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  • New Moms Often Get Poor Advice on Baby Care: Study

    Posted: 08/04/2015

    New Moms Often Get Poor Advice on Baby Care: Study MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers get conflicting advice from medical professionals, family members and the media when it comes to key parenting topics, a recent study found. And that advice often goes against American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for breast-feeding, vaccines, pacifier use and infant sleep, researchers say. "In order for parents to make informed decisions about their baby's health and safety, it is imp...

  • Nasal Balloon Can Treat Youngsters for 'Glue Ear'

    Posted: 08/04/2015

    Nasal Balloon Can Treat Youngsters for 'Glue Ear' MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A simple procedure using what's known as a "nasal balloon" can treat hearing loss in children with a common middle-ear problem, preventing unnecessary and ineffective treatment with antibiotics, according to a new study. Many young children develop a condition in which the middle ear fills with thick fluid -- so-called "glue ear." Often, children have no symptoms and parents seek medical help only when they notic...

  • New Skin Cancer Drug Approved by FDA

    Posted: 08/02/2015

    New Skin Cancer Drug Approved by FDA FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat the most common form of skin cancer has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Odomzo (sonidegib) was cleared to treat locally advanced basal cell carcinoma in patients who cannot undergo surgery or radiation therapy, or whose skin cancer has returned after surgery or radiation therapy. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and basal cell carcinoma accounts for about 80 percent of...

  • New Gene Test Speeds Diagnosis of Stomach Bug That Strikes Kids

    Posted: 08/02/2015

    New Gene Test Speeds Diagnosis of Stomach Bug That Strikes Kids FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have developed a genetic test to quickly detect a respiratory virus that sickened a record number of American children last year. More than 1,000 confirmed cases and 14 reported deaths nationwide were reported in the outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new test is effective at identifying various strains of the virus...

  • New Dumb-But-Deadly Trend: Sunburn 'Art'

    Posted: 07/25/2015

    New Dumb-But-Deadly Trend: Sunburn 'Art' THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sunburns are painful and potentially cancer-causing, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming an increasingly popular means of artistic expression. Experts are now speaking out against "sunburn art," a new social media trend in which people use stencils or strategically applied sunblock to create a do-it-yourself temporary sunburn tattoo on their bodies. Participants then take pictures of their creations and post them...

  • Novel Leg Prosthesis Approved

    Posted: 07/23/2015

    Novel Leg Prosthesis Approved THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A prosthesis for people with above-the-knee amputations who cannot use a conventional device has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) adheres to the leg with fixtures and screws implanted into the remaining thigh bone, rather than fitting into the socket as does a conventional device. The new device is meant for people who don't have enough o...

  • Nursing Home Care Improving for U.S. Minorities, Study Finds

    Posted: 07/21/2015

    Nursing Home Care Improving for U.S. Minorities, Study Finds TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A bump up in Medicaid payments to nursing homes may be paying off in better care for minority residents, new research suggests. "This study shows that recent regulatory, financial and market-driven changes have resulted in an improvement not only in homes with higher numbers of minorities, but across the board," lead researcher Yue Li, an associate professor of public health sciences at the University...

  • New Drug May Help Diabetic Kidney Disease Patients

    Posted: 07/21/2015

    New Drug May Help Diabetic Kidney Disease Patients TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug decreases dangerously high levels of potassium in people with diabetes-related kidney disease, a new study finds. Potassium is necessary for the heart, kidneys and other organs to work normally, but damage to the kidneys can cause potassium levels to increase to dangerous levels. This condition is called hyperkalemia. Elevated potassium levels are associated with sudden death -- your heart stops, sai...

  • No Change in Number of 'Living Wills' by U.S. Cancer Patients: Study

    Posted: 07/17/2015

    No Change in Number of 'Living Wills' by U.S. Cancer Patients: Study THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- End-of-life care can be fraught with difficult decisions, but a new study finds that since 2000 there has been no increase in the number of Americans with cancer who compose "living wills" to help guide the process. The study, led by Dr. Amol Narang of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, did find a rise in the percentage of cancer patients who had designated power of attorney to...

  • Newly Enlisted Army Soldiers at Risk of Attempted Suicide: Study

    Posted: 07/16/2015

    Newly Enlisted Army Soldiers at Risk of Attempted Suicide: Study THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Among U.S. Army personnel, enlisted soldiers on their first tour of duty appear to be most at risk for attempted suicide, a new study finds. Concerned by a spike in suicides and suicide attempts in the Army during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, researchers set out to identify key risks for suicide attempts between 2004 and 2009. "Those who were female, younger, early in their career, with a recent...