As Swine Flu Wanes, Don't Be Fooled
THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Although only four states are now reporting widespread H1N1 swine flu activity, U.S. health officials caution that a new outbreak is possible.
Pet Frogs Behind Salmonella Outbreak
THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time in the United States, doctors have spotted an outbreak of Salmonella linked to African dwarf frogs, typically kept in home aquariums.
EPA Unveils Stricter Smog Standards
THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed stricter standards for smog, which has been linked to a variety of health problems, including aggravated asthma and premature death from heart and lung disease.
Leading COPD Drug May Raise Chances of Heart Trouble
THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that the drug ipratropium bromide (Atrovent), used widely among patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), may raise the risk of heart attack and heart failure, while a separate study of the COPD drug tiotropium (Spiriva) shows it may well lower the risk of heart problems and death.
Key to Cocaine Addiction May Lead to Treatment
THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- A key mechanism in the brain that helps explain how people become addicted to cocaine has been identified by U.S. government scientists, who say their finding could lead to the development of new treatments for drug addiction.
Calorie Counts on Food Labeling Often Off
THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Many reduced-calorie restaurant and packaged foods in the United States have more calories than indicated on their nutritional labeling, a new study reports.
Streamlined Stem Cell Procedure May Speed Up Research
THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- A new way of genetically modifying human embryonic stem cells would enable rapid development of stem cell lines that could be used for research into genetic diseases, say U.S. scientists.
Childhood Cancer Survivors Targets for Heart Disease
THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood cancer survivors are at increased risk for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, all of which predispose them to heart disease, say U.S. researchers.
Assisted Living More Accessible to Well-Off
THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Assisted living facilities for older people are most often located in areas with higher levels of income, education and home values, a new study shows.
Slim Risk of Death After Joint Replacement
THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who undergo knee or hip replacement surgery have a slightly increased risk of death for only 26 days after the procedure, claims a study that challenges earlier findings.
Health Tip: What's Failure to Thrive?
(HealthDay News) -- Failure to thrive is a general medical term that describes when babies fail to gain weight and grow as expected. It can have numerous possible causes.