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  • Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart Failure

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart Failure TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-dose iron pills don't improve the exercise capacity of iron-deficient patients with a certain type of heart failure, a new study finds. Iron deficiency affects about half of heart failure patients with what's called reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF). This refers to how well the heart's left ventricle pumps with each contraction. This iron shortage is associated with reduced physical funct...

  • It's Often Family to the Rescue During Opioid ODs

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    It's Often Family to the Rescue During Opioid ODs WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The tragic scenario has become far too familiar: A mother, a father or a sibling discovers the lifeless body of a loved one who has overdosed on opioids. But a new study suggests that family members may be able to play a lifesaving role in some of these instances, mostly because of increased access to an antidote that can reverse an otherwise deadly ending. Sometimes, even the victims can rescue themselves from...

  • Is the AIDS Epidemic Winding Down in the U.S.?

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Is the AIDS Epidemic Winding Down in the U.S.? WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could the United States be turning the corner on the AIDS epidemic? New research suggests it's possible. If certain targets are met, the rate of new infections may be down to 12,000 a year by 2025, which would mark a transition toward the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the researchers said. "Achieving these targets will require a sustained and intensified national commitment to ending the epidemic," said study auth...

  • Increasing Numbers of Pregnant Women Also Have Heart Disease

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Increasing Numbers of Pregnant Women Also Have Heart Disease MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many more American women with heart disease are choosing to have babies, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 81,000 women with heart disease from 2003 to 2012. They found that the proportion who had babies rose 24 percent during that time. "We learned that in addition to the high and growing prevalence of women with heart disease delivering babies, the reasons are mainly related to increa...

  • Is Your Child's Day Care Center Ready for Pandemic Flu?

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Is Your Child's Day Care Center Ready for Pandemic Flu? MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of U.S. child care centers are not fully prepared to handle the risks posed by a possible influenza pandemic, a new investigation warns. The finding is based on the results of two flu-preparedness telephone surveys conducted in 2008 and 2016, both before and after the 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic. During both surveys, only 7 percent of child care center directors said that they had taken ...

  • Is Early Puberty in Girls a Risk Factor for Dating Abuse?

    Posted: 05/15/2017

    Is Early Puberty in Girls a Risk Factor for Dating Abuse? MONDAY, May 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who go through puberty earlier than their peers may be more vulnerable to abuse from a boyfriend, new research suggests. These girls were more likely to say a boyfriend had verbally or physically abused them: 32 percent did, versus 28 percent of their peers who went through puberty "on time." It's a small difference, said senior researcher Sara Jaffee, a professor of psychology at the University of Pe...

  • Is This Enzyme Making You Fat?

    Posted: 05/10/2017

    Is This Enzyme Making You Fat? WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've found an enzyme in mice associated with obesity and a loss of exercise capacity in midlife, suggesting that the discovery could eventually lead to new weight-loss medications. The team at the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) gave one group of mice a drug that inhibits the activity of the enzyme called DNA-PK. Another group of mice wasn't given the drug. Both groups were fed a high-fat ...

  • Is Your Child Using Drugs?

    Posted: 05/04/2017

    Is Your Child Using Drugs? THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mood swings and sudden changes in behavior can be a normal part of growing up, often starting in the tween years. But they can also signal substance abuse. They're among the signs that parents should look for if they're concerned that their child might be using drugs. Other signs include sudden changes in his or her relationships with family and friends. The child might stop caring about how he or she looks. Parents might notice cha...

  • Is a Low-Salt Diet Always Healthy?

    Posted: 05/02/2017

    Is a Low-Salt Diet Always Healthy? TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Steering clear of salty foods might not be as helpful for your heart health as previously thought, a new study claims. Participants in a long-range heart study did not appear to derive any health advantage from a low-salt diet, said lead researcher Lynn Moore. "People who were on a lower-sodium [salt] diet in general over the next 20 or 30 years actually had no benefit, specifically in terms of their blood pressure or their r...

  • Ick! Synthetic Mucus Could Battle Dangerous Bugs

    Posted: 05/02/2017

    Ick! Synthetic Mucus Could Battle Dangerous Bugs TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Snot, phlegm and other forms of mucus may not be everyone's favorite subject, but scientists say synthetic mucus might help save lives. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said the lab-made goo could help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. By replicating mucus' natural ability to control dangerous bacteria, the hope is to find new ways to fight infections. "I am so excited about mucus bec...