|Use of 'the Pill' Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer
Use of 'the Pill' Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives such as the Pill, new Danish research suggests. Women under 50 with a glioma "were 90 percent more likely to have been using hormonal contraceptives for five years or more, compared with women from the general population with no history of brain tumor," said study leader D...
Keep Allergies in Mind When Planning Valentine's Day
Keep Allergies in Mind When Planning Valentine's Day FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When choosing a Valentine's Day present for your sweetheart, make sure it won't trigger an allergic reaction. "Chocolates and flowers are lovely, but not if they cause an allergic response," Dr. James Sublett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in an ACAAI news release. "You need to be vigilant when it comes to giving gifts to someone with allergies," he cautioned...
Diabetes-Related Foot Condition Often Missed
Diabetes-Related Foot Condition Often Missed FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A debilitating condition called Charcot foot is often missed among the nearly 30 million Americans with diabetes, doctors say. The condition is highly treatable, but if left alone it can lead to permanent deformity, disability, surgery and even amputation, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Charcot foot can occur in the one-third of diabetes patients who lose feeling in their feet an...
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taste exerts the biggest influence on people's food choices and many believe that healthy foods don't taste good, researchers report. That means more needs to be done to make healthy foods appealing, the study authors said. In the study, participants were presented with a variety of yogurts, each with different levels of sugar and fat. Even when given information about the ingredients, the participants were not ...
Many Parents Too Quick to Switch Child Car Seats, Study Finds
Many Parents Too Quick to Switch Child Car Seats, Study Finds FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three-quarters of American parents place their children in forward-facing car seats before it's safe to do so, a new study reveals. Guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that a rear-facing car seat be used until a child is at least 2 years old or has outgrown the weight/height limit of the seat. For the study, University of Michigan researchers compared finding...
Stroke Survivors Who Live Alone Face Higher Risk of Early Death: Study
Stroke Survivors Who Live Alone Face Higher Risk of Early Death: Study FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke survivors -- especially men -- who live alone are at increased risk for premature death, a new study suggests. Researchers followed nearly 1,100 ischemic stroke survivors in Sweden for 12 years. An ischemic stroke occurs when the brain's blood flow is blocked. During the follow-up period, 36 percent of survivors who lived alone died, compared to 17 percent of those with partners. Among...
Many U.S. Girls Aren't Getting HPV Vaccine, Study Finds
Many U.S. Girls Aren't Getting HPV Vaccine, Study Finds FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only about half of American girls begin receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine at the recommended age, a new study finds. HPV is believed to cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer, and also other types of cancers and genital warts. The HPV vaccine protects against 70 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts cases, according to the researchers. Girls should begin getting the t...
Exercise May Tone Up Women's Bodies and Minds
Exercise May Tone Up Women's Bodies and Minds FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young women who regularly exercise may have more oxygen circulating in their brains -- and possibly sharper minds, a small study suggests. The findings, from a study of 52 healthy young women, don't prove that exercise makes you smarter, researchers said. On the other hand, it's "reasonable" to conclude that exercise likely boosts mental prowess even when people are young and healthy, said Liana Machado, of the Unive...
78 People Now Infected in U.S. Measles Outbreak
78 People Now Infected in U.S. Measles Outbreak FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people infected with measles linked to the outbreak at Disney amusement parks in southern California now stands at 78, health officials reported Friday. The overwhelming majority of cases -- 68 -- have been in California. The other 10 have been reported in six other states and Mexico. Most of those people hadn't gotten the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine, the Associated Press reported. Health o...
Health Tip: Health Conditions May Lead to Hair Loss
Health Tip: Health Conditions May Lead to Hair Loss (HealthDay News) -- Losing your hair may not be a typical sign of aging. It may be caused by a medical condition, experts say. The American Academy of Dermatology says possible causes of hair loss include: Diseases including hypothyroidism and anemia. Major surgery. A high fever. Certain treatments for cancer, including chemotherapy and radiation. A scalp infection, such as ringworm.
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