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  • Football Fans Still Loyal Despite Concerns About Players' Brains

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Football Fans Still Loyal Despite Concerns About Players' Brains SUNDAY, Sept. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Football remains America's favorite professional sport, even though a majority of fans admit they're concerned about brain injuries to players, according to a new survey. Among 1,000 Americans questioned, 77 percent of those who follow pro football believe head injuries for players pose a major problem for the sport. Fifteen percent said it is a minor problem, while 6 percent don't consider it a p...

  • Florida Confronts Irma's Aftermath

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Florida Confronts Irma's Aftermath TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- First Texas, now Florida. For the second time in less than a month, residents of the second and third most populous states, respectively, are confronting the enormous task of recovering from devastating hurricanes that exacted huge health and financial tolls. Florida is just beginning the process of assessing and recovering from the damage done by Hurricane Irma. And many parts of Houston and southeastern Texas are still dryi...

  • Focus on Just One Sport Can Mean Stress for Girls

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Focus on Just One Sport Can Mean Stress for Girls TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes, being too invested in just one sport may not be the best idea, new research shows. The study found that teen girls who focus only on one sport -- in this case, soccer -- tended to have more stress and poorer sleep than girls who also played other sports. The study couldn't definitively "answer whether sport specialization itself interferes with a youth athlete's sleep and well-being," said study lead...

  • Fracture Risk Higher for Seniors With Diabetes

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Fracture Risk Higher for Seniors With Diabetes WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors with type 2 diabetes may be at increased risk for fractures. And researchers think they know why. "Fracture in older adults with type 2 diabetes is a highly important public health problem and will only increase with the aging of the population and growing epidemic of diabetes," said study author Dr. Elizabeth Samelson. Samelson and her colleagues used special medical scans to assess more than 1,000 peop...

  • For City Kids With Asthma, Nearby Green Space Is Key

    Posted: 09/19/2017

    For City Kids With Asthma, Nearby Green Space Is Key FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Living near a park can help reduce asthma symptoms among children who live in cities, researchers say. The new study included 196 inner-city children in Baltimore, aged 3 to 12 years, with persistent asthma. Some lived close to a park or other green space, while others were more than 0.6 miles away from one. The farther the children lived from a park, the more asthma symptoms they had over a two-week period, t...

  • Food Allergies Can Hit Your Four-Legged Friends, Too

    Posted: 09/13/2017

    Food Allergies Can Hit Your Four-Legged Friends, Too FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fido and Fluffy can suffer from food allergies just like people, a new report says. But the allergic reactions of cats, dogs and horses mostly affect the skin, followed by the gastrointestinal tract, according to a new position paper from the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. "Not only humans but basically all mammals are susceptible to developing allergies, as their immune system is capable...

  • Funds to Fight Zika Nearly Exhausted: CDC

    Posted: 09/08/2016

    Funds to Fight Zika Nearly Exhausted: CDC WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Federal funds to combat the Zika virus are nearly exhausted and there will be no money to fight a new outbreak unless Congress approves more funding, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The CDC had spent as of Friday $194 million of the $222 million it was given to fight the virus, said agency director Dr. Thomas Frieden, The New York Times reported. While harmless to most peo...

  • FDA Approves New Biological Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Posted: 09/08/2016

    FDA Approves New Biological Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new biological drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug Erelzi (etanercept-szzs) is a "biosimilar" to Enbrel (etanercept), which was approved by the FDA in 1998. A biosimilar is a biological product approved on findings that it is highly similar to an already-approved biological product and has no clinicall...

  • FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk

    Posted: 09/08/2016

    FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing prescription opioid painkillers with a class of drugs that includes popular sedatives such as Valium and Xanax can cause a fatal overdose, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will require "boxed warnings" on 389 different products to inform health professionals and the public of this potentially lethal drug interaction, FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf sa...

  • Fallout From 9/11 May Include Early Dementia

    Posted: 09/07/2016

    Fallout From 9/11 May Include Early Dementia TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center continues to the ravage the minds of those who responded to the Twin Towers collapse, new research shows. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experienced by many rescuers and other first responders now appears linked to mental decline and dementia, the study authors found. "People with PTSD, regardless from where they get it, are more likely to have cognitive impairment ear...