Reliable Weight-Loss Programs May Be Hard to Find: Study

February 12, 2016

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For people who need to lose a lot of weight, it might be tough to find a program in their community that meets nationally recommended guidelines for shedding pounds, researchers suggest.
In a new study, almost 200 weight-loss programs were evaluated on whether they included five […]


Child Abuse Costs Nations Billions of Dollars a Year: Panel

February 12, 2016

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Child abuse costs nations worldwide billions of dollars a year, experts report.
In high-income nations, the median cost of child abuse equals a loss of 1.2 percent of per capita income, or $150 billion a year in the United States. The estimated cost in China — a middle-income country […]


Antidepressant Effexor Linked to Postpartum Bleeding in Study

February 12, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine) appears to increase a pregnant woman’s risk of excess bleeding following labor, researchers say.
Effexor, a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), was linked with a more than 70 percent increased risk of postpartum hemorrhage in a study of more than 300,000 Canadian pregnancies.
The […]


5.5 Million Die Early From Air Pollution Worldwide

February 12, 2016

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Every year, poor air quality claims 5.5 million lives prematurely worldwide — more than half of them in China and India, two of the world’s fastest-growing economies, according to new research.
Power and industrial plants release tiny particles into the air that can harm people’s health. Particles are also […]


Study: Global Water Crisis Worse Than Thought

February 12, 2016

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Severe water scarcity affects at least two-thirds of the world’s population, or about 4 billion people, according to a new study.
These people experience severe water scarcity at least one month a year, and the number is far higher than the 1.7 billion to 3.1 billion people suggested by […]


Here’s Another STD You Should Watch Out For

February 12, 2016

There’s yet another sexually transmitted infection that doctors and patients need to watch out for.


Women With Asthma May Have Higher Risk of Fertility Problems

February 12, 2016

Women with asthma may take longer to get pregnant and have a lower pregnancy rate than those without the lung disease, new research suggests.


CDC Offering Zika Tests for Pregnant Women Returning from Central and South America

February 12, 2016

U.S. health officials are shipping test kits for the Zika virus to health departments around the country.


Women With an Overactive Thyroid May Have a Higher Risk of This Cancer

February 12, 2016

Women who have an overactive thyroid gland might be at greater risk for breast cancer, a new study suggests.


Uncorrected Eye Problem Linked to Learning Issues for Preschoolers

February 12, 2016

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Preschool children with uncorrected farsightedness are at risk for literacy problems, new research suggests.
The study included nearly 500 children, aged 4 and 5, who had either moderate farsightedness (hyperopia) or normal vision. Those with uncorrected farsightedness had much lower scores on a test of early literacy than those […]




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