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Posted 3 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Recs Updated for TB Screening, Treatment in Health Care Workers

Guidelines have been updated for screening and treatment for tuberculosis (TB) infection among health care personnel, according to research published in the May 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Lynn E. Sosa, M.D., from the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association in Smyrna, Georgia,...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

AHA News: Drummer's Death Inspires Grief-Stricken Bandmates to Rethink Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle

When the members of the hard rock band Hellyeah walked onstage for their first show in more than a year, everything looked different. The most glaring change was the absence of famed drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who died suddenly in June 2018 at age 54 from severe coronary artery disease and a disease of the heart muscle called dilated cardiomyopathy. A...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Love the Smell of a Cup o' Joe? Here's What That Reveals About You

Java junkies can sniff out even tiny amounts of coffee, and the more they drink, the better they can smell it, British researchers say. It's a discovery with powerful implications for treating people addicted to substances with a distinct smell. "The higher the caffeine use, the quicker a person recognized the odor of coffee," said study leader Lorenzo...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Sugary Drinks and Fruit Juice May Increase Risk of Early Death

Most folks know that sugary drinks aren't healthy, but a new study finds fruit juices are not much better. In fact, consuming them regularly may help shorten your life, researchers say. "Older adults who drink more sugary beverages, which include fruit juice as well as sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages, may be at risk of dying earlier," said...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Suicides Increase Among U.S. Kids, But More in Girls Than Boys

Suicide rates are on the rise among American children, but the increase is greatest among girls, a new study finds. "Overall, we found a disproportionate increase in female youth suicide rates compared to males, resulting in a narrowing of the gap between male and female suicide rates," said study author Donna Ruch. She is a postdoctoral researcher...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

When E-Cig Makers Offer Promotional Items, More Teens Likely to Vape

Coupons, samples, branded hats and T-shirts: When teens use or wear promotional items from companies that make alternative tobacco products like electronic cigarettes, they are more likely to try those products, new research shows. The study included 757 California teens, aged 13 to 19, who were followed for a year. At the beginning of the year, none...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

For Women With HIV, Daily Life Can Impede Fight Against Virus

Day-to-day struggles prevent many American women with HIV from taking medicines to suppress the AIDS-causing virus, a new study shows. "Survival is a priority over putting a pill in your mouth for a number of our participants, and that is the public health challenge we must address," said study first author Dr. Seble Kassaye, an associate professor...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Swallowed Batteries Should Be Removed to Avoid Stomach Damage: Study

Doctors might want to be more aggressive about treating children who swallow a button battery and appear to be out of danger, a preliminary study suggests. The small, round batteries -- found in everything from watches to remote controls to toys -- have become an increasingly common cause of young children's trips to the emergency room. "Button batteries...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Breastfeeding Brings a Heart Bonus for Mom

Breastfeeding's benefits seem to stretch well beyond motherhood: New research suggests it may reduce a woman's risk of heart disease when she's older. And the longer a woman breastfeeds, the lower the risk. In the study, researchers assessed heart and blood vessel health in postmenopausal women, along with their breastfeeding history. After adjusting...

Posted 2 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Open Heart Surgery Beats Stents for Multivessel Disease

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery may be a better treatment option than percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for most patients with more than one blocked heart artery, according to a study published online May 1 in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Suresh R. Mulukutla, M.D., from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and colleagues...

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Green Gold

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill by Trump in December last year paved the way for a more widespread (yet still restricted) cultivation of hemp and a more regulated cannabidiol (CBD) market. And that market is currently booming, with a forecasted revenue of over 22 million by 2022. But there is still a lot […]

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Worshipping The Wine (or Beer) God or Godess

For many Americans, alcohol is a big part of their life. No matter the occasion, from weddings to birthday parties, family gatherings to date nights, most assume alcohol will be available. In fact, more than 50% of people say they would enjoy a major event less if alcohol was prohibited. But at what point does […]

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The Veneral Pest Returns

The history of syphilis makes interesting reading. For a start, there’s controversy about its origins. Some believe it to have been prevalent from at least 3000BC, whereas the more popular theory links its general introduction to the world to the return of the Columbus navigators from the New World in 1493. Regardless of its actual […]

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