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Antidepressants during pregnancy increases risk of premature birth

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A recent study has found that the use of antidepressants, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy, is linked to a greater likelihood of the child being born premature. The study was led by Krista Huybrechts, PhD, of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
For this study, the researchers [...]

One third of children face high cholesterol levels

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

High cholesterol levels in almost one third of 9-11 year old children may increase the risk of heart problems later in their lives, according to a new study. The study found that one in three kids have elevated total cholesterol levels, which may lead to heart issues later in life.
The study was led by Thomas [...]

Miami shigellosis striking children as health department posts warnings

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

The outbreak of shigellosis, a new infectious disease, has been reported in over 100 people in Miami, many of whom are under 10 years of age. Health officials are now reminding people to wash their hands properly, as it may help prevent the spread of this disease.
The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County noted [...]

New symptom of heart failure identified

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Researchers have identified a new advanced heart failure symptom called bendopnea that could help spot worsening condition and fluid retention. This symptom is defined as shortness of breath when a person bends over, like when tying shoes.
The researchers said this symptom, which is easily detectable, can help diagnosed fluid retention. The research team was led [...]

Pancreatic risk higher for diabetic patients

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

A recent investigation of multiple studies found that recent-onset diabetes patients had a higher risk of getting pancreatic cancer, suggesting more cancer checks in this population to help catch the disease before progression. Pancreatic cancer is generally diagnosed only in severe stages.
This particular investigation was done by Mehrdad Nikfarjam, MD and colleagues from the Department [...]

IVF medicine less effective when obese

Monday, March 24th, 2014

A recent study looking into the effect of obesity on in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment and medication found that IVF medicine is less effective on obese women. The study involved prescribing IVF medicine to regulate egg release to normal-weight and obese women. Blood samples of the participants were then analyzed to assess the level of [...]

Postmenopausal breast cancer more likely among smokers

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

A recent study found that the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer was higher among smokers than those without a family history of the cancer and those who got their periods on or after 15 years of age.
The study was led by Dr. Sarah J. Nyante, from the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the [...]

Over 10 percent adults underuse hearing aids

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A recent UK study found that just one person in five with significant hearing loss properly use hearing aids. This was despite the fact that cost was not an issue, as hearing aids are free in the UK. Older people, ethnic minorities, people from low socioeconomic backgrounds and those who work in high-noise environments were [...]

Diabetic cancer patients have higher survival rate with oral medications

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A new study suggests that oral anti-diabetic medications may improve the survival rate of cancer patients with diabetes, as compared to insulin. More specifically, the study found that those who took insulin injections for type 2 diabetes while they had cancer had a lower survival rate in the first year than those without diabetes. At [...]

Reducing delays in stroke delay could add days to healthy life

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

A stroke is a severe and often life-threatening medical issue, and time is important for treating strokes. According to a recent study, saving a few minutes in administering thrombolysis during stroke treatment could add days, weeks or even months of life free of disabilities for a stroke patient.
The study further found that younger patients gained [...]

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