Flu Vaccines and Kids

Every fall, millions of U.S. children get flu vaccinations at their pediatricians’ offices. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for all Americans who are at least 6 months old. You may have questions about the vaccination. Why can’t last year’s flu shot protect your child this year? Do you need to get her a […]

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Family History of Breast Cancer Doesn’t Worsen Patient’s Prognosis: Study

Does Family History Affect Breast Cancer Survival? By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer patients who have a family history of the disease often worry that their outlook is worse and their chances for recurrence is higher. But a new British study of nearly 3,000 women treated for […]

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Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo, Study Finds

Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo? By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors often prescribe steroid pills to ease the discomfort of sciatica — back and leg pain usually caused by a herniated disk in the lower back. But a new study finds steroids are no more […]

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Alzheimer’s-Linked Brain Plaques May Arise Decades Before Symptoms

Alzheimer’s-Tied Brain Plaque May Precede Symptoms By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Abnormal protein clumps may appear in the brain up to 30 years before people develop Alzheimer’s disease, a new study estimates, perhaps providing a window of opportunity to intervene. Scientists have long known that people with Alzheimer’s […]

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Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo

Medical Pot and Prescription Painkiller Combo By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana users don’t appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a new study finds. While many people use medical marijuana as an alternative to narcotic (opioid) painkillers, […]

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Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers

Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds. Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new study. […]

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FDA Issues Warning for Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

FDA Issues Warning for Type 2 Diabetes Drugs By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A certain class of type 2 diabetes drugs can lead to a life-threatening condition called ketoacidosis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These prescription drugs are called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors and include canagliflozin, […]

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Learning Daily Skills Prepares Kids With Autism for Adult Life

Learning Daily Skills Prepares Kids With Autism for Adult Life By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adults with autism have a better chance of finding and keeping a job if they can effectively perform basic daily tasks, such as bathing, brushing their teeth, cleaning and preparing meals, new research […]

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Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of AFib

Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of AFib By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 18,000 middle-aged and older U.S. […]

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This Boosts Survival With Implanted Defibrillators

This Boosts Survival With Implanted Defibrillators By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study of nearly 100,000 people with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators found that more physical activity was tied to living longer. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are battery-powered devices implanted in patients whose hearts cannot maintain a normal rhythm. The […]

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