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  • Childhood Chemo May Have Lasting Effects on Memory

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Childhood Chemo May Have Lasting Effects on Memory TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood cancer survivors who had chemotherapy may have certain types of thinking and memory problems as young adults, a small study suggests. Belgian researchers assessed 31 young adults who had undergone chemotherapy. They were at an average age of slightly over 6 when they had the treatment. The researchers compared them with a control group of young adults who hadn't received chemotherapy. Both groups had ...

  • Cocaine, Other Drugs Detected in Carrie Fisher's System After Her Death

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Cocaine, Other Drugs Detected in Carrie Fisher's System After Her Death TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Autopsy results reveal that a cocktail of illicit drugs was in actress Carrie Fisher's system after her death on Dec. 27, but it remains unclear what role they may have played in her death. The autopsy report released Monday says Fisher, who died at 60, may have taken cocaine on Dec. 20, three days before she became ill on a Dec. 23 flight from London to Los Angeles, the Associated Press re...

  • Could a Monetary Perk Help Keep HIV Patients on Their Meds?

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Could a Monetary Perk Help Keep HIV Patients on Their Meds? WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There are mixed results from a new study on the use of monetary rewards to help boost the odds that HIV-infected patients will enter care, and take their meds as directed. The study, conducted at HIV clinics in New York City and Washington, D.C., found that financial incentives such as gift cards could improve the likelihood that HIV patients would take antiretroviral medications that suppress the AI...

  • Could You Raise a 'No-Diaper' Baby?

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Could You Raise a 'No-Diaper' Baby? WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Environmentally conscious parents have long struggled with the fact that their baby's dirty diapers wind up in landfills, but what option do they have? Faced with just that dilemma, two married Los Angeles doctors turned to a diaper-free approach with their third child, using an apparently ages-old method known as "elimination communication," or EC. EC definitely isn't for everyone, and probably wouldn't work well in a dayc...

  • Could Your Office Job Rob You of Vitamin D?

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Could Your Office Job Rob You of Vitamin D? THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spending your days cooped up inside an office might mean you're not getting enough vital vitamin D -- know as the "sunshine vitamin," researchers report. Canadian researchers found that vitamin D deficiency levels differ by occupation, with people who are closeted indoors faring worse than others. "We know that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is prevalent in the population at large. We can now say that occupat...

  • Choosing the Right Sunglasses

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Choosing the Right Sunglasses FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might think of eye problems like cataracts as signs of old age, but one step you can take now will protect your vision for the future -- and you can do it with style. We're talking about sunglasses. Your eyes need to be protected from the dangers of UV light the same way your skin does. And just like your skin, it's protection you need every day, not just when you're at the beach. Eye doctors recommend wearing your shades anytim...

  • Can Smartphone Use Bring on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Can Smartphone Use Bring on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who spend lots of time on their smartphones may be scrolling, tapping and swiping their way to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful wrist and hand disorder. A small study found a link between extended use of smartphones and other hand-held electronic devices and a greater likelihood for experiencing the telltale wrist and hand pain of the syndrome. But the researchers did not prove that heavy smartphone use...

  • Childhood Poverty May Predict Heart Failure in Adulthood

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Childhood Poverty May Predict Heart Failure in Adulthood MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Growing up poor might put you at risk for heart failure in adulthood, a new study suggests. Heart failure, a progressive condition, means the heart isn't pumping as well as it should. This causes fatigue and shortness of breath, and can make everyday activities difficult to carry out. Finnish researchers looked at household income for hundreds of children in 1980. The findings showed that kids from poor fa...

  • Could Shift Work Damage Your DNA?

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Could Shift Work Damage Your DNA? TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When people work the night shift, their bodies might have less capacity to repair everyday damage to cells' DNA, a small study hints. The research found that people excreted lower levels of a chemical called 8-OH-dG when they worked at night. That might be a sign that the body's ability to repair DNA damage is diminished. While this is all theoretical, a number of studies have tied shift work to higher risks of obesity, diabete...

  • Can an Aspirin a Day Keep a Pregnancy Complication Away?

    Posted: 06/28/2017

    Can an Aspirin a Day Keep a Pregnancy Complication Away? WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Something as simple as taking a low-dose aspirin every day may protect pregnant women from the life-threatening condition known as preeclampsia, new research suggests. "Preeclampsia is one of the most serious complications of pregnancy, with a high risk of death for the mother and baby," said senior study author Dr. Kypros Nicolaides. He is a professor of fetal medicine at Kings College Hospital in Lond...