• Don’t Pop That Pimple, Expert Says September 24, 2018 - SUNDAY, Sept. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It may be tempting to squeeze a large pimple, but doing so could make the zit worse, skin doctors say. Up to 50 million Americans struggle with various forms of acne, particularly red, swollen, painful bumps that develop deep in the skin, according ... Read more »
  • 5 Tips to Manage Your Child’s Asthma September 23, 2018 - SATURDAY, Sept. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For many children with asthma, coughing is an early warning sign of a flare-up, an expert says. Understanding asthma and knowing what to expect can help parents prevent or lessen the severity of asthma attacks, said Dr. Ronald Ferdman, a pediatric allergist-immunologist at ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Manage Poison Ivy Rash September 22, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- If you've been near or touched poison ivy, you may develop an itchy, blistering rash within 12 to 72 hours. Most everyone reacts to an oil in the poison ivy plant called urushiol. The rash typically goes away on its own in a few weeks, but some ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Varicose and Spider Veins September 22, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Varicose veins and spider veins typically occur in the legs and can cause significant pain, swelling and an itchy rash, the Office on Women's Health says. Varicose veins are often caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. Spider veins are typically caused by the backup ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 21, 2018 September 22, 2018 - Cornell Food Researcher Resigns After Charges of Academic Misconduct Ground Beef Recalled After E.Coli Outbreak
  • ‘Fitcations’ Are a Great Way to Shape Up September 22, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From a three-day bike race to raise awareness of a charitable cause, to adventure travel abroad, you can take exercise to a brand new level on a fitness trip. With no shortage of "fitcation" options available any time of year, start with some ... Read more »
  • Regular Bedtime Might Be Key to Better Health September 22, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As important as getting close to eight hours of sleep a night is, new research suggests that going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is just as critical for your health. The study of more than 1,900 older ... Read more »
  • AHA: Stiffening of Blood Vessels May Point to Dementia Risk September 22, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Arterial stiffness among people with mild cognitive impairments could put them at higher risk for progressing to dementia, which may include Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study exploring the connection between the brain and vascular health. The French study, published Friday ... Read more »
  • Fewer American Teens Having Sex, Most Using Birth Control September 22, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that should ease parents' minds, new research shows that fewer American teens are having sex and most of those who do are using some form of birth control. But scientists also found that sexual violence has become more common among ... Read more »
  • FDA Issues Warning on Pet Reactions to Common Flea Medicine September 22, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flea medicines protect your pet, but some animals can have serious side effects from products containing isoxazoline, U.S. health officials warn. Although most dogs and cats handle this powerful pesticide just fine, others can have severe reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Read more »
  • More Americans Are Recording Their Doctor Visits September 22, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Have you ever left a doctor's appointment with only a vague idea of what was said? You're not alone: A new survey finds many Americans, and their doctors, are turning to recordings for help. Researchers found that almost 30 percent of the doctors ... Read more »
  • Contact Lenses May Harbor Serious, Blinding Infection September 22, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Contact lens wearers everywhere need to be on the lookout for a rare, but potentially blinding, eye infection, British researchers warn. In southeast England, cases of the infection, called Acanthamoeba keratitis, have tripled since 2011, a new study found. The illness is typically ... Read more »
  • Can Mouth Swab at Age 2 Predict Obesity? September 22, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Bacteria in a toddler's mouth might help predict later obesity, new research suggests. Scientists at Penn State University found the composition of microorganisms in the mouths of 2-year-olds offers clues to the child's future weight. "One in three children in the United States ... Read more »
  • New Compounds Might Help Stop Spread of Malaria September 22, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites, but scientists report they have discovered compounds that might keep mosquitoes from spreading the sometimes deadly disease. "Current anti-malarial drugs can cure a person of the disease, but that person is still infectious to mosquitoes, ... Read more »
  • Parents Fret Over Fussy Eaters – but What Works? September 22, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The nightly dinner battles many parents have with picky toddlers can be exhausting. Now, research suggests that either pressuring or rewarding kids to eat healthier may backfire. "These practices can reinforce fussy eating, increase preferences for unhealthy foods, and lead to excessive weight ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Diaper Rash September 21, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- It's every parent's nightmare -- diaper rash that causes itchy bumps, scaly skin and lots of discomfort for your baby. The Nemours Foundation says you can help prevent diaper rash by keeping the infant's skin dry and clean. If your child develops diaper rash, Nemours suggests: Keep ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: A Nutritious Diet Can Help Your Heart September 21, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Add another benefit to eating right: A highly nutritious diet can do wonders for your ticker, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association finds. People with heart failure who lacked seven or more micronutrients had about double the risk of dying or ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 20, 2018 September 21, 2018 - California Sues Drug Maker AbbVie for Allegedly Paying Doctors to Prescribe Humira
  • Exercising With Rheumatoid Arthritis September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Different from osteoarthritis, which is the wear-and-tear breakdown of joint cartilage experienced over time, rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disease that causes both pain and intense fatigue. When you're in the throes of a flare, exercise may seem like mission impossible ... Read more »
  • Boys Lag Behind Girls in Reading by 4th Grade September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- By fourth grade, girls in the United States read and write better than boys, a new study reveals. Australian researchers found this gender achievement gap appears in standardized tests and worsens over time. "The common thinking is that boys and girls in grade ... Read more »
  • Florence’s Lingering Threat: Mold September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, residents of the Carolinas are facing a new health threat: mold. Mold-related illnesses are a serious concern following severe flooding in North and South Carolina, say experts from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. "Where there's ... Read more »
  • Opioid Crisis Driving Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy: CDC September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy in the United States has declined for two years in a row, fueled by increasing death rates from opioid drug overdoses, suicides and chronic liver disease, a new government report shows. "It's really the first time we've seen this multi-year drop" ... Read more »
  • AHA: Inequities Remain in Heart Attack Treatments for Black Patients September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Black patients hospitalized for heart attacks continue to receive different medical treatment than white patients, according to a new study that explored whether previously reported racial differences in care have faded. Researchers found that black heart attack patients were less likely than ... Read more »
  • Sharing May Be Contagious September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your tendency to share may depend less on your own nature and more on the surrounding culture, a new study suggests. If you're among people who share, you will likely share, too. But if the group doesn't practice giving, you probably won't either, ... Read more »
  • Easing Sleep Apnea May Be Key to Stroke Recovery September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea is a known risk factor for stroke, and new research suggests that curbing the condition might also aid the recovery of people who've suffered a stroke or mini-stroke. Patients in the study typically used the CPAP mask -- "continuous positive airway ... Read more »
  • Heart Defects, Sleep Apnea a Deadly Mix for Infants September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Infants who are born with heart defects are four times more likely to die in the hospital if they also have sleep apnea, new research indicates. Scientists at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson found this potentially deadly combination is ... Read more »
  • We All Carry a Personal Cloud of Germs, Chemicals September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You might feel squeaky clean after that morning shower, but you carry an invisible cloud of bacteria, viruses, fungi and chemicals every day. That's one of the lessons from the first study to take a deep dive into the human "exposome" -- the ... Read more »
  • Mediterranean Diet May Cut Stroke Risk for Women, But Not Men September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Mediterranean diet may do more than help you reach and maintain a healthy weight: New research suggests that women who follow it also lower their stroke risk. But men did not reap the same benefit from the diet, which concentrates on fish, ... Read more »
  • U.S. Alzheimer’s Cases to Nearly Triple by 2060 September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- By 2060, almost 14 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer's disease, a number that's nearly three times as high as today, a new report projects. "This study shows that as the U.S. population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer's disease and ... Read more »
  • Opioid Overdose Crisis May Have Begun Decades Ago September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The opioid epidemic has been front-page news for a few years now, with rising overdose deaths driving an overall decrease in Americans' average life expectancy. But a new study suggests that the opioid epidemic is, in fact, nothing new. Death rates from drug ... Read more »
  • Your Puppy Can Make You Very Sick: CDC September 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Puppies can be cute and cuddly, but they also carry germs that might make you very sick, a new government report warns. An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter infections in 2017 and 2018 that sickened 118 people in 18 states was traced to pet ... Read more »
  • Mom-to-Be’s High-Gluten Diet Linked to Type 1 Diabetes in Baby September 21, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If a pregnant woman eats a lot of high-gluten foods, the odds that her child will have type 1 diabetes rise significantly, new research suggests. In the study, pregnant women who had the highest consumption of gluten had double the risk of having ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Identifying Signs of Tickborne Illness September 20, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- A dangerous tickborne illness may be difficult for doctors to diagnose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. So what can you do to protect yourself? Ticks are more active during the warmer months of April through September, so the CDC suggests avoiding areas that may ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Traveling by Air September 20, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Crowded airports and planes can seem daunting to parents travelling with small children, especially when the unpredictability of air travel is factored in. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to make air travel less stressful: Get to the airport early, especially when traveling with a younger ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 19, 2018 September 20, 2018 - California Sues Drug Maker AbbVie for Allegedly Paying Doctors to Prescribe Humira
  • Acupuncture: A New Look at an Ancient Remedy September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Widely practiced in Asia for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Yet it's still viewed with some skepticism in the Western world. And for the squeamish, just the idea of needles can be a turnoff. ... Read more »
  • ‘Liking Gap’ Might Stand in Way of New Friendships September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When you meet new people, they probably like you a lot more than you think, a new study suggests. In that setting, most people try to second-guess how good an impression they made, what scientists call "meta-perception." "Our research suggests that accurately estimating ... Read more »
  • As More U.S. Women Delay Childbirth, Multiple Births May Rise September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it's not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows. Since the 1980s, the number of multiple births has jumped from roughly 20 sets per 1,000 live ... Read more »
  • 30 Million Americans Now Have Diabetes September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- 1 in 7 Americans has diabetes, and many don't even know they have the blood sugar disease, a new report shows. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 percent of U.S adults have diabetes -- 10 percent know it ... Read more »
  • Why Eczema Is Tougher to Treat for Black Patients September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can be very difficult to control in some people. But the skin condition, which leads to dry, itchy and inflamed skin, is particularly problematic for black people, according to new research. Scientists who examined patients' skin on a molecular ... Read more »
  • 5 Facts Every Woman Should Know About Ovarian Cancer September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The early symptoms of ovarian cancer are often confused with less serious issues, making successful treatment less likely, a cancer expert warns. Ovarian cancer is called a "silent killer." That's because many women are diagnosed too late, said Dr. David Fishman of NewYork-Presbyterian ... Read more »
  • Dozens of Medical Groups Join Forces to Improve Diagnoses September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Every nine minutes, a patient in a U.S. hospital dies because a diagnosis was wrong or delayed -- resulting in 80,000 deaths a year. That sobering estimate comes from the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). To help remedy this situation, more ... Read more »
  • Reports Warn of Growing Opioid Crisis Among Seniors September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Against the backdrop of an unrelenting opioid crisis, two new government reports warn that America's seniors are succumbing to the pitfalls of prescription painkillers. Issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the reports reveal that millions of older Americans are ... Read more »
  • Ovary Removal Linked to Kidney Disease September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have their ovaries removed before menopause may find themselves at higher risk for chronic kidney disease, a new study suggests. Researchers believe the reason behind it is the drop in estrogen levels that follows the procedure. "This is the first study ... Read more »
  • Fitter Folks Suffer Milder Strokes: Study September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's well-known that regular exercise can help cut your risk for a stroke. Now, new research shows fitness may have an added bonus, cutting the severity of a stroke should one occur. So finds a study of more than 900 stroke survivors. It ... Read more »
  • 1 in 6 Americans Over 40 Has Been Knocked Unconscious: Study September 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Brain injury research typically focuses on football players and military veterans, but a new study suggests head injuries are far more widespread than estimated. About 1 in every 6 U.S. adults -- roughly 23 million people aged 40 or older -- have been ... Read more »
  • Smog Might Cloud Your Memory September 20, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The very air you breathe may make you vulnerable to developing dementia, a new study suggests. British researchers found that people exposed to higher levels of air pollution had 40 percent higher odds of developing dementia. "We found that older patients across greater ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Protect Your Child’s Hearing September 19, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Schools are chock-full of loud and potentially destructive sounds, including crowded hallways, buses, band practices and sporting events. Over time, repeated exposure to these noisy environments can harm your child's hearing, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says. To help protect your child's hearing, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Coping With ADHD September 19, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) makes it difficult for a person -- most often a child -- to pay attention and stay focused. A child with ADHD can be a more impulsive, which can lead to issues with learning and maintaining friendships. If your child is diagnosed with ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 18, 2018 September 19, 2018 - U.S. Senate Passes Opioids Bill Coca-Cola Eyes Cannabis Oil Market
  • 5 Foods to Always Have in Your Freezer September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Shopping at specialty stores and farmers' markets is great for getting fresh foods, but that's not always possible, depending on where you live and the season. And sometimes you just don't have time to get to the store. But the right frozen foods ... Read more »
  • Parents Blame Smartphones, Tablets for Teens’ Sleep Troubles September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many American teens are sleep-deprived, and parents blame their attachment to electronics, new survey results show. Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a national poll of more than 1,000 parents with at least one child between 13 and 18 years old. "This ... Read more »
  • Injected Drug May Be New Weapon Against Gout September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new approach to preventing gout attacks looks promising for people not already helped by existing treatments. Researchers are looking at an anti-inflammatory drug called canakinumab (Ilaris) to treat this painful form of arthritis. Instead of targeting excessively high uric acid levels as ... Read more »
  • AHA: Heart Health Pays Dividends for Businessman Who Survived Cardiac Arrest September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Will Treinen has never been one to sit on the sidelines. The 51-year-old entrepreneur sacrificed many nights and weekends building a successful consulting company in Olympia, Washington. When he's off the clock, Will and his wife, Denise, enjoy spending time with their ... Read more »
  • AHA: Common Treatment for AFib May Also Lower Anxiety, Depression September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Levels of anxiety and depression seen in people who have a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation may be affected by how the heart condition is treated, a new study suggests. Past studies have shown that anxiety, distress and depression are ... Read more »
  • Many Young Doctors Report Burnout, Regret Career Choice September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Burnout affects nearly half of all resident physicians in the United States, raising their risk for serious mistakes, a new study finds. Also, many of these young doctors regret their career choice, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and ... Read more »
  • Zapping Airway Nerves May Help COPD Patients Breathe September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Thousands of Americans struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may have a new treatment option to help them breathe easier. COPD, which is often linked to smoking, is a progressive deterioration of lung function that involves a combination of bronchitis and emphysema ... Read more »
  • Scientists Find 500 More Genes That Influence Blood Pressure September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In what is being billed as the largest genetic study ever conducted, British scientists report they have spotted more than 500 genes that play a role in blood pressure. The research, which involved more than 1 million people, expands the understanding of the ... Read more »
  • FDA Ad Campaign Hopes to Extinguish E-Cigarette Use Among Teens September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday launched a new ad campaign aimed at curbing rampant e-cigarette use among American teens. Just last week, the agency announced a crackdown on companies that make e-cigarettes and stores that sell the products illegally to ... Read more »
  • Could the Zika Virus Fight the Brain Cancer That Killed John McCain? September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research in mice suggests that the Zika virus might be turned from foe into friend -- enlisted to curb deadly glioblastoma brain tumors. A glioblastoma is among the most lethal of brain cancers, killing more than 15,000 Americans each year. U.S. Senators ... Read more »
  • Does Big Pharma Hike Prices When Meds Are in Short Supply? September 19, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmaceutical companies appear to be engaging in price gouging during drug shortages, with costs rising at double the normal rate when medications are in limited supply, a new study claims. Prices can be expected to rise about 20 percent for drugs facing a ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Help Support Memory With These Foods September 18, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Your diet can play a role in brain health, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. Research has found that foods in a typical Mediterranean diet can lead to better cognitive function, alertness and memory. The academy suggests adding these foods to your diet: Vegetables, including cruciferous ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Lactose-Tolerance Testing September 18, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- A doctor may recommend a lactose-tolerance test if you suspect a problem digesting lactose from dairy products. Symptoms of lactose intolerance may include abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea. The test involves collecting a series of breath samples exhaled into a collector, or a series of blood ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 17, 2018 September 18, 2018 - Many Foster Kids Inappropriately Prescribed Psych Drugs
  • Slaying the Couch-Potato Mindset September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's no shortage of creative excuses people come up with to stay stuck on the sofa, but three of them top the list. Here's how to hurdle the obstacles standing between you and getting in shape. "I'm too tired to exercise." Being too ... Read more »
  • Scent of a Woman: Fertile Females Smell Better to Men September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests there is no perfume a man loves more than the scent of a fertile woman. Researchers in Switzerland determined that women who are the "fittest" for reproduction have a distinctive scent that makes them particularly appealing to men. "Women with ... Read more »
  • Many Americans Slicing Meat From Their Diet September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is America's love affair with meat starting to lose its luster? A new survey finds that many Americans are cutting back on the amount of red and processed meat they eat -- and even some poultry and fish -- because they're worried about ... Read more »
  • Air Pollutants Reach Placenta, Might Harm Fetus: Study September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists warn that soot from polluted air is reaching the placenta of pregnant women, possibly harming the health of unborn babies. Tiny carbon particles released by the burning of fossil fuels enter a woman's bloodstream when she breathes polluted air, said a research ... Read more »
  • Infant Walkers Still Injuring Thousands of Babies September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite decades of warnings about the hazards of baby walkers, thousands of toddlers still end up in hospital emergency rooms with walker-related injuries, new research shows. The study reported that more than 230,000 children younger than 15 months old were treated in emergency ... Read more »
  • AHA: Coming Soon, Computers That Will Read Your Heart Tests September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Tapping into the technology behind facial recognition programs and self-driving cars, researchers in a new study have taught computers key elements of assessing echocardiograms. The advance might simplify an otherwise extensive process now done by humans. Researchers created algorithms to recognize images ... Read more »
  • Drug Users Trying to Stay Ahead of Deadly Fentanyl September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As deadly fentanyl is increasingly mixed into heroin and other street drugs, some drug abusers are getting smart, a new study finds. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, has triggered a sharp increase in overdose deaths over the past few years. The drug is ... Read more »
  • 1 in 3 High School E-Cig Users Vape Pot: Survey September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarettes are fast becoming a clever way for American teens to use pot, with a new survey showing that nearly a third of high school e-cig users have vaped marijuana. The survey involved nearly 20,700 middle and high school students from both public ... Read more »
  • Ex-Cons May Be Good Job Hires September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hiring people with criminal records may offer a short-term pay off, at least in customer service jobs, a new study suggests. Researchers from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., collected data on nearly 59,000 people hired for sales or customer service jobs in U.S. ... Read more »
  • Which of the 4 New ‘Personality Types’ Are You? September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Modern psychology largely rejects the notion that people can be pigeonholed into personality types. But that assumption is being challenged by a major new study, which discovered at least four distinct personality types into which people tend to cluster. Researchers discovered these clusters ... Read more »
  • Could Household Cleaners Make Your Kid Fat? September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a clean freak, you could be inadvertently fattening your children, a new study suggests. The research can't prove cause-and-effect, but suggests that household disinfectants might be promoting childhood obesity by altering the gut bacteria of infants. Fecal samples showed that 3- ... Read more »
  • After Florence Comes the Cleanup: Stay Safe September 18, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- True to its storm-of-the-century hype, Hurricane Florence pounded the Carolinas with historic rainfall and catastrophic flooding -- and continuing danger looms in its wake. Infection and injury are the big threats as cleanup begins, and experts say it's important to be smart as ... Read more »
  • Is Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Really Worth It for Seniors? September 18, 2018 - SUNDAY, Sept. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's disappointing news for seniors: A new trial shows that taking daily low-dose aspirin doesn't prolong healthy, independent living in otherwise healthy people aged 70 and older. Aspirin has long been recommended for middle-aged folks with a history of heart disease, to prevent ... Read more »
  • Look for Early Signs of Thyroid Cancer, Experts Urge September 16, 2018 - SATURDAY, Sept. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of thyroid cancer are on the rise in the United States, and experts want you to know how people at high risk for the disease can detect it early. According to the American Cancer Society, 54,000 new cases will be diagnosed in ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Change Poor Posture September 15, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Everyone has back pain at some point, whether due to poor posture, heavy lifting, a spinal condition present a birth, or an exercise-related injury. While other triggers for back pain may not be as easy to prevent, poor posture is a relatively easy fix. Harvard Medical School ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Identifying Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer September 15, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Prostate cancer is rare in men younger than 40, but as a man reaches 50, his chances of getting the disease increase. About 6 in 10 prostate cancers are found in men older than 65, the American Cancer Society says. The ACS mentions these risk factors for ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 14, 2018 September 15, 2018 - New Mexico Patrons of 'Vampire Facial' Spa May Have Been Exposed to HIV
  • New Device Approved for Tears in Heart’s Blood Vessels September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The PK Papyrus Covered Coronary Stent System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute coronary artery perforations, the medical term for tears in the heart's blood vessels. "An acute coronary artery perforation is a rare, but potentially ... Read more »
  • Picky Eating May Mask Larger Issues September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many children are picky eaters, making every meal a challenge. But for some, the problem goes deeper than not liking vegetables or whole-wheat bread. According to a study in the journal Pediatrics, more than one in five kids between the ages of 2 ... Read more »
  • Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The ... Read more »
  • Flooding One of Florence’s Big Dangers September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As Florence unleashes her full fury on the Carolinas, residents who stayed put need to know that flooding will be even more dangerous than the high winds of this hurricane. Making landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., around 7 a.m. Friday, the category 1 ... Read more »
  • Calorie Counts on Menus May Be Trimming Americans’ Waistlines September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With roughly 40 percent of Americans now obese, new research finds that one strategy may be helping Americans stay slim: calorie counts on restaurant menus. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, chain restaurants with 20 or more franchises must ... Read more »
  • AHA: 5 Reasons You Could Develop Heart Disease Before 50 September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, yet people generally associate it with an older, aging population. But heart attacks, strokes and other types of heart disease can be blind to age -- particularly when certain factors ... Read more »
  • Household Chemicals Tied to Kidney Problems September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Widely used household and industrial chemicals may harm the kidneys, researchers say. These manufactured chemicals, called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are not biodegradable. People are exposed to them through contaminated soil, food, water and air. "The kidneys are very sensitive organs, particularly ... Read more »
  • Mumps Spread Quickly at Texas Cheerleading Meets: Study September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Mumps is a highly infectious disease, as Texas cheerleaders and their supporters found out in one recent outbreak. Researchers looked over data on a mumps outbreak that began in December 2016 among those attending three cheerleading events in North Texas. "In all, 12 ... Read more »
  • FDA Finds Another Carcinogen in Certain Valsartan Heart Meds September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's more bad news for Americans who took certain brands of the common blood pressure medication valsartan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned that it has found a second impurity in three lots of Torrent Pharmaceuticals' valsartan drug products, which ... Read more »
  • 1 in 12 Americans Lives With Debilitating Chronic Pain September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Of the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, the pain is so bad for 20 million that it keeps them from doing the daily activities of life, researchers say. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ... Read more »
  • Asthma-Obesity Link May Cut Both Ways September 15, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long known that obesity increases the risk for developing asthma, but new research suggests the opposite also may be true. Scientists in Spain found that people with asthma are at greater risk for obesity, particularly those who develop the condition as ... Read more »
  • Folic Acid Won’t Curb Dangerous Pregnancy Complication September 15, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of folic acid do not protect pregnant women against a sometimes deadly complication called preeclampsia, a large trial suggests. The finding frustrates the search for an effective way to prevent preeclampsia, or dangerously high blood pressure in pregnancy, in women who ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Yoga-Related Injury September 14, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Practicing yoga can bolster your overall fitness while improving posture and flexibility, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. While the agency notes yoga is safe for most people, those who are pregnant or have high blood pressure, glaucoma or sciatica may be at greater risk of ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Use a Ladder Safely September 14, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Falling from a ladder can cause serious injury, even death. But nearly all ladder injuries are preventable, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society says. The society suggests: Read the safety instructions that come with your ladder before using it. Follow all warning labels on your ladder. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 13, 2018 September 14, 2018 - Technique May Take Guesswork Out of Gene Tests, Scientists Say
  • Novel Treatment Approved for ‘Hairy Cell’ Leukemia September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lumoxiti injection has been approved to treat certain instances of relapsed or refractory "hairy cell" leukemia (HCL), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. Lumoxiti (moxetumomab pasudotox-tdfk) is among a novel class of drugs called CD22-directed cytotoxins to treat HCL, the agency ... Read more »
  • Staying a Happy Couple During a Home Reno September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Spending to make your home nicer, safer and more efficient can save you money in the long run, but it could cause stress in your relationship in the here-and-now. In a survey done by the home design site Houzz, 46 percent of couples ... Read more »
  • Hospitals May Overprescribe Blood Pressure Meds, Study Finds September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One in seven older veterans are sent home from the hospital with doses of blood pressure medications so high they can leave them feeling dizzy and at risk for falls, a new study finds. Prescribing higher doses of these drugs occurs even though ... Read more »
  • Internal Body Clocks May Affect Timing of Epileptic Seizures September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Circadian rhythms, the 24-hour body clocks that regulate a person's sleep-wake cycle, may affect the timing of seizures in roughly 80 percent of epilepsy patients, researchers report. These findings, which shed new light on seizure patterns, could help doctors treat the disease more ... Read more »
  • 1 in 3 College Freshmen Faces Mental Health Woes September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in three first-year college students around the world struggle with a mental health disorder, new research suggests. "The number of students who need treatment for these disorders far exceeds the resources of most counseling centers, resulting in a substantial unmet ... Read more »
  • How to Reassure Kids When Florence Strikes September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Adults have spent a lifetime hearing about or experiencing natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence, which is targeting the Carolinas this week. But how to explain to kids the dangers of these events, without unduly scaring them? The key, said child psychiatrist Dr. ... Read more »
  • AHA: Apple’s Smartwatch Has a Heart Monitor Now September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- There will soon be another way to monitor your heart -- from your wrist. The Apple Watch 4 that was unveiled Wednesday will include electrocardiogram testing. Often referred to as an EKG or ECG, this is how health care providers check the ... Read more »
  • To Help Beat Heart Disease, Stay Upbeat September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Optimism and a sense of purpose can improve your heart health, new research suggests. Psychological well-being has cardiovascular benefits because people with a positive outlook are more inclined to lead a healthy lifestyle, the researchers concluded. Upbeat people are more likely to eat ... Read more »
  • As Earth Warms, Heat-Related Deaths Will Multiply September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change could become very deadly, as heat-related deaths rise with increases in global temperatures, a new report shows. "Currently, we are on a trajectory to reach over 3 degrees Celsius of warming, and if this trend continues there would be serious consequences ... Read more »
  • AHA: More Work Needed to Curb Smoking Among Certain Groups September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Melvin Stubbs knows smoking cigarettes could give him heart disease, lung cancer or kill him. He said his habit hurts his wife and parents, who often urge him to quit. "That's one thing I struggle with on a daily basis," said Stubbs, ... Read more »
  • ALS Affects the Mind, Not Just the Body September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The minds of patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are damaged by the disease, despite the longstanding belief that this was not the case, a new study reveals. In fact, in the later stages of ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, patients ... Read more »
  • No Short-Term Cancer Risk From Recalled Heart Med Valsartan: Study September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who took recalled blood pressure drugs containing a carcinogen do not appear to have a markedly increased short-term risk of cancer, a new study reports. Doctors are reluctant to say they're fully in the clear, however. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Read more »
  • More Water, Mom? H2O Is Top Kids’ Beverage in U.S. September 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. kids are drinking far more water than sodas and fruit drinks, health officials say. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that water accounts for almost half of kids' total beverage consumption. And together, water and ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Control Some Risk Factors for Diabetes September 13, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Some risk factors for diabetes are under a person's control, such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet and getting enough exercise, the American Heart Association notes. The AHA says additional risk factors that are under a person's control include: Managing stress. Avoiding smoking. Limiting ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Recognizing a Learning Disorder September 13, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Learning a new subject may involve many mistakes. But when they are too frequent and long-lasting, they may be symptoms of a learning disorder, the National Institutes of Health says. A learning disability isn't a measure of how smart a child is. It's caused by a difference ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 12, 2018 September 13, 2018 - At Least 15 Men Near Ground Zero Have Breast Cancer Olivia Newton-John's Cancer Returns for 3rd Time Prince William Launches Mental Health Website
  • The Cat’s Meow: The Emotional Boost of Cute Videos September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The numbers surrounding the continuing cat video craze are astounding. In one year alone, more than 2 million cat videos were posted on YouTube and had close to 26 billion views. What's even more astounding is that all that time spent watching funny ... Read more »
  • Cancer Advances Rely on U.S. Funding: Report September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Almost two dozen new cancer treatments received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in the past year, a new report reveals. These treatments include innovative immunotherapies that target cancer cells (called CAR T-cell therapies) and targeted radiotherapies, according to the report from the ... Read more »
  • Could a Placebo Pill Help Ease Your Back Pain? September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With millions of pain-plagued Americans looking for an alternative to opioids, the solution for some might be no medicine at all. New research suggests that a good many back pain patients might find relief in a "dummy" sugar pill, eliminating their need for ... Read more »
  • Mindfulness May Be a Buffer Against Pain September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness meditation may take the edge off of pain, a new study suggests. "Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment," explained lead researcher Fadel Zeidan. He's an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy ... Read more »
  • Banned Supplement Remains a Concern in Weight-Loss Products September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss and energy supplements sold in the United States may contain potentially harmful and inaccurately labeled levels of the banned stimulant higenamine, a new study finds. Higenamine is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of substances prohibited in sports, though it is legal ... Read more »
  • ADHD Tied to Raised Risk of Early Parkinson’s September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more than twice as likely to develop an early onset form of Parkinson's, new research warns. What's more, among "those ADHD patients who had a record of being treated with amphetamine-like drugs -- especially Ritalin [methylphenidate] ... Read more »
  • AHA: From a Hole in Her Heart to the New York Stage September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- At 2 years old, Tabitha Ellis was required to wear a face mask over her nose and mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, long enough for medicine and water vapor to flow through her compromised body. And she had to endure this ... Read more »
  • AHA: Get Your (Exer)game On to Make Screen Time Pay Off September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Parents, can't seem to tear the kids away from their screens? There are ways you won't have to -- and still get them off the couch. Exergaming allows players to engage in physical activity while also participating in video games -- using ... Read more »
  • Timing May Be Critical When Taking Meds September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When you take your medications may have a lot to do with how well they work, new research suggests. Using new bioinformatics tools, scientists analyzed thousands of human tissue samples and created a database of daily rhythms in human gene activity that includes ... Read more »
  • Obesity Tops 35 Percent in 7 U.S. States: Report September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Americans continue to fatten up, with obesity rates topping 35 percent in seven states, a new report reveals. That's up from five states two years ago. Moreover, no state had a notable improvement in its obesity rate over the previous year, according to ... Read more »
  • Beware a Bolt From the Blue September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- They say lightning never strikes twice, but once is enough for the 47 people it kills in the United States each year. The National Weather Center calls lightning "an underrated killer, hotter than the surface of the sun." According to University of Nebraska ... Read more »
  • A Needle-Free Flu Vaccine in the Mail? It Might Happen September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of visiting the doctor each fall, sitting in a waiting room filled with the sniffling, sneezing masses -- what if you could just slap on a flu vaccine "patch" sent in the mail? That's the vision of researchers who've developed and conducted ... Read more »
  • FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other E-Cigarette Makers September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Calling the use of electronic cigarettes a burgeoning epidemic among teens, the U.S Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the sale of Juuls and other flavored e-cigarette devices to minors. More than 1,200 warning letters and fines have been ... Read more »
  • New Drug Could Help Kids With MS September 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say the first drug for children with multiple sclerosis vastly outperformed another common MS medication in a new clinical trial. Fingolimod (Gilenya) reduced relapse rates by 82 percent in patients aged 10 to 17 compared with interferon beta-1a, a drug commonly used ... Read more »
  • Even High-Fat Dairy Might Be Good for You September 13, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Dairy foods might be your ticket to better heart health, even if you're drinking whole milk and eating rich cheeses, a new study suggests. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but folks who ate three servings of dairy per day had an overall lower ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Suggestions for Excessive Sweating September 12, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Sweating is the body's natural reaction to keep itself cool during warm or hot conditions. But when it's excessive -- especially from the hands, face, underarms and feet -- it may be a symptom of a condition called hyperhidrosis, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. The ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Mouth Issues During Cancer Treatment September 12, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Radiation therapy or certain types of chemotherapy can lead to dry mouth or thick saliva. During cancer treatment, the glands that make saliva often get irritated and make less saliva, or the saliva becomes thick and sticky. The American Cancer Society suggests how to help manage these ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 11, 2018 September 12, 2018 - 1 in 5 Marijuana Products Fails Tests in California
  • Going Vegetarian to Cut Colon Cancer Risk September 12, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's no disputing the fact that regular colonoscopies, now suggested to start at age 45 for those with an average risk of colorectal cancer, can help prevent the disease by finding -- and removing -- precancerous growths. And a study of 77,000 adults ... Read more »
  • Juuls Pack Same Nicotine Punch as Cigarettes September 12, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Juuls, the latest craze in vaping, deliver levels of nicotine that nearly match what is inhaled with tobacco cigarettes, a new study finds. Not only do these e-cigarette devices contain high levels of nicotine, they deliver it in a form that makes it ... Read more »
  • Daytime Drowsiness a Sign of Alzheimer’s? September 12, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Feeling drowsy during the day might mean you have an increased risk for Alzheimer's, new research suggests. The long-term study included 123 adults with an average age of 60 when the study began. The findings showed that those who were very sleepy during ... Read more »
  • AHA: 17 Years After 9/11, Former NYPD Cop Still Battles Serious Health Problems September 12, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Peter Woods hardly called in sick back when he worked for the New York Police Department. Then terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, creating a noxious cloud of finite glass, cancer-causing chemicals and other pollutants that hovered for months around ground zero. ... Read more »
  • As Hurricane Florence Targets U.S., Experts Urge Safety September 12, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With Hurricane Florence barreling toward the Carolinas, the National Safety Council offers steps to stay safe. As mass evacuations begin in coastal North Carolina, and states of emergency are declared in Virginia and North and South Carolina, the council urges those along the ... Read more »
  • When Blood Sugar Rises in Pregnancy, Mom and Baby Pay the Price September 12, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women with high blood sugar during pregnancy run a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes years after giving birth, a new study finds. The finding held true whether or not a woman developed actual "gestational diabetes" during pregnancy, the researchers noted. Babies ... Read more »
  • Sexual Violence Haunts Women for Years September 12, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sexual assault leaves many women with permanent indelible memories, a new study finds. Compared with other traumatic life-altering events, the memories of sexual assault remain intense and vivid for years, even when not linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the study authors said. ... Read more »
  • Acne Advice for Returning Students September 12, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As if the start of a new school year isn't stressful enough, many teens may find their acne worsens when classes start, a skin doctor says. During summer vacation, teens' acne often eases because they have less stress and more sun exposure, but ... Read more »
  • Do You Know Your ‘Body Time’? September 12, 2018 - TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- No matter what your watch says, your body may be on a whole other schedule. Now, scientists say they've created a blood test that pinpoints the timing of your own internal clock. The TimeSignature test evaluates dozens of genes to reveal an individual's ... Read more »
  • Want to Avoid Type 2 Diabetes? Eat More Whole Grains September 12, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It may seem counterintuitive, but eating bread, pasta and cereal may actually help prevent type 2 diabetes, as long as those foods are made from whole grains, new research suggests. The study found that each serving of whole-grain foods per day was linked ... Read more »
  • ‘No Documented Reason’ for 1 in 3 Outpatient Opioid Rxs: Study September 12, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The United States is in the grip of an epidemic of opioid painkiller addiction. But now, research shows that in nearly a third of cases there's no medical reason documented for opioids prescribed in an outpatient setting. The findings show the need for ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: It’s Back to School Time September 11, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- As teens and children re-enter the classroom after summer vacation, it's time for parents and teachers to instill healthy behaviors that should last into adulthood. That means discouraging alcohol use, drug use and violence, which studies have associated with lower grades, the Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease September 11, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. About one in four women is predicted to die from heart disease, the agency laments. As women age, their risk rises. But the Food and ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 10, 2018 September 11, 2018 - Oxycontin's Maker Now Selling Drug to Curb Opioid Addiction Star-Studded 'Stand Up to Cancer' Telethon Raises $123 Million
  • New Treatment Approved for Opioid Dependence September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cassipa (buprenorphine and naloxone), a film designed to be placed under the tongue, has been approved to treat opioid dependence, the agency said in a news release. Both buprenorphine and naloxone have been approved previously for this purpose. "Opioid replacement therapy can be ... Read more »
  • 4 Habits That Lead to Better Food Choices September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The choices you make every day, both big and small, influence your weight and your health. For instance, do you grab coffee and a donut for breakfast or opt for yogurt with fresh fruit? Understanding why you make the choices you do and ... Read more »
  • Home Monitoring Works for Blood Pressure Patients September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Home blood pressure monitoring can improve control of high blood pressure and reduce health care costs. That's the conclusion of a preliminary study that included 2,550 adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure. They each received free home blood pressure monitors, online and print ... Read more »
  • Blood Infection Sepsis Tied to Heart Attack, Stroke September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Survivors of serious bloodstream infections called sepsis are at increased risk for stroke and heart attack for four weeks after leaving the hospital, a new study finds. The study included roughly 42,300 sepsis patients in Taiwan. Of those, 22 percent died within 30 ... Read more »
  • AHA: What’s a Dangerous Level of Blood Pressure in Pregnancy? September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- High blood pressure rates could nearly double in women of childbearing age if the latest guidelines are used, according to a new study. But researchers say more investigation is needed to see if those lower blood pressure targets in pregnant women are ... Read more »
  • 1 in 5 College Students So Stressed They Consider Suicide September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- College can be so stressful that many students think about killing themselves, and some even try, a new study suggests. Among more than 67,000 students surveyed, over 20 percent said they experienced stressful events in the last year that were strongly associated with ... Read more »
  • AHA: Many With Supposed Drug-Resistant Blood Pressure Aren’t Taking Meds September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- For about one in five people with what appears to be hard-to-treat, or resistant, high blood pressure, they simply aren't taking prescribed medications, new research suggests. Drug-resistant hypertension appears to be on the rise and occurs when blood pressure remains above normal ... Read more »
  • Talking to Baby Might Boost Middle School Success September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Time spent reading to toddlers or having "conversations" with them helps boost their intelligence and thinking skills, even a decade later, new research shows. The study found that the more "conversational turns" that occurred in a toddler's day, the better children performed on ... Read more »
  • 1 in 4 Seniors Who Take Xanax, Valium Use Them Long Term September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When older people use drugs like Valium or Xanax to calm anxiety or help them sleep, they run a high risk of becoming drug-dependent, new research suggests. In the study of almost 600 adults averaging 78 years of age, about one in four ... Read more »
  • An Ancient Art May Work Best to Prevent Falls in Old Age September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ancient practice of tai chi may beat strength training and aerobics for preventing falls among seniors, a new trial shows. A modified senior-centered tai chi program reduced falls nearly a third better in a head-to-head comparison with an exercise regimen that combined ... Read more »
  • Can Teen Drivers Be Scared Into Safe Driving? September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is it possible that showing teenagers the real-life consequences of risky driving might make them safer drivers? Maybe, a small study suggests. Taking teens to the emergency room, intensive care unit and morgue increased their awareness of the results of unsafe driving. But ... Read more »
  • Chronic Pain May Drive Some to Suicide September 11, 2018 - MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Suffering debilitating pain every day may be so unbearable that some decide to take their own lives, new research suggests. More than 25 million U.S. adults have some level of daily pain, and 10.5 million have considerable pain every day. In this study, ... Read more »
  • Acing Intro to College Life September 10, 2018 - SUNDAY, Sept. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Starting college can be daunting, but there are a number of things new students can do to ease into this experience, a psychologist suggests. "As freshman -- and their parents -- begin the first semester of college, it's important to realize that not ... Read more »
  • Tennis Skills Decline Equally in Male, Female Pros September 9, 2018 - SATURDAY, Sept. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With the U.S. Open championship set to conclude Sunday in New York City, a new study shows that male and female professional tennis players have the same rate of age-related declines in physical ability. This was a surprising finding because men and women ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Using an ATV September 8, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- All terrain vehicles (ATVs) may be a great form of recreation, but they should be used with care to prevent serious injury. Children who are too young for a driver's license shouldn't be allowed to ride ATVs, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Children are involved in ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Connect With Your Child September 8, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- By being sensitive and responsive to your child's needs, you can forge a positive, healthy relationship, the National Institutes of Health says. Children who are bonded with their parents are more likely to cope with challenges such as family instability, parental stress and depression, the agency says. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 7, 2018 September 8, 2018 - Southwest Airlines Passengers May Have Been Exposed to Measles Diet, Exercise Help Reduce Overweight Women's Pregnancy Weight Gain: Study Actor Burt Reynolds Dies at 82 Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Reaches Settlement in False Ad Lawsuit
  • AHA: Nicotine Patch Safe for Smokers Hospitalized With Heart Trouble September 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Nicotine replacement therapy appears to be a safe option for smokers hospitalized for heart disease, even for critically ill patients on their first day, according to a new study. Researchers hope the findings will encourage doctors to prescribe nicotine patches or other ... Read more »
  • AHA: ‘Gronk Girl’ Tackles Her Second Heart Transplant in 5 Years September 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Now that she's on her third heart, Lauren Meizo knows a good deal about how to live for months in a hospital room, about how her internal organs work together, about how to be patient and tenacious during long periods of recovery. ... Read more »
  • Say No to Yo-Yo Dieting September 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New to weight loss or tired of yo-yo dieting? Learning "stability skills" first may lead to greater long-term weight loss success. Many dieters regain up to 50 percent of the weight they lose within a year because they abandon the healthy lifestyle changes ... Read more »
  • LGBT Americans Typically Poorer Than Straight Peers: Study September 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- LGBT people in the United States are more likely than their straight counterparts to be poor, and this is especially true for women, a new study says. Wealth plays a key role in health and well-being, and it's one factor in the poorer ... Read more »
  • Sleep Apnea Often Missed in Black Americans September 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea is common -- but rarely diagnosed -- among black Americans, researchers say. The new study included 852 black men and women, average age 63, in Jackson, Miss., who were participants in the Jackson Heart Sleep Study. The investigators found that 24 ... Read more »
  • Urgent Care Centers Ease ER Burden in U.S. September 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For minor ills such as sore throats, privately insured Americans increasingly use urgent care centers rather than hospital emergency rooms, a new study finds. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston analyzed 2008-2015 data from Aetna, the commercial health insurance company. "The ... Read more »
  • Exercise Doesn’t Affect Timing of Menopause, Study Finds September 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research seems to settle the question of whether there's a link between how much a woman works out and her risk of early menopause. The conclusion? There is no link. Previous studies have produced conflicting results, with some suggesting that very active ... Read more »
  • Poor Health Care Linked to 5 Million Deaths Worldwide a Year September 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Poor-quality health care results in about 5 million deaths a year in low- and middle-income countries, new research suggests. And another 3.6 million deaths a year are caused by lack of access to care, the study found. "Quality care should not be the ... Read more »
  • Naloxone Nasal Spray Works Best to Stop Opioid OD: Study September 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A one-step nasal spray is the easiest form of naloxone to give someone suffering an opioid overdose, researchers say. Increased public availability of naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is considered a key way to reduce opioid overdose deaths. But there's ... Read more »
  • Black Patients Have 5 Times the Rate of Blood Pressure Crises September 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A sudden, severe surge in blood pressure is known as a hypertensive crisis, and new research suggests that black people are far more likely to experience this potentially deadly condition. High blood pressure "is an unnecessary scourge on African Americans. The prevalence of ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Maintain a Healthy Heart While on Dialysis September 7, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in people with kidney failure, the National Kidney Foundation says. If you need dialysis and also have heart issues, your heart treatment may be changed somewhat to accommodate your need for dialysis. The Foundation suggests these tips to protect ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Urinary Incontinence September 7, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, a common concern for people as they get older. Millions of adults in the United States have urinary incontinence, more often women than men. Treatment varies based on the problem's severity, and ranges from simple exercises and bladder training ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 6, 2018 September 7, 2018 - Actor Burt Reynolds Dies at 82 Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Reaches Settlement in False Ad Lawsuit OxyContin Maker Gives $3.4 Million to Help Develop Cheaper Opioid Overdose Antidote Blood Test Company Theranos Shutting Down Hospital Groups, Healthcare Foundations Form Generic Drug Company
  • Walking: Still the Starting Line for Fitness September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Being physically active is one of the most important steps people of all ages can take to improve their health. Yet despite everything we know about the benefits of exercise, only half of U.S. adults and only about a quarter of high school ... Read more »
  • More Rattlesnake Bites After Rainy Spells September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The threat of rattlesnake bites in California decreases during droughts and increases after rainy weather, a new study finds. Rainy spells result in more shrub growth and, with that, more rodents, the snakes' primary food source, said study author Dr. Grant Lipman, an ... Read more »
  • Evidence Doesn’t Support Statin Use in Healthy Seniors September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There is no evidence to support the widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to prevent heart disease and stroke in old and very old people, Spanish researchers say. For the new study, the investigators analyzed data from nearly 47,000 people aged 75 and ... Read more »
  • Stigma Another Burden for Many With Psoriasis September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Though psoriasis is not contagious, many Americans shun people with the skin condition, new research indicates. The study included a cross-section of about 400 Americans who viewed images of people with visible psoriasis. Large numbers wrongly thought psoriasis was contagious or only affects ... Read more »
  • Online History Gives Clues to Heart Ills September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Online searches about heart disease peak in the winter, a new study says. That's when deaths from heart disease top out, too. Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and more than 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United ... Read more »
  • Surgeons Recommend Fewer Opioid Pills After Nose Jobs September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients who have nose surgery use far fewer opioid painkillers than they're given, evidence that doctors are overprescribing the highly addictive drugs, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers reviewed 173 nose surgery (rhinoplasty) cases performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear ... Read more »
  • New One-Dose Flu Drug Shows Promise September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental single-dose flu drug shows promise as a new way to alleviate the misery of influenza, researchers say. The drug -- called baloxavir -- worked better than no treatment in one phase of a new study. The study also found it as ... Read more »
  • AHA: WNBA Stars Take Their Shot at Heart Health Awareness September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Achieving victory in a high-stakes competitive sport like professional women's basketball takes a lot of heart -- in every sense of the word. So, as the WNBA championship finals begin Friday, it makes sense that maintaining good health, cardiovascular and otherwise, has ... Read more »
  • AHA: Are Die-Hard Sports Fans Putting Their Hearts at Risk? September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Tailgate parties are kicking off the National Football League's regular season, and if the brats and burgers, cheese dips and chili bowls aren't enough to give passionate sports fans heart problems, all the close calls and tense final moments of upcoming games ... Read more »
  • Exercise May Boost Brain Power in Alzheimer’s, Mouse Study Suggests September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are plenty of reasons to work out, and this may be another: Exercise promotes the growth of new brain cells that improve thinking in mice with a form of Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers reported that ... Read more »
  • More Aging Boomers Are Embracing Pot September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Have those weed-loving hippies taken their habit into the new millennium? Maybe so: New research shows pot isn't the drug of choice for just the young anymore. More middle-aged folks, and even seniors, are lighting up nowadays, researchers say. In fact, federal survey ... Read more »
  • Kids Without Access to Good Food Face High Blood Pressure Risk September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Poor nutrition increases a child's risk of high blood pressure, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed national health survey data for 2007 to 2014 from more than 7,200 U.S. kids between 8 and 17 years of age. More than one-fifth lacked good access ... Read more »
  • Probiotics: Don’t Believe the Hype? September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- They're sold everywhere, but can probiotics -- the good bacteria found in some foods like yogurt and in supplements -- really help restore digestive health? Maybe, but only for some people, new research suggests. The Israeli researchers found that some people's digestive systems ... Read more »
  • ‘Million Hearts’ Project Aims to Prevent 1 Million Cardiac Crises September 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans aren't taking simple steps that could ward off a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke, a new government report shows. Heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related conditions caused 2.2 million hospitalizations in 2016, new research from the U.S. Centers for ... Read more »
  • Scientists Finally Get Around to Finding Procrastination’s Home in the Brain September 7, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is it time to let procrastinators off the hook? The inclination to delay things rather than get right to work on them may be hardwired into some people's brains, and not the product of a flawed character, German researchers suggest. The findings come ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Lawnmower Injuries September 6, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Lawnmower injuries range from minor cuts and burns to broken bones and amputations, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand says. The society suggests how to stay safer while using a mower: Read the mower's manual before use. Keep the mower in good working order with ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Back Pain at Work September 6, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Chronic back pain makes it more difficult to do your job, whether you're behind a desk or operating heavy machinery. The Mayo Clinic suggests how to avoid back pain at work: Maintain good posture. Lift with your legs and tighten your core muscles, and avoid twisting. When ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Sept. 5, 2018 September 6, 2018 - Flight From Dubai Briefly Quarantined at JFK Airport Due to Sick Passengers Large Rise Seen in Serious Birth Complications in U.S. Routine X-Rays, Blood Tests Not Needed for Children's Concussions: CDC Plastic Trays in Airport Security Loaded with Respiratory Viruses
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Elective Surgery September 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- No one looks forward to surgery, but if you're able to have an elective procedure -- meaning on your schedule -- rather than an emergency operation, taking certain steps in the weeks beforehand will lead to a better outcome and easier recovery. Work ... Read more »
  • Why So Many Firefighters Die From Cardiac Arrest September 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Firefighters who die from cardiac arrest tend to have underlying heart problems, a new study finds. Cardiac arrest accounts for more job-related deaths among firefighters than any other cause, and researchers wanted to know what ups their risk. "Firefighters face many dangers, but ... Read more »
  • AHA: Heart Health Research of 9/11 Survivors Slowly Realized, 17 Years Later September 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Back when Charlie Wilson was an avid runner, the only flutter he ever felt in his chest came from indigestion. That changed on Sept. 11. The now-retired New York police sergeant spent nearly every day for the next six months at the ... Read more »
  • Fish Oil Pills During Pregnancy Might Mean Stronger, Healthier Kids September 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy might translate into healthier growth in children during their first six years of life, a new study suggests. "This study highlights the fact that in utero exposure can have a profound effect on the fetus that lasts ... Read more »
  • 130 Now Sickened by Salmonella-Tainted Honey Smacks Cereal September 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One hundred thirty people across 36 states have now fallen ill with salmonella after eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. For the time being, the "CDC advises consumers and retailers not to eat, serve ... Read more »
  • Over 1.4 Billion of World’s Adults Face Disease Because of Inactivity, WHO Says September 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Couch potatoes, take note: Sedentary living has put more than one quarter of the world's adults at risk for serious disease, a new study says. More than 1.4 billion adults face a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, dementia and certain types of ... Read more »
  • AHA: Teen Went Into Cardiac Arrest During Spelling Bee September 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- After correctly spelling the first word given to her at an eighth-grade spelling bee, Emma Baker walked back to her seat, sat down and promptly collapsed onto the shoulder of another young contestant. Emma was in cardiac arrest. The mother of another ... Read more »
  • Surprising Tactic in War Against Antibiotic Resistance September 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Combining four or five antibiotics might help fight the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, researchers report. Biologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, identified more than 8,100 combinations of four or five antibiotics that appear effective against harmful bacteria. "There is a ... Read more »