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  • Fewer SIDS Deaths in U.S., But Gaps Among Racial Groups Remain

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Fewer SIDS Deaths in U.S., But Gaps Among Racial Groups Remain MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer U.S. babies are dying from SIDS, but certain minorities remain at greater risk, a new study finds. Researchers who tracked cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) from 1995 through 2013 found that American Indian/Alaska Natives and blacks had double the rate in 2013 compared to whites. That was so despite a significant decline in SIDS rates among blacks during the study period, the research...

  • For Inflamed Pancreas, Eating Right Away May Be Best Medicine

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    For Inflamed Pancreas, Eating Right Away May Be Best Medicine TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting hospital patients with mild pancreatitis to start eating sooner may speed their recovery, a new study says. The finding challenges the long-held belief that these patients should avoid solid food for days. The University of Michigan researchers analyzed studies that included nearly 1,000 people hospitalized for pancreatitis. This is when the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing pain and swelling...

  • Forget Steroid Shots for Long-Term Relief of Arthritic Knees

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Forget Steroid Shots for Long-Term Relief of Arthritic Knees TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Steroid shots are a common treatment for arthritic knees. But, a new study says their long-term use is ineffective and may even reduce cartilage. Knee osteoarthritis patients who got steroid injections every three months for two years had no less pain than those taking a placebo treatment. And they had greater loss of cartilage, the rubbery tissue that acts as a cushion between the bones of joints, res...

  • Fido or Fluffy Can Bring You a Big Health Boost

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Fido or Fluffy Can Bring You a Big Health Boost TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans love their pets and spend lots of money to keep them happy and healthy. But being a pet owner also has a lot of benefits for the human half of the relationship. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, there are the physical boosts, like lower blood pressure, lower heart rate and lower cholesterol. Being with your pet also reduces your response to stress and helps you to recover fr...

  • Fruits, Veggies May Benefit Your Legs, Too

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Fruits, Veggies May Benefit Your Legs, Too THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may help keep your leg arteries free of blockages, a new study suggests. "Our study gives further evidence for the importance of incorporating more fruits and vegetables in the diet," said study co-author Dr. Sean Heffron. He's an instructor in medicine at New York University School of Medicine. People with peripheral artery disease have narrowing of the leg arteries, which limits...

  • First-Try Antibiotics Now Fail in 1 in 4 Adult Pneumonia Cases

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    First-Try Antibiotics Now Fail in 1 in 4 Adult Pneumonia Cases SUNDAY, May 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first prescription of an antibiotic that the average U.S. adult with pneumonia receives is now ineffective in about a quarter of cases, a new study finds. In these cases, more or different antibiotics were needed, or the patient's condition worsened to require ER admission or hospitalization within a month of the antibiotics being taken, the research team said. The results are "concerning," becaus...

  • Fewer U.S. Teens Are Boozing It Up

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Fewer U.S. Teens Are Boozing It Up MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- American teens are hitting the bottle less often than they did 25 years ago, new research reveals. The analysis found that while 5 percent of 13-year-olds frequently binge drank between 1991 and 1998, only 2.6 percent were doing so in 2015. Among 18-year-olds, that number fell from 20 percent to less than 15 percent in the same time frame. "Frequent binge drinking" was defined as knocking back five or more drinks in a row, on tw...

  • Fewer U.S. High School Students Drink, CDC Finds

    Posted: 05/18/2017

    Fewer U.S. High School Students Drink, CDC Finds THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking among U.S. high school students has plummeted in recent years, a new government report shows. High schoolers who say they drink dropped from about half of students in 1991 down to around one out of three in 2015, an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals. Binge drinking also declined among high school students, from about 32 percent of all students in 1999 to ab...

  • FDA Approves 1st New Drug for ALS in Decades

    Posted: 05/15/2017

    FDA Approves 1st New Drug for ALS in Decades MONDAY, May 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first new drug to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in more than 20 years has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Radicava (edaravone) is taken intravenously daily for 14 days, followed by 14 days without the drug. Subsequent treatment cycles consist of treatment for 10 out of 14 days, followed by 14 days without the drug. "After learning about the use of edaravone to treat ALS in Japan, ...

  • FDA Warns of Tattoo Dangers

    Posted: 05/14/2017

    FDA Warns of Tattoo Dangers FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Considering a tattoo? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants you to think before you ink. America's body-art craze is not without risks, the agency says. From 2004 to 2016, it received nearly 400 reports of problems with tattoos, such as infections from contaminated tattoo inks or allergic reactions. Potential concerns for consumers include unsafe practices and the ink itself, said Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA's Office of Co...