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  • Extreme Heat in Southwest a Deadly Threat

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Extreme Heat in Southwest a Deadly Threat WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With temperatures soaring so high that some planes couldn't take off in Phoenix on Tuesday, the heat wave scorching the Southwest for the next week should be taken very seriously, one emergency doctor warns. Dramatic temperatures have been recorded in Arizona, California and Nevada, reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in some desert cities -- Death Valley, Calif., hit 125 and Palm Springs, Calif., reached 121. I...

  • Experimental Zika Vaccine Protects Mice Against Virus: Study

    Posted: 06/20/2017

    Experimental Zika Vaccine Protects Mice Against Virus: Study FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just one dose of an experimental Zika vaccine provided mice with 100 percent protection against a potentially lethal dose of the virus, researchers report. The quick spread of the Zika virus and its devastating effects on the brain development of babies have made the need for a vaccine to protect against this mosquito-borne virus a global issue. Currently, the main way to ward off the virus is to avoid ...

  • Excess Alcohol May Speed Muscle Loss in Older Women

    Posted: 06/18/2017

    Excess Alcohol May Speed Muscle Loss in Older Women WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy drinking may hasten muscle loss in older women, a new study warns. Both aging and menopause can lead to loss of muscle mass and strength, a condition called sarcopenia. Muscle mass loss typically starts in midlife, and progresses at a rate of 6 percent per decade, the researchers said. Usually, only three-quarters of midlife muscle mass remains after the age of 80. This loss of muscle affects balance, g...

  • Elite High Schools Breed Higher Risk of Addiction: Study

    Posted: 06/12/2017

    Elite High Schools Breed Higher Risk of Addiction: Study WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Privilege doesn't necessarily offer protection from drug addiction, new research suggests. Teens at elite U.S. high schools seem to face a higher risk of addiction as young adults, the study found. "We found alarmingly high rates of substance abuse among young adults who we initially studied as teenagers," said study author Suniya Luthar, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. "Results sh...

  • Eye Problems May Be Tied to Zika, Lab Study Suggests

    Posted: 06/05/2017

    Eye Problems May Be Tied to Zika, Lab Study Suggests THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists exploring how the Zika virus passes from pregnant monkeys to their fetuses believe the infection may be more dangerous to human pregnancies than previously believed. "The results we're seeing in monkey pregnancies make us think that, as they grow, more human babies might develop Zika-related disease pathology than is currently appreciated," said lead researcher Ted Golos. Golos is professor of comp...

  • ERs May Need to Rethink Opioid Prescription Practices

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    ERs May Need to Rethink Opioid Prescription Practices FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People in U.S. emergency rooms may receive unnecessary opioid painkiller prescriptions for minor injuries such as a sprained ankle, a new study finds. This practice -- which varies widely depending on what area of the country you're treated in -- potentially boosts the risk that patients will become dependent on the drugs. "The substantial variation in prescribing patterns of such extremely addictive medicatio...

  • E-Cigarettes Linked to Bladder Cancer Risk

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    E-Cigarettes Linked to Bladder Cancer Risk MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although many people think "vaping" is safer than smoking, research suggests that both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes are tied to an increased risk for bladder cancer. "We've known traditional smoking raises bladder cancer risk, and given the surge in popularity of e-cigarettes, it's imperative we uncover any potential links" between e-cigarettes and bladder cancer, Dr. Sam Chang said in an American Urological A...

  • Eat This Diet to Lower Your Odds for Painful Gout

    Posted: 05/17/2017

    Eat This Diet to Lower Your Odds for Painful Gout WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Warding off the joint pain of gout may be as easy as eating right, a new study suggests. Gout, a joint disease that causes extreme pain and swelling, is caused by excess uric acid in the blood. It's the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, and its incidence has risen among Americans over recent decades, Harvard researchers noted. But the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet -- which is hig...

  • Energy Drinks May Make Rare Heart Condition More Dangerous

    Posted: 05/16/2017

    Energy Drinks May Make Rare Heart Condition More Dangerous TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Energy drinks can be deadly for people with a certain genetic heart condition, a small study warns. Called long QT syndrome (LQTS), the condition affects 1 in 2,000 people and can cause a rapid, irregular heartbeat that can sometimes be fatal. "The potential cardiovascular risk of energy drinks continues to emerge as an important public health issue," said lead investigator Christopher Semsarian, a profes...

  • Expired EpiPens May Still Help Save a Life: Study

    Posted: 05/16/2017

    Expired EpiPens May Still Help Save a Life: Study TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- EpiPens -- devices used to rescue people during a severe allergic reaction -- can remain effective years after their expiration date, a new study reports. An evaluation of almost 40 expired, unused EpiPens brought in by patients revealed that all of the devices contained more than 80 percent of their initial dose of epinephrine. This was true even as long as four years past the expiration date on the device, said ...