Few Prescription Meds Have Dosing Guidelines for Obese Kids

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity can change how prescription drugs work, but many medications used to treat children don’t say so on their labels, researchers report. Federal lawmakers offered drug manufacturers incentives to study how drugs affect kids, but many have not provided safety guidelines for those who are obese, the researchers…

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Surfers Swallow Lots of Seawater. So Is It Harmful?

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Surfers aren’t just catching waves. They’re also three times more likely to have antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their digestive tracts than land lubbers, a new British study shows. “Antimicrobial resistance has been globally recognized as one of the greatest health challenges of our time, and there is now an…

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Responding to Opioid Crisis, FDA Puts More Restrictions on Imodium

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Increasingly, people addicted to opioid painkillers are using dangerously high doses of the diarrhea drug Imodium (loperamide), either to get high or to help ease withdrawal. So, on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it’s putting new restrictions on the packaging of the medication, dubbed by…

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Low-Carb Diets Boost Risk for Serious Birth Defects

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Having a baby? Don’t skimp on carbs. Following a low-carbohydrate diet during pregnancy may increase a woman’s risk of having a baby with serious birth defects, a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests. Compared with pregnant women who didn’t restrict their…

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Concussions Tied to Rise in Dementia Risk Decades Later

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A serious head injury may increase the risk for dementia even decades later, a new, large study suggests. A traumatic injury to the brain — such as a concussion from a sports collision or a motor vehicle accident — is already associated with short-term risk of dementia. But…

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How to Avoid Opioid Addiction After Surgery

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Following surgery, many patients head home with prescriptions for 30 or more opioid painkillers — enough to trigger addiction, warns a leading group of anesthesiologists. The American Society of Anesthesiologists recommends using prescription painkillers sparingly, if at all, after surgery. “Nobody needs a prescription for 30 or 50…

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Brain 'Pacemaker' Might Help Slow Alzheimer's

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stimulating the brain with an implantable device may be safe — and possibly helpful — for some people with Alzheimer’s disease, a small pilot study suggests. In what researchers described as a “proof of concept” treatment, three Alzheimer’s patients had deep brain stimulation (DBS) wires implanted in the…

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Resolutions to Cut Drinking May Be Tough to Keep

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New Year’s resolutions to curb drinking are likely made with the best intentions. But wishful thinking often isn’t enough, a new survey suggests. The survey, of nearly 3,000 “higher-risk” drinkers, found that roughly 20 percent wanted to cut back in the near future. But six months later, there…

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Can Brain Scans Reveal Who Your Friends Are?

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You and your friends likely share similar interests. But did you know you could also have similar patterns of brain activity? Dartmouth College researchers assessed the friendships or social ties within a group of nearly 280 graduate students. Brain scans revealed that friends had the most similar brain-pattern…

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Opioids Aren't America's Only Painkiller Problem

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s a well-known crisis going on with opioid painkiller abuse, but new research reveals a sizeable chunk of Americans are popping far too many over-the-counter pain relievers, too. Among those surveyed who take over-the-counter ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), 15 percent admitted to exceeding daily maximum dosage when taking either…

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A Diet to Boost a Woman's Fertility?

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could the so-called Mediterranean diet boost success of infertility treatment involving in vitro fertilization? Maybe, a very small study suggests. Greek researchers report that younger women who followed this heart-healthy eating plan in the six months before trying IVF had better odds of a successful pregnancy than women…

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