Health Tip: Why Am I on Bed Rest?
(HealthDay News) -- Doctors frequently order bed rest during
pregnancy to protect the mother's health and that of the developing
New Guidelines Issued for Common Tremor Disorder
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- An antiseizure drug
called primidone (Mysoline) and a high blood pressure drug called
propranolol (Inderal) are the most effective medicines to treat
shaking in people with essential tremor, according to an updated
treatment guideline from the American Academy of Neurology.
U.S. Cancer Groups Release Their Own Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Three leading U.S. cancer
groups have proposed new guidelines for cervical cancer testing for
women, including when to start screening for sexually active young
women, extending intervals between screenings and in some cases,
supplementing the traditional Pap test with human papilloma virus
Antidepressant Use Skyrocketed in Past 20 Years: CDC
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of
antidepressant use among Americans of all ages increased nearly 400
percent over the last two decades, and 11 percent of Americans aged
12 and older now take antidepressant drugs, according to a federal
government report released Wednesday.
More Facebook Friends, More Gray Matter in Brain?
TUESDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- People with lots of
Facebook friends tend to have areas of the brain that are larger
than those of online social network users with fewer friends,
British researchers say.
Hypertension, Not Blood Pressure Drugs, Linked to Birth Defects
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Although pregnant women
who have high blood pressure face a higher risk that their baby
will be born with birth defects, new research indicates that the
medications typically used to treat the condition will not raise
that risk any further.
Care for Mentally Ill Vets at VA Centers May Differ Across U.S.
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs rivals other health care systems in the quality of
care it provides to mentally ill veterans, but there are huge
discrepancies in the level of care offered in various facilities
across the country, according to a new study.
Start HIV Drug Treatment Early in Patients With TB: Studies
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Three new studies provide
insight into the best time to begin AIDS drug treatments in
HIV-positive patients who are also infected with tuberculosis, a
double whammy common in Africa. Starting the drugs earlier, even by
a few weeks, could make a big difference for patients who are very
sick, the research suggests.
Health Care-Related Infections Declined in 2010: CDC
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of four common
health care-related infections declined in the United States in
2010, but more work is needed to eliminate all such types of
infections, a federal government report says.
Teens' IQ May Fluctuate Over Time: Study
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Parents, you may be onto
something: A small new study suggests that teens' intelligence, as
measured by the IQ test, may fluctuate throughout adolescence.
Long-Term Unemployment Can Tax Mental Health
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who were
jobless for longer than 25 weeks in the past year were three times
more likely than those who were continuously employed to suffer
mental health issues for the first time, a new study finds.
Breast Radiation After Lumpectomy Saves Lives: Study
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Women with breast cancer
who undergo radiation after a lumpectomy have significantly fewer
recurrences and, consequently, greater odds of survival than women
who forgo radiation, new research says.
Steroids Given to Preemies May Harm Brain Growth: Study
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Giving premature babies
even low doses of steroids after birth interferes with development
of the brain's cerebellum, which is important to motor skills,
learning and behavior, new research finds.
Neighborhood Can Affect Obesity, Diabetes Risk
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Women living in poor
neighborhoods are more likely to be obese and have type 2 diabetes
than those who move into more advantaged areas, new research