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Drug Limits Damage of Brain Injury

WebMD - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:54

Treatment with the drug within three hours of brain injury reduced the risk of death, the investigators found.

Vaccine Exemptions for Kindergartners Still Rising

WebMD - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 14:13

The exemption rate for one or more required vaccines was 2.5% in the 2018-19 school year, up from 2.3% in the previous year, and 2.1% in the 2016-17 school year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN reported Friday.

Recall: FDA Sees Trace Asbestos in J&J Baby Powder

WebMD - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:32

Johnson & Johnson said FDA testing as recently as last month found no trace of asbestos. The company says the FDA's most recent test found "sub-trace levels" of asbestos in samples from a single bottle.

Juul Halts Sale of Fruit, Dessert Vape Flavors

WebMD - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:11

The flavors dropped by Juul will be mango, creme, fruit and cucumber, which account for 10% of its sales. The company will continue to sell its most popular flavors: mint and menthol, the AP reported.

Mercury, Feces Found in Cheap, Bogus Cosmetics

WebMD - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:56

Fortunately, most incidents of cosmetic counterfeiting or product tampering aren't as serious. But if you don't buy from reputable retailers, it's hard to know exactly what's in the products you're putting on your face.

Deaths Due to Suicide, Homicide on the Rise Among U.S. Youth

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 17:11

More teens and young adults are coming to a violent end in recent years, either at their own hand or another's, new federal data show.

Next-Gen Artificial Pancreas Boosts Blood Sugar Control

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 17:07

The device combines an insulin pump, a continuous glucose monitor and a computer algorithm.

Study: 95% of Baby Foods Contain Heavy Metals

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 17:02

Nearly all foods made for babies contain at least one toxic heavy metal that can harm brain development, according to a large new study that tested 13 different types of baby foods, including puffs, infant formula, teething biscuits, juices, cereals, and purees.

Your Personality as a Teen May Predict Your Risk of Dementia: Study

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:29

Being calm and mature as teen were each associated with roughly a 10% reduction in adult dementia risk.

Irregular Periods, Shorter Life Span?

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:23

The study found that women who had irregular periods or extra-long menstrual cycles had as much as a one-third higher risk of death during the two-decade study compared to women who usually had a normal menstrual cycle.

Certain Blood Pressure Meds Tied to Suicide Risk in Study

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:20

People taking angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) appear to be more likely to die by suicide, compared to those who take another type of blood pressure drug called ACE inhibitors, researchers found.

Why Maintaining a Healthy Weight Is Important in Adulthood

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:18

Those who gained weight as adults had a higher risk of premature death than those who maintained a normal weight. Weight loss in young to middle adulthood was not significantly related with death risk.

Is That Statin Doing You Any Good?

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 15:51

Changes in clinical guidelines have increased the number of people eligible to take statins. In many countries, the majority of people taking the drugs do so for primary prevention.

Your Noisy Knees May Be Trying to Tell You Something

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 15:50

This study is the first to assess this technique in a large number of people with knee osteoarthritis. It was found to distinguish between healthy knees and those afflicted by  this  "wear-and-tear" form of arthritis.

Aging Population, Unhealthy Habits Underlie Expected Cancer Surge

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 14:58

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable cancer death, according to the atlas. In 2017, smoking claimed 2.3 million lives worldwide, 24% of all cancer deaths.

PTSD Linked to Stroke Risk in Younger Adults

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 14:54

Young and middle-aged adults with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an increased risk of stroke, new research suggests.

Measles Devastates Families, Challenges Doctors

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 14:20

The worst outbreak of the measles in the United States since 1992 has been declared over. But the disease has done damage all across the country in recent years.

Seafood Company Widens Recall of Frozen Tuna

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 13:16

The products were sold to wholesalers in 23 states. It is not clear if the fish were then sold in retail stores under the Mical brand, as individual retailers’ brands, or directly to restaurants.

Surgery Helps Tough-to-Treat Acid Reflux

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:05

This surgery is done under general anesthesia with a laparoscope, a thin tube with a tiny video camera. The surgeon sews the top of the stomach around the esophagus.

City: Shutter Plant Until Toxic Air Addressed

WebMD - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 19:54

The city of Covington, has called for a company to shut down its local medical sterilization plant until it can reduce its emissions of a cancer-causing gas.