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  • Blood Test May Rule Out Too Many Donor Hearts

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Blood Test May Rule Out Too Many Donor Hearts TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test that's used to check the health of a donor heart may not accurately predict if a heart transplant will be successful, a new study finds. Placing less emphasis on this blood test could increase the number of hearts available for end-stage heart failure, the researchers said. "Heart transplantation is an incredible therapy for patients with end-stage heart failure, but there are only 2,000 to 2,400 transp...

  • Behavior Woes Hamper Boys More Than Girls in School: Study

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Behavior Woes Hamper Boys More Than Girls in School: Study WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Behavior problems are more likely to hold boys back in school than girls, a new study shows. "When I compared 4- and 5-year-old boys and girls who had the same levels of behavior problems -- including difficulty sustaining attention, regulating emotions, delaying gratification, and forming positive relationships with teachers and peers -- I found that boys were less likely to learn and more likely to ...

  • Blood Pressure Problems During Pregnancy, Heart Trouble Later?

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Blood Pressure Problems During Pregnancy, Heart Trouble Later? MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who have blood pressure in the high-normal range may have an increased risk for metabolic syndrome after they give birth, a new study indicates. Metabolic syndrome -- which increases the risk of heart disease -- is defined as having three or more of the following conditions: abdominal obesity; high triglyceride levels; low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol; high blood pressure (hyperten...

  • Boston's Subways Packed With Germs

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Boston's Subways Packed With Germs TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Boston's subway system is swarming with microbes, and while that might send a shiver down your spine, the study's authors said that most of these bugs are harmless and won't make you sick. Researchers collected and studied 100 samples from all over the subway system. Samples were taken from the hanging grips; horizontal and vertical poles; seats; seat backs; walls of subway cars; and the touch-screens and sides of ticketing ma...

  • Basketball Legend Pat Summitt's Death Points to Ravages of Early Alzheimer's

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Basketball Legend Pat Summitt's Death Points to Ravages of Early Alzheimer's TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Legendary coach Pat Summitt stared down myriad challenges as she thrust women's college basketball onto the world stage. But her greatest foe wasn't on the court -- it was Alzheimer's disease. Summitt died Tuesday at age 64, after a remarkable coaching record, winning eight NCAA titles and nearly 1,100 games with the University of Tennessee Lady Vols. The diagnosis of Alzheimer's befor...

  • Brain Tumors More Common in Better Educated, Wealthier Folks: Study

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Brain Tumors More Common in Better Educated, Wealthier Folks: Study MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a college education, a professional career or a big paycheck may be more likely to be diagnosed with a brain tumor than people who are less well-off or not as educated, a new study reports. Medical data for more than 4.3 million residents of Sweden revealed that people with higher education or better jobs were more likely to be found with one of three types of brain tumor -- glio...

  • Blood Pressure May Soar if You Live Near an Airport

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Blood Pressure May Soar if You Live Near an Airport FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Living near an airport isn't just hard on your hearing, it may also be hard on your heart, new research suggests. "The volume of air traffic has skyrocketed since jet-powered planes were introduced in the 1960s," said study author Marta Rojek, a researcher at Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. "According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, there were 64 million take-offs an...

  • Better Care Could Cut Deaths From Trauma by 20 Percent: Report

    Posted: 06/26/2016

    Better Care Could Cut Deaths From Trauma by 20 Percent: Report FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Improved care could prevent one in every five deaths currently lost to traumatic injuries in the United States, a new federal report finds. Injuries from car crashes, gun violence, falls and other incidents remain the leading cause of death among Americans younger than 46, a committee from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine noted. Trauma's aftermath also costs the United Sta...

  • Boost Minimum Wage and Babies Benefit: Study

    Posted: 06/23/2016

    Boost Minimum Wage and Babies Benefit: Study THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Raising the minimum hourly wage in every state by as little as $1 above the federal level might lead to fewer infant deaths and cases of low birth weight babies, a new study suggests. The researchers, who looked at three decades of data, found a pattern: states that had a minimum wage that was $1 above the federal level had a 4 percent decrease in infant deaths. At the same time, the number of newborns with a low bi...

  • Baby Your Baby With Sunscreen

    Posted: 06/22/2016

    Baby Your Baby With Sunscreen WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Be sure your summer plans include a big dose of sun protection for your baby's thinner and more delicate skin, a pediatrician recommends. The best way to protect babies is to avoid direct sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., said Dr. Jay Joo, a pediatrician at UCLA Health. If that's not possible, then make sure the baby has a wide-brimmed hat and long pants and long-sleeved shirts made of lightweight materials. Su...