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  • Fever During Pregnancy Tied to Autism in Study

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Fever During Pregnancy Tied to Autism in Study WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose moms have any type of fever during pregnancy may have slightly increased odds of developing an autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests. The large study found that one episode of fever in the second trimester might increase the risk for autism by 40 percent. Several bouts of fever after the twelfth week of pregnancy could raise the risk threefold, researchers reported. "Fever is a response to...

  • Fewer U.S. Kids Binge Drinking

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Fewer U.S. Kids Binge Drinking FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new federal report finds that fewer U.S. teens and young adults are indulging in frat-party style drinking because their levels of binge drinking have gone down over the past six years. But not all teens and young adults are forgoing extra drinks. Fourteen percent of young people from 12 to 20 years old reported binge drinking at least once within the past four weeks. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on one occasi...

  • Fish Eaters Report Less Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Fish Eaters Report Less Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis, a new study says. Prior studies have shown a beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but less is known about the value of eating fish containing omega-3, the researchers said. "We wanted to investigate whether eating fish as a whole food would have a similar ki...

  • Flu Shot Falls Short More Often for Obese People: Study

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    Flu Shot Falls Short More Often for Obese People: Study TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A flu shot is the best way to avoid getting sick, but new research reveals the vaccine doesn't work as well for people who are obese. Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found obese people who got a flu shot were twice as likely as their normal-weight peers to still get sick. Obesity is tied to an increased risk for several chronic health issues, the study authors explained. Peopl...

  • For Diabetics, Nasal Powder Fixed Severe Low Blood Sugar

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    For Diabetics, Nasal Powder Fixed Severe Low Blood Sugar TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For many people with diabetes, low blood sugar levels are a serious health risk, but researchers report that a new nasal powder quickly reverses the effects of this dangerous condition. Better yet, it can be administered even when someone is unconscious, the researchers added. The nasal powder contains the hormone glucagon. This hormone tells the body to release stored sugar, which will generally reverse ...

  • Fido May Be a Fit Senior's Best Friend

    Posted: 06/20/2017

    Fido May Be a Fit Senior's Best Friend FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors, take note: Fido might be your best friend when it comes to getting more exercise. A small study finds that owning a dog may help older adults achieve recommended amounts of physical activity. The research included 86 British people 65 and older whose activity levels were monitored for three weeks. Half were dog owners; half were not. On average, dog owners walked 22 minutes more and took 2,760 more steps a day compa...

  • Fire Up the Grill Safely This Holiday Weekend

    Posted: 06/07/2017

    Fire Up the Grill Safely This Holiday Weekend SATURDAY, May 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Safety should be on the front burner when you fire up the barbecue this Memorial Day, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says. Propane used in gas grills is highly flammable and about 30 people in the United States are injured each year due to gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these incidents occur when someone lights a grill that hasn't been used in a while, or just after refilling and reattac...

  • FDA OKs First Cancer Drug by Genetic Type, Not Organ of Origin

    Posted: 06/05/2017

    FDA OKs First Cancer Drug by Genetic Type, Not Organ of Origin WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many new cancer drugs target genetic "biomarkers" that are specific to tumors -- wherever in the body they may appear. So on Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that, for the first time, it had approved a cancer drug based on disease genetics rather than the body part where the cancer originated. The drug, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), is targeted to what are called "mismatch repai...

  • Fewer U.S. Teens Are Boozing It Up

    Posted: 05/31/2017

    Fewer U.S. Teens Are Boozing It Up MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- American teens are hitting the bottle less often than they did 25 years ago, new research reveals. The analysis found that while 5 percent of 13-year-olds frequently binge drank between 1991 and 1998, only 2.6 percent were doing so in 2015. Among 18-year-olds, that number fell from 20 percent to less than 15 percent in the same time frame. "Frequent binge drinking" was defined as knocking back five or more drinks in a row, on tw...

  • First-Try Antibiotics Now Fail in 1 in 4 Adult Pneumonia Cases

    Posted: 05/29/2017

    First-Try Antibiotics Now Fail in 1 in 4 Adult Pneumonia Cases SUNDAY, May 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first prescription of an antibiotic that the average U.S. adult with pneumonia receives is now ineffective in about a quarter of cases, a new study finds. In these cases, more or different antibiotics were needed, or the patient's condition worsened to require ER admission or hospitalization within a month of the antibiotics being taken, the research team said. The results are "concerning," becaus...