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Study: Many Paramedics Ignore Hand Hygiene Rules

WebMD - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:24

In more than 1,300 instances where cleansing was required, overall compliance was 15 percent, according to the report published online Jan. 28 in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

Primatene Mist Coming Back; Some Docs Concerned

WebMD - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:58

The FDA approved the new version for use in people age 12 years and older for the temporary relief of mild symptoms of intermittent asthma.

Primatene Mist Coming Back; Some Docs Concerned

WebMD - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:58

The FDA approved the new version for use in people age 12 years and older for the temporary relief of mild symptoms of intermittent asthma.

What Schizophrenia Symptoms and Stigma Feel Like

WebMD - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 15:19

Experts and people with schizophrenia describe what it’s like to live with this debilitating mental illness.

9-11 Responders Report More Head, Neck Cancers

WebMD - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 15:15

Rutgers University researchers found that diagnoses of these cancers increased 40 percent in a group of World Trade Center workers and volunteers over a four-year period.

Study: Vaping Lures Even 'Low Risk' Kids to Smoke

WebMD - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:16

Overall, teens are four times more prone to trying traditional tobacco cigarettes if they've ever used an e-cigarette. But "low-risk" teens are nearly nine times more likely to try smoking after they've vaped, according to a new study.

Are Forests Now Playing a Role in Pollution?

WebMD - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:15

Human activities, such as fire suppression, fertilizer use and climate change, are causing forest populations to shift from stands of trees that do not emit these gases to those that do, said study leader Jonathan Raff.

Statins Help the Heart, No Matter Your Age

WebMD - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 09:15

Statins appear to be just as effective in people aged over 75 years as in younger people, a new study says.

Could Gut Bacteria Be Linked to Dementia Risk?

WebMD - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 15:15

The study found only that a group of dementia patients had different gut microbes from dementia-free adults, one expert noted.

Generic for Popular Asthma Inhaler Gets FDA OK

WebMD - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 13:15

The new inhaler is approved for twice-daily treatment of asthma in patients 4 and older.

Almost Half of U.S. Adults Have Heart Issues

WebMD - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 13:15

The increase from the figure reported a year ago is largely due to the change in the official definition of high blood pressure, the American Heart Association reports.

FDA Fast-Tracks OTC Naloxone for Opioid Overdose

WebMD - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:27

It is the first time the FDA itself produced a drug facts label and performed safety testing to help rush a product to market.

Medical Scribes Could Help Improve ER Care

WebMD - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 09:15

Medical scribes do administrative tasks, such as documenting visits while a doctor evaluates the patient, printing out paperwork and arranging tests and appointments.

What Works to Help Teens Quit Vaping?

WebMD - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 09:15

Teens addicted to vaping must rely on methods that have been shown to help tobacco quitters, but it's not clear that those methods will be useful when it comes to e-cigarettes.

Study: Breakfast Not Key to Weight Loss After All

WebMD - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 19:15

Eating a hearty breakfast doesn't help people eat less later in the day, and those who have breakfast end up eating more calories each day, the review found.

Vaping Beats Patch, Gum in Helping Smokers Quit

WebMD - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 17:15

Going “cold turkey” with no nicotine can make it difficult to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Having some kind of nicotine replacement improves your chances of quitting, a study author said.

Great Workouts Boost Brains, Even in the Young

WebMD - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 17:15

Researchers found that aerobic exercise increased participants' overall fitness as well as their so-called executive function -- thinking skills that are key to reasoning, planning and problem-solving.

Heavy Metals Found in Popular Fruit Juices

WebMD - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:44

Consumer Reports experts tested 45 juices made by 24 brands, including well-known and lesser-known brands such as Gerber, Minute Maid, Mott's, Great Value from Walmart, Clover Valley from Dollar General, and Big Win from Rite Aid. Those tested included organic products, too, as well as store brands from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s

Arctic Blast A Threat to People With Alzheimer's

WebMD - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 13:15

"This type of weather can be hazardous for everyone, but even more so for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease, who may have difficulty noticing temperature and weather changes or knowing who to call for help," said Charles Fuschillo Jr., CEO and president of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

Vaping Tied to Rise in Stroke, Heart Attack Risk

WebMD - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 13:15

The increased health risks linked to e-cigarette use held strong even after researchers accounted for other potential risk factors, such as age, excess weight, diabetes and smoking.