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Oxygen May Not Help Heart Attack Victims

November 19, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Strapping an oxygen mask to someone suffering a heart attack might make their heart attack worse, new research suggests.
Heart attack victims treated with oxygen endured 25 to 30 percent more heart damage than patients not given oxygen, said lead investigator Dr. Dion Stub, an interventional [...]

Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice

November 18, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if you do add a few pounds once you quit, your post-cigarette health is still much better than if you’d kept on smoking.
“This study is [...]

More Than One-Fifth of High School Students Smoke: CDC

November 13, 2014

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than a fifth of American teens smoke or use tobacco in some way, which means that millions of them are putting themselves at risk for early death, a federal government study warns.
Nearly 23 percent of high school students use tobacco products, and more than 90 percent of [...]

Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds

November 11, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Getting a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during the last trimester of pregnancy is safe for the fetus, a new study has found.
The Tdap vaccine doesn’t increase an expecting mothers’ risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight newborns, or the serious pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, said [...]

Cigars Loaded With Harmful Toxins, Study Shows

November 7, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some cigar smokers may believe they face less health risk than if they were smoking cigarettes, but a new study casts doubt on that notion.
Researchers say that cigar smokers are exposed to high levels of cancer-causing agents and other toxic substances, which suggests that the habit is as [...]

Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage

October 21, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two sisters in high school have developed ways to measure lung and heart damage.
Ilina and Medha Krishen use electronic stethoscopes, which electronically amplify body sounds, to listen for sounds of trouble in breathing patterns or heartbeats.
Ilina, a senior at Port Huron Northern High School in Michigan, wanted to [...]

Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant

October 21, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children of mothers exposed to high levels of traffic air pollution during pregnancy may be at increased risk for lung damage, according to a new study.
Researchers tested the lung function of 620 children in Spain when they were 4 years old. Their mothers’ exposure to the traffic air [...]

Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Unneeded Antibiotics in the Afternoon

October 7, 2014

Doctors are more likely to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics for respiratory infections as the day progresses, a new study finds.

Fetal Exposure to Plastics Chemical Tied to Breathing Ills in Kids

October 6, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans — known as bisphenol A, or BPA — may increase a child’s risk of breathing problems, researchers say.
In a study of nearly 400 pregnant women and their children, researchers found that each 10-fold [...]

Job Worries Can Raise Asthma Risk, Study Says

September 23, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fear of losing your job can increase the risk for developing asthma, according to a new European study.
The study involved more than 7,000 employed adults in Germany. Between 2009 and 2011, during the economic downturn in Europe, the workers answered questions about the respiratory disorder and also on [...]


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