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Your Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke May Be Overestimated

Widely used equation tools used to assess heart attack and stroke may be overestimating risk. In some cases, patients are given statin therapy even when unnecessary, exposing them to the drug's side effects.

HEALTH May 5, 2016

Can The Dead Be Resurrected? This Philadelphia-Based Biotech Company Will Try

Do we humans have the capability to bring back the dead? A U.S. company aims to do that through its groundbreaking project on 20 brain-dead patients.

HEALTH May 4, 2016

Behavior Therapy Preferable To Drugs For Treating Children With ADHD

Parents of children with ADHD are urged to try behavior therapy first before medication. What makes behavior therapy better than drugs?

HEALTH May 4, 2016

Evidence Lacking To Support Celiac Disease Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that there is not enough evidence available to support widespread screening for celiac disease. This involves testing individuals who do not show any of the symptoms of the disease yet are identified to be at high risk of developing it.

HEALTH May 4, 2016

One In Three Antibiotic Prescriptions In US Are Unnecessary

Nearly 30 percent of antibiotic prescriptions in the U.S. are unnecessary, warned a new CDC study. Such antibiotic overuse is seen as the primary driver behind antibiotic resistance or superbugs, which kill 23,000 every year.

HEALTH May 4, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Faces More than 1,000 Lawsuits Over Talcum Powder

Johnson & Johnson is facing about 1,200 lawsuits accusing it of ignoring studies that link its baby powder to ovarian cancer. The cases highlight the talc and ovarian cancer link - and how the company allegedly failed to warn consumers.

HEALTH May 4, 2016

Promoting Abstinence Not Effective In Preventing HIV Transmission

Promoting abstinence and fidelity is ineffective in preventing HIV transmission, a new study has found. Experts think the government should allot these PEPFAR programs to other more effective strategies against HIV/AIDS.

HEALTH May 4, 2016

More Than 250,000 Patients In US Die Yearly Due To Medical Errors: Report

More than 250,000 patients in the United States die and will die annually due to medical errors, a new report revealed. Researchers say medical errors are the third top cause of death in the country.

HEALTH May 4, 2016

Half Of All Teens Struggle From Phone Addiction: Here's How Parents Can Help

Half of teens are addicted to their cell phones, a new study has found. Parents can help their kids combat addiction in various ways, including being a good example and promoting balance of gadget use.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

Parents Of Chinese Baby Born With 16 Toes, 15 Fingers Hope For Help

A family from China is currently seeking financial help for their child born with one of the most extreme cases of polydactyly. The money will be used for a very risky procedure and post-operative recovery.

HEALTH May 4, 2016

Life Expectancy Gap Between Rich And Poor In England, Wales Increasing Again

Good news: people in England and Wales are living longer. Bad news: there’s a widening life expectancy gap between the rich and poor, but it is not due to income.

HEALTH May 4, 2016

NHS Health Check For Patients Aged 40 And Up Has Little Impact: Study

A study has found that the UK National Health Service health check program has little impact on its attendees. The researchers discovered that for every 4,000 attendees, only one stroke or heart disease death is prevented.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

Half Of US Teens Report They Feel Addicted To Their Smartphones, Parents Agree

A poll conducted by Common Sense Media revealed that 50 percent of teens feel addicted to their smartphones. The survey also showed that parents are aware of the addiction.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

Gene Editing Startup Homology Debuts With $43.5 Million In Funding

Gene editing startup Homology Medicine raises $43.5 million in its Series A funding. The company hopes to use naturally occurring genetic mechanisms to cure rare diseases.

HEALTH May 4, 2016

25 Percent Calorie Restriction Could Improve Mood, Overall Health Of Nonobese Individuals

Restricting calorie intake by as much as 25 percent can be beneficial for nonobese individuals. Researchers have found that calorie restriction improves mood and overall health.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

More US Kids Suffer Head Injuries At Playgrounds: How To Ensure Playtime Safety

Playgrounds continue to remain unsafe for children despite improved safety standards, according to the new CDC study. The risk of traumatic brain injuries has increased significantly over the last few years.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

FDA Launches $35.7 Million Campaign To Prevent Tobacco Use Among Young LGBT People

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a new health campaign aimed at curbing the use of tobacco among young LGBT adults in the country. The $35.7 million 'This Free Life' program features four videos that tells about the dangers of smoking to cope with the pressures of coming out.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

For People With Chronic Insomnia, Try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy First Before Pills: Doctors

Can't get some sleep? New guidelines from a doctors' group in the United States recommend turning to cognitive behavioral therapy first before taking pills.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

Jury Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay $55 Million Over Talc-Based Powder Linked To Ovarian Cancer

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay damages to a South Dakota woman who developed ovarian cancer after decades of using the company's talc powder products. The company faces 1,200 other similar lawsuits.

HEALTH May 2, 2016

'Biggest Loser' Study Reveals Why It Is Difficult To Keep Weight Off

A study among 'The Biggest Loser' contestants revealed why it is hard to maintain weight loss. Among the factors identified in the study include slow metabolism and poor metabolic adaptation.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

Newly Discovered 'Network Drugs' Could Treat Resistant Prostate Cancer

Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research found that Hsp90 inhibitors were effective in treating aggressive prostate cancer. The drug could target a network of cancer cell signals simultaneously.

HEALTH May 2, 2016

'First Finger Food' Products For Infants Fail To Meet Safety Standards

An association of pediatricians has just released an abstract that should serve as a warning to parents. It turns out, some of the first finger food products you know may not be completely safe for babies.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

Common Hairstyles Can Lead To Alopecia: What You Need To Know About This Condition

Is your hairstyle causing you to be bald? Find out whether you have traction alopecia and learn how you can treat the condition.

HEALTH May 2, 2016

One Third Of Kids With Autism Wander Away From Safe Environments

One third of kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders were found to wander more out of a safe place. The study call for more strategies to ensure safety of these kids at all times.

HEALTH May 2, 2016

Cancer Drug Prices Up By 600 Percent: What Drives Increase In Medication Costs?

The prices of cancer drugs administered orally have increased over the past decade and a half. The reason for the price hike is not clearly identified, but analysts have determined some possible causes.

HEALTH May 2, 2016

Expectant, New Moms Suffer Increasing Amount Of Unfair Treatment At Work: Citizens Advice

Pregnant women and new moms continue to suffer an increasing amount of unfair treatment at work, a report by Citizens Advice revealed. This suggests that pregnancy discrimination is still prevalent.

HEALTH May 2, 2016

Being Fat Ups Your Risk Of Getting This Skin Disease

Obesity and type 2 diabetes have both been linked to psoriasis in a recent Danish twin study. Scientists have explored a potential genetic connection between psoriasis and obesity, possibly improving the skin disease's treatment and prevention.

HEALTH May 2, 2016

Alzheimer's Is No Laughing Matter: Will Ferrell Backs Out Of Ronald Reagan Comedy

Will Ferrell has backed out of a project on Ronald Reagan's Alzheimer's disease, as confirmed by his management. The Ronald Reagan comedy drew flak from the late U.S. president's family as well as non-profit Alzheimer's groups.

HEALTH May 2, 2016

These Common Hairstyles Can Cause Traction Alopecia In Women

Learn how high-risk hairstyling - such as braiding or weaving treated and processed hair - can translate to traction alopecia, or hair loss due to damage from prolonged or repeated tension on the roots.

HEALTH May 1, 2016

Risk For General Anesthesia In Infants Is Same With Local Anesthesia

The risk of administering general anesthesia to babies is the same with giving local anesthesia at two years of age, a new interim study based in Melbourne revealed. Researchers said there was no difference in the effects in babies.

HEALTH May 2, 2016

Stressful Days Make Kids More Prone To Nightly Asthma Attacks

Stressful days could increase the risk of nightly asthma attacks in children. Researchers found that kids who had a rough day are more likely to experience nocturnal asthma, missed school days and more visits to their doctors.

HEALTH May 1, 2016

Newborn Babies Of Older Moms May Fare Better Later In Life Than Peers: Study

Although having child at older ages is linked to different birth complications, there are still some benefits accompanying it. A new study revealed that people born to older mothers may fare better in the long run compared with those who were born to younger mothers.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

You Don't Need To Fast Before A Cholesterol Test, New Guidelines Reveal

A new guideline showed that people do not need to fast before heading for a cholesterol test. A team of international experts reported that there is no significant change in the blood test results of those people who fast and did not fast before having a cholesterol test.

HEALTH May 1, 2016

Best Way To Treat Jellyfish Stings Is By Using Hot Packs Or Hot Water

What's a better way to treat jellyfish stings: cold or hot water? For two Hawaiian researchers, the answer is the latter, and it has to do with the nature of jellyfish venom.

HEALTH May 2, 2016

Drinking Apple Juice, Other Fluids OK To Treat Vomiting, Mild Diarrhea In Kids

When it comes to treating mild dehydration in children, it may be better to give in. A new study recommends a more patient-centered approach to it by letting children drink apple juice or their preferred drink.

HEALTH May 1, 2016

Ozone Gas Treatment Used To Sterilize Medical Implants Can Save Money, Time

An existing sterilization technique holds so much promise for surgeries performed with polymer medical devices. Not only can ozone gas save time, it may also save money.

HEALTH May 1, 2016

Aerial Pesticide Spraying Linked To Autism

Autism in children may be driven, in part, by aerial spraying of pesticides. How serious is the problem?

HEALTH April 30, 2016

Hairstyle Choice Could Be Reason Behind Balding

Balding in women could be driven, at least in part, by choice of hairstyle. Which styles are best - and worst - to prevent thinning hair?

HEALTH May 1, 2016

Retiring Early? Working Past Age 65 Is Linked To Longer Life, New Study Says

Working after the retirement age of 65 has its own share of benefits, finds a new research from the Oregon State University. "Longer life" being one of the prime benefits!

HEALTH May 1, 2016

Craving For Junk Food? You're Likely Bored

People who are bored tend to crave unhealthy food such as sweets and chips, researchers have found. Why does being bored trigger cravings for junk food?

HEALTH May 1, 2016

Researchers Want To Repurpose Old Drugs To Prevent, Treat Zika Virus

Medical scientists are exploring the potential of existing drugs to treat and even prevent Zika infection. One such drug that is typically used to treat Alzheimer's has been shown to have promise protecting cells from the virus.

HEALTH May 3, 2016

Zika Is A Deadly Virus: This Is How It Can Kill You

Recent deaths of patients infected with Zika show the mosquito-borne virus, which do not often cause symptoms in infected individuals, can kill. Here's how the virus attacks.

HEALTH May 1, 2016

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