surgery because he's the first pitcher who had the surgery. Aft...
Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke May Actually Boost Risk
Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke May Actually Boost Risk TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using stents rather than medication alone to keep narrowed arteries open in the brain may actually increase patients' risk of stroke, according to the results of a new trial. The study involved more than 100 patients at risk of stroke because of what's called intracranial arterial stenosis -- plaque build-up in the artery walls in the brain. Those who received balloon-expandable stents -- tiny, mesh tubes ...
School Dismissal a Dangerous Time for Kids Getting Hit By Cars
School Dismissal a Dangerous Time for Kids Getting Hit By Cars TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children are at greatest risk of being hit by a car at the end of the school day, as well as in the evening, a new study finds. One expert wasn't surprised by the findings. The after-school hours are "times when adult supervision may not be ideal," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Having increased police awareness and school-sponsored safety ...
Storing Cocoa Pods Longer May Make Chocolate Healthier
Storing Cocoa Pods Longer May Make Chocolate Healthier TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have found a way that might make chocolate healthier and more delicious. Past research has suggested that chocolate is linked to a number of health benefits, such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and reduced stroke risk, due to antioxidants called polyphenols, according to the researchers. The process of making chocolate begins when pods from cocoa trees are split open t...
Should Older Runners Embrace the 'Barefoot' Craze?
Should Older Runners Embrace the 'Barefoot' Craze? TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's the latest thing among avid runners: "minimalist" shoes that approach the way humans first ran -- barefoot. But a new study suggests that runners over the age of 30 who transition from traditional running shoes to minimalist shoes should do so cautiously to avoid injury. They ''probably need to do it much more slowly, over a longer time period," said study lead author Dr. Scott Mullen, a researcher at the...
Secondhand Smoke May Put Kids at Risk for Heart Disease as Adults
Secondhand Smoke May Put Kids at Risk for Heart Disease as Adults MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose parents smoke may be at greater risk of developing heart disease when they're adults than children of nonsmoking parents, a new study says. The study included people in Finland whose exposure as children to parents' smoke was measured in 1980 and 1983. In 2001 and 2007, the participants were checked for plaque accumulation in their neck (carotid) arteries, a sign of heart disease. ...
Smog Plus Pollen May Mean Even More Sneezing
Smog Plus Pollen May Mean Even More Sneezing SUNDAY, March 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Certain air pollutants may boost the potency of a birch tree pollen that plays a big role in seasonal allergies, researchers say. In laboratory tests and computer simulations, researchers found that two pollutants -- ozone and nitrogen dioxide -- have a significant effect on the pollen, called Bet v 1. Specifically, these pollutants appear to provoke chemical changes in the pollen that seem to raise its potency. Leve...
Smoking May Be Linked to Prostate Cancer's Return
Smoking May Be Linked to Prostate Cancer's Return SATURDAY, March 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking doubles the risk that prostate cancer will return after surgery for the disease, a new study suggests. "This is a new analysis, but it seems to confirm results we have seen in many other types of cancer: Basically, smoking increases the risk of cancer recurrence after initial treatment," said lead author Dr. Malte Rieken, of University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland. Researchers followed nearly 7,200 m...
Skin Cancer Rates Rise for Hispanic, Asian Women
Skin Cancer Rates Rise for Hispanic, Asian Women FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While most white people who develop skin cancer are older men, the reverse is true in Asian and Hispanic populations, a new study suggests. Researchers contend that shifting preferences for tanning among Asians and Hispanics in the United States -- along with the belief that their darker skin protects them from the sun's harmful rays -- may be contributing to rising skin cancer rates in both groups. "I think the ...
Study Finds Racial Differences in Choices for Breast Cancer Care
Study Finds Racial Differences in Choices for Breast Cancer Care THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to choosing a surgeon and hospital for breast cancer treatment, white patients are more likely to make their selection based on reputation than black and Hispanic patients are, a new study shows. The findings suggest that minority patients may be more dependent on doctor referrals and health plan limitations when making those decisions, the researchers said. "Most women relied on r...
Slowed Growth Could Signal Crohn's Disease in Kids
Slowed Growth Could Signal Crohn's Disease in Kids WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A lag in growth could be a sign that a child might suffer from undiagnosed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially Crohn's disease, one pediatric doctor says. "Growth charts are one of the most important things we look at with children because sometimes a slower growth rate is the only sign of IBD, especially with Crohn's disease," Dr. Marc Schaefer, a pediatric gastroenterologist, said in a Penn State ...
Study Questions Accuracy of Many Breast Cancer Biopsies
Study Questions Accuracy of Many Breast Cancer Biopsies TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one of every four breast tissue biopsies tested for cancer may have been incorrectly diagnosed by pathologists taking part in a study to test their skills. The pathologists did well at identifying invasive breast cancer, but they struggled with spotting whether abnormal cells in a tissue sample might increase a woman's future cancer risk. This may mean that some women are being treated too aggr...
Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds
Smokers Fare Worse After Heart Procedures, Study Finds MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients who continue to smoke after undergoing artery-opening procedures have a much higher long-term risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death than those who quit smoking or never smoked, a new study finds. The study included nearly 1,800 people with severe coronary artery disease -- narrowing in two or more of their heart's arteries -- who had either angioplasty or bypass surgery. Compared t...
Some Older Heart Patients Might Benefit From Aggressive Treatments
Some Older Heart Patients Might Benefit From Aggressive Treatments MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with certain types of heart problems might benefit from aggressive treatment they might otherwise not receive because of their age, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 458 patients, aged 80 and older, in Norway who had a type of heart attack that is initially mild but leads to poor outcomes after six months or longer, or a closely related condition called unstable angina. Bo...
Spring Allergies Coming Into Bloom
Spring Allergies Coming Into Bloom MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With winter loosening its icy grip on most of the United States, it's time to think about spring allergies, a doctor says. Allergies to spring pollens cause sneezing, stuffy and runny nose, and watery eyes. Other symptoms include itchy nose, mouth, throat, eyes and ears, said Dr. Luz Fonacier, head of allergy and training at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. At least three-quarters of asthma patients have allergies...
Study Gauges Value of CT Scans for Heart Patients
Study Gauges Value of CT Scans for Heart Patients SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the first head-to-head study of its kind, researchers say that CT scans may offer some advantages over traditional "functional stress tests" for people with symptoms of heart disease. As explained in a news release from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a heart CT scan gives doctors 3-D images that they can use to assess the degree of narrowing in the heart's arteries. A functional test uses electri...
Scientists Spot Genes Linked to Rosacea
Scientists Spot Genes Linked to Rosacea FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first genetic factors associated with the skin disorder rosacea have been identified by researchers. More than 16 million people in the United States have rosacea, an incurable skin condition that causes symptoms such as redness, visible blood vessels and pimple-like sores on the face, the researchers said. Many people with rosacea have stinging, burning or increased sensitivity in affected areas of the skin. For the ...
Salt May Be Bad for More Than Your Blood Pressure
Salt May Be Bad for More Than Your Blood Pressure FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you don't develop high blood pressure from eating too much salt, you may still be damaging your blood vessels, heart, kidneys and brain, a new study warns. Researchers reviewed available evidence and found that high levels of salt consumption have harmful effects on a number of organs and tissues, even in people who are "salt-resistant," which means their salt intake does not affect their blood pressure....
Some Injured Kidneys May Be OK for Transplant, Study Finds
Some Injured Kidneys May Be OK for Transplant, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People on the waiting list for a donor kidney may have some good news: A new study suggests that some injured kidneys might still be suitable for transplant. "The waiting list has grown to over 100,000 patients as thousands more people are wait-listed each year than actually receive a transplant," study senior author Dr. Chirag Parikh, director of the Program of Applied Translational Research at Yale ...
Study Highlights Complexity of 'Hearing Voices'
Study Highlights Complexity of 'Hearing Voices' WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rachel Waddingham hears voices. "I hear about 13 or so voices," she said in a news release from Durham University, in England. "Each of them is different -- some have names, they are different ages and sound like different people. Some of them are very angry and violent, others are scared, and others are mischievous." In fact, "for me, the word 'voices' isn't sufficient," said Waddingham, a trustee of the Natio...
Speaking Skills Key to Getting Hired, Study Finds
Speaking Skills Key to Getting Hired, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your voice may be the key to landing a new job, researchers report. University of Chicago investigators asked MBA students to develop short written and spoken pitches for a company where they'd like to work. Evaluators -- including professional recruiters -- rated the students as more competent, thoughtful and intelligent when they heard the petition than when they read it, even when the words in each version...
Some Emotions May Spur Urge to Pick or Pull at Skin, Hair, Nails
Some Emotions May Spur Urge to Pick or Pull at Skin, Hair, Nails WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Boredom, frustration and impatience can trigger chronic skin-picking, nail-biting, hair-pulling and other repetitive behaviors in some people, a new study suggests. The University of Montreal researchers conducted experiments with 24 people who had these types of behaviors and a "control group" of 24 people without any of the behaviors. The results showed that people with body-focused repetitiv...
Stress, Depression a 'Perfect Storm' of Trouble for Heart Patients
Stress, Depression a 'Perfect Storm' of Trouble for Heart Patients TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease, depression and stress can be a deadly combination, a new study finds. Researchers looking at the effect of significant stress and deep depression on nearly 4,500 patients with heart disease called the pairing a "psychosocial perfect storm." "The combination of high stress and high depression symptoms may be particularly harmful for adults with heart disease during an early vulner...
Surgery Seldom Needed When Older Person Breaks Upper Arm: Study
Surgery Seldom Needed When Older Person Breaks Upper Arm: Study TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When an older patient breaks the upper arm, surgery is often no better than simply immobilizing the limb, according to a new study. The British researchers say the findings are important, because they counter a growing trend toward surgery in these cases. One expert in the United States agreed. "This well-done study provides further support for a nonsurgical approach for management of this commonl...
Study Links Family History of Prostate Cancer to Breast Cancer Risk
Study Links Family History of Prostate Cancer to Breast Cancer Risk MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A family history of prostate cancer may be tied to a woman's risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Women whose father, brother or son have had prostate cancer may have a 14 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer, said Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer, a researcher at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit. Those women with a family history of both pro...
Study Suggests Link Between Adult Diabetes, Exposure to Smoke in Womb
Study Suggests Link Between Adult Diabetes, Exposure to Smoke in Womb SATURDAY, March 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who were exposed to tobacco smoke in the womb may be at increased risk for diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at about 1,800 women with diabetes, aged 44 to 54, in California. They found a strong link between their diabetes and parental smoking during pregnancy. Smoking by mothers was associated with a stronger risk of diabetes than smoking by fathers, the researchers s...
Specially Trained Pooch Sniffs Out Thyroid Cancer
Specially Trained Pooch Sniffs Out Thyroid Cancer FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Could a trained "sniffer dog" someday replace costly, invasive techniques used to spot thyroid cancer? That's the promise of an early report on one such canine, a German Shepherd mix named Frankie. A team at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock said that Frankie can accurately sniff out cases of thyroid cancer when presented with patients' urine samples. If this early work pans out, "scent-trained canines co...
Study: Men Are the Narcissists of the Species
Study: Men Are the Narcissists of the Species THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research may help to explain why some women have trouble breaking through the corporate glass ceiling -- they're just not narcissistic enough. Researchers at the University at Buffalo analyzed the findings of studies conducted over three decades that included more than 475,000 people. The results showed that men scored consistently higher than women in narcissism, regardless of age. "Narcissism is associated wi...
Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season
Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As the flu season continues to wind down, it's increasingly clear that older Americans have been hit particularly hard, federal health officials reported Thursday. Not only did record numbers of seniors wind up in the hospital due to the flu, but "this age group also accounts for the majority of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza," researchers wrote in the March 6 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , ...
Stress May Undermine Heart Benefits of Exercise
Stress May Undermine Heart Benefits of Exercise WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who have trouble coping with stress may face an increased risk for future heart trouble that even exercise can't erase, a new study suggests. "It looks like the inability to cope well with stress contributes to the risk of heart disease," said lead researcher Scott Montgomery, a professor of epidemiology at Orebro University in Sweden. Montgomery said what he found "striking" was that physical fitness did ...
Statins Linked to Raised Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Statins Linked to Raised Risk of Type 2 Diabetes WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may significantly increase a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study from Finland suggests. Researchers found that statins were associated with an almost 50 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even after adjusting for other factors. Statins appear to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in several ways, the researchers said. One is that the drugs...
Surgery Patients Might Not Need Sedative Before Anesthesia
Surgery Patients Might Not Need Sedative Before Anesthesia TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new French study questions the need for giving a sedative to surgical patients to calm them down before anesthesia is administered. The investigators found that the sedative lorazepam (Ativan) did not improve patients' experience, and was tied to a lower rate of early mental recovery. "I was not surprised with these results," said Dr. J.P. Abenstein, president of the American Society of Anesthesiologi...
Study Questions Close Monitoring of Thyroid Growths
Study Questions Close Monitoring of Thyroid Growths TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Harmless growths in the thyroid gland are common, and a new study suggests they don't need to be monitored as closely as current guidelines recommend. The thyroid is a gland in the neck that secretes hormones involved in metabolism. According to the American Thyroid Association, by age 60 about half of all people develop a thyroid nodule, an abnormal lump of cells within the gland. Most nodules cause no sympto...
Study Links Recession to Spike in Suicides Among Middle-Aged
Study Links Recession to Spike in Suicides Among Middle-Aged FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The financial stress of the last recession likely contributed to a recent increase in suicides among middle-aged Americans, researchers report. Job, financial or legal problems played a role in 37.5 percent of all completed middle-age suicides in 2010, up from just under 33 percent of suicides in 2005, according to findings published in the Feb. 27 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine ....
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, health officials reported Thursday. That's a drop from the 23 percent protection level estimated for the flu shot earlier in the season, said experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The situation for children was even worse. ...
Safety Add-Ons for Football Helmets May Not Cut Concussion Risk
Safety Add-Ons for Football Helmets May Not Cut Concussion Risk WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Football helmet add-ons may not reduce players' risk of concussion, a new study suggests. These safety products include items such as soft-shell layers, spray treatments, pads and fiber sheets. "Our study suggests that despite many products targeted at reducing concussions in players, there is no magic concussion prevention product on the market at this time," researcher John Lloyd, of BRAINS Inc...
Sound of Mother's Voice in Womb May Aid Fetal Brain Growth
Sound of Mother's Voice in Womb May Aid Fetal Brain Growth MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies may get a brain boost in the womb when they hear the voices and heartbeats of their mothers, a new study suggests. Researchers studying premature babies in the hospital found that the sound centers in the babies' brains grew more quickly when they heard recordings of their mothers rather than the normal clamor of intensive care units. The recordings were manipulated to simulate sounds heard in a w...
Study Ties Saunas to Lower Risk of Death From Heart Disease
Study Ties Saunas to Lower Risk of Death From Heart Disease MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sweating it out in a hot sauna may be relaxing, and new research suggests it may also be good for your heart health. A study from Finland found that men who use saunas frequently are less likely to die from heart disease. Men's risk was even lower when they visited saunas more often in a week, and when they spent longer periods of time in a sauna each session, the researchers reported. The findings coul...
Skin Patch Shows Promise in Easing Peanut Allergy
Skin Patch Shows Promise in Easing Peanut Allergy SUNDAY, Feb. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A wearable patch that safely and gradually exposes the body to small amounts of peanut allergen appears effective in easing the allergy, an early new study shows. The Viaskin peanut patch, worn for a year by peanut-allergic children and adults, appears to "educate cells to turn off the allergic reaction," said lead researcher Dr. Hugh Sampson, director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Kravis Children's Hosp...
Some HIV Strains Cause Early Damage to Immune System, Study Finds
Some HIV Strains Cause Early Damage to Immune System, Study Finds THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fast-replicating strains of HIV damage the immune system in the very early stages of infection, resulting in quicker disease progression, a new study says. The results confirmed previous findings that people with faster-replicating HIV strains have a quicker decline in levels of infection-fighting immune system CD4 T-cells, the researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of S...
Sun's Damage Lingers Long After Dark
Sun's Damage Lingers Long After Dark THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation continues long after you get out of the sun, even in the dark, a new study says. Researchers explain that UV light from the sun or tanning beds can damage DNA in melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells in the skin that make the substance called melanin. Melanin gives skin its color. Damage to melanocytes is a major cause of skin cancer, according to the researchers. It was thought...
Small Study Links Lack of Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Small Study Links Lack of Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes Risk THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study helps explain why getting too little sleep might boost diabetes risk. Researchers say lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of substances called free fatty acids in the blood. These substances interfere with the ability of the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. The researchers said these findings suggest that high rates of obesity and diabetes could be reduced by something as...
Study Ties Shingles Virus to Dangerous Blood Vessel Disease in Elderly
Study Ties Shingles Virus to Dangerous Blood Vessel Disease in Elderly WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research links the virus behind chickenpox and shingles to a blood vessel condition that afflicts the elderly and can sometimes be deadly. The study doesn't prove that the so-called varicella zoster virus causes the condition, known as giant cell arteritis. But study author Dr. Don Gilden, a professor of neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, said the fin...
Study Compares Drugs for Diabetes-Linked Eye Disease
Study Compares Drugs for Diabetes-Linked Eye Disease WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A vision-robbing condition called diabetic macular edema can strike people with diabetes. Now, a new study compared three leading drugs for the condition -- Avastin, Eylea and Lucentis -- and found that Eylea came out on top, at least for patients with "moderate" vision loss. The study, funded by the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI), "will have a dramatic impact on patient care," said Dr. Mark Fromer, an o...
Study Questions Benefits of Treadmill Desks
Study Questions Benefits of Treadmill Desks WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With increasing evidence that sitting for long periods isn't good for your waistline or your health in general, efforts have begun to focus on ways to shake up the traditional American workplace. One such innovation that's been touted as a possible solution is the treadmill desk. But a new study may dampen some of the enthusiasm about these devices. Researchers found that the desks are expensive, challenging to inco...
Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Deadly Bird Flu
Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Deadly Bird Flu TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu vaccines trigger immune system protection against the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, a new study reveals. This strain of bird flu, which emerged in China in 2013, kills nearly one-third of people infected with it, the researchers noted. "We have clear evidence that a normal immune response to flu vaccination offers protection against dangerous and highly unique strains of influenza such as H7N9,...
Study Refutes Notion That Fans Are Useless in Extreme Heat
Study Refutes Notion That Fans Are Useless in Extreme Heat TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When a heat wave strikes, using a fan may help keep you cool, despite some public health guidance to the contrary, new research suggests. Previously, some public health experts have recommended against the use of electric fans, suggesting that at best, they don't help cool you, and at worst, might make you hotter by blowing hot air on to you. But, the new study found up to a certain temperature and humi...
Sleep Group Updates Shuteye Guidelines
Sleep Group Updates Shuteye Guidelines TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For the youngest and oldest, the National Sleep Foundation has new guidelines on what constitutes a good night's rest. Newborns (0 to 3 months) need 14 to 17 hours of sleep per day, while infants (4 to 11 months) need 12 to 15 hours, according to the new guidelines. Previous recommendations were 12 to 18 hours for newborns, and 14 to 15 hours for infants. On the other end of the age spectrum, the sleep foundation added a n...
Some Jobs Are a Pain in the Back
Some Jobs Are a Pain in the Back MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Working in an awkward position significantly increases the risk of developing low back pain, a new study finds. Doing manual labor that involved awkward positions increased the risk of low back pain by eight times. Other significant risk factors included fatigue and being distracted during an activity. The risk of back pain was highest between 7 a.m. and noon, the Australian researchers found. The findings were reported in the ne...
Study Links Antibiotics to Digestive Complication in Infants
Study Links Antibiotics to Digestive Complication in Infants MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using certain antibiotics early in infancy may raise the risk of a serious gastrointestinal condition called pyloric stenosis, a new study indicates. Doctors have known that using the antibiotic erythromycin can increase the risk of pyloric stenosis in infants. The new findings confirmed that link, and also found that the antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax) is associated with a higher risk of pyloric s...
Smoking During Pregnancy May Raise Diabetes Risk for Daughters: Study
Smoking During Pregnancy May Raise Diabetes Risk for Daughters: Study MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women whose mothers smoked while pregnant may be two to three times more likely to develop diabetes as adults, new research suggests. The finding is based on the tracking of 1,800 women whose mothers had been participants in an earlier study. All the mothers had received obstetric care in the San Francisco area at some point between 1959 and 1967. Because the study was initially launched to ex...
Sleepiness in Your Teen May Signal 'Weed' Use
Sleepiness in Your Teen May Signal 'Weed' Use FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who are being assessed for the sleep disorder narcolepsy should also be screened for marijuana use because the drug can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, researchers report. People with narcolepsy show the same symptoms, the study authors explained. The researchers looked at 383 children evaluated for excessive daytime sleepiness, and found that 10 percent of those aged 13 and older whose results indicated na...
Smoking Linked to Damage in the Brain, Researchers Find
Smoking Linked to Damage in the Brain, Researchers Find FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may damage part of the brain by causing thinning in a crucial area, new research shows. The study included more than 500 male and female smokers, former smokers and nonsmokers who were an average of 73 years old. Brain scans revealed that current and former smokers had a thinner cortex than those who never smoked. The cortex is where important thought processes such as memory, language and perceptio...
Studies Find More Genetic Links to Obesity
Studies Find More Genetic Links to Obesity WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers more evidence that genes play a significant role in obesity. The findings may help explain why some people are more likely to put on extra pounds and develop obesity-linked conditions, the investigators said. The researchers analyzed genetic samples from more than 300,000 people and identified more than 140 locations across their sets of DNA that play a role in obesity. They also pinpointed new bi...
Smokers May Get Less Benefit From Drugs for Arthritic Back Pain
Smokers May Get Less Benefit From Drugs for Arthritic Back Pain TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may hamper the effects of certain drugs used to treat inflammatory arthritis in the lower back, a new study from Switzerland says. Researchers from University Hospital Zurich looked at how 700 people with this type of arthritis responded to treatment with a class of drugs called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. About two-thirds of the patients were smokers. After one to two years of ...
Shorter Hours for Doctors Don't Lead to Expected Improvements: Study
Shorter Hours for Doctors Don't Lead to Expected Improvements: Study MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Shorter shifts for medical residents don't appear to be making any big improvements in doctors' fatigue levels or in patient care, new research shows. The study found that although doctors weren't less tired during their shortest shifts, an adverse patient event was more likely to occur during a short shift. The results "question the rationale for shortening the exposure of the residents to the ...
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