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E-Reminders May Boost HPV Vaccination Rates
E-Reminders May Boost HPV Vaccination Rates TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using electronic health records to issue reminders about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for young females significantly increased the number of patients who got the vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer. That's the finding of a new study that included more than 6,000 patients who, along with their doctors, received reminders via electronic health records. A control group of more than 9,000 did not rec...
Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of Irregular Heartbeat
Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of Irregular Heartbeat FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 18,000 middle-aged and older U.S. women, found that those who'd gone through menopause before age 44 were 17 percent less likely to have atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a common disorder where the heart's upper chamb...
Even Elite Athletes May Have Heart Abnormalities
Even Elite Athletes May Have Heart Abnormalities FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even the best athletes in the world can have potentially fatal heart defects, a new study says. "We cannot take it for granted that elite athletes are healthy," said Dr. Paulo Emilio Adami, of the Institute of Sport Medicine and Science of the Italian Olympic Committee in Rome. Adami and his colleagues examined data from more than 2,300 elite athletes who underwent heart health assessments between 2002 and 2014 as ...
Even in Later Life, Exercise Seems to Pay Dividends
Even in Later Life, Exercise Seems to Pay Dividends THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A little exercise late in life may help men live longer, new research from Norway suggests. "Even in the elderly, there is a lot to gain by being moderately active as compared to being sedentary," said study lead author Ingar Holme, professor emeritus at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo. The study of older men found that increasing physical activity benefited life span as much as quitting smoking...
Early Chemo May Boost Survival in Advanced Prostate Cancer
Early Chemo May Boost Survival in Advanced Prostate Cancer THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Starting the chemotherapy drug docetaxel at the same time as hormone therapy can improve survival for men with newly diagnosed, advanced prostate cancer, British researchers say. Currently, chemotherapy is generally given after hormone therapy stops working. But the new study found that when the two therapies were paired at the start of treatment, patients lived an average of 10 months longer. The combi...
ERs See Spike in Narcotic Painkiller Abuse Cases
ERs See Spike in Narcotic Painkiller Abuse Cases THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There was a sharp rise in the number of emergency room visits involving the narcotic painkiller tramadol between 2005 and 2011, two new government reports show. Tramadol is the active ingredient in brand-name drugs such as Ultram, Ultracet, Conzip, Ryzolt and Rybix ODT. The number of ER visits associated with adverse reactions to tramadol rose 145 percent from nearly 11,000 visits in 2005 to almost 26,000 visits ...
Even Treated Depression May Raise Stroke Risk
Even Treated Depression May Raise Stroke Risk WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression in older adults appears to significantly increase the risk of a stroke, even after depression symptoms have gotten better, a new study suggests. The researchers found that people who had severe symptoms of depression were more than twice as likely to have a stroke as those with no symptoms. People who had symptoms at the first interview, but had gotten better by the second interview still had a 66 percen...
Ebola Not Mutating Beyond 'Normal' Rate, Scientists Say
Ebola Not Mutating Beyond 'Normal' Rate, Scientists Say WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The deadly Ebola virus has continued to mutate during the West African epidemic, but at the same rate as previous outbreaks, a team of genetic researchers has found. Genetic analysis of samples taken from 175 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone found the genetic diversity of the virus has increased substantially, the researchers report May 13 in the journal Nature . Their research reveals a "family tree" of Eb...
Expectant Mothers' Lifestyle May Influence Child's Later Weight
Expectant Mothers' Lifestyle May Influence Child's Later Weight TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers had poor health habits during pregnancy are at increased risk for obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 5,100 children in Greece and found that they were much more likely to be obese at age 8 if their mother gained more than the recommended amount of weight, did not exercise enough, or smoked during pregnancy. On the positive side, the investigators al...
Environmental Concerns Led to Jump in Cost of Asthma Inhalers: Study
Environmental Concerns Led to Jump in Cost of Asthma Inhalers: Study MONDAY, May 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Federal action to protect the ozone layer has resulted in a dramatic increase in the cost of asthma inhalers in recent years, according to a new study. In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned asthma inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), substances that contribute to the depletion of ozone in the upper atmosphere. Immediately following the ban, the mean cost of asthma inha...
Expert Tips to Detect Early Warning Signs of Stroke
Expert Tips to Detect Early Warning Signs of Stroke SUNDAY, May 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prompt treatment of stroke is key to preventing death and disability, but not everyone knows how to quickly identify the early warning signs of stroke. "Today, thanks to early detection, aggressive treatment and new intervention therapies, more stroke patients than ever are returning to normal life with limited to no disability," said Dr. Stanley Tuhrim, director of the Stroke Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in N...
Ebola Survivors May Develop Eye Disease
Ebola Survivors May Develop Eye Disease THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An American doctor who survived Ebola had traces of the virus in his eye fluid long after it was no longer present in his blood, his physicians say. The finding suggests that other Ebola survivors should be monitored for possible Ebola-related eye problems, the doctors report in a new case study. "The thousands of Ebola survivors in West Africa and health care workers in their home countries will need to be monitored for e...
Experimental Drug Combo Shows Promise Against Hepatitis C
Experimental Drug Combo Shows Promise Against Hepatitis C TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have released yet another study finding impressive results for an experimental drug combo that aims to rid the body of infection with liver-damaging hepatitis C. In this case, a combination of three drugs in the pipeline -- daclatasvir, asunaprevir and beclabuvir -- effectively cleared the virus in 93 percent of patients, according to new research from Duke University in Durham, N.C. All of the...
Expert Panel Unclear on Whether E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit
Expert Panel Unclear on Whether E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An influential U.S. panel of experts says there's just not enough data to decide whether or not e-cigarettes can help smokers quit. For now, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends behavioral therapy and federally approved medications, such as nicotine replacement treatments, for most adults seeing to kick the smoking habit. The exception: pregnant women. For them, the task force re...
E-Health Records May Not Boost Stroke Care
E-Health Records May Not Boost Stroke Care MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While electronic health records are touted as the holy grail of a transparent health care system, a new study finds they don't improve treatment results for some stroke patients in the United States. Patients fared about the same in terms of quality of care and illness progression whether their hospitals had embraced electronic health records or not, researchers report May 4 in the Journal of the American College of Cardi...
ER Doctors Cautious When Prescribing Narcotic Painkillers: Study
ER Doctors Cautious When Prescribing Narcotic Painkillers: Study MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. emergency room doctors are cautious when prescribing narcotic painkillers that carry a high risk of abuse, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data collected from more than 27,000 patients seen at 19 emergency departments (EDs) across the United States during a single week in October 2012. Nearly 12 percent of the patients were prescribed narcotic painkillers. Narcotic painkillers include dr...
Experimental AIDS Vaccine Targets Hidden Virus
Experimental AIDS Vaccine Targets Hidden Virus WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research suggests that an AIDS vaccine in development can ramp up the body's immune system, boosting the response to medications HIV-positive patients take. Years of research will be required to confirm that the vaccine works, and researchers don't yet have the major funding needed to continue and push the experimental vaccine toward the market. Still, there's tremendous potential, said study senior ...
Equal Numbers of Males, Females Are Conceived: Study
Equal Numbers of Males, Females Are Conceived: Study MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many scientists believe human conception produces more male than female embryos, with male embryos less likely to survive. But, a new study suggests that equal numbers of males and females are conceived and female embryos are less likely to survive. "It looks like more females die during pregnancy than males," said Steven Orzack, a senior research scientist with the Fresh Pond Research Institute in Cambridge,...
E-Cigarettes May Pose a Risk in Pregnancy and to Children
E-Cigarettes May Pose a Risk in Pregnancy and to Children FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes may damage the developing brains of infants in the womb, as well as the brains of children and adolescents, suggests a new review of nicotine's effects. Animal experiments have shown that exposure to nicotine can harm developing lungs and brains, according to the review's senior author Dr. Tim McAfee, director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office...
Expert Offers Tips to Help Babies With Stuffy Noses
Expert Offers Tips to Help Babies With Stuffy Noses FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stuffy noses are common among babies, but many parents aren't sure how to help, an expert says. "Babies can't blow their nose, so caregivers can feel helpless in offering relief," said Dr. Andrew Hotaling, a pediatric otolaryngologist at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. "Breathing is essential to baby's health and stuffy noses can indicate something more serious," he said in a university news ...
Eylea Approval Expanded to Include Diabetic Retinopathy
Eylea Approval Expanded to Include Diabetic Retinopathy WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Eylea (aflibercept) has been expanded to treat diabetic retinopathy among people with diabetic macular edema, the agency said Wednesday in a news release. Affecting more than 29 million people in the U.S., diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness, the FDA said. Among some people who have vision-impairing d...
Ebola May Hit Young Children Hardest, Study Finds
Ebola May Hit Young Children Hardest, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola appears to do its damage faster in young children than it does in adults, a new study reports. Young children infected with Ebola during the current West African epidemic developed symptoms and required hospitalization sooner than adults. They also died days earlier than did adults with the infection, according to research from the World Health Organization's Ebola Response Team. "Anybody who develops E...
Employers Contributing Less to Workers' Health Savings Accounts
Employers Contributing Less to Workers' Health Savings Accounts WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. workers got less help socking away savings for medical expenses from their employers in 2014 than the prior year, a new study finds. Employers shelled out an average of $515 toward single workers' health savings accounts in 2014, a 10 percent decrease from $574 in 2013, United Benefit Advisors (UBA), a national network of employee benefit consultants based in Indianapolis, reported. Employe...
Exfoliate With Care, Dermatologist Urges
Exfoliate With Care, Dermatologist Urges TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If you plan to exfoliate, get some professional advice first, a dermatologist suggests. "Before you exfoliate, you really need to understand your skin and skin type," Dr. Mary Lupo, a clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "A board-certified dermatologist can help you choose the exfoliation option that's best-suit...
Exercise, But Not Vitamin D, Cuts Injuries From Falls in Older Women: Study
Exercise, But Not Vitamin D, Cuts Injuries From Falls in Older Women: Study MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Neither routine exercise nor vitamin D supplementation does anything to lower the overall risk for accidental falls among older women, a new Finnish study says. However, the risk of serious injury as a result of falling was cut by more than half when elderly women engaged in regular exercise, according to the study. "Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries and fractures in...
Evolution May Explain Why a Curvy Bottom Drives Men Wild
Evolution May Explain Why a Curvy Bottom Drives Men Wild MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men are naturally drawn to a woman with a curvy backside, a new report suggests. The "theoretically optimal angle" is a 45.5-degree curve from back to buttocks -- not necessarily a big butt, the University of Texas at Austin researchers determined. These curvaceous gals would have had an evolutionary advantage, in that they appeared able to bear multiple children easily, the researchers said. "This spinal...
Exercise Might Help His Sex Life
Exercise Might Help His Sex Life MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Up and at 'em, guys. Exercise might boost your sex life, a new study suggests. Nearly 300 men provided information about their physical activity levels and their ability to have erections and orgasms, the quality and frequency of erections, and their overall sexual function. Men who exercised the most -- as measured by what's known as metabolic equivalents (METS) -- had higher sexual function scores, regardless of race, accordin...
Early Scans for Back Pain May Do Little to Help Seniors
Early Scans for Back Pain May Do Little to Help Seniors TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most current guidelines suggest that when seniors report new back pain to their primary care physician they should quickly be sent for diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans or MRIs. But a new study suggests that early imaging may actually be a waste of both time and money. "Older adults with back pain who seek care and get imaging within six weeks of their doctors visit for back pain do not have better out...
E-Cigarette Ads Linked to Tobacco Cravings
E-Cigarette Ads Linked to Tobacco Cravings MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Television ads for e-cigarettes trigger cravings for cigarettes in current and former smokers, a new study found. The study included more than 800 daily, occasional and former smokers who watched e-cigarette ads and then completed a survey to assess their smoking urges, intentions and behaviors. Regular smokers who saw ads with people using e-cigarettes (vaping) had a greater urge to smoke than regular smokers who did ...
Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk
Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adding an experimental new biologic drug to conventional cholesterol-lowering drugs may result in better cholesterol control and reduced risks of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study. Compared to patients on conventional therapy alone, those who also got the experimental drug evolocumab were half as likely to die, suffer a heart attack or a stroke or be in the hospital to ha...
E-Cigarette Use in College Tied to Other Risky Behaviors
E-Cigarette Use in College Tied to Other Risky Behaviors FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- College students who use tobacco, marijuana and/or binge drink are more likely to use electronic cigarettes, researchers report. The study included more than 1,400 students, aged 18 to 23, at four colleges/universities in upstate New York who took part in an online survey. More than 95 percent of the respondents knew about e-cigarettes, and nearly 30 percent said they had tried e-cigarettes, the survey fo...
Ebola Outbreak Disrupted Routine Medical Care in West Africa
Ebola Outbreak Disrupted Routine Medical Care in West Africa THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola caused major disruptions to health care systems in West Africa and has put hundreds of thousands of children at risk for measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, new research suggests. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak that began in December 2013 and has led to more than 14,000 confirmed cases and more than 10,000 deaths. Many health care facilities...
Excessive Use of Medical Scans Varies By Region
Excessive Use of Medical Scans Varies By Region THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The overuse of expensive medical imaging such as MRI and CT scans is an ongoing cause of concern. Now, a study finds that if you're an American with low-risk prostate or breast cancer, your odds for getting an unnecessary scan vary based on where you live. One expert said the unwarranted ordering of imaging scans can have a big ripple effect on medical bills. Reining in the use of these scans "is important not o...
Exercise's Effect on Brain May Boost Mobility in Old Age
Exercise's Effect on Brain May Boost Mobility in Old Age WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Staying physically active as you age may ward off brain damage that can limit mobility, a small study says. Small areas of brain damage called white matter hyperintensities are seen in MRI scans of many older patients, according to scientists from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Higher levels of this damage have been linked to difficulty walking and other mobility problems, the researchers s...
Employees Often Angry Over After-Work Texts, Emails
Employees Often Angry Over After-Work Texts, Emails MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many employees get mad when they receive after-hours emails or texts from work, and that anger can interfere with their personal lives, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 314 working adults over seven days to track their responses when they opened work emails/texts after they had left the office. "People who were part of the study reported they became angry when they received a work email or text after ...
Experimental Ebola Vaccine Appears Successful in At Least One Case
Experimental Ebola Vaccine Appears Successful in At Least One Case THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine may have prevented the disease in a doctor who was at high risk of infection, according to a new report. The report comes on the heels of news from the World Health Organization that trials of the vaccine, called VSV-EBOV, will begin this weekend in the West African nation of Guinea. "If a vaccine is found effective, it will be the first preventive tool against Ebo...
Exercise May Boost Size of Some Brain Regions
Exercise May Boost Size of Some Brain Regions THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may increase the size of brain regions that contribute to balance and coordination, preliminary research suggests. The small new study in twins found that those who exercised more had increased brain volume in areas of the brain related to movement. These changes "may have health implications in the long-term, such as possibly reducing the risk of falling and mobility limitations in older age," said study ...
Erratic Sleep May Make Teens Hungrier
Erratic Sleep May Make Teens Hungrier THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Night-to-night changes in the amount of sleep teens get may affect how much they eat, a new study suggests. The research included 342 teens, average age 17, who slept an average of 7 hours a night. But after nights when they slept an hour less or more than normal, the teens ate an average of 201 more calories, 6 grams more fat and 32 grams more carbohydrates a day. Also, they were much more likely to have nighttime snacks ...
Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk
Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk THURSDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who start having hot flashes at a younger age may be at increased risk for heart disease, according to two studies conducted by the same team of researchers. One of the studies also found that women who have more frequent hot flashes during a typical day may be at raised heart risk. Led by Rebecca Thurston, of the University of Pittsburgh, the studies found that women who begin experiencing h...
Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds
Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that treating depression with antidepressants may have an added bonus: reducing heart risks. "Screening and treatment of depressive symptoms should be a high priority" in heart patients, lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The findi...
Early Studies See No Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy
Early Studies See No Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Testosterone therapy doesn't seem to increase a man's risk of heart attack or stroke, a pair of new studies suggests. "Testosterone therapy in any form -- gel, pills or injections -- does not appear to cause adverse cardiovascular effects," said Dr. Pawan Patel, lead author of one of the studies and an academic physician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. The studies are to be presented next week a...
ER Physician Raises Concerns About Powdered Caffeine
ER Physician Raises Concerns About Powdered Caffeine FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The availability of both alcohol and caffeine in powdered form that can be added to food or drinks has sparked public concern, but one expert says the substances don't pose equal risks. Several states, including Pennsylvania, have taken steps to preemptively ban the sale of powdered alcohol, but an emergency specialist warns that powdered caffeine is probably the greater health threat. "Of the two, caffeine is...
Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey
Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than nine in 10 epilepsy patients who had brain surgery to try to control their seizures are happy they did so, a new survey reveals. The review appears to be driven by the fact that patients saw the number of debilitating seizures they experienced after surgery either drop significantly or disappear altogether, the researchers noted. "One percent of the U.S. population has epilepsy, and among that ...
Early Hospital Release May Hurt Broken-Hip Patients
Early Hospital Release May Hurt Broken-Hip Patients WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients with a broken hip are more likely to die after the fracture if they're discharged from the hospital early, a new study indicates. "Our results suggest that the continuous efforts to decrease length of stay after major surgery is associated with higher mortality after hospital discharge," Peter Nordstrom, of Umea University in Sweden, and colleagues wrote. The researchers analyzed data from mor...
Exposing Babies to Peanuts May Help Curb Allergy Risk
Exposing Babies to Peanuts May Help Curb Allergy Risk MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Giving peanut products to infants at high risk for peanut allergy may reduce the risk of developing the allergy by 80 percent, a startlingly new study suggests. For years, the conventional wisdom was to avoid giving peanuts to infants who were at risk for developing an allergy to them. And although that recommendation was retracted in 2008, many parents continued to avoid giving peanut products to their infan...
Ears May Have Natural Defense Against Loud Noise, Mouse Study Shows
Ears May Have Natural Defense Against Loud Noise, Mouse Study Shows FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ears have a natural mechanism to help protect them against extremely loud and damaging noises, new research suggests. Researchers pinpointed a connection from a part of the ear known as the cochlea to the brain that warns of intense incoming noise. The cochlea is the hearing part of the inner ear. This noise alert system may be the reason you stick your fingers in your ears when there is an extr...
Ebola Transmission Through Cough Possible, But Not Likely: Experts
Ebola Transmission Through Cough Possible, But Not Likely: Experts THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The cough of very sick Ebola patients could be as dangerous as their vomit or diarrhea to those around them, a new report suggests. However, the same experts also cautioned that this does not mean that the deadly virus could spread quickly through the air, as illnesses like measles or flu do. The report "shouldn't be something that alarms the public into believing that Ebola could become airbor...
Eczema Cream for Children Not a Cancer Risk, Study Finds
Eczema Cream for Children Not a Cancer Risk, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A cream used to treat the skin condition eczema in children does not appear to increase the risk of cancer, according to a study funded by the maker of the cream. Researchers looked at nearly 7,500 children in the United States who were given an average of 793 grams of pimecrolimus (Elidel) cream to treat eczema and were followed for 10 years. As of May 2014, five cases of cancer were diagnosed among th...
Eating More Fiber Helped People Lose Weight, Researchers Report
Eating More Fiber Helped People Lose Weight, Researchers Report MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A simple high-fiber diet can provide health benefits while being easier to stick with than a diet calling for multiple changes in eating habits, a new clinical trial concludes. People who only added more fiber to their otherwise normal diet were able to lose weight, lower their blood pressure and reduce blood sugar levels -- all key to staving off diabetes and improving overall health. They didn't l...
Eyes May Be Window to Outcomes After Stroke, Research Suggests
Eyes May Be Window to Outcomes After Stroke, Research Suggests WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The eye's optic nerve may provide clues to a stroke patient's survival, a new study indicates. The research focuses on the sheath surrounding the optic nerve, which connects the eye and the brain. Using ultrasound to measure the thickness of the sheath may help spot patients at higher risk of death within days or months due to higher pressure inside the skull, according to a team from the Universi...
Effectiveness of Implanted Defibrillators May Depend on Patient's Age
Effectiveness of Implanted Defibrillators May Depend on Patient's Age TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) prolong survival among heart patients who face a high risk for sudden cardiac death, a new review of research indicates. But, ICDs may not benefit all patients to the same degree, as their effectiveness seems to diminish somewhat with the advancing age of the patient, the review authors said. The investigators caution that the studies included in...
Ebola Drug Shows Promise in Monkey Trial
Ebola Drug Shows Promise in Monkey Trial TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An investigational drug designed to stop Ebola in its tracks has shown early promise in a study involving rhesus monkeys, researchers say. The drug in question, for now dubbed AVI-7537, appeared to safely protect 75 percent of treated monkeys from Ebola after exposure to the virus. However, it has not been tested in humans, and trials in animals often fail to translate to success in people, experts note. The search for v...
Energy Drinks Tied to Inattention, Hyper Behavior in Middle Schoolers: Study
Energy Drinks Tied to Inattention, Hyper Behavior in Middle Schoolers: Study MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Energy drinks are linked to hyperactivity and inattention in middle-school students, a new study reveals. Yale University researchers looked at more than 1,600 students at middle schools in one urban school district in Connecticut. Their average age was around 12 years. Boys were more likely to consume energy drinks than girls. The researchers also found that among boys, black and Hispan...
Exclusive Breast-Feeding May Ease Transition to Solid Food
Exclusive Breast-Feeding May Ease Transition to Solid Food THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding helps prepare babies to eat solid food by creating a healthy population of bacteria in the digestive tract, a small study says. "We can see from the data that including formula in an infant's diet does change the gut bacteria even if you are also breast-feeding. Exclusive breast-feeding seems to really smooth out the transition to solid foods," study first author Amanda Thompson, an assoc...
Ebola Donations Slow to Reach West Africa
Ebola Donations Slow to Reach West Africa WEDNEDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only about 40 percent of the nearly $2.9 billion in international aid promised for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa had reached the hard-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by Dec. 31, a new study found. Delays in aid may have contributed to the spread of the virus and even increased the need for money to fight the outbreak, according to study author Karen Grepin, an assistant professor of global health p...
E-Cigarettes Seem to Dampen Immune Response in Mice
E-Cigarettes Seem to Dampen Immune Response in Mice WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research with mice shows that electronic cigarette vapor weakens the immune system in the lungs and contains some of the same harmful chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes are growing in popularity in the United States, partly because many people think they aren't as dangerous as tobacco cigarettes, the researchers said. "Our findings suggest that e-cigarettes are not neutral in terms of the...
Electronic Devices May Disrupt Teen Sleep, Study Reports
Electronic Devices May Disrupt Teen Sleep, Study Reports TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Spending too much time using electronic devices during the day harms teens' sleep, a new study suggests. The research included nearly 10,000 Norwegian teens, aged 16 to 19, who were asked how much screen time (computer, smartphone, tablet, video game console, television, MP3 player) they got during the day outside of school, and about the amount and quality of their sleep. The use of any electronic device ...
Early Exposure to English May Help Spanish-Speaking Kids in School
Early Exposure to English May Help Spanish-Speaking Kids in School FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early exposure to English helps Spanish-speaking children in the United States do better in school, a new study shows. "It is important to study ways to increase Spanish-speaking children's English vocabulary while in early childhood before literacy gaps between them and English-only speaking children widen and the Spanish-speaking children fall behind," study author Francisco Palermo, an assista...
Early Birds May Catch the Worm, but Night Owls May Snatch the Win
Early Birds May Catch the Worm, but Night Owls May Snatch the Win THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Who's going to win Sunday's Super Bowl? It may depend, in part, on which team has the most "night owls," a new study suggests. The study found that athletes' performance throughout a given day can range widely depending on whether they're naturally early or late risers. The night owls -- who typically woke up around 10 a.m. -- reached their athletic peak at night, while earlier risers were at th...
Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly
Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report. They said the simple approach can be used in emergency departments and, perhaps one day, on the sidelines at sporting events. "Concussion is a condition that has been plagued by the lack of an objective diagnostic tool, which in turn has helped drive confusion and fears among those affected and their families," said ...
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