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  • Expert Panel Recommends Questionnaire to Help Spot Depression

    Posted: 08/04/2015

    Expert Panel Recommends Questionnaire to Help Spot Depression MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Part of your next visit to your family doctor's office should be spent filling out a questionnaire to assess whether you're suffering from depression, an influential panel of preventive medicine experts recommends. What's more, people concerned that they might be depressed could download an appropriate questionnaire online, fill it out ahead of time and hand it over to their doctor for evaluation, the...

  • Early Birth Linked to Introversion, Neuroticism in Adult Life

    Posted: 08/03/2015

    Early Birth Linked to Introversion, Neuroticism in Adult Life MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who were severely underweight at birth or who were born very prematurely may be more likely to be introverted, neurotic and afraid to take risks, a new European study suggests. The findings may help explain why these adults are more likely to have relationship and career problems, the researchers contended. However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Babies born at less th...

  • Exercise May Buffer Symptoms of Early Alzheimer's

    Posted: 07/31/2015

    Exercise May Buffer Symptoms of Early Alzheimer's THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise may be the best medicine for seniors facing the onset of dementia, according to three new clinical trials. Physical activity improved mood, memory and ability to think for participants in all three studies. One study found that intense aerobic exercise improves blood flow to key areas of the brain, and appears to reduce the tau protein tangles that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheim...

  • Experts Offer Diving Safety Tips

    Posted: 07/20/2015

    Experts Offer Diving Safety Tips SATURDAY, July 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's tempting to dive into pools, lakes and other bodies of water when you're trying to cool off on a hot summer day, but it can be dangerous if you don't take proper safety precautions, experts warn. Each year, hundreds of people in the United States are paralyzed from neck and spine injuries suffered after diving head-first into shallow lakes and pools, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Ame...

  • Experts Urge Caution With Popular Painkillers After FDA Warning

    Posted: 07/19/2015

    Experts Urge Caution With Popular Painkillers After FDA Warning FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who regularly reach for widely used painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen may need to think carefully before they pop those pills, heart experts say. Mounting evidence has shown that chronic use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can raise a person's risk of heart attack and stroke. The evidence is strong enough that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered d...

  • Extreme Weather May Raise Risk of Salmonella Infection, Study Says

    Posted: 07/19/2015

    Extreme Weather May Raise Risk of Salmonella Infection, Study Says FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Extreme heat and rainfall are associated with rising rates of salmonella infections, a new study says. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health suggest the risk for these infections is likely to grow as climate change increases the number of extreme weather events. They said coastal communities are particularly vulnerable to these food-borne bacterial infections. "We fo...

  • Early Intervention Shows Promise in Treating Schizophrenia

    Posted: 07/15/2015

    Early Intervention Shows Promise in Treating Schizophrenia WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Interventions that include resiliency training, education and job support may boost the mental health of patients in the early stages of schizophrenia, new research reveals. The finding, reported in the July issue of Psychiatric Services , followed an assessment of several specialty care programs, including some funded through a U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) initiative known as RAISE ...

  • Exotic Squirrels Transmit Deadly Virus to Breeders in Germany, Study Finds

    Posted: 07/15/2015

    Exotic Squirrels Transmit Deadly Virus to Breeders in Germany, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- After the mysterious deaths of three German variegated squirrel breeders, researchers have identified a deadly new virus that can be transmitted from variegated squirrels to humans. But you don't need to be concerned about the squirrels scurrying across your path every day. Variegated squirrels are an exotic breed native to southern Mexico and Central America. "A new bornavirus that can...

  • Experimental Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise

    Posted: 07/15/2015

    Experimental Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary trial results suggest that an experimental psoriasis drug may control the chronic skin disease better than the current standard treatment. The drug, guselkumab, was compared to the commonly used medication adalimumab (Humira, Enbrel) in a study involving nearly 300 patients with plaque psoriasis. Up to 86 percent of patients who received guselkumab cleared their psoriasis or had minimal psoriasis after 16 w...

  • Entresto Approved for Heart Failure

    Posted: 07/14/2015

    Entresto Approved for Heart Failure TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the drug Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) to treat heart failure. Characterized by the heart's inability to pump enough blood, the progressive disease affects some 5.1 million people in the United States. Heart attack, high blood pressure and other conditions that damage the heart are primary causes, the agency said in a news release. "Heart failure is a leading cause of...