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  • Survey Finds Support for Limits on Indoor Tanning

    Posted: 08/27/2016

    Survey Finds Support for Limits on Indoor Tanning FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While supporting new rules to make indoor tanning salons safer, most young women who frequent the salons oppose a total ban, a new study finds. The study included 356 white women between ages 18 and 30 in Washington, D.C., who had indoor-tanned at least once in the past year. They completed an online survey about proposals to regulate the indoor tanning industry. Seventy-four percent supported policies to prevent...

  • Steroid Treatments May Boost Preemies' Risk of Eye Problems

    Posted: 08/27/2016

    Steroid Treatments May Boost Preemies' Risk of Eye Problems FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Steroids used to help premature babies' lungs work may increase their risk of eye problems, a new study suggests. Doctors often give corticosteroids to babies whose birth weight is very low to improve lung function, but it's long been suspected that the drugs may have harmful side effects. "Clinicians need to use their best judgment to balance the positive effects from steroids on developing lungs with ...

  • Scans Show Range of Zika-Linked Infant Brain Defects

    Posted: 08/27/2016

    Scans Show Range of Zika-Linked Infant Brain Defects TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High-tech imaging is revealing a wide variety of brain defects in newborns whose mothers were infected with the Zika virus. The virus has been most closely linked to a birth defect called microcephaly -- an abnormally small head and an underdeveloped brain, the authors of a new study said. But along with microcephaly, other brain abnormalities can also occur in fetuses exposed to Zika. These include gray and ...

  • Stress May Take Greatest Toll on Younger Women's Hearts: Study

    Posted: 08/27/2016

    Stress May Take Greatest Toll on Younger Women's Hearts: Study WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress may be especially hard on the hearts of younger women who have heart disease, new research suggests. Researchers gave nearly 700 men and women with heart disease a mentally stressful public speaking assignment. Then they measured blood flow to the heart. Women aged 50 or younger were nearly four times more likely than men of the same age or older women to have reduced blood flow to the hear...

  • Season of Conception May Affect Fetal Brain Growth

    Posted: 08/27/2016

    Season of Conception May Affect Fetal Brain Growth WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children conceived during the winter are more likely to have learning disabilities, and a mother's exposure to sunlight may play a role, a new study suggests. Sunlight triggers the body to produce vitamin D, which is important to brain development, the researchers said. They analyzed data from more than 800,000 children in Scotland. Of those conceived between January and March, just under 9 percent had learni...

  • Senior Years May Truly Be Golden for Happiness

    Posted: 08/27/2016

    Senior Years May Truly Be Golden for Happiness WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a culture that values youth, aging can seem like a dismal prospect. But a new study suggests that older adults are generally less stressed and happier with their lives than younger people are. The study, which included adults aged 21 to 99, found that on average, mental well-being steadily improved as people grew older. And that was despite the fact that older adults had more physical health issues and problem...

  • Serious Heart Problem a Family Matter

    Posted: 08/27/2016

    Serious Heart Problem a Family Matter THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially deadly heart problem can run in families and occur at similar ages, a new study suggests. An aortic dissection is a sudden tear in one of the body's main arteries. "Family history is very important and is one factor in our 'guilt by association paradigm' for identifying patients at risk," said study co-author Dr. John Elefteriades, of the Aortic Institute at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. Researchers...

  • Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC

    Posted: 08/27/2016

    Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from overdoses of the synthetic narcotic fentanyl have surged in recent years, U.S. health officials say in a troubling new report. As more fentanyl was sold illegally on the streets, the number of fatal overdoses jumped 79 percent in 27 states from 2013 to 2014, the government report found, while law enforcement seizures of the drug increased 426 percent in eight of those 27 states. "Fentanyl is ...

  • Survey Says: Hair Transplants Make Men Look Younger

    Posted: 08/27/2016

    Survey Says: Hair Transplants Make Men Look Younger THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Bad news for the follicularly challenged: A new survey confirms that balding men are seen by others as older and less good-looking. But when the same men got a hair transplant, observers thought of them as younger and more attractive, the study found. The transplant recipients were also rated as more "successful, and approachable than their pre-transplant counterparts by casual observers," said a team led by ...

  • Sex Partner With No Zika Symptoms Transmits Virus: CDC

    Posted: 08/27/2016

    Sex Partner With No Zika Symptoms Transmits Virus: CDC FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials report that the Zika virus can be spread sexually even when a partner shows no signs of infection. A Maryland woman who had not traveled to an active Zika area was diagnosed with the virus in June after having condomless sex with a man who had been to the Dominican Republic, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mosquito-borne virus is circulating in the ...