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  • Study Spots Cause of Global Outbreak of Infections Tied to Heart Surgeries

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Study Spots Cause of Global Outbreak of Infections Tied to Heart Surgeries THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Factory contamination of medical devices likely caused potentially fatal infections in 33 open-heart surgery patients in several countries, investigators say. The patients were sickened with Mycobacterium chimaera bacteria, which can cause infection of the inner lining of the heart and spread to the rest of the body. Genetic examination of M. chimaera samples suggests that heater-cooler...

  • Sound Sleep May Help You Junk the Junk Food

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Sound Sleep May Help You Junk the Junk Food FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Get a good night's sleep and junk food may have less appeal at the end of a tough day. That's the suggestion of a study published online recently in the Journal of Applied Psychology . "We found that employees who have a stressful workday tend to bring their negative feelings from the workplace to the dinner table," said study co-author Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang, of Michigan State University. That means they eat more th...

  • Smart Steps for Sun Protection

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Smart Steps for Sun Protection MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You know you're supposed to slather on a high-SPF sunscreen before going out in the sun, but these five steps will help you double up on that protection. First, it's important to know that there are two types of harmful ultraviolet rays. UVA rays cause lasting skin damage and aging. UVB rays cause sunburn along with skin damage. Both can lead to skin cancer, so your sunscreen should protect against both. Look for the word "broad-sp...

  • Study Traces All Dogs to Gray Wolves in Europe

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Study Traces All Dogs to Gray Wolves in Europe WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Modern dogs likely descended from a single population of gray wolves in Europe up to 40,000 years ago, new research suggests. The findings challenge existing evidence and could help scientists gain a better understanding of dog evolution, the study authors said. Dogs were the first type of animal to be domesticated by people, but it's unclear exactly where this first occurred. Many scientists believe it could be ...

  • Senator McCain Faces a Tough Cancer Foe

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Senator McCain Faces a Tough Cancer Foe THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sen. John McCain faces an uphill battle fighting the aggressive cancer discovered in his brain last week, experts say. The cancer, glioblastoma, is the most common malignant tumor that originates in brain cells, as opposed to cancers that spread to the brain from elsewhere in the body, said Dr. Manmeet Ahluwalia, dean of the Cleveland Clinic's Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center. But it's a very tou...

  • Scans May Show Consciousness in 'Comatose' Patients

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Scans May Show Consciousness in 'Comatose' Patients THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sophisticated brain scans might be able to detect consciousness in brain injury patients who appear unconscious in the intensive care unit, a new study says. "Early detection of consciousness and brain function in the intensive care unit could allow families to make more informed decisions about the care of loved ones," said study co-lead author Dr. Brian Edlow. He's with Massachusetts General Hospital's Cent...

  • Shield Yourself From 'Swimmer's Ear'

    Posted: 07/19/2017

    Shield Yourself From 'Swimmer's Ear' SATURDAY, July 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's high season for the painful infection known as swimmer's ear, but it shouldn't spoil your fun if you plan ahead. Swimmer's ear often happens when germy water stays in the ear after a dip in the pool or lake. The leftover water creates an environment that helps bacteria grow. "Swimming is a significant risk factor, especially in fresh water," said Kara Jones-Schubart, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M C...

  • Sugary Drinks in Pregnancy Tied to Heavier Kids Later

    Posted: 07/19/2017

    Sugary Drinks in Pregnancy Tied to Heavier Kids Later MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could a pregnant woman's craving for sugar-sweetened drinks put her child at risk for being overweight later in life? Maybe, a new study suggests. Eight-year-olds who drank at least a half of a sugar-sweetened beverage each week were about 2 pounds heavier if their moms consumed more than two sugar-sweetened beverages a day during the second trimester of pregnancy, according to the researchers. The study auth...

  • Seniors' Lungs Can Tackle Exercise

    Posted: 07/19/2017

    Seniors' Lungs Can Tackle Exercise FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) If seniors want to start a vigorous exercise program, there's a good chance their lungs can keep up with the extra demand, a new study finds. Researchers assessed younger and older adults to determine their lungs' capacity to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide (lung-diffusing capacity) during physical activity. This exchange between the lungs and blood delivers oxygen throughout the body, but typically decreases with age. The study...

  • Smoking Skyrockets in Movies Aimed at Young: Study

    Posted: 07/18/2017

    Smoking On the Rise in Movies Aimed at Young: Study THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Progress to keep tobacco use out of kid-friendly movies is apparently going up in smoke. The number of youth-focused films that showed smoking rose sharply between 2010 and 2016, a new study reveals. During that time, 46 percent of movies with smoking were youth-rated. That's 210 of the 459 top-grossing films. And the number of smoking scenes in movies rated PG-13 -- suitable for teens -- surged, from 564 in 2...