|'Homing Signal' in Brain Helps Humans Navigate, Research Shows
'Homing Signal' in Brain Helps Humans Navigate, Research Shows THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A "homing signal" in the brain tells people which way to travel, and the strength of the signal affects people's ability to navigate, researchers report. Their study is the first to uncover why some people are better at finding their way than others, and also offers new insight into why getting lost is a common problem among people with Alzheimer's disease. The British scientists discovered that a ...
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Common painkillers, including ibuprofen, might slightly reduce your risk of developing a form of skin cancer, researchers say. Use of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) appear to reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 15 percent, the researchers concluded after reviewing nine prior studies. Squamous cell skin cancer is usually caused by sun exposure. These painkillers "h...
Health Tip: Eating Disorder Can Hurt Your Child
Health Tip: Eating Disorder Can Hurt Your Child (HealthDay News) -- An eating disorder, such as binge eating, bulimia or emotional eating, can be dangerous at any age, particularly for a teenager. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these potential health consequences of an eating disorder: Weight gain or loss. Difficulty concentrating. Problems of the stomach, heart, teeth or kidneys. Osteoporosis. Dry skin. In severe cases, death.
Health Highlights: Dec. 18, 2014
Health Highlights: Dec. 18, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Former NFL Players' Lawsuit Over Painkillers Dismissed by Judge A lawsuit by former NFL players who said they were subjected to improper care and misuse of painkillers was dismissed Wednesday by a federal judge. The lawsuit by the 1,300 retired players claimed the league and its teams, doctors and trainers withheld information about injuries and dispensed painkillers t...
Health Tip: Tossing Leftover Food
Health Tip: Tossing Leftover Food (HealthDay News) -- Leftovers can only last so long before they're at risk for spoiling. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these guidelines for storing food: Cooked turkey that has been properly refrigerated should be eaten within four days; gravy and stuffing within a day or two. Three or four days is best for cooked vegetables and casseroles. While cheesecake may last for seven days, fruit and cream pies should be eaten within two to three days. No matter ...
Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance
Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates. The study included 243 people from poor families in Minnesota who were followed from birth until age 32. Those who received more sensitive parenting early in life had better social skills -- including romantic and peer relationships -- and highe...
Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk
Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 1,800 U.S. women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, those exposed to the most air pollution during pregnancy were twice as likely to have a baby who later developed autism. And exposure during the third trimester, ...
Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction
Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few people know how to properly use the medical devices that contain lifesaving medications for severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, a new study shows. Just 16 percent knew the correct way to use an epinephrine injector for someone with a life-threatening allergy. And only 7 percent knew how to use an asthma inhaler as directed. "This isn't a new concern. We always worry about our patients, espe...
Lynparza Approved for Advanced Ovarian Cancer
Lynparza Approved for Advanced Ovarian Cancer FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lynparza (olaparib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes, the agency said Friday in a news release. Nearly 22,000 women in the United States are projected to be diagnosed this year with ovarian cancer, and more than 14,000 will die from it, the U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates. Lynparza was approved with a companion di...
Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users' Suicide Risk
Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users' Suicide Risk FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Injectable drug users who also use cocaine and amphetamines have nearly double the suicide attempt rate of other substance users, a new study finds. "We know that substance use is associated with the risk of suicide attempt and completed suicide," Didier Jutras-Aswad, a psychiatry professor at the University of Montreal, said in a university news release. "However, there are many different profiles ...
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