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Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study
Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the last two days before dying, many hospice patients cared for at home or in a nursing home were not seen by a doctor, nurse or social worker, a new study finds. The researchers found that one in eight Medicare patients didn't get such visits, especially if they were black, dying on a Sunday or were in a nursing home. The study, funded by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,...
Measles Outbreak May Have Swayed Some Parents on Vaccines
Measles Outbreak May Have Swayed Some Parents on Vaccines MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The measles outbreak that first began in California's Disneyland last year may have changed some parents' minds about childhood vaccinations, a new study suggests. Researchers found that parents with "high awareness" of the outbreak were more likely to voice confidence in vaccines, compared to parents who were surveyed about their vaccination views shortly before the outbreak. They also gave more support t...
Majority of Americans and Canadians Expects Cancer Cure in Their Lifetime
Majority of Americans and Canadians Expects Cancer Cure in Their Lifetime THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of American and Canadian adults believe a cure for cancer will be found in their lifetime, and that a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence, according to a new Harris Poll . Nearly three out of five Americans and Canadians expect a cure for cancer in their lifetime. That belief is especially strong among those ages 18 to 34. Nearly three-quarters of young Americans and 69 pe...
Meditation May Ease Pain, Anxiety From Breast Cancer Biopsy: Study
Meditation May Ease Pain, Anxiety From Breast Cancer Biopsy: Study THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Meditation and music may reduce pain, anxiety and fatigue associated with a breast cancer biopsy, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C., evaluated 121 women who listened to recorded meditation or music, or received standard care during image-guided needle biopsies. The meditation focused on creating positive emotions and dispelling negative feelings, wh...
Millions of Teens Exposed to E-Cigarette Ads: CDC
Millions of Teens Exposed to E-Cigarette Ads: CDC TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarette use is soaring among U.S. teenagers, largely because of advertising aimed at their age group, federal health officials said Tuesday. Seven out of 10 middle school and high school students say they've seen e-cigarette ads in stores, online or in other media, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Not coincidentally, e-cigarette use is increasing rapidly in ...
Men Have Greater Self-Esteem Than Women, Especially in Developed Nations
Men Have Greater Self-Esteem Than Women, Especially in Developed Nations MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Self-esteem increases as people grow older, and men tend to have higher levels of it than women do, a new international study finds. The gender gap in self-esteem was found worldwide. But the research revealed this self-esteem gender gap is widest in Western nations. The researchers examined data collected from more than 985,000 people. The information came from 48 countries between 1999 and...
Meals on Wheels Can Deliver Emotional Nourishment, Too
Meals on Wheels Can Deliver Emotional Nourishment, Too FRIDAY, Dec. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Social isolation is common among many U.S. seniors, particularly during the holidays. But, home-delivered meals can significantly reduce their feelings of loneliness, new research finds. The study involved more than 600 people in eight U.S. cities who were on waiting lists for Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers food to homebound seniors. They were randomly selected to have daily fresh meal delivery to ...
Make Toy Safety a Top Concern
Make Toy Safety a Top Concern THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although toys bring joy to many kids on Christmas morning, about 252,000 children were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for toy-related injuries last year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. "That's a large number of potentially avoidable injuries. Children should be enjoying their time with toys, not be placed in jeopardy," Dr. Natalie Lane, medical director of the emergency department at Children's Hospital of G...
Marijuana Chemical May Help Prevent Epileptic Seizures in Kids, Young Adults
Marijuana Chemical May Help Prevent Epileptic Seizures in Kids, Young Adults THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A pill containing cannabidiol (CBD), a key ingredient in marijuana, may reduce seizures for children and young adults with epilepsy, new research suggests. However, the researchers and outside experts agreed that more investigation is needed before the treatment could be approved for patients. The finding stems from an investigation led by Dr. Orrin Devinsky, director of the Comprehen...
More Computer Time May Be Causing Nearsightedness in U.S. Kids
More Computer Time May Be Causing Nearsightedness in U.S. Kids THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who spend lots of time indoors and on computers and other electronic devices may be raising their risk for nearsightedness, a panel of U.S. ophthalmology experts suggests. The prevalence of Americans with nearsightedness -- also known as myopia -- has nearly doubled over the last 50 years, the ophthalmologists noted. The ophthalmologists suspect the increase is due to "near work" -- focusi...
More IVF Tries Improve Odds of Having a Baby
More IVF Tries Improve Odds of Having a Baby TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Couples having trouble getting pregnant may have a better chance if they have more than the usual three-to-four cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new British study suggests. Among more than 150,000 women in the study, 29.5 percent had a baby after the first cycle. The rate remained above 20 percent through the fourth cycle, and 65 percent of women had a live birth by the sixth cycle, the researchers said. "IV...
More Evidence That Time-to-Treatment Is Crucial for Stroke
More Evidence That Time-to-Treatment Is Crucial for Stroke MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke patients have worse outcomes when delays occur in restoring blood flow to the brain, a new study says. Dutch researchers looked at 500 people who suffered a stroke caused by blocked blood flow to the brain -- what's known as an ischemic stroke, the most common form. About half of the patients received intra-arterial treatment (IAT), which involves inserting a catheter into an artery to either remo...
Many Pet Owners Happy to Have Fido, Fluffy Share the Bed
Many Pet Owners Happy to Have Fido, Fluffy Share the Bed TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When your bedtime approaches, does a four-legged friend hop onto the blankets, too? A new study finds that for many American pet owners, that's not a bad thing. According to a Mayo Clinic study surveying 150 people, "more respondents perceived their pets to not affect or even benefit rather than hinder their sleep," while "some respondents described feeling secure, content and relaxed when their pet slept...
Many Americans Dubious of Flu Shot's Effectiveness
Many Americans Dubious of Flu Shot's Effectiveness TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Less than half of Americans strongly believe that the flu shot will help them avoid the illness, and one-third don't believe it will protect them at all, a new survey finds. The fact that The Harris Poll turned up so many flu shot doubters is troubling, one expert said, because immunization does offer protection. "Vaccination can provide as much as a 60 to 70 percent guarantee of protection against the flu," sa...
Majority of U.S. Hospitals Don't Require Flu Shots for Staffers: Survey
Majority of U.S. Hospitals Don't Require Flu Shots for Staffers: Survey TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of U.S. hospitals don't require health care providers to get a seasonal flu shot, a new study finds. In the 2013 survey of infection control specialists at 386 hospitals nationwide, about 43 percent said flu vaccination was mandatory for all health care providers. About 10 percent more said their hospital would require the shot the next flu season. The researchers also found ...
Moderate Drinking May Benefit Early Stage Alzheimer's Patients
Moderate Drinking May Benefit Early Stage Alzheimer's Patients FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A couple of drinks a day may lower the risk of premature death in people with early stage Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The study included just over 320 people in Denmark with early stage Alzheimer's disease. Those who had two to three alcoholic drinks a day had a 77 percent lower risk of dying during the study period than those who had one or fewer drinks a day, the investigators fo...
MRI Can Spot Early Signs of Knee Arthritis: Study
MRI Can Spot Early Signs of Knee Arthritis: Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- MRIs can spot the warning signs of knee osteoarthritis in people who have normal X-rays, researchers report. They looked at 849 people, average age of 60, who showed no evidence of arthritis in either knee in X-rays. They were deemed at high risk due to factors such as being overweight or having a history of knee injuries. The Northwestern University team also assessed cartilage damage, bone marrow lesions and ...
Metformin May Not Help Obese Teens With Type 1 Diabetes
Metformin May Not Help Obese Teens With Type 1 Diabetes TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin is the standby drug for millions of people with type 2 diabetes, but a new study finds that adding it to insulin therapy won't boost blood sugar control for overweight teens with type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, which comprises about 5 percent of diabetes cases, the body is unable to produce the insulin it needs. So, supplemental insulin is a must for people with the disease. The new study was...
Minority Patients in ER Less Likely to Get Painkillers for Abdominal Pain
Minority Patients in ER Less Likely to Get Painkillers for Abdominal Pain MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Minority patients are much less likely than white patients to be given pain medications when they seek emergency department treatment for abdominal pain, a new study shows. Minority patients were also more likely to have longer ER waiting and visit times and less likely to be admitted to the hospital, the study revealed. "These findings add to the overwhelming evidence that racial/ethnic d...
Mosquito-Borne Virus May Cause Fatal Brain Infection
Mosquito-Borne Virus May Cause Fatal Brain Infection WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The mosquito-borne virus chikungunya can cause severe and potentially fatal brain infection in some patients, particularly infants and people older than 65, according to a new report. A 2005-2006 chikungunya outbreak on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, sickened more than 300,000 people. It also provided the first serious demonstration of the virus' ability to cause encephalitis, resea...
More Could Benefit from HIV Prevention Pill Truvada
More Could Benefit from HIV Prevention Pill Truvada TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too few Americans who are at risk for HIV infection are taking Truvada -- a daily pill that could protect them against the virus that causes AIDS, federal health officials report. Health care providers must help boost patient awareness and use of the drug, health experts stressed. About 25 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual adult men, 20 percent of injection drug users, and less than 1 percent of sexu...
More Cervical Cancers Caught Early Among Young Women Since Obamacare
More Cervical Cancers Caught Early Among Young Women Since Obamacare TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More cervical cancers have been caught early among young U.S. women since a key provision of the Affordable Care Act went into effect, a new study finds. The rule, which took hold in September 2010, ensures that adults aged 19 to 25 have the option of remaining on their parents' health insurance. No similar shift in cervical cancer diagnosis was seen among 26- to 34-year-olds, whose insurance ...
Melatonin Might Help Sleepless Kids With Eczema, Study Finds
Melatonin Might Help Sleepless Kids With Eczema, Study Finds TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with the skin condition eczema often have trouble sleeping. Now, a new study suggests that over-the-counter melatonin might boost their shuteye. Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is characterized by an itchy, red rash. It affects as many as 30 percent of all kids, more than half of whom experience sleep difficulties, the researchers said. These sleep problems can be difficult to treat in...
Most First-Time Moms Plan to Follow Vaccine Schedule
Most First-Time Moms Plan to Follow Vaccine Schedule FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of first-time expectant mothers plan to follow the recommended vaccination schedule for their children, a new study finds. But the survey of 200 American women pregnant with their first child also found that 10.5 percent planned to spread out the recommended vaccination schedule, 4 percent planned to have their child receive some but not all of the recommended vaccines, and 10.5 percent were sti...
Motorized Wheelchair Users at Raised Risk for Traffic Deaths: Study
Motorized Wheelchair Users at Raised Risk for Traffic Deaths: Study THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The advent of motorized wheelchairs has given thousands of disabled Americans much more independence and mobility. But along with that freedom comes an increase in traffic-related deaths, a new study suggests. The research, led by John Kraemer of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., found that pedestrians in wheelchairs are one-third more likely to die in a traffic accident than standard...
More Gluten Before Age 2 Linked to Celiac Disease in At-Risk Kids
More Gluten Before Age 2 Linked to Celiac Disease in At-Risk Kids TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who eat more foods with gluten before they're 2 years old have a greater risk of developing celiac disease if they carry a genetic risk factor for the condition, new research suggests. "This finding offers insight into why some, but not all, children at genetic risk develop celiac disease," lead study author Carin Andren Aronsson, from the department of clinical sciences at Lund Universi...
Male Infertility Might Signal Higher Odds of Testicular Cancer
Male Infertility Might Signal Higher Odds of Testicular Cancer MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men with reduced fertility could be at increased risk for testicular cancer, according to a new study. Researchers looked at over 20,000 men who underwent semen analysis as part of infertility treatment between 1996 and 2011. They were compared to a control group with the same number of men known to be fertile. Overall, 421 cases of cancer were diagnosed. The most common cancers were melanoma skin ca...
Medicines Last as Long in Space as Here on Earth: Study
Medicines Last as Long in Space as Here on Earth: Study FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medicines don't degrade faster in space than they do on Earth, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed nine medications that were stocked on the International Space Station for 550 days and returned unused to Earth, where they were kept under controlled conditions for three to five months. The medications included pain relievers, sleeping aids, antihistamines/decongestants, an anti-diarrheal and an alertnes...
Many Americans 30 and Older Find Happiness Elusive
Many Americans 30 and Older Find Happiness Elusive TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans 30 and older are less happy than generations past, while teens and 20-somethings seem more satisfied with their lives than ever, a new study finds. Researchers said the pattern marks a striking reversal of what studies have traditionally shown -- that, on average, people become happier as they mature. It looks like that age advantage has disappeared. The average happiness rating among Americans aged 3...
Many Americans May Experience 'Silent' Heart Attack
Many Americans May Experience 'Silent' Heart Attack SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that many Americans suffer "silent" heart attacks -- events that go unnoticed but are serious enough to leave scars on the heart. "We know that risk factors for heart disease -- the number one killer of American men and women -- are predominantly modifiable, so this finding gives further support to the notion that early identification and management of these risks is critical," said Dr. Sta...
Many Who Survive Cardiac Arrest Don't Suffer Brain Damage
Many Who Survive Cardiac Arrest Don't Suffer Brain Damage SATURDAY, Nov. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most adults who survive cardiac arrest away from a hospital don't end up with brain damage, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from about 3,800 attempted resuscitations of people whose hearts stopped beating in urban or suburban areas. Of the 12 percent who survived, nearly 84 percent didn't suffer significant brain damage. They had either normal function or slight disabilities that didn't prev...
Many U.S. Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant: Study
Many U.S. Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant: Study THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A large number of American mothers-to-be gain more weight than is good for them or their baby, federal health officials reported Thursday. Just 32 percent of pregnant women across the United States gained the recommended amount of weight during their pregnancy, the analysis from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The study looked at 2013 data for women delivering full-term, singl...
Multistate Foodborne Illness Outbreaks the Most Deadly: CDC
Multistate Foodborne Illness Outbreaks the Most Deadly: CDC TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Multistate outbreaks caused by contaminated food account for more than half of all foodborne illness deaths in the United States, even though they only represent 3 percent of all reported outbreaks, a new government report shows. The findings prompted U.S. health officials to urge the food industry to play a larger role in preventing multistate outbreaks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...
More Belly Fat in First Trimester Linked to Diabetes Risk Later in Pregnancy
More Belly Fat in First Trimester Linked to Diabetes Risk Later in Pregnancy TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with high levels of abdominal fat in their first trimester are at increased risk for diabetes later in pregnancy, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 500 women, aged 18 to 42, who had ultrasounds to assess their abdominal fat at 11 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. Those with higher levels of fat were more likely to develop diabetes at 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy. But the stud...
Most Preschoolers Use Tablets, Smartphones Daily
Most Preschoolers Use Tablets, Smartphones Daily MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all U.S. kids under age 4 have used a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone, and they are using them at earlier and earlier ages, a new study finds. The study of 350 children in a low-income, minority community suggests that an income-based "digital divide" is shrinking. Parents surveyed said tablets are the most popular mobile devices for children, and kids as young as 1 use them more than 20 minutes...
Men's Health Supplements Don't Benefit Prostate Cancer Patients: Study
Men's Health Supplements Don't Benefit Prostate Cancer Patients: Study MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds no evidence that men's health supplements help prostate cancer patients. Although popular, such supplements do not appear to lower the risk for experiencing radiation treatment side effects; the risk that localized cancer will spread; or the risk that prostate cancer patients will die from their disease, researchers found. The study focused on supplement use among more than ...
Making Headway Toward Causes of Eczema
Making Headway Toward Causes of Eczema MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New gene variants associated with the skin condition eczema have been identified by an international team of researchers. Eczema, characterized by itchy, red rashes, is known to run in families. The new findings add to the number of genetic variants known to increase risk for the condition, making the total 31. The researchers did this by analyzing the genomes (genetic makeup) of 377,000 people worldwide. "Though the geneti...
Many Skin Cancer Patients Skip Routine Self-Exams
Many Skin Cancer Patients Skip Routine Self-Exams FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who've had melanoma skin cancer don't regularly check their skin for new or recurring signs of cancer, a new study reveals. Routine skin self-exams are critical to ensure the early detection of new or recurring skin cancer, but the study found that fewer than 15 percent of melanoma patients consistently perform thorough skin self-exams. "The most common reasons given for not having conducted such an e...
Many New Moms Still Lack Breast-Feeding Support at Work
Many New Moms Still Lack Breast-Feeding Support at Work WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who return to work while breast-feeding still face significant obstacles, research shows. The study found that less than half of breast-feeding mothers in the United States who return to work receive proper time and space to express breast milk. The investigators also discovered that new mothers who had such access were much more likely to breast-feed for the recommended length of time. "The ...
Marijuana Extract Ill-Suited for Preventing Nausea After Surgery
Marijuana Extract Ill-Suited for Preventing Nausea After Surgery TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The active chemical in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), doesn't prevent nausea or vomiting in patients emerging from surgery, new research indicates. "Due to an unacceptable side effect profile and uncertain [anti-nausea] effects, intravenous THC administered at the end of surgery prior to emergence from anesthesia cannot be recommended," said Swiss researchers led by Dr. Lorenz Theiler of t...
Mixed Martial Arts Fighters May Go to Dangerous Lengths to Shed Pounds
Mixed Martial Arts Fighters May Go to Dangerous Lengths to Shed Pounds TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The grueling mixed martial arts known as "cage fighting" may harm participants in ways spectators may not even realize, a new study suggests. Researchers in Britain say their study of U.K. cage fighters found that many are resorting to drastic methods to quickly lose weight before a fight. These practices "are dangerous to health, may contribute to death, and are largely unsupervised" in cag...
Minority Women Get Worse Breast Cancer Care, Regardless of Tumor Type: Study
Minority Women Get Worse Breast Cancer Care, Regardless of Tumor Type: Study TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- No matter the type or stage of breast cancer, minority women are more likely to be diagnosed later in the disease than white women, and they are also less likely to receive recommended treatments, a new study shows. While prior studies have found such disparities before, the new research finds that it exists "across all breast cancer subtypes," study lead author Lu Chen, a researcher i...
Many Cancer Survivors Eat Poorly, Study Finds
Many Cancer Survivors Eat Poorly, Study Finds TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One might expect cancer survivors to be fanatically healthy eaters, but a new study suggests they eat a little worse than people who never had cancer. Survey results from more than 1,500 U.S. adult cancer survivors found they were less likely than others to adhere to national dietary guidelines. The findings raise questions about whether oncologists should do more to educate cancer patients about the health benefits...
Many Americans Traveling Abroad Lack Key Vaccinations: Study
Many Americans Traveling Abroad Lack Key Vaccinations: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans traveling overseas are not immunized against highly contagious diseases, new research shows. Outbreaks of certain infections -- such as measles and hepatitis A -- could be prevented if more U.S. travelers got the recommended vaccinations, the study authors said. "Americans planning international travel should see their health care providers or visit a travel clinic four to six weeks befor...
Many Doctors Admit Difficulty in Treating Unexplained Stroke: Poll
Many Doctors Admit Difficulty in Treating Unexplained Stroke: Poll FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of American doctors do not feel confident that they can spot the reason for a stroke that strikes in the absence of a clearly established cause. The poll, conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA), involved more than 650 neurologists, cardiologists, hospitalists, primary care physicians and stroke coordinators. The survey questions f...
Medical Gowns, Gloves Often Source of Contamination: Study
Medical Gowns, Gloves Often Source of Contamination: Study MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Health care workers often contaminate their skin and clothing when they remove their medical gowns and gloves, new research suggests. For the study, workers at four Ohio hospitals simulated gown and glove removal. Additional health care workers from a separate facility participated in a program that included education and practice of removing contaminated gowns and gloves. The health care workers simulat...
Medical Marijuana Seems Safe for Chronic Pain Patients, Study Finds
Medical Marijuana Seems Safe for Chronic Pain Patients, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana appears mostly safe for treating chronic pain, at least among people with some experience using the drug, a new study suggests. People who used pot to ease their pain didn't have an increased risk of serious side effects, compared to people with pain who didn't use marijuana, a Canadian research team found. But, medical marijuana users were more likely to have less-serious si...
More Than 730 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak
More Than 730 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated cucumbers imported from Mexico has now caused 732 illnesses in 35 states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cucumbers were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, ...
Making Sense of the Email Avalanche
Making Sense of the Email Avalanche MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- That seemingly interminable delayed response to your email doesn't mean you're being ignored: it could be due to a host of other factors. Then again, you might be being ignored, researchers report. The University of Southern California School of Engineering researchers assessed how the volume of incoming emails affects recipients' behavior and the length of time it takes them to reply. Email response depends on a variety of fac...
Move More to Prevent Heart Failure
Move More to Prevent Heart Failure MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to preventing heart failure, the more exercise, the better. How much more? A new study suggests maybe as much as two to four times the U.S. minimum recommended levels of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. The researchers reviewed 12 studies from the United States and Europe that included more than 370,000 people who were followed for an average of 15 years. People who did two to four times more exerc...
Migrating Birds May Bring Exotic Ticks to U.S.
Migrating Birds May Bring Exotic Ticks to U.S. FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ticks can travel from Central and South America to the United States by hitching rides on migratory birds, a new study reveals. Some of these ticks may be carrying infectious diseases with them, the researchers said. However, there is no evidence that any ticks from these regions have established permanent populations in the United States, according to the study published in the Oct. 2 issue of Applied and Environmen...
Mouse Study Hints at New 'Male Contraceptive'
Mouse Study Hints at New 'Male Contraceptive' THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A discovery in mice could pave the way to a reversible, non-hormonal form of birth control for men, researchers report. The findings, published online Oct. 1 in the journal Science , add to efforts to develop the elusive "male pill" -- that is, a reliable but temporary form of contraception for men. "It is important that we find an effective and reversible contraceptive option to allow men more control over their ow...
More Children, Teens Enticed to Smoke With Flavored Tobacco: CDC
More Children, Teens Enticed to Smoke With Flavored Tobacco: CDC WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Bubblegum, cotton candy, chocolate: Just a few of the tempting flavors often added to tobacco being consumed by American children and teens. Now, an analysis of the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey finds that seven in 10 middle and high school students who used tobacco in the previous month have used at least one flavored tobacco product. "Flavored tobacco products are enticing a new generati...
Melanoma Skin Checks Can Have Added Bonus: Stronger Relationships
Melanoma Skin Checks Can Have Added Bonus: Stronger Relationships WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a spouse, family member or friend check those "hard to see" spaces on your skin for suspicious lesions is a known way to help spot and fight skin cancer. Now, new research suggests these skin-check partnerships offer another benefit: Helping to build stronger, deeper relationships. Partners in the skin cancer checks "were empowered by a desire to help their friend or relative and have a...
More Than 670 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak
More Than 670 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated cucumbers imported from Mexico has now caused 671 illnesses in 34 states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cucumbers were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi...
More Evidence High-Fiber, Mediterranean Diet Is Good for You
More Evidence High-Fiber, Mediterranean Diet Is Good for You TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Numerous studies have extolled the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Now, research suggests the regimen may also boost levels of beneficial fatty acids. These so-called "short chain fatty acids" are produced by bacteria in the intestine during fermentation of insoluble fiber from fruits, vegetables and legumes. The fatty acids are believed to provide a number of health benefits, including a ...
Medical Costs Soar for Smokers Who Develop Artery Disease
Medical Costs Soar for Smokers Who Develop Artery Disease MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking significantly increases medical costs among people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study suggests. PAD is a condition in which a buildup of plaque in the arteries restricts blood flow to the legs and feet. Researchers analyzed 2011 health insurance claims data from more than 22,000 PAD patients in Minnesota, and found that annual per-patient health care costs were $18,000 higher among...
More Evidence Daily Aspirin May Fight Colon Cancer, Other Gastro Tumors
More Evidence Daily Aspirin May Fight Colon Cancer, Other Gastro Tumors MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans already take a low-dose daily aspirin to help shield their hearts. Now, a new study suggests the same inexpensive pill might extend survival for patients battling cancers of the gastrointestinal tract -- including tumors of the colon and esophagus. "Given that aspirin is a cheap, off-patent drug with relatively few side effects, this will have a great impact on health ...
Most of World's People Lack Access to Safe Cancer Surgery: Report
Most of World's People Lack Access to Safe Cancer Surgery: Report MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most cancer patients worldwide don't have access to needed surgeries, a new study finds. More than 80 percent of the 15 million people diagnosed with cancer in 2015 will require an operation, but fewer than a quarter of them will have access to safe and affordable surgical care. In low-income countries, as many as 95 percent of cancer patients do not receive basic cancer surgery, according to the...
Mononucleosis (Blood) Does this test have other names? Mono test, monospot test, Epstein-Barr test What is this test? This test looks for signs in your blood that you have the Epstein-Barr virus. The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a common virus that's part of the herpes virus family. It causes infectious mononucleosis, or mono. Mono is passed from person to person through saliva. Symptoms usually appear within four to six weeks after exposure and ease in one to two months. If you have mono, you may have a...
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