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  • Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new smartphone device has shown early promise as a convenient way for men to check the health of their sperm in the privacy of their home. The infertility test analyzes semen using a disposable rubberized microchip that's designed to enclose and handle samples. The microchip is slid into an attachment that can be plugged into a smartphone. The semen sample is kept within the microchip, so it never enters the smartpho...

  • Smoking Rates Drop After Global Tobacco Treaty

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Smoking Rates Drop After Global Tobacco Treaty WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After 180 countries agreed to a global tobacco control treaty in 2005, there was a 2.5 percent decrease in smoking worldwide during the next decade, a new study shows. All of the participating countries agreed to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Signing countries committed to introducing policies such as high tobacco taxes and smoke-free public spaces. They also agree...

  • Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of a spouse is never easy, but the loss of a spouse to suicide may be even more devastating, leading to a greater risk of a host of mental and physical problems, Danish researchers suggest. Surviving partners are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Surviving spouses are also at higher risk for suicide themselves, the...

  • Scientists Working on Solar-Powered Prosthetic Limbs

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Scientists Working on Solar-Powered Prosthetic Limbs THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It may be possible to use the sun's energy to power artificial limbs, U.K. researchers report. The University of Glasgow team previously developed an "electronic skin" covering for prosthetic hands made from graphene, a transparent substance that is stronger than steel. Graphene's transparency allows around 98 percent of the light that strikes its surface to pass through it. This makes it ideal for gatherin...

  • Scientists Spot Gene for Rare Disorder Causing Deafness, Blindness

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Scientists Spot Gene for Rare Disorder Causing Deafness, Blindness THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have found the genetic cause of a rare disorder that causes children to be born with deafness, blindness, albinism and fragile bones. The syndrome is called COMMAD. It occurs when children inherit two mutations -- one from each parent -- of a gene called MITF. Each parent is also deaf due to another rare genetic disorder called Waardenburg syndrome 2A. Further research is ...

  • Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on the American workplace, a new analysis shows. Employees who struggle with drinking and drug addiction miss many more days of work, have higher health care costs and are less productive than those without these disorders, researchers report. An analysis revealed that employees with substance use disorders miss nearly 50 percent more work days than their colleagues, and up to six ...

  • Study Suggests Heartburn Meds-Superbug Infections Link

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Study Suggests Heartburn Meds-Superbug Infections Link MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who take certain heartburn medications may be more likely to suffer recurrent bouts of a common "superbug" infection, a new study suggests. Proton pump inhibitors, such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, or so-called H2 blockers, such as Zantac, Pepcid and Tagamet, were linked to a 50 percent increased risk of developing multiple Clostridium difficile infections, researchers found. However, the stud...

  • Smoking Slows Recovery From Drug Abuse

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Smoking Slows Recovery From Drug Abuse MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People recovering from illicit drug abuse are more likely to be successful if they don't smoke cigarettes, a new study finds. Most illicit drug users also smoke cigarettes, but many substance abuse programs do not include treatment for nicotine dependence, the study authors said. "The thinking in clinical settings has been that asking patients to quit cigarette smoking while they try to stop using drugs is 'too difficult,'...

  • Study: Plenty of IV Fluids May Make Childbirth Safer, Easier

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Study: Plenty of IV Fluids May Make Childbirth Safer, Easier MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Giving more intravenous (IV) fluids to women during childbirth seems to reduce the risk of cesarean section and shortens labor, researchers report. "The results are compelling and strongly argue for a change in practice," said study author Dr. Vincenzo Berghella, director of maternal fetal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. "We have already begun changing practice at Jefferson to...

  • Smokers May Be Prone to Risks From Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Smokers May Be Prone to Risks From Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who smoke have an increased risk for serious long-term complications from radiation therapy, a new study finds. "This research highlights that breast cancer patients who smoke need to be offered help and support in order to try and quit to minimize any risks from their treatment," Dr. Julie Sharp said in a Cancer Research UK news release. She's head of health informatio...