Vaccine for Deer Against ‘Mad Cow’-Like Illness Shows Promise

December 21, 2014

SUNDAY, Dec. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to “mad cow disease” in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report.
The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease, according […]


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 […]


Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users’ Suicide Risk

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Injectable drug users who also use cocaine and amphetamines have nearly double the suicide attempt rate of other substance users, a new study finds.
“We know that substance use is associated with the risk of suicide attempt and completed suicide,” Didier Jutras-Aswad, a psychiatry professor at the University of […]


Could Bacteria Play a Role in Colon Cancer?

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Dense bunches of bacteria called biofilms can be found on most colon polyps and cancers, a new study finds.
The researchers said these biofilms were especially prevalent on the right side of the colon.
The presence of these biofilms may represent an increased likelihood of colon cancer and could […]


FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to identify patients eligible to receive the drug.
Lynparza (olaparib) belongs to a new class of drugs called poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. The drug is for women who […]


Caramel Apples Linked to Deadly Listeria Outbreak, CDC Says

December 19, 2014

U.S. and state health officials are investigating a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples that has killed at least four people and sickened 28 others in 10 states.


Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts Say

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — All children should have their eyesight checked between the ages of 3 and 6, preferably every year, eye experts say.
The new vision-screening guidelines for preschool-aged children are from an expert panel of the U.S. National Center for Children’s Vision Health.
The panel said that children in this age group […]


Crohn’s, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study Finds

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The intestinal bacteria that cause inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, may be inherited, researchers report.
The findings, published recently in the journal Genome Medicine, could help in efforts to prevent the disease and treat the 1.6 million Americans with Crohn’s or colitis, the study […]


E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Potentially illness-causing E. coli bacteria were found on nearly one-quarter of herbs bought at farmers markets, according to a new study.
Researchers checked cilantro, basil and parsley from almost 50 vendors from 13 farmers markets in Los Angeles and Orange counties in California, and in the Seattle area. Out […]


Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds

December 19, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The cost of cancer treatment can cause financial stress that threatens patients’ well-being, a new study finds.
Researchers examined data from 1,000 people in the United States who had been diagnosed with colorectal or lung cancer. Of those patients, almost 900 had finished their treatments and were cancer-free, and […]




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