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  • Childhood Stress Might Raise a Woman's Risk for Preterm Birth

    Posted: 08/03/2015

    Childhood Stress Might Raise a Woman's Risk for Preterm Birth MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stressful events in childhood may increase a woman's risk having a preterm baby, a new study suggests. The research included 200 mothers in Canada who provided information about stressful experiences when they were youngsters. One-third of the women had given birth preterm, while the others delivered at term. Preterm birth is considered to be any birth occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy, according...

  • Climate Change May Be Pushing 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba to Northern Lakes

    Posted: 08/02/2015

    Climate Change May Be Pushing 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba to Northern Lakes FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A deadly "brain-eating" amoeba that lives in freshwater sources may be surviving in more northern areas of the United States thanks to climate change, health experts suggest. Minnesota health officials are still trying to confirm if the death of a Minnesota teen this summer was caused by the single-celled organism Naegleria fowleri . If confirmed, it would be the northernmost infection of Naeg...

  • Chemo May Worsen Quality of Life for End-Stage Cancer Patients

    Posted: 08/01/2015

    Chemo May Worsen Quality of Life for End-Stage Cancer Patients THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy may worsen quality of life for some cancer patients who are nearing death, a new study finds. "Oncologists may presume there to be no harm in giving dying patients chemotherapy, but these data point to more harm than benefit," study author Dr. Holly Prigerson, from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, said in a college news release. The research included more than 300 patien...

  • Certain Generic Meds May Help Older Patients With Early Breast Cancer

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    Certain Generic Meds May Help Older Patients With Early Breast Cancer THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's more evidence that two classes of inexpensive generic drugs reduce the risk of death in postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, a pair of new British studies find. The two classes of drugs -- called aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates -- can also be used together to increase the benefits and reduce some side effects, according to the authors of the studies published July ...

  • Cell Damage Occurs When People Have CT Scans: Study

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    Cell Damage Occurs When People Have CT Scans: Study WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cellular damage occurs when people undergo CT scans, but whether or not this causes cancer or any other health problems is unclear, a new study finds. "The use of medical imaging for heart disease has exploded in the past decade," study senior author Dr. Joseph Wu, director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, said in a Stanford news release. "These tests expose patients to a non-trivial amount of low-d...

  • Change in 'Pap' Test Rules Linked to Drop in STD Testing

    Posted: 07/29/2015

    Change in 'Pap' Test Rules Linked to Drop in STD Testing TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A major change in Pap test guidelines introduced in 2009 may have had an unintended consequence: Some young women are missing out on screening for chlamydia -- a common sexually transmitted disease that can cause infertility if left untreated. That's according to a small, new study that discovered chlamydia screening among 15- to 21-year-olds plummeted after national guidelines were changed to discourage ...

  • Could Antibiotics Raise a Child's Risk for Juvenile Arthritis?

    Posted: 07/28/2015

    Could Antibiotics Raise a Child's Risk for Juvenile Arthritis? MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Here's yet another reason not to overuse antibiotics: Children treated with the antibacterial drugs may face a greater risk for developing juvenile arthritis, new research suggests. The study found that children and teens prescribed antibiotics had about twice the risk of developing juvenile arthritis compared to children the same age who were not prescribed the drugs. "This risk was greatest within ...

  • Common Diabetes Meds Tied to Lower Risk for Parkinson's

    Posted: 07/28/2015

    Common Diabetes Meds Tied to Lower Risk for Parkinson's TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A class of diabetes meds that include widely used drugs such as Actos and Avandia may help protect users against Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 44,600 British diabetes patients who took what are known as glitazone drugs -- Avandia's generic name is rosiglitazone, while pioglitazone is the generic name for Actos. Researchers compared the medical records of those diabete...

  • Could That Before-Dinner Drink Make You Eat More?

    Posted: 07/27/2015

    Could That Before-Dinner Drink Make You Eat More? FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a drink before dinner really may make some people eat more -- by focusing the brain's attention on food aromas, a small study suggests. The effect is modest, and not universal, the researchers said. But the findings, reported in the July issue of the journal Obesity , may offer one explanation for the so-called "aperitif effect" -- where some people feel hungrier when they imbibe. "The joke is, every resta...

  • Could a Saliva Test Help Spot Alzheimer's?

    Posted: 07/27/2015

    Could a Saliva Test Help Spot Alzheimer's? SUNDAY, July 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's still very early, but scientists say a test based on a patient's saliva might someday help detect Alzheimer's disease. "Saliva is easily obtained, safe and affordable, and has promising potential for predicting and tracking cognitive decline, but we're in the very early stages of this work and much more research is needed," study author Shraddha Sapkota, a neuroscience graduate student at the University of Alberta ...