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  • Face-Saving Devices: Seat Belts and Air Bags

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Face-Saving Devices: Seat Belts and Air Bags FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Seat belts and air bags significantly reduce the risk of facial fractures in car crashes, a new study finds. "Based on our analysis, we found that use of an air bag alone reduced the likelihood of a facial fracture by 18 percent while use of a seat belt alone decreased likelihood by 43 percent," said study co-leader Dr. Scott Chaiet, a head and neck surgeon at the University of Wisconsin when the study was conducted. ...

  • FDA Renews Call to Reduce Salt in Processed Foods

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    FDA Renews Call to Reduce Salt in Processed Foods FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans eat way too much salt, and one reason why is that processed and prepared foods have a lot of hidden salt, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. But proposed new guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants -- first announced early in June -- may change that. The FDA is asking food makers and eating establishments to voluntarily reduce salt levels in their products to help reduce Americans' hi...

  • Florida Investigates 2nd Possible Local Transmission of Zika Virus

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Florida Investigates 2nd Possible Local Transmission of Zika Virus FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Florida health officials say they're investigating a second possible case of locally transmitted Zika infection. On Tuesday, the first possible case of local infection in the continental United States was reported by the state's health department. The first case involves a woman in Miami-Dade County, while the second involves a resident of Broward County, north of Miami. Infection with the Zika v...

  • FDA Bolsters Warnings About Class of Antibiotics

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    FDA Bolsters Warnings About Class of Antibiotics TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it's strengthening label warnings on a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones because the drugs can lead to disabling side effects, including long-term nerve damage and ruptured tendons. The agency also cautioned that these bacteria-fighting drugs -- including levofloxacin (Levaquin) and ciprofloxacin (Cipro) -- shouldn't be prescribed for sinusit...

  • Flu Shot Tied to Fewer Hospitalizations, Deaths in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Flu Shot Tied to Fewer Hospitalizations, Deaths in Type 2 Diabetes Patients TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The seasonal flu vaccine may offer people with type 2 diabetes some protection against dying prematurely, a new study suggests. The flu shot also appeared to protect those with type 2 diabetes from hospitalizations for stroke, as well as heart and breathing problems, the study said. British researchers looked at a large group -- more than 124,500 people -- with type 2 diabetes. People w...

  • Family Lifestyles May Be as Important to Health as Genes

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Family Lifestyles May Be as Important to Health as Genes WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Shared lifestyles and surroundings may play as strong a role as genes in diseases that run in families, a new study indicates. The study included medical histories of more than 500,000 people and their families in the United Kingdom. The information included blood and adoptive relatives. The researchers focused on 12 common diseases, including high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as several ca...

  • FDA OKs New Injectable Type 2 Diabetes Medication

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    FDA OKs New Injectable Type 2 Diabetes Medication THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The injectable drug Adlyxin (lixisenatide) has been approved to treat adults with type 2 diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The once-daily injection is to be used along with diet and exercise to improve patients' blood sugar levels. The FDA reviewed 10 clinical trials on the safety and effectiveness of Adlyxin. These studies included 5,400 people with type 2 diabetes. The drug was also specif...

  • Florida Investigates 2 More Possible Cases of Zika Virus Local Transmission

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Florida Investigates 2 More Possible Cases of Zika Virus Local Transmission THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Florida health officials are investigating two more unexplained cases of Zika infection, bringing to four the number of cases that don't seem to be related to travel to countries where the virus is circulating. This suggests the possibility that local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects has begun, officials said. Zika infection poses si...

  • For Women, No Link Between Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis

    Posted: 08/04/2015

    For Women, No Link Between Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney or bladder stones do not increase a postmenopausal woman's risk of osteoporosis, a new study finds. "We know in men that if you have a kidney stone, you are more likely to have osteoporosis," said corresponding author Dr. Laura Carbone, chief of rheumatology at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta. "We were trying to find out if that is also the case for women. We found that, unlike what has be...

  • FDA Wants to Strengthen Sugar Labeling

    Posted: 08/03/2015

    FDA Wants to Strengthen Sugar Labeling FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday it wants food labels to include more information about how much added sugar is in a product, so consumers can see more clearly how much extra sugar they are consuming every day. Specifically, the agency wants the "percent daily value" of added sugars listed on labels. That is the percentage of recommended daily calories for a particular nutrient. Right now, sugar content is ...