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  • Some Pregnant Women Still Travel to Zika-Affected Areas

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Some Pregnant Women Still Travel to Zika-Affected Areas FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite warnings, an increasing number of pregnant women from New York City are traveling to Zika-affected areas and then getting tested when they come home, the city's health department says. The Zika virus can cause miscarriage and serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, which leads to babies born with small heads and underdeveloped brains. The Zika epidemic has been largely confined so far to Latin ...

  • Smoke Less, Drink Less?

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Smoke Less, Drink Less? FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who try to give up tobacco drink less alcohol than other smokers, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed survey data from nearly 6,300 smokers in England, including 144 who said they had attempted to quit smoking the week before they were surveyed. Those who tried to quit cigarettes drank less alcohol and were less likely to binge drink than those who did not try to quit. "These results go against the commonly held view that p...

  • Some Brain Cancer Patients Have Radiation Options: Study

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Some Brain Cancer Patients Have Radiation Options: Study TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For some brain cancer patients, pinpoint radiation of tumors, known as stereotactic radiosurgery, appears to do less damage to mental abilities than whole brain radiation, a new study finds. Neither technique cures cancer that has spread to the brain, but both temporarily stop tumors from growing and equally extend survival, researchers said. Stereotactic radiosurgery is nonsurgical radiation that precise...

  • Sharing Drug 'Snorting Straws' Spreads Hepatitis C

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Sharing Drug 'Snorting Straws' Spreads Hepatitis C WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sharing straws to snort opioids is a major cause of hepatitis C infection, a new study finds. The sharing of snorting straws could also lead to the transmission of other blood-borne diseases such as HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, the University of Tennessee Medical Center researchers warned. "This is a worldwide issue that needs to be addressed," study leader Dr. Craig Towers, a maternal-fetal medicine speciali...

  • Safer Heads Prevail With New High School Football Rule

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Safer Heads Prevail With New High School Football Rule WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Concussions are a major risk for high school football players, but new research found that limiting tackling during practices lowered the risk of blows to the head. The investigation looked at the outcome of a statewide regulation restricting full-contact practices to no more than two days a week. After the Michigan High School Athletic Association implemented the rule, head impacts at one school dropped ...

  • Study of Teen Brains Offers Clues to Timing of Mental Illness

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Study of Teen Brains Offers Clues to Timing of Mental Illness WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Changes that occur in teens' brains as they mature may help explain why the first signs of mental illness tend to appear during this time, researchers report. British researchers used MRI scans to compare the brain structures of nearly 300 participants who were aged 14 to 24. The scientists discovered that the brain's outer region (cortex) becomes thinner as teens get older. At the same time, they ...

  • Space Travel May Pose Risks to Heart

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Space Travel May Pose Risks to Heart THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Former Apollo astronauts have up to five times the rate of heart-related deaths that their Earth-bound peers do, a new study shows. And researchers suspect that exposure to deep space radiation may be the reason why. "We know very little about the effects of deep space radiation on human health, particularly on the cardiovascular system. This gives us the first glimpse into its adverse effects on humans," said Michael Delp,...

  • Scans Not Worthwhile for Most Thyroid Cancers: Study

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Scans Not Worthwhile for Most Thyroid Cancers: Study THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having scans after treatment does not improve thyroid cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Michigan looked at more than 28,000 patients in the United States who were diagnosed with thyroid cancer between 1998 and 2011. After treatment, 57 percent of the patients had at least one ultrasound, 24 percent had a radioiodine scan and 15 percent had a PET scan ...

  • Standing All Day at Work? It May Take Toll on Health

    Posted: 08/05/2015

    Standing All Day at Work? It May Take Toll on Health TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Desk jobs aren't good for your health, but working on your feet could spell trouble, too, researchers say. Standing five hours a day contributes to significant and prolonged lower-limb muscle fatigue, a small study concluded. This may raise your risk for long-term back pain and musculoskeletal disorders. This isn't good news for the millions of bank tellers, retail assistants, assembly line workers and others...

  • School's Out, Fattening Behaviors Are In

    Posted: 08/03/2015

    School's Out, Fattening Behaviors Are In SUNDAY, July 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your kids probably will eat more sugar, watch more TV and eat fewer vegetables over summer vacation, a new study finds. These weight-gaining behaviors are common for both rich and poor children, the researchers said. "Although obesity-promoting behaviors are generally more common during the summer break, the differences in obesity behaviors between income groups were not exacerbated during the summer break," said Dr. Clai...