Some People May Be Pre-Wired to Be Bilingual
Some People May Be Pre-Wired to Be Bilingual WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some people's brains seem pre-wired to acquire a second language, new research suggests. But anyone who tries to move beyond their mother tongue will likely gain a brain boost, the small study finds. The brain "becomes more connected and integrated after learning," said study co-author Ping Li, co-director of the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition at Pennsylvania State University. But it's even more interesti...
Steer Clear of Cold Meds for Babies, FDA Advises
Steer Clear of Cold Meds for Babies, FDA Advises WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most babies and young children don't need medicines if they have a cold, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough medicine should not be given to children younger than 2 because they could cause serious and potentially deadly side effects, the agency warned. American adults average about three colds a year, but children get them more often. When children get a cold, pare...
Spotting Hearing Problems in Infancy May Boost Reading Skills in Deaf Teens
Spotting Hearing Problems in Infancy May Boost Reading Skills in Deaf Teens WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaf teens have stronger language and reading skills if their hearing problems were detected at an early age, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at a group of deaf children in England who were diagnosed with permanent hearing loss through an infant screening program conducted in the 1990s. A follow-up of the children at age 8 found that those who were screened by the time they w...
Study Uncovers Vultures' Gastronomical Secrets
Study Uncovers Vultures' Gastronomical Secrets TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vultures have developed highly specialized ways of dealing with the toxic bacteria they ingest when eating dead animals, researchers report. The new research investigated the different types of bacteria found on the faces and in the guts of 50 turkey vultures and black vultures in the United States. On average, the faces of the vultures had more than 500 different types of microorganisms, compared with 76 in their ...
Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment So Successful in Kids That Trial Is Halted
Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment So Successful in Kids That Trial Is Halted FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A clinical trial of hydroxyurea therapy for children with sickle cell anemia has been halted a year early because the results show it is a safe and effective way to manage the disease and reduce the risk of stroke. The announcement about the research, which was conducted at 25 medical centers in the United States and Canada, was made this week by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst...
Special Ambulance Delivers Vital Stroke Care More Quickly
Special Ambulance Delivers Vital Stroke Care More Quickly FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke outcomes are better when patients are treated in an ambulance by a neurologist equipped with a CT scanner and clot-busting drugs, German researchers report. The sooner patients get the clot dissolver -- tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) -- the better the outcome after a stroke, the researchers noted. For the best outcome, the drug needs to be given within the first hour after stroke symptoms start...
Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes
Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly adults who live in nursing homes may commonly deal with aggressive or inappropriate behavior from fellow residents, a new study suggests. The study of 10 centers in New York state found that, in the space of just one month, nearly 20 percent of residents were involved in some type of incident with a fellow resident. Most often, it was a verbal clash, with someone yelling or cursing at another resid...
Study Supports Giving Kidney Donors Priority When They Need a Kidney
Study Supports Giving Kidney Donors Priority When They Need a Kidney THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney donation is one of the most selfless acts one person can do for another. And now a new study finds that former donors who find they need a kidney later in life are benefiting from policies that give them priority on the transplant waiting list. Living donors provided organs for almost 6,300 of the 16,900 kidney transplants that took place in the United States in 2010, according to back...
Study Finds No Added Benefit From Routine Heart Scans for Diabetics
Study Finds No Added Benefit From Routine Heart Scans for Diabetics TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Routine screening for heart disease isn't effective for people with diabetes who have no symptoms but are at high risk for a heart attack, according to a new study. Researchers found the screenings do not help prevent heart attacks or help patients avoid being admitted to the hospital for unstable angina (chest pain that occurs when the heart doesn't receive enough oxygen-carrying blood). Prope...
Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Your Heart an Unwelcome Buzz
Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Your Heart an Unwelcome Buzz SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests. Blood vessel function in laboratory rats dropped by 70 percent after a half-hour of exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke -- similar to results found with secondhand tobacco smoke, researchers from the University of...
Study Ties Teen Smoking to Risk of Severe Menstrual Cramps
Study Ties Teen Smoking to Risk of Severe Menstrual Cramps MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who started smoking at a young age may be at increased risk for chronic, severe menstrual pain, a new study suggests. About 29 percent of women experience severe menstrual pain. While smoking has been suspected as a risk factor for severe menstrual pain, the evidence has been inconclusive, the authors of the new study said. The researchers analyzed data from 9,000 women taking part in a long-term s...
Some Painkillers Tied to Bleeding Risk in Those With Abnormal Heartbeat
Some Painkillers Tied to Bleeding Risk in Those With Abnormal Heartbeat MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with the abnormal heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation who take common painkillers might significantly increase their risk for bleeding and blood clots, according to a new study. That risk was even higher among patients who took a blood thinner along with one of these nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkiller drugs (NSAIDs), which include aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin), naproxen (Aleve...
Safe, Successful Kidney Dialysis Possible in Ebola Patients
Safe, Successful Kidney Dialysis Possible in Ebola Patients FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. doctors say they now have a protocol for safely and effectively providing dialysis to Ebola patients who have kidney failure. Doctors at Emory University in Atlanta described the first successful dialysis of an Ebola patient -- a patient who not only survived the infection, but recovered normal kidney function. Just as important, experts said, none of the health care workers involved in that patien...
Sleep Apnea Linked to Kidney Disease Progression in Diabetics
Sleep Apnea Linked to Kidney Disease Progression in Diabetics FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney disease may progress faster for diabetics who have kidney disease and also suffer from sleep apnea, according to a new study. Screening for the sleep disorder, the researchers said, could help identify those at risk for accelerated loss of kidney function. Obstructive sleep apnea is common among people with type 2 diabetes, according to the researchers. The disorder causes the upper airway to b...
Smokers in Cars Pose Risk to Passengers: Study
Smokers in Cars Pose Risk to Passengers: Study FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that non-smoking people who sit in cars with smokers inhale some of the same cancer-causing substances and other toxins. But, it's not clear what this means for the health of non-smokers, the researchers said. This "is the first study to measure exposure to these particular chemicals in people exposed to secondhand smoke," study senior investigator Dr. Neal Benowitz, professor of medicine and b...
Scientists Find Signs of Toxic Flame Retardants in Americans
Scientists Find Signs of Toxic Flame Retardants in Americans WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report that they found evidence of six kinds of toxic flame retardants in Americans. The researchers tested urine samples from California residents and found detectable levels of a rarely studied group of flame retardants known as phosphates, and one -- tris-(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) -- has never been seen in Americans before. TCEP, a known carcinogen that can also damage people's ...
Study Shows Men Can Get Oral HPV Infection From Women
Study Shows Men Can Get Oral HPV Infection From Women WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men are at increased risk for oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection if their female sex partners have oral and/or genital HPV infections, a new study shows. The findings suggest that HPV transmission occurs through both oral-oral and oral-genital routes, according to the authors of the study. "HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world and is a risk factor for several cancers, inc...
Skin Cancer Costs Soar Compared to Other Malignancies: CDC
Skin Cancer Costs Soar Compared to Other Malignancies: CDC MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of skin cancer treatment in the United States more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, and rose five times faster than treatments for other cancers, a new study found. "The findings raise the alarm that not only is skin cancer a growing problem in the United States, but the costs for treating it are skyrocketing relative to other cancers," said study lead author Gery Guy, of the division of canc...
Study Builds Case for Later High School Starting Time
Study Builds Case for Later High School Starting Time FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens go to sleep much later than younger children, according to a study that lends support to later start times in high schools. Researchers followed 94 children and teens for two years, to learn how their sleep habits changed as they grew older. A typical 9-year-old went to sleep at 9:30 p.m. and woke up at 6:40 a.m. during the school week. By age 11, the same child would go to sleep at 10 p.m. and wake up a...
Schools With EpiPens Save Lives, Study Says
Schools With EpiPens Save Lives, Study Says FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping supplies of epinephrine in schools saves lives, a new study finds. Epinephrine injections are given when someone suffers a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to food or an insect sting. This study found that stocked emergency epinephrine was used on 35 children and three adults who suffered anaphylaxis in Chicago Public Schools during the 2012-13 school year. The drug was administered by a school n...
School Lunches More Nutritious Than Home-Packed Lunches: Study
School Lunches More Nutritious Than Home-Packed Lunches: Study FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lunches packed at home are generally not as nutritious as school lunches, a new study shows. Researchers compared more than 750 school meals with more than 560 packed meals given to pre-K and kindergarten students in three schools, analyzing them for nutritional value over five days. "We found that packed lunches were of less nutritional quality than school lunches," said lead researcher Alisha Farris...
Study Points to Causes Behind Age-Linked Memory Loss
Study Points to Causes Behind Age-Linked Memory Loss MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One possible reason for memory decline in older age may be that brain networks become less able to maintain their separate functions, a new study suggests. The findings suggest the brain has a harder time with memory when its separate parts work closer together. "Too little segregation seems to be a bad thing," said study co-author Gagan Wig, of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at University of Texas...
Spinal Surgery Varies by Region in U.S.: Study
Spinal Surgery Varies by Region in U.S.: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery for low back pain caused by spinal stenosis varies depending on where in the United States you live, a new report says. "Nearly 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives, and about 30 million people a year receive professional medical care for a spine problem," co-author Brook Martin, of the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy & Clinical Practice, said in a colle...
Sleep Apnea May Steal Some of Your Memory: Study
Sleep Apnea May Steal Some of Your Memory: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea may make it hard for you to remember simple things, such as where you parked your car or left your house keys, a small study suggests. Tests on 18 people with severe sleep apnea showed that this ability -- called spatial memory -- was impaired when sleep apnea disrupted rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, even when other stages of sleep weren't affected. REM sleep is the deepest level of sleep, during whic...
Study Shows How Toddlers Adjust to Adult Anger
Study Shows How Toddlers Adjust to Adult Anger FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers can both sense adult anger and alter their behavior in response to it, new research reveals. "Babies are like sponges," said study co-author Andrew Meltzoff, co-director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, in Seattle. "They learn not only from their own direct social experiences but from watching the social interactions between two other people." He said he was most ...
Study Confirms Obesity-Breast Cancer Link for Blacks, Hispanics
Study Confirms Obesity-Breast Cancer Link for Blacks, Hispanics FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Hispanic women, two new U.S. studies show. One study of more than 3,200 Hispanic women found being overweight or obese increased the risk for estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone receptor-positive breast tumors among postmenopausal women. "We've known this for a long time for white women, but now we are s...
Study Compares 2 Common Weight-Loss Surgeries
Study Compares 2 Common Weight-Loss Surgeries THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A comparison of two of the most common types of weight loss surgery found that laparoscopic gastric bypass helped patients shed more excess pounds than adjustable gastric banding, but carried a higher risk of short-term complications and long-term hospitalizations. Gastric-bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and reroutes the small intestine, so your body does not absorb all the calories from food you eat, acco...
Scientists Set Their Sights on First Whole-Eye Transplant
Scientists Set Their Sights on First Whole-Eye Transplant THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the world of 21st-century medicine, organ transplantation is nothing new. The first kidney transplant took place in 1950, followed by the first liver transplant in 1963 and the first human heart transplant in 1967. By 2010, doctors had even managed the transplantation of a patient's entire face. One major organ still eludes the transplant surgeon, however: the entire human eye. But if one team of U.S...
Scientists Create Tiny Stomachs From Stem Cells
Scientists Create Tiny Stomachs From Stem Cells WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who used stem cells to create miniature human stomachs in the laboratory say their breakthrough could provide a new way to learn more about the development and treatment of stomach diseases. The team used human pluripotent stem cells -- which can become any type of cell in the body -- to grow the functional miniature stomachs, to study infection by H. pylori bacteria, a major cause of ulcers and stoma...
Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle
Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Want to lower your risk of a first-time stroke? New guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association reinforce the idea that a healthy lifestyle is crucial. The new guidelines advise people to exercise, control blood pressure and eat what's known as Mediterranean or DASH-style (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diets that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and ...
Sleep Woes Common Among Troubled Young Children, Study Says
Sleep Woes Common Among Troubled Young Children, Study Says TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep difficulties, particularly problems falling asleep, are common among toddlers and preschoolers with mental health issues, according to a new study. "Sleep problems in young children frequently co-occur with other behavioral problems, with evidence that inadequate sleep is associated with daytime sleepiness, less optimal preschool adjustment, and problems of irritability, hyperactivity and attenti...
Second Dallas Nurse With Ebola Released From Hospital
Second Dallas Nurse With Ebola Released From Hospital TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second Dallas nurse who became infected with Ebola while caring for a Liberian man -- the first diagnosed case of the disease in the United States -- has recovered and was released Tuesday from the hospital. Amber Vinson, 29, had been undergoing treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which has successfully treated several Ebola patients already. "I'm so grateful to be well. First and foremost...
Special Cocoa Drink May Improve Age-Related Memory Loss
Special Cocoa Drink May Improve Age-Related Memory Loss SUNDAY, Oct. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A lab-created cocoa drink appears to improve normal age-related memory loss, a small study suggests. After three months of consuming the special cocoa concoction, someone with the typical memory of a 60-year-old improved their memory to that of a 30- or 40-year-old, the researchers reported. But, these findings don't mean the average person can boost their powers of recall with commercially available chocol...
Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk
Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The virus that causes common cold sores -- herpes simplex -- might increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest. In fact, being a carrier of certain antibodies to the virus can double the risk of Alzheimer's disease, the researchers found. "The identification of a treatable cause [herpes simplex] of the most common dementia disorder is a breakthrough," said lead researcher D...
Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk in Study
Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk in Study FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Not getting the right amount of sleep might raise your risk of ulcerative colitis, a new study suggests. Those who sleep less or more than the recommended seven to eight hours per night may be more prone to developing the chronic condition, which causes inflammation in the intestines, researchers report. The study authors concluded that duration and quality of sleep are key factors to be considered among ...
Study Finds Kidney Stones Linked to Weakened Bones
Study Finds Kidney Stones Linked to Weakened Bones THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney stone patients may be at increased risk for broken bones and may require treatment to protect their bone health, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Dr. Michelle Denburg, of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, analyzed data from nearly 52,000 British kidney stone patients and more than 517,000 people without kidney stones. During a median follow-up of nearly five years, kidney stone patients w...
Seniors Should Remove Dentures at Bedtime
Seniors Should Remove Dentures at Bedtime WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who wear their dentures when they sleep are at increased risk for pneumonia, according to new research. The study included 524 men and women, average age about 88, who were followed for three years. During that time, there were 28 hospitalizations and 20 deaths from pneumonia. Among the 453 denture wearers, the 41 percent who wore their dentures when they slept were about twice as likely to develop pneumonia a...
Study Finds U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats
Study Finds U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Over the last three decades, Americans have cut their intake of artery-clogging saturated and trans fats -- but not enough, new research shows. Meanwhile, consumption of healthy omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA -- plentiful in fatty fish like salmon -- has remained steady, though very low, the experts found. "These trends are encouraging, but we still have room for improvement in our diet," said M...
Sleep Apnea Gear Doesn't Squelch Sex Life, Study Says
Sleep Apnea Gear Doesn't Squelch Sex Life, Study Says WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your sex life is unlikely to suffer because of sleep apnea treatment, according to a new study. People with sleep apnea experience periods of disrupted breathing throughout sleep. This can lead to daytime fatigue, high blood pressure and other health conditions. The gold standard of sleep apnea treatment involves going to bed wearing a mask or nosepiece with a hose that's attached to a machine that provide...
Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study
Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds. Six percent of people with asthma or COPD, and about 5 percent of people with high blood pressure or those picking up oral contraceptive bought cigarette...
Second Health Care Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola
Second Health Care Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A second health care worker who helped treat a patient who died of Ebola last week at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for the disease, health officials said Wednesday morning. Amber Joy Vinson, a 26-year-old nurse, reported a fever Tuesday and was isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Health officials interviewed her to identify any people who may have had contact with her, and those...
Salamanders May Hold Clues to Human Scar Healing
Salamanders May Hold Clues to Human Scar Healing TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Insights gleaned from salamanders may help keep people scar-free after surgery, University of Florida researchers say. They're focusing on a type of salamander called the axolotl, which can regenerate lost limbs and re-grow its own spinal cord. "When axolotls are young and still living together in nature, it seems like their favorite snack is their siblings' appendages. They just nibble them off and they grow rig...
Smoking-Related Illnesses in U.S. Total 14 Million, Report Finds
Smoking-Related Illnesses in U.S. Total 14 Million, Report Finds MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 14 million major medical conditions that plague the lives of U.S. adults, according to a new government report. "For each annual death, there are 15 to 20 people living with major disease caused by smoking," said senior study author Terry Pechacek, associate director for science at the office on smoking and health of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ...
Stress Affects Women, Men With Heart Disease Differently, Study Shows
Stress Affects Women, Men With Heart Disease Differently, Study Shows MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress triggers different physical and mental reactions in women and men with heart disease, new research indicates. The study involved 254 men and 56 women with stable heart disease who did three mentally stressful tasks: an math test, a mirror tracing test and an anger recall test. Stress had a greater impact on blood pressure and heart rate in men, while women were more likely to experience...
Sleeping on Sofa Can Be Deadly for Babies, Study Finds
Sleeping on Sofa Can Be Deadly for Babies, Study Finds MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One of the most dangerous places for a sleeping baby is a sofa, according to a new study. Of nearly 8,000 infant sleeping deaths in the United States, researchers found that about 12 percent were sofa-related. And nearly three-quarters of those infants were newborns. "It was shocking that one in eight SIDS and infant sleep-related deaths occurs on a sofa," said study co-author Dr. Jeffrey Colvin, a pediatric...
Sudden Cardiac Death a Risk for Women Living Near Major Roads: Study
Sudden Cardiac Death a Risk for Women Living Near Major Roads: Study MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who live near major roads may be at increased risk for sudden cardiac death, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 107,000 American women, average age 60, who took part in the Nurses' Health Study from 1986 to 2012. Sudden cardiac death occurred in 523 of the women. The risk of sudden cardiac death was 38 percent higher among women who lived within 50 meters (164 ...
Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer's Origins
Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer's Origins SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A laboratory study seems to support the theory that a buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is the first step in a process that leads to Alzheimer's disease. Researchers also pinpointed the important role of a particular enzyme in this process, and they believe the enzyme could offer a target for new drugs to fight Alzheimer's. The theory that accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques triggered Alzheimer's disease ...
Study Finds Many Newborns Have Risky First Ride Home From Hospital
Study Finds Many Newborns Have Risky First Ride Home From Hospital FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many newborns are at risk on their first trip home from the hospital because their parents install or use car safety seats incorrectly, a new study warns. Researchers looked at 267 families with newborns and found that 93 percent made at least one major mistake in positioning their infant in a car safety seat or when installing the seat in a vehicle. The most common mistakes in positioning newbor...
Stem Cell Success Raises Hopes of Type 1 Diabetes Cure
Stem Cell Success Raises Hopes of Type 1 Diabetes Cure THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In what may be a step toward a cure for type 1 diabetes, researchers say they've developed a large-scale method for turning human embryonic stem cells into fully functioning beta cells capable of producing insulin. Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disorder affecting upwards of 3 million Americans, is characterized by the body's destruction of its own insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. Without insulin, w...
Study Finds Hospital Patients Don't Wash Their Hands Enough
Study Finds Hospital Patients Don't Wash Their Hands Enough THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients don't wash their hands often, even when they use the restroom or eat meals, potentially increasing their risk of getting an infection, a new study shows. "This is important because getting patients to wash their hands more could potentially reduce their risk of picking up infections in the hospital," principal investigator Dr. Jocelyn Srigley, an assistant professor of medicine at McM...
Sitting Around in Middle Age Doesn't Bode Well for Old Age
Sitting Around in Middle Age Doesn't Bode Well for Old Age WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your lifestyle at midlife helps predict how active you'll be in old age, a new study says. Researchers asked 565 adults in Iceland, at an average age of 49, about their lifestyle and other factors. Thirty years later, then 80 on average, their physical activity levels were assessed. Having a lower level of education, poorer housing, and not being married in midlife were associated with an average of 12...
Schools Key to Reaching Kids With Mental Health Needs, Experts Say
Schools Key to Reaching Kids With Mental Health Needs, Experts Say WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Schools can play a crucial role in helping the 10 percent to 20 percent of children worldwide who would benefit from some form of mental health treatment, experts say. About 75 percent of adults who use mental health services had a diagnosable disorder before age 18, according to a new series on mental health interventions in schools published Oct. 7 in The Lancet Psychiatry . But in the United...
Scientists Aim to Improve Vaccines Against 'Bird Flu'
Scientists Aim to Improve Vaccines Against 'Bird Flu' TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two groups of researchers report they are refining the vaccine strategies that will be needed if the world ever has to face a "bird flu" pandemic. Scientists suspect that avian influenza could change and easily spread to people with no immunity to it, potentially causing a global pandemic. By experimenting with ways to improve vaccines and boost the human immune response, these researchers hope to mute that t...
Screen Everyone Over 45 for Diabetes: U.S. Task Force
Screen Everyone Over 45 for Diabetes: U.S. Task Force TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every American over the age of 45 should be screened for both type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, a U.S. task force has recommended. "For people with abnormal blood sugar, changes in their lifestyle, such as eating healthier and exercising more often, can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The best way to do that is to participate in a program that supports these behaviors. That's why we're reco...
Some People Are Born Java Junkies, Study Suggests
Some People Are Born Java Junkies, Study Suggests TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Folks who chug lots of coffee may have their genetics to thank for their java cravings, a new study says. Researchers have linked six genes to a person's coffee consumption. All of the genes are related to the body's response to caffeine, according to the study. "These are genes that we previously would not have implicated with coffee, and they show that there is some genetic basis for our coffee consumption beha...
Study Compares Insulin Regimens for Type 1 Diabetes
Study Compares Insulin Regimens for Type 1 Diabetes FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For people with type 1 diabetes, long-acting insulin may be a better treatment choice than intermediate-acting insulin, a new review of the data suggests. "Different types of insulin are used to manage type 1 diabetes with insulin injections," explained one expert not connected to the new study, Dr. Spyros Mezitis. Long-acting insulin takes about one hour to begin lowering blood sugar levels and lasts up to 26 h...
Standard Treatment for Underactive Thyroid Gland Still Best: Experts
Standard Treatment for Underactive Thyroid Gland Still Best: Experts FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An expert panel reviewing treatments for hypothyroidism has concluded that the drug levothyroxine (L-T4) should remain the standard of care. The updated guidelines from the American Thyroid Association were published recently in the journal Thyroid . The thyroid gland produces hormones that control the way every cell in the body uses energy. For instance, thyroid hormones control how fast you bu...
Steep Drops in Weight May Raise Risks After Body-Contour Surgeries
Steep Drops in Weight May Raise Risks After Body-Contour Surgeries SATURDAY, Oct. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While the big loss in excess pounds that follows weight-loss surgery is a boon in many ways, there may be a downside. A new study finds that people who lost the most weight were also at highest risk for complications in subsequent body-contouring procedures. Body-contouring surgeries involve the removal of excess sagging fat and skin. The new study included 450 patients who underwent body-contou...
Smoke-Free Subsidized Housing Could Save Nearly $500 Million
Smoke-Free Subsidized Housing Could Save Nearly $500 Million THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Making all government-subsidized housing in the United States smoke-free could save nearly half a billion dollars a year in health care and housing-related costs, a new study indicates. The total annual savings of $497 million would include $310 million in secondhand smoke-related health care, $134 million in renovation costs and $53 million in smoking-related fire losses, the U.S. Centers for Disease...
Study Shows Benefits of Building Baby's Language Skills Early
Study Shows Benefits of Building Baby's Language Skills Early THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Training infants to identify sounds linked with language before they're old enough to speak hastens language-associated brain development, a new study suggests. "Young babies are constantly scanning the environment to identify sounds that might be language," April Benasich, director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at Rutgers University's Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, said in a u...
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