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  • Flavored E-Cig Liquids May Contain Toxic Substances

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Flavored E-Cig Liquids May Contain Toxic Substances FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some of the liquid flavorings heated in e-cigarettes appear to break down into potentially dangerous compounds, researchers say. It's not yet clear what this might mean for the health of electronic cigarette users. Whatever the case, e-cigarettes are popular. A 2015 federal survey suggested that 4 percent of U.S. adults use the devices on a regular basis. Nearly 13 percent say they've tried them. But what exactl...

  • FDA Eases Up on Hearing Aid Rules

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    FDA Eases Up on Hearing Aid Rules WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a hearing aid should be less of a hassle -- and eventually less expensive -- under new rules introduced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said on Wednesday it will no longer enforce a requirement that people aged 18 and older receive a medical evaluation or sign a waiver before buying most hearing aids. The agency said it will also consider creating a category of over-the-counter hearing aids that could...

  • For Heart Attack Survivors, a Risk of Suicide?

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    For Heart Attack Survivors, a Risk of Suicide? WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who've suffered a heart attack or unstable angina may face a higher-than-normal risk of suicide, a new study suggests. Researchers in Taiwan found that patients with the heart conditions were slightly more likely to die by suicide compared to people their age who had healthy hearts. The risk was particularly elevated in the first six months after diagnosis of the heart problem. However, experts said the fin...

  • Florida Now Zika-Free

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Florida Now Zika-Free: CDC FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Florida is now Zika-free, U.S. health officials reported Friday. One area in south Miami Beach had remained an active zone for local transmission of the virus, which can cause severe birth defects in babies born to women who are infected while pregnant. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement that there have been no new cases of local Zika transmission in South Miami Beach for more than 45 days, so th...

  • For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says. Researchers from the United Kingdom asked more than 50 adults with long-term mental conditions about the role pets play in their social networks. Sixty percent placed pets in the central and most important circle -- above family, friends and hobbies. Another 20 percent placed pets in the second circle. Many s...

  • Fertility Treatments Marketed in U.K. Without Proof They Work: Study

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Fertility Treatments Marketed in U.K. Without Proof They Work: Study THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some fertility clinics in the United Kingdom offer little evidence to back up claims about treatments other than standard in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a new study. Researchers examined the websites of 74 British fertility clinics. They identified 276 claims of benefit at 60 centers related to more than three dozen fertility treatments. These treatments ranged from screening bloo...

  • Fewer Americans Struggle With Medical Bills: Report

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Fewer Americans Struggle With Medical Bills: Report WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer Americans are struggling to pay medical bills now than five years ago, a new government report shows. The number of people in families having problems paying medical bills fell by nearly 13 million from 2011 through the first six months of 2016, according to the report released Wednesday by U.S. National Centers for Health Statistics (NCHS). During that period, 17.8 million fewer people were uninsured,...

  • First Case of Zika-Linked Glaucoma Diagnosed in Infant

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    First Case of Zika-Linked Glaucoma Diagnosed in Infant WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first case of an infant who developed glaucoma after being exposed to the Zika virus while in the womb has been reported by an international team of researchers. No previous cases have seen a link between Zika infection and glaucoma, a condition that can permanently damage the optic nerve and result in blindness, the researchers said. But other vision problems and devastating brain defects have surfac...

  • Fast-Food Calorie Labeling Not Working, Study Finds

    Posted: 12/05/2016

    Fast-Food Calorie Labeling Not Working, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Does it help to know that a double quarter-pounder with cheese delivers 740 calories? Probably not, a new study suggests. Starting next May, fast-food chains with more than 20 locations in the United States must display calorie counts on menus. But this study questions whether the well-intended regulations will actually steer customers to less-fattening foods. Research in Philadelphia, where such rules already ...

  • Food Allergies Among Kids Vary by Race: Study

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Food Allergies Among Kids Vary by Race: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic children are much more likely to have corn, shellfish and fish allergies than white children, according to a U.S. study. The study also found that compared to whites, black children have much higher rates of asthma, eczema and allergies to wheat and soy. The results, from the study of 817 children who were diagnosed with food allergies from birth to age 18, show that race and ethnicity are importa...