ARCHIVE: October 2018

U.S. Hospitals Making Headway Against Infections

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You're less likely to pick up a nasty infection during a hospital stay in the United States than you were just a few years ago, a new report finds....

Fentanyl-Laced Crack Cocaine a Deadly New Threat

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid, is now showing up in crack cocaine and causing life-threatening overdoses. Within a recent four-day...

A Healthy Diet Is Never Too Late With Colon Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet may lower your risk of death from colon cancer, even if you wait until after you're diagnosed with the disease, new research suggests. The...

AHA: Can You Really Be Scared to Death?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Every year around Oct. 31, as horror films, haunted houses and pranksters in creepy costumes try their best to give you a fright, the question...

Scientists Say Neanderthals Were Exposed to Lead, Too

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The earliest evidence of lead exposure has been discovered in 250,000-year-old teeth from the remains of two Neanderthals found in southeastern France,...

Take at Least a Year Between Pregnancies: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women should wait a year or more between having babies, to reduce health risks to themselves and their infants, researchers report. "Our study found...

Three Paralyzed Patients Now Walk, Thanks to Breakthrough...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The science of spinal cord stimulation has been fine-tuned to the point that three previously paralyzed patients can now walk with minimal assistance,...

Could the Appendix Be Key to Parkinson's Disease?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Long belittled as inconsequential, the appendix is hardly the rock star of body organs. But its reputation may get a boost from new research that suggests...

After Mass Shootings, Blood Donations Can Go Unused

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After mass shootings like the one at a Pittsburgh synagogue just last weekend that left 11 dead and six wounded, Americans often rush to donate blood to...

Autism Risk: Mom's Health May Matter More Than Meds

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many pregnant women may wonder if antidepressants -- or other drugs acting on the brain's neurotransmitters -- might raise their baby's odds of developing...

Tap Into the Health Powers of Garlic

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As scientists look more deeply into the effects of diet on health, they're finding that more and more everyday foods offer benefits that go well beyond...

Teens at High-Performing Schools Less Likely to Use Pot

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The type of high school teens attend may determine whether they'll try marijuana and other illegal drugs, a new study suggests. "We concluded that...

Trying to Get the New Shingles Vaccine? Join the Crowd

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For weeks, Donna Greene got the brush-off when she asked the pharmacist about getting her second dose of Shingrix, the sought-after but scarce new...

Which Weight-Loss Surgery Is Best?

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Deciding to have weight-loss surgery is tough enough, but then you have to choose between several procedures -- each with different risks and potential...

For Diabetics, Going Vegan May Boost Mood Along With Health

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes is a formidable foe that can tax the bodies and the spirits of people diagnosed with the blood sugar disease. But a plant-based diet may help...

Halloween Can Be a Tricky Time for Your Pet

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you insist on dressing your pet in a costume for Halloween, Fido will thank you for doing so in a safe and comfortable way, veterinarians suggest. "Make...

The Real Reasons Parents Refuse HPV Vaccination

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Safety concerns are a main reason American parents hesitate to have their children vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV),...

Lead in Hair Dyes Must Go: FDA

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said that hair dyes can no longer contain lead. The new rule does not take effect for 12 months, but it...

New Evidence Pot May Harm the Teen Brain

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who stop smoking pot can think and learn better afterward, even if they are only light users, a new study reports. Compared to teenagers and young...

AHA: How to Beat Triggers That Make You Crave a Cigarette

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- When Rafe Poirrier smoked cigarettes, he smoked as soon as he woke, after eating, while driving, and whenever he took a break at work. "I...

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