|Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds
Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A cluster of 12 Colorado children are suffering muscle weakness and paralysis similar to that caused by polio, and doctors are concerned these cases could be linked to a nationwide outbreak of what's usually a rare respiratory virus. Despite treatment, 10 of the children first diagnosed late last summer still have ongoing problems, the authors noted, and it's not known if their limb we...
Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds
Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking doubles the chances that a prostate cancer patient will see his disease spread and that he will eventually die from his illness, a new study finds. "Basically we found that people who smoke had a higher risk of their tumor coming back, of it spreading and, ultimately, even dying of prostate cancer," said study co-author Dr. Michael Zelefsky. He is vice chair of clinical research in the departmen...
It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking
It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Financial incentives help pregnant women quit smoking, a new study shows. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness and death among mothers and babies in developed countries, the researchers say. "This study provides substantial evidence of a very promising and potentially cost-effective new intervention to add to present health service support," the researchers wrote. The study included 612 pregnant smokers in...
Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study
Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using morphine at home to treat pain in children after tonsil and/or adenoid removal may cause life-threatening respiratory problems, according to a new study. "The evidence here clearly suggests children with obstructive sleep apnea should not be given morphine for postoperative pain. We already know that they should not get codeine either," Dr. Gideon Koren, one of the study's authors and a senio...
Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says
Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Little to no progress is being made in curtailing tobacco use in the United States, a new report from the American Lung Association contends. The Surgeon General's 1964 report raised the red flag about the dangers of smoking. Tobacco, however, still claims nearly 500,000 lives each year and costs up to $333 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity in the United States, says the lung asso...
Researchers Rethink Inner-City Asthma Theory
Researchers Rethink Inner-City Asthma Theory TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study challenges the widely held belief that inner-city children have a higher risk of asthma simply because of where they live. Race, ethnicity and income have much stronger effects on asthma risk than where children live, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers reported. The investigators looked at more than 23,000 children, aged 6 to 17, across the United States and found that asthma rates were 13 pe...
Want to Get Healthy? Get Your Partner Involved
Want to Get Healthy? Get Your Partner Involved MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For those looking to embrace a healthier lifestyle, you might want to enlist your spouse or significant other. Men and women who want to stop smoking, get active and lose weight are much more likely to meet with success if their partner also adopts the same healthy habits, according to new research. "In our study we confirmed that married, or cohabiting, couples who have a 'healthier' partner are more likely to chan...
Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll
Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking and obesity are both harmful to your health, but they also do considerable damage to your wallet, researchers report. Annual health-care expenses are substantially higher for smokers and the obese, compared with nonsmokers and people of healthy weight, according to a recent report in the journal Public Health . In fact, obesity is actually more expensive to treat than smoking on an annual basis, the study con...
Gene-Based Spit Test Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Detection
Gene-Based Spit Test Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Detection THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare indicated recently that it might soon cover CT scans to check longtime smokers for early lung cancer, and these types of scans are becoming more common. Now, an experimental test may help determine whether lung nodules detected by those scans are malignant or not, researchers say. The test, which checks sputum (respiratory mucus) for chemical signals of lung cancer, was able to distinguish ea...
Health Tip: Exercising With a Lung Condition
Health Tip: Exercising With a Lung Condition (HealthDay News) -- While you may be tempted to avoid exercise if you have a lung condition such as asthma or COPD, regular exercise may be helpful, experts say. The American Council on Exercise says potential benefits include: Improving shortness of breath. Reducing your risk of other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. Improving cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength. Reducing anxiety and depression.
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