Drug-Free Housing Helps Heroin, Oxycontin Addicts Recover
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Drug-free recovery housing
and day treatment programs greatly improve the chances that those
addicted to opioids who have gone through detoxification will be
able to kick the habit, a new study shows.
BPA Exposure May Raise Risk of Heart Disease
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to bisphenol A
(BPA), a controversial chemical commonly used to make plastics,
increases a person's risk of developing heart disease later in
life, a new study suggests.
Family Tree May Aid Treatment of Inherited Heart Disorders
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who used family
trees dating back to 1811 to estimate the death risk for people
with inherited heart rhythm disorders say their findings can help
doctors determine when to screen and treat today's patients with
Many Gaps in Fast-Food Nutrition Information
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Even when fast-food
restaurants list calorie counts for menu items, diners may still
have a hard time using the information to make healthy meal
choices, researchers report.
Many Vegetarians Unaware of Animal-Derived Gels in Pills
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Vegetarians and others who
avoid eating meat for religious or cultural reasons may unknowingly
be consuming gelatin derived from animal products when they take
prescription medications, a new study found.
Vitamin D3 Might Ease Menstrual Cramps
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Menstrual cramps are the
bane of many women, but new research suggests that a form of
vitamin D may one day be added to the meager list of pain relievers
for the sometimes disabling condition.
Sleeping Pills Linked to Raised Risk of Death, Cancer: Study
MONDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription sleeping pills
may help you get some much needed rest at night, but using them
routinely might also make it more likely that you will die or
develop certain types of cancer, research suggests.
New Flu Discovered in Guatemalan Fruit Bats
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- A new influenza A virus has
been discovered in Guatemalan fruit bats, according to scientists
at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Selenium Supplements May Help -- or Harm
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- While getting the right
amount of selenium in your diet can boost your immune function and
lower your risk of death, you can get too much of a good thing.
Higher-than-normal levels of selenium may contribute to the
development of type 2 diabetes, hair loss and certain cancers, a
new review of evidence finds.
FDA Adds Safety Warnings to Statins
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The popular
cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins will now come with
revised labels warning of a slight increased risk of elevated blood
sugar levels, which could lead to type 2 diabetes, as well as a
warning on rare cases of confusion and memory loss, U.S. drug
regulators said Tuesday.
Autoinjector Version of MS Drug Approved
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- A pen-delivery version of
the multiple sclerosis drug Avonex has been approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration, drug manufacturer Biogen Idec said