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  • Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Almost forty percent adults in the United States are now obese, continuing an ever-expanding epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher health care costs. Almost four out of 10 adults and 18.5 percent of kids aged 2 to 19 now meet the clinical definition of obesity, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 30.5 percent of adults and 13.9...

  • Nearly a Third of College Kids Think ADHD Meds Boost Grades

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    Nearly a Third of College Kids Think ADHD Meds Boost Grades MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many college students who abuse ADHD drugs mistakenly believe that doing so will lead to better grades, a new survey suggests. Past research has found that college students commonly misuse stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall as "study aids." That's despite the fact that there is no evidence the drugs help kids who do not have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The new study ...

  • New Genes Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    New Genes Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have pinpointed more gene mutations that may cause restless legs syndrome. A new study involving roughly 46,000 people with restless legs syndrome turned up 13 new gene variants that appear to raise the risk for the condition, which affects up to 10 percent of the U.S. and European populations. "We were able to identify a total of 19 risk-associated genetic variants, of which 13 are new. We're confident th...

  • Newer Blood Thinners May Not Bring Higher Bleeding Risk

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    Newer Blood Thinners May Not Bring Higher Bleeding Risk WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New anti-clotting drugs -- like Xarelto, Pradaxa and Eliquis -- aren't linked with a higher risk of bleeding than the older drug warfarin, a new study finds. Many patients who suffer from blood clots in their legs -- called venous thromboembolism (VTE) -- or have the abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation take blood thinners to help prevent life-threatening clots that can travel to the heart, l...

  • No Drop in Flu Vaccinations Since Nasal Spray Withdrawn

    Posted: 10/18/2017

    No Drop in Flu Vaccinations Since Nasal Spray Withdrawn FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Discontinuation of the pain-free nasal spray flu vaccine hasn't led to a drop in childhood influenza vaccination -- at least not in Oregon. In 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisory committee on vaccines reported that the nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) was ineffective and advised against its use. Doctors and health officials then feared that with only an injectable vaccine availa...

  • Newer Drug May Prolong Lymphoma Remission

    Posted: 10/16/2017

    Newer Drug May Prolong Lymphoma Remission WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A newer drug may beat the standard treatment when it comes to battling the blood cancer follicular lymphoma, a clinical trial suggests. Follicular lymphoma is one type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a group of cancers that arise in white blood cells. The new study found that a drug called obinutuzumab (Gazyva) typically kept the cancer under control longer, versus the standard drug rituximab (Rituxan). After three years, abo...

  • Nerve Stimulation Pulls Patient From 15-Year Vegetative State

    Posted: 10/05/2017

    Nerve Stimulation Pulls Patient From 15-Year Vegetative State MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By stimulating a nerve that stretches from the abdomen to the brain, French researchers have restored a significant measure of consciousness to a brain-damaged 35-year-old car accident victim who had spent 15 years in a vegetative state. This case may change conventional thinking about vegetative states. Currently, it is generally believed that if someone is in a vegetative state for more than a year...

  • Nearly 25 Million U.S. Workers Now Have High-Deductible Health Plans

    Posted: 09/27/2017

    Nearly 25 Million U.S. Workers Now Have High-Deductible Health Plans FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American workers with high-deductible health insurance plans rose by 3.2 percent in 2016 -- reaching 24.8 million, new research reports. While premium prices rose modestly for people with employer-provided coverage, their deductibles rose 10 percent on average, University of Minnesota researchers found. "High-deductible health plans are increasingly becoming the norm in commercia...

  • Nerve 'Zap' Treatment Could Be Alternative to CPAP for Sleep Apnea

    Posted: 09/25/2017

    Nerve 'Zap' Treatment Could Be Alternative to CPAP for Sleep Apnea THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with more serious cases of sleep apnea may get lasting relief from an implanted nerve stimulator, a new study finds. One specialist says the device might benefit those who can't tolerate the current standard treatment for sleep apnea: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP involves wearing a mask over the nose and/or mouth every night, and many people balk at that. The new dev...

  • New Guideline Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Head, Neck Masses

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    New Guideline Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Head, Neck Masses TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Neck masses are common in adults, but the cause is often hard to pinpoint. Now, doctors have a new guideline to help them make that call. The guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery dovetails with a rise in head and neck cancers related to the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV). "A neck mass may indicate a serious medical problem. It does not mean...