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  • Prior C-Section Raises Risk of Complications With Home Birth

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Prior C-Section Raises Risk of Complications With Home Birth WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who've had a cesarean delivery in the past should not plan a home birth because they face a higher risk for complications, researchers warn. The finding stems from an analysis of roughly 2.4 million full-term births between 2007 and 2013. Of these, about 4,500 were midwife-assisted deliveries in a home setting. The study found that home births among women with a history of C-section we...

  • Pain, Epilepsy Drug Lyrica May Increase Birth Defects Risk, Study Suggests

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Pain, Epilepsy Drug Lyrica May Increase Birth Defects Risk, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The widely prescribed drug pregabalin (Lyrica) may slightly increase the risk for birth defects, a new study suggests. In a small study, researchers found that among women taking Lyrica during the first trimester of pregnancy, 6 percent had infants with major birth defects. In women who weren't taking the drug, 2 percent had a baby with a major birth defect, the study found. "These resu...

  • Pointy Nose, Snub Nose? These Genes May Decide

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Pointy Nose, Snub Nose? These Genes May Decide THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you love or hate your nose, you have certain genes to thank for its distinctive look, a new British study finds. "What we've found are specific genes which influence the shape and size of individual features, which hasn't been seen before," said study lead author Kaustubh Adhikari, a developmental biologist at University College London. His team analyzed about 6,000 people in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico...

  • Predeployment Riskiest Time for Military Suicide Attempts

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Predeployment Riskiest Time for Military Suicide Attempts WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide attempts in the military aren't necessarily combat-driven. At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army soldiers most likely to try to kill themselves were never deployed, new research shows. Moreover, risk was greatest just two months into service, according to the study of more than 163,000 soldiers. But the findings aren't a sign that going to war protects soldiers against...

  • Pot While Pregnant May Raise Premature Birth Risk: Study

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Pot While Pregnant May Raise Premature Birth Risk: Study WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot while pregnant may increase the risk of premature delivery, a new study suggests. Women who continue using marijuana up to 20 weeks' gestation have a five times greater increase in the risk of preterm birth, independent of other risk factors, the researchers report. "Not only did continued use of marijuana increase risk for preterm birth, but it also made these births 5 weeks earlier, on aver...

  • Parents Often Don't Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Parents Often Don't Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When children are prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, for surgery or illness, about half of parents say they keep the leftover medicine on hand. "We found that the amount of pain medication prescribed for children is frequently greater than the amount used, and too few parents recall clear direction from their provider about what to do with leftover medication," said Sarah Clar...

  • Pumping Iron? Try Longer Breaks Between Sets for Max Muscles

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    Pumping Iron? Try Longer Breaks Between Sets for Max Muscles TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking longer rests during weight training workouts could maximize muscle growth, a small study suggests. Many experts recommend shorter periods of rest, but that may actually impair muscle growth, according to the researchers at the University of Birmingham in England. Their study included 16 men who did weight training with either one or five minutes of rest between sets. Muscle samples were collecte...

  • Pot-Linked Fatal Car Crashes Doubled in One State After Legalization

    Posted: 05/17/2016

    Pot-Linked Fatal Car Crashes Doubled in One State After Legalization TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of fatal car crashes involving marijuana more than doubled after Washington state legalized the sale of the drug, a new study finds. Marijuana became legal in Washington in December 2012, researchers said. Between 2013 and 2014, the percentage of drivers in Washington involved in fatal car accidents after using marijuana rose from 8 percent to 17 percent, according to the study from ...

  • Pesticides Linked to Raised Risk of ALS

    Posted: 05/16/2016

    Pesticides Linked to Raised Risk of ALS MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to pesticides and other chemicals may increase the risk for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a fatal neurological disease, researchers say. Three toxins in particular were associated with greater risk for the progressive condition, often called Lou Gehrig's disease because it killed the legendary baseball player with that name. "We are identifying these toxic, persistent, environmental pollutants in higher amoun...

  • Penis Reconstructions 'Life-Altering' for Men, Studies Show

    Posted: 05/16/2016

    Penis Reconstructions 'Life-Altering' for Men, Studies Show SATURDAY, May 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who undergo surgery to create a new penis seem to fare well in the long term, two new studies show. The surgery, known as phalloplasty, is most often done for transgender men who want to undergo a surgical transition. But it's also an option for men who've lost their penis to cancer or trauma -- including soldiers who've been wounded on the battlefield. The new studies, to be presented Saturday at t...