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  • No Amount of Lead Is Safe for Kids

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    No Amount of Lead Is Safe for Kids MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- No amount of lead exposure is safe for children, and stricter regulations are needed to protect youngsters from this serious health threat, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. There's growing evidence that even low levels of lead exposure previously considered safe can cause permanent mental, behavioral and school problems in children, according to the pediatricians' group. Identifying and eliminating lead sources be...

  • Nearly 10 Million Americans Are Severely Nearsighted

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Nearly 10 Million Americans Are Severely Nearsighted TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About 9.6 million Americans are severely nearsighted, a new study finds. Rates of nearsightedness -- also known as myopia -- in the United States rose from 25 percent in the early 1970s to 40 percent around 2000, the study authors said. Most cases of nearsightedness can be corrected with eyewear or surgery. However, severe nearsightedness can cause complications that threaten vision. The new study is based on...

  • Novel Brain Cancer Treatment Taps Into Sound Waves

    Posted: 06/23/2016

    Novel Brain Cancer Treatment Taps Into Sound Waves WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Brain cancer patients might benefit from an implantable ultrasound device that appears to enhance chemotherapy treatment, a small study says. Researchers from the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris and other French institutions tested the experimental device on 15 patients with recurrent glioblastoma, a particularly deadly brain cancer. When the so-called SonoCloud was activated, sound waves opened the blood...

  • New Psoriasis Drug Works Longer Term, Too

    Posted: 06/16/2016

    New Psoriasis Drug Works Longer Term, Too WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug that has shown "unprecedented" effects on the skin condition psoriasis seems to work well in the longer term, too, researchers report. The drug, called ixekizumab (Taltz), was approved in March by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That came after initial trials showed that over 12 weeks, the drug soundly beat standard medication for moderate-to-severe psoriasis. The new findings show the benefits are st...

  • No Sex Please, I'm a Stressed New Mom

    Posted: 06/15/2016

    No Sex Please, I'm a Stressed New Mom WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- First-time parents may see their sex life hit the skids if mom feels stressed about her parenting skills, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when a new mother was anxious about her parenting abilities, she and her partner tended to be less satisfied with their sex life, compared to other first-time parents. For men, it was different: Only their partners' stress levels -- and not their own -- seemed to affect thei...

  • New Test Helps Identify Rare Genetic Diseases in Newborns

    Posted: 06/07/2016

    New Test Helps Identify Rare Genetic Diseases in Newborns MONDAY, May 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New gene screening methods may greatly improve doctors' ability to quickly diagnose rare genetic diseases in newborns, researchers say. The new test includes all of the more than 4,800 genes currently known to be linked with rare diseases. Canadian researchers used the test to try to diagnose 20 newborns who had a variety of medical problems. Half of the infants had neurological symptoms, such as seizures....

  • New Labeling Offers More Protection for Meat Lovers

    Posted: 06/06/2016

    New Labeling Offers More Protection for Meat Lovers FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When you head to the grocery store to select your steaks for grilling this Memorial Day weekend, you might notice a new safety label on the package. This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a new rule stating that mechanically tenderized beef must now be labeled as such and include safe cooking instructions for consumers. The tenderizing process involves piercing certain cuts of beef with needles or...

  • NIH Experts Cast Doubt on Rat Study Linking Cellphones, Tumors

    Posted: 06/06/2016

    NIH Experts Cast Doubt on Rat Study Linking Cellphones, Tumors FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experts at the U.S. National Institutes of Health are questioning the validity of a widely reported study in rats that linked cellphone radiation to tumors. The study, released Friday by the federal government's National Toxicology Program (NTP), found "low incidences" of two types of tumors in male rats exposed to the type of radio frequencies emitted by cellphones, the Wall Street Journal reported. ...

  • No Welcome Mats for Diabetes, Obesity in 'Walkable' Neighborhoods

    Posted: 06/01/2016

    No Welcome Mats for Diabetes, Obesity in 'Walkable' Neighborhoods TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you live in a neighborhood where it's easy to walk to shops, schools and jobs, a new study says all that hoofing about appears to stave off excess weight and diabetes. The research found the rate of overweight and obesity increased in Ontario, Canada neighborhoods with poor "walkability" between 2001 and 2012. But overweight and obesity remained about the same in places where people can walk or...

  • Newer Drugs Helping Older People With Eye Disease

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Newer Drugs Helping Older People With Eye Disease FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New medications are boosting quality of life for many older people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study indicates. The drugs Avastin and Lucentis have significantly increased the number of people with AMD whose vision remains good enough to do daily activities, such as read standard print or drive, researchers found. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among old...