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Air Pollution and Your Brain

Friday, April 24

Friday, April 24

Related MedlinePlus Topics: Air Pollution, Brain Diseases, Environmental Health

Thursday, April 23

Commonly used medicines are essential, but not profitable for companies, expert says
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Antibiotics, Bacterial Infections, Medicines

Aspirin TherapyVideo (HealthDay)
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Blood Thinners, Heart Diseases--Prevention, Stroke

Debilitating headaches meant less participation in family activities, canceled plans each month
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Family Issues, Migraine

Overwhelmed systems caused deadly disruptions in health care, experts say
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Ebola, International Health, Malaria

Study found it's not just about calories; some foods not as bad for waistline as thought
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Carbohydrates, Nutrition, Weight Control

Number of people needing treatment also rose in recent years
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Drug Abuse, Health Statistics, Heroin

Even with the meds, many men worry about erections, orgasms and desire

Even though shot offered less-than-perfect protection, millions might benefit, researchers say
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Childhood Immunization, Immunization, Malaria

Better pre-surgical chemotherapy means more of the breast can safely be saved, researchers say
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Breast Cancer, Mastectomy

Guidelines might need modification to reflect racial differences, researcher says

Strengthening, stretching exercises help maintain stability

The sooner, the better, researchers found
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Breast Cancer, Genetic Testing, Ovarian Cancer

But, expert says most can safely be treated at home
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac, Rashes

Tiny particles of pollution might shrink the brain and increase risk of 'silent' strokes, study contends
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Air Pollution, Brain Diseases, Environmental Health

Wednesday, April 22

Genetic analysis indicates public shouldn't be alarmed, 'cautiously optimistic' health officials say
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Animal Diseases and Your Health, Bird Flu

In study, people with osteoporosis were at higher risk for deafness occurring over a few days
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Hearing Disorders and Deafness, Osteoporosis

Treating mental health condition might improve cardiovascular health, expert says
Related MedlinePlus Topics: African American Health, Depression, Heart Failure

Antiviral drug cured animals with advanced infections, researchers say
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Ebola

Critics say these natural remedies are ineffective, potentially dangerous; backers contend current oversight is sufficient

Experts remind Americans to conserve their natural resources
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Drinking Water

Chemical signal linked to how well corticosteroids worked
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Asthma in Children, Genes and Gene Therapy, Steroids

Most also disapprove of its use in front of children
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Child Safety, Drugs and Young People, Marijuana

Experimental devices might reduce risk of side effects, lower costs, researchers say
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Cancer, Cancer Chemotherapy, Clinical Trials

Related MedlinePlus Topics: Hearing Disorders and Deafness, Osteoporosis

Cholesterol-lowering drugs cut heart risks, but may spur muscle weakness, memory declines
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Drug Safety, Seniors' Health, Statins

Researchers have begun early human trials, say findings could lead to blueprint for tailored treatments
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Cancer, Immune System and Disorders, Immunization

Tuesday, April 21

Finding held true even for children at risk for the developmental disorder
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Immunization, Measles

Colorectal Cancer: What You Should Know (Food and Drug Administration)

Study found daily capsules of the natural hormone triggered protective immune response
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Diabetes Type 1

Survival not significantly different from patients who didn't take metformin, study finds
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Pancreatic Cancer

A clean room should mean better sleep
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Allergy

Blue Bell Creameries said new tests showing contamination prompted move
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Food Safety, Listeria Infections

Report highlights need for more services for this age group
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Health Disparities

Results suggest possible alternative to long-term drug use
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Antidepressants, Depression

Diabetic ketoacidosis can prove serious; researchers point to lack of insurance leading to late diagnosis

Out-of-pocket expenses keep many Medicare patients from taking needed drugs, study suggests
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Arthritis, Medicines, Seniors' Health

Protection may go beyond cervical infection
Related MedlinePlus Topics: HPV, Immunization

Behavior management strategies seemed to make a difference, study found
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Parenting

Related MedlinePlus Topics: Mammography, Women's Health

Experts stress this strain poses little risk to humans
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Bird Flu

Monday, April 20

New American Heart Association guidelines outline health care strategies for these patients
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Congenital Heart Defects

Big variation seen in prescribing rates, despite little difference in infection rates
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Antibiotics, Premature Babies

But experts caution against starting to take it every day in hopes of preventing disease
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Colorectal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Pain Relievers

Finding may help explain greater breast cancer risk in this population, researchers say
Related MedlinePlus Topics: African American Health, Breast Cancer

Keytruda is already approved to treat melanoma
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Lung Cancer

Drugs That Activate Brain Stem Cells May Reverse Multiple SclerosisFrom the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

Doctors should closely examine wrinkle-reliever packaging
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Botox, Drug Safety


Keytruda, Yervoy and other medications harness immune cells to target cancers, experts say
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Medicines, Melanoma

Study also finds education level, hospital linked to odds of death in month after operation
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Health Disparities, Lung Cancer, Surgery

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening every 2 years for all after 50
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Mammography, Women's Health

But majority don't succeed in kicking the habit, study found
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Cancer--Living with Cancer, Quitting Smoking

Epilepsy medication recommended to help stave off second attack
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Medicines, Seizures

Vet offers tips on how to protect vulnerable household members
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Animal Diseases and Your Health, Pet Health

Related MedlinePlus Topic: Medicines and Children

Five strategies were identified that help get the medicine down
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Medicines and Children

Number of prescriptions, overdoses dropped, but heroin overdoses went up
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Pain Relievers, Prescription Drug Abuse

Researchers recommend sleep disorder screening for patients with atrial fibrillation
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Apnea

Elderly women will account for growing proportion of cases, study predicts
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Breast Cancer, Seniors' Health

Friday, April 17

People with Down syndrome are at much higher risk of developing dementia, researchers say

But, health officials say risk still exists for those who aren't vaccinated against the disease
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Measles

Researcher suggests a change in screening policies
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Genes and Gene Therapy, Lung Cancer, Smoking

Low-lying states have rates up to 16 percent versus 6 percent in mountain regions
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Related MedlinePlus Topics: Family Issues, Migraine

Proper identification of headache type can lead to better treatment
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Migraine

EMS workers join police, fire personnel still struggling with health problems, study finds

Finding suggests that 'Western' lifestyle may be driving diseases like asthma, diabetes, obesity

Finding challenges common belief that they can boost performance

Added bone mass may help delay osteoporosis, study suggests
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Bone Density, Children's Health

Researchers identify lethal strain of La Crosse virus in Tennessee patient

Psychologist calls for greater support for all victims -- female and male
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Child Sexual Abuse, Suicide, Teen Mental Health

Thursday, April 16

People living in less-developed Papua New Guinea have 50 more types of bacteria
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Digestive Diseases

Officials say they will declare end if no new cases reported by Friday
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Immunization, Measles

Researchers say findings show need for regulations, such as mandatory listing of ingredients
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Smoking

Pay attention to where cases are occurring
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Pet Health

Federal health officials say the nicotine-based products pose major health threat to kids
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Health Statistics, Smoking, Smoking and Youth

Research found the devices actually seemed to lower quit rates
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Quitting Smoking, Smoking

Autoimmune disease affects central nervous system
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Medicines, Multiple Sclerosis

Study found those who are related faced greater chance of heart stopping than those who aren't
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Cardiac Arrest, Dialysis, Genes and Gene Therapy

Use of chemical-cousin to 'bath salts' appears to be on the rise, experts say
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Drug Abuse

NIH Study Finds Genetic Link for Rare Intestinal CancerFrom the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Researcher urges physicians to take note of findings
Related MedlinePlus Topics: African American Health, Obesity, Prostate Cancer

Related MedlinePlus Topics: Diets, Weight Control

Report says small number of cases reported in the United States

Government report detects uptick among hotel, food service employees
Related MedlinePlus Topics: Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse

Study found real improvements in quality of life once men got active