Little Follow-Up for Many Concussion Patients
The findings, published online May 25 in JAMA Network Open,  are based on a sample of 831 patients who went to a top-level trauma center with a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity Might Help When Infection Strikes
If you're in the hospital suffering from an infectious disease, you're half as likely to die if you're overweight or obese, Danish researchers report. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Survive Snake Season, Even if You Get Bit
The CDC estimates that as many as 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. each year. Such bites are rarely fatal. They kill about five people annually. But snake venom can cause serious harm. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coal Miners Facing New Wave of Black Lung Disease
Over 46 years, more than 4,600 coal miners were diagnosed with black lung. Half of the cases occurred since 2000, the data showed. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To Repel Ticks, Try Insecticide-Treated Clothes
In lab tests of clothes bought from one manufacturer, researchers found that the garments either quickly caused ticks to fall off, or rendered them unable to bite. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your Tablet and Smartphone Is Ruining Your Sleep
It wasn't just that light from electronic devices suppressed their secretion of melatonin, the sleep-regulating hormone, study author Jeanne Duffy said. Researchers expected that based on other studies. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Low-Fat Diet Tied to Better Breast Cancer Survival
Data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study had already found that women who ate a low-fat diet were at lower odds of developing more aggressive forms of breast cancer. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Closed Cars Can Become Deathly Hot in Minutes
In the United States, six children have died in hot cars so far this year -- and about 750 since 1998, the study authors noted. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Severe Eczema May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk
Because this was an observational study, the researchers couldn't prove eczema caused the increased heart disease risk. But they said that, given the large number of people included in the study, the association appears strong. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study Says Antidepressants May Lead to Weight Gain
In the study, patients who used any of a dozen common antidepressants were 21 percent more likely than others to put on an extra 5 to 8 pounds, the study authors said. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heavier Women May Face Higher Cancer Risks: Study
Although the study couldn't prove cause and effect, obesity was tied to a rise in the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by 20 percent and kidney cancer by 95 percent. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cinnamon-Flavored E-Cigs May Bring Lung Dangers
Cinnamaldehyde is the biochemical that gives cinnamon its distinctive flavor and smell, and it has been approved as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lung Cancer Rate Now Rising Faster in Young Women
In general, the study found, the incidence of the disease dipped over time. But men saw a sharper decrease, so that the traditional male-female pattern flipped. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Takes Action Against Teething Products, Makers
The FDA previously warned consumers about the risks of benzocaine, which includes a risk of developing a disease known as methemoglobinemia, which can raise the levels of methemoglobin in the blood while dangerously lowering blood oxygen levels. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Guidelines Mean 1 in 3 Adults May Need BP Meds
Under the new guidelines, nearly 46 percent of U.S. adults now would be considered to have high blood pressure, a new study reported. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could Eating Fish Boost Sex Lives and Fertility?
For the study, Harvard researchers tracked outcomes for 500 couples in Michigan and Texas for one year. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mediterranean Diet Most Popular on U.S. Coasts
People on the West Coast and in the Northeast have been quick to embrace this healthy eating plan. But it has yet to catch on in parts of the South and some Midwest states, the study showed. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Skin May Absorb Toxins from Grill Fumes
Grilling meats at a high temperature can produce cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Pill Will Protect You From Sun? No Way, FDA Says
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to companies marketing supplements that they claim will counter the effects of the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Closing Power Plants Tied to Fewer Preterm Births
The most significant improvement occurred in the ring closest to the plant -- within 3 miles, the researchers said. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Don ’t Scramble Diet Over Eggs and Heart Study
In the study, eating an egg daily lowered the odds of dying from heart disease by 18% and cut the risk of hemorrhagic stroke by 28%, when compared with those who never, or rarely, ate eggs. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yoga May Be Right Move Versus Urinary Incontinence
More than 20 million American women routinely struggle with urinary incontinence. The 56 women in this study experienced the problem several times a day, every day. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Down, But Prostate Cases Up
Overall, cancer diagnoses and cancer deaths continue to decline in the United States, said lead author Kathleen Cronin, a researcher with the U.S. National Cancer Institute. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adding Blue Dye to Colonoscopy May Boost Detection
Spotting polyps during a colonoscopy can be tricky, particularly when they're flat or small (under 5 millimeters), one expert in the United States said. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Tied to Changes in Baby's Size
Nearly 16 percent of women smoke tobacco during pregnancy, according to the researchers. Up to 30 percent of them also use marijuana (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin Cocktail for Sepsis Getting Wider Test
Sepsis is a leading cause of hospital deaths. Now, researchers at several hospitals are trying to reproduce the success one Virginia doctor had with a combination of vitamins and steroids. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ebola Deaths Hit 27 in Congo, Vaccinations Start
The vaccine remains experimental but seems effective. It was developed during the world's worst Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014-2016, which claimed 11,300 lives. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most Hospitals Not Ready for Mass Tragedies
Based on the poll results, the ACEP is calling on federal lawmakers to take steps to help hospitals prepare for mass casualties and emergencies. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The vaccine remains experimental but seems effective. It was developed during the world's worst Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014-2016, which claimed 11,300 lives.
(Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Berries and Grapes May Keep You Breathin' Easy
The new study found that those who ate a large amount of dark-colored fruits and vegetables had a slower per year decline in lung function compared to those who ate fewer of these anthocyanin-filled foods. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Race May Play Role in Kids' Suicide Risk
Among kids aged 5 to 17, about 1,660 black children took their own lives, versus 13,300 whites, the findings showed. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdoses on ADHD Drugs May Be Rising
Just over 6 percent of calls ended with a hospital admission, the investigators found. And three teenagers died -- two from abusing ADHD medications, and one in a suspected suicide. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lower Vitamin D levels Linked to More Belly Fat
Low vitamin D levels have been linked to poor bone health, as well as increased risk for respiratory infection, autoimmune disorders and heart disease. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poll Finds Parents Say A Restaurant Made Kids Sick
Other places where kids got sick from bad food were school (21 percent), a friend's home (14 percent) and potlucks (11 percent). (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Screenings Miss Signs of Autism, Especially in Girls
Girls with autism, in particular, have different social behaviors that could mask their disorder, the researchers found. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lifelong Exercise Can Guard Heart Health
Those who had exercised two to three times a week for at least a half-hour a day for many years had more "youthful" -- that is, less stiff -- middle-sized arteries, the researchers found. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Low-Alcohol' Booze Labels May Backfire
As part of a multi-pronged effort to reduce drinking, U.K. policymakers are considering allowing alcohol makers to label a wider range of products as lower in alcohol. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chiropractic Has Role to Play in Easing Back Pain
Still, at least one pain specialist said more research may be needed to confirm chiropractic's value for lower back pain. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Life-Saving Cancer Meds Tied to Vision Loss
New research reports on three cases of a potentially vision-threatening eye condition called uveal effusion that patients developed after taking cancer immunotherapy. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anxiety Might Get Into Women's Bones
The researchers noted that osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disease in the world. An estimated 33 percent of women and 20 percent of men will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in their lives. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves First of New Migraine Drugs
The FDA has approved the first in a new class of migraine drugs, called CGRP inhibitors, that aim to head off fight painful migraine headaches before they start. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pools, Hot Tubs Can Harbor Dangerous Germs
And of all the outbreaks from waterborne germs between 2000 and 2014, one-third occurred in pools or hot tubs at hotels, the officials said. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Fertility Rates Hit Record Low in 2017
In the United States, the provisional or "draft" number of births in 2017 was tallied at 3,853,472 births -- a 2 percent drop from the year before. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eat Fish Twice a Week to Ward Off Heart Disease
The best choices are oily fish with large doses of omega-3 fatty acids. The options include salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, lake trout, herring and sardines. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood Type May Impact Severity of E. Coli Illness
Some people infected with this type of E. coli develop severe, watery diarrhea. For others, the infection causes only mild symptoms or none at all. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves First Non-Opioid for Withdrawal
The FDA found the drug to be safe and effective in easing symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and an overall feeling of sickness that often keep patients from withdrawing from opioids. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Egg Farm at Root of Salmonella Crisis Had Rodents
Thirty-five people who ate eggs traced back to the farm have been sickened since November, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the cases were in New York and Virginia. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news