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  • ERs May Need to Rethink Opioid Prescription Practices

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    ERs May Need to Rethink Opioid Prescription Practices FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People in U.S. emergency rooms may receive unnecessary opioid painkiller prescriptions for minor injuries such as a sprained ankle, a new study finds. This practice -- which varies widely depending on what area of the country you're treated in -- potentially boosts the risk that patients will become dependent on the drugs. "The substantial variation in prescribing patterns of such extremely addictive medicatio...

  • Eye Problems May Be Tied to Zika, Lab Study Suggests

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    Eye Problems May Be Tied to Zika, Lab Study Suggests THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists exploring how the Zika virus passes from pregnant monkeys to their fetuses believe the infection may be more dangerous to human pregnancies than previously believed. "The results we're seeing in monkey pregnancies make us think that, as they grow, more human babies might develop Zika-related disease pathology than is currently appreciated," said lead researcher Ted Golos. Golos is professor of comp...

  • E-Cigarettes Linked to Bladder Cancer Risk

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    E-Cigarettes Linked to Bladder Cancer Risk MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although many people think "vaping" is safer than smoking, research suggests that both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes are tied to an increased risk for bladder cancer. "We've known traditional smoking raises bladder cancer risk, and given the surge in popularity of e-cigarettes, it's imperative we uncover any potential links" between e-cigarettes and bladder cancer, Dr. Sam Chang said in an American Urological A...

  • Eat This Diet to Lower Your Odds for Painful Gout

    Posted: 05/17/2017

    Eat This Diet to Lower Your Odds for Painful Gout WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Warding off the joint pain of gout may be as easy as eating right, a new study suggests. Gout, a joint disease that causes extreme pain and swelling, is caused by excess uric acid in the blood. It's the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, and its incidence has risen among Americans over recent decades, Harvard researchers noted. But the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet -- which is hig...

  • Energy Drinks May Make Rare Heart Condition More Dangerous

    Posted: 05/16/2017

    Energy Drinks May Make Rare Heart Condition More Dangerous TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Energy drinks can be deadly for people with a certain genetic heart condition, a small study warns. Called long QT syndrome (LQTS), the condition affects 1 in 2,000 people and can cause a rapid, irregular heartbeat that can sometimes be fatal. "The potential cardiovascular risk of energy drinks continues to emerge as an important public health issue," said lead investigator Christopher Semsarian, a profes...

  • Expired EpiPens May Still Help Save a Life: Study

    Posted: 05/16/2017

    Expired EpiPens May Still Help Save a Life: Study TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- EpiPens -- devices used to rescue people during a severe allergic reaction -- can remain effective years after their expiration date, a new study reports. An evaluation of almost 40 expired, unused EpiPens brought in by patients revealed that all of the devices contained more than 80 percent of their initial dose of epinephrine. This was true even as long as four years past the expiration date on the device, said ...

  • Eating Gluten-Free Without a Medical Reason?

    Posted: 05/10/2017

    Eating Gluten-Free Without a Medical Reason? TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating "gluten-free" when there's no medical need to do so won't boost your heart health -- and might even harm it, a new study warns. Gluten-free diets have soared in popularity in recent years. But, shunning gluten has no heart benefits for people without celiac disease, and it may mean consuming a diet lacking heart-healthy whole grains, according to the quarter-century study. "For the vast majority of people who ca...

  • Exercise and Vitamin D: A Heart-Healthy Combo

    Posted: 05/08/2017

    Exercise and Vitamin D: A Heart-Healthy Combo MONDAY, May 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of exercise and sufficient vitamin D levels may reduce the risk of serious heart problems more than either one alone, a new study suggests. An analysis of data spanning 20 years from more than 10,000 U.S. adults found that those who got the recommended amounts of exercise and had adequate vitamin D levels had a 23 percent lower risk of heart attack or stroke. People who met physical activity targets but w...

  • Exercise Guidelines: How Much Is Enough?

    Posted: 05/03/2017

    Exercise Guidelines: How Much Is Enough? WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to exercise, even a modest investment can pay off big time in terms of your health. The latest U.S. government guidelines say that most adults need at least two-and-a-half hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week to control weight and prevent some illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. That's just a half-hour of exercise on most days of the week. And, hitting the gym...

  • Energy Drinks May Give the Heart an Unhealthy Jolt

    Posted: 05/03/2017

    Energy Drinks May Give the Heart an Unhealthy Jolt WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The surge from energy drinks can cause unhealthy changes in your heart rhythm and blood pressure that don't occur with other caffeinated beverages, a small new trial suggests. The blend of caffeine, sugar and herbal stimulants contained in energy drinks may causes changes in the heart's electrical system that can promote an abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythm, the researchers found. Energy drinks...