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  • Teen Moms May Ignore Advice for Helping Babies Sleep Safely

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Teen Moms May Ignore Advice for Helping Babies Sleep Safely THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teen mothers may not be following recommendations meant to reduce the risk of SIDS in their infants, a small study finds. The study included 43 teen mothers with infants aged 2 months to 21 months. The mothers were recruited from high school daycare centers in Colorado. Most of the mothers knew about SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and preventive measures, such as not sleeping with their infants ...

  • Take Precautions to Prevent Child Poisonings

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Take Precautions to Prevent Child Poisonings FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- From detergents to prescription medication, many common household items can poison children, an emergency medicine physician warns. Prescription drugs are one of the main threats, said Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director of the Nethercutt Emergency Center at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Recently, three middle school students were treated in the ER after taking the anti-anxiety drug Xanax ...

  • Temporarily Turning Blue Sometimes Normal for Babies, Doctors Say

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Temporarily Turning Blue Sometimes Normal for Babies, Doctors Say MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's a heart-stopping moment experienced by many parents -- they discover their baby has turned blue, is breathing irregularly, or won't respond to a gentle wake-up nudge. Yet, mere seconds later the infant is back to normal. Fortunately, these events are less dire than one might think. But they're also more common, an expert panel from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concluded. The AAP ...

  • Trouble With Sense of Direction May Be Linked to Early Alzheimer's: Study

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Trouble With Sense of Direction May Be Linked to Early Alzheimer's: Study TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Difficulty remembering how to get around in new surroundings may be an extremely early sign of Alzheimer's, a small study suggests. The findings, if borne out in future research, might help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's long before someone shows obvious memory problems, said researchers from Washington University in St. Louis. The study included 16 people with symptoms of early stage Alzh...

  • Type 2 Diabetes May Damage Hearing, Study Finds

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Type 2 Diabetes May Damage Hearing, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes may raise the risk of hearing loss, say researchers who recommend hearing tests for patients with the blood sugar disease. The researchers reviewed prior studies examining the link between diabetes and hearing loss. However, further research is needed to confirm this connection, said the team at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in New York City. "An association between d...

  • The 7 Deadliest Emergency General Surgeries

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    The 7 Deadliest Emergency General Surgeries WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Seven types of operations, including appendectomy and gall bladder removal, account for four out of five emergency general-surgery deaths in the United States, a new study reports. The procedures are: partial removal of the large or small intestine; surgery to repair a bleeding or torn ulcer; separating abdominal organs that have adhered to each other; appendix removal; gall bladder removal; and open-abdominal surg...

  • Teen Birth Rate at Record Low in U.S.

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Teen Birth Rate at Record Low in U.S. THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The teen birth rate in the United States has reached an all-time low, driven by dramatic declines among black and Hispanic teens, according to a new government report. Overall, the birth rate for teens aged 15 to 19 declined 41 percent between 2006 and 2014 -- dropping from 41.1 live births per 1,000 females down to 24.2, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The greatest declines occurred for ...

  • Two Genes May Raise Odds for Fraternal Twin Pregnancies

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Two Genes May Raise Odds for Fraternal Twin Pregnancies THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although it's long been known that fraternal twins run in families, researchers say they've just pinpointed two genes that seem to be associated with having such twins. Fraternal twins occur when two separate eggs are fertilized with two separate sperm, creating two genetically unique children in the same pregnancy. One gene variant -- called FSHB -- increased the odds of having twins by 18 percent, acco...

  • Today's Hair Style Could Cause Tomorrow's Hair Loss

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Today's Hair Style Could Cause Tomorrow's Hair Loss FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black women who like to wear their hair pulled back tightly may be increasing their risk of hair loss, new research suggests. A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore reviewed 19 studies and found a "strong association" between scalp-pulling hair styles and traction alopecia, which is gradual hair loss from damage to the hair follicle from tension at the hair root. Traction alop...

  • To Avoid Food Poisoning, There's an App for That

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    To Avoid Food Poisoning, There's an App for That FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There are apps for maps, restaurants and calorie-counting. Now, there's even one from the U.S. government for reducing your risk of foodborne illness. The FoodKeeper app -- free from the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- is available for Apple and Android devices. It enables users to set up automatic notifications when foods and beverages are nearing the end of their recommended storage dates. Showing how foods a...