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  • Quitting Smoking While Pregnant: What Works

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Quitting Smoking While Pregnant: What Works WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Use of nicotine patches or the drug Zyban helps pregnant women quit smoking before and after they give birth, a new study says. "In public health terms, these results are significant because one in five pregnant women smokes," said study author Anick Berard, a professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Montreal. "We already know that smoking during pregnancy increases the chances of miscarriage as w...

  • Quitting Smoking After MS Diagnosis May Delay Disease Progression

    Posted: 09/16/2015

    Quitting Smoking After MS Diagnosis May Delay Disease Progression TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple sclerosis progresses faster in people who continue to smoke compared to smokers who quit after their diagnosis, a new study finds. "This study demonstrates that smoking after MS diagnosis has a negative impact on the progression of the disease, whereas reduced smoking may improve patient quality of life, with more years before [progression to secondary disease]," wrote Dr. Jan Hillert, o...

  • Quick, Paper-Based Ebola Test May Help in Remote Areas

    Posted: 08/25/2015

    Quick, Paper-Based Ebola Test May Help in Remote Areas TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A paper-based testing device can quickly diagnose Ebola among people who live in remote areas, according to a new study. A blood sample from a person with a fever is taken and placed on a paper strip in the device. The paper changes a specific color to indicate if a person has Ebola, yellow fever or dengue fever. The need for a simple, rapid Ebola test is urgently needed. In 2014, the largest Ebola outbreak...

  • Quadriplegic Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arms

    Posted: 05/29/2015

    Quadriplegic Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arms THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A gunshot wound to the spine left Erik Sorto paralyzed from the neck down. Yet today he is able to do some of life's most simple, but vital, actions -- such as taking a drink from a cup -- by using a robotic arm that he controls with his mind. It sounds like science fiction, but researchers have steadily been making progress in developing mind-controlled robotic limbs. The hope is to one day give people with pa...

  • Quitting Smoking Improves Angioplasty Outcome, Study Finds

    Posted: 05/19/2015

    Quitting Smoking Improves Angioplasty Outcome, Study Finds TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who quit smoking when they have angioplasty -- a heart blood vessel-opening procedure -- have better outcomes, a new study finds. Quitting smoking was associated with less chest pain and better quality of life, researchers reported. "It's a no-brainer. Stopping smoking seems like a relatively easy way to increase your chances of getting the best outcomes from angioplasty," said senior author and...

  • Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly

    Posted: 09/09/2014

    Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of Americans' diets has improved somewhat but remains poor overall, and dietary disparity between the rich and poor is growing, a new study shows. "The study provides the most direct evidence to date that the extensive efforts by many groups and individuals to improve U.S. dietary quality are having some payoff, but it also indicates that these efforts need to be expanded," study author Dong Wang, a doctoral st...

  • Quitting Smokeless Tobacco May Boost Survival After Heart Attack

    Posted: 06/30/2014

    Quitting Smokeless Tobacco May Boost Survival After Heart Attack MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that heart attack patients who stop using snus -- a specific type of moist chewing tobacco that is popular in Sweden -- could greatly reduce their risk of dying within a couple years. The findings don't directly prove that stopping the use of this type of smokeless tobacco actually affects cardiac health, and ethical constraints may prevent researchers from ever understanding t...

  • Quarter of Prostate Cancer Patients May Abandon 'Watchful Waiting' Approach

    Posted: 04/24/2014

    Quarter of Prostate Cancer Patients May Abandon 'Watchful Waiting' Approach THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors often recommend no treatment at all when a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, opting instead to keep a close eye on the slow-growing tumor and acting only when it becomes aggressive. But a new, long-term European study says this strategy, called "active surveillance," has a major flaw -- if men don't come back for regular checkups, doctors won't be able to tell if their pr...

  • Quick Vision Test May Help Spot Concussions on Sidelines

    Posted: 03/05/2014

    Quick Vision Test May Help Spot Concussions on Sidelines WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple vision test given on the sidelines can help identify athletes who've suffered a concussion, a new study finds. Researchers found that the test -- known as the King-Devick, or K-D -- was able to detect 79 percent of concussions among college athletes who were followed over a season. When the results were combined with those of two other screening tests, all of the concussions were caught. The fi...

  • Quick Vision Test May Help Spot Concussions on Sidelines

    Posted: 03/05/2014

    Quick Vision Test May Help Spot Concussions on Sidelines WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple vision test given on the sidelines can help identify athletes who've suffered a concussion, a new study finds. Researchers found that the test -- known as the King-Devick, or K-D -- was able to detect 79 percent of concussions among college athletes who were followed over a season. When the results were combined with those of two other screening tests, all of the concussions were caught. The fi...