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  • Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The pace of flu activity continues to quicken across the United States, and probably hasn't peaked yet. That's the assessment of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is urging the most vulnerable -- the very young, the elderly, the chronically ill and pregnant women -- to get their flu shots before it's too late. "Even though activity is elevated, we are probably not at peak yet," Lynnette Brammer, a CDC ...

  • For a Colicky Baby, You Might Give Acupuncture a Try

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    For a Colicky Baby, You Might Give Acupuncture a Try MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For beleaguered parents desperate to soothe a colicky baby, Swedish researchers have a novel suggestion -- acupuncture. After two weeks of treatment, about two-thirds of babies given acupuncture no longer had colic compared to just over a third of infants who didn't have the needle treatment, lead researcher Kajsa Landgren said. She's a lecturer at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. "Infantile colic is common, a...

  • First Stop for Scuba Divers: The Dentist's Office?

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    First Stop for Scuba Divers: The Dentist's Office? MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first time she tried scuba diving, Vinisha Ranna felt a squeezing sensation in her teeth. That experience led to a study that concluded divers often encounter dental problems underwater. Potentially, these problems include pain in the teeth, jaw and gums; loose crowns; and broken fillings, said Ranna, a dentist in training. "Divers are required to meet a standard of medical fitness before certification, but ...

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Global Problem: Report

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Global Problem: Report TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 119,000 children worldwide are born each year with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a new report finds. The syndrome refers to a group of conditions that include poor growth for the baby both in the womb and after birth, and mental, physical and developmental problems for the child that can last through adulthood, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Globally, an average of nearly 10 percent of ...

  • Flu Season Starting to Peak

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Flu Season Starting to Peak FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season is in full swing and it's starting to look like a severe one, U.S. health officials said Friday. That's why they're urging that the most vulnerable -- the very young, the elderly, the chronically ill and pregnant women -- get their shots before it's too late. "We are still a few weeks from the peak of flu season, and then there's the second half of season to go," said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers...

  • Flameless Candle Batteries Pose Risk to Kids

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Flameless Candle Batteries Pose Risk to Kids WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny button batteries that light up flameless "tea candles" pose a significant risk to children when swallowed, the National Capital Poison Center warns. The lithium batteries in the candles accounted for 14 percent of all the button batteries swallowed by children over the last two years, the center reported. That number is based on statistics from the 24-hour National Battery Ingestion Hotline. The batteries only ...

  • FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day workshop in April to weigh the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes. The agency announced last year that it would start to regulate the devices, which are powered by small, but powerful, lithium-ion batteries. E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine, turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled. The Associated Press reported last month that the FDA had ide...

  • Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Kids' Asthma Risk

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Kids' Asthma Risk THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take fish oil during their third trimester of pregnancy might cut their children's risk of developing asthma by as much as one-third, a new clinical trial suggests. The fish oil dose was high -- with fatty acid levels that were 15 to 20 times more than the average American gets from food. But there were no significant side effects, according to lead researcher Dr. Hans Bisgaard. He's a professor of ...

  • For Kids With Kidney Disease, Race May Play Role in Outcomes

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    For Kids With Kidney Disease, Race May Play Role in Outcomes THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black children are about one-third more likely to die from kidney failure than white children, and access to kidney transplants may be a crucial factor explaining the discrepancy, a new study suggests. Dr. Elaine Ku, of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues tracked the health of more than 12,000 black, Hispanic and white children who had chronic kidney failure. All had been trea...

  • Flu Shots Are Worth It

    Posted: 01/06/2017

    Flu Shots Are Worth It WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The flu can be a serious threat to your health, but you can protect yourself by getting a flu shot, health experts say. "The flu shot can reduce the risk of hospitalization and severe disease due to the influenza virus in addition to reducing the incidence or severity," said Kevin Harrod. He's a professor in the department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The flu vaccine is especia...