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  • Drug That Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Won't Help 'Regular' Arthritis

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A malaria drug that's also shown effectiveness against rheumatoid arthritis pain has failed to help people with the more common form of arthritis, new research shows. The drug is called Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), explained one expert who wasn't

  • Mouse Study Another Step Toward 'Heroin Vaccine'

    By Amy Norton HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they are one step closer to testing a heroin vaccine in humans -- in what they hope will become an additional weapon in fighting America's opioid epidemic. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute

  • How to Maintain That Weight Loss

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been on a diet more than once, you know that it can be harder to maintain weight than to lose weight in the first place. In fact, many people feel that dieting

  • Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While Jailed

    TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An opioid addiction treatment program for Rhode Island prison inmates appears to have significantly reduced overdose deaths among those who are released, researchers say. The program screens all inmates for opioid addiction and provides medications to treat the addiction

  • Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates. The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985

  • Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's some good news for expecting moms who are trying to weather a brutal flu season -- a new study shows that getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy causes no harm to newborns. Researchers reviewed

  • Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women

    MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a family history of breast cancer remain at higher risk for breast cancer even after age 65, a new study suggests. The findings could influence screening recommendations for older women, said researchers at Georgetown University Medical

  • Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young

    MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and high blood pressure may play a much greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among young people than previously thought, a new study suggests. The findings highlight the need to screen for these risk factors at a

  • Protecting Your Electronic Health Records

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An electronic health record, or EHR, is the digital version of the paper records documenting your health care. These online records are an advance in health management in many ways. These records mean fewer and

  • Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist

    MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American parents are less likely to seek early dental care for their children if they don't receive guidance from a doctor or dentist, a new national survey finds. The poll of 790 parents with at least one child

  • Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke

    SUNDAY, Feb. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn. "Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health," said Jonathan Foulds

  • Stroke May Not Mean Language Loss for Newborns

    SATURDAY, Feb. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Strokes in babies may not have the same lasting effects as they do in adults, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center found that people who'd had a stroke as a newborn that damaged

  • Sibling Bullying Could Have Mental Health Effects

    FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who, as young kids, either bullied their siblings or were bullied themselves by siblings face an increased risk for psychotic disorders, a new British study suggests. By age 18, those who'd been either the victim or the

  • Fentanyl Test Strips May Help Stem OD Deaths

    FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A thin test strip -- similar to a pregnancy test -- can detect whether a street drug contains the dangerous opioid fentanyl, according to a new report. Fentanyl -- one of strongest types of opioid painkillers -- is often mixed into street drugs

  • Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While this flu season is still one of the worst seen in years, the first signs that infection rates are starting to level off were reported by U.S. health officials on Friday. As of

  • How to Put Mass Shooting Tragedies in Perspective for Kids

    FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting in the United States, one health specialist offers advice on how to ease children's fears about acts of terror and violence. Consider the child's age and emotional maturity

  • Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests. Although furry companions won't replace medications or therapy for

  • Dad Can Pass on Ovarian Cancer Genes, Too

    FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A gene mutation that's passed down from a father is associated with earlier onset of ovarian cancer in daughters and prostate cancer in the father and his sons, a new study suggests. Previous research had shown that sisters

  • Kids Who Need Sickle Cell Meds Don't Always Get Them

    FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Less than a fifth of U.S. children with sickle cell anemia are getting the antibiotics that could save their lives, a new study finds. "Longstanding recommendations say children with sickle cell anemia should take antibiotics daily for their

  • How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

    FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've caught the flu, but you have to go to work and you can't desert your family. What do you do? Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness