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  • Doctors' Group Backs Later School Start Times

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Doctors' Group Backs Later School Start Times THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- To help ease sleep deprivation among teens, the American Medical Association recommends that middle and high school classes should not start until 8:30 a.m. The new policy, adopted at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago this week, also states that doctors need to educate parents, teachers, school officials and others about the importance of sleep for teens' physical and mental he...

  • Depression Plagues Many With COPD

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Depression Plagues Many With COPD FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may raise the risk of depression among patients with the incurable respiratory illness, two new studies suggest. One report, from scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in England, found one in four patients with COPD suffered persistent depressive symptoms over the three years of the study. If untreated, depression can have a negative effect on the patients...

  • Dos & Don'ts for Easy Splinter Removal

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Dos & Don'ts for Easy Splinter Removal MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Along with the hot days of summer will come a perennial hazard of outdoor living: splinters. Fortunately, dermatologists say splinters are usually easy to remove so you or your child can move on to more pleasant activities. "Splinters come in all shapes and sizes, and they can really hurt," said Dr. Robert Sidbury, division chief of dermatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. "To reduce pa...

  • Do Too Many Lung Cancer Patients Miss Out on Surgery?

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Do Too Many Lung Cancer Patients Miss Out on Surgery? TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients with advanced lung cancer might live longer if treated surgically, but few go that route, new research indicates. A study of U.S. patients with late-stage non-small cell lung cancer found only 11 percent underwent surgery -- and 27 percent got no treatment at all. Yet surgery, either alone or with other treatments, prolonged survival by as much as 41 months, researchers said. "We were surprised...

  • Doing This at Bedtime Could Temporarily Rob Your Sight

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Doing This at Bedtime Could Temporarily Rob Your Sight WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A short-lived optical sensation can lead some smartphone users to mistakenly believe they've lost sight in one eye, British doctors report. The temporary vision loss can affect people who read their smartphone in the dark while lying on their side, explained Dr. Gordon Plant, an ophthalmologist with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. When they stop reading and get up to do something else, they might sudde...

  • Drug Monitoring Programs Do Curb Overdose Deaths: Study

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Drug Monitoring Programs Do Curb Overdose Deaths: Study THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drug monitoring programs appear to help reduce deaths from prescription painkillers called opioids, a new study finds. In an effort to curb overdose deaths from powerful painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, all states except Missouri have implemented prescription-drug monitoring programs to track high-risk patients and prescription providers. But there have been conflicting findings about the effect...

  • Diabetes Plus Kidney Problems May Raise Heart Risks

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Diabetes Plus Kidney Problems May Raise Heart Risks FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For black Americans with diabetes, poor kidney function appears to boost their risk of dying from heart disease, a new report suggests. Both kidney disease and diabetes are very common among black people in the United States, the study authors noted. For the study, researchers reviewed data from more than 3,200 black people in Mississippi who were enrolled in a heart study from 2000 to 2004. The participants we...

  • Dengue Virus May Bolster Zika's Attack

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Dengue Virus May Bolster Zika's Attack THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prior exposure to the dengue fever virus may increase the severity of Zika virus, a new study says. Early stage laboratory findings suggest this connection between the two viruses may help explain the current Zika outbreak in Latin American and Caribbean countries, according to the international team of researchers. Dengue and Zika belong to the Flaviviridae family of viruses and are transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosqu...

  • Dallas Confirms 10 Zika Cases in Pregnant Women

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Dallas Confirms 10 Zika Cases in Pregnant Women THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At least 10 pregnant women in the Dallas area have been infected with Zika, Texas officials confirmed Wednesday. All of the women contracted the mosquito-borne virus while traveling abroad, Dallas Health and Human Services officials told CBS News . In related news, the U.S. House on Thursday approved a $1.1 billion funding package to combat the Zika threat, the Associated Press reported. The bill still needs to b...

  • Drones Could Deliver Vaccines in Developing Countries

    Posted: 06/24/2016

    Drones Could Deliver Vaccines in Developing Countries FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Right now, people often associate the use of drones with warfare. But in the future they could serve humanitarian purposes, such as delivering aid to people in developing countries. For example, the pilotless flying machines might offer a cheaper and better way to deliver vaccines. And that could potentially boost vaccination rates in areas that can be difficult to reach now, a new study suggests. Using a com...