|Eye Pigment May Help Vision in Hazy Conditions
Eye Pigment May Help Vision in Hazy Conditions THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having greater amounts of yellow pigment in your eyes could boost your ability to see distant objects in hazy conditions, a new study reports. In a laboratory experiment, University of Georgia researchers simulated hazy conditions in order to test the distance vision of people with different levels of yellow pigment (also called macular pigment) in their eyes. The volunteers had widely varying amounts of yellow pi...
Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21
Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21 THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of sleep not only puts teens at risk for poor grades, it also puts them at increased risk for obesity, researchers warn. The study authors analyzed data collected from more than 10,000 Americans when they were aged 16 and 21. Nearly one-fifth of them got less than six hours of sleep a night when they were age 16, and this group was 20 percent more likely to be obese at age 21 than those who got more than ...
California Trees Harbor Fungus Deadly to People With HIV
California Trees Harbor Fungus Deadly to People With HIV THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially deadly fungus that has been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades grows on trees, a new study finds. The team of scientists who published the research note that they were tipped off to the finding by a teen girl's science fair project. The Cryptococcus gattii fungus triggers infections of the lungs and brains and is responsible for a full third of all AIDS-related d...
Parents' Fights May Strain Bonds With Their Kids
Parents' Fights May Strain Bonds With Their Kids THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Arguments between parents may damage their relationships with their children, a new study indicates. Parents in more than 200 families were asked to make daily diary entries for 15 days. At the end of each day, mothers and fathers rated the quality of their marriage and their relationship with their children. On days when parents reported conflict and tension in their marriage, their dealings with their children...
Donated Livers Not Harmed by Travel Distances, Study Finds
Donated Livers Not Harmed by Travel Distances, Study Finds THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Transporting donated livers long distances does not affect the quality of the organs, according to new research. This finding may impact the number of organs transported by air rather than road. The study was triggered by concerns about the increasing distances from donor to recipient that are being caused by the ongoing shortage of liver donations in the United States. The concern involves organ quali...
Health Tip: Recognizing Hay Fever
Health Tip: Recognizing Hay Fever (HealthDay News) -- Millions of people are bothered by hay fever, an allergy to grass, trees, weeds or other types of pollen. Symptoms of the most common type of allergy frequently make sufferers feel miserable. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these common symptoms of hay fever: Sneezing, a stuffy or runny nose and difficulty recognizing smells. Coughing and a sore throat. Itchiness of the skin, mouth, throat, nose and eyes. Pressure in the cheeks and...
Health Tip: Eating When You're Not Hungry
Health Tip: Eating When You're Not Hungry (HealthDay News) -- Eating when you're not hungry can pack on unnecessary pounds and calories. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says common triggers for eating when not hungry include: Seeing your favorite snacks when you enter the pantry. Watching TV. Passing by the vending machines at work. Dealing with a stressful situation. Being bored.
'Doctor-Shopping' for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds
'Doctor-Shopping' for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds. Less-educated patients and patients who had used narcotic painkillers previously were several times more likely to be "doctor shoppers," said study lead author Dr. Brent Morris, a shoulder and neck surgeon in Lexington, Ky. Overa...
Take Steps to Control Bunions
Take Steps to Control Bunions FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you have bunions, taking care of them now can help you avoid more serious treatment later, an expert says. A bunion is a bump that forms on the joint of the big toe when bone or tissue moves out of place and extends beyond the normal anatomy of the toe. Left untreated, bunions can cause debilitating pain and may require surgery to correct, said Brent Rosenthal, a podiatrist and podiatric surgeon at CentraState Medical Center in F...
Spaceflight Might Weaken Astronauts' Immune Systems
Spaceflight Might Weaken Astronauts' Immune Systems FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Astronauts may be at heightened risk of illness because space travel appears to disrupt human immune systems, a new study suggests. That could be a real problem on any long missions to asteroids, the moon and Mars undertaken in the future, because getting a cold or flu while in space can be dangerous, NASA researchers say. They found that the distribution of immune cells in the blood of International Space Stat...
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