ARCHIVE: January 2018

Procedure Beats Drugs for A-Fib With Heart Failure

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For people with both atrial fibrillation and heart failure, a procedure called ablation can be life-saving, a new clinical trial shows. Researchers...

MS Patients May Gain From Balance-Focused Workouts

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Problems with balance are a common hallmark of multiple sclerosis, but new research suggests a specially designed exercise program can help put patients...

Cancer 'Vaccine' Rids Body of Multiple Cancer Types...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could a cancer "vaccine" fight more than one kind of malignancy? A new study in mice suggests it's possible: A shot containing two compounds that...

West Nile Virus May Pose Zika-Like Threat to Fetus

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Zika may not be the only virus that can harm a fetus, a new study in mice suggests. "We found that West Nile virus and Powassan viruses shared with...

Lone Star Ticks Won't Give You Lyme, But Can Still Make You...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to what many people believe, the lone star tick does not spread Lyme disease, researchers report. But it can transmit other diseases. The...

Smoking Habit Tougher to Break for Some Americans

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While the overall smoking rate has plummeted among Americans, some smokers still struggle with the habit, a new report shows. The overall smoking rate...

VA Health System Failing on Mental Health Care: Report

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars aren't getting needed mental health treatment for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder,...

Winter Weather Skin Savers

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Winter can be harsh on your skin, especially your hands and face. Try these fast, easy and inexpensive steps to avoid the chapping and flaking that comes...

Cancer Survival Rates Vary Across the World

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survival rates are improving worldwide, but poorer countries are seeing less improvement than wealthier ones, a new study shows. Researchers...

'IV Lounges' Are the Latest Health Fad, But Are They...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- "Rent-a-drip" IV lounges are popping up across the country, promising speedy recovery for hangover sufferers, jet lag victims and others seeking an...

Few Prescription Meds Have Dosing Guidelines for Obese Kids

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity can change how prescription drugs work, but many medications used to treat children don't say so on their labels, researchers report. Federal...

Surfers Swallow Lots of Seawater. So Is It Harmful?

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Surfers aren't just catching waves. They're also three times more likely to have antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their digestive tracts than land lubbers,...

Low-Carb Diets Boost Risk for Serious Birth Defects

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Having a baby? Don't skimp on carbs. Following a low-carbohydrate diet during pregnancy may increase a woman's risk of having a baby with serious birth...

Responding to Opioid Crisis, FDA Puts More Restrictions on...

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Increasingly, people addicted to opioid painkillers are using dangerously high doses of the diarrhea drug Imodium (loperamide), either to get high or to...

How to Avoid Opioid Addiction After Surgery

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Following surgery, many patients head home with prescriptions for 30 or more opioid painkillers -- enough to trigger addiction, warns a leading group of...

Concussions Tied to Rise in Dementia Risk Decades Later

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A serious head injury may increase the risk for dementia even decades later, a new, large study suggests. A traumatic injury to the brain -- such as a...

Can Brain Scans Reveal Who Your Friends Are?

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You and your friends likely share similar interests. But did you know you could also have similar patterns of brain activity? Dartmouth College...

Resolutions to Cut Drinking May Be Tough to Keep

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New Year's resolutions to curb drinking are likely made with the best intentions. But wishful thinking often isn't enough, a new survey suggests. The...

Opioids Aren't America's Only Painkiller Problem

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's a well-known crisis going on with opioid painkiller abuse, but new research reveals a sizeable chunk of Americans are popping far too many over-the-...

Brain 'Pacemaker' Might Help Slow Alzheimer's

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulating the brain with an implantable device may be safe -- and possibly helpful -- for some people with Alzheimer's disease, a small pilot study...

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