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  • Nighttime Airport Noise May Raise Heart Risks

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Nighttime Airport Noise May Raise Heart Risks WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Aircraft noise, particularly at night, may be linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart flutter in people who live near large airports, a new study suggests. It's one of the first long-term follow-up studies of aircraft noise, but more research is needed to draw conclusions about cause and effect, the researchers said. For the study, Klea Katsouyanni, of the University of Athens department of hy...

  • Non-Opioid Drug More Effective for Migraines: Study

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Non-Opioid Drug More Effective for Migraines: Study MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The drug prochlorperazine is more effective than the opioid hydromorphone in treating emergency room patients with acute migraine, a new study reports. Acute migraine -- an intense, throbbing headache that may be accompanied by visual disturbances and sensitivity to light and sound -- is a disabling condition that results in 1.2 million visits to U.S. emergency rooms each year. The opioid painkiller "hydromorph...

  • NBA Players' Late-Night Tweets May Be Bad for Their Game: Study

    Posted: 06/20/2017

    NBA Players' Late-Night Tweets May Be Bad for Their Game: Study FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors tonight for their last shot at an NBA championship, the Cavs better hope players didn't stay up tweeting late Thursday night. Why? New research suggests that pro basketball players who tweet the night away before a game turn in a poorer performance on the court the next day. The likely culprit? A lack of sleep, researchers s...

  • Newborns Sickened With Legionnaire's Disease Via Home Water Birth: CDC

    Posted: 06/18/2017

    Newborns Sickened With Legionnaire's Disease Via Home Water Birth: CDC THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two cases in Arizona and one in Texas highlight a little-known danger of "water births" at home -- infant infections with Legionnaire's disease. "The risk for Legionella [bacteria] cannot be eliminated because of the need for warm tap water to fill the tub" used for these births, says a team led by Geoffrey Granseth. He's an epidemiologist with the Arizona Department of Health Services. Acco...

  • New Teen Drivers Face Triple the Risk of a Fatal Crash

    Posted: 06/12/2017

    New Teen Drivers Face Triple the Risk of a Fatal Crash THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Newly minted teen drivers in the United States have almost triple the risk of being involved in a deadly crash than adults, a new study finds. The study looked at national data, and also found that drivers aged 16 to 17 are almost 4 times more likely than drivers aged 18 and older to be involved in a crash. Compared to drivers aged 30 to 59 years old, new teen drivers are 4.5 times more likely to be involve...

  • New Combo Pill Offers Hope to Hepatitis C Patients Who Fail Other Treatment

    Posted: 06/11/2017

    New Combo Pill Offers Hope to Hepatitis C Patients Who Fail Other Treatment WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A pill that contains three powerful antiviral drugs might offer a cure for many hepatitis C patients who have failed other treatments, researchers report. The pill -- which contains the antiviral drugs sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), velpatasvir and voxilaprevir -- was nearly 100 percent effective in curing hepatitis C in patients whose disease returned after treatment with other antiviral drugs...

  • Nearly 4 Percent of Americans Suffer From Food Allergies

    Posted: 06/11/2017

    Nearly 4 Percent of Americans Suffer From Food Allergies WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans have had to swear off shellfish, eggs, peanuts or soy to avoid allergic reactions that can range from stomach cramps to life-threatening swelling of the airways, new research shows. Approximately 4 percent of Americans have a food allergy, with women and Asians the most affected, the study found. "Recent reports suggest that food allergies are on the rise, with more food allergy-rel...

  • New Cholesterol Fighting Meds Target Key Gene

    Posted: 06/06/2017

    New Cholesterol Fighting Meds Target Key Gene THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New gene-based therapies appear to significantly decrease cholesterol levels in people, and could even cut down on arterial plaque, according to results from two early drug trials. Both treatments improve the body's ability to break down cholesterol by targeting a specific gene that inhibits that function, researchers reported. The angiopoietin-like 3 (ANGPTL3) gene normally restrains proteins involved in the breakd...

  • New Drug Approved for All Cancers With Genetic Marker

    Posted: 06/05/2017

    New Drug Approved for All Cancers With Genetic Marker TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Keytruda (pembrolizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat any cancer that has a certain genetic biomarker, regardless of where in the body the cancer originated. "This is an important first for the cancer community," said Dr. Richard Pazdur, acting director of the agency's Office of Hematology and Oncology Products. "Until now, the FDA has approved cancer treatments based on...

  • No Fruit Juice Before Age 1, Pediatricians Say

    Posted: 05/31/2017

    No Fruit Juice Before Age 1, Pediatricians Say MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Several new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may just send toddlers into tantrums. One recommendation is that fruit juice be limited for toddlers and older children, and babies shouldn't have any at all before their first birthday. Another recommendation is that parents should forgo the beloved sippy cup of juice for their children altogether. The advice is the first update to the AAP's stance ...