Home Oxygen Could Raise Burn Risk: Experts
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Use of home oxygen in the United States has risen over the past decade, which has led to an increase in the number of patients with medical oxygen-related burn injuries, according to experts at the Burn Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Handling Divorce May Be Easier Later in Life
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Getting divorced at a younger age causes more harm to health than getting divorced later in life, perhaps because older people have more coping skills to deal with the stress of divorce, a new study suggests.
Health Tip: If You're Diabetic and Pregnant
(HealthDay News) -- It can take a "village" to help care for you and your baby during pregnancy, especially if you are diabetic.
Health Tip: Chewing Tobacco Harms Oral Health
(HealthDay News) -- Chewing tobacco contains at least 28 toxins that are known to cause cancer, the American Dental Association says.
Exercise a Defense Against Dementia: Study
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Here's another reason to get into shape: Physical activity may reduce the risk of dementia-related death, according to a new study.
Wider Waistlines Linked to Memory Problems in HIV Patients
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- HIV-positive patients with larger waistlines may be at greater risk for memory problems, according to a new study. Exposure to combinations of certain anti-HIV drugs could play a role in this reduced mental function, researchers said.
Screening by Primary-Care Doctors May Spot Dementia
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Routine screening at primary care clinics led to a two- to threefold increase in diagnoses of brain-function impairments such as dementia in older veterans, researchers say.
More Young Adults Get Health Care When They Can Stay on Parents' Plans
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults in states that allow them to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26 have better access to health care, according to a new study.
Radiation After Lung Cancer Surgery Doesn't Help All: Study
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For older people with a certain type and stage of lung cancer, administering radiation treatment after surgery may not extend survival, according to a new study.
Concerns Over Kids' Shut-Eye an Age-Old Problem
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- With televisions, computers, cellphones, school work and extracurricular activities, parents worry that their kids are so busy that they aren't getting enough sleep.
Mediterranean Diet Might Be Healthier for Brain
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a Mediterranean-style diet appears to reduce damage to small blood vessels in the brain, a new study says.
Higher Cancer Rate Seen in Children With Juvenile Arthritis
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- The cancer rate in children with juvenile arthritis is four times higher than in other children, a new study says.
Overeating May Double Risk of Memory Loss: Study
SUNDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who eat too much are at risk for memory impairment, a new study contends.
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Linked to Language Problems in Kids
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with low levels of vitamin D may be putting their children at risk for language difficulties, Australian researchers report.
Health Highlights: Feb. 13, 2012
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Smog May Harm Women's Brains: Study
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A lifetime's exposure to air pollution may contribute to mental decline in older women, a new study says.
No Cancer Benefit From Vitamin B, Omega-3 Supplements in Heart Patients
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with a history of heart disease will most likely not reduce their risk for developing cancer by taking vitamin B and/or omega-3 fatty acid supplements, a new French analysis suggests.
Stem Cell Treatment Might Reverse Heart Attack Damage
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cell therapy's promise for healing damaged tissues may have gotten a bit closer to reality. In a small, early study, heart damage was reversed in heart-attack patients treated with their own cardiac stem cells, researchers report.
Zioptan Eyedrops Approved for Glaucoma, Ocular Hypertension
MONDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Merck's Zioptan drops (tafluprost ophthalmic solution) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lower pressure within the eye among people with high blood pressure of the eye (ocular hypertension) or open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of the disease.