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  • Fertility Treatments Not Linked to Twins' Birth Defects

    Posted: 06/28/2016

    Fertility Treatments Not Linked to Twins' Birth Defects TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Twins born after fertility treatments may be susceptible to different -- and fewer -- birth defects than other twins, new research suggests. The study confirms that twins have a higher risk of birth defects than singletons, but it questions the notion that fertility treatments contribute to those abnormalities. "Our results suggest that the risks of specific types of birth defects in twins may be different...

  • Fiber: The Rx for Disease-Free Aging

    Posted: 06/28/2016

    Fiber: The Rx for Disease-Free Aging THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Foods rich in fiber not only keep you "regular," they may help you live longer without disease, new research suggests. Among more than 1,600 Australian adults, the top fiber consumers were 80 percent more likely to remain fully functional and disease-free as they aged, the study found. Fiber-rich foods include fruits and whole grains. "Our observations need to be confirmed by other large studies, and we can't make recommend...

  • Five New Genes Linked to Colon Cancer

    Posted: 06/28/2016

    Five New Genes Linked to Colon Cancer FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have identified five new gene mutations that may be tied to colon cancer. The findings are from an analysis of genes from more than 1,000 people with colon cancer. The links between these five gene mutations were very rare, so further research is needed to confirm if they're actually associated with colon cancer. The study authors also concluded that all the major genes that significantly increase the risk of colo...

  • Flint's Lead-Contamination Crisis 'Entirely Preventable'

    Posted: 06/28/2016

    Flint's Lead-Contamination Crisis 'Entirely Preventable' FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Analysis of blood samples from young children of Flint, Mich., shows they had much more lead in their blood when the city used local drinking water in an effort to cut costs, a new U.S. government study reveals. A series of blood samples showed kids younger than 6 were nearly 50 percent more likely to have elevated blood lead levels when the city used the Flint River for drinking water instead of the Detro...

  • Folic Acid Now Added to Corn Masa Flour: FDA

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Folic Acid Now Added to Corn Masa Flour: FDA FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adding folic acid to corn masa flour could help reduce birth defects among Hispanic babies in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA recently approved the addition of folic acid, a B vitamin, to corn masa flour, which is used in foods such as tortillas, tacos, tortilla chips and tamales. "By adding folic acid to corn masa flour, we have the opportunity to impact a large segment of the U...

  • For Better Heart Care, Get a Pharmacist on Your Team

    Posted: 06/22/2016

    For Better Heart Care, Get a Pharmacist on Your Team WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with poorly controlled risk factors for heart disease could cut their chances of future trouble by having pharmacists help manage their care, new Canadian research suggests. For the study, trained community pharmacists recruited people at high risk for heart attack and stroke. Half of the study participants received "medication therapy management" in tandem with a pharmacist and half received "usual"...

  • FDA Approves New Weight-Loss Device

    Posted: 06/22/2016

    FDA Approves New Weight-Loss Device TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new surgically implanted device to treat obese patients has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The AspireAssist device uses a tube to drain a portion of the stomach contents after every meal. It's meant to be used by people who have been unable to lose weight and maintain weight loss using nonsurgical treatments. The FDA approval is for people 22 and older. The device is recommended for obese people wit...

  • Fewer Injured Workers Getting Opioid Prescriptions in Some States

    Posted: 06/21/2016

    Fewer Injured Workers Getting Opioid Prescriptions in Some States MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States continues to grapple with the painkiller addiction epidemic, a new study reports that fewer injured workers are getting prescriptions for opioids in most of the 25 states included in the research. The study included information from 337,000 workers' compensation claims in the study states. The researchers also reviewed nearly 1.9 million prescriptions linked to those claims. T...

  • Female Reproductive Tract Not a Sterile Environment, Study Finds

    Posted: 06/15/2016

    Female Reproductive Tract Not a Sterile Environment, Study Finds TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have found bacteria in women's ovaries and fallopian tubes -- locations previously believed to be sterile. The investigators also discovered that women with ovarian cancer have a different bacterial population in these locations than women without the cancer. This finding raises the question of whether bacteria in the upper reproductive tract might play a role in the development or prog...

  • For Refugee Children, Support Breeds Success

    Posted: 06/12/2016

    For Refugee Children, Support Breeds Success FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With adequate support, refugee children do as well in school as other youngsters, despite having more behavioral and emotional problems, a new research review finds. Canadian researchers analyzed data from 34 studies on learning difficulties among refugee children published between 1996 and 2015. "Despite the thousands of refugees resettled annually, there isn't a lot of research exploring learning challenges of refuge...