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  • Ransom-Seeking Hackers Targeting Hospital Data

    Posted: 05/18/2017

    Ransom-Seeking Hackers Targeting Hospital Data THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hackers are increasingly targeting hospitals, using viruses to lock their computer systems and hold sensitive medical data and other files hostage, according to a doctor in Great Britain. The computer viruses that lock the files are called ransomware. These attacks prevent hospitals from accessing the data stored on their computers until they pay a ransom, explained Dr. Krishna Chinthapalli. He's a neurologist at t...

  • Reading to Babies Translates Into More Literate Preschoolers

    Posted: 05/11/2017

    Reading to Babies Translates Into More Literate Preschoolers THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you ever wondered whether reading Goodnight Moon to your baby every night was a waste of time, a new study suggests it wasn't. The researchers followed more than 250 children from the age of 6 months to 54 months. The investigators found that kids whose mothers started reading to them in early infancy had better vocabulary and reading skills four years later, just before the start of elementary scho...

  • Red Wine Antioxidant Might Help Diabetics' Arteries

    Posted: 05/11/2017

    Red Wine Antioxidant Might Help Diabetics' Arteries THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The antioxidant resveratrol -- found in red wine, peanuts and berries -- might improve the health of blood vessels in people with type 2 diabetes, a small study suggests. The study found that resveratrol supplements lessened artery stiffness in some people with type 2 diabetes. Stiffening of the arteries, called arteriosclerosis, raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. "In treatment with resveratrol among p...

  • Reasons Why Parents Should Be Wary of '13 Reasons Why'

    Posted: 05/11/2017

    Reasons Why Parents Should Be Wary of '13 Reasons Why' THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It started as a bestselling novel aimed at teens. In 2007, Thirteen Reasons Why , by first-time novelist Jay Asher, outlined the story of a 16-year-old named Hannah Baker. In the book, Hannah recounts -- from beyond the grave -- the high school gossip, humiliation, bullying, invasion of privacy, betrayal and sexual assault that led her to suicide. In the spring of 2017, "13 Reasons Why" became an even more p...

  • Rydapt Approved for Adults With Acute Myeloid Leukemia

    Posted: 05/07/2017

    Rydapt Approved for Adults With Acute Myeloid Leukemia FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rydapt (midostaurin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in combination with chemotherapy, to treat adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have a specific genetic mutation dubbed FLT3. AML, a rapidly spreading cancer that forms in the blood marrow and spikes white blood cells, is projected to be diagnosed in just under 20,000 people, and more than 10,000 are expected to die of ...

  • Repeat Teen Births Still a Problem in United States: CDC

    Posted: 05/04/2017

    Repeat Teen Births Still a Problem in United States: CDC THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After having one baby and tending to the infant's dirty diapers and middle-of-the night wails, you'd think that most teens would want to wait awhile before having a second baby. But, a new U.S. government report finds that's not always the case. Instead, tens of thousands of American teens are getting pregnant for a second time. Most teens do seem to be trying not to have another child. Still, about 17 ...

  • Routine Tests Urged for Pregnancy Complication Preeclampsia

    Posted: 05/02/2017

    Routine Tests Urged for Pregnancy Complication Preeclampsia TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should screen all pregnant women for preeclampsia, a serious complication tied to high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Expectant mothers should have their blood pressure checked throughout their pregnancy -- even if they have no signs or symptoms of preeclampsia, according to the task force's final recommendation released Tuesday. The USPSTF, an independen...

  • Regular Phys Ed Builds More Than Fitness

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Regular Phys Ed Builds More Than Fitness MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rules requiring regular physical education for young teens stem from "good science," researchers say. Frequent "phys ed" classes not only improve fitness, they also encourage healthy living, finds a study from Oregon State University. Researchers looked at more than 400 students, ages 12 to 15. They found that more than one in five received no physical education, and only about 27 percent met federal government physical ...

  • Race May Play Role in Obese Teens' Blood Pressure

    Posted: 04/17/2017

    Race May Play Role in Obese Teens' Blood Pressure MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese teenagers are at increased risk of high blood pressure, but the effects of those extra pounds may vary by race and ethnicity, a new study suggests. Researchers found that obesity had a bigger impact on blood pressure of Hispanic and white teens, compared to their black and Asian peers. It appeared to raise their risk of high blood pressure by four to six times. Pediatric experts said the impact on Hispanic...

  • Rehab Services Lacking in States Hit Hard by Opioids

    Posted: 04/16/2017

    Rehab Services Lacking in States Hit Hard by Opioids FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid treatment programs for low-income Americans are in short supply in areas where they're needed the most, a new study contends. Lack of affordable access is particularly apparent across the Southeast, researchers said. The finding follows the Trump Administration's announcement last week that it would be establishing a new commission to focus on the nation's growing opioid epidemic. Opioid medications inc...