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  • Can Drugmakers Buy Doctors' Loyalty With Cheap Meals?

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Can Drugmakers Buy Doctors' Loyalty With Cheap Meals? MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who accept free meals from drug companies are more likely to prescribe the brand-name drugs those companies sell, a new study suggests. Physicians who received just one free meal, valued at less than $20 on average, were up to two times more likely to prescribe a promoted brand-name drug than a cheaper generic alternative, compared with doctors who did not accept a meal, the study found. Doctors who r...

  • CDC Panel Says FluMist Nasal Flu Vaccine Ineffective

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    CDC Panel Says FluMist Nasal Flu Vaccine Ineffective THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans may have to do without the easier, nasal spray form of flu vaccine next flu season, a panel of experts decided Wednesday. That's because the medicine, called FluMist, has been largely ineffective in children in recent years and should not be used in the United States during the 2016-17 flu season, the panel of experts said. "We could find no evidence [the spray] was effective," Dr. Joseph Bresee, a...

  • Contaminated Gloves a No-No in Hospitals

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Contaminated Gloves a No-No in Hospitals FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health care workers who wear contaminated gloves can transfer bacteria onto hospital surfaces, a new study warns. "Infection control is a priority for all hospitals to reduce the spread of [bacteria]," said study author Sae Otani, a master course student at Bunkyo Gakuin University in Japan. "Gloving is recommended as a barrier protection for health care workers to reduce the risk of contamination during contact with infe...

  • CDC Reports Six Cases of Birth Defects Caused by Zika

    Posted: 06/26/2016

    CDC Reports Six Cases of Birth Defects Caused by Zika THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the first reporting of Zika-related birth defects in the United States, federal health officials said Thursday that three babies have been born with these birth defects while three pregnancies have been lost because of brain damage caused by the virus. Those six cases will likely not be the last, as 234 pregnant women in the United States have already been diagnosed with Zika infection, according to the ...

  • Caffeine's Jolt Can Sometimes Be Short-Lived

    Posted: 06/23/2016

    Caffeine's Jolt Can Sometimes Be Short-Lived THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Caffeine no longer improves alertness or mental performance after a few nights of sleep restriction, according to a new U.S. military study. "These results are important, because caffeine is a stimulant widely used to counteract performance decline following periods of restricted sleep," said lead author Tracy Jill Doty. She is a research scientist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Md. "The...

  • Clashes at Nursing Homes Not Uncommon

    Posted: 06/21/2016

    Clashes at Nursing Homes Not Uncommon MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many elderly adults in nursing homes face aggressive or disturbing behavior from their fellow residents, a new study suggests. The study found that one in five nursing home residents had been involved in an incident with a fellow resident within the past month. Most often that meant a verbal altercation, with a resident yelling or cursing at another. But some seniors were involved in physical scuffles, and some experienced i...

  • Couples Living in Zika Areas Should Delay Pregnancy, WHO Advises

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Couples Living in Zika Areas Should Delay Pregnancy, WHO Advises FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Couples who are trying to have children and live in Zika-affected areas should consider delaying pregnancy to avoid having babies born with birth defects, U.N. health officials now recommend. The new guideline replaces an earlier one that suggested women planning to become pregnant should wait at least eight weeks before trying to conceive if they or their partner live in -- or are returning from Z...

  • Childhood Sleep Guidelines Vary by Age

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Childhood Sleep Guidelines Vary by Age MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A good night's sleep makes for perkier, better-behaved children. But how much sleep is enough? The following age-based recommendations can help answer that question. The guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine are supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They suggest the following amounts of sleep for good health: Infants 4 months to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours, including naps. Children 1 t...

  • Could Eating More Whole Grains Help You Live Longer?

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Could Eating More Whole Grains Help You Live Longer? MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health experts have long urged people to swap their processed white grains for the whole-grain variety, and new research suggests that advice might help you live longer. Researchers found that people who ate three or more servings of whole grains a day had a 20 percent reduced risk of premature death during the study period, compared to those who ate fewer or no servings of whole grains. "The higher the whole ...

  • California Enacts Right-to-Die Law

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    California Enacts Right-to-Die Law THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- California on Thursday becomes the fifth and largest state in the country to allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives. With the state's right-to-die law in effect, the percentage of terminally ill U.S. adults who can ask for medical aid in dying will leap from 4 percent to 16 percent, according to advocacy group Compassion & Choices. As many as 34,000 terminally ill Californians per year are expected to ask the...