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  • Drug Protects Lung Function in Kids With Sickle Cell: Study

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    Drug Protects Lung Function in Kids With Sickle Cell: Study WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with sickle cell disease may breathe easier when they're given hydroxyurea -- an effective, but underused, drug for the disease, new research suggests. In a study of 94 young people with sickle cell, researchers found that hydroxyurea helped slow the decline in lung function that is typical of the disease. The study appears to be the first to show that hydroxyurea can preserve kids' lung func...

  • Delayed Treatment for Concussion May Prolong Recovery

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    Delayed Treatment for Concussion May Prolong Recovery FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes should not take a blow to the head lightly. New research suggests delayed treatment for concussion could prolong recovery. Many college athletes, however, don't immediately recognize or report concussion symptoms, the study of nearly 100 players found. And compared to head-injured athletes who were evaluated right away, those who put off reporting symptoms were sidelined about five days longer on aver...

  • Drink Spiking a Problem on U.S. Campuses

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    Drink Spiking a Problem on U.S. Campuses TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drink spiking may be prevalent on U.S. college campuses, and women are at much greater risk than men, new research finds. Women were also more likely than men to cite sexual assault as a motive for drink spiking -- where someone secretly adds alcohol or drugs to another person's drink. Men were more likely to say the motive was "to have fun," according to the study of more than 6,000 students at three U.S. universities. T...

  • Doctors Spot New Vision Problems in Babies Struck by Zika

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    Doctors Spot New Vision Problems in Babies Struck by Zika WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New eye problems in babies born with a Zika-related birth defect have been identified by researchers. The virus is known to cause microcephaly, in which infants are born with a smaller-than-normal head and brain. And previous research has found that one-third of Brazilian babies with microcephaly have eye problems such as ocular lesions, optic nerve abnormalities and chorioretinal atrophy, a withering o...

  • Devout Women May Enjoy Better Health

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Devout Women May Enjoy Better Health MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Routinely attending religious services may confer a halo of better health around American women, a new study suggests. Harvard researchers found that women who went to religious services at least twice a week were one-third less likely to die over the 20-year study period, compared to women who never attended services. Is this a case of divine intervention, or is there another reason behind the improved longevity? "The associa...

  • Disabling Falls Don't Have to Happen

    Posted: 05/19/2016

    Disabling Falls Don't Have to Happen THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are at high risk for falls, but there are ways to reduce that risk, experts say. One-third of Americans aged 65 and older fall each year. And, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal and fatal injuries among older Americans, according to the American Trauma Society. Each year, more than 2.5 million fall-related injuries are treated at U.S. emergency departments, the trauma society says. These falls result in more tha...

  • Don't Blame Kids' Behavior on Full Moon

    Posted: 05/19/2016

    Don't Blame Kids' Behavior on Full Moon THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents swear their children's behavior changes when the moon is full, but new research suggests otherwise. "Our study provides compelling evidence that the moon does not seem to influence people's behavior," said Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, from the Eastern Ontario Research Institute, in Canada. To investigate possible effects of lunar cycles on human behavior, the researchers focused on those most vulnerable to chang...

  • Do You Know the 'Hidden' Signs of Asthma?

    Posted: 05/19/2016

    Do You Know the 'Hidden' Signs of Asthma? WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While most people know that wheezing is a sign of asthma, far fewer realize that trouble sleeping or a persistent cough may also be symptoms of the airway disease, a new survey shows. Those findings may help explain why many adults don't realize they have the disease and don't seek treatment, the researchers said. But, one in every 200 U.S. adults is diagnosed every year with asthma, a condition called adult-onset asth...

  • DNA May Affect What Bugs Reside in Your Gut

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    DNA May Affect What Bugs Reside in Your Gut WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At least some of the microbes that live in your gut may be influenced by your genes, a new study finds. "We set out to find out about human genes that are implicated in the regulation of the gut microbiome, and we found some that are," said senior study author Ruth Ley, an associate professor in the department of microbiology at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y. For example, the researchers found a link between the...

  • Depression Strikes, Stays With Many Caregivers of Critically Ill

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    Depression Strikes, Stays With Many Caregivers of Critically Ill WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Caregivers for the critically ill often suffer depression that lingers long after their loved one's hospital stay ends, new research suggests. "Caregivers to patients who have spent at least seven days in the ICU [intensive care unit] commonly experience symptoms of depression for the full first year after ICU discharge," said study leader Jill Cameron. She is a researcher at the University of To...