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  • Climate Change May Prolong Smog Season in Southeast U.S.

    Posted: 08/31/2016

    Climate Change May Prolong Smog Season in Southeast U.S. TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The southeastern United States may have high levels of ozone air pollution for a longer time each year due to climate change, a new study suggests. July and August have traditionally been peak months for the health-threatening pollutant. But those peaks could extend well into fall as weather becomes warmer and drier, the Georgia Institute of Technology researchers said. That's because extreme weather asso...

  • Cheap Face Masks Little Help Against Air Pollutants

    Posted: 08/31/2016

    Cheap Face Masks Little Help Against Air Pollutants WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inexpensive cloth masks offer little protection against air pollution, a new study suggests. Many people in Asia wear disposable surgical masks or washable cloth masks to protect against small air pollution particles. But tests on different types of masks showed that "the most commonly used cloth mask products perform poorly when compared to alternative options available on the market," according to health s...

  • Clinton Edges Trump on Health Care, Survey Finds

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Clinton Edges Trump on Health Care, Survey Finds MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans trust Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to do a good job on health care issues than Republican rival Donald Trump, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll reports. However, neither candidate has earned the confidence of a majority of U.S. adults when it comes to health care, the poll found. Forty-six percent of adults think Clinton will do an overall good job with health care policy, compared to...

  • Couples At Risk During 'Divorce Season'

    Posted: 08/29/2016

    Couples At Risk During 'Divorce Season' SUNDAY, Aug. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Are certain times of the year harder on a marriage? Maybe, suggests new research that found Americans are more likely to file for divorce after winter and summer holidays. And, that's true even though many couples view the holidays as a time when things might get better, the researchers said. "People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past. They rep...

  • Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. And that seems particularly true if a woman has already sustained an event causing poor blood flow to the brain (cerebrovascular disease), such as from a stroke, researchers said. The study can't prove cause-and-effect. However, dementia risk was seven times highe...

  • Could Diet in Pregnancy Raise Child's Odds for ADHD?

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Could Diet in Pregnancy Raise Child's Odds for ADHD? THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An unhealthy diet during pregnancy could influence a child's risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study warns. Researchers found that a high-fat, high-sugar diet can affect the function of a gene called IGF2 that helps steer fetal development of brain regions previously linked to ADHD. "These results suggest that promoting a healthy prenatal diet may ultimately lower ADHD symptoms a...

  • Congenital Aortic Stenosis Surgery: Ross Procedure

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Congenital Aortic Stenosis Surgery: Ross Procedure What is a Ross procedure? A Ross procedure is a type of surgery. It fixes a birth defect in the heart that involves the aortic valve. The heart has four chambers. The two lower chambers are the ventricles. The left ventricle pumps blood rich in oxygen to the body. It connects to the aorta, the main blood vessel leading to the body. Between the left ventricle and the aorta lies the aortic valve, one of the heart’s four valves. These valves help blood flo...

  • Cushing Syndrome in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Cushing Syndrome in Children What is Cushing syndrome? Cushing syndrome is a hormone disorder. It’s caused by having high levels of the hormone cortisol over a long time. Cushing syndrome is fairly rare. It most often affects adults who are 20 to 50 years old. But it can also occur in children. It is sometimes called hypercortisolism. What causes Cushing syndrome in children? Cushing syndrome happens when there is too much cortisol in the body. The disorder starts with the pituitary gland. The gland mak...

  • Congenital Liver Defects

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Congenital Liver Defects What are congenital liver defects? Congenital liver defects are liver disorders that are present at birth. They are rare. These liver disorders usually block the bile ducts. This affects the flow of bile. Bile is a fluid made in the liver. It helps with digestion. The bile ducts take bile from the liver and bring it to the gallbladder to be stored. Then they carry bile to the small intestine for digestion. When the bile ducts are blocked, bile builds up in the liver. This damage...

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Childhood Apraxia of Speech What is childhood apraxia of speech? Childhood apraxia of speech is a type of speech disorder. It is present from birth. A child with this condition has problems making sounds correctly and consistently. Apraxia is a problem with the motor coordination of speech. It is different from aphasia, which is a problem with the use of words. The speech centers of the brain help plan and coordinate what a child would like to say. These parts of the brain send complex signals to the sp...