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  • Air Pollution May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Air Pollution May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of air pollution may increase some Hispanic children's risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. "Exposure to heightened air pollution during childhood increases the risk for Hispanic children to become obese and, independent of that, to also develop type 2 diabetes," said study corresponding author Michael Goran. He is co-director of the University of Southern California's Diabetes and Obesity Res...

  • Amphetamine Abuse Abuses the Heart

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Amphetamine Abuse Abuses the Heart FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using illegal amphetamine drugs such as "speed" and "ice" may lead to premature aging of the arteries and heart, researchers warn. They said their new study adds to evidence about the need to tackle the "global stimulant epidemic." The investigators were led by Stuart Reece, a clinical associate professor at the University of Western Australia. They assessed arterial stiffening in more than 700 Australians in their 30s and 40s....

  • America in 2017: Pass the Prozac, Please

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    America in 2017: Pass the Prozac, Please WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans are stressed about the future of the country, and politics and terrorism are key reasons why, a new survey finds. "The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it," said Katherine Nordal. She's executive director for professional practice at the American Psychological Association, which conducted the poll. "We're surrounded by conv...

  • Anti-Addiction Meds Given in ER Can Help Battle Abuse

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Anti-Addiction Meds Given in ER Can Help Battle Abuse FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People addicted to opioids treated in a hospital emergency department do better when they receive medication to reduce opioid cravings, researchers report. "The ED [emergency department] visit is an ideal opportunity to identify patients with opioid use disorder and initiate treatment and direct referral, similar to best practices for other diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes," said study co-le...

  • A Plug Instead of a Snip for Male Birth Control?

    Posted: 02/15/2017

    A Plug Instead of a Snip for Male Birth Control? TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new gel-based vasectomy has proven effective in a group of monkeys, raising hopes it could one day provide a permanent but easily reversible male contraceptive option in humans. Vasalgel works by plugging the vas deferens, the two tiny tubes that convey sperm into a male's semen, researchers said. The gel "doesn't break down. It just sets up a little more, and sticks where you inject it," said lead researcher Ca...

  • Astronaut Twins Give Clues to Health Hazards of Spaceflight

    Posted: 02/10/2017

    Astronaut Twins Give Clues to Health Hazards of Spaceflight THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term space flight appears to trigger a number of genetic and biological changes in astronauts, according to preliminary results from a NASA study. Researchers compared astronaut Scott Kelly, who returned home last March after nearly a year aboard the International Space Station, and his identical twin Mark, a retired astronaut. Mark remained on Earth during that time. "Ten researchers are sharing ...

  • Anxiety May Lead to Unneeded Prostate Cancer Treatments

    Posted: 02/05/2017

    Anxiety May Lead to Unneeded Prostate Cancer Treatments FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety may prompt prostate cancer patients to opt for potentially unnecessary treatments, a new study suggests. The research included more than 1,500 men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. They were more likely to choose surgery and radiation therapy than active surveillance. Active surveillance -- also known as "watchful waiting" -- is when the patient is monitored closely, but not treated. "...

  • Ads for Obamacare Pulled by Trump Administration

    Posted: 02/05/2017

    Jan. 31 Is Next Deadline to Enroll for Obamacare FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just days before the Jan. 31 deadline for enrollment for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration has pulled back advertising for the controversial health care reform law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement that the move was a cost-cutting measure. Roughly $5 million in ads promoting enrollment were cancelled. An estimated $60 million had al...

  • Antibiotic Overuse Behind 'Superbug' Outbreak in U.K. Hospitals

    Posted: 02/02/2017

    Antibiotic Overuse Behind 'Superbug' Outbreak in U.K. Hospitals WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overuse of antibiotics triggered a severe diarrhea outbreak in British hospitals that began in 2006, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed hospital data related to the outbreak of Clostridium difficile , a "superbug" gut infection. The investigators concluded that reducing the use of fluoroquinolones -- antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and levofloxacin (Levaquin) -- curbed the outbre...

  • Amnesia Affecting Some Opioid Abusers

    Posted: 02/02/2017

    Amnesia Affecting Some Opioid Abusers THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Short-term memory loss may be yet another price of America's opioid addiction epidemic. Massachusetts health officials reported Thursday a cluster of 14 patients in that state who experienced problems remembering things just told to them. Doctors call this sudden-onset amnesia. The patients also had abnormal results on MRI brain scans. And researchers believe this might be the first sign of a new type of amnesia caused by ...