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  • Don't Lose Sleep Over Screentime at Night

    Posted: 08/24/2016

    Don't Lose Sleep Over Screentime at Night TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Daytime exposure to bright light may reduce the sleep-disrupting effects of blue light from smartphones and tablet computers, a new study suggests. Previous research has shown that evening use of devices that emit blue light interferes with sleep. In the new study, researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden assessed how evening use of a tablet computer affected 14 young people who had been exposed to bright light durin...

  • Depression Common After Time Spent in ICU

    Posted: 08/24/2016

    Depression Common After Time Spent in ICU WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of former intensive care unit (ICU) patients have depression, a new review finds. Each year, more than 5 million seriously ill patients are admitted to ICUs in the United States. Rates of depression following discharge are far greater for these patients than for the general population, according to the study. "It's very clear that ICU survivors have physical, cognitive and psychological problems that greatly...

  • Doctors Report Probable Zika Transmission Via Blood Transfusion

    Posted: 08/24/2016

    Doctors Report Probable Zika Transmission Via Blood Transfusion WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experts have wondered if the Zika virus might sometimes be transmitted through blood transfusions, and a cluster of infections in Brazil seems to support that notion. Doctors believe that a blood donor passed along the typically mosquito-borne virus in late January to two hospitalized patients who needed transfusions. "These data show evidence for Zika virus transmission by means of [blood] plate...

  • Does Your Child Need Eyeglasses?

    Posted: 08/24/2016

    Does Your Child Need Eyeglasses? FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 80 percent of what kids learn in their first 12 years is through their vision. Your back-to-school checklist should include making sure your child's eyesight is OK, an eye expert says. "Glasses may be the most important back-to-school supply many children get this year," Eileen Gable, a Loyola University eye specialist, said in a university news release. Vision problems are the fourth most common disability in children. Bu...

  • Diabetes Drug May Help Kids With Autism Fight Unwanted Pounds

    Posted: 08/24/2016

    Diabetes Drug May Help Kids With Autism Fight Unwanted Pounds WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug metformin may help overweight children and teens with autism slim down, a new study suggests. The study included 60 people with autism, aged 6 to 17. The patients were overweight due to the side effects of taking antipsychotic medications for irritability and agitation. For the study, participants were given either metformin or an inactive placebo for 16 weeks. Those given metform...

  • Do Angioplasty Patients Really Need Beta-Blocker Drugs?

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Do Angioplasty Patients Really Need Beta-Blocker Drugs? TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors might be overprescribing beta-blocker medications to heart patients who aren't seriously ill, a new study contends. Beta blockers such as Inderal (propranolol) and Lopressor (metoprolol) reduce blood pressure and control abnormal heart rhythms. They're lifesaving when given to patients who've had a heart attack or have heart failure, said study co-author Dr. Valay Parikh. He is a cardiology fellow ...

  • Ditch Your Car, Ride Your Bike and Check Your Scale

    Posted: 08/21/2016

    Ditch Your Car, Ride Your Bike and Check Your Scale FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cyclists weigh almost 9 pounds less, on average, than people who get around mainly by car, a new study shows. The finding from a survey that included 11,000 people in seven European cities does not prove a direct link between people's choice of transportation and weight. But researchers called the initial results intriguing. They plan to follow 14,000 volunteers in London, Rome, Vienna and Zurich, as well as An...

  • Drivers Take Care! Kids Are Heading Back to School

    Posted: 08/18/2016

    Drivers Take Care! Kids Are Heading Back to School WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As more than 50 million kids across the United States return to school, drivers are reminded to be vigilant on the roads. More than 309 child pedestrians were killed and 11,000 injured nationwide in 2014, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), which urges motorists to be especially watchful during the hours before and after school. After-school hours are particularly dangerous. Nearly one-thi...

  • Depression Can Stalk Families Through Generations

    Posted: 08/17/2016

    Depression Can Stalk Families Through Generations WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People whose parents and grandparents suffered from depression are at much higher risk of developing the illness, a new study suggests. The research found that if a person's grandparent and parent each had depression, their own odds for the disorder tripled. "In this study, biological offspring with two previous generations affected with major depression were at highest risk for major depression," concluded a ...

  • Dogs Having Tough Time Maintaining Fertility

    Posted: 08/17/2016

    Dogs Having Tough Time Maintaining Fertility WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A sharp decline in the fertility of male dogs in Britain in the past three decades could be due to chemical pollution, a new British study suggests. The researchers said the findings may shed light on reports -- though controversial -- of perceived declines in the fertility of men in a number of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and France. "This is the first time that such a decline in mal...