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Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn't Extend It

Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn't Extend It0

Can Protein, Probiotics Help With Blood Sugar Control?

Can Protein, Probiotics Help With Blood Sugar Control?0

Device Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Treat Heart Failure

Device Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Treat Heart Failure0

Could Common Heartburn Drugs Up Stroke Risk?

Could Common Heartburn Drugs Up Stroke Risk?0

Coming Soon: Lower Cholesterol From a Twice-a-Year Shot?

Coming Soon: Lower Cholesterol From a Twice-a-Year Shot?0

Stressed Childhood Might Raise Risk for High Blood Pressure Later

Stressed Childhood Might Raise Risk for High Blood Pressure Later0

Craving Salt? Your Genes May Be the Reason, Study Suggests

Craving Salt? Your Genes May Be the Reason, Study Suggests0

Daily Can of Soda Boosts Odds for Prediabetes, Study Finds

Daily Can of Soda Boosts Odds for Prediabetes, Study Finds0

Drug Combo Shows Early Promise for Remission of HIV

Drug Combo Shows Early Promise for Remission of HIV0

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Genes May Dictate Your Love -- or Hate -- of Exercise

Genes May Dictate Your Love -- or Hate -- of Exercise0

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you get pumped up for gym time or you'd rather crawl back into bed if someone mentions exercise, your genes might be to blame, a new study suggests. Most people receive a mental reward from ...

Could Loneliness Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer's?

Could Loneliness Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer's?0

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Subtle feelings of loneliness might warn of impending Alzheimer's disease in older folks, a new study suggests. Healthy seniors with elevated brain levels of amyloid -- a type of protein fragment ...

When Soda Makers Fund Studies, Links to Obesity Weaken

When Soda Makers Fund Studies, Links to Obesity Weaken0

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you come across a study claiming that sugary drinks don't cause obesity or diabetes, check to see who's paid for the research. Most likely the study has financial ties to the beverage industry, ...

Male Birth Control in a Shot: Promising, But More Work Needed

Male Birth Control in a Shot: Promising, But More Work Needed0

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A birth control shot for men shows some promise, but researchers are still struggling to improve its effectiveness and deal with severe side effects caused by the injections. Only four pregnancies ...

Can Hormonal Rx for Prostate Cancer Raise Dementia Risk?

Can Hormonal Rx for Prostate Cancer Raise Dementia Risk?0

THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of dementia might be doubled for prostate cancer patients who are treated with testosterone-lowering drugs, a new study suggests. Men who underwent androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) had ...

Day Care Doesn't Encourage Weight Gain in Kids

Day Care Doesn't Encourage Weight Gain in Kids0

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A child placed in day care is no more likely to gain too much weight than a child who stays home with a parent, a new study indicates. Earlier research had suggested there may be an increased risk of ...

Your Post-Heart Attack Survival May Depend on Choice of Hospital

Your Post-Heart Attack Survival May Depend on Choice of Hospital0

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older heart attack victims who receive immediate high-quality care from their hospital often wind up with a long-term survival advantage, a new study reports. Medicare recipients can gain as much as a ...

U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations

U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations0

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The United States lags behind other advanced nations when it comes to infant mortality and the life expectancy of its citizens, according to a comprehensive review of global health statistics. The ...

Zika Connection to Rare Nerve Disorder Bolstered by Study

Zika Connection to Rare Nerve Disorder Bolstered by Study0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a new report, an international team of researchers said it has developed the strongest evidence to date that Zika virus can cause a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. Neurologists ...

Zika Causes Widespread Damage to Fetal Brain

Zika Causes Widespread Damage to Fetal Brain0

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study shows that Zika virus causes so much varied damage throughout the fetal brain that researchers are suggesting the term "congenital Zika syndrome" be used to describe the numerous birth ...

Top Zika Vaccine Candidate Moves Closer to Field Testing

Top Zika Vaccine Candidate Moves Closer to Field Testing0

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The leading Zika vaccine candidate should be ready for field testing should new outbreaks occur next year, U.S. health officials announced Monday. Over the weekend, researchers finished recruitment of ...

Can Childhood Traumas Make You Old Before Your Time?

Can Childhood Traumas Make You Old Before Your Time?0

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood trauma might promote faster cellular aging in people, a new study suggests. Adults who had experienced stress as kids appeared to have an increased risk of shorter telomeres, which are found at ...

Zika May Be Passed on Through Tears, Sweat: Report

Zika May Be Passed on Through Tears, Sweat: Report0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus might be able to pass from person to person through bodily fluids like tears or sweat, doctors reported Wednesday. A 38-year-old man in Salt Lake City appears to have contracted Zika ...

Hurdles Ahead for Zika Vaccine: Experts

Hurdles Ahead for Zika Vaccine: Experts0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Work is progressing on developing a vaccine that can thwart the Zika virus, but it will take years to get one to market, experts warn. Two rival vaccines for Zika have the best chance of becoming ...

Could Prescribed NSAID Painkillers Raise Heart Failure Risk?

Could Prescribed NSAID Painkillers Raise Heart Failure Risk?0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Use of prescription-strength ibuprofen, naproxen and other commonly used pain relievers may be tied to a higher risk of heart failure, researchers report. Medicines like these fall into a category ...

Flagging Flu-Shot Rate Worries CDC

Flagging Flu-Shot Rate Worries CDC0

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The flu-vaccination rate sagged in the United States last season, causing concern among public health officials that more Americans might wave off a flu shot this year. Influenza vaccination coverage ...

Are There Alternatives to Statins?

Are There Alternatives to Statins?0

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Statins are the go-to therapy for lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol, but other treatments also can effectively reduce risk of future heart problems, a new evidence review reports. These alternative ...

New Type of Radiation Treatment May Up Survival for Older Lung Cancer Patients

New Type of Radiation Treatment May Up Survival for Older Lung Cancer Patients0

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting-edge radiation therapy seems to provide a significant survival advantage for older people with early stage lung cancer who aren't strong enough for surgery, a pair of new studies suggests. The ...

Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?

Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?0

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While morning sickness may make you miserable in the early months of your pregnancy, it can signal that your baby is healthy and normal, new research shows. In the study, those who endured the nausea ...

DNA-Based Vaccine Guards Against Zika in Monkey Study

DNA-Based Vaccine Guards Against Zika in Monkey Study0

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental DNA-based vaccine protected monkeys from infection with the birth defects-causing Zika virus, and it has proceeded to human safety trials, researchers report. "The vaccine universally ...

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea a Growing U.S. Threat: CDC

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea a Growing U.S. Threat: CDC0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gonorrhea appears to be developing resistance to the two antibiotics that constitute the last available treatment option for the sexually transmitted bacteria, U.S. health officials announced ...

Stress Might Undercut Benefits of Healthy Diet for Women

Stress Might Undercut Benefits of Healthy Diet for Women0

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress could undo some of your healthy food choices, a new study suggests. Stressful events from the day before appear to eradicate any health benefits a person might have gained from choosing a ...

CDC Ends Zika Travel Advisory for Miami Neighborhood

CDC Ends Zika Travel Advisory for Miami Neighborhood0

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Monday lifted the Zika virus travel advisory that urged pregnant women to avoid travel to Miami's Wynwood neighborhood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues ...

Codeine Not Safe for Kids, Pediatricians Warn

Codeine Not Safe for Kids, Pediatricians Warn0

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Codeine is unsafe for children and should no longer be given to them, a new report from a leading pediatricians' group warns. Codeine has been used to treat kids' pain and coughs for decades "because ...

Sound Waves: An Rx for High Blood Pressure, Migraine?

Sound Waves: An Rx for High Blood Pressure, Migraine?0

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new sound-based therapy appears to reduce blood pressure and ease migraine symptoms, according to a pair of small studies. The therapy initially reads brain activity through scalp sensors. That ...

CDC May Lift Zika Travel Advisory for Miami Neighborhood

CDC May Lift Zika Travel Advisory for Miami Neighborhood0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- America's top public health agency could lift its Zika virus travel advisory for the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami as early as Monday, officials said Thursday afternoon. "Barring any new local ...

Alcohol May Damage the Heart -- at Least for Some

Alcohol May Damage the Heart -- at Least for Some0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You might need to reconsider that nightly glass of wine (or beer, or liquor) because new research suggests that alcohol may not be as healthy for everyone's heart as previously believed. Long-term ...

45 Potential Toxins Found in Household Dust

45 Potential Toxins Found in Household Dust0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Household dust contains a wide range of toxic chemicals, potentially exposing people to harmful compounds in their own homes, a new evidence review contends. Researchers identified 45 potentially ...

1 in 4 Medicare Patients Uses Blood Pressure Meds Incorrectly

1 in 4 Medicare Patients Uses Blood Pressure Meds Incorrectly0

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 5 million Medicare prescription drug enrollees aren't taking their blood pressure medication as directed, increasing their risk of heart attack and stroke, a new U.S. study found. An analysis ...

Many With Diabetes Missing Out on Statins

Many With Diabetes Missing Out on Statins0

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all middle-aged patients with diabetes should be taking cholesterol-lowering statins, but cardiologists fail to prescribe these medications for 2 out of every 5 diabetics in their care, a new study ...

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Dosing Errors Common With Kids' Liquid Meds

Dosing Errors Common With Kids' Liquid Meds0

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents may give their child too much or too little medicine when dispensing liquid medication, especially if they use a dosing cup, a new study reports. Four out of five parents made at least one ...

New Electrical Stimulation Therapy Can Help Stroke Patients Move Paralyzed Hand

New Electrical Stimulation Therapy Can Help Stroke Patients Move Paralyzed Hand0

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new form of electrical stimulation therapy can help rewire the brain and restore some dexterity to a hand that's been paralyzed by stroke, a new clinical trial shows. In the experimental therapy, ...

Immune Therapy Makes Headway Against a Lymphoma

Immune Therapy Makes Headway Against a Lymphoma0

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Genetically engineered immune cells appear capable of eradicating non-Hodgkin lymphoma when coupled with effective chemotherapy, a new early trial finds. In this experimental therapy, white blood ...

Removing Part of Skull After Severe Head Injury Brings Mixed Results

Removing Part of Skull After Severe Head Injury Brings Mixed Results0

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Removing part of the skull to relieve pressure in the brain following a severe head injury can save a person's life, but the patient is often left permanently disabled, a new clinical trial has ...

Number of Americans on Gluten-Free Diet Tripled in 5 Years

Number of Americans on Gluten-Free Diet Tripled in 5 Years0

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gluten-free diets seem to be the latest fad, yet the number of people being diagnosed with celiac disease hasn't budged, new research shows. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, in which foods ...

Thyroid Levels in High-Normal Range May Be Linked to Cardiac Arrest

Thyroid Levels in High-Normal Range May Be Linked to Cardiac Arrest0

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with higher levels of thyroid hormone in their bloodstream may be at greater risk of sudden cardiac death, even if those levels aren't abnormally high, a new study suggests. "Our study shows ...

Combo Drug for Childhood Asthma Appears Safe in Study

Combo Drug for Childhood Asthma Appears Safe in Study0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lingering safety concerns regarding an asthma drug for children may be put to rest by new clinical trial results showing the widely used medication is safe, according to a new report. Long-acting ...

FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk

FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing prescription opioid painkillers with a class of drugs that includes popular sedatives such as Valium and Xanax can cause a fatal overdose, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday. The U.S. Food ...

Possible Cases of Local Zika Transmission in Miami Beach

Possible Cases of Local Zika Transmission in Miami Beach0

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Federal and state officials are considering an advisory that pregnant women not travel to Miami Beach, or potentially all of Miami-Dade County, after a cluster of Zika infections that were most likely ...

Doctors Report Probable Zika Transmission Via Blood Transfusion

Doctors Report Probable Zika Transmission Via Blood Transfusion0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experts have wondered if the Zika virus might sometimes be transmitted through blood transfusions, and a cluster of infections in Brazil seems to support that notion. Doctors believe that a blood ...

Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk

Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. And that seems particularly true if a woman has already ...

Texas Reports 1st U.S. Case of Zika From Travel to Another State

Texas Reports 1st U.S. Case of Zika From Travel to Another State0

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In what appears to be the first case of Zika infection traveling across state lines, Texas health officials report that a resident of that state who visited Miami recently has tested positive for the ...

Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Up Risk of ADHD in Kids

Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Up Risk of ADHD in Kids0

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who take acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol -- might raise the risk that their child will develop behavioral problems such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study ...

Do Angioplasty Patients Really Need Beta-Blocker Drugs?

Do Angioplasty Patients Really Need Beta-Blocker Drugs?0

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors might be overprescribing beta-blocker medications to heart patients who aren't seriously ill, a new study contends. Beta blockers such as Inderal (propranolol) and Lopressor (metoprolol) reduce ...

White House Transfers $81M to Continue Zika Vaccine Research

White House Transfers $81M to Continue Zika Vaccine Research0

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration said Thursday that it will transfer $81 million from existing federal health programs so there's enough money to continue trials of a Zika vaccine. Money for the Zika vaccine ...

White House Transfers $81B to Continue Zika Vaccine Research

White House Transfers $81B to Continue Zika Vaccine Research0

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration said Thursday that it will transfer $81 million from existing federal health programs so there's enough money to continue trials of a Zika vaccine. Money for the Zika vaccine ...

Surgery Effective Against Immune Disorder That Weakens Muscles

Surgery Effective Against Immune Disorder That Weakens Muscles0

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Removing the thymus gland is an effective treatment for myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder that causes life-threatening muscle weakness, researchers report. Since the 1940s, doctors have been ...

4 More Cases of Local Zika Infection Reported in Miami Area

4 More Cases of Local Zika Infection Reported in Miami Area0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Four more cases of Zika infection that were likely spread through mosquito bites have been reported in the Miami area, bringing the total count of cases to 21, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said ...

'Brain Training' Helps 8 Paralyzed People Regain Some Movement

'Brain Training' Helps 8 Paralyzed People Regain Some Movement0

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A regimen of brain training has restored partial sensation and muscle control in the legs of eight people paralyzed by spinal cord injuries, researchers report. The step-by-step training appears to ...

Fake Xanax Cut With Potent Pain Med Can Be a Killer

Fake Xanax Cut With Potent Pain Med Can Be a Killer0

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At least one San Francisco-area drug user died and eight more landed in the ER in late 2015 after taking counterfeit Xanax tablets that had been cut with a powerful and dangerous opiate, a new report ...

Zika May Have Caused Death of Texas Newborn

Zika May Have Caused Death of Texas Newborn0

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The death of a newborn in Texas is being blamed on a birth defect linked to fetal exposure to the Zika virus, state health officials say. According to a statement released Tuesday by the Texas ...

Starting Monday, FDA Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

Starting Monday, FDA Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors0

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The sale of e-cigarettes to minors will be banned starting Monday, as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's long-awaited plan to extend the agency's regulatory powers across all tobacco ...

CDC Awards $16M in Fight Against Zika

CDC Awards $16M in Fight Against Zika0

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health officials are urging pregnant women to avoid a Miami neighborhood where mosquitoes are apparently infecting people with the Zika virus. The number of local transmissions of the virus has ...

Miami's Zika Infections Up to 14: Officials

Miami's Zika Infections Up to 14: Officials0

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of local transmissions of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in South Florida has apparently increased to 14, Gov. Rick Scott said Monday. Scott said he has asked for a federal emergency response ...

Lots of Red Meat, an Earlier Grave?

Lots of Red Meat, an Earlier Grave?0

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you turn to red meat as your main source of protein, you could be shortening your life, a new study suggests. People who get more of their protein from plant sources have an overall lower risk of ...

Is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Real?

Is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Real?0

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016, (HealthDay News) -- Gluten sensitivity appears to be a real medical problem, and not a figment of the popular imagination conjured up by the gluten-free craze, a new study contends. Some people suffer changes within their ...

What Happens When You're Hypnotized?

What Happens When You're Hypnotized?0

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Skeptics view hypnosis as a little-understood parlor trick, but a new study reveals real changes occur in the brain when a person enters an hypnotic state. Some parts of the brain relax during the ...

U.S. Panel Says Evidence 'Insufficient' to Recommend Skin Cancer Screenings

U.S. Panel Says Evidence 'Insufficient' to Recommend Skin Cancer Screenings0

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There currently isn't enough scientific proof to recommend regular full-body exams for skin cancer as a means of preventing deaths from these cancers, a leading panel of U.S. preventive health experts has ...

Is Pot Harder on the Heart Than Tobacco?

Is Pot Harder on the Heart Than Tobacco?0

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot might harm your heart health and that of the people around you -- perhaps even more than cigarettes, a new animal study suggests. Lab rats experienced a severe reduction in their blood ...

Edible Pot Sends Toddlers to Colorado ERs

Edible Pot Sends Toddlers to Colorado ERs0

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young children in Colorado are winding up in the emergency room after ingesting pot-laced goodies left out in the open by adults, doctors report. In 2014, Colorado and Washington became the first two ...

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