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Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies

December 20, 2014

SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers.
“The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics is triggering reactions in my allergy […]

Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk for Dementia

December 10, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older men who have breathing difficulties or spend less time in deep sleep may be at greater risk of brain changes that can precede dementia, a new study suggests.
Experts said the findings don’t prove that breathing disorders, including sleep apnea, lead to dementia. But they […]

California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report

December 4, 2014

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new analysis of the whooping cough epidemic in California finds that infants have been hit the hardest, and it calls for increased efforts to vaccinate pregnant women so their babies are protected.
In what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 70 years, 9,935 cases of […]

EPA Issues Tougher Rules on Ozone Emissions

November 26, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New regulations to reduce emissions of the smog-causing pollutant ozone from power plants and factories were issued Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Ozone has been linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death.
The new rules would lower the current limit for ozone pollution from 75 parts per […]

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 […]


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