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  • Day Care Babies Catch Stomach Bugs Earlier, But Get Fewer Later

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Day Care Babies Catch Stomach Bugs Earlier, But Get Fewer Later TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies in day care catch their first stomach bug earlier than home-based infants, but end up getting fewer of these gastrointestinal illnesses during their preschool years, new research suggests. Analyzing a group of more than 2,200 children -- 83 percent of whom attended day care before age 1 -- Dutch scientists found a 13 percent higher rate of so-called acute gastroenteritis, or "stomach flu," ...

  • Drug for Yeast Infections May Raise Miscarriage Risk, FDA Warns

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Drug for Yeast Infections May Raise Miscarriage Risk, FDA Warns TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should use caution when prescribing the antifungal drug fluconazole during pregnancy because it may raise the risk of miscarriage, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Fluconazole (brand name Diflucan) is used to treat vaginal yeast infections. "Patients who are pregnant or actively trying to get pregnant should talk to their health care professionals about alternative treatment op...

  • Do Genes That Protect Against Dementia Guard Against Chronic Diseases?

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Do Genes That Protect Against Dementia Guard Against Chronic Diseases? THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy elderly people have a higher-than-normal number of genetic variants that protect against mental decline, a new study reports. The findings suggest a possible link between long-term brain health and protection from chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, the researchers said. "For many decades, we have searched for the genetic causes of disease in sick individua...

  • Drug Shows Promise Against Rare, Aggressive Skin Cancer

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Drug Shows Promise Against Rare, Aggressive Skin Cancer TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A newer drug that boosts the immune system's ability to kill tumor cells may help people with a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer, a preliminary study suggests. The intravenous drug, marketed as Keytruda, is already used to treat some advanced cases of melanoma, another dangerous form of skin cancer. The new study tested it against a skin tumor called Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). Most people have proba...

  • Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change is already harming people's health by promoting illnesses linked to warmer temperatures and changing weather patterns, a leading group of U.S. doctors says in a new position paper. As a result, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling for "aggressive, concerted" action to fight climate change by curbing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Respiratory illnesses, heat stroke and infectious disea...

  • Doctors May Be Ordering Too Many Neck Artery Scans: Study

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Doctors May Be Ordering Too Many Neck Artery Scans: Study MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that many heart patients are scanned for potential blockages in their carotid arteries for uncertain or inappropriate reasons. The carotid arteries, which run up both sides of the neck, deliver blood to the brain. If they become blocked, that can cause a stroke. Once spotted, a blockage can be treated with surgery or medication, the researchers said. But among more than 4,000 VA pati...

  • Drug Seems to Extend Survival for Advanced Melanoma Patients

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Drug Seems to Extend Survival for Advanced Melanoma Patients MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of advanced melanoma patients were still alive five years after starting therapy with the cancer drug nivolumab (Opdivo), researchers are reporting. "In 2012, we saw some very promising early evidence that this drug could not only cause the regression of very advanced cancer in patients with melanoma, lung or kidney cancers that had not responded to other forms of therapy, but we a...

  • Depression Common for Heart Attack Survivors, And More May Need Help

    Posted: 04/25/2016

    Depression Common for Heart Attack Survivors, And More May Need Help SATURDAY, April 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although depression, stress and exhaustion are known to increase heart attack risk, people who've already had a heart attack may not be getting the treatment they need for these conditions, new research suggests. The Swedish study included more than 800 people younger than 75. Their average age was 62. All had suffered one heart attack. The researchers compared this group to an equal number ...

  • Depression More Common in Kids Who Join Gangs, Study Finds

    Posted: 04/24/2016

    Depression More Common in Kids Who Join Gangs, Study Finds FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Depression and suicidal thoughts or attempts are common among youth who join gangs, and these problems get worse after they join, a new study suggests. The researchers analyzed data from more than 11,000 students in middle schools and high schools across the United States. The investigators found that gang membership was associated with greater levels of depression, a 67 percent increase in suicidal tho...

  • Diabetes Steals Years, Adds Disabilities

    Posted: 04/21/2016

    Diabetes Steals Years, Adds Disabilities THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with diabetes die earlier and suffer longer with disabilities than men and women without the blood-sugar disease, researchers are reporting. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes will shorten the lives of 50-year-old men and women by more than three years. And only about 13 of their remaining years will be disability-free, the new study found. "People with diabetes are spending a significant proportion of life with disabil...