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  • Mice May Be Key to Kids' Asthma Attacks at School

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Mice May Be Key to Kids' Asthma Attacks at School FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Research investigating schoolchildren's asthma attacks has pointed to a tiny foe: mice. Allergens from the rodents can infiltrate the air, the study found, and may be a major cause of asthma attacks in the school environment. It's known that many different allergy triggers -- from dust mites to mold to pet dander -- can fuel children's asthma symptoms. But most research has focused on the triggers in kids' homes. ...

  • Men More Likely to Use Marijuana Than Women, Study Finds

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Men More Likely to Use Marijuana Than Women, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As more American adults choose to puff at the marijuana pipe, a gender difference is becoming clear -- men are significantly more likely to smoke pot than women, a new study finds. Compared with 2002, an additional 6 million men reported past-year pot smoking in 2014. For women, that number was 4 million, the researchers said. Use remained at about 13 percent for men and 7 percent for women for a number of ...

  • Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many medical students from around the world struggle with depression, and more than 1 in 10 have suicidal thoughts, researchers report. And only about 16 percent of the students who tested positive for depression sought treatment, they added. The researchers analyzed nearly 200 studies that included a total of 129,000 medical students in 47 countries. They found that the rate of depression or depressive symptoms...

  • Missing Just 1 Hour of Sleep May Double Drivers' Crash Risk

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Missing Just 1 Hour of Sleep May Double Drivers' Crash Risk TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Missing just an hour or two of sleep at night nearly doubles your chances of a car crash the next day, a new report suggests. And getting behind the wheel after only four to five hours of shut-eye quadruples that risk. That's comparable to driving with a blood alcohol concentration considered legally drunk, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety researchers warned. "This is the first study to actually qu...

  • Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report. Working-age adults are particularly vulnerable, the study found. Some 13 percent reported forgoing dental care because of cost. That's nearly double the proportion of seniors and triple the percentage of children for whom cost poses a barrier to dental care, the study showed. Cost was the main im...

  • Marijuana Derivative May Curb Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Marijuana Derivative May Curb Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A purified oral version of a marijuana compound may help with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy, two new clinical trials show. The researchers found that the compound, cannabidiol (CBD), helped reduce seizure frequency in children and adults with two hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. The drug is still experimental, and doctors stressed that it did not help every...

  • Martial Arts Can Be Hazardous to Kids

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Martial Arts Can Be Hazardous to Kids MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Perhaps there's a black belt in your child's future. But for safety's sake, kids should only engage in noncontact forms of martial arts, a new American Academy of Pediatrics report says. About 6.5 million U.S. children practice martial arts such as mixed martial arts, karate, taekwondo and judo. While these popular sports can improve fitness, motor skills and emotional development, they also carry the risk of injury. Certain...

  • Many Women With Chronic Ills Don't Use Online Tools

    Posted: 12/05/2016

    Many Women With Chronic Ills Don't Use Online Tools MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chronically ill women who don't use the internet may struggle with worse health, a new study finds. "A significantly larger proportion of non-internet users reported needing help learning what to do to manage their health conditions and needing help learning how to care for their health conditions," said researcher Carolyn Mendez-Luck. She's an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health S...

  • Mouthguard a Key Defense Against Sports-Related Injuries

    Posted: 12/05/2016

    Mouthguard a Key Defense Against Sports-Related Injuries MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Safety gear for athletes playing contact sports should include mouthguards, say dental experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sports-related dental injuries send more than 600,000 people to the emergency room every year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Most of these injuries involve the front teeth, but the tongue and cheeks can also be hurt while playing sports, t...

  • Mercury Levels Dropping in North Atlantic Tuna

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    Mercury Levels Dropping in North Atlantic Tuna WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mercury levels in one tuna species have decreased along with industrial emissions of the dangerous chemical element, a new study finds. The results suggest that reductions in mercury emissions could quickly result in lower mercury levels in some species of ocean fish, according to researcher Nicholas Fisher and colleagues. Fisher is a professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook Unive...