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  • For Kids Playing Pokemon Go, Catch These Safety Tips

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    For Kids Playing Pokemon Go, Catch These Safety Tips FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It seems as if every kid in America is caught up in the Pokemon Go craze. But in the quest to "catch 'em all," don't leave common sense and safety behind, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges. First, keep in mind that Pokemon Go is an "augmented reality" game. That means it's a game that is partly virtual and partly based in reality. Players need to go out into the real world. "You can't just play this ga...

  • FDA OKs 1st Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    FDA OKs 1st Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted preliminary approval to the first drug for a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) was granted accelerated approval to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that progressively weakens the muscular systems of its victims. Most are in a wheelchair by their teens and do not survive past their 20s or 30s. "Patients with a ...

  • First Drug Approved for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    First Drug Approved for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) injection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for certain people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). It's the first drug to gain FDA approval for the condition. Exondys 51 is approved for people with a specific mutation of the dystrophin gene, affecting some 13 percent of people with the disorder. DMD, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, is a rare gene...

  • For College Freshmen, Four-Legged Friends Chase Away Homesickness

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    For College Freshmen, Four-Legged Friends Chase Away Homesickness MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Man's best friend may also be a college student's best buddy, new research suggests. The study found that dog therapy can ease homesickness in first-year college students and possibly reduce their risk of dropping out. "Transitioning from high school to university can prove to be a challenge for many first-year students," John Tyler Binfet, an assistant professor at the University of British Colu...

  • Falls a Growing and Deadly Threat for Older Americans

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Falls a Growing and Deadly Threat for Older Americans THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among older people in the United States, and this health threat is likely to grow since 10,000 Americans now reach age 65 every day, a new federal report shows. Every second of every day, an older American falls. As falls increase, so do health care costs. In the report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged doctors to help prevent falls a...

  • Flavorings Boost Toxicity of E-Cigarettes in Lab Study

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Flavorings Boost Toxicity of E-Cigarettes in Lab Study THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flavorings used in e-cigarettes can increase the toxicity of the vapor that users inhale, a new laboratory study done with airway cells shows. E-cigarette vapor also becomes even more toxic if users boost their devices by increasing the battery output voltage, the researchers added. The toxins contained in e-cigarette vapor irritate and inflame cells lining the airways, and could cause or exacerbate breat...

  • Facebook Bullying Can Cause Depression

    Posted: 09/23/2016

    Facebook Bullying Can Cause Depression THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Negative experiences on Facebook can increase the odds of depression in young people, a new study found. "It's important that people take interactions on social media seriously and don't think of it as somehow less impactful because it's a virtual experience as opposed to an in-person experience," said study author Samantha Rosenthal. She is an epidemiology research associate at Brown University's School of Public Health...

  • Fruits, Veggies Powerful Rx for Kidney Disease: Study

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Fruits, Veggies Powerful Rx for Kidney Disease: Study WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney disease patients who eat three to four more servings of fruits and vegetables every day could lower their blood pressure and nearly halve their medication costs, new research suggests. The findings stem from the multi-year tracking of a small group of patients, in which standard medical treatment was compared with the simple nutritional intervention. The goal: to see which approach did a better job...

  • Food Allergies Linked to Raised Risk of Asthma, Hay Fever

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Food Allergies Linked to Raised Risk of Asthma, Hay Fever WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with food allergies are at increased risk for asthma and hay fever, and the risk rises with the number of food allergies, new research shows. The study included information on nearly 363,000 children and teens. Half of the kids were white, and 40 percent were black. Between 7 and 8 percent had one food allergy. "For patients with an established diagnosis of food allergy, 35 percent went on to...

  • For Teens With Leukemia, Pregnancy Tests Often Neglected

    Posted: 09/20/2016

    For Teens With Leukemia, Pregnancy Tests Often Neglected MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many teen girls with leukemia aren't checked for pregnancy before they receive chemotherapy drugs that can cause birth defects, a new study finds. Despite the risk of birth defects posed by these drugs, there are no standardized guidelines for pregnancy screening in teen cancer patients, the researchers said. "Since nearly all chemotherapy agents used for childhood/adolescent acute leukemia can cause pote...