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White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus
White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration is seeking $1.8 billion in emergency funds from Congress to combat the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the White House announced Monday. The funding will allow an expansion of mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women, the Associated Press reported. In an interview on CBS Monday morning, P...
When and Where of Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Vitamin D Levels
When and Where of Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Vitamin D Levels MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery is associated with low vitamin D levels, but new research suggests seasonal changes in sun exposure may play a role in this complication. A Johns Hopkins study involving more than 930,000 patients found that people in the northern United States who have weight-loss surgery during winter face more complications than patients in the South. "Sun exposure is critical in the synthes...
Watch Out for Distracted Walkers
Watch Out for Distracted Walkers MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's the old joke that some people can't walk and chew gum at the same time. But for many, walking while texting or talking is a dangerous practice. Distracted walking puts an increasing number of Americans at risk for injury, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "Today, the dangers of the 'digital deadwalker' are growing with more and more pedestrians falling down stairs, tripping over curbs, bumping int...
Weight-Loss Surgery Lowered Risk of Heart Attack, Type 2 Diabetes in Study
Weight-Loss Surgery Lowered Risk of Heart Attack, Type 2 Diabetes in Study TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery can reduce the risk of heart attack, type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related health problems, a new study says. "Bariatric surgery is safe and produces unrivaled health benefits that are life-changing for patients and cost-saving [for Britain's National Health Service]," said study co-author Rachel Batterham, head of the Bariatric Centre for Weight Management and Me...
Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues
Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues SATURDAY, Dec. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Celebrating is the last thing some people feel like doing during the holiday season. "The holidays can be an especially difficult time for people who are depressed or grieving," Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, said in a foundation news release. "People who are sad or lonely often feel out of sync when everyone else seems to be celebrating, and the holidays can exacerbate ...
Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds
Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Losing a large amount of weight slows the loss of knee cartilage in obese people, a new study shows. Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that often leads to joint replacement surgery. The new study included just over 500 overweight and obese Americans who either had mild to moderate osteoarthritis or risk factors for the disease. The study participants were randoml...
Why You Need Flexibility Exercises
Why You Need Flexibility Exercises SATURDAY, Nov. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Flexibility exercises should be part of your regular workouts, an expert says. Effective fitness programs should include cardiovascular training, strength building and flexibility exercises, but the flexibility component is often overlooked, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "Increasing your flexibility improves your ability to move easily," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raymond Rocco Monto, of Nantucket, Ma...
Weekend Childbirth Riskier, British Study Suggests
Weekend Childbirth Riskier, British Study Suggests TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weekdays may be the safest time to have a baby, at least in British hospitals, a new study finds. Compared to babies born during the week, babies born on weekends are slightly more likely to die in the first week, and their mothers are more likely to develop infections, researchers found. "More work needs to be done to better understand the causes of these differences, so that steps can be taken to improve outc...
Women Starting to Match Men's Drinking Habits, Study Finds
Women Starting to Match Men's Drinking Habits, Study Finds TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American women are catching up to men when it comes to using and abusing alcohol, a new government report shows. The researchers analyzed data from 2002 to 2012 and found that reported alcohol consumption in the previous 30 days rose among women, from almost 45 percent to more than 48 percent, while it fell among men, from slightly more than 57 percent to just over 56 percent. "We found that over that p...
Why Women Should Lower Their Holiday Stress Level
Why Women Should Lower Their Holiday Stress Level SUNDAY, Nov. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The stress of making holiday time a happy time can put women at risk for heart problems, an expert warns. The pressure of tasks like cooking, buying presents, and organizing family gatherings can lead to stress that can damage their hearts, according to Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer, a cardiologist with Houston Methodist Hospital's Heart and Vascular Center. "We have seen more than a few cases of stress-induced cardiomyo...
When Do Kids Learn 'Fairness'? Culture May Matter, Study Finds
When Do Kids Learn 'Fairness'? Culture May Matter, Study Finds THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone is apparently born with the ability to detect unfair treatment, but kids don't naturally sense when someone else is getting a raw deal at their expense, a new globe-spanning study has found. The researchers contend that it's the culture that kids are raised in that lets them recognize when they're being treated better than another person -- and to act accordingly. In a series of tasks invo...
Wives Worry, Husbands Get Frustrated When Problems Arise
Wives Worry, Husbands Get Frustrated When Problems Arise THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Problems in long-term marriages trigger much different responses in wives and husbands, a new study finds. Researchers asked 722 couples who were married an average of 39 years if they could talk to their spouse about their worries, and if they believed their significant other understands how they feel. The men and women were also asked whether they felt appreciated, or if their spouse argues with them, ...
Why Heart Failure Patients Often Get Too Little Exercise
Why Heart Failure Patients Often Get Too Little Exercise TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A number of obstacles prevent heart failure patients from getting enough exercise, a new study has found. Supervised aerobic workouts benefit people with heart failure. But a lack of social support and barriers -- such as child care -- means that many patients don't get the recommended amount of exercise, researchers found. They looked at more than 2,200 heart failure patients enrolled in a 36-session sup...
Women May Get Poorer Care Than Men Post-Heart Attack
Women May Get Poorer Care Than Men Post-Heart Attack MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women are less likely than men to get the recommended treatments for heart attack survivors, and that could explain much of the gender gap in long-term survival, a new study finds. Looking at records for nearly 50,000 older Americans hospitalized for a heart attack, researchers found that women were 8 percent less likely to be on "optimal care" when discharged. Optimal care means that patients are sent home wit...
Widely Used Antibiotics May Raise Heart Risks, Review Finds
Widely Used Antibiotics May Raise Heart Risks, Review Finds MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used class of antibiotics is associated with a small but measurable increased risk of sudden cardiac death, researchers report. These antibiotics -- called macrolides -- are used to treat infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis and some sexually transmitted diseases. In the new report, the investigators analyzed 33 studies that were conducted between 1966 and 2015, and included a total of more ...
Wealthy Transplant Recipients May Have an Edge: Study
Wealthy Transplant Recipients May Have an Edge: Study MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Wealthy patients may have an advantage over those most in need when it comes to receiving organ transplants in the United States, a new study contends. That's because registering at multiple transplant centers -- which is more likely to be done by wealthy people with private insurance -- can improve the chances of getting a new organ, the researchers said. They reviewed data from the United Network for Organ S...
Weight Loss May Help Control Common Irregular Heartbeat
Weight Loss May Help Control Common Irregular Heartbeat SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight patients treated for a common type of irregular heartbeat are less likely to experience a relapse if they lose the extra pounds and maintain that healthier weight, two new studies suggest. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often-rapid heartbeat involving the upper two chambers of the heart that leads to poor blood flow throughout the body. It can be corrected through cardiac ablation, a proc...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Bring Long-Term Benefits to Very Obese Teens
Weight-Loss Surgery May Bring Long-Term Benefits to Very Obese Teens FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgeries, long used by obese adults to drop excess pounds, may provide long-lasting health benefits to very obese teenagers, a new study finds. The study of extremely obese teens found that, three years after either gastric bypass surgery or a procedure called sleeve gastrectomy, the average patient had lost 27 percent of his or her original weight. What's more, many also showed rem...
What You Need to Know When Your Child Gets a Rash
What You Need to Know When Your Child Gets a Rash FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When children develop a rash, parents might think it's simply due to a skin irritation. But viruses are also a common cause of rashes in children, an expert says. "Causes of rashes vary immensely and it can be difficult for parents to know if they should be concerned," Dr. Heidi Renner, a pediatrician at Loyola Medicine and assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in a univ...
Weight-Loss Surgery Often Brings Less Painful Joints: Study
Weight-Loss Surgery Often Brings Less Painful Joints: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Aching knee and hip joints may hurt less after successful weight-loss surgery, a new study suggests. "In particular, walking is easier, which impacts patients' ability to adopt a more physically active lifestyle," lead researcher Wendy King said in a news release from the ObesityWeek meeting. Weight-loss surgery isn't a "magic bullet" for joint pain for every patient, however. "Some patients continue ...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Trim Health Care Costs
Weight-Loss Surgery May Trim Health Care Costs WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery may save health care dollars down the road, a new study suggests. Researchers report that there was a sharp drop in medical spending by obese patients after they had the so-called "bariatric" procedure. "The main reduction in costs were related to fewer hospital admissions and clinic visits, and a reduction in the use of prescription drugs for diabetes, [high blood pressure] and heart disease,"...
Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism: Study
Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism may have a greater risk of obesity, with weight differences seen as early as preschool, a new study reveals. "A lot of things are happening for these families when their children are under 5, including going through the process of getting a diagnosis and just managing day-to-day behaviors and juggling their child's education and treatment needs," said study author Alison Presmanes Hill....
Weight, Exercise May Affect Children's Thinking Skills
Weight, Exercise May Affect Children's Thinking Skills MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children's weight and physical activity levels may affect their thinking and learning skills, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 45 normal-weight children, aged 7 to 11; 24 of them were active and the rest were not. Children were considered active if they took part in organized activities, such as swimming, gymnastics, soccer or dance for more than an hour a week. The study also included 45 overweight ...
Weight, Growth Early in Life May Affect Adult Brain
Weight, Growth Early in Life May Affect Adult Brain FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Birth weight and growth during childhood could affect hearing, vision, thinking and memory later in life, a new study suggests. "Sensory problems and illness such as dementia are an increasing problem, but these findings suggest that issues begin to develop right from early life," said the study's leader, Dr. Piers Dawes. He is a lecturer in audiology at the University of Manchester's School of Psychological Sci...
Worse Psoriasis, Less Healthy Arteries, Study Finds
Worse Psoriasis, Less Healthy Arteries, Study Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The skin disorder psoriasis appears linked with artery inflammation, raising the odds for heart disease, a new study says. "As the amount of psoriasis increases, the amount of blood vessel inflammation increases," said senior investigator Dr. Nehal Mehta, a clinical investigator with the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. His team also found that even mild psoriasis may indicate an increased risk ...
Whistle and Walk While You Work
Whistle and Walk While You Work THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If you have to sit almost all day while you work, take a short walk whenever you can. Why? Researchers report that even a 10-minute stroll can restore blood flow to legs affected by prolonged sitting. "Although the size of our sample was small, the effects and results we found were still profound," said study first author Robert Restaino, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. The findings were publish...
With Liposuction, Weight Should Guide Fat Removal Limits: Study
With Liposuction, Weight Should Guide Fat Removal Limits: Study FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although there's no magic bullet for weight loss, new research suggests that surgeons may be able to safely remove more fat during liposuction surgery than previously believed. Right now, surgeons follow guidelines that set a maximum extraction limit of 5,000 milliliters of fat (11 pounds) for all patients, regardless of variations in weight or body fat status. But the new study suggests surgeons c...
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-Aged Child Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your School-Aged Child Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 5 to 12 years) Your school-aged 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-aged children are starting to develop coping skills as they think more logically and begin to understand cause and effect—if ...
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 ...
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 ...
Wilson Disease Wilson disease is a rare disease that causes the mineral copper to build up in your body. Copper is one of the many minerals you need from the foods you eat. It helps your body work as it should. But too much copper can be harmful. Normally, your liver sends any extra copper out of your body in bile. Bile is the digestive juice that your liver makes. Wilson disease keeps your liver from working as it should. Instead of getting rid of the copper, your liver starts storing it. Over time, so...
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 ...
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...
Wilms Tumor What is Wilms tumor? Wilms tumor, also called nephroblastoma, is a cancerous tumor that starts in the cells of the kidney. It is the most common type of kidney cancer in children and accounts for about 5% of all childhood cancers. Approximately 500 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with Wilms tumor each year. The disease can occur at any age between infancy and 15 years, but in most cases, the tumor is found by the age of 3 or 4. It is slightly more common among girls and African-Americans....
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 Seek Genetic Counseling
When to Seek Genetic Counseling Genetic counseling is a professional assessment of a person's or couple's risk factors regarding their family history, medical history, and/or pregnancy history. The goal of genetic counseling is not only to assess risk, but also to explain the cause and inheritance of a disorder, the availability of testing, the prognosis, medical management, and treatment. Genetic counseling sessions typically last one hour or longer, depending on the complexity of the case. Genetic cou...
Warts in Children
Warts in Children What are warts? Warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus. Warts are more common in children than adults, although they can develop at any age. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people. There are many different types of warts, due to many different papillomavirus types (more than 100). Warts aren't painful, except when located on the feet. Most warts go away, without treatment, over an extended period of time. Common types of warts Th...
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 ...
When Is It Safe to Have Sex After a Heart Attack?
January 2014 When Is It Safe to Have Sex After a Heart Attack? A heart attack can change everything, even your sex life. You may wonder when you can have sex again or if it's OK to do so. Research reveals many heart attack survivors are unsure about sexual activity. Talking with your doctor can ease your worries. Common concerns In a recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association , researchers interviewed a small group of women who had suffered a heart attack. They found many of the women...
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus 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, 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 is closely related to the St. Louis encephalitis virus). The West Nile virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses, an...
WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola Outbreak
WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola Outbreak MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- African nations hit hard by the Ebola outbreak should start screening all passengers leaving international airports, seaports and major ground crossings, the World Health Organization recommended Monday. The United Nations' health agency reiterated that the risk of passengers transmitting the Ebola virus during air travel is low. Still, anyone with an illness or symptoms typical of the highly virulent di...
WHO Experts Give Nod to Using Untested Ebola Drugs
WHO Experts Give Nod to Using Untested Ebola Drugs TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of ethicists specially appointed by the World Health Organization says it is ethical to give untested treatments to people battling Ebola in the current outbreak. "In the particular circumstances of this outbreak, and provided certain conditions are met, the panel reached consensus that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment...
Women, Blacks Hit Harder by Heart Disease Risk Factors
Women, Blacks Hit Harder by Heart Disease Risk Factors MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic diseases that can increase a person's risk of heart attack or stroke appear to hit women and blacks the hardest, a new population-based study found. Diabetes and high blood pressure in particular, contribute to an ongoing gender and race gap in heart disease risk, researchers report online on Aug. 11 in the journal Circulation . "These findings could support the idea that when a woman or a black pati...
What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth?
What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth? TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unsure about the best way to brush your teeth, you're unlikely to get much help from experts. Dental associations and toothpaste and toothbrush companies don't agree on the most effective method to brush teeth, and their advice is "unacceptably inconsistent," a new study says. Researchers at University College London in England examined the brushing recommendations from dental associations in 10 countries, toot...
Will Kidney Stones Recur? New Test Might Tell
Will Kidney Stones Recur? New Test Might Tell THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new tool appears to accurately predict whether someone who's had a kidney stone will have another one in the future, researchers report. They said the tool could help patients and their doctors decide whether preventive steps are needed. The tool uses 11 questions to assess kidney stone patients' risk of developing another kidney stone within two, five or 10 years. Characteristics associated with a higher risk inc...
Women Over 75 May Benefit From Mammograms
Women Over 75 May Benefit From Mammograms TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women 75 and older may still benefit from routine mammograms, according to new research. However, not everyone agrees with this study's conclusions. "Mammography detects breast cancer early, when it's more treatable and the risk of death is very low," said study researcher Judith Malmgren, an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle. "If it's no...
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids
When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of children with viral infections severe enough to land them in the hospital end up with serious complications -- such as pneumonia, seizures and brain swelling, a new study finds. The study, reported online on Aug. 4 in Pediatrics , followed kids who had to be admitted to a pediatric hospital for the flu and other respiratory infections. Researchers stressed that they are much different from the vast ...
Women in Military Drink Less Than Civilians, Report Shows
Women in Military Drink Less Than Civilians, Report Shows FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who serve in the U.S. military are less likely to drink alcohol than their civilian peers, a new study suggests. Overall, members of the military are more likely to consume alcohol. However, these researchers found that women respond differently to their experience in the military than men. This may be due to concerns about sexual harassment or being treated unfairly, they suggested. "Alcohol use is ...
Wider Face May Give You an Edge in Negotiations
Wider Face May Give You an Edge in Negotiations TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Successful negotiations may depend on more than diplomacy. When it comes to negotiating, men with wider faces may have an advantage, according to a new study. Researchers found men with a broader face are more successful when negotiating for themselves than men with narrower faces. However, having a wider facer may not be an asset when negotiations require collaboration and compromise, the researchers found. "We n...
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