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Sedentary Behavior and Your Health
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Goal is to improve these babies' quality of life, researcher says
Nearly 1 percent of young women in a U.S. study who have become pregnant claim to have done so as virgins, according to a report in the Christmas edition of Britain's BMJ medical journal.
But it's not clear what role animals play in its transmission to humans
Drug-resistant H30-Rx strain can lead to blood infection, researchers say
But small study doesn't prove it works, expert says
Wash hands before eating
Children's coughs and colds can last up to two or three weeks and earaches may take a week to get better, according to a new review of past studies.
Agency wants drug labels to reflect this rare risk
Research trials that evaluate drugs and other treatments for children don't always align with needs around the world, according to a new analysis.
The goal: Understanding long-term effects of head injuries and improving diagnosis
But, study also found they frequently get up and move about
Vermont study compared their work lives to those of urban peers
Review tied etomidate to higher risk of death and heart problems compared to propofol
Study suggests that getting only general anesthesia raised risk of recurrence
Despite ties between the two illnesses, gum therapies didn't help with blood-sugar control
Monday, December 16
A new battle is looming over access to antiviral medicines in developing countries - this time for treating hepatitis C - more than a decade after a global showdown over the price of AIDS drugs in Africa.
Study from China followed normal-weight teens, and found a slight increase in pressure
Teens who smoked or had smoked in the past had shrunken structures in areas linked to memory
Drugs called ACE inhibitors and ARBs may help patients avoid dialysis as well, researchers say
But, experts say drug isn't meant for that use, while diet and exercise have proven effective
If physicians are more likely to opt for this type of care for themselves, they're more likely to discuss it
Policy statement from pediatricians' group bolstered by Minnesota study on foodborne illness
Three studies find the supplements don't help extend life or ward off heart disease and memory loss
Recent research into the potential benefits of fish oil has been largely disappointing. But sales of the supplements have continued to rise, according to a new report.
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It raises risk of gum disease
A program for older people caring for their grandchildren may help improve the children's behavior, according to a new study from Australia.
But researchers added that people with other health problems have lower odds of survival
Sunday, December 15
Spending time indoors can raise exposure to mold, dust mites, pets, chemicals and fumes, experts warn
Men who overstuffed but exercised showed less harm to their health in study
Friday, December 13
Study suggests problems may come from sense of obligation to stay connected
Older survivors should include physical activity in long-term care plan, researchers suggest
Study of 800 women found higher symptom rates with shorter leaves
Intensity of activity doesn't seem to matter, study finds
Young people whose parents tend to fight with each other or are over involved in their kids' lives are at increased risk of depression and anxiety, according to a new comprehensive review of past studies.
American travelers often focus on avoiding diseases or violence in foreign lands, but a new study shows they may overlook a larger health threat: road accidents.
Here's how parents can adapt when students come home
In studies, combo regimens produced better results for 'triple-negative' disease
Thursday, December 12
The global death toll from cancer rose to 8.2 million in 2012 with sharp rises in breast cancer as the disease tightened its grip in developing nations struggling to treat an illness driven by Western lifestyles.
It could be welcome addition to other preventive meds such as tamoxifen, experts say
College students who consume energy drinks tend to drink more alcohol and having both in the same day may lead to more negative consequences, a new study says.
Regular, brisk activity seems to help prevent some aggressive tumors that resist hormone therapy, study says
Side effects, such as stiffness and pain, are common reasons patients stop taking medications
Regular workouts seem to counter the sexual dysfunction that is a side effect of these drugs
Mood problems can be more debilitating than movement issues, researcher says
There's still time to get vaccinated for current flu season, health officials say
People with an irregular heartbeat may also be at increased risk of being depressed, suggests a new study from Germany.
A history of acute mountain sickness may not predict future bouts of the condition, according to a team of Canadian researchers.
Overlapping language seems to help direct DNA activity in cells, researchers report
People with eczema are especially vulnerable to allergic reactions to certain preservatives in lotions and creams, according to a new study.
Many factors converge over time before someone commits such a crime, experts say
Study finds they rely on other people or special devices to complete routine tasks
Wednesday, December 11
Study followed U.S veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan wars
Study finds no survival benefit in treating original tumor with surgery, radiation
Many Americans don't know how much and what kinds of sugar are in their beverages, according to a new study. But people who are concerned about sugar tend to be better at avoiding it, researchers found.
People who carry staph can transmit life-threatening infections in hospital setting
At the Henley Vaporium, one of a growing number of e-cigarette lounges sprouting up in New York and other U.S. cities, patrons can indulge in their choice of more than 90 flavors of nicotine-infused vapor, ranging from bacon to bubble gum.
Athletes who weren't diagnosed with concussions still showed thinking deficits after a season of hits
Number and type of gut microbes shifted within a day of eating plant- or animal-based foods exclusively
Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on Wednesday and ministers said the world needed to fight the spread of the memory-robbing condition just as it fought AIDS.
Study suggests effect on children's brains goes beyond intelligence
Global efforts to curb malaria have saved the lives of 3.3 million people since 2000, cutting global death rates from the mosquito-borne disease by 45 percent and by half in children under 5, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
Study used vaccine targeting 4 flu strains rather than the usual 3
However, review didn't include women in their 40s, so debate may not end
Extra pounds, particularly around the waist, raised risk for hearing loss, but exercise was protective
Senior citizens reported feeling less tired than younger people, including teenagers, in a new U.S. study.
But they may have other benefits, including prevention of eczema
Psychiatrists in the U.S. are less likely to accept insurance than other types of doctors, according to a new study.
Almost a quarter of middle-aged women report their quality of sleep is less than good, according to a new study.