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  • Alzheimer's May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Alzheimer's May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alzheimer's disease may affect people's ability to recognize when they are in pain, a new study shows. Undetected pain may allow underlying health issues to go untreated, leading to serious complications, such as organ damage, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville cautioned. For the three-year study, the researchers tested two groups of adults who were aged 65 or older. One group was made up of peo...

  • Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Detected in Sewage Spill

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Detected in Sewage Spill FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sewer line breaks can release antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose a public health threat, a new study says. Consider the 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg, Fla., that released 500,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into neighborhoods and Boca Ciega Bay. University of South Florida researchers who did follow-up testing of soil and water said they detected genes from vancomycin-resistant bacteria fo...

  • Are Stroke Centers Life Savers?

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    Are Stroke Centers Life Savers? TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The odds of surviving a stroke are slightly better for patients treated at hospitals with a specialized stroke department, known as primary stroke centers, a new study finds. But that benefit was only seen if stroke patients got to a stroke center in less than 90 minutes, the study authors said. "Treatment of stroke is very time sensitive. As the saying goes, time is brain," said lead researcher Dr. Kimon Bekelis. "So the faster ...

  • Anesthesia Safe for Kids, Doctors' Group Says

    Posted: 07/24/2016

    Anesthesia Safe for Kids, Doctors' Group Says FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Anesthesia eases the pain of millions of children who must have surgery every year, but parents who are worried about the safety of these medications should talk to their anesthesiologist about their fears, experts advise. "Particularly in infants and toddlers, surgery is only recommended when necessary for the child's health, so parents should not avoid an important procedure out of fear," said Dr. Randall Flick. He...

  • Alzheimer's Gene May Show Effects in Childhood

    Posted: 07/21/2016

    Alzheimer's Gene May Show Effects in Childhood WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A gene related to Alzheimer's disease may start to show effects on brain structure and mental sharpness as early as preschool, a new study suggests. Researchers have long known that a gene called APOE is related to the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. People who carry a variant of the gene known as e4 have a higher-than-average risk. The new study confirms what smaller studies have hinted: The gene's effec...

  • Apartment Dwellers More Likely to Smoke: CDC

    Posted: 07/20/2016

    Apartment Dwellers More Likely to Smoke: CDC WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Apartment residents are more likely to smoke and less likely to have smoke-free rules than people living in single-family homes, U.S. health officials report. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 20 percent of adults living in apartments or condos smoked, potentially exposing nearby residents to secondhand smoke. Among residents of single-family homes, however, only about ...

  • Acne Treatment Differin Gel Approved for OTC Use

    Posted: 07/19/2016

    Acne Treatment Differin Gel Approved for OTC Use MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The once-daily acne treatment Differin Gel 0.1% (adapalene) has been approved for over-the counter use among people 12 and older, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. It's the first among a class of drugs called retinoids to be made available over the counter to treat acne. The drug's active ingredient is the first new OTC acne treatment approved since the 1980s, the FDA said in a news release. Differin Gel...

  • Allergies Less Common in Kids Who Suck Thumb, Bite Nails

    Posted: 07/19/2016

    Allergies Less Common in Kids Who Suck Thumb, Bite Nails MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If your kid's nail-biting or thumb-sucking habit drives you nuts, you'll be happy to hear that a new study suggests those habits may have a health benefit. Children who suck their thumb or bite their nails past preschool age may be less prone to allergic reactions when they reached adolescence, researchers said. What's more, the study found that the protective effects seemed to last into adulthood. Still n...

  • Are E-Cigs Slowing Teen Anti-Smoking Push?

    Posted: 07/18/2016

    Are E-Cigs Slowing Teen Anti-Smoking Push? MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Declines in teenage smoking in the United States may be slowing because of the popularity of electronic cigarettes, a new study contends. "We found evidence that e-cigarettes are recruiting at least some youth who likely would never have smoked combustible cigarettes," said study lead author Jessica Barrington-Trimis. E-cigarettes are electronic devices that vaporize a fluid, which is then inhaled. The liquid can includ...

  • Are Blood Transfusions From Younger or Female Donors Riskier?

    Posted: 07/18/2016

    Are Blood Transfusions From Younger or Female Donors Riskier? MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Red blood cell transfusions from young or female donors may lead to lower survival rates for recipients, according to a new Canadian study. "These results are intriguing and suggest that if you require a transfusion, your clinical outcome may be affected by the blood donor's age and sex," said the study's senior author, Dr. Dean Fergusson. He's director of the clinical epidemiology program at the Otta...