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  • Time Zone Changes Give Edge to Athletes From West

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Time Zone Changes Give Edge to Athletes From West FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Traveling across several time zones can be draining for anyone. So, how do professional athletes manage to turn around and compete in games after traveling from one coast to another? Apparently, not always that well, a new study says. And that's especially true when teams are traveling from an earlier time zone to a later one. When professional sports teams in North America travel west to east, they have a higher...

  • Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. laws designed to curb abuse of opioid painkillers haven't reduced misuse or overdoses by disabled Medicare beneficiaries, a new study suggests. Between 2006 and 2012, states enacted 81 laws to control use of powerful opioids such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. But even with these new prescription-drug monitoring programs and other regulations, researchers found that 45 percent of disabled Medicare beneficiaries...

  • Those Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Those Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who learn to stand up relatively early may also do a bit better with attention, memory and learning by the time they are preschoolers, a new study suggests. Experts have known that significant delays in reaching movement "milestones" -- such as crawling, standing and walking -- are a sign that a baby may go on to have developmental disabilities. But the new study found a pattern even among babies who...

  • Type of Disease May Dictate End-of-Life Care

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Type of Disease May Dictate End-of-Life Care MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have cancer or dementia tend to receive more end-of-life care than those dying from other conditions, a new study of Veteran Affairs hospitals finds. The study also found that fewer cancer and dementia patients died in intensive care units, because these patients had more palliative care and end-of-life planning, such as do-not-resuscitate orders, than people with other serious illnesses. Those other illn...

  • Teen Obesity May Mean Liver Disease Later

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Teen Obesity May Mean Liver Disease Later THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older teen boys who are overweight or obese could be at increased risk for severe liver disease later in life, a new study suggests. The research included nearly 45,000 Swedish males who entered military service in their late teens between 1969 and 1970. The investigators reviewed over 40 years of their health information. Nearly 400 of them were diagnosed with severe liver disease, the study authors said. Men who were...

  • Timing of Zika Infection in Pregnancy May Be Key to Birth Defect Risk

    Posted: 06/23/2016

    Timing of Zika Infection in Pregnancy May Be Key to Birth Defect Risk WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The danger of Zika-related birth defects may be confined to maternal infections that occur during the first two trimesters of a pregnancy, a new study suggests. Colombian and U.S. researchers studied almost 12,000 pregnancies occurring in 2015 among women in Colombia, a country that is endemic for the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus. The study detected no cases of infant abnormalities ...

  • Tight Blood Sugar Control Helps Fight Diabetic Eye Disease

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Tight Blood Sugar Control Helps Fight Diabetic Eye Disease SATURDAY, June 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive blood sugar control appears to reduce the risk of eye disease progression in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study says. People with type 2 diabetes are at risk for the eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. This condition damages tiny blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. Researchers compared type 2 diabetes patients who received either intensiv...

  • Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease a Dangerous Combo

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease a Dangerous Combo SATURDAY, June 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prospects for people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease may be grimmer than previously believed, researchers report. "Type 2 diabetes accompanied by an acute coronary syndrome needs much more attention, especially in order to prevent yet another major cardiac event," said study leader Dr. William White. He is a professor with the University of Connecticut Health Center's Calhoun Cardiology Center. The study ...

  • The Childhood Incidents That Increase Later Suicide Risk

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    The Childhood Incidents That Increase Later Suicide Risk MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who witnessed parental domestic violence in childhood are at increased risk for suicide attempts, a new study finds. "When domestic violence is chronic in a home, there is a risk of long-term negative outcomes for the children, even when the children themselves are not abused," said study lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson. She is a professor with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Social Work. The...

  • Teen Smoking Down, E-Cigarette Use Up

    Posted: 06/16/2016

    Teen Smoking Down, E-Cigarette Use Up THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It may seem like eye-rolling teens never listen, but a new U.S. government report finds many kids are getting some health messages loud and clear. Smoking among high school students is at an all-time low. Slightly more than one in 10 high schoolers used cigarettes in 2015. That's down from more than one in four in 1991, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. However, use of e-cigarettes is up...