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What Doctors Aren't Telling Obese, Young Adults
What Doctors Aren't Telling Obese, Young Adults WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many obese young adults in the United States don't know they're at increased risk for kidney disease, researchers report. "Even though chronic kidney disease typically manifests in older people, the disease can start much earlier but often is not recognized early on," said study leader Dr. Michal Melamed, an associate professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. Melamed's team a...
Wound Culture Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This test looks for bacteria or other organisms in a wound. The test is used to find out if a wound is infected. It can also see the type of organism that's causing the infection. This test requires a small sample of cells or fluid from a wound. Then the sample is cultured and looked at under a microscope to look for bacteria or other organisms. An infected wound may need special treatment, such as antibiotics. The antibiotics stop th...
White Cell Count
White Cell Count Does this test have other names? WBC count What is this test? This test measures the number of white blood cells (WBCs) in your blood. Cells in your bone marrow make white blood cells and release them into the bloodstream to help you fight infection. White blood cells are part of your body's immune system, which keeps you healthy and makes you well when you get sick. White blood cells work to destroy any foreign virus, fungus, or bacteria that enter your body and threaten to make you si...
Western Equine Encephalitis
Western Equine Encephalitis (CSF) Does this test have other names? Lumbar puncture What is this test? This test looks for the virus that causes Western equine encephalitis. This is a disease that is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes. Babies and young children who are infected are more likely to develop encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Adults are less likely to develop this complication. Horses can also become infected. This test uses a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This flu...
West Nile Virus Antibody (Blood)
West Nile Virus Antibody (Blood) Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This is a blood test that checks for West Nile virus (WNV). This is a viral infection that usually affects birds. The virus spreads when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a human. An infected mother may pass the virus along to her fetus during pregnancy or to her infant during breastfeeding. Some people may get the virus from infected blood or organs. WNV is most common during the summer and fall. Abo...
White Blood Cell (Stool)
White Blood Cell (Stool) Does this test have other names? Stool white blood cell test, fecal leukocyte (LOO-koh-site) test, FLT What is this test? This test looks for white blood cells in your stool. This can help your healthcare provider diagnose the cause of inflammatory diarrhea. White blood cells, also called leukocytes, are immune system cells that can show up in the stool if you have inflammatory diarrhea. This type of diarrhea may be a symptom of an infection caused by bacteria such as shigella, ...
When Your Teen Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your Teen Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 12 to 18 years) Both you and your teen are likely anxious and upset by what's happening. Being prepared for the test or procedure will help both of you stay calm. Understanding the procedure will help you to be supportive when your teen needs you. What your teen understands During the adolescent years, abstract thinking begins and your teen can fully understand how parts of the body function, the medical problem he or she is experiencing, and the ...
When Your School-Age Child Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your School-Age Child Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 5 to 12 years) Your school-age child will understand some aspects of what is going on right now—and you are likely anxious or upset by what's happening. Being prepared for the test or procedure will help you stay calm and supportive when your child needs you. What your child understands By age 7 or 8, school-age children are starting to develop coping skills as they think more logically and begin to understand cause and effect—if this ...
When Your Toddler or Preschooler Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your Toddler or Preschooler Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 1 to 5 years) Your toddler or preschooler is too young to understand everything that is going on right now – but you are likely anxious or upset by what's happening. And your youngster is quite capable of sensing your unease and stress. For you, then, being prepared for the test or procedure will help you stay calm and supportive when your child needs you. What your child understands Your toddler or preschooler is able to grasp o...
When Your Baby Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your Baby Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages newborn to 12 months) Your baby is too young to understand what is going on right now – but you are likely scared and upset by what's happening. And your little one is quite capable of sensing your unease and stress. For you, then, being prepared for the test or procedure will help you stay calm and supportive when your child needs you. What your child understands In the first 8 months of life, infants rely on others to meet their needs for touch ...
Walking Pneumonia in Children
Walking Pneumonia in Children Pneumonia is a serious and potentially life-threatening lung infection. A germ called Mycoplasma pneumoniae is often responsible for a milder type of pneumonia called "walking pneumonia." People with this illness may feel unusually tired and run down, but they may not realize they have pneumonia and continue about their business. Facts about Mycoplasma pneumoniae About 2 million Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections occur each year in the U.S. Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria can ...
Why Parents Shouldn’t Use Food as Reward or Punishment
Why Parents Shouldn't Use Food as Reward or Punishment It's common for parents to offer a "special"—and often unhealthy—food as a reward for good behavior or a job well done. They may also withhold those special treats as a means of punishment. A mother might refuse to serve dessert, for example, if her children have talked back or neglected to clean their room. Using food as a reward or as a punishment, however, can undermine the healthy eating habits that you're trying to teach your children. Giving s...
Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries
Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries Sports participation is a leading cause of injury in young people. Injuries can have both short- and long-term consequences. An injury can immediately sideline a player, putting both the fun of participation and the health benefits of exercise on hold. An injury that keeps a child out of the game over the long term can increase the chances of gaining weight, becoming less fit in general, and even developing arthritis in later years. It may not be always possible ...
What Is Sports Medicine?
What is Sports Medicine? If your child sustains an injury during exercise, sports participation, or any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine doctor for treatment. About sports medicine specialists Sports medicine doctors have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are also knowledgeable about preventing illness and injury in active people. Although sports medicine doctors do work with professional ...
Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome What is Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome? Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a type of heart condition you are born with (congenital). It causes a rapid heart rate. If you have WPW, you may have episodes of palpitations or rapid heartbeats. WPW affects between 1 and 3 of every 1,000 people worldwide. Normally, electrical signals travel through your heart in an organized way to control your heartbeat. This allows blood to pass from the upper chambers of your heart (the a...
Wilson Disease What is Wilson disease? Wilson disease is a rare genetic disorder that is passed from parents to children (inherited). It prevents your body from getting rid of extra copper in your system. Your body needs small amounts of copper from food to stay healthy. But too much copper is poisonous. Normally, your liver gets rid of extra copper by sending it out in bile. Bile is the digestive juice your liver makes. It carries toxins and waste out of your body through your GI tract (gastrointestina...
What Is a Gluten-Free Diet?
What Is a Gluten-Free Diet? Gluten-free foods seem to be everywhere these days. Restaurants and cafes regularly feature gluten-free dishes and pastries. Supermarkets offer gluten-free bread, rolls, and crackers. Many people are reducing or eliminating their dietary intake of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and some other grains. But only those who have celiac disease need to completely stop eating gluten. Celiac disease is a condition in which the immune system is abnormally sensitive to ...
Wegener’s Granulomatosis What is Wegener’s granulomatosis? Wegener’s granulomatosis is a condition of the immune system. It causes swelling and irritation in blood vessels and other tissues. This inflammation cuts down or stops the flow of blood to organs in the body. The condition mostly affects the respiratory system. This includes the sinuses, nose, windpipe, and lungs. It can also affect the kidneys. However, it can damage any organ in the body. What causes Wegener’s granulomatosis? Wegener’s granul...
When You’re HIV-Positive: What to Say
When You're HIV-Positive: What to Say Learning that you are HIV-positive can be traumatic and intensely stressful, although the diagnosis is not as terrifying as it used to be thanks to new and better drugs to treat it. Besides coping with your own reaction, you will need to decide whom to tell and how you'll tell them about your HIV status. In some cases, it will be better for you to share the information. In other cases, you may be required to tell, and sometimes it may be best to keep it to yourself....
Warfarin Sodium Solution for injection
Warfarin Sodium Solution for injection What is this medicine? WARFARIN (WAR far in) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is given by infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine? Side ef...
Warfarin Sodium Oral tablet
Warfarin Sodium Oral tablet What is this medicine? WARFARIN (WAR far in) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart. 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 this medicine with or without food. Take your medicine at the same time each day. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. Stopping this med...
West Nile Virus in Children
West Nile Virus in Children What is the West Nile virus? The West Nile virus belongs to a group of viruses known as flaviviruses, commonly found in Africa, West Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. Flaviviruses are spread by insects, most often mosquitoes. Other examples of flaviviruses include yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, dengue virus, and St. Louis encephalitis virus. West Nile virus (WNV) is closely related to the St. Louis encephalitis virus. The West Nile virus can infect humans, b...
Water Safety for Children
Water Safety for Children It takes only seconds for a child to drown. And it can happen without a sound. Although most drownings happen in residential swimming pools, children can drown in just an inch of water. Buckets, bath tubs, wading pools, diaper pails, and toilets and all places that pose a drowning danger for a small child. In addition, open waters such as oceans, rivers, and lakes pose a drowning threat to older children. Here are steps you can take to help protect your children: Never leave yo...
Water Safety—Prevention If your children are around bodies of water on a regular basis, you should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In case of an emergency, CPR can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival. CPR training is available through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and your local hospital or fire department. Other specific drowning prevention tips include the following. Infants (up to 1 year of age) Infants can drown in just o...
Wilms Tumor What is Wilms tumor? Wilms tumor is a cancerous tumor that starts in the cells of the kidney. It’s the most common type of kidney cancer in children. It’s usually found by the time a child is age 3 or 4. The tumor can be very large before it’s found. And it may spread (metastasize) to other body tissues. The most common site for Wilms tumor to spread is the lungs. But it may also spread to the liver, lymph nodes, other kidney, brain, and bones. What causes Wilms tumor? Most cases of Wilms tu...
When to Call Your Physician
When to Call Your Physician Knowing when to call your physician, should the need arise, is very important for your baby's health and for your peace of mind. Listed in the directory below you will find some information regarding when it is most appropriate to call your physician, for which we have provided a brief overview. Fever in a Newborn Measuring a Baby's Temperature Behavior Changes Skin Color Changes Breathing Problems Gastrointestinal Problems
When a Baby Has Difficulty After Birth
When a Baby Has Difficulty After Birth All the baby's body systems must work together in a new way after birth. Sometimes, a baby has a hard time adjusting to life outside the womb. Health checks, including the Apgar test performed 1 minute and 5 minutes after birth can help determine if a baby is doing well or having problems. If there are signs the baby is not doing well, treatment can begin right away in the delivery room. The doctor and other members of the health care team work together to help the...
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) What is whooping cough (pertussis)? Whooping cough, or pertussis, primarily affects infants and young children. Pertussis causes intense fits or spells (paroxysms) of coughing that often end with the characteristic whoop as air is inhaled. Whooping cough causes coughing spells so bad that it is hard for infants and children to eat, drink, or breathe. These spells can last for weeks. In infants, it may cause periods of apnea (not breathing). Whooping cough caused thousands of d...
Warmth and Temperature Regulation
Warmth and Temperature Regulation Babies can't adjust to temperature changes as well as adults. Babies can lose heat rapidly, nearly 4 times faster than an adult. Premature and low-birthweight babies don't have much body fat. Their bodies may be too young to control their own temperature, even in a warm environment. Even full-term and healthy newborns may not be able to keep their body warm if the environment is too cold. When your baby gets too cold, he or she uses energy and oxygen to generate warmth....
When to Get Genetic Counseling
When to Seek Genetic Counseling Genetic counseling gives you information about health concerns that run in your family. It includes a review of family history, health history, and/or pregnancy history. The goal of genetic counseling is to: Check your risk for having a baby with possible health problems Explain the cause of a health problem and how it is passed on Discuss what tests are available Figure out the outlook of a health problem Manage your health needs Treat a health problem Counseling session...
What are Chromosomes?
What are chromosomes? The human body is made up of cells. For example, when you have a sunburn and your skin peels, then you are shedding skin cells. In the center of each cell is an area called the nucleus. Human chromosomes are located inside the nucleus of the cell. A chromosome is a structure that holds your genes. Your genes determine your traits, such as eye color and blood type. Click Image to Enlarge The usual number of chromosomes inside every cell of your body is 46 total chromosomes, or 23 pa...
Warts in Children
Warts in Children What are skin warts? Warts on the skin are harmless growths. They are caused by a virus. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people. What causes skin warts? Warts are caused by a type of human papillomavirus. Different types of warts are caused by different types of papillomavirus. Who is at risk for warts? Warts are more common in children than adults, but they can happen at any age. A person is more at risk for warts if he or she has either of these: Close contac...
Wheat Allergy Diet for Children
Wheat Allergy Diet for Children General guidelines for wheat allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid giving your child the foods or products containing the food to which he or she is allergic. The items that your child is allergic to are called allergens. A wheat allergy is an abnormal response of the body to the protein found in wheat. Wheat products are found in many foods. In order to avoid foods that contain wheat, it is important to read food labels. Foods Allowed Not allowed Beverages ...
Water Safety and Teens
Water Safety and Teens If children and adolescents are around bodies of water on a regular basis, parents should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which, in case of an emergency, can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival. CPR training is available through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and your local hospital or fire department. Teens and water safety Although older youth are more likely to know how to swim, they are at risk for d...
Weight Management and Adolescents
Weight Management Facts about obesity in adolescence According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 20% of children ages 6 to 11 in the U.S. are considered overweight and 18% of teens (ages 12 to 19) are overweight. Many more people are now overweight than 15 years ago. This increase is seen in both sexes and all ages. Overweight or obese adolescents are more likely to be overweight or obese adults. What is obesity? Obesity is a generalized accumulation of body fat. It is found by measuri...
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus What is the West Nile virus? The West Nile virus is spread by insects, most often mosquitoes. The West Nile virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses, and some other mammals. West Nile virus occurs in late summer and early fall in mild zones. It can also occur year-round in southern climates. Most often, the West Nile virus causes mild, flu-like symptoms. But, the virus can cause life-threatening illnesses, such as: Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) Meningitis (inflammati...
Whiplash Injury What is whiplash? Whiplash is an injury to your neck. It is caused by your neck bending forcibly forward and then backward, or vice versa. The injury, which is poorly understood, usually involves the muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons in your neck. What causes whiplash? Most whiplash injuries result from a collision that includes sudden acceleration or deceleration. Many whiplash injuries occur when you are involved in a rear-end automobile collision. They also happen as a result of a s...
Weight Gain During Pregnancy
Weight Gain During Pregnancy Weight gain during pregnancy varies from woman to woman and depends on body type. Each woman should talk with her healthcare provider about the appropriate amount of weight gain, as well as diet and exercise. 2009 recommendations for pregnancy weight gain by BMI (Body Mass Index) from the Institute of Medicine Prepregnancy BMI BMI Total gain range Rate of gain in 2nd and 3rd trimester Underweight less than 18.5 28-40 lbs 1 (1-1.3) lbs/week Normal Weight 18.5-24.9 25-35 lbs 1...
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom Teeth Extraction What are wisdom teeth? Also called third molars, wisdom teeth usually first appear in young adults between the ages of 17 to 21. Because most mouths are too small for 4 more teeth, they often need to be removed. This is called an extraction. It sometimes needs to be done as soon as they erupt. When should wisdom teeth be removed? These symptoms may mean that the wisdom teeth have erupted or broken through the surface, and should be removed before they cause more serious problems....
Water Safety for Parents
Water Safety for Parents The importance of water safety Although most drownings happen in residential swimming pools, children can drown in just one inch of water (such as in buckets, bath tubs, wading pools, diaper pails, toilets, hot tubs, and spas). In addition, open waters such as oceans, rivers, and lakes pose a drowning threat to older children. The majority of children who survive being submerged in water without brain damage are discovered within 2 minutes. Most who die are found after 10 minute...
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
What Is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves. This results in back and leg pain. In adults 50 years of age and older, the risk of developing spinal stenosis increases. Younger people who are born with a small spinal canal may also develop symptoms. Aging can cause the ligaments (tissues that connect the spine and bones) to become thicker and calcified. The disks between vertebrae break down. Growths called bone spurs may happen on bones...
What is Ejection Fraction?
What is Ejection Fraction? Ejection fraction (EF) is a measurement of how much blood your heart pushes out when it beats. This measurement helps with the diagnosis and monitoring of heart failure. Your heart has 4 chambers. The top 2, called the atria, take blood in from the veins and lungs. The bottom 2 are called ventricles. When your heart beats, the right ventricle pumps blood to your lungs and the left ventricle pumps blood to the rest of your body. The EF is the percentage of blood that is pumped ...
Water Safety Quiz
What Do You Know About Water Safety? Hundreds of people drown each year in the U.S., including those who die in boating accidents and in swimming pools. Summertime is a prime time for water-related injuries. Learn more about water safety by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Red Cross (ARC) and other safety groups. 1. Alcohol is rarely involved in drowning deaths related to boating mishaps. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Alcohol use is blamed in...
Workplace Interruptions Quiz
Can You Control Workplace Interruptions? Having trouble concentrating on important tasks at work because of frequent interruptions? If so, knowing how to control and avoid them can increase your productivity. Here is a quiz to help you assess your knowledge of how to deal with interruptions. 1. It's efficient to check your e-mail every time you get a message. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is It's more efficient to open your e-mail only twice a day, unless you're expect...
What Happens During Chemotherapy for CLL
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL): Chemotherapy What is chemotherapy? Chemotherapy uses anticancer medicines to kill cancer cells. The medicines are made to attack and kill cancer cells that grow quickly. Some normal cells also grow quickly. Because of this, chemotherapy can also harm those cells. This can cause side effects. When might chemotherapy be used for CLL? For chronic lymphocytic leukemia(CLL), chemotherapy is usually the first treatment after watchful waiting. Your doctor may advise chemo if...
What Happens During Radiation Therapy for CLL
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL): Symptoms What are the symptoms of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)? Many people don’t have any symptoms before being diagnosed with CLL. The cancer is often found when a person has blood tests done for another reason and the tests show too many white blood cells. If CLL does cause symptoms, they can include: Feeling tired or weak Fevers, chills, or night sweats Frequent infections Enlarged lymph nodes, often felt as lumps beneath the skin Pain or a sense of fullness...
What to Expect After Chemotherapy for CLL
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL): Treatment Questions Talking with healthcare providers about cancer can be overwhelming. It can be hard to take in all of the information. It helps to be prepared. Make a list of questions and bring them to your appointments. Write the answers down in a notebook. Make sure you ask how the treatment will change your daily life, including your diet, and how you will look and feel after treatment. Ask how successful the treatment is expected to be, and what the risks and ...
What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
Breast Cancer: Symptoms (Click for larger image) Skin dimpling may be a sign of breast cancer. What are the symptoms of breast cancer? Breast cancer often causes no symptoms in its early stages. Women with early breast cancer usually don’t have pain or notice any breast changes caused by the cancer. This is why routine screening tests are so important. They are often able to detect the disease in its early stages. As the cancer grows, it can cause symptoms such as: A lump, thickening, or swelling in or ...
Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Treat Type 2 Diabetes
Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Treat Type 2 Diabetes TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery quickly improves blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, and should be recommended or considered as a treatment for certain obese people with diabetes. That's the message of a joint statement endorsed by 45 international professional organizations. It appears in the June issue of the journal Diabetes Care . "Given the rapid developments in the field, it is important to focus on this ...
What Really Works to Help Baby Sleep
What Really Works to Help Baby Sleep TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Common techniques for helping babies -- and parents -- sleep at night seem to carry no long-term harms, a small trial finds. The study tested two methods: "graduated extinction" (also known as "controlled crying") and "bedtime fading." The former strategy is aimed at letting babies "self-soothe" on their own, without immediate parental intervention. The latter method extends a baby's bedtime, to help sleep come more quickly. ...
When New Moms Work Longer Hours, Breast-Feeding Takes a Back Seat
When New Moms Work Longer Hours, Breast-Feeding Takes a Back Seat MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Every working mom knows how hard it can be to juggle the demands of her job with the needs of her new baby, particularly when it comes to breast-feeding. Now, a new study has concluded that the more hours a new mom works, the tougher it is for her to continue breast-feeding. Mothers working 19 or fewer hours a week were much more likely to maintain breast-feeding through their babies' sixth month o...
Wearable Monitor Helps Spot 'Masked' High Blood Pressure
Wearable Monitor Helps Spot 'Masked' High Blood Pressure MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Constant blood pressure monitoring could help doctors spot black people with "masked," or undetected, high blood pressure, a new study suggests. "Masked" high blood pressure can be difficult to diagnose. People with masked high blood pressure may have normal blood pressure in their doctor's office, but then intermittently develop high blood pressure at other times. Wearing a blood pressure-monitoring device...
Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women
Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The whooping cough vaccine is safe for pregnant women, a new study indicates. The researchers also found the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, is critical for the health of newborns that are particularly vulnerable to the illness. "Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that the Tdap vaccine is safe for pregnant women and their unborn children," said. B...
What Works -- And Doesn't -- to Manage Your Tot's Screen Time
What Works -- And Doesn't -- to Manage Your Tot's Screen Time FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As any parent of a preschooler knows, media management can be a minefield of do's, don'ts -- and tantrums. Tablets and other electronic gizmos can provide a child with learning and entertainment, but what works when it's time to sign off? A new study into the issue holds some surprises, including the fact that giving a preschooler a "two minute" warning for media downtime may backfire. Even though the ...
Watch Walking to Gauge Health After Heart Surgery
Watch Walking to Gauge Health After Heart Surgery WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Assessing the prognosis of a loved one who's scheduled for heart surgery may be as easy as watching them walk, a new study suggests. Patients who aren't able to walk a short distance at a comfortable pace before heart surgery are at greater risk for death following heart procedures, says a team of Canadian researchers. One U.S. doctor wasn't surprised by the finding. "We knew people with a slower gait speed wou...
What a Change in DEA's Pot Rules Might Mean for Medical Research
What a Change in DEA's Pot Rules Might Mean for Medical Research TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most doctors approach medical marijuana with a great deal of uncertainty, because drug laws have hindered researchers' ability to figure out what pot can and can't do for sick patients. That could soon change. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is weighing whether to loosen its classification of marijuana, which would remove many restrictions on its use in medical research. If that occu...
Why Pleasant Mealtimes Could Be Key to Alzheimer's Care
Why Pleasant Mealtimes Could Be Key to Alzheimer's Care TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Making meals more enjoyable for people with dementia might reduce their risk of malnutrition and dehydration, researchers report. Family-style meals and music, in particular, showed promise for improving eating and drinking habits, British researchers found. "It is probably not just what people with dementia eat and drink that is important for their nutritional well-being and quality of life -- but a holist...
With Zika at the Doorstep, U.S. Health Officials Brace for Battle
With Zika at the Doorstep, U.S. Health Officials Brace for Battle MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With mosquito season arriving in the Gulf Coast states, U.S. public health officials have begun deploying a three-pronged battle plan to combat Zika virus, which has caused thousands of birth defects in Latin America in the last year. Zika is the first mosquito-borne illness known to cause birth defects, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden has reported. While the...
Widely Used Heart Drug Tied to Dementia Risk
Widely Used Heart Drug Tied to Dementia Risk THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation may have a heightened risk of developing dementia -- and the quality of their drug treatment may play a role, a new study hints. Specifically, researchers found, patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin showed a higher dementia risk if their blood levels of the medication were frequently too high or too low. And that was true not only for people with atria...
Why Humans Have Bigger Brains
Why Humans Have Bigger Brains WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've uncovered why humans have such big brains. It turns out that metabolism -- the rate at which a body burns calories -- runs faster in humans than it does in other primates. And humans have more body fat, which provides the energy reserves needed to fuel that faster metabolism, the researchers said. What does all of this mean? Greater growth and development of the brain, the researchers said. In their study, th...
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