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  • Bumpier Skies Ahead, Thanks to Climate Change

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Bumpier Skies Ahead, Thanks to Climate Change TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Airplane passengers around the world could be in for a bumpier ride because of climate change, new research suggests. By mid-century, the likelihood of severe air turbulence along popular international flight routes will probably multiply, British scientists say. "Air turbulence is increasing across the globe, in all seasons, and at multiple cruising altitudes," said study lead author Paul Williams. "This problem is...

  • Be 'Mindful' of the Hype

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Be 'Mindful' of the Hype TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "Mindfulness" is touted as a cure-all for many modern ills, from stress and pain to depression. But little to no scientific evidence backs up most of the health claims surrounding the practice, said Willoughby Britton, director of Brown University's clinical and affective neuroscience laboratory. There's not even an agreed-upon definition of mindfulness that researchers can use to test the concept's effectiveness, Britton said. "Meditat...

  • Breast Cancer Screenings Still Best for Early Detection

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Breast Cancer Screenings Still Best for Early Detection THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, and routine screenings remain the most reliable way to detect the disease early, a breast cancer expert says. "Breast cancer can be treated more successfully if detected in its early phases, while it is small and has not yet spread," said Dr. Kathryn Evers, director of mammography at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Phil...

  • Black Women Face Double the Risk of Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Black Women Face Double the Risk of Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black American women are twice as likely as women in other racial/ethnic groups to develop a form of pregnancy-related heart failure, a new study finds. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur in the last month of pregnancy or up to five months following delivery. With this disorder the heart chambers enlarge and heart muscle weakens, leading t...

  • Black Children Missing Out on Eczema Treatment

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Black Children Missing Out on Eczema Treatment FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black children may have more severe eczema than white children, but they are less likely to visit a doctor for this common inflammatory skin condition, new research shows. Eczema causes the skin to become red and itchy. Roughly 11 percent of children in the United States are affected by the condition, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Previous studies have demonstrated disparities in...

  • Blood Thinners Can Come With Dangerous Side Effects

    Posted: 10/15/2017

    Blood Thinners Can Come With Dangerous Side Effects TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood-thinning drugs can save your life by preventing a heart attack or stroke caused by artery-blocking blood clots. But these are powerful drugs, and a pair of new studies detail side effects people need to understand before taking them. The effectiveness of a class of blood thinners called nonvitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) can be significantly altered through interaction with other drugs, the first st...

  • Breast Cancer's Decline May Have Saved 322,000 Lives

    Posted: 10/13/2017

    Breast Cancer's Decline May Have Saved 322,000 Lives TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds the number of American women who've lost their lives to breast cancer has fallen precipitously in the past 25 years, with more than 322,000 lives saved in that time. Overall, advances in care have led to a 39 percent drop in breast cancer deaths of between 1989 and 2015, according to new research from the American Cancer Society (ACS). One specialist who works with breast cancer patients dai...

  • Bilingual Kids Learn New Languages Better

    Posted: 10/13/2017

    Bilingual Kids Learn New Languages Better MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bilingual children have an easier time learning additional languages later in life than those who speak only one language, researchers report. For a new, small study, researchers included 13 college students who learned English and Mandarin at a young age, and 16 college students who spoke only English. The bilingual students were better able to learn a new language over the course of a week than the monolingual students,...

  • Brain Disconnects Spotted in Parkinson's Patients With Visual Hallucinations

    Posted: 10/10/2017

    Brain Disconnects Spotted in Parkinson's Patients With Visual Hallucinations THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've discovered a possible explanation for visual hallucinations in people with Parkinson's disease. The researchers conducted brain scans on 15 patients with visual hallucinations, 40 patients without visual hallucinations, and a control group of 15 people without Parkinson's disease. In all of the Parkinson's disease patients, numerous areas of the brain communic...

  • Blacks, Elderly Missing From U.S. Cancer Clinical Trials

    Posted: 10/05/2017

    Blacks, Elderly Missing From U.S. Cancer Clinical Trials MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Four out of five participants in cancer clinical trials are white, a discrepancy that calls into question whether other races and ethnicities are receiving good cancer treatment, researchers say. Women and the elderly also are underrepresented in clinical trials, according to the new findings. Prior studies have shown that the effectiveness of cancer treatment can vary based on a person's race, gender and...