All That Googling May Make People Feel Smarter Than They Are

April 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When did Elvis die? What’s the capital of Mongolia? Nowadays, the answers to nearly all questions are just a Google click away.
But a new study suggests that instant, online access to information may be inflating people’s sense of their own intelligence.
“It becomes easier to confuse your own […]


Simpler Antibiotic Regimen Helps Sick Babies in Developing Nations

April 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Newborns and young infants in developing nations who have suspected severe bacterial infections can be effectively treated outside a hospital, two new studies suggest.
The findings indicate that the World Health Organization’s guidelines on treating newborns and young infants with possible bacterial infections — such as pneumonia and sepsis […]


Study Supports Use of Laparoscopic Surgery for Rectal Cancer

April 1, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients with localized rectal cancer may achieve similar survival rates by having minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, instead of more invasive open surgery, a European study finds.
According to the American Cancer Society, close to 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer are diagnosed each year in […]


Man’s Iced Tea Habit May Have Swamped His Kidneys

April 1, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Drinking too much iced tea might be surprisingly hard on your kidneys, a new case report contends.
After conducting a kidney biopsy on a 56-year-old man with unexplained kidney failure, doctors discovered numerous oxalate crystals in his kidney tissue. Oxalate is a naturally occurring substance found […]


Early Tests of Experimental Ebola Vaccine Show Promise

April 1, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say preliminary tests show that people given a single shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine mounted an immune response to the vaccine.
Two separate teams of investigators concluded the vaccine is safe, with side effects confined to fever, fatigue, injection-site pain and/or joint pain.
That said, […]


Newer Test for Down Syndrome Called ‘Major Advance’

April 1, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A DNA-based blood test appears to be more effective in detecting possible Down syndrome in unborn children than other screening methods for the genetic disorder, researchers say.
The test exhibited perfect accuracy in a clinical trial, detecting Down syndrome in all 38 women whose children had […]


Night Owls Run Higher Risk of Health Problems, Study Finds

April 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Night owls are more likely than early risers to develop diabetes and other health problems, even if they get the same amount of sleep.
That’s the conclusion of a new study that included more than 1,600 people in South Korea, aged 47 to 59, who provided information about their […]


Head Injuries May Prematurely Age the Brain, Study Suggests

April 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Serious head injuries may lead to premature brain aging, a new British study suggests.
“Traumatic brain injury is not a static event. It can set off secondary processes, possibly related to inflammation, that can cause more damage in the brain for years afterwards, and may contribute to the development […]


More Americans Survive Childhood Cancers, But Health Problems Persist

April 1, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More Americans are surviving childhood cancers than ever before, but many suffer lingering health problems as adults, a new study finds.
About 70 percent of adults who survived cancer in childhood have a mild or moderate chronic condition. And nearly one-third have a severe, disabling […]


One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused, Study Shows

April 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows.
The findings raise questions about the benefits of widespread use of these painkillers to treat chronic pain, the researchers […]




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