|Cervical Cancer Vaccine Program in England a Success, Researchers Report
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Program in England a Success, Researchers Report MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A sharp drop in the number of young women infected with the two strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) most likely to cause cervical cancer occurred in England after the 2008 launch of a national vaccination program there, a new study shows. The high-risk HPV types 16 and 18 cause 70 percent to 80 percent of cervical cancers. Protection against infection from these two types is included in ...
Health Tip: Secondhand Smoke Puts Babies at Risk
Health Tip: Secondhand Smoke Puts Babies at Risk (HealthDay News) -- Babies are particularly sensitive to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, researchers have found. The University of Michigan Health System says secondhand smoke makes babies more prone to: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Asthma. Decreased lung function. Pneumonia and bronchitis. Sinus problems. Ear infections.
Health Tip: Having Changes in Vision?
Health Tip: Having Changes in Vision? (HealthDay News) -- Changes in vision are common as you age, but some changes require swift medical attention. Do you know the difference? The National Institutes of Health says more serious symptoms of vision loss include: Difficulty recognizing the faces of loved ones. Sensing that lighting seems dimmer than before. Sudden difficulty reading store signs, street signs or bus signs.
Brain Scans Might Spot Potential for Recovery From Coma
Brain Scans Might Spot Potential for Recovery From Coma TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans could help identify comatose patients who have the potential to wake up, a new study suggests. Bedside tests are currently the standard means of trying to assess whether or not a comatose person will make some form of recovery. But up to 40 percent of patients may be misdiagnosed using these methods, experts say. In the new study, Belgian researchers looked at 41 patients who had suffered seve...
Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain
Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who occasionally smoke marijuana may be rewiring their brains, with their pot use causing structural changes to brain regions related to motivation, emotion and reward, a small study says. Recreational pot use by a small group of young adults caused significant changes to the shape and density of both the nucleus accumbens, a region of the brain involved in reward and addiction, and the amygdala...
Nonwhites Exposed to More Air Pollution: Study
Nonwhites Exposed to More Air Pollution: Study TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nonwhite Americans are exposed to 38 percent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution than whites, a new study shows. Nitrogen dioxide comes from sources such as power plants and car exhausts, and this type of air pollution is associated with asthma and heart disease, the researchers said. They examined nitrogen dioxide levels in cities across the nation and used U.S. Census data as well. They found that in...
Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism
Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism may find the "unconditional" love of the family dog a real help, a small new study finds. Researchers at the University of Missouri interviewed 70 parents of children with autism. The investigators found that nearly two-thirds owned dogs, and that 94 percent of those parents said their children formed a bond with their four-legged friend. "Children with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with inte...
Certain Thyroid-Related Diseases May Vary by Race
Certain Thyroid-Related Diseases May Vary by Race TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Race appears to be a factor in determining a person's risk of developing autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Graves' disease or Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a new study says. African Americans and Asians are much more likely to develop Graves' disease than whites are, according to the study published in the April 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association . On the other hand, whites have an incre...
Obesity Linked to Increased Odds of Losing Baby, Study Finds
Obesity Linked to Increased Odds of Losing Baby, Study Finds TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are overweight or obese when they get pregnant may be at increased risk for miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, researchers say. The danger is greatest for severely obese women, who appear to have about double or triple the risk of losing their baby, although that risk is still small, the study authors noted. The findings, based on a review of previously published studies, underscore t...
Sleep Apnea May Be Linked to Poor Bone Health
Sleep Apnea May Be Linked to Poor Bone Health TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, may be at increased risk for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, especially women and older people, a new study suggests. Sleep apnea causes repeated, brief interruptions in breathing during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can increase a person's risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. "Ongoing sleep disruptions caused by obstructive sleep apnea can harm ma...
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