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(HealthDay News) - Snoring can be disruptive for you and your partner, and it may be a warning sign of sleep apnea. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions that may help prevent the problem: - Lose any excess weight. Before bed, avoid medications such as antihistamines, sleeping pills and tranquilizers. Have your last meal or snack at least three hours before bed, and your last alcoholic...
TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) - The flu has reached epidemic levels in the United States, with 15 children dead so far this season, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. Every state will likely have flu cases within the next few weeks, and more deaths are expected, said Dr. Michael Jhung, a medical officer in CDC's influenza division. "We are in the middle...
TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) - The year in which you're born might affect the activity of a gene that could raise your odds for obesity, a new study finds. Members of families who share an obesity-prone mutation of the FTO gene are more likely to carry extra weight if they were born after 1942, the researchers found. "You could have a family where your father might be born in 1920 and you...
TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) - The risky mix of texting and driving may be more problematic for middle-aged drivers than it is for younger drivers, according to new research. However, that doesn't mean texting and driving is OK for any age group, the study authors stressed. "First and foremost we don't want to misrepresent this in any way that promotes texting and driving among young drivers,"...
TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Postoperative pain is always a concern after knee replacement surgery, but a new study suggests a strategy that might give patients another way to ease discomfort. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit note that the painful recovery process following knee replacement surgery is a persistent problem. However, the research team found that injecting a...
TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa may have started with virus-infected bats, a new study says. Ebola epidemics are "zoonotic" in origin, spreading to humans through contact with bats or larger wildlife, according to the researchers in Germany. But their investigation ruled out larger wildlife as the source of the 2014 outbreak, which began in the Guinean village...
TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Treating children who have drug-resistant bacterial infections with high doses of the antibiotic vancomycin may raise the risk of kidney damage, a new study says. Researchers said the drug should be used cautiously. "Our results bear out the difficult balancing act between ensuring the dose is high enough to successfully treat these serious and, at times, life-threatening...
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: - Former President George H.W. Bush Released From Hospital - President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston-area hospital Tuesday, according to published reports. The 90-year-old former president was hospitalized on Dec. 22 for breathing problems. A spokesperson for Bush said the hospital...
TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) - When a parent has a history of attempting suicide, the odds of a suicide attempt in their child rises fivefold, compared to the offspring of people without such histories, a new study finds. Reporting in the Dec. 30 online edition of -JAMA Psychiatry-, researchers led by Dr. David Brent of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center tracked more than 700 young...
MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs in some people due to decreased amounts of daylight during the winter. That decrease may trigger SAD by disrupting the body's internal clock, causing a drop in levels of a mood-affecting chemical called serotonin, or by altering levels of melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and...
MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Anorexia is typically associated with women, but a new report finds that men - especially men obsessed with muscularity - can develop the eating disorder, too. The Canadian researchers noted that an estimated 10 percent or more of anorexia patients are thought to be male, though the actual number may be significantly higher. There was also a slightly larger...
MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) - As the holiday season kicks into full gear, state highway officials from across the nation are warning drivers to stay off the roads if they've been drinking. On average, more than 800 people in the United States die in drunk driving crashes each December. The annual national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, staged from Dec. 10 to New Year's Eve,...
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: - FDA OKs Fast-Acting Ebola Test - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Swiss drug maker Roche's fast-acting Ebola test for emergency use. The test - which checks for genetic traces of the often deadly virus - offers results in about three hours, compared to many tests on the market...
(HealthDay News) - While heartburn is a common discomfort of pregnancy, there are things you can do to help keep the problem at bay. The American Pregnancy Association suggests: - Instead of three big meals a day, eat smaller meals more frequently. After eating, sit upright for about an hour. Steer clear of foods that are spicy, greasy or high in fat. To help ease heartburn, drink a glass of milk or...
(HealthDay News) - A hearing test is appropriate at any age, especially if you feel you're not hearing as well as you should. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association suggests hearing screenings for: - Newborns, who are generally screened at the hospital before discharge, and young children who are typically screened at school. Adults, who should be screened at least once per decade until age...
MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Strategies to reduce the number of emergency surgeries in the United States could save up to $1 billion in health care costs over a decade, new research suggests. The study also found that surgeries planned ahead of time (elective surgery) are less risky for patients and generally have better outcomes. "The costs of surgical care represent nearly 30 percent...
MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) - An experimental therapy that kills off and then "resets" the immune system has given three years of remission to a small group of multiple sclerosis patients, researchers say. About eight in 10 patients given this treatment had no new adverse events after three years. And nine in 10 experienced no progression or relapse in their MS, said lead author Dr. Richard...
MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) - People with diabetes who have difficulty paying for food, medicine and other basic needs also have trouble managing their diabetes, a new study finds. Those who have trouble paying for food or medicine had the highest risk of poor diabetes control, according to the study. Poor control means higher blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure than normal, the...
MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Air pollution in Mecca rises sharply each year when millions of Muslims make the annual holy pilgrimage (hajj) to the Saudi Arabian city, a new study shows. "Hajj is like nothing else on the planet. You have 3 to 4 million people - a whole good-sized city - coming into an already existing city," Isobel Simpson, a research chemist in the atmospheric chemistry...
SUNDAY, Dec. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) - If you're one of the many Americans who plan to lose weight next year, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of success, an expert says. "It should be clear by now that there is no one diet that works for everyone," Jill Ashbey-Pejoves, lead dietitian at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hospital news release....
SATURDAY, Dec. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Winter can be tough on dogs and cats, but there are a number of safe and effective ways you can help them get through the cold season, an expert says. "Sidewalks, driveways and steps are often coated with rock salt or ice-melt products that can prove irritating and drying to animals' feet," warns Dr. Greg Nelson, director of surgery and diagnostic imaging...
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) - A lab technician with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in an agency laboratory in Atlanta earlier this week. And up to a dozen other lab workers are being checked for possible exposure, CDC officials said late Wednesday afternoon. The possible exposure occurred Monday when CDC scientists doing research...
FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) - If you're planning on traveling during the holidays, be sure to pack a travel first-aid kit, an expert recommends. "A good first-aid kit should help you cope with many of the situations that can make your vacation less than perfect - like a headache or a stomachache," Caroline Sullivan, an assistant professor of Columbia University School of Nursing, said in...
FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) - High blood sugar may slow brain growth in young children with type 1 diabetes, a new study indicates. The research included children aged 4 to 9 years who underwent brain scans and tests to assess their mental abilities, as well as continuous monitoring of their blood sugar levels. Compared to children without diabetes, the brains of those with the disease had...
(HealthDay News) - Acne can develop due to causes from hormones to medications. To help prevent breakouts, it's important to keep skin clean and healthy. The Womenshealth.gov website offers these recommendations: - Twice each day (and additionally after sweating), use a gentle cleanser on your face. Don't use harsh soaps or rough scrubbing pads. Wash face from the hairline to below the jaw, and remember...