Study: Bed Bug 'Bombs' Don't Work

June 3, 2012

SUNDAY, June 3, 2012 (Health.com) — Do-it-yourself “bombs” or “foggers” that target bugs by filling entire rooms with aerosol insecticide are billed as an easy, cost-effective alternative to pricey pro exterminators. Although these products are indeed cheap, retailing at hardware stores for around $10, if you use them on bed bugs you’re likely to get [...]


Pets Help Women Cope With HIV/AIDS

January 30, 2012

MONDAY, Jan. 30 (HealthDay News) — Having a pet helps women with HIV/AIDS cope with their condition and may also help those with other chronic diseases, a new study says.
Researchers conducted 12 focus groups with 48 women with HIV/AIDS to find out how they stay healthy. The women, whose average age was 42, said that [...]


Smog Tied to Raised Risk of Chronic Illness in Black Women

January 6, 2012

FRIDAY, Jan. 6 (HealthDay News) — Air pollution may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure in black American women, a new study suggests.
Previous research has shown that air pollution boosts the chances of acute cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack, but it hasn’t been known whether it also [...]


Like Babies, Dogs Pick Up on People's Intent

January 5, 2012

By Amanda GardnerHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) — Man’s beloved four-legged friends not only respond to the words and ministrations of humans, dogs can understand and anticipate the intentions of their people, researchers are reporting.
In a new study, dogs who were spoken to or who had direct eye contact with a person were [...]


MP3 Players May Be Major Source of Hearing Loss

December 30, 2011

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that about 90 percent of New York City residents may be at risk of hearing loss due to noise exposure, with MP3 players appearing to be a major culprit.
The research has major limitations: It doesn’t directly measure what Big Apple residents [...]


States Crack Down on Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season

December 28, 2011

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28 (HealthDay News) — State highway safety offices are setting up sobriety checkpoints and beefing up road patrols through Monday, Jan. 2, in an effort to target drunk driving.
Member agencies of the Governors Highway Safety Association are teaming up with local police forces to identify more drivers under the influence of alcohol.


Dengue Fever Cases Subside in Florida, But Threat Remains

December 16, 2011

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) — While the alarming re-emergence in 2009 and 2010 of mosquito-borne dengue fever in the continental United States seems to have subsided, that’s no reason to believe the potentially deadly infection won’t be back, experts warn.
The outbreak of the sometimes-excruciating viral illness centered on southern Florida. Now, [...]


Most U.S. Drivers Engage in 'Distracting' Behaviors: Poll

November 30, 2011

By Amanda GardnerHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) — Whether it’s talking on cellphones, fiddling with food and drink or doing some last-minute grooming, a large majority of adult drivers in the United States admit to being dangerously distracted while behind the wheel, a new poll shows.
According to the new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll, most adults [...]


Exposure to Toxic Solvents Linked to Parkinson's Disease

November 14, 2011

MONDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to the industrial solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) appears to greatly increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease, and exposure to two other solvents also boosts the chances of developing the neurodegenerative disorder, a new study indicates.
As many as 500,000 people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease and more [...]


Even Homes Without Pets Have Pet Allergens

November 6, 2011

SUNDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) –
By taking steps to reduce pet allergens in their homes, pet owners can reduce the spread of pet allergens to people who may be allergic, experts say.
Pet allergens are found in more than 90 percent of U.S. homes, even though only 52 percent have a pet, said Dr. Dana Wallace, [...]



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