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Fewer Americans Suffering From Dementia, Study Finds

Fewer Americans Suffering From Dementia, Study Finds0

Are You Ready for Flu Season?

Are You Ready for Flu Season?0

Can Time-Release Capsules Replace Daily Pills?

Can Time-Release Capsules Replace Daily Pills?0

Drug Stelara May Ease Crohn's Disease

Drug Stelara May Ease Crohn's Disease0

Pessimism May Take Unwelcome Toll on the Heart

Pessimism May Take Unwelcome Toll on the Heart0

U.S. Surgeon General Declares War on Addiction

U.S. Surgeon General Declares War on Addiction0

Guidelines May Have Helped Curb ADHD Diagnoses in Preschoolers

Guidelines May Have Helped Curb ADHD Diagnoses in Preschoolers0

Blood Test May Someday Diagnose Concussion

Blood Test May Someday Diagnose Concussion0

Too Much Iron Linked to Gestational Diabetes

Too Much Iron Linked to Gestational Diabetes0

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Smartphones May Hinder a Good Night's Sleep

Smartphones May Hinder a Good Night's Sleep0

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you're in need of a good night's sleep, it might be wise to give your smartphone a rest from time to time. New research suggests that the light from smartphones, especially before bedtime, may ...

Antibodies May Hold Key to HIV Suppression

Antibodies May Hold Key to HIV Suppression0

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibodies may keep the HIV virus in check and one day let patients stop taking antiretroviral drugs, two new preliminary trials suggest. Researchers tried to quell HIV in 23 patients with infusions ...

New Spine Stimulation Device Provides Pain Relief

New Spine Stimulation Device Provides Pain Relief0

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High-frequency electrical stimulation of the spinal cord may relieve severe chronic back pain more effectively than conventional low-frequency stimulation, a new study finds. In initial testing, the ...

Balloon-in-a-Pill Helped Obese Patients Lose Weight

Balloon-in-a-Pill Helped Obese Patients Lose Weight0

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients who swallowed balloon capsules that helped them eat less lost an average of 15 pounds, roughly two times more weight than patients who just dieted and exercised, researchers report. The ...

Clean Home May Help Keep Kids' Asthma in Check

Clean Home May Help Keep Kids' Asthma in Check0

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing indoor allergens and pollutants can help control children's asthma, reducing their need for medication, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Many things in the ...

Cranberry Products May Not Prevent UTIs: Study

Cranberry Products May Not Prevent UTIs: Study0

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many American women swear by cranberry juice as a home remedy to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). But a new study finds that cranberry capsules didn't prevent recurring UTIs in older ...

Powerful MS Drug Used Early May Reverse Some Disability

Powerful MS Drug Used Early May Reverse Some Disability0

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A multiple sclerosis drug usually reserved for people in the late stages of the disease seems to offer long-term remission in newly diagnosed patients, researchers report. Because of serious side ...

Florida Officials Announce New Zika Zone in Miami

Florida Officials Announce New Zika Zone in Miami0

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new Zika zone was declared Thursday by Florida health officials, only weeks after a nearby neighborhood was cleared of the mosquito-borne virus following aggressive aerial spraying of ...

If Patient in the Hospital Bed Before You Got Antibiotics -- Take Heed

If Patient in the Hospital Bed Before You Got Antibiotics -- Take Heed0

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When a hospital patient is taking antibiotics, the next person to use the same bed may face an elevated risk of infection with the dangerous germ Clostridium difficile, a new study ...

Prenatal Factors May Raise Child's Risk for OCD

Prenatal Factors May Raise Child's Risk for OCD0

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy behaviors and certain childbirth complications may influence a child's risk of developing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a new study suggests. Cesarean sections, preterm and breech ...

Males Conceived Via Fertility Treatment May Have Weakened Sperm: Study

Males Conceived Via Fertility Treatment May Have Weakened Sperm: Study0

FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Males who were conceived using an infertility treatment where sperm is injected into an egg may themselves have lower sperm quantity and quality than those conceived naturally, Belgian researchers ...

Cooling Therapy Might Not Help All Cardiac Arrest Patients

Cooling Therapy Might Not Help All Cardiac Arrest Patients0

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While cooling patients whose hearts stop suddenly outside the hospital may help improve outcomes, it doesn't seem to show the same benefit when cardiac arrest happens in a hospital setting, a new study ...

Botox Beats Implant for Urinary Incontinence in Women

Botox Beats Implant for Urinary Incontinence in Women0

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For women with bladder incontinence who haven't been helped by medications or other therapies, Botox injections may help control leakage better than an implanted nerve stimulation device, a new study ...

How One Clinic Got a Big Boost in HPV Vaccination Rates

How One Clinic Got a Big Boost in HPV Vaccination Rates0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The way to increase the number of girls and boys who get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may be as simple as giving it as part of a routine bundle of vaccines, a new study suggests. The HPV ...

Some Increased Bleeding Risk Seen With Blood Thinner Xarelto Vs. Pradaxa

Some Increased Bleeding Risk Seen With Blood Thinner Xarelto Vs. Pradaxa0

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The blood thinner Xarelto may pose a slightly greater risk of serious bleeding than Pradaxa in patients with the abnormal heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, new research suggests. Most patients with ...

More Research Cites Salt's Potential Health Risks

More Research Cites Salt's Potential Health Risks0

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Conventional wisdom says too much salt is bad because it can lead to high blood pressure. And now a new 25-year study finds that salt -- even just a bit -- may increase your risk of premature ...

More Health Care Workers Need Flu Shots: CDC

More Health Care Workers Need Flu Shots: CDC0

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. health care workers need to get their annual flu shots, a new government report shows. Roughly one in every five American health care workers skips the yearly vaccination, and in some ...

HPV Vaccine More Effective Than Thought: Study

HPV Vaccine More Effective Than Thought: Study0

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which doctors believe causes most cases of cervical cancer, appears even more effective than believed, a new study finds. "After eight years ...

U.S. Teen Births Hit Another Record Low: CDC

U.S. Teen Births Hit Another Record Low: CDC0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Births to U.S. teens reached a record low last year, continuing a dramatic two-decade decline, federal health officials reported Wednesday. The then-historic low achieved in 2014 was surpassed in ...

2nd Antibiotic Halves C-Section Infection Rate: Study

2nd Antibiotic Halves C-Section Infection Rate: Study0

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors routinely give an antibiotic before a cesarean-section, the surgical delivery of a baby, to prevent infection in the mother. But, a new study suggests that adding a second antibiotic can cut the ...

Babies With Cleft Lip Likely to Have Normal Adulthood: Study

Babies With Cleft Lip Likely to Have Normal Adulthood: Study0

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cleft lip is a relatively common birth defect that can be surgically repaired, and new research suggests that parents don't have to worry about long-term health problems for these children. But the ...

'Spare Tire' May Be Tougher on Your Heart Than 'Love Handles'

'Spare Tire' May Be Tougher on Your Heart Than 'Love Handles'0

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Belly fat -- especially hidden fat deep in the gut -- may indicate increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. The six-year study of more than 1,000 adults found people with a "spare tire" ...

Study: Colonoscopy After 75 May Not Be Worth It

Study: Colonoscopy After 75 May Not Be Worth It0

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A colonoscopy can find and remove cancerous growths in the colon, but it may not provide much cancer prevention benefit after the age of 75, a new study suggests. A review of more than 1.3 million ...

Insecticide Spraying Working Against Florida's Zika Mosquitoes: Officials

Insecticide Spraying Working Against Florida's Zika Mosquitoes: Officials0

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aerial spraying of insecticides seems to be stopping the spread of the Zika virus in south Florida, health officials said Friday. Seventy-four confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne infection that ...

The 'Love Hormone' May Quiet Tinnitus

The 'Love Hormone' May Quiet Tinnitus0

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from chronic ringing in the ears -- called tinnitus -- may find some relief by spraying the hormone oxytocin in their nose, a small initial study by Brazilian researchers ...

Drug-Resistant Germs Thrive in America's Corroding Water Systems

Drug-Resistant Germs Thrive in America's Corroding Water Systems0

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The thousands of miles of aging, corroding pipes that bring water to Americans each day may be home to dangerous drug-resistant bacteria, a new report warns. These harmful bacteria include legionella, ...

Arthritis Drug May Help With Type of Hair Loss

Arthritis Drug May Help With Type of Hair Loss0

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people who suffer from a condition that causes disfiguring hair loss, a drug used for rheumatoid arthritis might regrow their hair, a new, small study suggests. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune ...

Cat Scratch Can Sometimes Lead to Serious Illness: CDC

Cat Scratch Can Sometimes Lead to Serious Illness: CDC0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If Fluffy the cat gets out of sorts and scratches you, it's possible you could get a bacterial infection called cat-scratch disease that might even land you in the hospital. An estimated 12,000 ...

CDC: Too Many Antibiotics Still Being Prescribed in U.S.

CDC: Too Many Antibiotics Still Being Prescribed in U.S.0

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite growing concerns about creating drug-resistant bacteria, overprescribing of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals didn't drop between 2006 and 2012, according to a new federal report. Over that time ...

Carrot-Stick Approach: A Way to Get Folks to Eat More Veggies, Fruits

Carrot-Stick Approach: A Way to Get Folks to Eat More Veggies, Fruits0

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Giving low-income Americans discounts on fruits and vegetables while disallowing sugar-sweetened soda and treat purchases may improve their diets, a new study suggests. About one in seven people in the ...

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Gel Antibiotic: An Easier Ear Infection Treatment Someday?

Gel Antibiotic: An Easier Ear Infection Treatment Someday?0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A single application of an antibiotic gel into the ear might one day offer kids and parents an easier way to treat bacterial ear infections, new animal research suggests. So far, this experimental ...

Extreme Preemies May Be at Risk for High Blood Pressure as Adults

Extreme Preemies May Be at Risk for High Blood Pressure as Adults0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Very preterm infants -- those born before 29 weeks of pregnancy -- appear to have a bigger risk of high blood pressure in young adulthood, two small, preliminary Canadian studies suggest. In one ...

Clinton: 'I Didn't Think It Was Going to Be That Big a Deal'

Clinton: 'I Didn't Think It Was Going to Be That Big a Deal'0

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- "I didn't think it was going to be that big a deal." That was Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's explanation for not revealing earlier that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on ...

Study Sees Link Between Long Naps, Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Study Sees Link Between Long Naps, Type 2 Diabetes Risk0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Could long afternoon naps raise your risk of developing type 2 diabetes? It's possible but not yet proven, according to new research out of Japan. The study found that, compared with short naps or ...

Minorities Less Likely to Get Clot-Clearing Stroke Drug

Minorities Less Likely to Get Clot-Clearing Stroke Drug0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A clot-busting drug known as tPA can greatly improve stroke outcomes, but it isn't given to minorities nearly as often as it is given to white men, a new U.S. study shows. Blacks were 26 percent ...

Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia: How Serious, the Prognosis

Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia: How Serious, the Prognosis0

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's pneumonia may have heightened questions about her overall health, but doctors say pneumonia is common and, in her case, may not be very ...

Rate of Youth Soccer Injuries More Than Doubled in 25 Years

Rate of Youth Soccer Injuries More Than Doubled in 25 Years0

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As the popularity of soccer has grown in the United States, so has the annual rate of soccer-related injuries in kids. Injuries more than doubled -- jumping 111 percent between 1990 and 2014 -- ...

Connecticut Toddler Latest U.S. Case of 'Superbug'

Connecticut Toddler Latest U.S. Case of 'Superbug'0

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have identified a new patient who carried a type of bacteria that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort, bringing the number of cases reported in the United States to four. All of the ...

Immune-Based Drug May Ease Chronic Eye Condition

Immune-Based Drug May Ease Chronic Eye Condition0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic eye inflammation known as uveitis may be able to keep the condition at bay with the immune-suppressing drug Humira (adalimumab), a new study finds. "Humira doesn't cure uveitis, ...

Do Overweight People Fare Better Than Others With Kidney Cancer?

Do Overweight People Fare Better Than Others With Kidney Cancer?0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is a risk factor for kidney cancer. Yet, obese people with advanced kidney cancer seem to live longer than normal-weight or underweight patients, a new study finds. In one database of nearly ...

Cesarean Birth Linked to Risk of Obesity in Childhood

Cesarean Birth Linked to Risk of Obesity in Childhood0

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Infants delivered by cesarean section may face a higher risk of becoming obese, a new study suggests. These babies had a 15 percent higher risk of becoming obese in childhood, compared with those born ...

New Biologic Drug Tackles Hard-to-Control Asthma

New Biologic Drug Tackles Hard-to-Control Asthma0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new injectable drug reduces flare-ups in patients with severe asthma that is not controlled by steroid inhalers alone, two new trials show. The drug, benralizumab, is a biologic that works by ...

Newer Epilepsy Drugs May Be Safer During Pregnancy

Newer Epilepsy Drugs May Be Safer During Pregnancy0

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take the new epilepsy drugs levetiracetam and topiramate during pregnancy don't run the risk of harming their infant's mental development, British researchers report. But the commonly ...

Many Depressed Adults Not Getting Treatment: Study

Many Depressed Adults Not Getting Treatment: Study0

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most American adults who suffer from depression aren't getting treatment, a new study finds. After screening survey data on more than 46,000 people, researchers found that 8 percent had depression, but ...

Could Weight-Loss Surgery Boost Odds of Preemie Birth?

Could Weight-Loss Surgery Boost Odds of Preemie Birth?0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers-to-be who've had weight-loss surgery may have increased odds for premature delivery, researchers report. "Women and their doctors should be aware of this risk increase, and women with ...

Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives

Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives0

SUNDAY, Aug. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among older folks, close family relationships appear more important than dear friends in extending life, a new study finds. Older adults who were extremely close with family other than spouses had about ...

Healthy Diet, Exercise May Help Keep Alzheimer's at Bay

Healthy Diet, Exercise May Help Keep Alzheimer's at Bay0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet and regular exercise might be the keys to keeping your brain free of changes that lead to Alzheimer's disease, a small study suggests. Researchers studied 44 patients between the ages ...

Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall in U.S.: Study

Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall in U.S.: Study0

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Diagnoses of early prostate cancer continue to decline in the United States, following the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation against routine screening for the disease, researchers ...

Anemia Boosts Stroke Death Risk, Study Finds

Anemia Boosts Stroke Death Risk, Study Finds0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older stroke victims suffering from anemia -- a lack of red blood cells -- may have higher odds of dying, researchers report. Among thousands of stroke patients, those who were anemic had a 1.5 to ...

Injected Drug May Help Fight Osteoporosis in Women

Injected Drug May Help Fight Osteoporosis in Women0

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug appears to reduce the risk of bone fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis better than a placebo and the currently available drug, a new study finds. In this phase 3 ...

Frozen Embryos May Boost Pregnancy Odds for Some Women

Frozen Embryos May Boost Pregnancy Odds for Some Women0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For some women seeking infertility treatment, the use of frozen embryos rather than fresh ones appears to improve the chances for a successful pregnancy, researchers report. Women with polycystic ...

Do Hospital ICUs Raise Costs Without Boosting Survival?

Do Hospital ICUs Raise Costs Without Boosting Survival?0

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some patients put into hospital intensive care units tend to undergo more costly and invasive procedures, often without improved outcomes, a new study finds. This is particularly true for those who have ...

Zika Linked to Deformed Limbs in Newborns

Zika Linked to Deformed Limbs in Newborns0

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus has already been linked to serious birth defects in the brain, and now it looks as if the virus may also cause deformities of joints in the arms and legs of newborns, a new Brazilian study ...

6 Million Americans Drink Water Tainted With Toxic Chemicals: Report

6 Million Americans Drink Water Tainted With Toxic Chemicals: Report0

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans are exposed to unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals in their drinking water that may trigger a host of health problems, researchers report. Those health problems can range from ...

Sugary, High-Fat Western Diet Tied to Denser Breast Tissue

Sugary, High-Fat Western Diet Tied to Denser Breast Tissue0

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and obese women who eat a Western-style diet may develop more dense breast tissue, possibly increasing their risk for breast cancer, Spanish researchers report. The women were about 41 percent ...

Half of U.S. Women Weigh Too Much Before Getting Pregnant

Half of U.S. Women Weigh Too Much Before Getting Pregnant0

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More women are starting their pregnancies heavier than ever before, U.S. health officials report. In fact, in 2014, more than 50 percent of women were either overweight or obese at prepregnancy, a new ...

Acupuncture May Slow Pre-Dementia Memory Loss: Study

Acupuncture May Slow Pre-Dementia Memory Loss: Study0

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture may benefit people who have memory loss, but don't yet have dementia, suggests a review by Chinese researchers of five earlier studies. Nothing has yet been proven to halt the progression ...

Diabetes Drug Victoza Might Not Help Advanced Heart Failure Patients

Diabetes Drug Victoza Might Not Help Advanced Heart Failure Patients0

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug liraglutide (Victoza) doesn't appear to improve heart function in patients with advanced heart failure, a new study finds. The theory for this trial was that this drug -- from a class ...

Success of 'Cervical Stitch' May Depend on the Thread: Study

Success of 'Cervical Stitch' May Depend on the Thread: Study0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The type of thread used in a procedure to prevent preterm labor may influence odds for stillbirth and preterm birth, researchers report. The procedure, called a cervical stitch, is performed on ...

Study Links Sleep Problems to Stroke Risk, Recovery

Study Links Sleep Problems to Stroke Risk, Recovery0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Too little or too much sleep may be a risk factor for stroke and might hinder recovery, new research suggests. The review of 29 previously published studies found that sleep disorders such as insomnia ...

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