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  • Flavored E-Cig Liquids May Contain Toxic Substances

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    Flavored E-Cig Liquids May Contain Toxic Substances FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some of the liquid flavorings heated in e-cigarettes appear to break down into potentially dangerous compounds, researchers say. It's not yet clear what this might mean for the health of electronic cigarette users. Whatever the case, e-cigarettes are popular. A 2015 federal survey suggested that 4 percent of U.S. adults use the devices on a regular basis. Nearly 13 percent say they've tried them. But what exactl...

  • For Heart Attack Survivors, a Risk of Suicide?

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    For Heart Attack Survivors, a Risk of Suicide? WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who've suffered a heart attack or unstable angina may face a higher-than-normal risk of suicide, a new study suggests. Researchers in Taiwan found that patients with the heart conditions were slightly more likely to die by suicide compared to people their age who had healthy hearts. The risk was particularly elevated in the first six months after diagnosis of the heart problem. However, experts said the fin...

  • FDA Eases Up on Hearing Aid Rules

    Posted: 12/08/2016

    FDA Eases Up on Hearing Aid Rules WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a hearing aid should be less of a hassle -- and eventually less expensive -- under new rules introduced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said on Wednesday it will no longer enforce a requirement that people aged 18 and older receive a medical evaluation or sign a waiver before buying most hearing aids. The agency said it will also consider creating a category of over-the-counter hearing aids that could...

  • Fertility Treatments Marketed in U.K. Without Proof They Work: Study

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Fertility Treatments Marketed in U.K. Without Proof They Work: Study THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some fertility clinics in the United Kingdom offer little evidence to back up claims about treatments other than standard in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a new study. Researchers examined the websites of 74 British fertility clinics. They identified 276 claims of benefit at 60 centers related to more than three dozen fertility treatments. These treatments ranged from screening bloo...

  • Fewer Americans Struggle With Medical Bills: Report

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    Fewer Americans Struggle With Medical Bills: Report WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer Americans are struggling to pay medical bills now than five years ago, a new government report shows. The number of people in families having problems paying medical bills fell by nearly 13 million from 2011 through the first six months of 2016, according to the report released Wednesday by U.S. National Centers for Health Statistics (NCHS). During that period, 17.8 million fewer people were uninsured,...

  • First Case of Zika-Linked Glaucoma Diagnosed in Infant

    Posted: 12/07/2016

    First Case of Zika-Linked Glaucoma Diagnosed in Infant WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first case of an infant who developed glaucoma after being exposed to the Zika virus while in the womb has been reported by an international team of researchers. No previous cases have seen a link between Zika infection and glaucoma, a condition that can permanently damage the optic nerve and result in blindness, the researchers said. But other vision problems and devastating brain defects have surfac...

  • Fast-Food Calorie Labeling Not Working, Study Finds

    Posted: 12/05/2016

    Fast-Food Calorie Labeling Not Working, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Does it help to know that a double quarter-pounder with cheese delivers 740 calories? Probably not, a new study suggests. Starting next May, fast-food chains with more than 20 locations in the United States must display calorie counts on menus. But this study questions whether the well-intended regulations will actually steer customers to less-fattening foods. Research in Philadelphia, where such rules already ...

  • Food Allergies Among Kids Vary by Race: Study

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Food Allergies Among Kids Vary by Race: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic children are much more likely to have corn, shellfish and fish allergies than white children, according to a U.S. study. The study also found that compared to whites, black children have much higher rates of asthma, eczema and allergies to wheat and soy. The results, from the study of 817 children who were diagnosed with food allergies from birth to age 18, show that race and ethnicity are importa...

  • Fewer Americans Suffering From Dementia, Study Finds

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    Fewer Americans Suffering From Dementia, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some good news for America's seniors: Dementia rates have dropped dramatically over the last decade or so, according to a new study. An analysis of responses from a study of more than 10,000 people aged 65 and older found the prevalence of dementia dropped about 24 percent between 2000 and 2012. The reasons for the decline aren't clear, researchers say. But two factors stand out: The participants in 201...

  • FDA Explains Pros, Cons of Permanent Birth Control

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    FDA Explains Pros, Cons of Permanent Birth Control FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women need to carefully consider the benefits and risks of permanent birth control devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency recently introduced labeling changes for one such device called Essure. It consists of flexible metal coils that are implanted into the fallopian tubes, which carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Within about three months, tissue forms around the coils and block...