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  • Shingles Vaccine Cuts Chronic Pain, Hospitalizations

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Shingles Vaccine Cuts Chronic Pain, Hospitalizations FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccination greatly reduces the risk of serious complications from shingles, a new study finds. Shingles occurs when the same virus that causes chickenpox is reactivated later in life. Nearly one-third of people in the United States will develop shingles. The risk increases with age, researchers said. The new study showed the vaccine was 74 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations for shingles during ...

  • Spring-Clean Your Medicine Cabinet to Safeguard Your Kids

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Spring-Clean Your Medicine Cabinet to Safeguard Your Kids MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When you learn that just 1 in 5 Americans locks up prescription drugs, it's not surprising to hear that thousands of children are treated for accidental medication overdoses each year. A new Consumer Reports survey of more than 1,000 adults also found that more than one-quarter of Americans hang on to unused drugs "until they're used up." This ups the odds for misuse, too. "People may not realize how dan...

  • Shorter Winter, Longer Spring?

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Shorter Winter, Longer Spring? MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spring is officially here, and the world around you is transitioning from winter to warmer weather. But, scientists say this transition appears to be lengthening. And, this could have significant environmental and economic consequences. "Historically, the transition into spring is comparatively shorter than other seasons," said Alexandra Contosta, a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire's Earth Systems Re...

  • Stress Buster

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Stress Buster (HealthDay News) -- Ever wonder why environmental sounds are so relaxing? Just getting outside in nature has been shown to be therapeutic. According to David Yaden, a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center, "in a natural setting, people are more relaxed and less stressed." In Japan, they call this practice of getting outside in nature shinrin-yoku, which is roughly translated as "forest bathing." Indoors, environmental sounds remind us of being out i...

  • Social Struggles Linger for Many Young Cancer Survivors

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Social Struggles Linger for Many Young Cancer Survivors MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many teen and young adult cancer survivors face social struggles, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed more than 140 U.S. cancer patients who were 14 to 39 years old at the time of diagnosis. Patients answered questions when they learned they had cancer and again one and two years later. At all three time points, the cancer patients had worse social functioning than people in the general population. Alt...

  • Steroid Shots Offer No Long-Term Relief for Low-Back Pain

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Steroid Shots Offer No Long-Term Relief for Low-Back Pain MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic lower back pain affects millions of Americans. Many try steroid injections to ease their discomfort, but researchers now say this remedy provides only short-term relief. In their study, investigators from France focused on 135 patients with back pain seemingly caused by inflammation between the discs and bones (vertebrae) in the lower spine. The researchers found that a single steroid injection e...

  • Smoking Rates Drop After Global Tobacco Treaty

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Smoking Rates Drop After Global Tobacco Treaty WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After 180 countries agreed to a global tobacco control treaty in 2005, there was a 2.5 percent decrease in smoking worldwide during the next decade, a new study shows. All of the participating countries agreed to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Signing countries committed to introducing policies such as high tobacco taxes and smoke-free public spaces. They also agree...

  • Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of a spouse is never easy, but the loss of a spouse to suicide may be even more devastating, leading to a greater risk of a host of mental and physical problems, Danish researchers suggest. Surviving partners are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Surviving spouses are also at higher risk for suicide themselves, the...

  • Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new smartphone device has shown early promise as a convenient way for men to check the health of their sperm in the privacy of their home. The infertility test analyzes semen using a disposable rubberized microchip that's designed to enclose and handle samples. The microchip is slid into an attachment that can be plugged into a smartphone. The semen sample is kept within the microchip, so it never enters the smartpho...

  • Scientists Spot Gene for Rare Disorder Causing Deafness, Blindness

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Scientists Spot Gene for Rare Disorder Causing Deafness, Blindness THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have found the genetic cause of a rare disorder that causes children to be born with deafness, blindness, albinism and fragile bones. The syndrome is called COMMAD. It occurs when children inherit two mutations -- one from each parent -- of a gene called MITF. Each parent is also deaf due to another rare genetic disorder called Waardenburg syndrome 2A. Further research is ...