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  • Nearly Half of U.S. Men Infected With HPV, Study Finds

    Posted: 01/21/2017

    Nearly Half of U.S. Men Infected With HPV, Study Finds THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many American men are infected with the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), but unlike women, men are more likely to stay infected throughout their lives, a new study finds. About 45 percent of U.S. men are infected with the sexually transmitted disease, as are 45 percent of women. Among women, the prevalence of HPV infection drops to about 22 percent as they age, but it remains high among men, said...

  • Native Americans Make Progress Against Diabetes Complication

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Native Americans Make Progress Against Diabetes Complication TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes-related kidney failure among Native American adults fell by more than half over almost 20 years, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows. The change is due to improvements in diabetes and kidney care, according to the report. The new research also found that among these patients, blood sugar control improved 10 percent between 1996 and 2014, and the use of medicine to p...

  • New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a recommendation that reaffirms previous guidelines, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that folic acid supplements reduce the risk of neural tube defects. As it advised in 2009, the independent panel of experts said women who are pregnant or able to get pregnant should take a daily supplement that contains between 400 and 800 micrograms of folic acid to prevent these potentially fat...

  • Navigating Ski Slopes Safely

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    Navigating Ski Slopes Safely THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people head for the slopes at the first sign of snow, but it's important to get into shape and take other safety precautions to ensure winter sports are fun and injury-free, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) cautions. First, skiing or snowboarding equipment should be properly maintained and adjusted before you hit the mountain, the group advises. Local ski shops offer these services as well as providing rental equipment...

  • New Guidelines Urge Early Intro to Peanut Products in High-Risk Infants

    Posted: 01/14/2017

    New Guidelines Urge Early Intro to Peanut in High-Risk Infants THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies at increased risk for peanut allergy should have peanut-containing foods added to their diets as early as 4 months of age, new U.S. guidelines suggest. The recommendation comes from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other expert groups. And it advocates a tactic that might seem counterintuitive: To drastically cut the chances of peanut allergy in high-risk babies, parents should intr...

  • New Parkinson's Drug May Combat Movement Difficulties

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    New Parkinson's Drug May Combat Movement Difficulties TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that people with Parkinson's disease may achieve better and more reliable motor control by taking an experimental drug called opicapone alongside the standard medication levodopa. A study of several hundred Parkinson's patients found that the drug -- opicapone -- boosts levodopa's ability to control the motor difficulties associated with Parkinson's, said study co-author Dr. Patricio Soa...

  • New Approach to Concussion Diagnosis

    Posted: 01/03/2017

    New Approach to Concussion Diagnosis THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Testing someone's ability to process sound after a head injury may reveal whether that person has a concussion, according to a small new study. Currently, no single test can reliably and objectively diagnose a concussion, according to researchers at Northwestern University's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory in Evanston, Ill. "This biomarker could take the guesswork out of concussion diagnosis and management," said the study...

  • New MS Drug Shows 'Breakthrough' Promise for Advanced Disease

    Posted: 01/03/2017

    New MS Drug Shows 'Breakthrough' Promise for Advanced Disease THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug slows the progress of multiple sclerosis, including an advanced form of the degenerative nerve disease for which there currently is no treatment, according to a pair of new clinical trials. One MS specialist called the intravenous drug, ocrelizumab, a "breakthrough." Ocrelizumab reduced the advance of MS-related disability by 24 percent in people with primary progressive MS compared to a ...

  • Nicotine in E-Cigs Can Trigger Lifelong Addiction in Kids: Docs

    Posted: 12/28/2016

    Nicotine in E-Cigs Can Trigger Lifelong Addiction in Kids: Docs MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The earlier youngsters start using nicotine -- even in the form of e-cigarettes -- the harder it is for them to quit a habit that could last a lifetime. So says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the leading organization representing pediatricians in the United States. "Given the difficulty that adolescents have attempting to stop smoking and use of tobacco products, the nee...

  • NYC 'Zombie' Outbreak Highlights Dangers of Synthetic Drug

    Posted: 12/22/2016

    NYC 'Zombie' Outbreak Highlights Dangers of Synthetic Drug WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The drug misleadingly marketed as "fake pot" that triggered a "zombie" outbreak in a New York City neighborhood last summer was significantly more potent than real marijuana, investigators say. Thirty-three people at a Brooklyn event became intoxicated and essentially immobilized after smoking the synthetic drug. Eighteen were taken to hospitals for emergency treatment. Testing of their urine and bloo...