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  • Poor Sleep May Worsen Thinking Problems in MS Patients

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Poor Sleep May Worsen Thinking Problems in MS Patients MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report a link between sleep apnea and thinking problems in people suffering from multiple sclerosis. "Since obstructive sleep apnea is a treatable condition that is also commonly seen in MS, we wondered, 'What if some of the thinking and processing difficulties that MS patients experience do not stem directly from the MS itself, but from the effects of sleep apnea or other sleep problems?'" said ...

  • Parkinson's Rates Rising Among American Men

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Parkinson's Rates Rising Among American Men MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of Parkinson's disease may be on the rise for U.S. men over the past three decades, and the trend could be tied to declines in smoking, a new study suggests. "I believe this will be the first of several reports in the United States to demonstrate what the Parkinson's Disease Foundation has come to realize -- that the number of people living with Parkinson's is dramatically undercounted," said one expert who revie...

  • Patient Positioning Might Hamper Accuracy of Breast MRI

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Patient Positioning Might Hamper Accuracy of Breast MRI WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's evidence that the position a woman is placed in during her pre-surgical breast MRI could influence -- for better or worse -- the scan's accuracy. The small study, from radiologists at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, suggests that MRI images taken before breast cancer surgery could provide incorrect data if the patient is placed face-down during the scan. In contrast, "supine [face up] MRI...

  • Puerto Ricans' Health Lags Behind Other Hispanics

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Puerto Ricans' Health Lags Behind Other Hispanics FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among the 54 million Hispanic adults living in the United States, Puerto Ricans fare the worst when it comes to physical and mental ills, a new review finds. Not only were Puerto Ricans more likely to be in worse health than non-Hispanic Americans, but they "were also generally more likely to have poorer health compared with other Hispanic subgroups," concluded a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control a...

  • Painkiller That Killed Prince Part of Dangerous Wave of New Synthetic Drugs

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Painkiller That Killed Prince Part of Dangerous Wave of New Synthetic Drugs THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The recent overdose death of rock legend Prince has brought renewed focus on the dangers posed by synthetic opioids -- laboratory-created narcotics tweaked by chemists to produce potentially lethal highs while skirting U.S. drug laws. Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, died April 21 from an overdose of fentanyl, a drug often used to quell pain in cancer patients when traditional opioids prove i...

  • Pet Turtles Continue to Spread Salmonella

    Posted: 06/23/2016

    Pet Turtles Continue to Spread Salmonella WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Kissing a turtle may be more than just yucky -- sometimes it can literally be sickening. U.S. health officials found that illegal small turtles caused 15 outbreaks of Salmonella in the United States over the past decade. Half of the cases were in children under 10. Certain behaviors were likely to lead to infection, the new report said. Among those behaviors: "Kissing turtles, letting them roam on kitchen countertops ...

  • Patients Often Prescribed Extra Painkillers, Many Share Them

    Posted: 06/21/2016

    Patients Often Prescribed Extra Painkillers, Many Share Them MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half the patients prescribed opioid painkillers in a recent U.S. study received more than they needed. And many shared the drugs or failed to store them securely, a new survey indicates. The study of more than 1,000 adults prescribed painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin shows how some Americans gain illicit access to addictive pain medications. These patterns are contributing to the nation's...

  • Parents Often Using TVs, Tablets as 'Electronic Babysitters'

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Parents Often Using TVs, Tablets as 'Electronic Babysitters' FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For some families, moments where parents spend time playing, reading or conversing with kids may be a thing of the past, new research suggests. The small study -- just 44 families -- found preschoolers now often spend hours each day watching TV or playing video games -- with little or no oversight or interaction from a parent. Only a handful of kids aged 3 to 5 years old received active engagement from...

  • Parents: Stay Mum on Daughter's Weight

    Posted: 06/16/2016

    Parents: Stay Mum on Daughter's Weight WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents need to be cautious about what they say to their daughters about their weight, new research says. The study found that women who can remember their parents talking about their weight were more likely to be overweight and to be dissatisfied with their own weight. "Commenting on a woman's weight is never a good idea, even when they are young girls," said lead author Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab ...

  • Pregnant or Planning to Be? How to Protect Yourself From Zika Virus

    Posted: 06/15/2016

    Pregnant or Planning to Be? How to Protect Yourself From Zika Virus TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As the threat of the Zika virus grows in the United States, pregnant women and those trying to conceive need to take precautions, a fetal medicine doctor says. Zika poses the greatest risk to pregnant women during the first trimester, said Dr. Joseph Biggio, director of the division of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Pregnant women and those trying to become p...