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  • More U.S. Kids Landing in ER With Opioid Addiction

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    More U.S. Kids Landing in ER With Opioid Addiction FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of children and teens are turning up in U.S. emergency departments dependent on opioids -- including prescription painkillers and heroin, a new study finds. Researchers found that in 2013, nearly 50,000 ER patients aged 21 and younger were diagnosed with opioid dependence or addiction. That was up from just over 32,200 in 2008. By that final year, roughly 135 kids were testing positive for opio...

  • Minorities Exposed to Dirtier Air, U.S. Study Finds

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Minorities Exposed to Dirtier Air, U.S. Study Finds MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nonwhite Americans are surrounded by more air pollution from traffic than whites are, a new study finds. While exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) fell among all Americans between 2000 and 2010, there was only a slight narrowing in differences between levels of exposure to the pollutant between nonwhites and whites. "The finding that shocks us is that when it comes to how much NO2 a person breathes, it's still ...

  • More Teen Dads?

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    More Teen Dads? FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of teen mothers in the United States remained stable over two generations, but the number of teen fathers increased, new research shows. For the study, researchers analyzed data from two groups of about 10,000 people -- those born in 1962-1964 and those born in 1980-1982. In both groups, about 8 percent of females were mothers at age 17. But the percentage of men in the younger group who were fathers at age 17 was nearly double the 1....

  • Managing Pain Can Be a Puzzle After Breast Cancer

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Managing Pain Can Be a Puzzle After Breast Cancer MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who take opioid painkillers are more likely to discontinue an important hormone treatment that helps ensure their survival, researchers report. Use of prescription opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicoprofen (hydrocodone) was "significantly associated" with failure to adhere to the hormone therapy and a higher risk of death, the study found. "It's not a big secret that the U.S. us...

  • Many Moisturizers Aren't What They Claim to Be

    Posted: 09/18/2017

    Many Moisturizers Aren't What They Claim to Be WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many skin moisturizers that claim to be fragrance-free or hypoallergenic are not, and may aggravate skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema, a new study says. Northwestern University researchers examined the top 100 best-selling, whole-body moisturizers sold at Amazon, Target and Walmart for affordability and content. They found that 83 percent of so-called hypoallergenic products had a potentially allergenic...

  • Mom-to-Be's Antidepressants Tied to Kids' Psychiatric Woes

    Posted: 09/18/2017

    Mom-to-Be's Antidepressants Tied to Kids' Psychiatric Woes THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy may be at increased risk for psychiatric disorders themselves, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from more than 905,000 children born in Denmark between 1998 and 2012. The children's health was followed for up to 16.5 years. During the follow-up period, 32,400 of the children were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. The 15-ye...

  • Many Americans Getting Medical Care They Don't Need

    Posted: 09/18/2017

    Many Americans Getting Medical Care They Don't Need WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Unnecessary medical care is common in the United States, and a fear of malpractice seems to be a main driver for ordering unneeded tests and treatments, a new survey finds. Other factors include patient demand and doctors' desire to boost profits, the researchers said. "Unnecessary medical care is a leading driver of the higher health insurance premiums affecting every American," said study senior author Dr....

  • Marching Band Members Can Use a Physical Tuneup

    Posted: 09/14/2017

    Marching Band Members Can Use a Physical Tuneup MONDAY, Sept. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- School marching band members are athletic performers who must be physically fit to manage their routines and fancy footwork, experts say. "These athletes participate in rigorous practices to perfect routines for game day while wearing heavy uniforms in hot, humid conditions," said Mary Mundrane-Zweiacher, an athletic trainer and certified hand therapist. They have unique needs in terms of preparation and protocols ...

  • More Evidence Links the 'Mono' Virus to MS Risk

    Posted: 09/11/2017

    More Evidence Links the 'Mono' Virus to MS Risk WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's more evidence that having mononucleosis may up the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), with researchers reporting that the link isn't limited to whites. In fact, while "mono consistently increases the risk of developing MS by two- to threefold" among whites, blacks and Hispanics saw a fourfold increased risk in the new study, said lead author Dr. Annette Langer-Gould. She is a neuroscience researcher with ...

  • Marriage a Blessing for Heart Attack Patients

    Posted: 09/11/2017

    Marriage a Blessing for Heart Attack Patients TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Marriage is good medicine for someone who has a heart attack. That's the conclusion of a study that tracked nearly 1 million British patients for 13 years. The researchers found that married patients who had a heart attack were 14 percent more likely to survive until the end of the study than singles. And compared to divorced patients, survival odds for wedded folks were 16 percent higher, said study senior author D...