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  • More Evidence That Smog a Heart Threat

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    More Evidence That Smog a Heart Threat TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution can worsen heart disease risk factors, especially in people with diabetes, a new study suggests. "We found an association between air pollution exposure in the intermediate term and undesirable changes in cholesterol," said study first author Maayan Yitshak Sade, of Ben-Gurion University and Soroka University Medical Center in Israel. "This suggests that cumulative exposure to air pollution over the course of ...

  • Most Americans Wouldn't Join a Clinical Trial, Survey Finds

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Most Americans Wouldn't Join a Clinical Trial, Survey Finds TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just four in 10 Americans have a positive impression of clinical trials, a new survey finds. And, only about one-third of Americans would be likely to enroll in one, the survey showed. The findings are cause for concern in terms of cancer research because nearly every advance in cancer was first evaluated in a clinical trial, according to a study commissioned by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, i...

  • Message for Heart Failure Patients: Exercise

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Message for Heart Failure Patients: Exercise THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physical activity may help extend survival for patients with heart failure, a new review suggests. "Patients with heart failure should not be scared of exercise damaging them or killing them," said principal investigator Rod Taylor, director of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Exeter Medical School, in England. "The message for heart failure patients is clear. Exercise is good for you, it will mak...

  • Music Soothes Nervous Eye Surgery Patients

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Music Soothes Nervous Eye Surgery Patients FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Listening to relaxing music before eye surgery reduces patients' anxiety and their need for sedation, a new French study suggests. "Music listening may be considered as an inexpensive, noninvasive, non-pharmacological method to reduce anxiety for patients undergoing elective eye surgery under local anaesthesia," said lead researcher Dr. Gilles Guerrier, from Cochin University Hospital in Paris. The study included 62 peop...

  • Make That Memorial Day BBQ Tasty -- and Safe

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Make That Memorial Day BBQ Tasty -- and Safe FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans fire up their grills this Memorial Day weekend, experts note that while there isn't enough evidence to conclude that barbecued meat increases cancer risk, it's still a good idea to take some precautions. "Here's what we do know. Cooking meat at a high temperature -- like grilling -- creates substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons [PAHs] and heterocyclic amines [HCAs], said Alice Bender, head of ...

  • Most Americans Aware of Zika Threat, But Gaps in Knowledge Remain

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Most Americans Aware of Zika Threat, But Gaps in Knowledge Remain TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are becoming more informed about the Zika virus, but there are still some large gaps in their knowledge of the mosquito-borne illness that can cause devastating birth defects, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll finds. Three out of four adults know Zika is mainly transmitted by mosquito bites. And, more than four out of five are aware that pregnant women are most at risk from the virus, the poll...

  • Many Parents Ill-Informed About Kids' Asthma Meds

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Many Parents Ill-Informed About Kids' Asthma Meds TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only half of parents of children with asthma fully understand the use of their youngsters' asthma medications, a new study finds. A survey of parents of 740 children with probable persistent asthma found just 49 percent knew what kind of medication their child was prescribed and how often to use it. Following recommended guidelines is key to controlling asthma symptoms, experts say. "Adherence to the guidelines h...

  • Money, Language Barriers Can Affect Kids' Brain Injury Care

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Money, Language Barriers Can Affect Kids' Brain Injury Care TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with traumatic brain injuries may be less likely to receive rehabilitation care if they come from poor families with a limited grasp of English, a new study suggests. After a traumatic brain injury, children require services such as physical therapy and mental health treatment for months or years. But University of Washington researchers found that it's very hard for some patients to get this c...

  • Most Smokers Don't Stick With E-Cigarettes

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Most Smokers Don't Stick With E-Cigarettes TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes with the hope that the electronic nicotine delivery devices will help them give up regular cigarettes. But new research suggests that for most smokers, e-cigarettes aren't an acceptable alternative. The good news from the study is that e-cigarettes helped at least a small group of smokers quit tobacco cigarettes. Ideally, study lead author Terry Pechacek said, e-cigarettes would be both...

  • Migraines Take Toll on Spouse

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Migraines Take Toll on Spouse TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you suffer from migraines, your spouse probably suffers, too. That's the conclusion of researchers who surveyed more than 4,000 people with the debilitating headaches and their spouses/domestic partners. "This study highlights the significant burden that migraine can have on a wide range of family activities, parenting responsibilities, spousal relationships and family finances," said lead author Dawn Buse, director of behavioral...