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  • 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

  • After Another Shooting Tragedy, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some of the 17 people killed Wednesday in the senseless Florida school shooting might have survived if their bleeding could have been stopped in time, experts say. Noting that it takes only 5 to 10

  • Could a Blood Thinner Actually Raise Stroke Risk for Some?

    THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Taking blood-thinning drugs is typically thought to ward off stroke in people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation. However, new research out of Britain hints -- but cannot prove -- that the drugs might actually raise the odds of

  • 1 in 10 Worldwide Gets Wound Infection After Abdominal Surgery

    THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Globally, more than one in 10 patients develops a surgical-site infection after a gastrointestinal operation, a new study finds. Rates vary widely, with overuse of antibiotics in poorer countries likely contributing to higher prevalence, the researchers said. "Worldwide

  • Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Everyday products such as perfume, skin lotion, hair spray, deodorant, household cleaners and lawn pesticides are a top source of air pollution, as damaging to air quality as the exhaust from cars and trucks

  • CDC Says Flu Vaccine Just 25 Percent Effective Against Leading Strain

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flu continues to ravage the United States in one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. And the ineffectiveness of this year's flu vaccine is partly to blame. According to a new

  • Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Hundreds of New Meds

    THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health spent more than $100 billion on research that led to 210 new medicines gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval over six years, a new study shows. Nearly $64 billion

  • Another Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise In Mice

    By Amy Norton HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In what researchers call a first step toward personalized vaccines for a multitude of cancers, a vaccine made from stem cells protected mice from tumors. The vaccine was composed of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS

  • Here's to a Healthy Pregnancy

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Take good prenatal care of yourself and not only will you have a healthier baby, you'll also lower his or her risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. First

  • Booze Beats Pot at Being Unhealthy: Oregon Poll

    THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many believe alcohol poses a greater danger to health than marijuana, a new study out of Oregon suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 1,900 adults in Oregon before that state legalized recreational marijuana use in 2015. The study found

  • Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma a Survival Advantage

    THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obese men with advanced melanoma skin cancer seem to have a survival benefit over their slimmer peers, a new study suggests. Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent