|MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn
MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic fragments of the deadly MERS virus were detected in the air of a barn where an infected camel was kept, a new study says. The findings show the need for further studies to determine if Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) can be transmitted through the air, the researchers said. Researchers collected air samples over three consecutive days from a camel barn owned by a 43-year-old male MERS patient who lived south...
Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children
Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. The new study also hints -- but doesn't prove -- that nicotine-replacement products used during pregnancy, such as patches and gum, could pose the same risk to children. Still, this study suggests that nicotine itself, not just tobacco, may b...
Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids
Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests. "We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those whose mothers were overweight or obese during pregnancy had up to 20 to 30 percent higher odds of asthma," said lead researcher Dr. Erick Forno, an assistant professor of pediatrics at C...
Health Tip: Thwart Mold at Home
Health Tip: Thwart Mold at Home (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to mold isn't healthy, as it can trigger allergies, asthma and a number of other ills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests how to keep mold growth at bay: Address any leaks and areas of dampness or mold. Clean mold on hard surface with soap and water. Allow the area to dry completely. Open windows or run an exhaust fan when cooking, showering or washing dishes. Keep humidity levels throughout your home at 30 percent to 50 percent.
Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs' Harms
Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs' Harms SATURDAY, July 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many young adults don't realize that using hookahs can harm their health, a new study reveals. Hookah smoking can be just as dangerous as cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, this study found that many young adults believe the water pipes are a safe alternative to cigarettes. Researchers asked patrons, aged 18 to 30, at three Southern California hookah lounges ...
Study Suggests Tough Smoking Laws Might Lower Suicide Risk
Study Suggests Tough Smoking Laws Might Lower Suicide Risk WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may increase a person's risk for suicide, but high cigarette taxes and smoking restrictions in public places lower that risk, a new study suggests. Previous research has found that smokers are more likely to take their own lives than nonsmokers. This difference was attributed to the fact that smoking is common among people with psychiatric disorders, who have higher suicide rates. However, thi...
Gays, Lesbians Face Certain Health Challenges, U.S. Report Says
Gays, Lesbians Face Certain Health Challenges, U.S. Report Says TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health behaviors and challenges often vary depending on a person's sexual orientation, a new U.S. report finds. But, those changes do not seem to follow a set pattern -- some are healthy, some aren't. For example, the federal researchers found that gays and lesbians were more likely to smoke and binge drink compared to heterosexuals. And bisexuals and lesbians were less likely than straight people ...
Graphic Cigarette-Label Warnings Work, Study Finds
Graphic Cigarette-Label Warnings Work, Study Finds TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette warning labels help convince smokers to quit, and the bigger the label, the better, a new study shows. Even when smokers try to avoid seeing the labels, they are prompted to think about quitting, the researchers found. "Warning labels vary widely from country to country but it's clear that once people see the labels, the same psychological and emotional processes are involved in making people consider...
Health Tip: Quit Smoking, Especially While Pregnant
Health Tip: Quit Smoking, Especially While Pregnant (HealthDay News) -- If you're pregnant or trying, you've probably been told not to smoke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains how smoking can affect pregnancy: Being a smoker can make getting pregnant more difficult, and can increase the risk of miscarriage. Smoking during pregnancy can lead to problems with the placenta, which is baby's source of nourishment and oxygen during pregnancy. Smoking may lead to low birth weight or ...
Lung Groups: Governments Should Limit or Ban Use of E-Cigarettes
Lung Groups: Governments Should Limit or Ban Use of E-Cigarettes THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Governments should ban or limit the use of electronic cigarettes until more is known about their health effects, say experts from the world's leading lung organizations. The position statement was issued Wednesday by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), which includes more than 70,000 members worldwide. "The gravity of tobacco use on global health and the historical behavior o...
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