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25Jan
2018

Zika Tied to Rise in U.S. Birth Defects: CDC

Zika Tied to Rise in U.S. Birth Defects: CDCTHURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There was a significant rise in Zika-related birth defects in areas of the United States with local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus, a new report shows. "Babies with Zika-related birth defects need all the help they can get, as soon as possible, and for as long as they need it," said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This report highlights the critical importance of documenting birth defects possibly related to Zika, and our need to maintain vigilance," she added in an agency news release. For the study, researchers analyzed data from 15 states and territories in 2016, and found that about three of every 1,000 newborns had a birth defect possibly caused by Zika infection in...

More Bad News on Flu: It's Tied to Higher Heart Attack Risk

24 January 2018
More Bad News on Flu: It`s Tied to Higher Heart Attack RiskWEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A bad case of the flu can trigger a short-lived, but substantial, spike in some people's heart attack risk, new research suggests. Among 332 heart attack patients, the complication was six times more likely to strike following a bout of the flu, researchers reported. The findings come in the midst of a particularly brutal flu season. Across the United States, flu-related hospitalizations are spiking, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most recent figures put the rate at 31.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 Americans, versus only 13.7 per 100,000 two weeks earlier. The Canadian researchers said their findings underscore some longstanding advice: Get a yearly flu shot, especially if you're at increased risk...

Progress on 'Universal' Vaccine Against Leading Flu Strain

24 January 2018
Progress on `Universal` Vaccine Against Leading Flu StrainWEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The United States is in the grip of a tough flu season, and the current influenza vaccine is only partially effective. However, scientists say they're getting closer to a "universal" flu shot for the leading strain of the illness -- a vaccine that wouldn't need to be redeveloped and readministered each year. Trials in mice found that the new shot triggered lasting immunity against influenza A virus strains, which are responsible for up to 90 percent of cases this year. "Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent deaths from influenza virus, but the virus changes very fast and you have to receive a new vaccination each year," explained lead researcher Dr. Bao-Zhong Wang. He's associate professor at the Institute for Biomedical...

Health Tip: Manage ADHD In Children

24 January 2018
(HealthDay News) -- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tends to make a person more impulsive, inattentive and hyperactive. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests how to help manage ADHD in children: Train parents, teachers and other caregivers in a setting where problem behaviors often occur. Behavior therapy to teach the child new behavior to replace undesirable conduct. Medication, often stimulants, that serve to increase brain chemicals involved in thinking and paying attention.

Essure Female Sterilization Device Appears Safe: Study

23 January 2018
Essure Female Sterilization Device Appears Safe: StudyTUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Essure implants used in female sterilization have come under fire in recent years, with women reporting a wide array of problems to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A new study from France shows the implants are relatively safe and do not raise the risk of side effects or health problems, however. The results show that Essure should remain on the market as a viable option for some women who want to avoid pregnancy, said Dr. Eve Espey, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. "I do hope calmer minds will prevail and we don't lose a very valuable technique that's helped lots and lots of women," said Espey, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the study. Both were published in the Jan....
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