FDA, States Weigh Pharmacy Regulation in Wake of Meningitis Outbreak

December 20, 2012

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) — State public health officials want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to play a stronger role in regulating large-scale compounding pharmacies to prevent tragedies like the recent nationwide meningitis outbreak, officials said at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
Health officials from 50 states and FDA representatives met [...]


Genes Linked to Autism Seem to Have Strong Tendency to Mutate

December 20, 2012

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) — Researchers who discovered that some supposedly random gene mutations are not quite so random after all say their findings offer clues to the causes of autism and other disorders.
The international team of scientists sequenced the complete genomes of identical twins with autism and their parents and found that the [...]


Early Language Skills Reduce Preschool Tantrums, Study Finds

December 20, 2012

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) — Toddlers who have more developed language skills are less likely to throw temper tantrums by the time they begin preschool, according to a new study.
This is likely because they are better able to talk about their frustrations, according to researchers, from Pennsylvania State University.
They followed 120 predominately white children [...]


Asthma Linked to Increased Risk of Dangerous Lung Blockage

December 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — People with asthma are at increased risk for the dangerous, sometimes deadly lung condition called pulmonary embolism, according to new research.
A pulmonary embolism refers to blockage of a lung artery. The blockage is usually caused by a blood clot that travels to the lungs after breaking free from a [...]


Drugs Hold Promise for Severe Juvenile Arthritis Patients

December 19, 2012

By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — Children who suffer from a rare and painful form of arthritis that’s accompanied by fever and rashes may soon have more treatment options.
Two studies published in the Dec. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggest that two drugs — canakinumab and tocilizumab [...]


Reindeer May Deliver More Than Presents

December 19, 2012

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — Although Santa’s reindeer deliver presents to kids around the world on Christmas Eve, they can also harbor fly larvae that cause skin problems and rare eye infections so it might be best if your children stay tucked in their beds on the night of [...]


Scientists Now See 200 Genes Linked to Crohn’s Disease

December 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — Using a new technique, researchers have pinpointed a large number of additional genes associated with Crohn’s disease, bringing the total to 200.
The scientists at University College London, in England, created a new method to identify and map the locations of genes associated with complex inherited diseases such as Crohn’s.
Crohn’s [...]


Marijuana Use Rising Among High School Seniors: Report

December 19, 2012

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — Current — and in some cases, rising — levels of marijuana use by 8th, 10th and 12th graders are cause for concern, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.
Moreover, the misperception that marijuana is harmless continues to grow among teens, according to a report released by the White [...]


Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Rare Children’s Brain Disorder

December 19, 2012

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — Gene therapy could offer a safe option for treating children with a rare degenerative brain disease, a preliminary study suggests.
The condition, known as Canavan disease, is caused by a mutation in the ASPA gene, which codes for an enzyme called aspartoacylase. Without that enzyme, a chemical [...]


Abused Black Girls More Likely to Develop Asthma: Study

December 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — Black women who were physically or sexually abused before age 11 have a raised risk of developing asthma as adults, according to a new study.
Researchers from Boston University suggested the stress and physical effects of abuse affect the immune system and airway development.
“This is the first prospective study [...]


Heart Health Worst in the South, Best in Northeast

December 19, 2012

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — Residents of several Southern states are among the most likely to have poor heart health in the United States, a new study finds.
But the country as a whole is having trouble. Only about 3 percent of U.S. adults surveyed who don’t have heart problems managed to [...]


States Lagging in Emergency Preparedness: Report

December 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — While significant progress has been made in the past 10 years, many states still fall short in their preparedness for public health emergencies such as disease outbreaks, natural disasters and bioterrorist attacks, according to a new report.
It found that 35 states and Washington, D.C. scored 6 or lower on [...]


‘Boomers’ With Hepatitis C Boosting Demand for Liver Transplants

December 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — An aging population of adults with hepatitis C is behind an increasing demand for liver transplantation in the United States, a new study reveals.
The findings suggest that the development of liver cancer in baby boomers with hepatitis C is spurring the continuing increased demand for liver transplantation, but that [...]


For Psychiatric Patients, Cancer Is Often Spotted Too Late

December 19, 2012

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — People with psychiatric disorders have a 30 percent higher death rate from cancer, even though they are no more likely to develop the disease than others. And the underlying reason may be relatively simple: Their cancer is frequently discovered late, often after it has spread, [...]


Smoking Deadlier For HIV Patients Than Virus Itself: Study

December 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds that HIV patients who receive good care but who smoke lose more years of life to smoking than to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The findings show the importance of including quit-smoking counseling in long-term HIV care, the Danish researchers said.
They looked at nearly 3,000 [...]


Some Cancer Risks Higher in 9/11 Recovery Workers: Study

December 18, 2012

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) — The workers who toiled at the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks may have higher-than-average risks of certain cancers, health officials reported.
Using data from an ongoing health study of World Trade Center survivors and recovery workers, researchers found that, overall, people’s risk [...]


Survival Tripled for Hospitalized U.S. Kids With Cardiac Arrest

December 18, 2012

TUESDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) — Children who suffer cardiac arrest in U.S. hospitals were three times more likely to survive in 2009 compared to 2000, due to better initial resuscitation methods, according to a new study.
The study also found that the risk of brain impairment in children who survive cardiac arrest has not increased.
Researchers [...]


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