|Fewer U.S. Teens Using Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, Report Finds
Fewer U.S. Teens Using Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, Report Finds TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report. Encouragingly, the new study also found that alcohol use, binge drinking and the use of tobacco products among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 also dropped between 2002 and 2013. The annual survey of 70,000 people aged 12 and older across the United States revealed that between 2002 an...
Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming too much salt may more than double a smoker's risk of developing the painful inflammatory disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. Researchers in Sweden said the interaction between smoking and eating too much salt could have implications for how diet is viewed in rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other inflammatory conditions. The study, published online Sept. 10 in the jour...
Study: Undiagnosed Sleep Disorders Common With Multiple Sclerosis
Study: Undiagnosed Sleep Disorders Common With Multiple Sclerosis FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The fatigue many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience may actually be a sign of an undiagnosed sleep disorder, according to a new study. Researchers found that sleep disorders, which are more common among people with MS, are often left undiagnosed and untreated. Left untreated, sleep disorders could affect the progression of the disease, as well as affect people's overall well-being, th...
Few Students With Asthma, Allergies Have School Emergency Plan
Few Students With Asthma, Allergies Have School Emergency Plan FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too few students with asthma and food allergies have emergency plans in place at school, which can leave the schools inadequately prepared in a health crisis, a new survey finds. Just half of students with food allergies and only one in four kids with asthma have emergency action plans in place at their school to help manage serious reactions, according to researchers at Northwestern University. The...
Tear Gas Health Effects May Last Weeks
Tear Gas Health Effects May Last Weeks THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tear gas can cause health problems that may last for weeks, and can also impact a wider area than targeted, two new studies find. In one study, Turkish researchers surveyed 546 people in Turkey who inhaled tear gas during public protests in June 2013. They found that 80 percent reported a lasting cough, 70 percent reported breathing problems, 45 percent, phlegm production and 43 percent, chest pain. Cough and chest pain ...
Many U.S. Kids Missing Out on Preventive Care, CDC Says
Many U.S. Kids Missing Out on Preventive Care, CDC Says WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most adults can remember the battery of health services they endured as kids: hearing and vision tests, dental exams, regular checkups and vaccinations. Many American kids growing up now won't have those memories, because millions of infants and children aren't receiving recommended medical care aimed at detecting and preventing disease, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Contro...
Cutting Calories May Ease Sleep Apnea in Obese, Study Finds
Cutting Calories May Ease Sleep Apnea in Obese, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting calories could improve sleep apnea and lower blood pressure in obese adults, Brazilian researchers report. Sleep apnea causes pauses in breathing while sleeping and is associated with high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke. The study included 21 obese people, aged 20 to 55, with sleep apnea. Over a 16-week period, some reduced their calorie intake by 800 calories a day while the othe...
Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study
Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men who smoke before becoming a parent may put their children at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the smoking habits of more than 13,000 men and women, and then looked at the incidence of asthma in their children. The results showed that asthma was much more common in children whose fathers were smokers before conception. A child's risk of asthma increased if the ...
Putting Baby to Sleep on Animal Fur May Lower Asthma Risk: Study
Putting Baby to Sleep on Animal Fur May Lower Asthma Risk: Study SUNDAY, Sept. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants who sleep on animal fur may be less likely to develop asthma later in childhood, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,400 healthy city-dwelling newborns in Germany who were followed until age 10. Of those children, 55 percent slept on animal skin in their first three months of life. Compared to other youngsters, those who slept on animal skin in infancy were 79 percent less...
Health Tip: Things That Can Trigger Asthma
Health Tip: Things That Can Trigger Asthma (HealthDay News) -- You're asthmatic and so is your best friend. But the things that trigger your asthma can be very different. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the most common asthma triggers include: Tobacco smoke, including secondhand smoke. Dust mites. Outdoor air pollution. Mold. Cockroaches and their droppings. Pet dander. Smoke from burning wood, grass or leaves. Infections or illness. Hay fever. Emotional upset. Weather changes.
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