Birth Defects Affect 7 Percent of Zika-Exposed Babies: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new study of pregnant women in the Caribbean further confirms that Zika virus causes birth defects, particularly if infection occurs early in pregnancy. About 7 percent of Zika-infected women in French territories of the Caribbean delivered babies that suffered from birth defects of the brain and eyes,…

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Managing Pain With Fewer Opioids After Joint Replacement

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Using two or more pain control methods after hip and knee replacement surgery rather than opioid painkillers alone reduces risks to patients, a new study finds. “Patients need to be aware that there are ways to treat their pain during and after surgery in addition to opioids,” said…

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Heartburn Meds Not Tied to Hip Fractures in Alzheimer's Patients

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Long-term use of acid-blocking heartburn drugs, such as Nexium and Prilosec, does not increase the risk for hip fractures in people with Alzheimer’s disease, a new study finds. These medications belong to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are often given to elderly people.…

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Fit Middle-Aged Women May Fend Off Dementia Later

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You may spend a lot of time working out, but there’s a fitness reward you might not expect: better memory in your senior years. New research finds that being physically fit around age 50 lowers a woman’s risk of developing memory-robbing dementia by almost 90 percent. And for…

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New Technology Gives 'Feeling' to Prosthetic Arms

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new way to provide sensation and natural hand movement in a prosthetic arm improves a person’s ability to control the arm, researchers say. Led by Cleveland Clinic researchers, the team used what they described as “small but powerful robots” to vibrate specific muscles to “turn on” the…

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E-Cigarettes Doing More Harm Than Good: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Electronic cigarettes do little to help smokers quit, and could actually increase the likelihood that teens and young adults will start smoking, a new study suggests. “E-cigarettes will likely cause more public health harm than public health benefit unless ways can be found to substantially decrease the number…

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Weight-Loss Surgery Beats Meds for Obese, Diabetic Teens: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) Weight-loss surgery may help severely obese teens with type 2 diabetes far more than medication and lifestyle changes alone, new research suggests. A small analysis found that bariatric surgery did a “far better” job than drug and lifestyle management in achieving significant weight loss and reversing diabetes, said study…

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Hookah Smoking Carries a Poisoning Risk

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many people think hookah smoking is less harmful than cigarettes, but they might not realize that hookahs can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, a medical expert warns. The devices — also called water pipes — are heated by burning charcoal. That releases carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas.…

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Cutting Co-Pays Helps Heart Patients Take Their Meds

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who’ve had a heart attack are more likely to be prescribed and take recommended blood-thinning drugs if they get vouchers to waive their co-payments, a new study shows. The finding comes from a study of 11,000 people treated for heart attack at 300 U.S. hospitals. All of…

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Study Confirms Lifesaving Value of Colonoscopy

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A large study has confirmed what many public health experts have long believed: Colonoscopy saves lives. The study looked at roughly 25,000 patients in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system, where colonoscopy is widely used. The VA views it as the main screening test for patients aged 50…

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Jobs That Keep the Mind Sharp … Even Into Retirement

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re planning a career change or wondering if a challenging job could have positive effects, research might provide some intriguing answers. In a 2014 study, scientists in Scotland used levels of job complexity based on the Dictionary of Occupational Titles for an analysis of more than 1,000…

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That Motorcycle Helmet Just May Save Your Spine

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A good helmet not only protects your skull if you crash your motorcycle, it can also reduce the risk of cervical spine injuries, researchers found. The finding counters claims by some that helmets do not protect against such injuries and may even increase the risk of injury, according…

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