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  • Pollution Tied to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide in 2015

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Pollution Tied to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide in 2015 FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pollution led to more than 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, or 1 in 6 deaths that year, a new report reveals. Air pollution, the worst culprit, was linked to 6.5 million heart- and lung-related deaths, The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health said. Water pollution was tied to 1.8 million deaths, mostly from gastrointestinal and parasitic infections. And workplace-related pollution and lead pollution al...

  • Penicillin Misconceptions May Raise Post-Op Infection Risk

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Penicillin Misconceptions May Raise Post-Op Infection Risk MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surgical patients who report having a penicillin allergy face a 50 percent higher risk for a post-op infection compared to patients who report no drug allergy, new research finds. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital attributed the higher surgical-site infection rate to the use of alternative antibiotics. Since many people erroneously believe they're allergic to penicillin, the findings suggest...

  • Protecting Preemies From Stress Might Improve Later Mental Health

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    Protecting Preemies From Stress Might Improve Later Mental Health THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Being born at an extremely low birth weight seems to increase the risk for developing mental health issues as an adult. But that risk can be lowered by lessening exposure to bullying and family stress during childhood and adolescence, new research suggests. This finding concerns premature babies born at 2.2 pounds or less. "We are concerned that being born really small and being exposed to all th...

  • Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child's risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. Analyzing more than a quarter-million mother-child pairs in Sweden, researchers found a link -- but not cause and effect proof -- between multivitamin use and risk of the neurological disorder. "Multivitamin use with or without added iron or folic acid was associated with a lower likelihood of child auti...

  • Puppy Poop Infections Now Affecting 55 People in 12 States

    Posted: 10/14/2017

    Puppy Poop Infections Now Affecting 55 People in 12 States TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cute, yes, but touching them might send you to the hospital. Puppies are transmitting potentially deadly Campylobacter bacteria infections via contaminated poop to the humans who handle them, with 55 people now sickened in an outbreak reaching across 12 states. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency says cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 55 reported...

  • Patients' E-Records Still Not Widely Available

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Patients' E-Records Still Not Widely Available MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors at many U.S. hospitals still don't have access to patients' electronic medical records from outside health care providers, a new study finds. An analysis of 2015 data from thousands of hospitals nationwide found that only 29.7 percent of them had at least some electronic access to, and integration of, patient health records from different health care providers, which is called "interoperability." That was onl...

  • Postpartum Depression Likely to Recur With Future Pregnancies

    Posted: 10/06/2017

    Postpartum Depression Likely to Recur With Future Pregnancies TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have suffered from postpartum depression are more likely to go through it again after subsequent pregnancies, a new Danish study shows. Postpartum depression occurs 27 to 46 times more frequently during subsequent pregnancies for mothers who experienced it after their first birth, researchers report. These results show that women who have had postpartum depression in the past should prepar...

  • Putting Wine on a Diet

    Posted: 10/04/2017

    Putting Wine on a Diet MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or when unwinding at the end of a long day, but wonder how its calories are affecting your diet? As with everything you eat and drink, it comes down to portion size. The key is limiting yourself to one 5-ounce serving a day if you're a woman, two if you're a man. This is also the safe limit in terms of healthy alcohol consumption. One serving of red wine has about 125 calories, with 100 calories fo...

  • Premature Births Cost Health Plans Billions

    Posted: 10/04/2017

    Premature Births Cost Health Plans Billions THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Premature births cost U.S. employer-sponsored health plans billions of dollars a year, a new study claims. About 1 in 10 infants in the country are born prematurely (less than 37 weeks gestation), putting them at increased risk for birth defects and long-term health problems. Employer-sponsored health plans spent at least $6 billion extra on premature infants born in 2013, and a large part of that was for infants wi...

  • Prostate Cancer Symptoms Aren't Always Obvious

    Posted: 10/01/2017

    Prostate Cancer Symptoms Aren't Always Obvious WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although about 1 in 7 men will be eventually be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, the warning signs of the disease are often vague and may be confused with other conditions, experts at Fox Chase Cancer Center say. Prostate cancer can be serious but it's often not fatal. Men should talk to their doctor about the risks and benefits of getting screened for the disease, advised Dr. Alexander Kutikov, c...