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  • Medical Marijuana's Pain Relief May Work Better for Men

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Medical Marijuana's Pain Relief May Work Better for Men WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking a joint provides greater pain relief to men than to women, a new study indicates. Researchers asked 42 recreational marijuana smokers to place one hand in extremely cold water until they could no longer tolerate the pain. They did this twice: Once after smoking marijuana and once after puffing on a placebo. After smoking marijuana, men reported they were significantly less sensitive to pain. They...

  • Many Teens 'Vaping' for Flavor, Not Nicotine

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Many Teens 'Vaping' for Flavor, Not Nicotine THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Why are American teens tempted to try an e-cigarette? A new study suggests most are interested in the vaping product's flavoring, not nicotine. A team led by Richard Miech, of the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, tracked the responses of nearly 15,000 students who took part in a 2015 U.S. nationwide survey. More than 3,800 of the students -- who were in grades 8, 10 and 12 -- said they had use...

  • Mideast Violence Erasing Decades of Health Gains

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Mideast Violence Erasing Decades of Health Gains THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The 2010 Arab uprising and more recent Mideast wars have harmed health and shortened life expectancy in many countries across the eastern Mediterranean, a new study shows. Researchers warn that strife in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, in particular, could reverse two decades of health gains and affect the region for years to come. They found that between 2010 and 2013, life expectancy fell six years in ...

  • Music Therapy Helps Preemie Babies Thrive

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Music Therapy Helps Preemie Babies Thrive THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The soothing sound of mom singing may help premature newborns breathe easier, a new review finds. The analysis, of over a dozen clinical trials, found that music therapy helped stabilize premature newborns' breathing rate during their time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). For the most part, music therapy involved mothers singing to their babies (though some studies used recordings of mom's voice). And that's...

  • More Americans Can Afford Medications Under Obamacare: Study

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    More Americans Can Afford Medications Under Obamacare: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Though a growing number of Americans are able to afford prescription medications, millions still have difficulty, a new study finds. At the recession's height in 2009, over 25 million Americans said they had not filled a prescription in the previous year because they couldn't afford it, the analysis of federal government data showed. That was nearly one in 10 Americans. Between 1999 and 2009, every age...

  • Mediterranean Diet Shows Its Protective Powers in Heart Patients

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Mediterranean Diet Shows Its Protective Powers in Heart Patients MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet may prolong the lives of heart patients. "Adherence to the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of overall mortality, not only in the general population -- which is already known -- but in patients who already suffered a heart attack," said study researcher Dr. Giovanni de Gaetano. He is head of the department of epidemiology and prevention at t...

  • Many Depressed Adults Not Getting Treatment: Study

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Many Depressed Adults Not Getting Treatment: Study MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most American adults who suffer from depression aren't getting treatment, a new study finds. After screening survey data on more than 46,000 people, researchers found that 8 percent had depression, but only a third were being treated for the mood disorder. The reasons why were varied. "Some adults who experience depressive symptoms do not believe they are significant and require medical attention, or that they c...

  • Mylan to Offer Generic EpiPen

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Mylan to Offer Generic EpiPen MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 -- A cheaper generic version of the emergency allergy treatment EpiPen will be made available within the next few weeks, manufacturer Mylan said Monday. In the wake of mounting criticism over recent price hikes, the company said the generic version will be distributed by its U.S. subsidiary. It will have a list price of $300 for a two-pack, compared with $608 for the brand-name version. The generic version will be available in both 0.15 milligram (mg) ...

  • More Parents Believe Vaccines Are Unnecessary

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    More Parents Believe Vaccines Are Unnecessary MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians are encountering more parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated, mainly because they don't see the point of vaccines, a U.S. survey found. In the survey, conducted in 2013, about 87 percent of pediatricians said they had encountered vaccine refusals, an increase from the 75 percent who reported refusals during the last survey from 2006. The most common reason, provided by three out of every f...

  • Mouse Study Suggests Stem Cells May Reverse Stroke Damage

    Posted: 08/29/2016

    Mouse Study Suggests Stem Cells May Reverse Stroke Damage MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Research in mice shows it may be possible to reverse brain damage after a stroke. "No one in the stroke field has ever shown this, so I believe this is going to be the gold standard for future studies," said senior study author Berislav Zlokovic, director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the University of Southern California. The experimental treatment combined transplanted neural stem cells with a...