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  • Standing All Day at Work? It May Take Toll on Health

    Posted: 08/05/2015

    Standing All Day at Work? It May Take Toll on Health TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Desk jobs aren't good for your health, but working on your feet could spell trouble, too, researchers say. Standing five hours a day contributes to significant and prolonged lower-limb muscle fatigue, a small study concluded. This may raise your risk for long-term back pain and musculoskeletal disorders. This isn't good news for the millions of bank tellers, retail assistants, assembly line workers and others...

  • School's Out, Fattening Behaviors Are In

    Posted: 08/03/2015

    School's Out, Fattening Behaviors Are In SUNDAY, July 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your kids probably will eat more sugar, watch more TV and eat fewer vegetables over summer vacation, a new study finds. These weight-gaining behaviors are common for both rich and poor children, the researchers said. "Although obesity-promoting behaviors are generally more common during the summer break, the differences in obesity behaviors between income groups were not exacerbated during the summer break," said Dr. Clai...

  • Stillbirths Now Outnumber Infant Deaths in U.S.

    Posted: 07/31/2015

    Stillbirths Now Outnumber Infant Deaths in U.S. THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stillbirths have eclipsed infant deaths for the first time in the United States, a new government report shows. Several factors may be fueling the trend, including declining infant death rates, racial disparities in access to good care during pregnancy, and fertility treatments that often involve placing more than one embryo in a woman's womb, experts said. "The number of fetal deaths [stillbirths] is now slightl...

  • Success in Dogs Points to First Nonsurgical Cataract Treatment

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    Success in Dogs Points to First Nonsurgical Cataract Treatment WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Eyes clouded by cataracts may one day be treated with drops rather than surgery, a new animal study suggests. Today, surgery is the only means of treating cataracts, the leading cause of blindness in the world. Doctors extract cloudy lenses and replace them with artificial lenses. But researchers have discovered that an organic compound called lanosterol can improve vision by dissolving the clumpe...

  • Scientists Test Universal Flu Vaccine in Mice

    Posted: 07/29/2015

    Scientists Test Universal Flu Vaccine in Mice TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report that a universal flu vaccine in mice protected the animals against eight different flu strains. If the vaccine works in humans, scientists might not have to develop new flu vaccines every year, the researchers said. The findings were reported July 21 in the journal mBio . Currently, a vaccine is created each year to protect against the handful of flu strains that are predicted to be the most common...

  • Study Refutes Notion That Diabetes Drug Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk

    Posted: 07/29/2015

    Study Refutes Notion That Diabetes Drug Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite smaller, prior studies suggesting that the diabetes drug Actos might raise users' risk of bladder cancer, a large new study finds no evidence for such an effect. However, the study did find an association between the use of Actos (pioglitazone) and a rise in the risk of pancreatic cancer, although experts say it's too early to draw any conclusive link. As explained by the researche...

  • Study Sees No Link Between Testosterone Therapy and Blood Clots

    Posted: 07/27/2015

    Study Sees No Link Between Testosterone Therapy and Blood Clots MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Testosterone therapy doesn't appear to increase the risk of blood clots in veins, a new study contends. The most common forms of this problem -- called venous thromboembolism (VTE) -- are deep vein thrombosis (a clot in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (a clot in the lungs). VTE is the third most common type of cardiovascular problem, after heart attack and stroke, the researchers said. There is conf...

  • Study Questions Radiation Use for 'Low-Risk' Prostate Cancers

    Posted: 07/26/2015

    Study Questions Radiation Use for 'Low-Risk' Prostate Cancers FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Higher doses of radiation may improve survival in men with medium- and high-risk prostate cancers, but it does not do the same for those with low-risk disease, a new study suggests. As is the case with many cancers, doctors must balance the risks and side effects of radiation therapy against its potential benefits when deciding if it's right for a particular patient. When it comes to prostate cancer, ...

  • Screams Tap Into Brain's Fear Response

    Posted: 07/24/2015

    Screams Tap Into Brain's Fear Response THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- What makes a bloodcurdling scream so, well, bloodcurdling? A new study says the answer lies not in the volume but the frequency range -- one that's shared by the shrill alarm sounds that startle people in everyday life. "We show that screams and artificial alarm signals use a specific frequency range that is not used in speech and non-alarm signals," said study lead author Luc Arnal, who conducted the research while he wa...

  • Secondhand Smoke Tied to Raised Stroke Risk in Study

    Posted: 07/22/2015

    Secondhand Smoke Tied to Raised Stroke Risk in Study WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that exposure to secondhand smoke may increase nonsmokers' risk of stroke by nearly one-third. "Our findings suggest the possibility for adverse health outcomes such as stroke among nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke and add to the body of evidence supporting stricter smoking regulations," said lead author Angela Malek, of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Res...