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  • Vaginal Bacteria Tied to Heightened Chlamydia Risk

    Posted: 10/09/2017

    Vaginal Bacteria Tied to Heightened Chlamydia Risk WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Certain bacteria found in the vagina may increase a woman's risk for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia. That's the finding from a new observational study in the Netherlands. Researchers examined the composition of vagina bacteria in 122 healthy young women between the ages of 16 and 29, using vaginal swabs collected when they did not have chlamydia. A year later, the women were re-examined and 61 te...

  • Vision Problems Common in Babies Infected With Zika

    Posted: 09/25/2017

    Vision Problems Common in Babies Infected With Zika THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When Zika infections strike in the womb, babies' eyes likely suffer, researchers say. Two studies of Brazilian infants with confirmed and suspected Zika virus infection in the womb found that all of them had vision problems. These problems included scarring, misalignment of the eyes, repetitive movement of the eye, and low vision. Of the 102 infants studied, about 40 percent had eye abnormalities and all had...

  • Vaccine Campaign in Poor Countries to Save 20 Million Lives

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Vaccine Campaign in Poor Countries to Save 20 Million Lives FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In poor countries, childhood vaccines will save 20 million lives and $350 billion in health care costs by 2020, a new study says. "Vaccination is generally regarded to be one of the most cost-effective interventions in public health," said study leader Sachiko Ozawa, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Pharmacy. "Decision-makers need to appreciate the fu...

  • Viagra Won't Help, and May Harm, Patients With a Heart Valve Disorder

    Posted: 09/11/2017

    Viagra Won't Help, and May Harm, Patients With a Heart Valve Disorder TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When one of the heart's valves goes awry, this can lead to dangerously high blood pressure in the nearby lungs. Recent studies have suggested that the impotence drug Viagra (sildenafil) might help ease the problem, known as "pulmonary hypertension linked to valvular heart disease." But new research suggests the medicine might do the opposite -- raising patients' heart risks instead. In what h...

  • Vaccination 101: Make Sure Kids Are Up to Date

    Posted: 09/07/2017

    Vaccination 101: Make Sure Kids Are Up to Date MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the new school year begins, make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations. "Schools are a great environment for spreading bacteria and viruses because students are in crowded classrooms, sharing things and in close proximity to one another," said Zachary Klase. He's an assistant professor of biological sciences at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. "A major factor contributing to many viral outb...

  • Vitamin A Compound Might Aid in Colon Cancer Fight

    Posted: 09/07/2016

    Vitamin A Compound Might Aid in Colon Cancer Fight TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Retinoic acid, a compound derived in the body from vitamin A, might have a role in suppressing colon cancer, new animal research suggests. "Retinoic acid has been known for years to be involved in suppressing inflammation in the intestine," said study senior author Dr. Edgar Engleman, professor of pathology and medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif. Meanwhile, the development of...

  • Veterans' Painkiller Abuse Can Raise Odds for Heroin Use

    Posted: 08/30/2016

    Veterans' Painkiller Abuse Can Raise Odds for Heroin Use TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Veterans who misuse narcotic painkillers may be at high risk for heroin use, a new study cautions. The research included nearly 3,400 U.S. veterans who had never misused painkillers or used heroin. Their health was followed for 10 years. During that time, 500 of them began using heroin. Of those, 77 percent misused opioid painkillers before they started using heroin. Other risk factors for heroin use incl...

  • Ventricular Septal Defect Transcatheter Repair

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Ventricular Septal Defect Transcatheter Repair What is VSD transcatheter repair? Ventricular septal defect (VSD) transcatheter repair is a type of heart procedure. It fixes a hole between the left and right ventricles of the heart, without making an incision in the chest wall. The heart has 4 chambers: 2 upper (atria) and 2 lower (ventricles). Blood that is high in oxygen flows from the left atrium to the left ventricle and out to the body, where the vital organs use the oxygen. Blood with less oxygen f...

  • Ventricular Septal Defect Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Ventricular Septal Defect Surgery What is ventricular septal defect surgery? Ventricular septal defect (VSD) surgery is a type of heart surgery. It fixes a hole between the left and right ventricles of the heart. The heart has 4 chambers: 2 upper (atria) and 2 lower (ventricles). Blood that is high in oxygen flows from the left atrium to the left ventricle and out to the body, where the vital organs use the oxygen. Blood with less oxygen flows from the right atrium to the right ventricle and out to the ...

  • Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Von Willebrand Disease (VWD) What is VWD? Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an inherited disorder that affects the blood's ability to clot. What causes VWD? VWD is almost always inherited. This means it is passed from parents to children. People with the disorder may have low levels of a blood protein called von Willebrand factor. It helps the platelets in blood stick together to stop bleeding. Sometimes von Willebrand factor is present, but not working well. VWD may also cause problems with another clott...