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  • Teens Using E-Cigs More Prone to Take Up Smoking: Study

    Posted: 08/04/2015

    Teens Using E-Cigs More Prone to Take Up Smoking: Study MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who use electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke the real thing, new research suggests. The study, which included almost 2,100 California high school students, found that one-quarter had ever "vaped" (tried e-cigarettes). Ten percent of the teens were currently using e-cigarettes. And those current users were much more likely than their peers to also smoke cigarettes. One-third of e-cigar...

  • Technivie Approved for Hepatitis C

    Posted: 08/02/2015

    Technivie Approved for Hepatitis C FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Technivie (ombitasvir, paritaprevir and ritonavir) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in tandem with ribavirin, to treat hepatitis C genotype 4 infection among people without poor liver function (cirrhosis) and without scarring. Some 2.7 million Americans have hepatitis C, and genotype 4 is among the least common genetic subtypes, the agency said. Technivie is the first drug to be sanctioned to treat ge...

  • Test to Differentiate HIV Viruses Approved

    Posted: 08/02/2015

    Test to Differentiate HIV Viruses Approved FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new diagnostic to differentiate between strains of the AIDS-causing virus has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Bio-Rad BioPlex 2200 HIV Ag-Ab assay can distinguish between HIV-1 and HIV-2, the FDA said in a news release. The diagnostic is approved for people aged two years and older, including pregnant women. The test can be used to screen organ donors for either strain of the HIV virus, but...

  • Transgender Youth Don't Have Hormone Abnormalities

    Posted: 08/02/2015

    Transgender Youth Don't Have Hormone Abnormalities FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sex hormone levels in transgender youth are consistent with the gender they were assigned at birth, a new study finds. "We've now put to rest the residual belief that transgender experience is a result of a hormone imbalance. It's not," Dr. Johanna Olson, who practices adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, said in a hospital news release. At birth, babies are typically assigned a gender based o...

  • Teen Drinking, Smoking on the Decline, U.S. Study Finds

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    Teen Drinking, Smoking on the Decline, U.S. Study Finds WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although more American teens are using marijuana, their use of alcohol and cigarettes has decreased, a new study finds. Penn State researchers reviewed information from nearly 600,000 high school seniors surveyed about their substance use between 1976 and 2013. The results showed an increase in marijuana use, particularly among black teens. The study also found a significant decline in cigarette use, par...

  • The Dreaded 'Dad Bod' Is Real

    Posted: 07/29/2015

    The Dreaded 'Dad Bod' Is Real TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Dads-to-be take heed: The so-called "fatherhood effect" means that first-time fathers will likely have a growing waistline to go with their growing family, a new study finds. The findings stem from what the study authors call one of the first research projects to look at how fatherhood affects weight. The conclusion: men gain an average of between 3.5 to 4.5 pounds after the birth of their first child. And you thought it was just m...

  • Too Much TV, Too Little Exercise When Young May Hasten Mental Decline Later

    Posted: 07/28/2015

    Too Much TV, Too Little Exercise When Young May Hasten Mental Decline Later MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Take heed, couch potatoes: Excessive TV time in young adulthood might raise your odds for mental decline decades later, a new study suggests. "Even early and mid-adulthood may be critical periods for promotion of physical activity" to help keep memory and thinking strong in old age, lead researcher Tina Hoang said in a news release from the Alzheimer's Association. Hoang, a research asso...

  • Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia

    Posted: 07/28/2015

    Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with type 1 diabetes may face a greater risk of developing thinking and memory problems as they age compared to the general population, new research suggests. The study found that people with type 1 diabetes were 83 percent more likely to develop dementia as seniors. "Our study found a modestly higher risk of all-cause dementia in people with type 1 diabetes. The next step is to figure out what that means,...

  • Talk Therapy May Help Ease Insomnia, Even With Other Health Woes

    Posted: 07/27/2015

    Talk Therapy May Help Ease Insomnia, Even With Other Health Woes FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Talk therapy may help treat insomnia in people with physical or mental health problems, a new study suggests. With cognitive behavioral therapy, people talk with a therapist to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that cause them problems, and to learn ways to solve their problems, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Past studies have found cognitive behavioral therapy...

  • Time Spent Sitting May Not Affect Diet, Study Suggests

    Posted: 07/26/2015

    Time Spent Sitting May Not Affect Diet, Study Suggests FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many people would assume that spending more time sitting at home or work might have a negative impact on a person's diet, but a new study shows no such effect. Researchers led by Dr. Kerem Shuval of the American Cancer Society looked at the habits of more than 4,900 U.S. adults tracked in two federal health surveys from 2003 and 2006. While prior studies have asked people to "self-report" their time spent si...