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  • Baseball Great Rod Carew Owes His Life to NFL Player's Transplanted Organs

    Posted: 04/23/2017

    Baseball Great Rod Carew Owes His Life to NFL Player's Transplanted Organs MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew received a new heart and kidney last December, he and his family had no idea who they had to thank for the lifesaving organs. But some good sleuthing by Carew's wife and the mother of the anonymous donor unearthed a startling discovery: The organs had come from former National Football League tight end Konrad Reuland, who was only 29 when he died aft...

  • Blood Pressure: Know Your Numbers

    Posted: 04/23/2017

    Blood Pressure: Know Your Numbers TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having high blood pressure makes you more likely to have heart disease or a stroke. But because high blood pressure doesn't usually cause warning symptoms, you could be at risk without even knowing it. That's why it's important to have your blood pressure checked regularly by a healthcare professional. High blood pressure is a particular concern if you're black because it's more prevalent among blacks than any other group in t...

  • Body Temperature Might Give Clues to Coma

    Posted: 04/23/2017

    Body Temperature Might Give Clues to Coma WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adjusting the so-called body clock might help severely brain-injured patients regain consciousness from a coma, researchers say. The preliminary study included 18 people with severe brain injuries. Their body temperature was continually monitored for one week, which enabled researchers to calculate the length of each patient's circadian rhythm -- the natural cycles that tell you when to sleep, wake or eat. The resear...

  • Brain May Be Organized by Functions, Not Body Parts

    Posted: 04/23/2017

    Brain May Be Organized by Functions, Not Body Parts THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have long believed that different parts of the brain control different parts of the body. But new research suggests the human mind may instead be organized by specific functions. "It's kind of mind-blowing for me to think we could have been getting this wrong for so long," said one of the researchers, Tamar Makin of University College London in England. Makin and her colleagues wondered what happe...

  • Black Americans' Cancer Rates Differ by Birthplace

    Posted: 04/21/2017

    Black Americans' Cancer Rates Differ by Birthplace THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer rates differ between African- and U.S.-born black Americans, a new study finds. "Typically, cancer occurrence among blacks in the United States is presented as one homogenous group, with no breakdown by country or region of birth," said study co-author Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, an American Cancer Society epidemiologist. "Our study shows that approach masks important potential differences that may be key to gu...

  • Breast-Feeding Success Hinges on Support for Mom, Baby

    Posted: 04/19/2017

    Breast-Feeding Success Hinges on Support for Mom, Baby TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Information and support can help new mothers overcome breast-feeding difficulties, a lactation expert says. A pregnant woman should tell her partner and family about her breast-feeding goals and why they're important to her, said Dr. Nicole Hackman. She's a pediatrician and medical director for lactation services at Penn State Children's Hospital, in Hershey. New mothers "will need to rely on that support ...

  • Bedbugs Building Resistance to More Insecticides

    Posted: 04/18/2017

    Bedbugs Building Resistance to More Insecticides MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The bedbugs are winning. Some bedbugs are showing early signs of resistance to two widely used insecticides, Purdue University researchers report. As a result, the researchers urge pest management companies to use a "well-rounded" set of control measures when dealing with the parasitic insects. "In the past, bedbugs have repeatedly shown the ability to develop resistance to products overly relied upon for their c...

  • Botox May Help Ease 'Burning Mouth' Syndrome

    Posted: 04/18/2017

    Botox May Help Ease 'Burning Mouth' Syndrome MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Botox, long used to smooth wrinkles, may come to the rescue for people with a painful condition called burning mouth syndrome. A new study finds that Botox (botulinum toxin) "might be an effective, long-lasting, and safe treatment" for the disorder, says a team of Italian researchers. According to the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, burning mouth syndrome is a chronic condition characteri...

  • Bed Bugs' Ancestors Were Creeping Near People 11,000 Years Ago

    Posted: 04/12/2017

    Bed Bugs' Ancestors Were Creeping Near People 11,000 Years Ago TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bed bugs have been making other creatures' lives miserable a long time -- scientists report they've found the oldest known remains of relatives of bed bugs in a cave in southern Oregon. The specimens of three species from the genus Cimex are between 5,100 and 11,000 years old, the researchers said. They were found in a cave near Paisley, Ore. -- the site of some of the oldest known evidence of human...

  • Birth Defects Strike 1 in 10 U.S. Pregnancies Affected by Zika

    Posted: 04/11/2017

    Birth Defects Strike 1 in 10 U.S. Pregnancies Affected by Zika TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One in 10 pregnant U.S. women with confirmed Zika infection in 2016 had a baby with virus-related birth defects, federal health officials reported Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year received reports from 44 states of nearly 1,300 expecting mothers with possible Zika infection. In most cases, Zika was acquired during travel abroad to an area with active transmissio...