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Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Your Teeth
Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Your Teeth MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even sugar-free sodas, sports drinks and candy can damage your teeth, a new study warns. Australian researchers tested 23 sugar-free and sugar-containing products, including soft drinks and sports drinks, and found that some with acidic additives and low pH levels (a measure of acidity) harm teeth, even if they are sugar-free. "Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your ris...
Sweat to Help Reduce Your Risk for Prostate Cancer
Sweat to Help Reduce Your Risk for Prostate Cancer FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vigorous exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking may dramatically reduce a man's risk for aggressive prostate cancer, new research suggests. Nearly half of lethal prostate cancer cases in the United States would be prevented if men over 60 followed five or more healthy habits, lead author Stacey Kenfield, an assistant professor in the urology department at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center,...
Smog Raises Heart Risks in Those With Diabetes, Study Says
Smog Raises Heart Risks in Those With Diabetes, Study Says WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long periods of exposure to air pollution -- including dust and car exhaust -- heightens heart risks for women with diabetes, a large, new study indicates. Building on prior research linking shorter exposures to air pollution to higher heart disease in the general population, the scientists found that those with diabetes are especially vulnerable. "People respond differently to levels of air pollution...
Screening Inmates for Hepatitis C Benefits General Community: Study
Screening Inmates for Hepatitis C Benefits General Community: Study MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A prison-based hepatitis C screening and treatment program could benefit the broader community, researchers suggest. Besides reducing the spread of hepatitis C after prisoners are released, "universal [hepatitis C] testing and treatment in prisons would reduce outcomes of advanced [hepatitis C] such as liver cancer, end-stage liver disease and death among prisoners," said study senior author Jag...
Scientists May Have Spotted Happiness' Home in the Brain
Scientists May Have Spotted Happiness' Home in the Brain FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists may never figure out why people are happy or not, but they're a bit closer now to figuring out where happiness resides in the brain. A team at Kyoto University in Japan used MRI to scan the brains of volunteers who were asked how happy they were in general, how intensely they felt emotions and how satisfied they were with their lives. The scans pinpointed an area of the brain called the precuneu...
Shorter People Less Likely to Get Lung Transplants
Shorter People Less Likely to Get Lung Transplants THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Short adults are much less likely than average-height adults to get a lung transplant, and they're more likely to die while waiting for one, the findings from a new study suggest. Women are particularly affected by this bias because they tend to be shorter than men, the researchers said. "Surgeons commonly try to match small transplant candidates with small donor lungs, because they believe it leads to better ...
Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Rates Rising for First Time in Years: CDC
Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia Rates Rising for First Time in Years: CDC TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of cases of three key sexually transmitted diseases increased last year for the first time since 2006, concerned U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. In 2014, 1.4 million cases of chlamydia were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- a 2.8 percent increase since 2013. This is the highest number of cases of any STD ever reported to the CDC, the gove...
Swiss Report Highlights Danger of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Swiss Report Highlights Danger of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new report on a patient in Switzerland who nearly died after catching a highly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis illustrates exactly what public health officials around the world fear most. Although antibiotics have largely eradicated tuberculosis in the United States in recent decades, experts say evidence is mounting that the bacteria is becoming increasingly resistant to these medications....
Strong Legs Linked to Strong Mind
Strong Legs Linked to Strong Mind WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having powerful legs might empower your brain as you grow older, researchers report. A 10-year British study concluded that leg strength is strongly linked with healthier brain aging. Also, the King's College London team said the findings suggest that simply walking more to improve leg force and speed could help maintain brain function as you age. The study included 324 healthy female twins, aged 43 to 73, in the United Kingd...
Side Effects Cause Some to Stop Taking Blood Thinner Brilinta
Side Effects Cause Some to Stop Taking Blood Thinner Brilinta TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Side effects like bleeding or shortness of breath cause some heart attack survivors to stop taking a potentially lifesaving new blood thinner during clinical trials, researchers report. About one in five people assigned to take the highest dose of the blood thinner Brilinta (ticagrelor) during clinical trials stopped taking the drug due to side effects, the new research found. Even a lower dose of Br...
Some Kids With Heart Defects Struggle in School
Some Kids With Heart Defects Struggle in School TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children born with heart defects often do worse in school than their peers, a new study finds. Researchers led by Dr. Matthew Oster of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta analyzed end-of-grade test results for third-grade students in North Carolina public schools between 1998 and 2003. Compared to other children, those with a congenital heart defect were 40 percent less likely to meet reading proficiency standards, 2...
Study Finds Blood Test May Detect Concussion in Kids
Study Finds Blood Test May Detect Concussion in Kids TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test may one day be able to detect concussions in children, a new study suggests. The test, which has already been used in adults, detected traumatic brain injuries in kids 94 percent of the time. More important, a negative result means a CT scan, and the radiation exposure it brings, may not be needed the researchers said. "When a child comes in with a head injury, we have to decide whether th...
Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Might Benefit Type 2 Diabetics
Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Might Benefit Type 2 Diabetics TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Short sessions of high-intensity exercise may provide more health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes than longer bouts of less intense activity, a new Canadian study suggests. The research included 76 adults recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Their average age was 67. They were randomly assigned to do either one 30-minute exercise session five days a week at 65 percent of their target h...
Sex Is Safe for Heart Patients With a Defibrillator
Sex Is Safe for Heart Patients With a Defibrillator MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Worries about sex can be daunting after a cardiac patient receives an implanted heart defibrillator. But, a patient's lover likely is more worried than the patient, a new study found. Intimate partners are often concerned that the patient will suffer cardiac arrest during sex. Some even worry that they'll receive an electric shock if their partner's defibrillator goes off during sex, according to research presen...
Studies Explore Link Between Diet, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Studies Explore Link Between Diet, Rheumatoid Arthritis SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your diet may influence your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis, two new studies suggest. The results show "that a healthy diet may prevent [rheumatoid arthritis] development, and our team is interested in conducting further studies to look at why diet is associated with this risk," said lead investigator Dr. Bing Lu, an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medi...
Smoggy Days Linked to Most Severe Type of Heart Attack
Smoggy Days Linked to Most Severe Type of Heart Attack SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution increases the risk of a serious heart attack for those who have heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on thousands of people treated for heart attack in and around Salt Lake City between 1993 and 2014. Their aim was to see how air pollution affects heart attack risk and which type of heart attack in particular. The study found a strong association between bad air quality...
Sleepwalkers Feel No Pain When Injured: Study
Sleepwalkers Feel No Pain When Injured: Study FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some sleepwalkers don't feel pain when they suffer an injury -- even a severe one -- during a sleepwalking episode, a new study finds. But sleepwalkers are at increased risk for headaches and migraines when they're awake, the researchers added. The researchers assessed 100 sleepwalkers and a control group of 100 people with normal sleep habits, and found that the sleepwalkers were nearly four times more likely to suff...
Scarlet Fever Resurfacing in Some Parts of the World
Scarlet Fever Resurfacing in Some Parts of the World THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scarlet fever, a childhood disease that had been largely relegated to the history books, is reappearing in some parts of the world, researchers warn. Outbreaks have been reported in the United Kingdom and Asia, said scientists at the Australian Infectious Diseases Center at the University of Queensland. "We have not yet had an outbreak in Australia, but over the past five years there have been more than 5,000...
Sleep Patterns May Affect a Woman's Diabetes Risk
Sleep Patterns May Affect a Woman's Diabetes Risk WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who experience a big increase in hours of sleep each night may face an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The study found that women who added more than two hours of shuteye a night showed a 15 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers also suggested that women who regularly slept six hours or less a night might have higher odds of developing type 2 diabetes...
Study Links Having Children to Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk
Study Links Having Children to Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The more children a woman has, the lower her risk of ovarian cancer may be, a new study suggests. The study also found that the risk is lower in women whose fallopian tubes have been tied -- a procedure called tubal ligation. British researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 women to determine risk factors for the four most common types of ovarian cancer: serous, mucinous, endometrioid and clear cell ...
Smoking Common in Foreign Films, Study Finds
Smoking Common in Foreign Films, Study Finds TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Movies made in other countries are more likely to depict smoking than films made in the United States, a new study finds. But in movies that did depict smoking, only those from Argentina showed smoking on screen for a longer time frame than those from the United States, the study authors said. And, drinking was common in movies from all of the countries studied. Previous research found that smoking in movies can lead ...
Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men's Risk for Heart Failure
Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men's Risk for Heart Failure MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who regularly consume sodas or sweetened fruit drinks may have a higher risk for heart failure, researchers report. In the study, Swedish men who drank two or more servings of sweetened beverages a day had a 23 percent higher risk of suffering heart failure, said lead author Susanna Larsson, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "People who regularly consum...
Severe Obesity Costs Medicaid $8 Billion Annually, Study Finds
Severe Obesity Costs Medicaid $8 Billion Annually, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Severe obesity is putting a huge financial strain on both the U.S. Medicaid system and severely obese patients themselves, new research suggests. The study pegs the national bill for providing obesity-related health services for the severely obese at $69 billion a year. Severely obese is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher, the study authors said. (BMI is a rough estimate of a person's ...
Severe Combat Injuries Linked to Risk of Chronic Diseases
Severe Combat Injuries Linked to Risk of Chronic Diseases MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. soldiers who've suffered severe combat injuries are at high risk for chronic diseases, according to a new study. "The more severely a service member is injured, the more likely they are to develop a wide variety of chronic medical conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and hardening of the arteries," study lead author Major Ian Stewart, a researcher at the David Gr...
Study Challenges Theory That Birth Order Determines Personality
Study Challenges Theory That Birth Order Determines Personality MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Forget what you're heard about birth order determining your adult personality, a new study suggests. Birth order does not influence any of the "big five" personality traits -- extroversion, emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness or openness to experience, said lead researcher Julia Rohrer, a graduate student at the University of Leipzig in Germany. She and her colleagues reviewed data...
Study Sees Link Between High Cholesterol and Tendon Trouble
Study Sees Link Between High Cholesterol and Tendon Trouble FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High cholesterol levels may increase your risk of tendon problems and pain, a new study suggests. Tendons are the tough fibers connecting the body's muscles and bones. The researchers suspect cholesterol buildup in immune cells can lead to chronic low-level inflammation, prompting tendon abnormalities and pain. They analyzed 17 studies published between 1973 and 2014 that included more than 2,600 people...
Study Links Flu Vaccine to Short-Term Drop in Stroke Risk
Study Links Flu Vaccine to Short-Term Drop in Stroke Risk THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With flu season underway, many people will choose to be vaccinated, in the hopes of warding off a debilitating bout of fever, sneezes, coughs and aches. But a new British study suggests they may end up getting a bonus protection they hadn't even considered: a drop in their short-term risk for stroke. According to a team of scientists from the University of Lincoln, the flu shot seems associated with a r...
Should the Annual Physical Be Scrapped?
Should the Annual Physical Be Scrapped? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors continue to debate the worth of a time-honored tradition of health care -- the annual physical examination. Some want the once-a-year physical abandoned, based on a growing body of research that these exams don't reduce your overall risk of disease or death. But yearly checkups help build the relationship between doctor and patient, leaving both better prepared when illness does strike, other doctors respond. In...
Sleep Apnea May Raise Women's Heart Risk, But Not Men's
Sleep Apnea May Raise Women's Heart Risk, But Not Men's WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The nighttime breathing disturbance known as sleep apnea can boost a woman's risk for heart problems and even death, but there was no such effect for men, a new study finds. The finding "highlights the importance of sleep apnea screening and treatment for women, a group who often are not routinely screened for sleep apnea," study co-author Dr. Susan Redline, a sleep specialist at Brigham and Women's Hosp...
Small Hospitals Seeing More Drug-Resistant E. Coli Infections
Small Hospitals Seeing More Drug-Resistant E. Coli Infections WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drug-resistant E. coli infections are on the increase in small community hospitals, where more than half of U.S. patients receive their health care, researchers report. The researchers analyzed data from 26 hospitals in the Southeast, and found that cases of drug-resistant E. coli infections doubled from 2009 to 2014 -- from slightly more than 5 per 100,000 patients to 10.5 per 100,000 patients. Th...
Study Questions Findings That Prolonged Sitting Is Unhealthy
Study Questions Findings That Prolonged Sitting Is Unhealthy WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sitting for long periods might not be as deadly as previous research has suggested. A new report from British scientists finds that people are not at a higher risk for early death if they don't leave their chair or couch for hours at a time. The results challenge numerous studies that have claimed even regular exercise won't erase the health harms of sedentary behavior. "Our findings suggest that re...
Study Ties Essure Birth Control Implant to Greater Need for Reoperation
Study Ties Essure Birth Control Implant to Greater Need for Reoperation TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research raises concerns about Essure, an implanted long-term birth control device that's already the focus of controversy. Researchers found a 10-fold higher risk of needing a reoperation during the first year for women who choose the Essure device compared to those who had minimally invasive surgery for sterilization. Essure works to prevent conception by blocking the fallopian tubes ...
Slow Progress on Curbing Wasteful, 'Low-Value' Health Care Practices: Study
Slow Progress on Curbing Wasteful, 'Low-Value' Health Care Practices: Study MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As health care budgets get tighter across the United States, there's been a renewed focus on ridding the system of procedures that give patients little real benefit for the time and money spent. Now, a new study suggests that the use of at least three health care services deemed to be "low value" have dropped over the past few years. However, there were only slight decreases -- and even ...
Summer Babies May Be Healthier Adults
Summer Babies May Be Healthier Adults MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with summer birthdays are more likely to be healthy adults than those born during the winter, a new study contends. The researchers suggest greater sun exposure during the second trimester of pregnancy, which increases an unborn baby's exposure to vitamin D, could play a role in their findings. "We don't know the mechanisms that cause these season of birth patterns on birth weight, height and puberty timing," study ...
Standby Drug for Adult Bipolar Disorder May Be Safe, Effective in Children
Standby Drug for Adult Bipolar Disorder May Be Safe, Effective in Children MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that lithium -- for years a go-to medication for adults with bipolar disorder -- may be safely used in children with the condition, at least for the short term. As the researchers explained, lithium has long been the drug of choice for treating adults with bipolar disorder, which is characterized by extreme mood swings. The condition affects about 1 percent of teens a...
Scientists Get Closer to Genetics of Homosexuality in Men
Scientists Get Closer to Genetics of Homosexuality in Men THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are reporting that they've linked the way genes in certain regions of the human genome work to influence sexual orientation in males. The findings don't explain how such variations in the workings of these genetic regions might affect sexuality in one or both genders. But the authors of the new study say they've been able to use this information to successfully predict the sexual orientation o...
Surgery May Raise Survival With Advanced Melanoma: Study
Surgery May Raise Survival With Advanced Melanoma: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that for patients with melanoma that has spread to the abdomen, surgical removal of the tumor can extend survival. The study was led by Dr. Gary Deutsch, now a surgical oncologist at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. His team tracked outcomes for 1,600 patients, treated at some point between 1969 and 2014. According to the study, nearly one in four patients had surger...
Surgeon's Experience Tied to Success of Thyroid Removal: Study
Surgeon's Experience Tied to Success of Thyroid Removal: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who undergo thyroid removal may be less likely to suffer complications if their surgeon performs many such surgeries each year, a new study says. Removal of the thyroid gland, located at the base of the neck, is a common operation. More than 72,300 total thyroidectomies are performed in the United States annually, usually to treat thyroid cancer or benign thyroid diseases, the study authors...
Sensitive Blood Test May Help Rule Out Heart Attack
Sensitive Blood Test May Help Rule Out Heart Attack WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new, highly sensitive blood test may help doctors quickly rule out heart attack for almost two-thirds of people who seek emergency room treatment for chest pain, a new study suggests. Researchers said their findings could potentially reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and substantially lower health-care costs. "Until now, there were no quick ways to rule out a heart attack within the emergency departmen...
Sun Exposure in Teen Years May Delay Onset of MS: Study
Sun Exposure in Teen Years May Delay Onset of MS: Study WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with multiple sclerosis tend to develop it later if they had regular sun exposure as teenagers, a new study suggests -- adding to evidence linking the disease to a lack of sunlight and vitamin D. The study found that sun exposure during adolescence seemed to influence the age at which people developed MS: The more summer sun they soaked up, the later their symptoms appeared. Of nearly 1,200 Danish ...
Suicide Risk May Rise for Some After Weight-Loss Surgery
Suicide Risk May Rise for Some After Weight-Loss Surgery WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Troubled people who have weight-loss surgery are more likely to attempt suicide following the procedure, a new study suggests. These patients were about 50 percent more likely to try to take their own lives after they lost a lot of weight, while more than nine of 10 suicide attempts involved patients with a history of mental health problems, the Canadian researchers found. "While we are clear and confide...
Sex May Boost Female Immune System to Aid Fertility
Sex May Boost Female Immune System to Aid Fertility WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sex at any time in a woman's monthly cycle may trigger immune system changes that boost the likelihood of getting pregnant, a new study suggests. The findings could eventually prove useful for couples trying to conceive, researchers from Indiana University at Bloomington said. "It's a common recommendation that partners trying to have a baby should engage in regular intercourse to increase the woman's changes...
Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Seems Good for Teen Hearts: Study
Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Seems Good for Teen Hearts: Study MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Could just a few minutes of intense exercise three times a week reduce teens' risk of potential heart problems? That's the suggestion of a small study by British researchers. "We know that activity levels drop significantly as children reach adolescence, and so far attempts to increase this to an hour a day have proved fruitless. This study indicates that, providing the intensity is high, health b...
Some Blood Pressure Drugs May Be Risky for Certain Surgery Patients
Some Blood Pressure Drugs May Be Risky for Certain Surgery Patients MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some people on blood pressure drugs called beta blockers may face heightened risks of heart complications during non-cardiac surgeries, a new, large study suggests. The research involved over 55,000 surgery patients who were on various drugs to treat high blood pressure. The investigators found that those on beta blockers had a higher risk of heart attack, stroke or related death, compared to pat...
State Anti-Bullying Laws May Lead to Fewer Bullied Kids
State Anti-Bullying Laws May Lead to Fewer Bullied Kids MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- States that get tough on bullies by enacting anti-bullying laws appear to reduce bullying and cyberbullying among high school students, a new study suggests. Among 25 states that adopted at least one component of the U.S. Department of Education guidelines on bullying in their anti-bullying laws, 24 percent saw lower odds of bullying, the researchers found. In addition, these states saw 20 percent lower odds...
Study Links Early Infections to Celiac Risk
Study Links Early Infections to Celiac Risk FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have a lot of infections in the first 18 months of life may have an increased risk for celiac disease, a new study from Norway suggests. The study found that children with 10 or more respiratory and gastrointestinal infections during the first 18 months of life were 30 percent more likely to develop celiac disease than kids who had fewer than five infections. The researchers also found that youngsters with ...
Study Says Radiation Often Overused in Late-Stage Lung Cancer
Study Says Radiation Often Overused in Late-Stage Lung Cancer FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Late-stage lung cancer patients in the United States often receive more radiation therapy than recommended, a new study finds. While radiation therapy can reduce pain and improve quality of life, unnecessary treatments increase costs and hospital visits, and can lead to radiation toxicity and difficulty swallowing, the researchers noted. "This study uncovered that there's a lot of treatment of late-sta...
Science Probes Why Beauty Is In Eye of the Beholder
Science Probes Why Beauty Is In Eye of the Beholder THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Think Brad Pitt is as handsome as George Clooney? Why or why not? A new study suggests your choice will be largely influenced by your personal experience. Some aspects of attractiveness are common and may even be programmed into your genes, according to the researchers. For example, most everyone prefers symmetrical faces. But beyond a few shared preferences, people have wide-ranging definitions of attractiven...
Sender Often Focus of Mobile Tweets, Study Says
Sender Often Focus of Mobile Tweets, Study Says THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People are more likely to be focused on themselves when they tweet from mobile devices than from other sources, a new study suggests. Researchers gathered 235 million tweets sent over six weeks and analyzed the frequency and ratio of words typically associated with certain social and behavioral characteristics. The results showed that mobile tweets were more egocentric than those made from non-mobile devices. The ...
Secondhand Smoke Linked to Behavior Issues in Kids
Secondhand Smoke Linked to Behavior Issues in Kids THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early exposure to secondhand smoke may lead to behavioral problems in children, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 5,200 primary school students in France and found that those exposed to secondhand smoke while in the womb and/or at a young age were at higher risk for behavioral problems, particularly emotional and conduct disorders. The association was strongest among children expose...
Severely Obese Kids at Higher Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes
Severely Obese Kids at Higher Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are severely obese, especially boys, have risk factors that increase their odds of getting heart disease and diabetes, new research finds. "As the severity of obesity in kids gets worse, their risks for heart disease and diabetes goes up," said study author Asheley Skinner, an associate professor of pediatrics and health policy management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel...
Surgery Patients Like Online Follow-up, Study Finds
Surgery Patients Like Online Follow-up, Study Finds TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Online postoperative care is preferred over in-person care by a majority of patients who have routine, uncomplicated surgery, a new study finds. The study included 50 patients who had both online and in-person care visits after elective gallbladder removal or hernia repair. Seventy-six percent said online care was acceptable as the only form of followup. For 68 percent of the patients, online and in-person vi...
Some More Vulnerable to Nicotine Addiction Than Others: Study
Some More Vulnerable to Nicotine Addiction Than Others: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some people are more likely than others to get hooked quickly on cigarettes, new research suggests. The finding is based on what researchers say is the first effort ever to analyze exactly how people react the first time they come into contact with a small amount of nicotine. "When you give people nicotine for the first time, most people don't like it. It's different from many other addictive drugs,...
Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients
Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Living near busy roads with high levels of air pollution raises lung transplant patients' risk of organ rejection and death, but some antibiotics lower that risk, a new study shows. Researchers examined data gathered from more than 5,700 lung transplant patients in 10 European countries between 1987 and 2013. The analysis revealed that patients who lived in areas where air pollution was above m...
Sedentary Behavior Linked to Heart Disease in Hispanics
Sedentary Behavior Linked to Heart Disease in Hispanics MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanics who are inactive much of the time are at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, even if they get regular exercise, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 Hispanic adults in Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego. Compared to those who were most physically active, adults who were most inactive had: 6 percent lower levels of "good" HDL cholesterol; 16 per...
Sweetened Drinks May Damage Heart, Review Finds
Sweetened Drinks May Damage Heart, Review Finds MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages can seriously damage heart health, a new review finds. The added sugar in sodas, fruit drinks, sweet teas and energy drinks affects the body in ways that increase risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke, said review author Vasanti Malik, a nutrition research scientist at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Consuming one or two servings a day...
Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Depression
Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Depression FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with sleep apnea are at increased risk for depression, but continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for their apnea may ease their depression, a new study suggests. The Australian study included 293 men and women who were newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Nearly 73 percent had depression when the study began. The worse their apnea, the more severe their depression. However, after three months, only 4 per...
Scrotal Swelling in Children
Scrotal Swelling in Children Your son's scrotum is the sac that holds the two testicles. Scrotal swelling is a common problem seen in young boys and baby boys. It can have many causes. These are usually divided into painless and painful scrotal swelling. Hydrocele. Click to Enlarge. Causes of painless scrotal swelling Painless swelling can come on suddenly or slowly over time. Here are some of the more common causes: Hernias and hydroceles. These are the most common causes of scrotal swelling. They are ...
Stress Fractures in Young Athletes
Stress Fractures in Young Athletes Competitive sports can give some young athletes an edge over their peers. When fun, teamwork, and good sportsmanship are the top goals, sports can improve young kids' physical and emotional health, self-esteem, and even their relationship skills. Unfortunately, young athletes must also compensate for still-growing bones, tendons, and muscles, and sometimes sports injuries occur. The most common type of sports injury is an overuse injury such as a stress fracture. Overu...
Sports and Children with Special Needs
Sports and Children with Special Needs All children can benefit from the exercise, energy release, and pure enjoyment of playing sports, and this includes children with special needs. About 18% of children in the U.S. have a disability or chronic condition. Special needs children are sometimes not encouraged to exercise because their parents or guardians fear they'll be hurt. But physical activity is as important for special needs children, as it is for any child. Participating in sports can help instil...
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