Is Surgery Always Needed for Kids’ Appendicitis?

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Skipping surgery and treating appendicitis with antibiotics alone may be a safe approach for many children, a new analysis suggests. Reviewing 10 studies on more than 400 young patients, researchers found that nonsurgical treatment for an inflamed appendix appeared effective overall. But, appendicitis recurred in 14 percent of […]




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Flu Vaccine a Good Match for Viruses This Year

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) — It’s not perfect, but this year’s flu vaccine is a fairly good match for the circulating viruses, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Overall, the vaccine is 48 percent effective. For the predominant circulating influenza A type H3N2 flu strain, its effectiveness comes in at 43 percent. But it’s […]




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Flu Vaccine a Good Match for Viruses This Year

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) — It’s not perfect, but this year’s flu vaccine is a fairly good match for the circulating viruses, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Overall, the vaccine is 48 percent effective. For the predominant circulating influenza A type H3N2 flu strain, its effectiveness comes in at 43 percent. But it’s […]




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Gestational Diabetes Poses Risks for Mom, Baby

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Diabetes that develops during pregnancy — known as gestational diabetes — carries health risks for both the mom-to-be and her baby, new research confirms. A team of French researchers analyzed data from more than 700,000 births in France occurring after 28 weeks of pregnancy in 2012. Compared to […]




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Some Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse Epidemic

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) — You may be more likely to wind up a long-term user of opioid painkillers if you’re treated by a doctor who frequently prescribes those drugs, a new study reports. Emergency room patients are at greater risk for long-term opioid use even after a single prescription from an ER […]




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Immunotherapy Not a Quick Fix for Hay Fever

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Immunotherapy — often in the form of allergy shots — can combat the runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure of persistent hay fever. But it can’t be done in less than three years, British researchers report. Two years of immunotherapy was only as effective as […]




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Carb Counting for Diabetes Made Easy

For people with diabetes, carb counting is an important way to make sure your blood glucose levels stay in your target range. While the amount of carbs you should eat depends on many things, such as how much you exercise and any medications you take, the recommended limit is 130 grams per day, distributed evenly between […]




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‘Cooling Caps’ May Halt Chemo-Linked Hair Loss

Scalp cooling caps appear to limit this damage by constricting blood vessels in the scalp, reducing the amount of chemo that is delivered to the hair follicles, Nangia explained. The cooling caps also might decrease the biochemical damage done to follicles by whatever chemo does get through. Patients put on a tight scalp cooling cap […]




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Safe Weight Loss for Overweight Kids

If your child is overweight, chances are you want to help him get healthy. But sometimes that means ignoring popular diet advice. Often, what works for adults may not be best for kids. “Children have their own set of nutritional needs for healthy growth and development,” says Tamara Melton, a dietitian and instructor at Georgia […]




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Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — It’s still flu season, and not too late to get your flu shot. But a new study suggests that people with eczema should request the vaccine be given into the muscle, rather than just under the skin. That’s because the effectiveness of flu shots in people with eczema […]




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Senate Confirms Rep. Tom Price as Health Secretary

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Rep. Tom Price was confirmed by the U.S. Senate early Friday morning to head up the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As chief of that agency, the Republican from Georgia will oversee the planned dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, the controversial health care reform law […]




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Daylight Savings Time May Affect IVF Success

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Daylight savings time may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage among some women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new study suggests. Boston Medical Center (BMC) researchers found that miscarriage rates in IVF patients who had a prior miscarriage were much higher among those who received […]




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