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  • Summer Camp Tips for Kids With Asthma, Allergies

    SATURDAY, Feb. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your children may already be looking forward to summer camp. But when it comes to kids with asthma or allergies, parents need to take extra steps in planning their outdoor experience. "Kids with allergies and asthma need an extra

  • Why Some Are Still Skeptical of Tanning Bed Risks

    FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The health risks are high for young people who use tanning beds, but not all parents seem to see it that way. To figure out why that is, researchers polled more than 1,200 parents of U.S. kids

  • As Stroke 'Liquefies' Brain Tissue, Lasting Harm May Spread

    FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Brain tissue damaged by a stroke can liquefy, become toxic and then harm remaining healthy parts of the brain -- possibly causing dementia, new research in mice suggests. "Most people probably assume that the brain heals in the same way

  • Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If the latest government data on doctor visits is any indication, a brutal flu season may be starting to wane. For the second week in a row, there was a drop in doctor visits for

  • Learning Problems May Accompany Kidney Disease

    FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic kidney disease may affect brain function in children and teens, especially those on dialysis, researchers say. Results of their study review suggest academic assistance may be needed in specific areas, including math and reading. "In translating our findings

  • FDA Warns Heart Patients About Antibiotic Clarithromycin

    FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic clarithromycin (brand name: Biaxin) may increase the long-term risk of heart problems and death in patients with heart disease, according to U.S. health officials. As a result, the federal Food and Drug Administration said Thursday

  • Antioxidants: The Good Health Helpers

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antioxidants -- it's a hot nutrition buzzword, but do you know what they really are? Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that block the activity of other chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals are formed naturally

  • For Women, Blocked Arteries Not the Only Trigger for Heart Attacks

    FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women don't need to have blocked arteries to experience a heart attack, a new study points out. Blocked arteries are a main cause of heart attack in men, according to researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los

  • It's Still Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

    FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even though it's the end of February, it's still not too late to get a flu shot, doctors say. This flu season is one of the worst seen in the United States in years. Flu-linked hospitalizations

  • The Sooner Type 2 Diabetes Arrives, the Worse for Your Heart

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A type 2 diabetes diagnosis that comes early in life carries a deadly load of health risks, new research shows. It was associated with a 60 percent higher relative risk of dying from heart disease

  • Heavy Drinkers Put Themselves at Risk for Dementia

    THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ills that are linked to heavy drinking now include dementia, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than a million adults in France who were diagnosed with dementia between 2008 and 2013. They found that chronic

  • Take Early Clinical Trials With a Grain of Salt

    THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of early clinical trials exaggerate positive findings and may give patients false hope, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from 930 clinical trials published in 10 leading medical journals between early 2007 and mid

  • More Americans Pushed Into High-Deductible Health Plans

    THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of uninsured American adults held steady at about 13 percent in 2017, but many more insured Americans are being presented with high deductibles, new research shows. A high-deductible health plan was defined by the study as

  • Antidepressants Do Work, Some Better Than Others: Study

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressant drugs actually do help ease depression, countering debate over whether the medications do what they're supposed to, a large research review has found. Some antidepressants, though, are more effective and better tolerated than

  • 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