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  • No Evidence Fish Oil in Pregnancy Makes for Brainier Kids

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    No Evidence Fish Oil in Pregnancy Makes for Brainier Kids TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Popping prenatal supplements that contain fish oil won't make your child any smarter, a new study suggests. That finding comes from a seven-year follow-up of an earlier trial comparing use of supplements containing DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to use of a placebo during the last half of pregnancy. DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in fatty fish, like salmon, tuna and trout. It is also found in ...

  • New Parkinson's Drug Xadago Approved

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    New Parkinson's Drug Xadago Approved WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Xadago (safinamide) tablets have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an add-on drug to treat Parkinson's patients who take levodopa or carbidopa but have instances of increased symptoms anyway, a condition doctors call "off" episodes. An "off" episode, when Parkinson's medication doesn't seem to work well, may include symptoms such as tremor and difficulty walking, the agency said in a news release. ...

  • New Technology Makes Gene Mapping Cheaper, Faster: Study

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    New Technology Makes Gene Mapping Cheaper, Faster: Study THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've developed a much cheaper and faster technology for mapping the genetic makeup of a living organism. They demonstrated the technology by decoding the DNA of the mosquito species that transmits the Zika virus. The original Human Genome Project took 10 years and cost $4 billion, but this new 3-D assembly method did the same in a few weeks for less than $10,000, the researchers report...

  • Need More Zzzzz's?

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Need More Zzzzz's? FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A good night's sleep is often elusive, but there are things you can do to boost the odds of getting some quality shuteye, sleep experts say. The first is to have regular bed and wake times, according to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital sleep doctors Dr. Daniel Barone and Dr. Andrew Westwood. The doctors suggested going to sleep at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning, even on weekends and vacation days. That's bec...

  • New Hepatitis C Drugs Might Eliminate the Disease

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    New Hepatitis C Drugs Might Eliminate the Disease MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Newer treatments for hepatitis C appear to eliminate the virus in the vast majority of those taking oral antiviral medications, raising the hope that this disease might someday be eradicated in the United States. The oral medications "work really well in most patients that have hepatitis C," said Dr. Oluwaseun Falade-Nwulia, the study's lead author. She's an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Unive...

  • New Cholesterol Drugs May Beat Statins, But Price Tag Is High

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    New Cholesterol Drugs May Beat Statins, But Price Tag Is High FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two different injectable drugs can lower cholesterol levels even further than statins do, potentially warding off future heart attacks or strokes, new research suggests. However, some heart experts question whether the pricey medications, one of which costs roughly $14,000 a year to take, perform well enough to make them worth the extra money. In fact, some cardiologists said the drugs should be rese...

  • Nearby Day Cares Don't Pose Health Risks to Kids: Study

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Nearby Day Cares Don't Pose Health Risks to Kids: Study WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Living near a day care center won't increase your child's risk of catching contagious illnesses like whooping cough, new research suggests. Scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia reported that kids in neighborhoods with one or more day care centers don't get sick more often from extra germs circulating in the area. For the study, the researchers analyzed the total number of day care centers i...

  • New Health Care Bill Clears House Committee

    Posted: 03/19/2017

    New Health Care Bill Clears House Committees THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two key House panels on Thursday cleared the Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, amid growing backlash from consumer and medical groups that oppose the GOP plan. Following a marathon session, the House Ways and Means committee approved the plan early Thursday morning, rejecting a variety of Democratic amendments along the way. And later on Thursday afternoon, the House Energy and Commerce Committee...

  • Nasal 'Nerve Block' May Help Ease Kids' Migraines

    Posted: 03/13/2017

    Nasal 'Nerve Block' May Help Ease Kids' Migraines SUNDAY, March 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids and teens who suffer with migraines may find relief from a nasal "nerve block" that's commonly used in adults with the debilitating headaches, a new study suggests. During the procedure, a catheter is placed in each nostril and inserted until it reaches a bundle of nerves at the back of the nose. At that point, an anesthetic is released that deadens those nerves, thus relieving the headache pain. "The treatm...

  • Noctiva Approved for Frequent Urination at Night

    Posted: 03/13/2017

    Noctiva Approved for Frequent Urination at Night MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Noctiva nasal spray has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat frequent urination at night due to excess urine production. Norturia, the medical term for getting up at night to urinate, can be caused by factors such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, certain medications or diseases of the bladder or prostate, the agency said in a news release. Noctiva (desmopressin acetate) is approved...