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  • Pot Smoking Common Among Pregnant Teens: Survey

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Pot Smoking Common Among Pregnant Teens: Survey MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adding to concerns about the harms of teenage pregnancy are new U.S. survey results that show 14 percent of teenage mothers-to-be smoke marijuana. This large national survey found that more than twice as many pregnant 12- to 17-year-olds use marijuana as their nonpregnant peers. And significantly more use the drug than pregnant women in their 20s, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the U.S. National Institute on Dr...

  • Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure Patients

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure Patients TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Implanted pumps may be more than a "bridge" to a heart transplant -- they might also restore healthy heart function for some heart failure patients, a new British study suggests. As the researchers explained, these battery-operated left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are often used to support patients with severe heart failure while they await a heart transplant. But this new clinical trial is the first t...

  • Pot Ingredient Might Ease Severe Epilepsy

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Pot Ingredient Might Ease Severe Epilepsy TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An ingredient in marijuana may reduce seizures in people with a severe form of epilepsy, a new study suggests. The ingredient in question is cannabidiol -- a molecule from the marijuana plant that does not create a "high." The drug is being developed by GW Pharmaceuticals, which funded the new study. Researchers used cannabidiol to treat a type of epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. "The seizures in Lennox-Gasta...

  • Prince Harry's Journey Shows Grief Can Be a Long Road

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Prince Harry's Journey Shows Grief Can Be a Long Road TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Britain's Prince Harry's two-decade struggle to deal with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, is sadly all too common for children who suddenly face the loss of a parent, mental health experts say. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph this week, Prince Harry admitted that his inability to process his mother's death in childhood led to two years of "total chaos" in his late 20s. The prince sought pr...

  • Police-Inflicted Injuries Send 50,000 to ER Annually in U.S.

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Police-Inflicted Injuries Send 50,000 to ER Annually in U.S. WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 50,000 Americans are treated each year for injuries inflicted by police, a new study says. While deaths at the hands of police have garnered national attention, less focus has been paid to nonfatal injuries by U.S. law enforcement. Nationwide, there were more than 355,000 emergency department visits for injuries caused by police between 2006 and 2012, according to researchers from New Yor...

  • Peripheral Vision Varies From Person to Person

    Posted: 04/20/2017

    Peripheral Vision Varies From Person to Person THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you feel like you can't ever catch a ball that comes in from your left side? A bad spot in your peripheral vision may be to blame. Peripheral vision is the ability to see things that aren't in the center of your field of vision. A new small study found significant differences in people's ability to detect objects in their peripheral vision. For example, some people were better at spotting things on the left, w...

  • Past Psychiatric Ills Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

    Posted: 04/18/2017

    Past Psychiatric Ills Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a mental health disorder doesn't mean a person will develop Alzheimer's disease later in like, a new study suggests. Researchers examined long-term data from nearly 60,000 people in Finland with and without Alzheimer's disease. The investigators found that those previously diagnosed with depression or other mental health disorders 10 or more years earlier didn't have a greater risk of Alzheimer's ...

  • Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know

    Posted: 04/16/2017

    Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you have surgery on your calendar, don't wait until the last minute to start preparing, especially if you're going to need anesthesia. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists says you're more likely to avoid complications if you follow these five tips: Stop taking unnecessary medications. Only use necessary, approved prescriptions ahead of time. If you have had or currently have a problem with alcohol or...

  • Prolonged Antibiotic Use Tied to Precancerous Colon Growths

    Posted: 04/11/2017

    Prolonged Antibiotic Use Tied to Precancerous Colon Growths TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking antibiotics for an extended period in early to middle adulthood might increase your risk for precancerous growths in your colon, a large study suggests. Women who took antibiotics for two weeks or more in their 20s through their 50s were more likely to have colon lesions in their 60s than women who didn't take the drugs for an extended period, researchers found. If not removed, these lesions -- ...

  • Parents of Kids With Autism May Sacrifice 'Couples Time'

    Posted: 04/09/2017

    Parents of Kids With Autism May Sacrifice 'Couples Time' FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Raising a child with autism can be so demanding that it saps time from the parents' relationship, a new study suggests. On average, couples of a child with autism spend 21 fewer minutes a day with their partner than a comparison group of parents, the study found. That's a 128 hour gap over the course of a year. Still, couples felt they were supporting one another as they navigated everyday life, dealing w...