HEALTH & MEDICAL Monday, January 23, 2012

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U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care
Women taking the drug lived more than 3 months

Survey conducted prior to implementation of Affordable Care Act, however

Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risk of Severe Headaches, Scientists Report
Those around them don't take their attacks

But experts find the study too small, problem too rare to be of concern

Study Finds U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats

Americans need fewer trans and saturated fats, and more omega-3 fatty acids

Americans Show Distrust of Medical Profession in Survey
Diagnosis-related claims -- not surgical or

But many were happy with their own doctors, researchers report

Could Survivors’ Blood Stop Ebola?
dr kent brantly ebola

Kent Brantly, the first person to be treated for and recover from Ebola in the U.S., donated his blood -- and the potentially lifesaving proteins it contains -- to treat other Ebola patients.

The Body Fat That Might Help You Shed Pounds
fat cell

Getting rid of extra pounds has long been a goal for people who want to improve their health and appearance. But a different type of fat -- called brown fat -- may help us lose weight.

CDC: All U.S. Residents Returning From Ebola-Stricken Countries to Be Tracked
Travelers receive higher dose during flight

Travelers will have to take own temperatures, report to local health departments for 21-day incubation period

Controversial Chemical May Leach Into Skin From Cash Receipts
But, small report didn't find increased BPA

Skin care products may also boost absorption of BPA, study finds

Recalled Supplements Linger on U.S. Store Shelves, Study Finds
They don't reduce the risk of heart attack, heart

Researchers say many products with banned substances for sale six months later

Anti-inflammatories May Help Ease Depression
man holding aspirin

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help ease depressive symptoms along with antidepressants, new research suggests.

Dr. Oz-Endorsed Diet Pill Study Retracted

Utility Workers Face Charges for Not Testing Water for Brain-Eating Amoeba

Ebola Nurse Amber Vinson Now 'Free' of Virus, Family Says
While U.S. prepares tighter infection controls

After two weeks of treatment at Nebraska Medical Center, hospital says Ashoka Mukpo can go home to Rhode Island

Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper
Tumor growth suppressed in lab tests; human

Fertilization occurs in the vagina, instead of petri dish, researchers say

Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns
Never eat them dry, especially if you have

Never eat them dry, especially if you have swallowing problems, expert says

8 Ways to Make Your Makeup Last if You Have Dry Skin

WebMD discusses how to make your makeup last if you have dry skin.

Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men
And the risk of sexually transmitted infection

Study didn't find same effect in young women or teens of either sex

8 Ways to Make Makeup Last on Oily Skin
assorted cosmetics and brushes

WebMD discusses how to make makeup last on oily skin.

Did Nose Cells Help Paralyzed Man Walk?
Fluorescent Photomicrograph of Nerve Cells

A group of doctors and scientists say a paralyzed man has been able to walk again after surgery in which nerve cells from his nasal cavity were transplanted into his spinal cord.

Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatments, Study Says
However, experts say lab findings might not

Success rates for in vitro fertilization were half those of white women

Research Shows No Link Between Vaccinations, Risk for Multiple Sclerosis
Flublok easier to produce quickly and in large

Large study finds no association, although certain shots might speed onset of existing illness

Ban Most Edible Pot Products: CO Health Officials

Ban Most Edible Pot Products: CO Health Officials

Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant
These changes may also increase risk for

Reduced lung function seen in children at age 4, study says

Living With a Smoker Like Living in a Polluted City: Study
Long-term study shows cardiac-health benefits in

Air-particle levels in smoking households almost 10 times higher than nonsmoking homes

CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients
Intensive supportive care and blood transfusions

Full body suits, respirators now recommended, along with monitor to observe workers removing gear

Passengers From Ebola-Affected Countries Must Land at Designated U.S. Airports
Staff at 5 airports will identify and screen

Testing would-be passengers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could spot 3 cases of disease a month

Regular Doctor Visits Help Control Blood Pressure, Study Says
Pressure that's too low -- or too high -- might

Having health insurance also associated with better readings

Parkinson's Drugs May Spur Compulsive Behaviors
But predictive value of finding still needs to be

Study estimated a 10 percent increased risk of impulsive gambling, shopping and hypersexuality

Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer, Study Reports
But expert says cancer-fighting benefits outweigh

Taking drug in addition to chemotherapy also reduces risk of cancer recurrence

Why Aren’t There Sex Drugs for Women?
Upset woman sitting on bed

The FDA has approved six brand-name drugs to help men get an erection. But it has yet to green-light a drug -- a “pink Viagra” -- to help women distressed about their lack of libido.

For Infertility Treatment, Should He Drink Less Coffee, More Booze?
Study suggests male beverage consumption affects

Study suggests male beverage consumption affects in vitro fertilization results

Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children
Experts recommend medications be administered in

Study finds that liquid drugs are the most commonly misused at home

Goodbye to Reading Glasses?
Implantable eye device shows promise in

Implantable eye device shows promise in preliminary trial, researchers say

New Fitbit Flex Debuts After Skin Issue Complaints

New Fitbit Flex Debuts After Skin Issue Complaints

Apple Cider Vinegar and Your Health

Can apple cider vinegar help you lose weight or lower blood sugar? WebMD explains.

Man Treated for Ebola in Atlanta Now 'Free' of the Virus
While U.S. prepares tighter infection controls

While U.S. prepares tighter infection controls for Ebola patients

Ebola or Not? Rapid Test for the Virus Not Here Yet
Elevated blood glucose may harm the brain, even

With flu season approaching, finding an accurate, speedy screening method will become more important

U.S. Preparing Tighter Infection Controls for Ebola Patients: Report
While U.S. prepares tighter infection controls

Lab technician shows no signs of disease; Obama urges Americans to remain calm

Summer Tips for Psoriasis

Use these tips to make the most of balmy days when you have psoriasis.

WHO Admits Botched Response to Ebola in Africa
Move would be justified in 'particular

Incompetent staff blamed in internal memo from U.N. health agency, news service reports

Vitamin D Might Help Kids With Eczema
Researchers saw some improvement in

Researchers saw some improvement in winter-related symptoms

Black Box Warning Should Remain on Chantix: FDA Panel

Black Box Warning Should Remain on Chantix: FDA Panel

Joan Rivers Died of Brain Damage Caused by Low Oxygen: Medical Examiner

Joan Rivers Died of Brain Damage Caused by Low Oxygen: Medical Examiner

Too Much Nail Trimming May Lead to Problems

Daily trimming of fingernails and toenails to make them look good could lead to serious nail conditions.

Outdoor Exercise With Pollen Allergies (Nasal Allergies)
jogger running among flowering plants

If you’re an exerciser who loves the outdoors but suffers from allergies, WebMD has tips to help you through pollen season.

Obama Appoints 'Ebola Czar'
Ron Klain, a trusted White House adviser, has a

U.S. health officials reiterate opposition to a ban on travelers from West Africa

Older Antibiotic Still Works Against Staph Infections, Study Finds
People who received it had similar infection

Vancomycin safe and effective, doctors should not turn to newer antibiotics, researchers say

California’s Insurance Exchange Gears Up For Round Two

California’s Insurance Exchange Gears Up For Round Two

Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Kids' Eyes, Researchers Warn
Curious children may get concentrated product in

Young children may be attracted to the brightly colored chemicals, study suggests

'To Burn Off Calories in This Soda, Walk 5 Miles'
Petition by leading consumer advocate group and

Teens drank fewer sugary drinks when energy content info was converted to exercise, study found

Most Kindergartners Are Getting Their Shots: CDC
Current vaccine is still best protection against

Still, small percentage of parents refuse vaccinations for their kids, experts note

CNN.com - Health
50 pounds lost for 50th reunion
In January, Carol Highsmith, 68, began a journey of threes. She had three milestones of 50 that she planned to reach by following three simple rules:
How rabbi lost 100 pounds
Rabbi Pesach Sommer lost 100 pounds after a doctor told him he had type 2 diabetes.
It's time to get your flu shot!
Flu season is about to begin, the CDC says. And health officials have a few updates to their recommendations.
Flu shot myths addressed
Flu vaccine myths can confuse people trying to decide whether to get a shot. Here are five common myths and, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the truth.
Vintage cold and flu ads
New link between coffee and DNA
You can blame that third cup of Joe on your genes.
Beer may be good for your brain
An element in beer may be good for your brain and other things we learned from medical journals this week.
Migraines linked to Parkinson's
People who suffer from migraines with aura during middle age have double the risk of developing Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders later in life than those who do not, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
Music helps your brain
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us why music therapy is good for the brain and how it can help us live to 100.
Live to 100: Laugh more
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how laughing more can help us live to 100.
Eat chocolate. Yes, chocolate.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tell us how eating certain types of chocolate can help us live to 100.
Visit to Sanjay Gupta's past
Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled from Pakistan to Michigan to discover his family's roots. Here's what he learned along the way.
How to really lose weight
From what to eat to how much to exercise, Elizabeth Cohen explains what you really need to do to lose weight.
Keeping young athletes safe
CNN's Holly Firfer reports on ways parents can keep their student athletes safe.
Lab holds 2,000 brains
The University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank provides brain tissues to researchers to study various brain disorders.
Smart toothbrush tracks brushing
This Bluetooth enabled toothbrush coaches you while you brush and tracks your progress through a smartphone app.
Farming in the city
This urban farm supplies fresh produce to food deserts, but also offers other benefits to individuals and the community.
Can psychedelic drugs be medicine?
Psychiatrists are now considering the benefits of LSD and other psychedelic drugs in treatment. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
What is 'too much' caffeine?
Carl Azuz reports on why consuming too much caffeine is not good for you.
Inside your mind with 'Brain Games'
Jason Silva from National Geographic's hit show "Brain Games" talks about tricks the mind plays that shape our reality.
The best way to brush
CNN's Martha Shade reports on what's the best way to brush your teeth.
How outbreak can start, and end
Dr. Sanjay Gupta describes how "contact tracing" could help stem the tide of an Ebola outbreak.
The healthiest fish to eat?
As our oceans become more polluted, Sally Kohn sits down with Fabien Cousteau to talk about the healthiest fish to eat.
Plastic surgery gone wrong
Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif from E!'s new show "Botched" discuss the risks and complications of plastic surgery.
Ha! Laughter is the best medicine
Scott Weems, author of "Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why," speaks with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Twin boys born 24 days apart
Due to a delayed delivery, a set of twins in Massachusetts were born 24 days apart. WCVB's Mary Saladna reports.
Is red meat really bad for you?
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Nina Teicholz, author of "The Big Fat Surprise."
This is your body on weed
Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how marijuana affects the brain and how pot can be used to treat certain conditions.
Teacher eats only McDonald's
A teacher only eats McDonald's for 90 days, and LOSES 37 pounds. KCCI reports.
World's most dangerous workout?
Is the "sport of fitness" the world's most dangerous workout? CNN's Jarrett Bellini asks CrossFitters and gives it a go.
Curable disease killed 1.5 million in 2013
A World Health Organization report on tuberculosis shows that 9 million people developed the disease in 2013 and 1.5 million died, making it one of the world's deadliest communicable diseases.
That sweet drink may age you
Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages may make certain cells in your body age faster, a new study suggests.
See King Tut's 'virtual autopsy'
King Tutankhamun's golden, mummified remains tell only a partial story of an ancient Egyptian boy king who died under mysterious circumstances.
What the dying really regret
There are many regrets patients share with this chaplain before they die; those about time wasted hating their bodies are saddest.
That sweet drink may age you
Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages may make certain cells in your body age faster, a new study suggests.
The 5 biggest breakfast myths
The first meal of the day can have a very different meaning for different people.
New hope for paralysis cure
A man paralyzed after his spinal cord was severed is walking again after a transplant using cells from his nasal cavity.
A one-woman Ebola hospital
22-year-old Fatu Kekula nursed her mother, father and sister through Ebola using trash bags to protect herself.
Crab's blood could save your life
Hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs are captured each year for their incredible blue blood.
The monster that took my son
A week before Cole died, I promised him he would do "something big" someday. For two years, I have been fighting to keep that promise.
Mandy Moore: For Africa, health care that works
Mandy Moore says quality health care can be ensured by applying commercial franchising strategies to clinics in Africa.
Study: 3 a month will fly with Ebola
Up to three Ebola-infected travelers might board an international flight each month in West Africa, researchers say.
Tests show Spanish nurse's aide free of Ebola
The Spanish nurse's aide who contracted Ebola after treating virus-stricken patients in Madrid is free of the virus, her doctors announced Tuesday after another test on her.
The 5 biggest breakfast myths
The first meal of the day can have a very different meaning for different people.
Why should it cost money to donate an organ?
Sigrid Fry-Revere says the National Organ Transplant Act has caused more Americans to die waiting for an organ than died in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq
Egg-freezing a better deal for companies
Rene Almeling, Joanna Radin and Sarah S. Richardson say Apple and Facebook offering coverage for their female employees to freeze their eggs sidesteps the issue of long hours and work-life balance.
6 health benefits of pumpkins
When you think about pumpkins, what comes to mind? Jack-o'-lanterns? Pumpkin pie? Charlie Brown? Pumpkin spice lattes?
Technique offers hope for paralysis cure
A man paralyzed after his spinal cord was severed is walking again after a transplant using cells from his nasal cavity.
I'd have to do how much exercise to eat that?
By early next year, more than 20 chain restaurants will be posting calorie counts on their menus. Yet that information may not be enough to change consumers' behavior, researchers say.
5 healthy Halloween treats
We love Halloween season. Sweets. Sweaters. Sipping hot cider (maybe spiked). Halloween can certainly get you in the spirit, and nothing warms our hearts like these healthy Halloween treats that help you stay energized instead of stuck in a sugar coma.
15 best superfoods for fall
Fall superfoods are the perfect excuse to get cooking on cool nights. See fall superfood pictures to get started!
The 7 best strength exercises
Every exercise in your strength program has a purpose -- to help you build strength and muscle, burn fat, and improve your fitness. While there's a time and a place for nearly any exercise under the right circumstance, some movements are simply more effective than others. And it should be no surprise that the ones that build a foundation for skills that you'll use in real life will be the most beneficial for improving your fitness and quality of life.
Reduce your risk of dementia
The statistics, unfortunately, are staggering. An estimated 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia, according to a report released Tuesday by Alzheimer's Disease International.
Hallucinogens to treat depression?
Psychedelic drugs are being researched as a potential treatment for conditions ranging from anxiety to tobacco and alcohol addiction.
Lack of sleep may shrink your brain
Can sleep deprivation affect the size of your brain? It's possible, a recent study published in an online issue of Neurology suggests.
Mental illness: Time to break taboo
350 million people around the world suffer from depression. Why aren't we talking about it?
Schizophrenia is eight disorders
What we know -- and psychiatrists have diagnosed for decades -- as schizophrenia may really be eight separate diseases, research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggests.
Adam's story: 63 pills a day
The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication.

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