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A Simple Fix for Nearsightedness

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 23:30

What's the best thing parents can tell their children to help prevent myopia, or nearsightedness? "Go outside and play,” a researcher says.

Baby Study Could Pinpoint Why People Hiccup

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 16:14

The researchers noted that hiccuping is common among fetuses and newborns, and begins as early as nine weeks into pregnancy, CNN reported.

Progress Made, But 'Superbugs,' Remain a Threat

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 15:22

Prevention efforts have reduced deaths from antibiotic-resistant bugs by 18% overall and by nearly 30% in hospitals, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Nov. 13 in an update of its Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States report.

More Americans Trying to Lose Weight, But Few Succeeding

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 14:39

The proportion of people who've tried to lose weight during the previous year increased to 42% in 2015-2016, up from 34% in 1999-2000, according to federal survey data.

Cancer Risk May Rise After Heart Attack

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 14:35

People who suffered a heart health scare -- a heart attack, heart failure or a dangerously erratic heart rhythm -- had a more than sevenfold increased risk for subsequently developing cancer, compared to those with healthy tickers, researchers said.

Lung Cancer Report Delivers Good, Bad News

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:14

There are positive trends, including the survival numbers: Compared with a decade ago, the five-year survival rate among lung cancer patients was 26% higher in 2015.

Double Lung Transplant in Vaping Case a Success

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 17:34

The first double lung transplant performed as a result of vaping injury was a success, with the 17-year-old high school athlete on the road to recovery, doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit said today.

EPA Moves to Limit Science in Public Health Rules

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:06

Critics say the proposal would impede new clean air and water rules because many studies showing an association between pollution and health risks use personal health information gathered under confidentiality agreements, The Times reported.

You Won't Get Sued If You Do CPR, Review Suggests

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 13:44

You're more likely to get sued if you don't intervene.

Racial Bias Seen in Heart Transplants

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 13:35

In the group discussion, black patients were considered less healthy, less likely to comply with follow-up care recommendations and less trustworthy than white patients.

Ultra-Processed Foods A Fast Track to Heart Risk

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 13:31

About 55% of Americans' daily calories come from eating ultra-processed foods, a new study found. And the more calories that came from ultra-processed foods, the worse heart health was, the findings suggested.

Testosterone Boosters Raise Men's Odds for Clots

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 13:27

Men had twice the risk for a deep vein blood clot if they'd been receiving testosterone during the previous six months, researchers reported in the Nov. 11 online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine.

TV, Video Games, Books and Sports Taking Toll on Sleep

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:42

Despite considering sleep important, 88% said they'd stayed up late to watch multiple episodes of a TV show or streaming series.

Frequent Pot Smokers Face Twice the Odds for Stroke

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:36

They're also more likely to be hospitalized for a dangerously erratic heart rhythm, according to the second study.

Is RSV Causing Your Baby’s Breathing Problems?

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 15:12

RSV can cause serious breathing problems in infants, so parents need to be able to recognize the signs. Find out how the labored breathing that can come with this virus might look and sound.

Self-Testing for Cervical Cancer Increases Screening Rates

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 13:52

Mailing self-sampling kits to test for the cervical cancer-causing virus HPV significantly increased screening rates for the cancer, according to a new study.

Think Vaping Is Heathier for Your Heart Than Smoking? Think Again

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 13:47

Researchers say use of e-cigarettes negatively affects risk factors for heart disease in ways similar to traditional tobacco cigarettes:

Trump Administration Wants to Raise Age to Buy E-Cigs to 21

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 13:15

The White House's proposed move is not the first in the United States: About a third of states have already raised their sales age to 21. But federal law still puts the age at 18.

CDC: Vitamin E Likely Culprit in Vaping Cases

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 13:02

Calling it a “breakthrough,” the agency says it found vitamin E acetate in all 29 samples of lung fluid from patients with vaping-related lung injury.

Ethylene Oxide Emission Plan Called ‘Weak’

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:53

By law, the EPA is required to review and update these standards every 8 years, but the agency was behind schedule. It is under a court order to finalize the rule by March 2020.