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  • Fewer Cancer-Causing Chemicals in E-Cigs Than Regular Cigarettes: Study

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Fewer Cancer-Causing Chemicals in E-Cigs Than Regular Cigarettes: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes get the same levels of nicotine, but lower levels of toxins and cancer-causing chemicals, new research shows. "This study suggests that smokers who completely switch to e-cigarettes and stop smoking tobacco cigarettes may significantly reduce their exposure to many cancer-causing chemicals," said lead author Maciej Goniewicz, an assistant professor...

  • Five Local Zika Cases Reported in Miami Beach

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    CDC Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Miami Beach Due to Zika FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Federal health officials are urging pregnant women to avoid travel to Miami Beach, after Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed on Friday that five cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have occurred there. Until now, local transmission of mosquito-borne Zika -- which can cause devastating birth defects in babies -- has been restricted to a neighborhood in north Miami known as Wynwood. The U.S. Centers for...

  • Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives SUNDAY, Aug. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among older folks, close family relationships appear more important than dear friends in extending life, a new study finds. Older adults who were extremely close with family other than spouses had about a 6 percent risk of dying within the next five years, compared with about 14 percent among those who said they were not close to their family, the researchers discovered. "Social relationships really do matter," s...

  • Food, Even Water Can Spoil When the Power Goes Out

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Food, Even Water Can Spoil When the Power Goes Out MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Power outages can be more than an inconvenience. They can cause problems with your food and water that could put your family's health at risk. If the power is out for less than four hours, food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to eat, but you should keep the appliance doors closed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If the power is out more than four hours, pack milk and other...

  • Five More Cases of Local Zika Infection Reported in Florida

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Five More Cases of Local Zika Infection Reported in Florida TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Five more cases of locally transmitted Zika infection were confirmed by Florida health officials on Tuesday, including one in the Tampa Bay area. The four other cases were connected to mosquitoes in Miami's Wynwood arts district, the first area in Florida to report local transmission of Zika. According to the Florida Department of Health, the fifth was diagnosed in a Pinellas County resident who hasn't...

  • Fast Action Can Prevent Sepsis Death: CDC

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Fast Action Can Prevent Sepsis Death: CDC TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many cases of life-threatening sepsis could be recognized and treated long before it causes severe illness or death, U.S. health officials report. Sepsis, or septicemia, occurs when the body has an extreme response to an infection. Without prompt treatment, organ failure can quickly follow. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 70 percent of patients with sepsis had used h...

  • For Uncontrolled Tremor, Ultrasound Instead of Brain Surgery?

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    For Uncontrolled Tremor, Ultrasound Instead of Brain Surgery? THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with uncontrolled shaking caused by a condition called essential tremor may get relief with a new noninvasive ultrasound procedure, a study finds. The movement disorder involves involuntary tremors in the hands or feet, and sometimes the voice is shaky, said Dr. Max Wintermark, a professor of neuroradiology at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center in Palo Alto, Calif. "It's called 'essent...

  • Friendships Matter if You Want to Lose Weight

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Friendships Matter if You Want to Lose Weight FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you're trying to lose weight, it might be a good idea to hang out with thinner people, a new study suggests. Researchers made the discovery in analyzing a survey of more than 9,300 Americans between the ages of 18 and 65. Overweight people who want to drop weight are less likely to succeed if they only socialize with other overweight people. Though they may be more comfortable with plump peers, they're more apt to...

  • First Days of Preseason Practice Pose Big Heat Risks for College Football Players

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    First Days of Preseason Practice Pose Big Heat Risks for College Football Players FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As college football players trade in their beach towels for helmets and padding, new research shows their risk of developing sports-related heat illness shoots up. In particular, during the first 14 days of preseason play these athletes face a greater than usual risk for a specific type of heat illness called exertional heat illness (EHI). EHI is a serious and potentially life-thre...

  • FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that the nation's entire blood supply be routinely screened for the Zika virus. In February, the FDA recommended testing of donated blood and blood components only in areas where Zika was actively spreading, but agency officials now say that universal testing is needed to further protect those who get donated blood. "There is still much uncertainty r...