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  • No, Your Cat Isn't a Threat to Your Mental Health

    Posted: 02/26/2017

    No, Your Cat Isn't a Threat to Your Mental Health TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cat owners can breathe a sigh of relief: Your feline's litter box likely won't put your family's mental health at risk. New British research challenges earlier beliefs that parasites in cat droppings might be linked to schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental health issues. "The message for cat owners is clear: There is no evidence that cats pose a risk to children's mental health," said stu...

  • NHL Veterans Pledge Their Brains to Research

    Posted: 02/26/2017

    NHL Veterans Pledge Their Brains to Research THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Several former National Hockey League players have joined the growing number of pro athletes who have pledged their brains to research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) -- a devastating brain disease that has been linked to repetitive head trauma. The Concussion Legacy Foundation announced that four former professional hockey players plan to donate their brains to the organization. They include Stanley Cup C...

  • Needed: An 'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic Reactions

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Needed: An 'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic Reactions MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When kids are at risk of severe allergic reactions, all their caregivers should have a written action plan and epinephrine auto-injectors readily available, according to new reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The reports include a new "universal" action plan for doctors to give parents, to help ensure they're ready to manage a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphyla...

  • Non-English Speakers Less Likely to Be on Kidney Transplant List

    Posted: 02/17/2017

    Non-English Speakers Less Likely to Be on Kidney Transplant List THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Language barriers may prevent some eligible U.S. patients from receiving a kidney transplant, a new study suggests. Specifically, those who don't speak English may be less likely to complete the kidney transplant evaluation necessary for them to be placed on a waiting list for a kidney from a deceased donor. For the study, researchers analyzed data from kidney failure patients across the United St...

  • Naps May Sharpen a Preschooler's Language Skills

    Posted: 02/17/2017

    Naps May Sharpen a Preschooler's Language Skills THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Learning new words can be a challenge for any preschooler, but kids who take naps may have an advantage when it comes to developing language skills, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed 39 youngsters who were all 3 years old and found those who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the words 24 hours later. "There's a lot of evidence that different phases of sleep contribute to memor...

  • Newborn Screening Tests Approved

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    Newborn Screening Tests Approved MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A set of screening tests designed to detect four rare metabolic disorders in newborns has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The "Seeker" system of diagnostics is designed to screen for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type 1, Pompe, Gaucher and Fabry. These are the first tests approved to screen for the inherited disorders, which affect proteins that normally eliminate harmful substances from the body, the FDA said in a...

  • New Flu Vaccines for Dogs Unleashed in Lab

    Posted: 02/13/2017

    New Flu Vaccines for Dogs Unleashed in Lab MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who created two new flu vaccines for dogs say their work could help keep people safe, too. The vaccines were developed to protect dogs against the H3N8 canine flu virus, which is circulating among dogs in the United States. These are "live-attenuated" vaccines. That means they're made from live flu virus that is weakened so that it does not cause the flu. These types of vaccines trigger stronger immune respon...

  • New Zika Vaccine Candidate Provides Powerful Protection

    Posted: 02/10/2017

    New Zika Vaccine Candidate Provides Powerful Protection THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A single dose of an experimental Zika vaccine protected mice and monkeys from the virus, researchers report. Following Zika virus outbreaks in Latin America and some parts of the southern United States, scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine against the virus. Several vaccines have been tested in animals, but this is the first one to show strong and long-lasting protection without the use of a li...

  • No Torture, Psychologists' Group Says to Trump

    Posted: 02/05/2017

    No Torture, Psychologists' Group Says to Trump FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Torture is ineffective and cruel, says a group of U.S. psychologists urging President Donald Trump not to restart the CIA's so-called "enhanced" interrogation program. Trump has said he would sign an executive order reinstituting torture, such as waterboarding, claiming it is an effective way to get information. The American Psychological Association is among those objecting to the controversial proposal. The group ...

  • Nearly Half of U.S. Men Infected With HPV, Study Finds

    Posted: 01/26/2017

    Nearly Half of U.S. Men Infected With HPV, Study Finds THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many American men are infected with the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), but unlike women, men are more likely to stay infected throughout their lives, a new study finds. About 45 percent of U.S. men are infected with the sexually transmitted disease, as are 45 percent of women. Among women, the prevalence of HPV infection drops to about 22 percent as they age, but it remains high among men, said...