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  • Is Blood Donated by Mothers Less Safe for Men?

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    Is Blood Donated by Mothers Less Safe for Men? TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who receive blood donated by previously pregnant women may face an increased risk of death following the transfusion, a new study from the Netherlands suggests. Males transfused with blood from a woman with a history of pregnancy appear to be 13 percent overall more likely to die in coming years, compared with those who received blood from another man, said researchers from Sanquin, the Dutch national blood ban...

  • Is a Dangerous Bird Flu on the Horizon?

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    Is a Dangerous Bird Flu on the Horizon? THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found new evidence that the H7N9 bird flu, currently confined to China, has the potential for a widespread outbreak. Public health experts have long been tracking the bird flu strain, which emerged in humans in 2013. Since then, nearly 1,600 cases have been confirmed in China -- with a death rate of about 40 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There's no evidence tha...

  • Incision Length Linked to Pain After Cesarean

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    Incision Length Linked to Pain After Cesarean SATURDAY, Oct. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How much pain a woman feels after cesarean delivery may depend on the length of the incision, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed pain in nearly 700 women who gave birth via elective C-sections. Both short and long surgical incisions were linked to greater pain. Based on their findings, the researchers concluded that the ideal length of a C-section incision is between roughly 4.5 and 6.5 inches. They said sh...

  • Is Gluten-Free Such a Good Idea?

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Is Gluten-Free Such a Good Idea? FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gluten-free diets are increasingly popular but not a good idea for everyone, doctors say. Gluten is a type of protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Only people with conditions that require them to avoid gluten -- such as celiac disease or gluten sensitivity -- should go completely gluten-free, said Dr. Christopher Heron, a family medicine physician at Penn State Medical Group in State College. "The grains found ...

  • It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot Again

    Posted: 10/10/2017

    It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot Again THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season is fast approaching, and U.S. health officials are worried that this season could be a bad one. That's why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot. Why the extra concern? Australia, which experiences its flu season in summer because it's in the southern hemisphere, has been hard hit this year. And the major culprit has been the H3N2 flu strain, ...

  • Is Older Blood OK to Use in a Transfusion?

    Posted: 10/09/2017

    Is Older Blood OK to Use in a Transfusion? WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using older red blood cells to give transfusions to critically ill patients doesn't appear to affect their risk of dying, Australian researchers report. It was once believed that fresh red blood cells were best suited for transfusions. But this new study adds to the evidence that older blood is just as good, if not better, the study authors said. "Red blood cells for transfusion for critically ill patients are like ...

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Raise Cancer Risk in Kids

    Posted: 10/03/2017

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Raise Cancer Risk in Kids THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face an increased risk of cancer, a new study claims. The risk persists into adulthood, and is especially elevated for gastrointestinal cancers, the researchers added. The "extent and duration of chronic inflammation might be the main driving mechanisms underlying the increased risk of cancer," the researchers suggested. The international team, led by Dr. O...

  • It's a Food Allergy! Where's the School Nurse?

    Posted: 09/28/2017

    It's a Food Allergy! Where's the School Nurse? MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many students who suffer a severe allergic reaction at school get potentially lifesaving epinephrine injections from unlicensed staff or other students, not a school nurse, a new study finds. "The findings highlight the importance of having a supply of epinephrine available in schools, and people trained to administer it during an allergy emergency," said study author Dr. Michael Pistiner. He is director of food al...

  • Increasing Salt Intake Tied to Diabetes Risk

    Posted: 09/26/2017

    Increasing Salt Intake Tied to Diabetes Risk THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of salt consumption may increase an adult's risk of developing diabetes, researchers say. The new study included data from a few thousand people in Sweden. The findings showed that salt intake was associated with an average 65 percent increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for each 2.5 extra grams of salt (slightly less than half a teaspoon) consumed per day. People with the highest salt int...

  • Immune-Focused Drug May Be New Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Immune-Focused Drug May Be New Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that Opdivo -- a drug that works with the immune system to fight melanoma -- is more effective than the current standard of care for patients who've had surgery to remove advanced tumors. The international study was funded by Opdivo's maker, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and included more than 900 patients with stage III and stage IV melanoma. Patients were treated at 130 medical cent...