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  • Many High School Principals Know Little About Concussions

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Many High School Principals Know Little About Concussions WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A survey of U.S. high school principals found only one-third had received training in how to help students with concussion return to the classroom. "Many times, there are protocols in place for how a concussed student returns to their sport, but it is also important to look at how they return to the classroom," said study author Dr. Kristyn Tekulve, of Indiana University. "Contrary to popular belief, r...

  • Many Americans Unaware of This Year's Heavy Tick Season: Poll

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Many Americans Unaware of This Year's Heavy Tick Season: Poll MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans know that ticks can make them sick, and many take steps to avoid them. But few know that this summer could be a particularly bad one for tick bites, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows. Scientists have predicted an upswing in the tick population this summer, which could potentially mean more tick-borne infections. Lyme disease is the most common of those illnesses, but the bugs can transm...

  • Most Women Should Forgo Ovarian Cancer Screening: Panel

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Most Women Should Forgo Ovarian Cancer Screening: Panel TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The potential harms of ovarian cancer screening outweigh the benefits, so only very specific groups of women should be screened for the disease, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says in a draft recommendation. "The task force found that screening women without signs or symptoms for ovarian cancer does not decrease the number of deaths from the disease, and may lead to unnecessary surgeries,...

  • More Evidence That Midlife Weight Gain Harms Your Health

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    More Evidence That Midlife Weight Gain Harms Your Health TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For many adults, weight gain is slow and steady, but new research suggests that even a few extra pounds can boost your risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. "People don't become obese overnight," said study lead author Dr. Frank Hu. He's a professor in the departments of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "On average, peop...

  • Many People Can't Spot a Faked Photo, Study Finds

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Many People Can't Spot a Faked Photo, Study Finds TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In an era when the phrase "fake news" is on many lips, a new study suggests that people are terrible at detecting whether photos have been manipulated to misrepresent reality. "Our findings suggest that people have an extremely limited ability to distinguish between real and fake images," said study lead author Sophie Nightingale. She's a graduate student at the University of Warwick in England. "In fact, people...

  • Many Terminal Cancer Patients Remain in Denial

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Many Terminal Cancer Patients Remain in Denial WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 10 percent of patients with terminal cancer don't want to know they're dying, which can make their final days more difficult, a new study finds. Unwillingness to face poor prospects can lead to unnecessary treatments and keep patients from making end-of-life plans, the researchers reported recently in The Oncologist . "Health care professionals should appropriately assess patients' readiness for prognostic...

  • Making the Most of Childhood Wellness Visits

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Making the Most of Childhood Wellness Visits FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born today will have about a dozen wellness visits by the time they reach age 3. At that point, these checkups typically drop to just once a year, often before kids head back to school. So it's important to make the most of each visit, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. These visits include a physical exam as well as developmental, behavioral and learning assessments. They're also your opportunity...

  • Most Murdered U.S. Women Killed By Husbands, Boyfriends, Exes

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Most Murdered U.S. Women Killed By Husbands, Boyfriends, Exes FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most women murdered in the United States die at the hands of a current or former intimate partner, a new federal study reports. In a review of female homicide statistics from 2003 to 2014 in 18 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that domestic violence was involved in about 55 percent of the deaths of 10,018 women. "This was consistent across all racial and ethnic groups,...

  • Med Switch Not Always Best Choice With Tough Depression

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Med Switch Not Always Best Choice With Tough Depression TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Switching to another antidepressant may not be the best way to help depression patients who don't respond to the first antidepressant they take, a new study indicates. Among more than 1,500 depression patients at 35 U.S. Veterans Health Administration medical centers, better symptom relief was achieved when people were prescribed an antipsychotic medication or a second antidepressant rather than being swit...

  • Malaria Drug Protected Mouse Fetus From Zika: Study

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Malaria Drug Protected Mouse Fetus From Zika: Study TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A malaria drug protected mice fetuses from the Zika virus, researchers report. In humans, Zika infection during pregnancy can cause severe brain damage in infants. In this study with pregnant mice, investigators found that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine prevented Zika from crossing the placenta. "We found that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine effectively blocks viral transmission to the fetus," said se...