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Don't hesitate to question your medical providers
Going to the dentist should be an easy thing. You should be able to trust your dentist, and above all you should know that it's a sterile office. Medical professionals should follow all sanitary guidelines, and to conduct a safe practice. But 7,000 patients in Tulsa, ...

Chinese Herbal Formula Reduces Hot Flashes Linked To Menopause
Perimenopausal women who took a Chinese herbal formula called EXD (Er-xian decoction) experienced a significant reduction in the number of menopausal hot flashes, researchers from the University of Hong Kong reported in Menopause. (Perimenopausal ...

2 in China first known deaths from H7N9 bird flu
Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain, and Chinese authorities said it wasn't clear how they were infected but there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. A third person ...

Study: Kids With Sleep Apnea at Risk for Learning Problems
A new study shows children with sleep apnea have a higher risk of behavioral and learning problems. Researchers say the condition can lead to ADHD-like problems including hyperactivity and disruptive behavior. The five year study examined 263 children ...

Chicken pox vaccine effective over long term, Kaiser study finds
Once upon a time, not too terribly long ago, getting the chicken pox was practically a rite of passage for kids. But now, nearly 20 years after approval of a vaccine for the varicella virus, which causes the itchy illness, chicken pox is a rarity. A new study ...

Parents Will Push for Medication, Even If Doc Says Not Needed
MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- When doctors use quick-and-easy disease labels to sum up symptoms of concern in an otherwise healthy infant, parents are more apt to want to treat their child with some type of medication, even if they're told that drugs ...

Teen with Down syndrome becomes first ever to reach Mt. Everest base camp
One teenager has made history by being the first child with Down syndrome to climb to Mt. Everest's base camp. Eli Reimer, a 16-year-old from Bend, Ore., hiked 70 miles to Everest's South Base Camp in Nepal with a team of eight other people, including his ...

Dental Office Sterility and Safety of Paramount Importance
Recent media accounts of the alleged unsanitary practices of Oklahoma oral surgeon Dr. Scott Harrington, has caused heightened anxiety for some who are heading off to see their dentist. The situation is serious, and 7000 former patients of Dr. Harrington ...

ADHD Seen in 11% of US Children as Diagnoses Rise
Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and ...

No sign of human transmission in new bird flu appearance: WHO
BEIJING | Mon Apr 1, 2013 9:45am EDT. BEIJING (Reuters) - The World Health Organization says no evidence has emerged to show that a type of bird flu which has killed two Chinese men can be transmitted between people. Two men in Shanghai, aged 87 ...

Sleep Disorder in Children Linked to Learning Complications
Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleeping disorder in which breathing patterns, such as normal breathing, are disrupted during sleep. Extreme cases of sleep apnea that go untreated might result in consistently cutting of oxygen, which can dangerously ...

Study upholds breast cancer mortality for hormone replacement
A new analysis of data casts doubt on earlier findings that such cancers might be less deadly. March 30, 2013|By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times. In the nearly 11 years since researchers first rang alarm bells that women on hormone replacement therapy ...

Most teens well down road to heart disease, study finds
By Maggie Fox, Senior Writer, NBC News. A stunning 80 percent of U.S. teenagers are eating diets that put them on a clear path to heart disease, researchers reported on Monday. They're eating too much fat, salt and sugar and not eating enough fruits and ...

How sanitary is your dentist's office?
The shocking news that thousands of patients who visited Dr. Scott Harrington's Oklahoma oral surgery practice since 2007 may have been exposed to hepatitis B, C, and HIV as well as unsanitary and non-sterile conditions, is a wake-up call for doctors, ...

FDA loosens restrictions on nicotine replacement products
Mon Apr 1, 2013 11:20am EDT. (Reuters) - The Food and Drug Administration is relaxing its restrictions on the use of over-the-counter nicotine patches, gum and lozenges. Currently, consumers are instructed to stop smoking when they begin using a nicotine ...

Formal "GERD" label from doctors makes parents more interested in medicating ...
Formal "GERD" label from doctors makes parents more interested in medicating ...

Less Young Adolescents Engaging in Sexual Activity, Most Sexually Active by 17
(Photo : Flickr.com/Good Foundation) Studies show that once teens begin sexual activity, many make efforts to protect themselves and partners from pregnancy and STDs. The amount of sexual activity among the younger adolescents has been a long ...

11 percent of school-aged kids diagnosed with ADHD
New data reveals 11 percent of children 4 through 17 have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, otherwise known as ADHD. The statistics, which were compiled from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by the New York ...

News Summary: FDA allows nicotine gum, patch makers to say smokers can ...
News Summary: FDA allows nicotine gum, patch makers to say smokers can ...

Texas governor reiterates opposition to Medicaid expansion
By Corrie MacLaggan. AUSTIN, Texas | Mon Apr 1, 2013 2:13pm EDT. AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday firmly reiterated that the state will not expand its Medicaid program, saying that it is a broken system that needs to be ...

Adolescents are Less Sexually Active than Perceived: A Study
(Photo : Reuters) Perceptions that young adolescents are more sexually active today than in the past is largely unfounded, according to a report in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics. Perceptions that young adolescents in the United States are more ...

Combine Hormone Therapy Could Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Combining the hormone treatments estrogen and progestin may increase the risk of breast cancer for some menopausal women, says a new report from the World Health Initiative. For the study the researchers reviewed health records for 41,449, all of whom ...

Medical board wants criminal charges against Okla. dentist
TULSA, Okla. The head of Oklahoma's dental board says her office wants prosecutors to pursue criminal charges against a Tulsa oral surgeon at the center of a health scare. Susan Rogers told The Associated Press that she met with Tulsa County District ...

Receiving "disease" diagnosis may make a parent more likely to want ...
Receiving "disease" diagnosis may make a parent more likely to want ...

Young Teens Not Having Sex
Sexual activity among younger teens is rare, and those having sex at 10 or younger are usually victims of coercion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Among those born in the years from 1984 to 1993, only 1% of girls reported having sexual intercourse ...

Heart, Stroke Prediction Tools Predict Dementia
Standard risk prediction tools for heart disease and stroke are better at predicting declining mental powers than a specific dementia risk score, researchers reported. In a long-running cohort study, higher risks on the widely used Framingham cardiovascular ...

End-of-life talks lacking between doctors, patients
By Genevra Pittman. NEW YORK | Mon Apr 1, 2013 4:21pm EDT. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although many older patients in Canada have thought about end-of-life care and discussed it with family members, a new study suggests fewer have spoken with ...

Eat Fish, Live Longer?
MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids might lengthen your life, new research suggests. A study of more than 2,600 older adults found those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids -- found in salmon ...

Statin side effects: Brigham and Women's Hospital study indicates they usually ...
Statin side effects: Brigham and Women's Hospital study indicates they usually ...

Omega-3 Plasma Levels May Predict Survival
Higher plasma levels of omega-3 fatty acids had a protective effect on cardiovascular disease and mortality in patients 65 and older, long-term follow-up in a cohort study showed. Patients with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids had a 27% lower risk of ...

UPDATE 1-Texas governor reiterates Medicaid expansion opposition
Mon Apr 1, 2013 5:49pm EDT. (Adds Democrats response, paragraphs 5-8). By Corrie MacLaggan. AUSTIN, Texas, April 1 (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday firmly reiterated that the state will not expand its Medicaid program, saying it is a ...

US to boost Medicare Advantage payment rate
Mon Apr 1, 2013 6:10pm EDT. (Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Monday it will increase the payment rate for health insurers that offer coverage through the Medicare Advantage program by 3.3 percent in 2014, boosting shares of Humana Inc by 8 ...

ADHD diagnoses on the rise
According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and analyzed by “The New York Times,” the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is increasing, with a 53 percent jump in the past decade. NBC's Robert Bazell ...

Exercise the Brain to Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Evidence shows that regular exercise reduces brain loss and helps our cognitive abilities as we age. By Luciana Cramer for the Alzheimer's Association-California Central Chapter | Published on 04.01.2013 4:02 p.m.. email to a friend · total comments · print ...

US to boost rather than cut payments to health insurers
The Obama administration reversed itself Monday, scraping plans to cut by 2.2 percent the rates paid to health insurers that take part in the Medicare Advantage program. The insurance industry and more than 100 members of Congress had objected to the ...

Statin side effects can often be overcome: study
By Genevra Pittman. NEW YORK | Mon Apr 1, 2013 7:52pm EDT. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most people who stop taking cholesterol-lowering statins - because of side effects or for another reason - are able to restart the same drug or a similar one without ...

Longer Use Approved for Nicotine Replacements
The Food and Drug Administration said that smokers who are trying to quit can safely use over-the counter nicotine gum, patches and lozenges for longer than previously recommended. Current labels suggest that consumers stop using nicotine-replacement ...

More American Kids Than Ever Diagnosed with ADHD
According to new numbers from the CDC, nearly one in five boys and 11% of American children have received a diagnosis for ADHD. What's behind these shocking numbers? Hosted by: Josh Zepps. GUESTS INCLUDE: Edward Hallowell,. Sudbury, MA ...

No bird flu virus found in dead pigs from Shanghai river
... • No bird flu virus was found in dead pig samples from a river that provides drinking water to Shanghai. • Two people in Shanghai have been confirmed to be infected with H7N9 avian influenza and died. • Thousands of dead pigs have been retrieved from ...

Nicotine replacement: safe, even if you still smoke, says FDA
Millions have worn the nicotine patch, chewed the gum or sucked on the lozenge as a way to wean themselves off cigarettes. But millions more have ripped off the patch or spit out the gum or lozenges because they slipped and smoked a cigarette, and ...

Obama to Unveil Initiative to Map the Human Brain
President Obama on Tuesday will announce a broad new research initiative, starting with $100 million in 2014, to invent and refine new technologies to understand the human brain, senior administration officials said Monday. Enlarge This Image ...

Dental patients tested for hepatitis, HIV
Testing continues for patients who may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis from their visit to Dr. W. Scott Harrington's suburban Tulsa, Oklahoma, dental office. By Monday, nearly 1,000 patients had been screened at a special clinic in the city, and most ...

Scores of Tulsa dental patients tested for hepatitis, HIV exposure
(CNN) -- Testing continues for patients who may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis from their visit to Dr. W. Scott Harrington's suburban Tulsa, Oklahoma, dental office. By Monday, nearly 1,000 patients had been screened at a special clinic in the city, ...

Nothing new in US teen sex
NEW YORK, April 2 (UPI) -- Many U.S. parents say they think teens are having sex earlier and earlier, but researchers say today's teens have sex at about the same age as their parents. The study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, found 0.6 percent of ...

Johnston Health shuns Vidant takeover
The Triangle Business Journal is reporting that the Johnston Health Board of Commissioners have voted to shun Vidant Health's attempt to take over Johnston's health system like they did Beaufort's. Instead, Johnston will partner with UNC Health. In choosing ...

Side Effects of Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Statin Controlled: Study
(Photo : Reuters) According to the researchers those who were prescribed the drug to maintain low cholesterol levels, discontinuing the drug posed serious heart problems for them. But the doctors told the patients to continue with the drug and try another ...

Close to 500 Egyptian university students sick with food poisoning
CAIRO, Egypt -- A senior Egyptian health ministry official says nearly 500 students from Cairo's Al-Azhar university have been admitted to hospital with food poisoning. The official, Khaled el-Khateib, said Tuesday that all 479 food poisoning cases came from ...

Health officials say a dentist may have exposed thousands to HIV and hepatitis
(CNN) -- Testing continues for patients who may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis from their visit to Dr. W. Scott Harrington's suburban Tulsa, Oklahoma, dental office. By Monday, nearly 1,000 patients had been screened at a special clinic in the city, ...

Growing up autistic: My story
(CNN) -- Growing up as an autistic has never been easy. At 5, I was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified, or PDD-NOS, one of the five autism spectrum disorders. Those with PDD-NOS have difficulties in areas of social ...

Humana sees 'challenges' following Medicare ruling
Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) said it was "pleased" that government regulators altered the Medicare Advantage rates initially proposed in February, but that certain adjustments "may still present meaningful challenges in certain geographies." Nonetheless ...

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