Health Highlights: March 1, 2015

Health Highlights: March 1, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Nearly 1 Billion Teens, Young Adults at Risk for Hearing Loss: WHO At least 1 billion teens and young adults are at risk for hearing loss from too much exposure to loud music, […]

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Hepatitis C Infections in Hospitals Show Need for Tight Infection Control Practices

Hep C Shows Need for Hospital Infection Control By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two cases of hepatitis C infection that occurred during routine surgeries highlight the need for hospitals to tighten infection control to prevent more transmissions, officials said Friday. In one case, two New Jersey patients (one […]

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Immune System Changes Tied to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Immune System Changes and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Chronic fatigue syndrome appears to be linked to specific changes in a person’s immune system, particularly increased amounts of chemical messengers that regulate immune responses, researchers report. The study adds to growing evidence that chronic fatigue […]

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Ways to Treat Depression That Aren’t Antidepressants

Treating Depression Without Antidepressants Feb. 27, 2015 — There may be hope for hard-to-treat depression as scientists explore novel ways to help people who have the often crippling condition. Recently, a number of studies have suggested the benefits of Botox, ketamine, and certain sometimes-unexpected means of treating depression. “I’m excited in general, and I’m curious,” […]

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5 Things to Do After a Surprise Pregnancy

5 Things to Do After a Surprise Pregnancy An unplanned pregnancy can be quite a shock, but there’s no reason to panic. You’re not alone. Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are surprises. Here are the first five steps you should take.    1. Call your primary care doctor or ob/gyn and make […]

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Flu Vaccine Just 18% Effective This Year

Flu Vaccine Just 18% Effective This Year Feb. 26, 2015 — It’s no secret this year’s flu shots didn’t work as well as doctors had hoped. But the news got worse Thursday when the CDC revised its estimates of the flu vaccine’s effectiveness downward even further, from 23% to 18%. That means for all ages, […]

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Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms: 6 Possible Signs

6 Symptoms of Women’s Heart Attacks When a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. Women don’t always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Those heart attack symptoms can certainly happen to women, […]

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Q&A With Mariel Hemingway

QA With Mariel Hemingway 1. Your new book, Out Came the Sun, and the 2013 documentary about your life, Running From Crazy, bring home the personal demons and mental illness that run deep within your family. How have you been able to face and overcome your challenges? I think there’s always a person in a […]

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Chemo

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Chemo “Chemotherapy.” Just the word may make you remember images you’ve seen in movies or on TV. If you or someone you love needs chemo, is that what you’re headed for? Maybe, but maybe not. Yes, it will probably be hard and have side effects. But you might be […]

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Colon Cancer’s Location May Be Factor in Survival

Colon Cancer’s Location May Be Factor in Survival By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The area of the colon where a cancer develops may play a role in a patient’s survival, a new study suggests. Researchers report that people with colon cancer that started in the left colon may […]

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