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  • Our Gorilla Cousins Harbor Mono-Like Virus, Too

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Our Gorilla Cousins Harbor Mono-Like Virus, Too FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say a herpes virus similar to the Epstein-Barr virus that infects people has been found in mountain gorillas. The discovery may assist in the conservation of critically endangered mountain gorillas, according to scientists at the University of California, Davis. The finding might also benefit people with the Epstein-Barr virus, they said. Epstein-Barr -- also called human herpesvirus 4 -- infects more t...

  • One Social Hour a Week Can Help Someone With Dementia

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    One Social Hour a Week Can Help Someone With Dementia SUNDAY, July 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just a slight increase in social interaction benefits older adults with dementia and lowers health care costs, a new British study suggests. "People with dementia who are living in [nursing] homes are among the most vulnerable in our society," said study leader Clive Ballard. He's a professor at the University of Exeter Medical School in England. "Our outcomes show that good staff training and just one hour a...

  • Opioids a Threat to Seniors With COPD

    Posted: 07/17/2017

    Opioids a Threat to Seniors With COPD THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors with COPD -- a progressive lung disease that causes breathing problems -- may increase their odds for heart-related death if they use opioid painkillers, a new study finds. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) patients are often prescribed opioids, including morphine and fentanyl. These narcotics can help treat chronic muscle and bone pain, insomnia, persistent cough and shortness of breath despite inhaler ...

  • OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain: Study

    Posted: 07/05/2017

    OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain: Study THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have high levels of brain inflammation, a discovery researchers say could lead to new treatments. In OCD, people typically have frequent, upsetting thoughts that they try to control by repeating certain rituals or behaviors, such as washing hands or checking door locks. Canadian researchers compared 20 OCD patients and a control group of 20 people without the ...

  • Opioids Over-Prescribed After C-Sections: Studies

    Posted: 06/19/2017

    Opioids Over-Prescribed After C-Sections: Studies THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women are routinely prescribed more opioid painkillers than they need after Cesarean sections, creating a high risk for misuse, a trio of new studies suggests. C-sections are the most common inpatient surgery in the United States, with 1.3 million procedures performed a year, according to the researchers. But there is little data on how much medicine patients actually need to manage their pain. To that end, how ...

  • Overweight Kids Pay a Heavy Social Price

    Posted: 06/18/2017

    Overweight Kids Pay a Heavy Social Price WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight kids are excluded and ostracized by classmates in school more often than their thinner peers, new research indicates. Examining friendship dynamics among more than 500 preteens in the Netherlands, California researchers found that those who were overweight or obese were 1.7 times more likely to be disliked by their peers. Not surprisingly, the reverse was also true. Overweight or obese preteens were 1.2 times...

  • Obese Women May Have More Intense Hot Flashes

    Posted: 06/12/2017

    Obese Women May Have More Intense Hot Flashes WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's another downside for women who carry a lot of excess weight: more intense hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, new research suggests. "This study supports earlier studies that found that women who are heavier tend to have more hot flashes, particularly close to menopause," said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society. The study involved nearly 750 Brazilian ...

  • One Man's Trash Is Another's Fiber

    Posted: 06/07/2017

    One Man's Trash Is Another's Fiber FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Wasted food results in a huge loss of important nutrients for Americans, new research contends. "Huge quantities of nutritious foods end up in landfills instead of meeting Americans' dietary needs," said study lead author Marie Spiker, a fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future in Baltimore. "Our findings illustrate how food waste exists alongside inadequate intake of many nutrients," Spiker said in a Hopkins news...

  • Overcrowded ERs Risky for Some Seriously Ill Patients

    Posted: 05/29/2017

    Overcrowded ERs Risky for Some Seriously Ill Patients SUNDAY, May 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with the potentially life-threatening infection complication known as sepsis are less likely to receive immediate antibiotic treatment in overcrowded emergency departments, researchers say. "Prompt initiation of appropriate antibiotics is the cornerstone of high-quality sepsis care, a fact emphasized in Medicare quality measures and international guidelines," said the study's lead author, Dr. Ithan Pelt...

  • Overweight Boys Face Higher Colon Cancer Risk as Adults

    Posted: 05/27/2017

    Overweight Boys Face Higher Colon Cancer Risk as Adults FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight boys may be more likely to develop colon cancer later in life, but losing weight might lower that risk, Danish researchers say. Although earlier studies have suggested that overweight children run a higher risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer as adults, it had been less clear what effect weight loss might have on this risk. "These results highlight the importance of weight management in child...