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  • Not All Dogs Are Man's (or Kids') Best Friend

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Not All Dogs Are Man's (or Kids') Best Friend SATURDAY, Sept. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young kids don't necessarily know they shouldn't approach a scared dog, which could put them in danger of being bitten, a new British study shows. While young children often knew an angry dog was trouble, they were just as likely to approach a frightened dog as a happy one. "U.K. statistics show that young children are at the highest risk of being bitten by a dog, with nearly 1,200 admissions to hospital for child...

  • New MRSA Strain Found in Denmark

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    New MRSA Strain Found in Denmark FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers in Denmark have identified a new form of the superbug known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that they suspect may be spread through eating contaminated poultry. People who raise livestock are known to face a higher risk for MRSA, the researchers said. But, the new strain infected 10 urban-dwelling people who hadn't been working on a farm and had no direct contact with live farm animals. Instead,...

  • Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Considered Suicide Last Year

    Posted: 09/22/2016

    Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Considered Suicide Last Year THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 10 million U.S. adults seriously thought about committing suicide last year, federal health officials reported Thursday. Rates of suicide are at historically high levels, having jumped 27 percent since 2000, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Nearly three million adults made a plan to take their own life. And 1.4 million adults att...

  • New Approach Helps Ease Teens' Stubborn Concussion Symptoms

    Posted: 09/20/2016

    New Approach Helps Ease Teens' Stubborn Concussion Symptoms TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For teenagers with lingering symptoms after a concussion, treatment that focuses on the "whole person" may speed their recovery, a new, small study suggests. The researchers tested the effects of so-called "collaborative care" for teens with persistent problems following a concussion. That meant they saw a team of health professionals who provided, among other things, "talk therapy" for their depressi...

  • New 'Superlice' Resist Most Over-the-Counter Remedies

    Posted: 09/19/2016

    New 'Superlice' Resist Most Over-the-Counter Remedies FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the war against "superlice," parents appear to be up against a mighty foe -- and it's one they'd certainly rather never see in the first place. A new report warns that over-the-counter products have lost much of their effectiveness against the so-called superlice. The good news is that prescription products can still get rid of those creepy critters. Parents should turn to physicians first instead of tryin...

  • New Electrical Stimulation Therapy Can Help Stroke Patients Move Paralyzed Hand

    Posted: 09/15/2016

    New Electrical Stimulation Therapy Can Help Stroke Patients Move Paralyzed Hand THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new form of electrical stimulation therapy can help rewire the brain and restore some dexterity to a hand that's been paralyzed by stroke, a new clinical trial shows. In the experimental therapy, patients use their good hand to help their brain regain control over the paralyzed hand, explained lead researcher Jayme Knutson, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabili...

  • New Biologic Drug Tackles Hard-to-Control Asthma

    Posted: 09/15/2016

    New Biologic Drug Tackles Hard-to-Control Asthma WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new injectable drug reduces flare-ups in patients with severe asthma that is not controlled by steroid inhalers alone, two new trials show. The drug, benralizumab, is a biologic that works by killing white blood cells called eosinophils. These are present in large numbers in such patients, and they have been linked to severe asthma. If approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, benralizumab would join...

  • Number of Americans on Gluten-Free Diet Tripled in 5 Years

    Posted: 09/13/2016

    Number of Americans on Gluten-Free Diet Tripled in 5 Years TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gluten-free diets seem to be the latest fad, yet the number of people being diagnosed with celiac disease hasn't budged, new research shows. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, in which foods containing gluten trigger the immune system to attack and damage the small intestine, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. Gluten is a protein found naturally in grains like wheat, barley and rye. Peop...

  • New Textile Promises Cool Comfort Without Air Conditioning

    Posted: 09/11/2016

    New Textile Promises Cool Comfort Without Air Conditioning THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stanford University engineers may have paved the way for the coolest clothes ever. The researchers developed a plastic-based textile that could be woven into fabric for clothing to help people in hot climates stay cool without air conditioning. They say the new material cools the body better than synthetic or natural fabrics used to make clothes today. "If you can cool the person rather than the buildi...

  • Newer Epilepsy Drugs May Be Safer During Pregnancy

    Posted: 09/10/2016

    Newer Epilepsy Drugs May Be Safer During Pregnancy THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take the new epilepsy drugs levetiracetam and topiramate during pregnancy don't run the risk of harming their infant's mental development, British researchers report. But the commonly prescribed anti-seizure drug valproate was linked with lower IQs in children, especially when taken at higher doses, researchers say. "The treatment of epilepsy in women who are considering a pregnancy or are pregnant i...