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  • Kids Can Pick Up Nicotine on Their Hands

    Posted: 04/21/2017

    Kids Can Pick Up Nicotine on Their Hands THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone's heard about the dangers of secondhand smoke. Now, researchers say children can pick up nicotine on their hands "thirdhand." Kids can get high levels of nicotine on their hands just by touching items or surfaces contaminated with tobacco smoke residue, a small U.S. study found. The findings "show that children's hands hold high levels of nicotine even when parents are not smoking around them," said study co-a...

  • Kidney Disease a Big Contributor to Heart-Related Deaths: Study

    Posted: 04/20/2017

    Kidney Disease a Big Contributor to Heart-Related Deaths: Study THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney disease is a major cause of heart-related deaths worldwide, a new study reports. Based on data from 188 countries at six time points between 1990 and 2013, the researchers estimated that in 2013, reduced kidney function was associated with 4 percent of deaths worldwide, or 2.2 million deaths. More than half of these deaths (1.2 million) were heart-related, while nearly 1 million were cause...

  • Kitties Absorb Flame Retardants -- How About Your Kiddies?

    Posted: 04/12/2017

    Kitties Absorb Flame Retardants -- How About Your Kiddies? TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- House cats can have high levels of flame-retardant chemicals in their blood, say researchers, warning that young children might, too. The contaminants were in house dust, according to Swedish researchers who took dust samples from 17 homes and blood samples from the resident cats. "The brominated flame retardants that have been measured in cats are known [hormone] disruptors," said study author Jana Wei...

  • Keys to Heart Disease Care: Communication and Trust

    Posted: 04/10/2017

    Keys to Heart Disease Care: Communication and Trust MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with heart disease may fare better when they feel they can trust and talk to their doctor, two new studies suggest. In one study, researchers found that heart patients who thought their doctors were good communicators were more likely to take aspirin and cholesterol-lowering drugs. They were also less likely to land in the ER. In the other study, patients were more apt to take their blood pressure medica...

  • Kids Peppered With Pot Ads

    Posted: 04/05/2017

    Kids Peppered With Pot Ads TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There has been an alarming increase in young Americans' exposure to marijuana ads as more states legalize the drug, a new study contends. Recreational and/or medicinal use of marijuana is now legal in more than half of U.S. states, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis said. "Advertising can be powerful," said study first author Melissa Krauss, a research statistician in the department of psychiatry. ...

  • Knee Replacement Doesn't Always Pay, Researchers Say

    Posted: 04/04/2017

    Knee Replacement Doesn't Always Pay, Researchers Say TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Knee replacement surgery isn't always a game changer, according to a new study that raises questions about the increasingly common procedure. The patients who benefit most have severe osteoarthritis. But for people with milder symptoms, the expense might not be justified, researchers determined. "This study suggests we should reconsider doing this procedure on people who have more mild pain, and less severe ...

  • Keep Colon Cancer at Bay

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    Keep Colon Cancer at Bay WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer can be treated and cured if it's diagnosed early, and a colonoscopy is one of the best ways to detect the disease, a gastroenterologist says. "Routine colonoscopy exams are lifesavers and may reduce your risk of succumbing to colorectal cancer by 90 percent," said Dr. Ellen Gutkin, from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Queens. Even healthy adults with no family or medical history of colon cancer should get routine colonosco...

  • Kids Start Moving Less After Age 7, Study Finds

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Kids Start Moving Less After Age 7, Study Finds TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents have seen their rambunctious 5-year-old age into a teen "couch potato." But a new study finds the slowdown in activity may begin long before adolescence. Sedentary behaviors begin to set in shortly after the ripe old age of 7, the researchers found. And contrary to what many have thought, girls are not the only ones who fall prey to less healthy living at a young age. The researchers found that "100 ...

  • Kidney Transplant Survival Up Among Babies, Kids

    Posted: 03/14/2017

    Kidney Transplant Survival Up Among Babies, Kids MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Survival rates for children who get kidney transplants have improved significantly over the last half-century, a new study finds. "The outlook for infants and children with end-stage kidney disease was once dismal, with poor survival rates after transplant. There has been great progress in pediatric kidney transplantation, and now the patient survival rate is almost 100 percent," said the study's principal investi...

  • Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones

    Posted: 03/09/2017

    Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans have eating disorders, but it can be difficult for family and friends to detect these problems in loved ones, a doctor warns. For example, many people with anorexia are skillful at hiding their weight loss by doing things such as wearing loose clothing to mask their size or being very involved in meal preparation, according to Dr. Martha Levine of Penn State Children's Hospital. But there...