In the United States, sickle cell disease affects 70,000 to 100,000 people. It’s most common among African-Americans and Hispanics, according to the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute, but is also found in other ethnic and racial groups. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant. The only known cure for the disease is a bone marrow transplant. However, finding a marrow match is difficult.
Aside from the obvious social and functional aspects of having an attractive-looking mouth, healthy teeth and gums are linked to better overall health. It’s hard to get good nutrition if you can’t chew those fruits, vegetables, and nuts that I’m always encouraging you to eat. Rotting teeth and gums also increase your body’s general state of inflammation and the risk of heart disease and infections.
Women who take antidepressants early in pregnancy are not at a higher risk of having children who develop autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, contrary to earlier reports, a study published April 18 found. The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found only a slight increase in the risk of premature birth for infants of mothers who used antidepressants during the first trimester of their pregnancy. But the researchers found no increase in the risk of autism, ADHD or reduced fetal growth among children exposed to antidepressants during fetal development.
That’s according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online earlier this month in Pediatrics. The article says this is the first study of its kind showing that flu vaccination significantly reduces a child’s risk of dying from influenza.
Losing 67 pounds for Phil Hayes goes beyond a goal reached more than a year ago. Phil Hayes once tipped the scale at 294 pounds when he wore 3X shirts and 46-inch waist for pants, but he made a promise to his wife before she died to stick with a weight loss commitment.
Most endurance runners are well acquainted with the idea of a gradual ramp-up of speed and distance over several months. But how about all the other stuff that isn’t necessarily in a training guide? Is that big breakfast going to cause trouble at mile 8? What if you hit the wall when you’re 10 miles in, with no transportation other than your legs? And let’s not even talk about chafing. Actually, let’s.
The severe respiratory illness is known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, or HPS. In the United States, most of these cases are spread by deer mice, which live in woodland areas and deserts and are found throughout North America. People get the disease by breathing in hantavirus when dust from dried rodent urine, saliva and droppings is stirred up in the air, which can happen in houses, garages and cabins, especially while cleaning. People can also get it by touching mouse urine, droppings or nesting materials that contain the virus, and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
In a given year, one in four adults suffers from behavioral health concerns. Because of the link between mental and physical wellness, health care systems are moving to integrate primary care and behavioral health.
If you’ve ever found bliss in a bite of chocolate or smiled when someone offered you a french fry, then you know food can make you happy. But while it’s true that your favorite treat may give you a brief emotional lift, sustained mood-boosting brain power can only come from a consistent supply of nutritious foods. Recognizing the difference between a quick jolt of cookie-fueled joy and the positive effects of long-term nutrition for brain health is important. Researchers are taking a closer look at how food can impact your mood and future cognitive function, and they are finding that what you eat does make a difference.
It hasn’t been a great decade for fans of grain consumption – not even whole grains. Popular diet books like “The Paleo Diet,” “The Wheat Belly Diet” and many others have argued for limited grain consumption. Meanwhile, apparent scientific softening on the fat-is-bad-for-you dictum has increased interest in healthy fat consumption. That, too, has put grains, which are mainly composed of carbohydrates, on trial.
Now that Congress has set aside – at least for the moment – Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act, local and state health care leaders hope legislators will look at ways to improve the existing law so it can better serve patients and providers.
An experimental Zika vaccine has moved successfully into broader testing, with the first volunteer receiving a test dose in Houston earlier this week. Testing will also begin in Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and by June, researchers hope to enroll more than 2,000 volunteers in those cities and other regions in the Americas to determine whether the vaccine is effective in preventing infection, a top U.S. researcher said Friday.
U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women.
The Idaho Supreme Court today reinstated the ACLU lawsuit challenging Idaho’s public defense system as unconstitutional, reversing in large part a lower court decision that dismissed it on procedural grounds. ...
TAPACHULA, Mexico - The four Washington State University students on an international reporting trip gathered stories Thursday that left them in tears. The students - Estreyita Rosales, Nicole Clements, Kelsey ...