August 2014


Active ImageMarisol Quiroz watched in alarm as her overweight son ballooned 50 pounds in a year. She had taken him to doctors and nutritionists who told her to make him stop eating so much but never told her how.

To read the full article The Search for Solutions, click here.


Active ImageFor years, smokers have been exhorted to take the initiative and quit: use a nicotine patch, chew nicotine gum, take a prescription medication that can help, call a help line, just say no. But a new study finds that stopping is seldom an individual decision.

To read the full article Study Finds Big Social Factor in Quitting Smoking, click here.

Active ImageTime is of the essence -- at least for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to a new study, the sooner someone with COPD starts getting rehabilitation, the more they
Active ImageHerpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, occurs when varicella zoster, the virus that causes chickenpox, affects the spinal nerves and causes nerve pain. The condition is expensive to treat and risk factors include depression, suppressed immunity, older age and other illnesses. Recently, genetic risk factors have also been suggested for shingles.

To read the full article Shingles: In Your Blood?, click here.

Active ImageMany Patients Find Hope in Clinical Trials Offering Experimental Treatments

Three weeks ago, 38-year-old Allan Shallenberger from Los Angeles received the same grim diagnosis as Sen. Ted Kennedy: he had the same type of brain tumor that cannot be surgically removed.

"Put up the fight of your life, and if it doesn't work out, hey, well at least you put up the fight," Shallenberger said, describing his predicament.

To read the full article Terminal Cancer Patients Can Still Put Up a Fight, click here. 
Active ImageStudy: Oral sex not commonplace among those who avoid intercourse

Contrary to widespread belief, teenagers do not appear to commonly engage in oral sex as a way to preserve their virginity, according to the first study to examine the question nationally.

The analysis of a federal survey of more than 2,200 males and females aged 15 to 19, released yesterday, found that more than half reported having had oral sex. But those who described themselves as virgins were far less likely to say they had tried it than those who had had intercourse.

To read the full story A debunking on teens and 'technical virginity', click here.

Active ImageIn diabetics, impotence may double cardiac risks, new studies say

Men with diabetes already know that erectile dysfunction can be a distressing side effect of the illness, adding insult to injury for about 80 percent of those who have the disease.

But sexual symptoms may also signal problems that go beyond impaired intimacy, according to new research that shows diabetic men who struggle with impotence face twice the risk for potentially deadly heart problems.  

To read the full story Erectile dysfunction warns of worse problems, click here.

Active ImageExclusive: Scientists, Lawmakers Raise Red Flags About Fire-Retardant Compound In Everyday

For decades, Americans have depended on special chemicals to protect them from fire. But now, there are serious questions about the safety of those chemicals. Two states have already banned them, and six more are considering it. CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews has this exclusive report. Be sure to tune in to tonight's CBS Evening News for part 2 of this investigation.

To read the full story Is Fire Retardant A Harmful Toxin?, click here.


Active ImageStudy Shows Many Students Celebrate Dangerously By Binge Drinking On Their 21st Birthday

How did you celebrate turning age 21? A study shows that most students at one Midwestern university drank, with some celebrating with a risky ritual of consuming 21 drinks.

Researchers at the University of Missouri found that when they asked 2,518 students at an unnamed university in the Midwest how they celebrated turning 21, most of them celebrated with alcohol.

To read the full story Risky Ritual: 21 Drinks At Age 21, click here.

Active ImageWithout TV ads, restless legs may take a hike
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Active ImageVaginal yeast infections: Are home remedies effective?

A number of natural products purport to prevent or cure vaginal yeast infections
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CDC recommends shingles vaccine for age 60 and up


U.S. health officials on Thursday recommended that people 60 and older get Merck & Co Inc's vaccine Zostavax to protect against shingles, a viral infection that causes a painful, blistering rash.

The risk of getting shingles -- caused by the same varicella-zoster virus responsible for the common childhood illness chicken pox -- rises with age starting at around age 50, and is highest among the elderly.

To read the full story Shingles vaccine for age 60 and up, click here.

Active Image A small molecule may have a big role in making the body clock tick, say Cambridge University researchers. Studies in mice have shown cAMP - a common signalling molecule - is involved in keeping the body clock "rhythms" going.

To read the full story Body clock reset clue discovered, click here.

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Blood pressure, cholesterol drugs are most widely used, new study shows


For the first time, it appears that more than half of all insured Americans are taking prescription medicines regularly for chronic health problems, a study shows.

The most widely used drugs are those to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol
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Adults Can Plug In Their Scores For Several Exercises To See How They Rank Nationally


If you didn't get a Presidential Physical Fitness Award in school, the government is giving you another chance to prove you're in shape.

An adult fitness test is being introduced Wednesday by the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. It will incorporate several of the exercises that millions of students undertake each year as they aim for a certificate signed by the president.

To read the full story A Presidential Fitness Test For Grown-Ups, click here.

Active ImageStudy: Teenage Girls Often Subjected To Unwanted Romantic Advances, Academic Sexism

Despite strides in gender equality most teenage girls continue to experience sexual harassment at home, school, and on the playing field.

A new study shows that 90 percent of girls report experiencing sexual harassment at least once and more than half have experienced academic sexism regarding their ability in male-dominated fields such as science and math.

To read the full story Sexual Harassment A Hurdle For Teen Girls, click here.


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Despite Apprehension, Family Embraces Test That Predicts Colon Cancer Risk


Gretchen Robertson felt like a ticking time bomb. Her father had colon cancer, and her grandmother died from it -- at just 45. So Gretchen got screened at 38 - and it's a good thing she did.


To read the full story The Mixed Blessing Of Genetic Testing, click here.

Active ImageBuild a better salad with tasty, interesting add-ins

While the quintessential pairing of ripe tomatoes and lettuce is certainly enjoyable, a good salad can be so much more. Adding fruits, nuts, and other well-chosen ingredients offers a welcome change. More importantly, incorporating a few more nutritious ingredients is an easy way to serve a more healthful dish.

To read the full story Build a better salad with tasty, interesting add-ins, click here.


Active ImageCoffee and health: What does the research say?

Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills
Active ImageSuicide victims who were abused as children have clear genetic changes in their brains, Canadian researchers reported on Tuesday in a finding they said shows neglect can cause biological effects.

The findings offer potential ways to find people at high risk of suicide, and perhaps to treat them and prevent future suicides.


To read the full story Abuse changes brains of suicide victims, click here.

Active ImageSoy Milk Formulas Won't Hurt, but Don't Always Help
Pediatrician Group Weighs in on Merits of Cow, Soy Formulas for Babies

To soy or not to soy? Parents often have to make the choice when it comes to feeding formula to their babies.

But in a clinical report based on a review of available information just released, experts have delivered the definitive word on feeding infants soy protein-based formulas versus cow milk formulas: Why use soy at all?

To read the full story Soy Milk Formulas Won't Hurt, but Don't Always Help, click here.

Active ImageIntrauterine devices are not only among the most effective contraceptives, but they also can help protect women from a cancer of the uterus called endometrial cancer, researchers reported on Tuesday.

To read the full story IUDs seen to reduce cancer risk, click here.


Active ImageU.S. Faces Largest Measles Outbreak in Seven Years as Kids Head to Camp

They're getting ready to pack their bags and head to camp. But as kids prepare to share close quarters, there's something parents should know: The United States is facing its largest measles outbreak in seven years -- and measles spreads fast.

To read the full article How to Spot the Measles, click here.

Active ImageEvery day, 70 million people in the United States suffer from digestive problems like heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, constipation and diarrhea. Many turn to prescription drugs to control the acid in their stomachs, but some doctors say acid isn
Active ImageResearchers envision a day when workouts are tailored for men vs. women

At the summer Olympics in Beijing, world records likely will be broken, inevitably leading to much speculation about the limits on athletic achievement. Just how much farther can the human body go without steroids or other performance-enhancing substances? And will women ever be able to perform at the level of men