Zika Brain Damage May Occur in Babies With Normal-Sized Heads

June 29, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In the ongoing crisis around Zika-linked birth defects, attention has been largely focused on infants born with too-small heads, or microcephaly.
However, a new report suggests that newborns with normal-sized heads may also sometimes be affected by the mosquito-borne virus, including brain damage.
Of the more than […]


New Drug Shows Promise for Rare Blood Cancers

June 29, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug called midostaurin may reverse organ damage in people with certain rare, fatal blood cancers, an early clinical trial finds.
Researchers found that the drug at least partly reversed organ damage in 60 percent of patients with advanced systemic mastocytosis — an umbrella term […]


Stem Cells Deemed Safe for ALS Patients

June 29, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists report that stem cell therapy appears to be safe for people with the invariably fatal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but it’s not yet clear whether the treatment provides any benefits.
In a preliminary study of just 15 ALS patients, researchers found that most […]


Reassessing the Annual Pelvic Exam

June 29, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Women, the U.S. medical establishment isn’t doing away with annual pelvic exams — at least just yet. But a panel of U.S. medical experts has concluded there’s no proof the dreaded checkup benefits healthy women who aren’t pregnant.
In a draft recommendation released Tuesday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task […]


Testosterone Therapy May Boost Older Men’s Sex Lives

June 29, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Aging men who are losing their sexual pep can receive a love-life boost from testosterone replacement therapy, according to results from the largest “low-T” clinical trial to date.
Older men treated with testosterone gel experienced a moderate but significant improvement in their sex drive, sexual activity […]


Stay Alert for Child Drowning Dangers This Summer

June 29, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — School’s out and the temperature’s rising and that means more people will be cooling off at beaches, lakes and pools. But a new report reveals that parents and caregivers need to be extra vigilant when kids are around the water.
Nearly 800 children drowned in 2014 in the United […]


Religion a Buffer Against Suicide for Women, Study Suggests

June 29, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Women who regularly attend religious services may have a lower risk of suicide than those who don’t, a new study suggests.
U.S. researchers reviewed data on nearly 90,000 women. They were enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study from 1996 to 2010. During that time, there were 36 suicides.
About 19 […]


Has Butter Gotten a Bad Rap?

June 29, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Spread the news: Butter may not be the unhealthy food many Americans believe it to be, new research suggests.
However, that doesn’t mean that butter provides any real health benefit, the researchers were quick to add.
“Overall, our results suggest that butter should neither be demonized nor considered ‘back’ […]


Sufficient Sleep May Help Protect Men Against Diabetes: Study

June 29, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Too much or too little sleep may raise the risk of diabetes in men, but not women, a study by European researchers suggests.
“Even when you are healthy, sleeping too much or too little can have detrimental effects on your health. This research shows how important sleep is to […]


Allergists: Daily Bath OK for Kids With Eczema

June 29, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Although some doctors advise against giving a daily bath to kids with the skin condition eczema, a new paper says a daily soak is fine as long as it’s followed by plenty of moisturizer.
Eczema occurs in adults and children, but is most common in babies. It results in […]




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