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  • Curbing Sleep Apnea Might Mean Fewer Night Trips to Bathroom

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    Curbing Sleep Apnea Might Mean Fewer Night Trips to Bathroom MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans battle bothersome nighttime conditions, such as sleep apnea or the need to get up frequently to urinate. Now, new research suggests that treating the former condition with CPAP "mask" therapy might also help ease the latter. "This is the first study to show the true incidence of nocturia -- peeing at night -- in patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. It's also the firs...

  • Cases of Zika-Linked Birth Defects Dropped in Brazil in 2016

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    Cases of Zika-Linked Birth Defects Dropped in Brazil in 2016 WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Brazil experienced a smaller-than-expected increase in cases of microcephaly in 2016, despite the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Researchers predicted 1,133 cases of microcephaly would occur between May and December 2016, but only 83 cases were reported by local health officials, said senior researcher Christopher Dye. He is director of strategy, policy and information for the W...

  • Could Electromagnetic Fields Raise a Worker's ALS Risk?

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    Could Electromagnetic Fields Raise a Worker's ALS Risk? WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- On-the-job exposure to electromagnetic fields may double the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative disease of the nervous system, a new study suggests. Electric company linemen, welders, sewing machine operators and airplane pilots are all people in occupations that could boost the chances of getting the always-fatal disease, said senior researcher Roel Vermeulen. "Essen...

  • Climate Change May Cloud Americans' Mental Health: Report

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    Climate Change May Cloud Americans' Mental Health: Report THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the Trump Administration moves to undo certain climate change policies, a leading group of U.S. psychologists has issued a report that says warming trends and related extreme weather events could wreak havoc on mental health. "The impacts of climate change will not be restricted to those who are directly affected," said Susan Clayton, co-author of a new report from the American Psychological Associa...

  • Common Post-Op Ear Drops Tied to Eardrum Perforations in Kids

    Posted: 03/30/2017

    Common Post-Op Ear Drops Tied to Eardrum Perforations in Kids THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children who suffer through multiple ear infections are often candidates for ear tube surgery. But a new study finds that the use of one type of ear drops -- quinolones -- after these surgeries may raise a child's risk for a perforated eardrum. Children who received post-surgical quinolones were 60 percent more likely to suffer eardrum perforations than those who received another type of ear drops,...

  • Could Fading Sense of Smell Mean Death Is Closer?

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Could Fading Sense of Smell Mean Death Is Closer? WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Loss of smell even in your 40s and 50s is linked to an earlier death -- and dementia isn't the culprit, a new study suggests. The Swedish study found that in middle age and beyond, people with a poor sense of smell had about a 20 percent increased risk of dying within 10 years, said study co-author Jonas Olofsson. "The sense of smell seems to be a good indicator of aging brain health," said Olofsson, an assoc...

  • Common Cold Can Be Dangerous After Bone Marrow Transplant

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Common Cold Can Be Dangerous After Bone Marrow Transplant TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The common cold can be deadly for patients recovering from bone marrow transplants, a new study warns. After a bone marrow transplant, patients have weakened immune systems. This puts them at risk for infections that aren't a major threat to healthy people. But until now, the common cold (rhinovirus) had been overlooked in these patients, according to Dr. Michael Boeckh. He is an infectious disease spec...

  • Could a Blood Test Spot Autism in Childhood?

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Could a Blood Test Spot Autism in Childhood? THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say an experimental blood test has shown promise as a novel way to diagnose autism in children. The test appears to be nearly 98 percent accurate in kids between the ages of 3 and 10, the researchers claimed. "The test was able to predict autism, regardless of where on the spectrum an individual was," said study co-author Juergen Hahn, referring to varying degrees of autism severity. "Additionally, the ...

  • Centuries of Climate May Have Shaped Your Nose

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Centuries of Climate May Have Shaped Your Nose THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Love your nose or hate it, you can perhaps blame ancestral climates for how it looks today, new research suggests. "We focused on nose traits that differ across populations and looked at geographical variation with respect to temperature and humidity," explained study author Mark Shriver, a professor of anthropology at Penn State University. While many people assume they have their parents to thank for their pug,...

  • Cystic Fibrosis Survival Better in Canada Than in U.S.

    Posted: 03/21/2017

    Cystic Fibrosis Survival Better in Canada Than in U.S. MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with cystic fibrosis are living longer than ever, but those in Canada live nearly 10 years longer than those in the United States, a new study finds. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive tract. It causes the production of a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs. This may cause life-threatening lung infections. People with cystic fibrosis also have difficulty pr...