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  • Does Mother's Mental Health Affect Pregnancy?

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Does Mother's Mental Health Affect Pregnancy? WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Three common mental health disorders -- depression, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder -- pose no serious threat to pregnant women or the health of their babies, a new study finds. "I think a major take-home message is that women are not harming their babies if they have one of these psychiatric conditions," said study lead author Kimberly Yonkers of Yale University. She and her team followed more th...

  • Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Vision of Millions of Americans

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Vision of Millions of Americans WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are at risk for chronic kidney disease, and another 59,000 Americans, 40 and older, are at risk for diabetes-related blindness. That's the sobering conclusion of new research by investigators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that, in many cases, these complications can be reversed or their progression...

  • Death Risk From Triathlons May Be Higher Than Thought

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Death Risk From Triathlons May Be Higher Than Thought MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could some triathlon participants be pushing themselves too hard? New research suggests the odds that an athlete will die during these tests of endurance are higher than previously believed. "We identified a total of 135 deaths and cardiac arrests in U.S. triathlons from the inception of the sport in 1985 through 2016," said study lead author Dr. Kevin Harris. Most were due to undiagnosed heart issues. "The ...

  • Doctors Eye the Danger From 'Nerf' Guns

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Doctors Eye the Danger From 'Nerf' Guns MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nerf guns can be great fun for kids -- until someone damages an eye, doctors warn. Nerf guns or "blasters" are hugely popular toys -- used by kids and adults alike -- that shoot a soft foam "dart" or "bullet." But a new report from emergency department doctors at one British hospital is raising concerns that the toy guns might not be as harmless as once thought. The report outlines three serious eye injuries from Nerf gun...

  • Drone Sets New Record for Transporting Blood Samples

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Drone Sets New Record for Transporting Blood Samples TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new distance record for delivery of blood samples by a medical drone has been set. A Johns Hopkins University drone transported dozens of human blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert. Throughout the three-hour flight, proper temperature control was maintained and the samples were usable for laboratory testing after reaching their destination. "We expect that in many cases, drone transport will be...

  • Dirty Air Might Harm Your Kidneys

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Dirty Air Might Harm Your Kidneys THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may harm your kidneys, a new study says. "Even levels below the limit set by the [Environmental Protection Agency] were harmful to the kidneys. This suggests that there is no safe level of air pollution," said study leader Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly. Al-Aly is director of clinical epidemiology at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System. He and his colleagues analyzed data from nearly 2.5 million U.S. military veterans who w...

  • Don't Let the Tick Stick

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Don't Let the Tick Stick SUNDAY, Sept. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As tick populations and the threats they pose increase across the United States, people need to know how to deal with them, a skin doctor suggests. Ticks can cause serious illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome (a red meat allergy). "Although most ticks do not carry disease, it's important to be mindful of these risks and keep an eye out while you're outdoors," Dr. Lindsay Str...

  • Daydreaming Behind the Wheel

    Posted: 09/19/2017

    Daydreaming Behind the Wheel THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people catch themselves daydreaming, but new research reveals it often happens when they're behind the wheel of a car. Researchers analyzed the brain activity of volunteers during a driving simulation to determine how often their minds wandered. The investigators also looked for specific brain patterns that would indicate when this daydreaming occurred. During the simulation, the participants were hooked up to a monitoring sys...

  • Drug Helped Protect Gay Teen Males From HIV

    Posted: 09/14/2017

    Drug Helped Protect Gay Teen Males From HIV TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A group of gay and bisexual teenage males safely used a medication that prevents HIV infection, though some failed to follow the drug regimen fully and became infected, researchers report. People at risk for becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS can dramatically lower their risk of infection by taking the drug Truvada in what is known as the PrEP regimen, but its use is only approved for adults. "Several s...

  • Dog Walking a Treat for Pet and Owner Alike

    Posted: 09/13/2017

    Dog Walking a Treat for Pet and Owner Alike FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Why do people walk their dogs? A new British study suggests it's not for the exercise. Instead, dog owners appear to like to take their pups for walks because it makes them happy. "It's clear from our findings that dog walking is used to meet the emotional needs of the owner as well as the needs of the dog," said study author Carri Westgarth, a research fellow at the University of Liverpool. "This may explain why pilot...