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  • Joints Achy? Don't Blame Mother Nature

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Joints Achy? Don't Blame Mother Nature TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might want to think twice the next time you're ready to blame the weather for your aches and pains, researchers say. Some people swear that changes in humidity, temperature, air pressure and the like trigger back pain and arthritis. But a team at the George Institute for Global Health in Newtown, Australia said it found no evidence to support that theory. "The belief that pain and inclement weather are linked dates bac...

  • Just 40 Percent of Americans Vaccinated for Flu This Season

    Posted: 12/19/2016

    Just 40 Percent of Americans Vaccinated for Flu This Season MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only about two out of five Americans had gotten this season's flu shot as of early November, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. About 37 percent of children between 6 months and 17 years old have gotten the flu vaccine this year. And approximately 41 percent of adults aged 18 and older have received the shot. The overall rate is similar to the vaccination rate at the same time ...

  • Just How Safe Is That Baby Teether?

    Posted: 12/14/2016

    Just How Safe Is That Baby Teether? WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A chemical that's banned from baby bottles and children's drinking cups is still widely used in baby teethers, a new study finds. Researchers in the United States who tested five dozen baby teethers found all of them contained bisphenol-A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Studies in animals have shown that endocrine disruptors interfere with hormones and cause developmental, reproductive and neurological harm, ...

  • Just 1 Cigarette a Day Can Be Deadly: Study

    Posted: 12/12/2016

    Just 1 Cigarette a Day Can Be Deadly: Study MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Think smoking just one cigarette a day is harmless? Think again, a new study says. Even a single daily cigarette can raise your odds for an early death, the research showed. "There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke," said study author Maki Inoue-Choi, who's with the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). "Smoking cessation benefits all smokers, regardless of...

  • Join the Teal Pumpkin Project on Halloween

    Posted: 11/06/2016

    Join the Teal Pumpkin Project on Halloween FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Halloween can be ver-r-r-r-y frightful for kids with food allergies, but the Teal Pumpkin Project aims to make their trick-or-treating safer and more fun. The initiative from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) asks people to offer non-food treats at Halloween, and to place a teal pumpkin or sign in view to let trick-or-treaters know such treats are available. You can paint a pumpkin teal or get a teal pumpkin ...

  • Just Spraying Adult Mosquitoes Won't Curb Zika: Study

    Posted: 09/06/2016

    Just Spraying Adult Mosquitoes Won't Curb Zika: Study MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Female mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus to their eggs and offspring, and this may make it harder to contain outbreaks, a new lab study suggests. Control programs that focus only on adult mosquitoes may not halt Zika's spread, the researchers warned. The researchers injected laboratory-grown Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread the virus, with Zika and tracked its spread to their offspring. "The implic...

  • Joint Aspiration

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Joint Aspiration What is joint aspiration? Joint aspiration is a procedure to remove fluid from the space around a joint using a needle and syringe. This is usually done under a local anesthetic either to relieve swelling or to obtain fluid for analysis to diagnose a joint disorder and/or problem. Joint aspiration is most often done on the knee. However, fluid can also be removed from other joints, such as the hip, ankle, shoulder, elbow, or wrist. AMuscsk_20140325_v0_001 Other related procedures that m...

  • Juvenile Osteoporosis

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Juvenile Osteoporosis What is juvenile osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones are thinner than normal. It’s a condition that gets worse over time. This means that bones get thinner over time, or don’t grow as they should. The bones are then weaker and at higher risk of breaking. The condition is much more common in older adults. But it can also occur during childhood. In children, it’s called juvenile osteoporosis. What causes juvenile osteoporosis? It’s most often caused by another h...

  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis? Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a form of arthritis in children ages 16 or younger. It causes inflammation and stiffness of joints. Unlike adult rheumatoid arthritis, which is chronic and lasts a lifetime, children often outgrow JRA. But the disease can affect bone development in a growing child. The disease has 3 types: Pauciarticular (Oligoarthritis). This type affects 4 or fewer joints. Large joints, such as the knees, ankles...

  • Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis (JAS) in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Juvenile Ankylosing Spondylitis (JAS) in Children What is juvenile ankylosing spondylitis? Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis. It affects children in the spine and the places where the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are attached to bone. Ankylosing means stiff or rigid. Spondyl means spine. Itis refers to inflammation. JAS affects boys and men more than girls and women. It usually happens between the ages of 17 and 35. JAS is a long-term (chronic) condition. Some people will have pe...