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  • Some Cigars Pack Bigger Nicotine Punch Than Cigarettes

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Some Cigars Pack Bigger Nicotine Punch Than Cigarettes FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Think cigars are safer than cigarettes? Think again, new research warns. Nicotine levels in so-called "small" or "filtered" cigars were found to be equal to or greater than that found in cigarettes, according to the study by researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine. "There seems to be a perception in the public that cigars are not as harmful as cigarettes," study author Reema Goel said in a university ...

  • Smartphone Pics Help Docs ID Kids' Skin Condition

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Smartphone Pics Help Docs ID Kids' Skin Condition MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents can get a reliable diagnosis for their child's skin condition simply by taking a smartphone photo and sending it to a dermatologist, new research suggests. The finding offers a way to get around what experts describe as a dire shortage of pediatric dermatologists. "Advances in smartphone photography, both in quality and image transmission, may improve access to care via direct parent-to-provider telemedici...

  • Steep Rise in Deaths for People Hospitalized After Opioid OD

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Steep Rise in Deaths for People Hospitalized After Opioid OD MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The death rate has quadrupled among people whose opioid use lands them in a hospital, a new U.S. study finds. More opioid users are being sent to the hospital due to a life-threatening overdose than for treatment of drug addiction, the researchers noted. About 2 percent of people hospitalized for opioid use died in 2014, compared with 0.4 percent prior to 2000, the new analysis of federal hospital data ...

  • Smokers 10 Times More Likely to Use Pot Daily

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Smokers 10 Times More Likely to Use Pot Daily TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A strong link exists between smoking and daily marijuana use, with U.S. smokers 10 times more likely to use pot every day, a new study says. And teen smokers are 50 times more likely than their nonsmoking peers to use pot daily, said researchers from Columbia University and City University of New York. "While we found that daily cannabis use and cigarette smoking were strongly linked among all subgroups, the most str...

  • Smoggy Streets May Make Daily Walk a Health Hazard

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Smoggy Streets May Make Daily Walk a Health Hazard WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's common doctors' advice to the elderly: Walk around the block each day to help stay fit. Trouble is, that advice might do more harm than good if you live in a neighborhood with smoggy air, a new study shows. British research suggests the unhealthy effects of breathing dirty air might outweigh whatever benefit the daily walk brings. "For many people, such as the elderly or those with chronic disease, the on...

  • Staring at Solar Eclipse Burned Holes in Woman's Retinas

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Staring at Solar Eclipse Burned Holes in Woman's Retinas FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans were warned repeatedly last August not to look at a highly anticipated solar eclipse with the naked eye, and now a new case study demonstrates exactly why. A New York woman suffered severe vision damage after looking at the sun for 21 seconds during the eclipse without protective eyewear. Four hours later, she developed blurry vision in both eyes and could only see the color black. A team from the...

  • Small Changes Could Keep Seniors Driving Longer

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Small Changes Could Keep Seniors Driving Longer WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older drivers can easily make their cars safer -- but few do, a new study finds. Pedal extensions, for example, help create a safe distance from the steering wheel/airbag and maximize visibility, safety experts say. Seat cushions improve sight line and may reduce back and hip pain, while steering wheel covers improve grip. But a survey of nearly 3,000 U.S. drivers aged 65 and older found fewer than 10 percent ma...

  • Steroid Injections for Arthritic Hips: More Trouble Than They're Worth?

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    Steroid Injections for Arthritic Hips: More Trouble Than They're Worth? WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- They may temporarily ease pain, but new research suggests that steroid injections to arthritic hips may exacerbate bone trouble over the longer term. These injections have long been used "for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes for various joint conditions," noted Dr. Crispin Ong, an orthopedic surgeon who was not involved with the study but reviewed the new findings. However, "this study...

  • Sniffing Out the Best Allergy Treatment

    Posted: 12/08/2017

    Sniffing Out the Best Allergy Treatment TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal allergies make life miserable for millions of Americans. So, in a bid to ease some of that discomfort, experts from two leading groups of allergists created a task force that has just issued new practice guidelines on the best ways to quell those bothersome symptoms. The consensus? For most people, nasal steroid sprays are the way to go, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) ...

  • Seeking Better Sleep? Here's One Simple Step to Help

    Posted: 12/08/2017

    Seeking Better Sleep? Here's One Simple Step to Help MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a better night's shut-eye may be as easy as cracking open a bedroom window or door, a small new study suggests. Dutch researchers used high-tech methods to track the nighttime movements of 17 healthy volunteers over five nights. Some of the participants slept with a bedroom door or window open, allowing for better ventilation in the room, while others did not. The result: The better-ventilated rooms ha...