Calcium Supplements Tied to Macular Degeneration

Calcium Supplements Tied to Macular Degeneration April 10, 2015 — Older people who take more than 800 milligrams of calcium a day are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that causes severe vision loss, according to a new study in JAMA Ophthalmology. The link was found only […]

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Brain Scans May Predict Language Skills in Kids With Autism

Brain Scans and Language in Kids With Autism By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sophisticated imaging tests could provide clues to how well a child with an autism spectrum disorder may develop language skills, possibly as early as when the child is just a year old, a new study […]

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Fewer U.S. Children Getting Melanoma: Study

Fewer U.S. Children Getting Melanoma: Study By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The incidence of deadly melanoma skin cancer is falling among American children, a new study finds. Researchers led by Dr. Lisa Campbell, of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center in Cleveland, looked […]

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Antibody Holds Promise as Weapon Against HIV

Antibody Holds Promise as Weapon Against HIV By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Therapy with a human antibody appears to reduce levels of the HIV virus in the blood for at least a month, preliminary research suggests. Antibodies are the part of the immune system that develop to fight […]

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Dog Flu Outbreak in Chicago

Dog Flu Outbreak in Chicago April 8, 2015 — More than 1,000 dogs have become ill and at least five have died in a dog flu epidemic that has affected the Chicago area since mid-March, an official says. These numbers may be conservative and are likely to continue to increase as some veterinary clinics continue […]

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Untested Stimulant Still in Dietary Supplements

Untested Stimulant Still in Dietary Supplements April 7, 2015 — Researchers are warning consumers to avoid dietary supplements labeled as having the active ingredient Acacia rigidula. The supplements claim to aid weight loss, boost energy, and sharpen attention. But about half of the 21 “natural” Acacia products tested by researchers contained a lab-made stimulant called […]

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Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Certain Lower Back Pain, Study Says

Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Some Back Pain By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Physical therapy may be just as good as surgery for older adults with a type of chronic lower back pain, new research suggests. Standard treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis — a painful, often disabling narrowing […]

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Whiten Teeth at Home or in the Dentist’s Office?

You can get the shine back on your smile with a variety of teeth-whitening methods. There are pros and cons to brightening up at the dentist’s office or with an at-home kit. At-Home Products Whitening rinses. They’re easy to use. All you do is swirl it around in your mouth for a minute. The whitening […]

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Cooling After Cardiac Arrest May Help Preserve Brain Function

Cooling After Cardiac Arrest and Brain Function By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cooling the body might help prevent or lessen brain damage caused by cardiac arrest, a new study suggests. People who received what is called targeted body temperature management after cardiac arrest — when the heart stops […]

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Travelers Bringing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to United States

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A drug-resistant strain of bacteria that causes diarrhea is spreading in the United States, federal health officials warned Thursday. Travelers are bringing a drug-resistant strain of the Shigella sonnei bacteria to the United States and spreading it to other people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

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