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  • Putting Out the Welcome Mat for Household Bugs

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Putting Out the Welcome Mat for Household Bugs FRIDAY, Nov. 10, (HealthDay News) -- They're pickier tenants than you'd think: Bugs are ideally looking for carpeted, airy, ground-floor residences in wealthier neighborhoods, and pets and even filth aren't really so important. So finds a meticulous new study of the insect life in 50 urban homes in Raleigh, N.C. One surprise: There was a greater diversity of insect species living in the homes of the affluent compared to those of low-income families, the res...

  • Prolonged Breast-Feeding May Guard Against Teen Eczema

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Prolonged Breast-Feeding May Guard Against Teen Eczema MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Encouraging new mothers to stick with breast-feeding may halve the already small risk that infants will develop eczema when they hit their teens, new research suggests. And while the study also found no impact on teenage asthma risk, at least one U.S. pediatrician said other studies have supported the role of breast-feeding in potentially cutting a child's risk of developing allergies or asthma. The new find...

  • Psychedelic Amazonian Drug Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Psychedelic Amazonian Drug Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests. Ayahuasca is a brew made from a combination of Amazonian plants, including the Psychotria viridis bush and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, said study author Will Lawn. "It is thought to have been used for several hundred years by indigenous people in the Amazon,"...

  • Preventing Sports Injuries

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Preventing Sports Injuries THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Simple steps can help keep you from being sidelined by a sports injury. First, make it a rule to bookend every workout with a warm-up and a cool-down. The warm-up is meant to increase your heart rate and blood flow to muscles. Start with some light cardio, like brisk walking, for your warm-up. After 3 to 10 minutes, focus on increasing flexibility in the muscles you'll use during your workout by stretching them through a full range o...

  • Poor Prognosis for Diabetic Foot Sores

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Poor Prognosis for Diabetic Foot Sores FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research underscores the need for early treatment of diabetic foot ulcers to guard against infection. Foot ulcers are open wounds that develop because of diabetes-related damage to the nerves of blood vessels in the feet. They're prone to infection and heal slowly. Researchers at the University of Leeds in England evaluated nearly 300 patients with infected foot ulcers. They found that 17 percent needed part or all of t...

  • Patients' Gut Bugs May Play Role in Cancer Care

    Posted: 11/14/2017

    Patients' Gut Bugs May Play Role in Cancer Care THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The type of bacteria that cancer patients harbor in the gut might affect their odds of responding to certain treatments, two early studies hint. The research, in humans and mice, adds to evidence that gut bacteria play a key role in the immune system. But experts stressed it's too soon to make recommendations to cancer patients -- including whether they should take "probiotic" supplements. Both studies looked at w...

  • People Tend to Overestimate Pain From Surgery

    Posted: 11/14/2017

    People Tend to Overestimate Pain From Surgery FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients overestimate the amount of pain they'll experience after surgery, resulting in needless anxiety, a new study reports. "We believe providers need to do a better job of counseling patients on realistic pain expectations," said study co-author Dr. Jaime Baratta, director of regional anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. The research included 223 patients. Their average age was ...

  • Puppy Poop Infection Tally Rises to 67 People in 15 States

    Posted: 11/10/2017

    Puppy Poop Infection Tally Rises to 67 People in 15 States TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An outbreak of a potentially deadly bacteria linked to contaminated puppy poop has spread to 15 states, a new federal report shows. These multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections have now sickened 67 people. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency said cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 67 reported by Oct. 30. Ninety-three percent of these infect...

  • Pot Smokers May Have Better Sex Lives

    Posted: 11/07/2017

    Pot Smokers May Have Better Sex Lives FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The old image of the "pothead" who's too blissed out to make it in the bedroom may need revising. New research contends that folks who frequently indulge in marijuana actually have better sex lives. People who report daily pot use have sex more often than either occasional users or those who never touch the stuff, the researchers found. "Compared to men and women who never used marijuana, women and men who reported daily use...

  • Pollution Tied to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide in 2015

    Posted: 11/01/2017

    Pollution Tied to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide in 2015 FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pollution led to more than 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, or 1 in 6 deaths that year, a new report reveals. Air pollution, the worst culprit, was linked to 6.5 million heart- and lung-related deaths, The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health said. Water pollution was tied to 1.8 million deaths, mostly from gastrointestinal and parasitic infections. And workplace-related pollution and lead pollution al...