|4 Steps Could Quell Ebola in West Africa, Researchers Say
4 Steps Could Quell Ebola in West Africa, Researchers Say THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A full-court press involving all public health tactics known to prevent Ebola transmission will be required to quell the current West African epidemic, a new study reports. Four practices in particular -- burying the Ebola-infected dead in a hygienic way, immediately isolating new patients, tracing people potentially exposed to the virus, and providing better protection for health care workers -- can st...
Study Compares 2 Common Weight-Loss Surgeries
Study Compares 2 Common Weight-Loss Surgeries THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A comparison of two of the most common types of weight loss surgery found that laparoscopic gastric bypass helped patients shed more excess pounds than adjustable gastric banding, but carried a higher risk of short-term complications and long-term hospitalizations. Gastric-bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and reroutes the small intestine, so your body does not absorb all the calories from food you eat, acco...
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are clear differences in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and the brains of healthy people, new research indicates. Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine said their findings could help doctors diagnose this baffling condition and shed light on how it develops. People with chronic fatigue syndrome are often misdiagnosed or labeled as hypochondriacs. Using three types of b...
Study Confirms Obesity-Breast Cancer Link for Blacks, Hispanics
Study Confirms Obesity-Breast Cancer Link for Blacks, Hispanics FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Hispanic women, two new U.S. studies show. One study of more than 3,200 Hispanic women found being overweight or obese increased the risk for estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone receptor-positive breast tumors among postmenopausal women. "We've known this for a long time for white women, but now we are s...
Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle
Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Want to lower your risk of a first-time stroke? New guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association reinforce the idea that a healthy lifestyle is crucial. The new guidelines advise people to exercise, control blood pressure and eat what's known as Mediterranean or DASH-style (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diets that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and ...
Health Tip: Seniors Shouldn't See Exercise as a Chore
Health Tip: Seniors Shouldn't See Exercise as a Chore (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is healthy at any age, particularly to seniors. Making exercise fun can help you stick with your program. The Weight-loss Information Network makes these suggestions: Figure out activities that you enjoy, such as walking with a buddy or group. Plant a garden and work in it regularly. Perform short bursts of exercise, such as three 10-minute walks. Vary your exercise routine each day so you don't get bored. If you don't li...
More Clues to Spotting Autism in Siblings of Those With Disorder
More Clues to Spotting Autism in Siblings of Those With Disorder TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brothers and sisters of children with autism can show signs of the disorder as early as 18 months of age, a new study says. About 20 percent of younger siblings of children with autism will be diagnosed with autism by age 3, the Yale University researchers said. Their study included 719 younger siblings of children with autism. The siblings were assessed when they were 18 months old and again at a...
Health Tip: Get Kids Outdoors
Health Tip: Get Kids Outdoors (HealthDay News) -- Kids should be outside, getting fresh air, exploring and playing, avoiding gadgets and getting lots of exercise. The Letsmove.gov website explains these potential health benefits of being outdoors: Improved chances of achieving a healthy body weight. Strengthened immune system. Increased bone strength. Reduced stress.
Virus Present at Birth Causes More Than 10 Percent of Hearing-Loss Cases in Kids
Virus Present at Birth Causes More Than 10 Percent of Hearing-Loss Cases in Kids MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 10 percent of babies born with an infection called cytomegalovirus will suffer permanent hearing loss, a new study reports. But only one in 10 children with the virus shows symptoms, and screening is not routine, said study lead researcher Dr. Julie Goderis, of University Hospital Ghent in Belgium. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common non-inherited cause of hearing los...
Obese Children With Leukemia Fared Worse in Study
Obese Children With Leukemia Fared Worse in Study MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity may change the way young people react to chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, new research suggests. The study showed that obesity made young people more than twice as likely to have leftover leukemia cells. That puts them at a higher risk of the cancer coming back and of death, the researchers said. The findings could explain why obese young people do worse on initial chemotherapy -- called ind...
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