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New Autism-Screening Guide Seeks Earlier Diagnosis

WebMD - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 15:23

The new guidelines reinforce the importance of routinely screening 18- and 24-month-olds for the condition, which now affects one in every 59 children.

FDA Gives First Ebola Vaccine for Adults the Green Light

WebMD - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 13:16

The vaccine from Merck & Co. is approved to protect against the Zaire ebolavirus in people 18 and older.

Gabapentin, Opioids a Deadly Duo: FDA

WebMD - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 10:35

The decision to order the new warnings is based on a review of data from numerous sources, including case reports, observational studies, human trials and animal studies.

Twenty Years Later, LASIK Has Its Pros and Cons

WebMD - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:57

In the 20 years since LASIK has been around, doctors in the U.S. have performed more than 19 million of these procedures. There haven't been many high-quality, long-term studies done on the outcomes, but the research that does exist finds the procedure to be safe and effective.

Unhealthy Eating Habits Cost U.S. $50 Billion a Year: Study

WebMD - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 15:20

An unhealthy diet is one of the leading risk factors for poor health and accounts for up to 45% of all deaths from these cardiometabolic diseases, the researchers noted.

High Levels of Ethylene Oxide Found at Warehouse

WebMD - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 15:05

Georgia environmental officials say a warehouse operated by a medical device company near Atlanta is releasing high levels of the toxic gas ethylene oxide, a finding Gov. Brian Kemp called "highly concerning."

ACA Mandate Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court

WebMD - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 13:51

Instead, the appeals court sent the case back to a federal district judge in Texas to "conduct a more searching inquiry" into which parts of the health law could survive without the insurance requirement.

Routine Ear Wax 'Flush' Leaves Woman's Face Paralyzed

WebMD - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 13:17

A nurse in the doctor's office tried twice to "flush" out the wax in each ear using a liquid-filled syringe -- a standard procedure known as aural irrigation.

New Rules Seek to Boost Organ Transplants in U.S.

WebMD - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 11:42

More than 113,000 people nationwide are on the waiting list for a transplant, and thousands die each year while waiting for a new organ, according to the Associated Press.

Chili Peppers May Cut Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

WebMD - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 11:27

Researchers followed 23,000 people in Italy for eight years and found that those who ate chili peppers at least four times a week had a 40% lower risk of death from heart attack and a more than 50% lower risk of death from stroke, CNN reported.

Half of U.S. Adults Will Be Obese in 10 Years

WebMD - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 08:59

A decade from now, roughly half of U.S. adults will be obese -- with nearly one-quarter severely so, a new study projects.

More U.S. Teens Are Vaping Pot

WebMD - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 16:33

As electronic-cigarette use has soared among America's teens, so too has the number vaping marijuana, two new reports indicate.

Early Flu Season Leads to Deaths of Texas Children

WebMD - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 15:24

Six children ages 16 and younger have died from flu-related causes in Texas since the flu season began in late September as the earlier-than-usual start to the season has caught many people off guard.

Heart Risks in Your Genes? Be Sure to Get Your Zzzs

WebMD - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 12:02

Good sleep patterns can help reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke, even if you're at high genetic risk, new research shows.

FDA to Allow States to Import Prescription Drugs From Other Countries

WebMD - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 11:57

The agency also plans to make it easier for drug manufacturers to import their own FDA-approved drugs that are manufactured abroad and intended for sale in other countries.

How Does Too Much Sugar Affect Your Body?

WebMD - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 08:52

Take a look at how the sweet stuff messes with your health, from head to toe.

CDC: Pet Store Puppies Carry Dangerous Bacteria

WebMD - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 08:15

Puppies in pet stores appear to have transmitted a dangerous, antibiotic-resistant germ that's sickened 30 people across 13 states, the CDC said.

People With Depression Are Turning to Pot for Relief: Study

WebMD - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 15:16

People with depression are twice as likely to be using pot as those who aren't depressed, researchers reported in the current issue of the journal Addiction.

Why Colds and Flu Rarely Strike at Same Time

WebMD - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 13:32

Patients with influenza A were about 70% less likely to also be infected with rhinovirus, a source of the common cold, than patients infected with other virus types.

Blue Light Glasses - Helpful or Just Hype?

WebMD - Mon, 12/16/2019 - 11:39

More people are turning to blue light glasses to block the light from digital screens. But do they really work?

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