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  • U.S. Hospitals Still Prescribe Too Many Antibiotics: Study

    Posted: 06/27/2017

    U.S. Hospitals Still Prescribe Too Many Antibiotics: Study THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 20 percent of U.S. hospital patients who receive antibiotics experience side effects from the drugs, researchers report. The new study included nearly 1,500 hospitalized adults who were prescribed antibiotics. The findings revealed that one-fifth of those who experienced antibiotic-related side effects didn't require the drugs in the first place. The results add to growing evidence that antibioti...

  • U.S. Teen Births Hit Historic Low: CDC

    Posted: 06/08/2017

    U.S. Teen Births Hit Historic Low: CDC TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teen births continue to decline in the United States, with health officials reporting a 9 percent drop from 2013 to 2014. Births to 15- to 19-year-olds fell to a historic low of 24 births per 1,000 women in 2014, said Sherry Murphy, a statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. At the same time, the proportion of births to women 30 and older increased, said Mu...

  • U.S. Moms-to-Be Often Victims of Assault

    Posted: 06/06/2017

    U.S. Moms-to-Be Often Victims of Assault THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Violence is common in pregnancy, with mothers-to-be in the United States at greater risk for assault-related injuries and death than women who aren't expecting, a new study finds. "The striking results of our study suggest that widespread screening for violence and trauma during pregnancy may provide an opportunity to identify women at risk for death during pregnancy," said lead author Dr. Neha Deshpande of the Universit...

  • Untreated Vision Problems Plague U.S. Preschoolers

    Posted: 05/14/2017

    Untreated Vision Problems Plague U.S. Preschoolers FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Close to 175,000 American preschoolers struggle with common, but untreated, vision problems, a new report warns. And that figure is expected to rise significantly in the coming years. The analysis projects that the number of cases of uncorrected poor vision in this very young population will jump 26 percent by 2060. "The [current] high proportion of visual impairment that can be easily prevented or treated is asto...

  • U.S. Workplaces Roiled by Post-Election Discord, Poll Finds

    Posted: 05/10/2017

    U.S. Workplaces Roiled by Post-Election Discord, Poll Finds WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Office water coolers, cubicles and boardrooms around the nation are much more fractious places to be since the presidential election, new research suggests. A new survey of American workers finds political spats in the workplace are stressing people out, and even taking a toll on job performance. In fact, about one in every four workers said they are now avoiding certain co-workers due to their politic...

  • U.S. Toddlers Eat More French Fries Than Vegetables

    Posted: 05/08/2017

    U.S. Toddlers Eat More French Fries Than Vegetables MONDAY, May 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- American toddlers are more likely to eat french fries than green vegetables on any given day, according to a new national survey on children's eating habits. Many young kids also go without any vegetables at all, the survey found. One in four 6- to 11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds had no reported vegetable consumption at all on days they were surveyed, the researchers reported. "The American Academy of P...

  • U.S. Moves to Avert Shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine

    Posted: 05/07/2017

    U.S. Moves to Avert Shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As a new outbreak of mosquito-borne yellow fever continues to grow in Brazil, U.S. health officials say they're taking steps to avert any shortage of vaccine travelers might need. On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined plans to "ensure a continuous yellow fever vaccine supply in the United States," because existing stockpiles are expected to be depleted by mid-2017. The CDC po...

  • U.S. Health Officials Make Headway Against Salmonella

    Posted: 04/27/2017

    U.S. Health Officials Make Headway Against Salmonella THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new government report that lists the top offenders for food poisoning shows that U.S. health officials have made progress against salmonella infections. In 2016, there was an 18 percent drop in illnesses caused by this common type of bacteria, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tougher regulations and more vaccinations of chickens most likely explain the dec...

  • Updated Prostate Cancer Test Guidelines Now Stress Patient Choice

    Posted: 04/19/2017

    Updated Prostate Cancer Test Guidelines Now Stress Patient Choice TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a significant shift, a key health advisory panel plans to soften its recommendation against prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for detecting prostate cancer. In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that men no longer get their PSA tested. That recommendation was based on evidence that PSA screening resulted in overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment that could leav...

  • U.S. Blood Supply Safe From Zika Virus, Officials Say

    Posted: 04/16/2017

    U.S. Blood Supply Safe From Zika Virus, Officials Say FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. blood banks are confident they have the tools to protect America's blood supply from possible new Zika virus outbreaks during the upcoming mosquito season. A transfusion of Zika-tainted blood can pass the virus to an unsuspecting recipient, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But sophisticated genetic tests and blood processing procedures make it highly unlikely that anyone ...