|First Newborn Screening Test Approved for Rare Immune Disorder
First Newborn Screening Test Approved for Rare Immune Disorder TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first test to screen for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) in newborns has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Some 40 to 100 cases of SCID are identified each year among newborns in the United States, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The group of disorders is caused by genetic defects that influence infection-fighting immune cells. While bab...
FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos
FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant parents should leave prenatal picture-taking to medical professionals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends. Use of ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors to get "keepsake" images and videos is not entirely risk-free, the agency warns. "Although there is a lack of evidence of any harm due to ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors, prudent use of these devices by trained health care providers ...
'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults
'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chickenpox befell Angelina Jolie this week, preventing the actress-turned-director from attending the premiere of her new film. Meanwhile, an outbreak of mumps has hit the National Hockey League, sidelining more than a dozen players and two referees. These are considered kids' diseases. Most adults have vivid, fretful childhood memories of standing in line to get vaccinations that they expected to provide lifetime protection....
Health Highlights: Dec. 16, 2014
Health Highlights: Dec. 16, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Doctor Cured of Ebola Says He'll Return to Liberia Dr. Richard Sacra, a Massachusetts physician who was cured of Ebola earlier this year after contracting it in Liberia, says he will return to the West African country to resume working in a clinic there. Sacra spent weeks at a treatment center in Omaha, Neb., and was released back home on Sept. 25. He is one of 10...
Ebola Survivors Face Critical Problems
Ebola Survivors Face Critical Problems TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Ebola survivors in West Africa face major challenges and need support to help them cope, two new studies report. There are now thousands of Ebola survivors, according to the new research. These survivors have to deal with stigma, income loss, long-term concerns about their mental and physical health, as well as grief and survivor guilt over the loss of family and friends, researchers explained. Many or all of their po...
Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors
Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga has long been believed to improve overall health, but a growing body of evidence shows the ancient practice may also help the heart, a new review finds. In fact, the benefits were similar to those of conventional exercise such as brisk walking, said lead researcher Paula Chu, a doctoral candidate at Harvard University's Health Policy Program in Boston. The review, of 37 clinical trials, found that people randomly ass...
Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic sleep loss is rampant in America, and work commitment is a big reason why, new research suggests. "Work is the No. 1 sleep killer," said Dr. Mathias Basner, an assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. A time-use survey of nearly 125,000 Americans, ages 15 years and older, found that work is the main activity exchanged for sleep...
Health Tip: Protect Children During Holidays
Health Tip: Protect Children During Holidays (HealthDay News) -- Visiting with friends and family is a joy of the holiday season, but a festive get-together can pose dangers for young children. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these safety tips: If you're a host, clean up right away so young children can't get into leftover tobacco products, alcohol or food. Loved ones' homes may not be childproof, so watch for cluttered stairways and unlocked cabinets, etc. On the way to the festivities, mak...
Health Tip: Pack Essentials for Outdoor Exercise
Health Tip: Pack Essentials for Outdoor Exercise (HealthDay News) -- When you're ready to hit the hiking trails, be sure to pack a few essentials. The Letsmove.gov website suggests what to bring: A backpack. A supply of water. A stash of healthy snacks, such as apples, nuts, unsweetened dried fruits, whole grain pretzels or crackers, or some baby carrots. Protective gear, such as hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. A few extra layers of clothing, and a rain coat.
Male Ebola Survivors Should Use Condoms for at Least 3 Months, Experts Say
Male Ebola Survivors Should Use Condoms for at Least 3 Months, Experts Say TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men who survive Ebola should wear condoms during sex for at least three months after recovering from the deadly disease, a new study shows. The finding supports the current recommendations to that effect, according to the authors of the study, which was published Dec. 16 in the journal Reproductive Sciences . However, they noted there is a lack of research on sex and male survivors of Eb...
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