Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study
Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test is the first objective scientific way to diagnose major depression in adults, a new study claims. The test measures the levels of nine genetic indicators (known as "RNA markers") in the blood. The blood test could also determine who will respond to cognitive behavioral therapy, one of the most common and effective treatments for depression, and could show whether the therapy worked, Northwestern Univers...
Breast-Feeding May Help Obese Moms Lose Pregnancy Pounds
Breast-Feeding May Help Obese Moms Lose Pregnancy Pounds THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding may help women lose their pregnancy weight and keep it off if they were obese before they became pregnant, according to new research. When women who were obese prior to becoming mothers followed national breast-feeding recommendations, they weighed almost 18 pounds less than obese mothers who didn't breast-feed. If mothers were overweight or had a normal weight before pregnancy, their weig...
Booze, Pot Bad for Teens in Different Ways, Study Suggests
Booze, Pot Bad for Teens in Different Ways, Study Suggests TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking and marijuana may lead to different types of harmful consequences for teens, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 2007 to 2011 data gathered from more than 7,400 U.S. high school seniors who said they had used alcohol or marijuana at least once. The investigators found that drinking alcohol was associated with more unsafe driving, damage to relationships with friends and romantic partners...
Biggest Ever Weekly Rise in Ebola Cases, U.N. Agency Says
Biggest Ever Weekly Rise in Ebola Cases, U.N. Agency Says FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The West African Ebola outbreak took a more deadly turn Friday with the World Health Organization announcing an estimated 500 new cases this week -- the biggest jump in infections so far. Most of the new cases arose in Liberia, the U.N. health agency said, but cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone also rose sharply, the Associated Press reported. "There are serious problems with case management and infection p...
Ban Indoor Use of E-Cigarettes, U.N. Health Agency Says
Ban Indoor Use of E-Cigarettes, U.N. Health Agency Says TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Joining a number of other health agencies, the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday recommended that countries regulate electronic cigarettes and ban their use indoors until studies prove that "vaping" is harmless to bystanders. WHO also urged its 194 member states to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and also ban or minimize advertising and promotion of the devices, the Associa...
Bullying Starts Before School Years Begin, Study Finds
Bullying Starts Before School Years Begin, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that illustrates the complexity of bullying, Dutch researchers report that obese boys are more likely to bully and be bullied than their thinner peers and the vicious cycle begins before these children ever step foot inside a school. Past research has shown an association between bullying and weight, but most of those studies focused on older children or teens. The average age of the children in...
Bupropion Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended release 12 hour [Depression/Mood Disorders]
Bupropion Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended release 12 hour [Depression/Mood Disorders] What is this medicine? BUPROPION (byoo PROE pee on) is used to treat depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. If you take this medicine more than onc...
Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (MRI Scan of the Breast) Click Image to Enlarge Procedure overview What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. How does an MRI work? The MRI machine is a large, cylindrical (tube-shaped) machine that creates a strong magnetic field around the patient. The magnetic field,...
Bone Marrow To learn more about the intricate process of bone marrow transplantation, it is important to first learn about the blood and its components. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding the anatomy of blood and bone marrow transplantation, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Blood and Blood Components Bone Marrow Transplantation
Breastfeeding Your Baby
Breastfeeding Your Baby Choosing how to feed your baby is an important decision that has lifelong effects for your baby and for you. What you have seen and learned about infant feeding from your family, friends, and teachers is likely to influence your attitude and perceptions. Whether you definitely plan to breastfeed or you are still uncertain, the research is pretty clear. Your milk is the best milk for your baby, and it is the ideal first food for your baby's first several months. Listed in the dire...
Breast Milk Expression
Breast Milk Expression Most mothers who plan to continue breastfeeding will need to express their breast milk during the work or school day if away from the baby for more than three or four hours. They also may want to obtain milk to store for feedings by the care provider. Continued, routine breast milk expression is important to maintain adequate milk production during the time spent away from your baby. Listed in the directory below is some information regarding breast milk expression, for which we h...
Breastfeeding and Returning To Work
Breastfeeding and Returning To Work For a mother who is breastfeeding and returning to work, special preparation is needed. Listed in the directory are some considerations to make as you return to work, for which we have provided a brief overview. Maternity Leave Your Workplace Childcare Introducing a Bottle Breast Milk Expression
Breast Milk Collection and Storage
Breast Milk Collection and Storage There are general guidelines for breast milk collection and storage for the healthy baby. They may be used when obtaining milk via a breast pump for occasional "relief" feedings or when collecting milk during regular separation from the baby, such as during work or school days. The mother obtaining milk for an occasional relief feeding may want to consider learning the simple skill of hand expression. Generally, it is as effective as using a breast pump -- some mothers...
Baby's Care After Birth
Baby's Care After Birth Learning to care for your baby is an exciting time, but it may come with many questions. Listed in the directory below is some information that will assist you in caring for your baby after birth. Baby's Care in the Delivery Room Baby's Care After a Vaginal Delivery Baby's Care After a Cesarean Delivery When a Baby Has Difficulty After Birth
Breastfeeding the High-Risk Newborn
Breastfeeding the High-Risk Newborn Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding breastfeeding a high-risk newborn, for which we have provided a brief overview. Breastfeeding Overview The Benefits of Mother's Own Milk Adding to Mother's Milk Milk Expression Milk Expression Techniques Milk Collection and Storage Delayed or Not Enough Milk Production Moving Toward Breastfeeding
Breast Health and Adolescents
Breast Health and Adolescents There are many changes that a young woman's body experiences during puberty - one change being the development of breasts. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding breast health, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anatomy of the Breasts Normal Breast Development Breast Conditions Breast Self-Examination
Behavior Disorders Behavior disorders (sometimes referred to as disruptive behavior disorders) are the most common reasons children are referred for mental health evaluations and treatment. Many types of behavioral disorders require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder Conduct Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Breast Health Breast development occurs in distinct stages throughout a woman's life, first before birth, and again at puberty and during the childbearing years. Changes also occur to the breasts during menstruation and when a woman reaches menopause. Listed in the directory below you will find some additional information regarding breast health, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anatomy of the Breasts Normal Breast Development Three-Step Plan for Preventive Care How to Perform a Breast Self-...
Bulimia Nervosa What is bulimia nervosa? Bulimia nervosa, usually referred to as bulimia, is defined as uncontrolled episodes of overeating (bingeing) and usually followed by purging (self-induced vomiting), misuse of laxatives, enemas, or medications that cause increased production of urine, fasting, or excessive exercise to control weight. Bingeing, in this situation, is defined as eating much larger amounts of food than would normally be consumed within a short period of time (usually less than two h...
Breast Cancer in Men
Breast Cancer in Men Statistics regarding men and breast cancer Breast cancer occurs not only in women but also in some men, because men have breast tissue as well. Breast cancer in men is rare--less than 1% of all breast carcinomas occur in men. Consider the latest statistics available from the American Cancer Society (ACS): The ACS estimates that in 2013 about 2,200 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men in the U.S. Breast cancer is about 100 times more common among women. Est...
Blisters What is a blister? A blister is a bubble on the skin containing fluid. Blisters are usually circular in shape. The fluid that forms underneath the skin can be bloody or clear. What causes a blister? Blisters are caused by injury, allergic reactions, or infections, which may include the following: Burns or scalds Sunburns Friction (from a shoe, for example) Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) Impetigo. A contagious infection of the skin. Pemphigus. A rare, blistering skin disease often occu...
Basic Anatomy of the Heart
Basic Anatomy of the Heart Click to Enlarge Image About the heart The heart is the hardest working muscle in the human body. Located almost in the center of the chest, the adult human heart is about the size of a fist. At an average rate of 80 times a minute, the heart beats about 115,000 times in one day or about 42 million times in a year. In a 70-year lifetime, an average human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. Even when a person is at rest, the heart continuously works hard. How the heart...
Back to School with Diabetes
Back to School with Diabetes When fall arrives, it’s back-to-school time—and for some kids, it’s back to dealing with diabetes in the classroom. These tips can help your student stay safe and healthy at school: Make a diabetes medical management plan. This is a written document prepared by you and your child’s health care team that spells out his or her treatment plan. It should include emergency contacts and instructions for monitoring blood glucose, measuring insulin doses, taking pills, eating meals,...
Bronchodilator Reversibility Testing
Bronchodilator Reversibility Testing What is a bronchodilator reversibility test? The bronchodilator reversibility test is used to determine how well your lungs are working. This test uses a spirometer and a bronchodilator. A spirometer is a machine that measures lung function. It measures how much and how fast air is blown out or exhaled. Bronchodilators are medications that open the airways, making it easier to breathe. Person breathing into a spirometer. Why might I need a bronchodilator reversibilit...
Both U.S. Health-Care Workers Infected With Ebola Released From Hospital
Both U.S. Health-Care Workers Infected With Ebola Released From Hospital THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The two American health-care workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus while doing missionary medical work in West Africa have been released from the Atlanta hospital where they have been slowly recovering for several weeks, officials said Thursday. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, was released from Emory University Hospital Thursday morning. Nancy Writebol left the hospital Tuesday. Her family s...
Blacks May Face Higher Risk of Diabetes-Linked Vision Loss
Blacks May Face Higher Risk of Diabetes-Linked Vision Loss THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans are at greater risk for diabetes-related vision loss than other racial groups battling the blood sugar disease, a new study says. Researchers analyzed data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which evaluates about 5,000 people each year. They found that blacks had the highest rates of a condition known as diabetic macular edema -- one of the leading causes of...
Blood Transfusions May Cut Risk of 'Silent' Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell
Blood Transfusions May Cut Risk of 'Silent' Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Monthly blood transfusions may lower the chances of "silent" strokes in some children with sickle cell anemia, a new clinical trial indicates. The study, reported in the Aug. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine , found that in children with a previous silent stroke, monthly blood transfusions cut the rate of future strokes by more than half. The researchers said their find...
Botox Tested on Stomach Cancer in Mice
Botox Tested on Stomach Cancer in Mice WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Botox, the wrinkle fighter, might be a cancer fighter, too, according to a new animal study. Researchers working with mice are using Botox to try to combat stomach cancer by silencing nerves that connect to tumors. The work is still in its very early stages, and a prominent cancer expert cautioned that the approach is far from ready for prime time. While the study findings are intriguing and worth pursing, "it would be i...
Big Drop in U.S. Heart-Related Hospitalizations and Deaths, Study Finds
Big Drop in U.S. Heart-Related Hospitalizations and Deaths, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke have dropped dramatically in the United States over the past decade, according to a large study of Medicare patients. The declines noted from 1999 to 2011 are the result of lifestyle changes, better treatment and effective preventive measures, the researchers said. "The findings are jaw-dropping," said lead researcher Dr. Harlan Krumho...
Bone Drugs Don't Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All, Study Finds
Bone Drugs Don't Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs known as bisphosphonates, commonly prescribed to treat the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, don't appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer as previously thought, new research finds. "We found that postmenopausal women who took a bisphosphonate for three or four years did not have a decreased risk in breast cancer," said study author Trisha Hue, an epidemiologist at the University of Californi...
Black Veterans Less Likely to Get Colon Cancer Screening, Study Finds
Black Veterans Less Likely to Get Colon Cancer Screening, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer screening rates for black patients in a Veterans Affairs health care system in California are much lower compared to other races, even though all patients have similar access to care, according to a new study. The study also found that having a primary care health provider greatly increased the likelihood that patients would be screened for colon cancer. "Notably, individuals with...
Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms, Study Finds
Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Strict regulation of electronic cigarettes isn't warranted based on current evidence, a team of researchers says. On the contrary, allowing e-cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might cut tobacco-related deaths and illness, the researchers concluded after reviewing 81 prior studies on the use and safety of the nicotine-emitting devices. "Current evidence suggests that there is a potential for ...
Big Jump in Doctor's Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes
Big Jump in Doctor's Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new report finds that by 2010, one in every 10 visits Americans made to their doctor's office involved diabetes, with the greatest rise among those aged 25 to 44. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the number of office visits for patients with diabetes in this age group jumped by 34 percent between 2005 and 2010. Almost 29 million Americans have diabetes, the C...
Burnout Common Among Transplant Surgeons, Study Reveals
Burnout Common Among Transplant Surgeons, Study Reveals THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Transplant surgeons often feel emotionally drained and overextended, which are red flags for burnout, a new study suggests. Nearly half of the transplant surgeons in the study reported having a low sense of personal accomplishment and four out of 10 admitted to feeling emotionally exhausted, researchers found. "Burnout is common in medicine, especially in high-pressure specialties like transplantation," s...
Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects
Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, new research finds. The test would measure the concentration of folate (a form of vitamin B) in a pregnant women's red blood cells. The findings from this study -- conducted by an international team of scientists -- could help doctors predict the risk of serious birth defects known as neural tube defects because folate is vi...
Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns
Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the bite of a brown recluse spider is poisonous, these wounds usually heal well if left alone, an expert notes. It's still important to recognize the warning signs of an adverse reaction to a brown recluse spider bite, warned Dr. Donna Seger, medical director of the Tennessee Poison Center, particularly since these potentially dangerous bites are on the rise. "As physicians, it is hard for us to do n...
Barbershops Join Fight Against High Blood Pressure in Black Men
Barbershops Join Fight Against High Blood Pressure in Black Men FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Across the country, barbershops serve as a time-honored destination for a good cut and conversation. Now experts want to see whether barbershops might also be the spot to tackle an often overlooked health concern: high blood pressure among black men. In a novel partnership, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), enlisted t...
Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels: Study
Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels: Study THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Human semen is naturally colonized by bacteria, and a new study suggests the microbes might have a role to play in both HIV transmission and levels in infected men. U.S. researchers found that bacteria in semen -- the "microbiome" -- play a role in local inflammation and in the production of HIV by infected men. They say the findings point to possible targets for reducing transmission of the AIDS-cau...
Blood Test Might Help Predict Survival With Lou Gehrig's Disease
Blood Test Might Help Predict Survival With Lou Gehrig's Disease TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Simple blood tests may one day help predict survival and the course of the disease in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease, Italian researchers report. The components in the blood that might yield clues to how fast ALS is progressing are called albumin and creatinine. These components are normally tested to follow kidney and liver health, according to t...
Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery
Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most children who have spinal surgery don't require anti-clotting drugs because blood clots occur so rarely in these procedures, a new study says. Instead of the risky and costly blood-thinning drugs, close monitoring after surgery is enough for most of these patients, according to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers. Anti-clotting drugs should be considered only for young spinal surgery patien...
Bed-Sharing Linked to SIDS
Bed-Sharing Linked to SIDS MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) appear to change with the age of the infant, researchers say. They found that younger babies are more likely to die when they're sharing beds, while older babies face a higher risk of sudden death when there are objects in the crib with them, such as pillows and toys. "This study is the first to show that the risks during sleep may be different for infants of different ages," said le...
Babies' Brains Prep for Speech Long Before First Words Come Out
Babies' Brains Prep for Speech Long Before First Words Come Out MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants' brains start laying the groundwork for the physical requirements of speech long before they utter their first words, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 7- to 12-month-old infants and found that speech from people around them stimulates areas of the brain that coordinate and plan the motor movements necessary for speech. "Most babies babble by 7 months, but don't utter their first word...
Brains of Sex Addicts May Be Wired Like Those of Drug Addicts, Study Finds
Brains of Sex Addicts May Be Wired Like Those of Drug Addicts, Study Finds FRIDAY, July 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In people with sex addiction, pornography affects the brain in ways that are similar to that seen in drug addicts as they consume drugs, a new study finds. "There are clear differences in brain activity between patients who have compulsive sexual behavior and healthy volunteers. These differences mirror those of drug addicts," study author Dr. Valerie Voon, of the University of Cambridge ...
Breast Cancer Drug May Help Women Fight a Leading Cause of Infertility: Study
Breast Cancer Drug May Help Women Fight a Leading Cause of Infertility: Study WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have a better chance of getting pregnant if they take a breast cancer drug instead of the currently preferred medication, a new study suggests. Polycystic ovary syndrome -- the most common cause of female infertility in the United States -- causes higher than normal levels of the male hormone androgen, infrequent periods and small cysts on the ova...
Breast Cancer Drug Aromasin May Be Option for Some Premenopausal Women
Breast Cancer Drug Aromasin May Be Option for Some Premenopausal Women WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The drug exemestane worked slightly better than the drug tamoxifen at preventing a recurrence of breast cancer in certain premenopausal women, according to a new study. Almost 93 percent of women on exemestane (Aromasin) remained free of breast cancer after five years, compared to about 89 percent of the women on tamoxifen. That's according to the study of nearly 4,700 women with breast can...
Beleodaq Approved for Aggressive non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Beleodaq Approved for Aggressive non-Hodgkin Lymphoma THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Beleodaq (belinostat) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat peripheral T-Cell lymphoma (PTCL), a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes). Some 70,800 Americans will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma this year, of which up to 15 percent will be PTCL, according to U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates. Beleodaq is designed to inhibit im...
Brisk Walking May Help Curb Parkinson's Symptoms
Brisk Walking May Help Curb Parkinson's Symptoms WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with Parkinson's disease who regularly walk for exercise may significantly improve their physical and mental function, a new study finds. "The benefits of exercise that apply to a normal, healthy person are even greater in Parkinson's disease because it also affects the symptoms of the disease. A person with Parkinson's will get all the benefits that a normal, healthy person does, plus it will modify the ...
Burn Injuries More Common in Summer
Burn Injuries More Common in Summer SATURDAY, July 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Burn injuries increase in the summer as people gather around fire pits, campfires and outdoor grills, say burn experts. Among those most vulnerable to these seasonal fire hazards: children. "Young children are among the most vulnerable and often get burned by putting their hands on the side of cooking grills," Dr. Richard Gamelli, director of the burn unit at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., said in a Loyol...
Bad Weather May Dampen Will to Exercise
Bad Weather May Dampen Will to Exercise MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Local weather affects Americans' levels of exercise and their risk for obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers found that adults in counties with hot summers are less physically active and more likely to be obese, especially if the summers are also humid or rainy. Adults also get less exercise and are more likely to be obese in counties where winters are especially cold, according to the researchers at the University of...
Be Safe When Mowing The Lawn
Be Safe When Mowing The Lawn SATURDAY, July 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mowing the lawn is a task often assigned to older children and teens, but it can be a dangerous task if proper safety measures aren't followed, several physician groups warn. In 2013, more than 301,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries in a medical clinic or emergency department, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. More than 10,500 of those injuries occurred in children younger than 18. "Behin...
Breast Cancer Surgery Rates Vary Greatly in Canada
Breast Cancer Surgery Rates Vary Greatly in Canada WEDNESDAY, June 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer surgery rates vary significantly across Canada, a new study finds. Breast cancer surgery is the most common treatment for early stage breast cancer. Surgical options include breast removal (mastectomy) or breast conserving surgery (lumpectomy with radiation therapy). Long-term survival is similar with both surgical treatments. Researchers analyzed data from more than 57,800 women across Canada w...
Blood Pressure Kiosks May Not Always Give Accurate Readings
Blood Pressure Kiosks May Not Always Give Accurate Readings TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you decide to quickly check your blood pressure while you're out shopping this summer, know that your reading might not be accurate if the cuff is too small or too large for your arm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These blood-pressure kiosks are available in many public places, such as pharmacies, grocery and retail stores, gyms, airports and hair salons. While they're convenient, the...
Background TV May Hinder Toddlers' Language Development
Background TV May Hinder Toddlers' Language Development FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having the television on while you play with your toddler could hinder the child's language development, according to a new study. Researchers observed interaction between 49 parents and their toddlers, aged 12, 24 and 36 months, as they played together for an hour. During half of that time, a TV program with content for older children and adults was on in the background. The number of words and phrases, in...
Blacks May Respond Better Than Whites to Diabetes Drug Metformin
Blacks May Respond Better Than Whites to Diabetes Drug Metformin THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Blacks with type 2 diabetes may fare better on the widely used drug metformin compared with whites, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 19,600 Americans who were prescribed metformin between 1997 and 2013. The team found that blacks had greater improvements in their blood sugar control than whites. Study participants underwent at least two A1C blood tests at least four mon...
Breast Cancer Drug Herceptin Linked to Risk of Heart Problems: Study
Breast Cancer Drug Herceptin Linked to Risk of Heart Problems: Study MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in 10 women taking the breast cancer drug trastuzumab (Herceptin) will experience some type of heart problem, according to new research. The good news from this study is that these problems typically reverse once treatment is finished. "The overall message here is one of tremendous reassurance," said study researcher Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones, vice president of molecular and experim...
Broken Bones, Concussions Most Common Injuries in Youth Hockey
Broken Bones, Concussions Most Common Injuries in Youth Hockey THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Broken bones and concussions are the most common injuries that children who play ice hockey suffer, a new study reveals. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found many of the kids with these injuries needed to be hospitalized or undergo surgery. Since ice hockey is gaining popularity in the United States, they noted that children should be reminded to wear all necessary protective ...
Blood Pressure History May Affect Brain Function in Old Age
Blood Pressure History May Affect Brain Function in Old Age WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For years, doctors have preached that the lower the blood pressure, the better for preventing heart disease and stroke. But a new study suggests that having low blood pressure in later years may be linked with worse memory, at least in those diagnosed with high blood pressure in middle age. On the other hand, researchers linked high blood pressure in later life with greater risk of brain lesions for p...
Bicyclists Happier Than Drivers, Train Riders, Study Says
Bicyclists Happier Than Drivers, Train Riders, Study Says TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Riding a bike may benefit your mind as well as your body. People who use a bicycle to get from one place to another are generally happier than those who drive or use mass transit, according to a new study. "We found that people are in the best mood while they are bicycling compared to any other mode of transportation," said the study's lead author, Eric Morris, an assistant professor of city and regional ...
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