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Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing
There was also a slight drop in doctor visits for flu-like illness: 7.5 percent of patient  visits during the week ending Feb. 10, down from 7.7 percent of patient visits the week before.
02/16/2018 08:36 PM
 
Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills
Although furry companions won't replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according to British researchers.
02/16/2018 06:15 PM
 
Transgender Woman Able to Breast-Feed Infant
Doctors said the case shows "modest but functional lactation can be induced in transgender women," The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. reported.
02/16/2018 04:34 PM
 
In Shooting's Wake, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools
Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to death, the American College of Surgeons has long pushed a nationwide program to train teachers simple but effective means of halting blood loss.
02/16/2018 02:15 PM
 
Kids With Sickle Cell Are Missing Out On Meds
Bacterial infections are a major health threat for children with sickle cell anemia, but taking daily antibiotics can reduce that risk by 84 percent, according to the study.
02/16/2018 02:15 PM
 
How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery
Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness -- even if you can't avoid being around other people.
02/16/2018 02:15 PM
 
CDC: Most Children Dying From Flu Not Vaccinated
Most children who have died of the flu so far this season had not been vaccinated, according to the CDC. Of the 63 confirmed flu deaths, investigators have health histories on 56 of them. Of those, 54% had an underlying medical condition which placed them at greater risk of severe flu complications.
02/15/2018 09:44 PM
 
Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study
Consumer products containing compounds refined from petroleum all release small amounts of smog-producing particles into the air, the researchers explained.
02/15/2018 08:15 PM
 
FDA Warning: Euthanasia Drug Found in Wet Dog Food
J.M. Smucker Co. said it has pulled specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food.
02/15/2018 08:02 PM
 
Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Lots of New Meds
Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development of 84 first-in-class drugs that use new biological mechanisms or targets.
02/15/2018 06:15 PM
 
Researchers Probe Mystery of Illnesses in U.S. Cuba Embassy Personnel
But the exact nature of what harmed more than 20 U.S. government personnel stationed in Havana, Cuba, last year remains mysterious, reports a team led by Dr. Douglas Smith of the University of Pennsylvania.
02/15/2018 02:15 PM
 
Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma an Advantage
Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with a healthy body weight, researchers found.
02/15/2018 02:15 PM
 
Highly Processed Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk
Every 10 percent dietary increase in packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and other highly processed foods boosts the risk for cancer by 12 percent, new research suggests.
02/15/2018 12:15 AM
 
Yes, It's True: We're Hungrier After Losing Weight
Cutting back on calorie consumption is likely to spark changes that permanently boost appetite among obese men and women, Norwegian researchers report.
02/14/2018 10:19 PM
 
FDA Approves First Blood Test to Detect Concussion
Known as the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, it could help reduce the need for CT scans and thus decrease radiation exposure to patients, according to the FDA.
02/14/2018 10:15 PM
 
Parents Find Kids' Weight Grades Hard to Swallow
About half of U.S. states have laws requiring schools to conduct BMI screenings among their students, according to a study published last year in Current Obesity Reports.
02/14/2018 08:15 PM
 
Drug Might Be Safer For Dementia Psychosis
British researchers say they may have found a medicine that helps ease symptoms of agitation in dementia patients, but in a much safer way.
02/14/2018 06:15 PM
 
Do Common Household Chemicals Affect Your Weight?
Widely used manmade chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may undermine dieters' attempts to maintain weight loss by slowing down the body's metabolism, the new study suggests.
02/13/2018 08:15 PM
 
Routine Ovarian Cancer Screenings Aren't Helping
Screening not only didn’t prevent any deaths, it also led to harm, the panel said.
02/13/2018 06:45 PM
 
Depression Common in U.S., Women Hit Hardest
Among women, slightly more than 10 percent have depression, versus 5.5 percent of men. And the mood disorder affects everyday life for a majority of these people, the 2013-2016 questionnaires show.
02/13/2018 06:15 PM
 
Widely Used COPD Meds Tied to Higher Fracture Risk
COPD -- often linked to smoking -- is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is a progressive, debilitating illness that currently has no cure.
02/13/2018 06:15 PM
 
Want to Keep the Weight Off? Eat More Slowly
The study linked those simple changes to a smaller waist, and lower rates of obesity and overweight.
02/13/2018 02:15 PM
 
Kidney Stones on the Rise Among Women
The investigators found that women -- especially those 18 to 39 years old -- developed stones more often than men. They were most likely to have so-called infection stones, blamed on chronic urinary tract infections.
02/13/2018 02:15 PM
 
No Proof At-Home 'Cranial Stimulation' Eases Depression
The therapy -- known as cranial electrical stimulation (CES) -- involves a handheld device that delivers low-intensity electrical currents through electrodes placed on the head.
02/13/2018 12:15 AM
 
Ick! U.S. Woman Has First Case of Human 'Eye Worm'
For days, the woman's left eye felt irritated. It felt like there was a hair or something in her eye.
02/12/2018 10:15 PM
 
Unsafe Water Found in Faucets Across the U.S.
Almost 8 percent of community water systems are plagued by health-based violations of water quality standards in any given year, the study found. That meant up to a quarter of all Americans were affected.
02/12/2018 10:15 PM
 
Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?
The death rate is as high as 7 percent for pneumococcal pneumonia, 20 percent for bacteremia and 22 percent for meningitis, the researchers said.
02/12/2018 10:15 PM
 
New Shingles Vaccine: What You Need To Know
The new vaccine is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and a painful complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) in all age groups.
02/12/2018 08:35 PM
 
Who Gets Unneeded Antibiotics Most Often?
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants were 15 percent more likely than a doctor to prescribe an antibiotic to adults with these four conditions, the study found.
02/12/2018 06:15 PM
 
Driving May Be Risky Business on 4/20 Pot Holiday
Your risk of dying in a fatal wreck increases about 12 percent on that date, comparable to the increase in traffic risk that's been observed on Super Bowl Sunday, according to the analysis of crash data.
02/12/2018 06:15 PM
 
Baby Suffocation Deaths From Co-Sleeping Rise
While the number of babies that die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been falling, the number of babies dying from accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed skyrocketed 184% from 1999 to 2015, according to new statistics released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
02/12/2018 04:08 PM
 
Opioid Maker To Stop Marketing Painkillers to Docs
The company is slashing its sales force in half to 200, and the remaining representatives will no longer visit doctors to market Purdue's opioid products, the Los Angeles Times reported.
02/12/2018 03:10 PM
 
Can UV Light Be Used to Kill Airborne Flu Virus?
Researchers say a certain spectrum of ultraviolet light -- called far-UVC -- easily kills airborne flu viruses while posing no risk to people.
02/12/2018 02:15 PM
 
The Purrfect Diet for Your Fat Cat
The goal was to help the cats shed 1.5 percent of their body weight per week. That's in line with recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association.
02/11/2018 02:17 PM
 
Miserable Flu Season Is Breaking Records
Hospitalizations for the flu are the highest recorded since the CDC began tracking them a decade ago.
02/09/2018 07:39 PM
 
Scientists Create First Lab-Grown Human Eggs
U.K. researchers who created the first laboratory-grown human eggs say their achievement could lead to news ways to preserve the fertility of girls undergoing radiation or chemotherapy for cancer.
02/09/2018 02:19 PM
 
Make a Bucket List -- Then Share It With Your Doc
Do you have things you want to do before your time's up? If so, consider sharing that so-called "bucket list" with your doctors.
02/09/2018 02:15 PM
 
Head Injuries Hit 1 in 14 Kids, CDC Reports
About 7 percent of children 3 to 17 years old have experienced a head injury, according to U.S. health officials.
02/09/2018 02:15 PM
 
Hey Kids, Just Say No to Energy Drinks
Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns.
02/09/2018 02:15 PM
 
Two Drugs Offer Hope Against Prostate Cancer
Two cancer drugs can stall the progression of a particularly hard-to-treat form of prostate cancer, a pair of new trials shows.
02/09/2018 12:15 AM
 
More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in S. Korea
An investigation into the outbreak began after 41 security guards developed diarrhea and vomiting. Food and water sources were being inspected at a mountainside facility in Pyeongchang, where the guards were staying, the Associated Press reported.
02/08/2018 08:15 PM
 
Mental Illnesses Share Genetic Similarities
By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia.
02/08/2018 08:15 PM
 
Are Germs Falling From the Sky?
Scientists report that large numbers of all manner of germs circulate in, and fall from, the Earth's atmosphere.
02/08/2018 06:15 PM
 
Women Fare Worse Than Men After a Stroke
On average, female stroke survivors reported more limitations in their day-to-day activities than male survivors did, according to a review of 22 studies
02/08/2018 06:15 PM
 
MS Drug Poses Hard Choices for Women Wanting Kids
Those who take Tysabri (natalizumab) to manage their MS are more likely to suffer a relapse during pregnancy if they stop taking the drug before they conceive, the first study found.
02/08/2018 06:15 PM
 
New Gerber Baby First With Down Syndrome
Lucas' family will receive $50,000 and appear on Gerber's social media channels throughout the year.
02/08/2018 04:35 PM
 
Women Who Are Most at Risk of Stroke
Stroke affects 55,000 more women than men each year in the United States. It's the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in women, the researchers said in background notes.
02/08/2018 03:31 PM
 
Poll: Moral Concerns Shouldn't Prevent Health Care
More than eight of 10 surveyed do not believe doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers should be allowed to use their conscience or beliefs to refuse care.
02/08/2018 03:30 PM
 
Norovirus Outbreak Hits Winter Olympics' Site
Korean health officials announced the virus had infected dozens more as well.
02/08/2018 03:15 PM
 
Cancer-Causing HPV Can Hide in the Throat
Testing can detect HPV before it leads to cervical cancer. However, that's not the case for head and neck cancers, the researchers said.
02/07/2018 10:15 PM