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U.S. Hospitals Making Headway Against Infections

WebMD - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 18:15

Between 2011 and 2015, your risk of catching an infection while you were in the hospital dropped 16 percent, researchers say.

Fentanyl-Laced Crack Cocaine a Deadly New Threat

WebMD - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 18:15

The powerful drug Fentanyl is showing up in crack cocaine and causing overdoses in people who did not know they were taking the synthetic opioid, a new report says.

Another Breakthrough: 3 Paralyzed People Now Walk

WebMD - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 16:15

3 previously paralyzed people can now walk with minimal assistance, Swiss researchers report. They need only the aid of crutches or a walker, thanks to incredibly precise electrical stimulation of their spinal cord combined with intensive rehabilitation, the scientists say.

Could the Appendix Be Key to Parkinson's Disease?

WebMD - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 16:15

Removing the appendix may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, new research suggests.

Could the Appendix Play Key Role in Parkinson's?

WebMD - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 16:15

Removing the appendix may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, new research suggests.

Shingles Vaccine Shortage Has Seniors Scrambling

WebMD - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 10:15

For months, demand for Shingrix, the shingles vaccine approved by the FDA in October 2017, has outpaced supply, frustrating patients and providers alike.

In Diabetes, Going Vegan May Boost Mood, Too

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 20:15

People with diabetes who switched to a plant-based diet tended to see a significant improvement in their emotional well-being, according to the combined findings from 11 prior studies.

In Diabetes, Going Vegan May Boost Mood, Too

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 20:15

People with diabetes who switched to a plant-based diet tended to see a significant improvement in their emotional well-being, according to the combined findings from 11 prior studies.

Which Weight-Loss Surgery Is Best?

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 20:15

Deciding to have weight-loss surgery? New research that compares three types -- gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding, also known as lap band, may help.

Texas Lesbian Couple First to Both Carry Same Baby

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 17:25

Instead of placing the sperm and eggs into incubators, they are put into a device called an INVOcell that's placed in the body for five days where the eggs are fertilized and early embryo development begins.

Infection Team Investigates NJ Rehab Facility

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 17:21

Adenovirus typically causes cold-like symptoms, but can be fatal in weakened patients. The children at Wanaque have developmental disorders or immune deficiencies.

FDA May Require Products to List Sesame Allergen

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 17:17

Research suggests that more than 300,000 Americans have sesame allergy, according to Lisa Gable, CEO of the nonprofit group Food Allergy Research and Education.

In Teens, Halting Pot Use Clears Thinking Issues

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 16:15

Teens and young adults who stopped using pot for a month showed improvement in their ability to learn evidence that marijuana is not likely to be linked to permanent damage to the brain or to thinking, researchers say.

The Real Reasons Parents Refuse HPV Vaccination

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 16:15

Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children against HPV do so most often because of safety concerns, rather than that the vaccination will lead to greater sexual activity, a new study has found.

The Real Reasons Parents Refuse HPV Vaccination

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 16:15

Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children against HPV do so most often because of safety concerns, rather than that the vaccination will lead to greater sexual activity, a new study has found.

FDA Bans Lead Acetate from Consumer Hair Dyes

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 16:10

Most manufacturers had long ago moved to other additives for hair coloring, but a few continued to use lead. Manufacturers have 1 year from the effective date of the final rule to remove lead acetate from their products.

'Ecstasy' Study Results Promising for PTSD

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 15:30

MDMA is the active ingredient in what’s commonly known as “ecstasy” or “Molly.” It was invented in 1912 as a way to boost pharmaceutical production, but starting in the 1970s, psychiatrists found it enhanced communication with patients.

'Ecstacy' Study Results Promising for PTSD

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 15:30

MDMA is the active ingredient in what’s commonly known as “ecstasy” or “Molly.” It was invented in 1912 as a way to boost pharmaceutical production, but starting in the 1970s, psychiatrists found it enhanced communication with patients.

Study: Pedestrian Kids' Deaths Rise on Halloween

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 14:15

On Halloween, there is a 43 percent increased risk of a pedestrian death -- about four extra children are killed trick-or-treating, researchers have found.

'Increased-Risk' Transplant Safer Than Waiting

WebMD - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 14:04

Researchers found that accepting a heart from an increased-risk donor resulted in a higher 1-year survival rate for patients than declining that offer and waiting for a different organ

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