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U.S. Death Toll From Infectious Diseases Unchanged: Study

U.S. Death Toll From Infectious Diseases Unchanged: Study0

Can Occupational Therapy Slow Alzheimer's Decline?

Can Occupational Therapy Slow Alzheimer's Decline?0

Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares

Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares0

New Drug May Brighten Outlook for Advanced Breast Cancer

New Drug May Brighten Outlook for Advanced Breast Cancer0

Moms' Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Linked to Epilepsy Risk in Kids

Moms' Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Linked to Epilepsy Risk in Kids0

'Tailoring' Skin Exams May Boost Melanoma Detection

'Tailoring' Skin Exams May Boost Melanoma Detection0

Can a Community's 'Well-Being' Help You Live Longer?

Can a Community's 'Well-Being' Help You Live Longer?0

Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly

Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly0

Monkey Study Hints at Drug-Free Suppression of HIV

Monkey Study Hints at Drug-Free Suppression of HIV0

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More Evidence Menopause 'Brain Fog' Is Real

More Evidence Menopause 'Brain Fog' Is Real0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Those memory lapses many women notice around menopause are real, and they can begin at a relatively young age, researchers report. It's common for women going through menopause to complain of what ...

Anger, Heavy Exertion: Fast Track to a Heart Attack?

Anger, Heavy Exertion: Fast Track to a Heart Attack?0

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intense anger or heavy physical exertion may be triggers for a first heart attack in some people, new research suggests. In the study of more than 12,000 people, both intense activity and intense ...

For Migraine Sufferers, Is a Chiropractor's Touch All in the Mind?

For Migraine Sufferers, Is a Chiropractor's Touch All in the Mind?0

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with migraines sometimes seek a chiropractor for help, but a small study suggests that any pain relief they get might be a placebo effect. When researchers pitted real chiropractic manipulation ...

Drug Trio Shows Major Promise Against Myeloma

Drug Trio Shows Major Promise Against Myeloma0

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a newer drug to a standard treatment for advanced cases of multiple myeloma may significantly boost patients' chances of a response and even recovery, a new clinical trial finds. Of patients ...

Measles Outbreak Among Amish Highlights Need for Vaccinations

Measles Outbreak Among Amish Highlights Need for Vaccinations0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The measles outbreak that struck an Amish community in 2014 illustrates the ongoing threat the infection presents -- and the importance of routine vaccination, U.S. government researchers say. The ...

C-Section Raises Risk of Blood Clots After Childbirth: Review

C-Section Raises Risk of Blood Clots After Childbirth: Review0

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have a cesarean section face an increased risk of potentially dangerous blood clots in the legs or lungs following childbirth, a new review confirms. Researchers who analyzed 60 international ...

Certain Parents More Likely to Skip Kids' Flu Shot

Certain Parents More Likely to Skip Kids' Flu Shot0

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children who see "alternative" health providers, such as acupuncturists or massage therapists, are less likely than other kids to get their annual flu shot, a new study suggests. Researchers found that ...

'Mindfulness'-Based Approach Could Help You Stay Slim

'Mindfulness'-Based Approach Could Help You Stay Slim0

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A weight-loss therapy that focuses on personal values and "mindful" decision-making may help people shed more pounds, a new clinical trial suggests. Over one year, people who received the therapy lost ...

'The Pill' May Raise Depression Risk

'The Pill' May Raise Depression Risk0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who use hormonal methods for birth control, such as "the pill," may have a slightly higher risk of developing depression -- and teenagers may be most vulnerable, a large study ...

Exercise Speeds Seniors' Recovery From Disability

Exercise Speeds Seniors' Recovery From Disability0

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly adults who regularly exercise are less likely to suffer a disability -- and if they do, they tend to recover faster, a new clinical trial finds. Researchers found that when they got sedentary ...

9 of 10 U.S. Teens Don't Get Enough Exercise

9 of 10 U.S. Teens Don't Get Enough Exercise0

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Over 90 percent of U.S. high school students don't get enough exercise to stay fit and healthy, and the pattern persists after they graduate, a new study finds. The researchers followed students at 44 ...

Experimental Immune Cell Rx Shows Promise for Leukemia

Experimental Immune Cell Rx Shows Promise for Leukemia0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental therapy that revs up the immune system's cancer-fighting ability may help treat some leukemia patients who face a grim prognosis, a small study suggests. The treatment involves ...

'Baby-Led' Weaning Doesn't Raise Choking Risk: Study

'Baby-Led' Weaning Doesn't Raise Choking Risk: Study0

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who feed themselves solid foods early on may not be at increased risk of choking, a new clinical trial suggests. The study tested a popular trend known as "baby-led" weaning: Instead of ...

Childhood Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: CDC

Childhood Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: CDC0

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. children who die from cancer has fallen 20 percent since 1999, and leukemia is no longer the top killer, a new federal government report shows. The decline continues a trend that ...

New Approach Helps Ease Teens' Stubborn Concussion Symptoms

New Approach Helps Ease Teens' Stubborn Concussion Symptoms0

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For teenagers with lingering symptoms after a concussion, treatment that focuses on the "whole person" may speed their recovery, a new, small study suggests. The researchers tested the effects of ...

Experimental Shingles Vaccine Looks Quite Effective: Study

Experimental Shingles Vaccine Looks Quite Effective: Study0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine against shingles may offer lasting protection for most older adults who receive it, a new clinical trial found. Shingles is a painful rash that's triggered by a reactivation ...

Senior Years May Truly Be Golden for Happiness

Senior Years May Truly Be Golden for Happiness0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a culture that values youth, aging can seem like a dismal prospect. But a new study suggests that older adults are generally less stressed and happier with their lives than younger people are. The ...

Gallstones Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk

Gallstones Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk0

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who've ever suffered gallstones may have a slightly increased risk of developing heart disease down the road, a large new study suggests. In a group of more than one-quarter million U.S. ...

Child Abuse May Shorten Some Women's Lives

Child Abuse May Shorten Some Women's Lives0

Researchers found that among nearly 6,300 middle-aged U.S. adults, female survivors of child abuse were more likely to die over the next 20 years, versus other women. And the worse the abuse was, the greater the impact appeared to be on a ...

Women's Cancer Risk Rises With Years Spent Overweight

Women's Cancer Risk Rises With Years Spent Overweight0

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The longer a woman is overweight, the higher her risk of several cancers, researchers report. The study, which followed nearly 74,000 U.S. women, found that the longer a woman carried excess poundage, ...

Babies Often Put to Sleep in Unsafe Positions

Babies Often Put to Sleep in Unsafe Positions0

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite decades of warnings from the "Back to Sleep" campaign, many parents are still putting their babies to sleep in ways that raise the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a new study ...

Serious Infections Tied to Suicide Risk

Serious Infections Tied to Suicide Risk0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People hospitalized for serious infections may face an increased risk of dying by suicide, and researchers suspect there's a biological reason for it. In a study of over 7 million people, Danish ...

Brain Relies on Two Timekeepers for Sleep

Brain Relies on Two Timekeepers for Sleep0

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Both an internal "clock" and an internal "hourglass" affect how different parts of your brain respond to sleep deprivation, a new study shows. The Belgian researchers said these findings could ...

Infertility Patients' Mental Health Problems Often Unaddressed

Infertility Patients' Mental Health Problems Often Unaddressed0

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People undergoing fertility treatment often suffer symptoms of depression or anxiety, but few get any formal help, a new study suggests. The study, which followed patients at five fertility clinics in ...

U.S. Maternal Death Rate Is Rising

U.S. Maternal Death Rate Is Rising0

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. women who die during or soon after pregnancy may be higher than previously thought -- and it's on the rise, according to a new study. Between 2000 and 2014, the nation's maternal death ...

3 Zika Vaccines Effective in Monkeys

3 Zika Vaccines Effective in Monkeys0

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In another key step toward a vaccine against Zika virus, scientists have found that three different experimental vaccines are safe and effective in monkeys. Human trials have not yet begun, but experts ...

Are Tinder Users Tender About Their Looks?

Are Tinder Users Tender About Their Looks?0

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who use the popular dating app Tinder may have lower self-esteem and be less satisfied with their looks, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of more than 1,300 college students ...

Few Seniors Go Online for Health-Care Needs

Few Seniors Go Online for Health-Care Needs0

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hopes have been high that digital technology would improve seniors' health care, but a new study suggests that few older Americans are on board. The study, which surveyed thousands of Medicare patients, ...

Injuries Soar as Trampoline Parks Expand

Injuries Soar as Trampoline Parks Expand0

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As trampoline parks spring up across the United States, injuries to kids have jumped, too, a new study finds. Indoor trampoline parks, a relatively new phenomenon, are growing in popularity, said Dr. ...

Are Unemployed Husbands Fueling Divorce Rates?

Are Unemployed Husbands Fueling Divorce Rates?0

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to common belief, a new U.S. study suggests that women's growing role in the workforce is not a major factor in divorce. But a husband's ability to keep a full-time job might be. The study, ...

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Deep Brain Stimulation Tested for Early Alzheimer's

Deep Brain Stimulation Tested for Early Alzheimer's0

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deep brain stimulation appears safe for people with early Alzheimer's disease -- and might even slow down memory loss in some, a preliminary study suggests. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is already ...

Behavior Changes May Be First Signs of Alzheimer's

Behavior Changes May Be First Signs of Alzheimer's0

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Certain behavior changes may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's disease, and researchers say they've developed a symptom "checklist" that might aid earlier diagnosis. Experts have long focused on so-called ...

New Drug May Treat Rare Obesity Disorder Causing Constant Hunger

New Drug May Treat Rare Obesity Disorder Causing Constant Hunger0

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug spurred substantial weight loss in people with a rare genetic disorder that causes severe obesity because patients feel perpetually hungry. The study included only two patients ...

Which Diabetes Drug Is Best?

Which Diabetes Drug Is Best?0

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- No single drug to treat type 2 diabetes stands out from the pack when it comes to reducing the risks of heart disease, stroke or premature death, a new research review finds. The analysis of hundreds ...

Alzheimer's Gene May Show Effects in Childhood

Alzheimer's Gene May Show Effects in Childhood0

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A gene related to Alzheimer's disease may start to show effects on brain structure and mental sharpness as early as preschool, a new study suggests. Researchers have long known that a gene called ...

Cancer Drug Shows Early Promise for Parkinson's Disease

Cancer Drug Shows Early Promise for Parkinson's Disease0

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat leukemia has shown initial signs of promise for advanced cases of Parkinson's disease, researchers are reporting. Experts stressed that the study was small, and primarily designed ...

Experimental Drug Acts Fast Against Chronic Migraine

Experimental Drug Acts Fast Against Chronic Migraine0

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may bring fast relief to people with debilitating chronic migraines, a new study finds. Preliminary trials had already found that the drug -- dubbed TEV-48125 -- can help prevent ...

No Sex Please, I'm a Stressed New Mom

No Sex Please, I'm a Stressed New Mom0

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- First-time parents may see their sex life hit the skids if mom feels stressed about her parenting skills, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when a new mother was anxious about her parenting ...

Restrictive Diets May Cause Thyroid Troubles in Young Kids

Restrictive Diets May Cause Thyroid Troubles in Young Kids0

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Two cases of children who developed iodine deficiency highlight the risks of putting too many restrictions on young kids' diets, researchers say. The doctors said that the children -- aged 2 and 5 -- ...

More Young Breast Cancer Patients Getting Gene Test

More Young Breast Cancer Patients Getting Gene Test0

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of young women with breast cancer are being tested for the BRCA gene mutations that substantially raise the risks of breast and ovarian tumors, a new study shows. Researchers found ...

VA Hospital Care Improving, Study Suggests

VA Hospital Care Improving, Study Suggests0

The findings, published online Feb. 9 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were called "reassuring" in light of recent negative news about the nation's VA health care system. Researchers found that between 2010 and 2013, ...

Waning Whooping Cough Immunity Blamed in Outbreaks

Waning Whooping Cough Immunity Blamed in Outbreaks0

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The booster shot given to pre-teens to ward off whooping cough only works for a short time -- a fact that has played a big role in recent outbreaks in California, a new study finds. The study, of ...

When Seniors Stop Driving, Poorer Health May Be a Passenger

When Seniors Stop Driving, Poorer Health May Be a Passenger0

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who give up driving may see their mental and physical well-being decline, a new research review finds. The review of 16 published studies found that seniors tended to show poorer health ...

Exercise Has Its Limits for Losing Weight, Study Finds

Exercise Has Its Limits for Losing Weight, Study Finds0

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- That daily 5-mile run may not be burning as many calories as you think, a new study suggests. In fact, the researchers found, moderate exercise -- the equivalent of walking a couple miles per day -- ...

Gene Mutations Linked to Rare Form of Female Infertility

Gene Mutations Linked to Rare Form of Female Infertility0

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For a small number of women with infertility, mutations in a particular gene may be to blame, a new study finds. The results, reported in the Jan. 21 issue of the New England Journal of ...

More Evidence Preterm Birth Could Raise Autism Risk

More Evidence Preterm Birth Could Raise Autism Risk0

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- According to a new study, very premature infants may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with autism by age 4, although the research questions just how high the odds are. The Australian study, ...

Fewer Childhood Cancer Survivors Dying From 'Late' Effects

Fewer Childhood Cancer Survivors Dying From 'Late' Effects0

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer childhood cancer survivors are dying years later from lingering effects of the treatment that conquered their cancer, a new study finds. Experts called the report, published in the Jan. 14 ...

Obesity Surgery Patients May Often Have Mental Health Disorders

Obesity Surgery Patients May Often Have Mental Health Disorders0

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people having surgery for severe obesity also have mental health conditions, particularly depression and binge-eating disorder, a new review finds. The analysis of 68 studies found that almost ...

Obesity Surgery Patients May Often Have Mental Health Disorders

Obesity Surgery Patients May Often Have Mental Health Disorders0

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people having surgery for severe obesity also have mental health conditions, particularly depression and binge-eating disorder, a new review finds. The analysis of 68 studies found that almost ...

Sugary Drinks Tied to Increase in Deep Belly Fat

Sugary Drinks Tied to Increase in Deep Belly Fat0

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who drink sugary beverages every day tend to accumulate more deep belly fat over time, new research suggests. The study, of over 1,000 adults, found that those who downed at least one ...

Blood Test May Help Rule Out Pregnancy Complication: Study

Blood Test May Help Rule Out Pregnancy Complication: Study0

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test might help doctors identify pregnant women who are unlikely to develop a dangerous complication called pre-eclampsia, despite having suspicious signs or symptoms. That's the finding ...

Heart Attack Treatment Often Delayed for Former Bypass Patients

Heart Attack Treatment Often Delayed for Former Bypass Patients0

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack patients need quick treatment, but a new study finds that those with a history of bypass surgery often face delays at the hospital. Guidelines say that heart attack patients should receive ...

New Drug for Severe Form of Arthritis Shows Promise in Trial

New Drug for Severe Form of Arthritis Shows Promise in Trial0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A drug recently approved for the skin condition psoriasis may also help people with a debilitating form of arthritis that attacks the spine, a new clinical trial finds. The condition, called ...

Smoke Weed in College and Your Grades May Go to Pot

Smoke Weed in College and Your Grades May Go to Pot0

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- College students who smoke marijuana appear more likely than their peers to skip classes -- which eventually leads to poorer grades and later graduation, a recent study suggests. The study, which ...

Skin-to-Skin Contact May Lower Preemies' Risk of Death: Review

Skin-to-Skin Contact May Lower Preemies' Risk of Death: Review0

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny newborns who get prolonged skin-to-skin contact with mom while they're in the hospital may have better survival odds, a new review finds. Experts said the analysis, of 124 studies from around the ...

More U.S. Kids Have Type 1 Diabetes, But Researchers Don't Know Why

More U.S. Kids Have Type 1 Diabetes, But Researchers Don't Know Why0

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. kids living with type 1 diabetes has increased by almost 60 percent since 2002, and experts are not sure why. Using a national database, researchers found that the prevalence of ...

'Designer Cells' Show Promise Against Psoriasis in Lab Mice

'Designer Cells' Show Promise Against Psoriasis in Lab Mice0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've engineered cells capable of automatically detecting and treating psoriasis flare-ups in lab mice -- in an early step toward a "precision" therapy for the chronic skin ...

More U.S. Kids Have Type 1 Diabetes, But Researchers Don't Know Why

More U.S. Kids Have Type 1 Diabetes, But Researchers Don't Know Why0

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. kids living with type 1 diabetes has increased by almost 60 percent since 2002, and experts are not sure why. Using a national database, researchers found that the prevalence of ...

ADHD Patients Show Weaker Connections in Brain Networks Tied to Focus: Study

ADHD Patients Show Weaker Connections in Brain Networks Tied to Focus: Study0

TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may have weaker connections among brain networks that help the mind focus, a new study suggests. Using MRI brain scans from 180 children with and ...

'Designer Cells' Show Promise Against Psoriasis in Lab Mice

'Designer Cells' Show Promise Against Psoriasis in Lab Mice0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've engineered cells capable of automatically detecting and treating psoriasis flare-ups in lab mice -- in an early step toward a "precision" therapy for the chronic skin ...

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