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  • Vision Trouble Can Dim Life's Prospects

    Posted: 07/29/2016

    Vision Trouble Can Dim Life's Prospects THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with vision problems may face a higher risk of unemployment, poverty and mental health problems, a new British study suggests. "Our focus has mostly been on severe visual loss and treating the eye diseases that cause it," said Mary Frances Cotch, chief of epidemiology at the U.S. National Eye Institute. "This study is saying we probably shouldn't wait until that time since people with mild visual loss are being af...

  • Vitamin B12 Supplements May Not Help Some Seniors

    Posted: 07/23/2015

    Vitamin B12 Supplements May Not Help Some Seniors THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin B12 supplements are known to benefit seniors with severe B12 deficiency, but they may not help those who are just moderately deficient, a new study suggests. "Many people may be taking vitamin B12 supplements on a regular basis, and it has been thought they would enhance function in older people," said study author Dr. Alan Dangour, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. "Our study fou...

  • Viruses, Not Bacteria, Reponsible for Many Pneumonia Cases: Study

    Posted: 07/23/2015

    Viruses, Not Bacteria, Reponsible for Many Pneumonia Cases: Study WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Viruses cause more pneumonia-related hospitalizations among American adults than bacteria, although the cause of the lung infection is undetected in most cases, a new federal study says. The findings show the need for improved diagnostic tests, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the study. "Pneumonia is a leading cause ...

  • Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Spreading to New Regions

    Posted: 07/13/2015

    Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Spreading to New Regions MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mosquitoes typically found in tropical regions are expanding into new areas, including the United States, where they could transmit disease, a new study finds. Once introduced through major shipping routes, mosquitoes carrying viruses such as dengue and chikungunya spread quickly over land, according to the Oxford University researchers. The study findings were published recently in the journal eLife . Using deta...

  • Virus Mutation Explains Poor Performance of Last Season's Flu Shot: Study

    Posted: 07/05/2015

    Virus Mutation Explains Poor Performance of Last Season's Flu Shot: Study THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The 2014-15 flu vaccine was less effective than expected due to a new mutation in the flu virus, a new study shows. The mutation in the H3N2 virus led to a mismatch between it and the H3N2 strain used to create the vaccine, the researchers explained. This meant that the vaccine did not fully prime the immune system to recognize and attack the version of the virus that circulated during t...

  • Virtual Reality May Help Alcoholics Beat Cravings, Study Finds

    Posted: 07/02/2015

    Virtual Reality May Help Alcoholics Beat Cravings, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Virtual reality therapy may help alcoholics battle their addiction, a small study from South Korea suggests. Researchers recruited 12 people being treated for alcoholism for the study. The volunteers went through a week-long detoxification program and then did two sessions of virtual reality therapy a week for five weeks. The patients were presented with three virtual scenes: a relaxing environmen...

  • Viagra, Other ED Meds Won't Raise Melanoma Risk

    Posted: 06/30/2015

    Viagra, Other ED Meds Won't Raise Melanoma Risk TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Could impotence drugs like Viagra, Cialis or Levitra raise a man's odds for melanoma skin cancer? A new review of data involving over 20,000 men does find a slightly higher risk of the disease in men who took erectile dysfunction drugs versus those who didn't. However, the researchers believe the bump in risk is tied to lifestyle factors that men who take impotence medications indulge in -- such as tanning -- rath...

  • Vaccinate Puppies Against Parvovirus Before They Meet Other Dogs

    Posted: 06/25/2015

    Vaccinate Puppies Against Parvovirus Before They Meet Other Dogs THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's important to have your puppy fully vaccinated against parvovirus before going to the dog park or anywhere else your pup might encounter other dogs, an expert says. Failure to take this precaution could prove deadly for your pet, according to Susan Nelson, clinical an associate professor of clinical sciences at the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University. "Parvovirus -- parvo -- i...

  • Vitamin D, Calcium Don't Reduce Menopause Symptoms

    Posted: 06/09/2015

    Vitamin D, Calcium Don't Reduce Menopause Symptoms TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D and calcium supplements don't help ease the symptoms of menopause, a new study says. The research is part of the Women's Health Initiative, a long-term clinical trial of menopausal women, and included more than 34,000 U.S. women between the ages of 50 and 79. The women were followed for an average of nearly six years to track more than 20 menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, fatigue, sleep problem...

  • Vets With PTSD Might Need Sleep Apnea Screening: Study

    Posted: 06/06/2015

    Vets With PTSD Might Need Sleep Apnea Screening: Study FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the risk of sleep apnea increases along with the severity of the mental health condition, a new study contends. Sleep apnea -- a common sleep disorder in which breathing frequently stops and starts -- is potentially serious. Researchers looked at 195 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who visited a Veterans Affairs outpatient PTSD clinic for evaluation....