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  • Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives

    Posted: 07/01/2016

    Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of the musician Prince's death from a painkiller overdose, a new study suggests some opioid-related deaths could be prevented by routinely prescribing an antidote for certain patients who take the medications. Researchers found that those who received prescriptions for the antidote naloxone (Evzio) were less likely to return for emergency care related to their painkiller use. "Th...

  • Gene Tied to Breast Cancer Raises Uterine Cancer Risk Too

    Posted: 07/01/2016

    Gene Tied to Breast Cancer Raises Uterine Cancer Risk Too THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a gene mutation known as BRCA1 have an increased risk for a deadly form of uterine cancer, a new study finds. The BRCA1 gene mutation is already well known for significantly increasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. In fact, the risk is so high that some women consider having both breasts, as well as their ovaries, removed to prevent breast and ovarian cancers, the researchers noted....

  • Guidelines Stop Heat Stroke Deaths in High School Athletes

    Posted: 06/30/2016

    Guidelines Stop Heat Stroke Deaths in High School Athletes THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There have been no deaths among high school football players during preseason practice in states with guidelines to help students get used to the heat over time, a new study says. In contrast, heat stroke deaths during preseason practices were 2.5 times higher in states before they adopted the guidelines, the study found. "A lot of people don't realize that heat stroke is preventable, and a bigger numb...

  • Got a Spare 15 Minutes? A Little Exercise May Boost Life Span

    Posted: 06/22/2016

    Got a Spare 15 Minutes? A Little Exercise May Boost Life Span TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just 15 minutes of exercise a day may lower older adults' risk of early death by one-fifth, a new study suggests. The research included more than 123,000 people, aged 60 and older. The study's mean follow-up time was 10 years. Compared to those who were inactive, those with low levels of activity were 22 percent less likely to die during the study period, the investigators found. In addition, for peo...

  • Gun Injuries More Often Fatal Now, Study Finds

    Posted: 06/22/2016

    Gun Injuries More Often Fatal Now, Study Finds TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Injuries from senseless gun violence -- like those witnessed in Orlando on Sunday morning -- may be increasing in severity in ERs across the United States, a new study suggests. "Americans mourn firearm-related fatalities every day," said lead researcher Dr. Angela Sauaia, a professor of public health and surgery at the University of Colorado, in Denver. "Mass shootings are just the tip of the iceberg of the daily ...

  • Great Recession Linked to Weight Gain in Kids

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Great Recession Linked to Weight Gain in Kids FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links unemployment during the recent Great Recession with weight gain in children. "This study tells a dramatic story about the negative and lasting health effects of an economic shock like the Great Recession, effects that have not been fully understood," said study leader Vanessa Oddo. She is a doctoral candidate in human nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "Ch...

  • Gruesome Cigarette Pack Images Seem to Help Some People Quit

    Posted: 06/14/2016

    Gruesome Cigarette Pack Images Seem to Help Some People Quit MONDAY, June 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ghastly smoking-relating photos on cigarette packs do encourage smokers to quit, a new study finds. "This is the first top-quality evidence available that these warnings do change behavior," said lead researcher Noel Brewer. He is an associate professor of health behavior at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Such habit-changing images show smoke emerging from a hole (stoma) in the neck, s...

  • Girl With Zika Birth Defect Born at New Jersey Hospital

    Posted: 06/09/2016

    Girl With Zika Birth Defect Born at New Jersey Hospital WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A woman from Honduras who apparently became infected with the Zika virus in her home country gave birth Tuesday in a New Jersey hospital to a baby girl with the birth defect characteristic of the disease, officials said. The baby has an abnormally small head, a condition called microcephaly that also results in an underdeveloped brain, hospital officials said. Dr. Manny Alvarez, chairman of the Department...

  • Genes Might Help Shield Some Black Men From Obesity

    Posted: 06/08/2016

    Genes Might Help Shield Some Black Men From Obesity WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Though the obesity epidemic affects people of all backgrounds, experts have long noted that black women face a notably higher risk of being overweight or obese than black men. Now, a new study has identified genetic factors in black men with a strong West African ancestry that are associated with a lower risk of belly fat. But this apparent benefit doesn't extend to black women, regardless of their lineage. "...

  • Global Recession May Have Contributed to Cancer Deaths

    Posted: 06/05/2016

    Global Recession May Have Contributed to Cancer Deaths THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The 2008 global economic crisis has been linked to a sharp rise in deaths from cancer, a new study reports. Unemployment and cuts in public health-care spending were associated with more than 260,000 additional cancer deaths by 2010. Most of those deaths -- 160,000 -- were in the European Union, the researchers said. The study included 70 countries and a total of more than 2 billion people, according to the...