Posted 2:00 PM 2/11/2013 by By Maureen Salamon
MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics used to fatten farm animals pose a steep threat to global health, spawning drug-resistance genes that end up in fertilizer, compost and groundwater and squash antibiotics' ability to fend off human diseases, suggests a new study from China.(More)...
Posted 12:00 PM 2/8/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The flu seems to be easing its grip on the United States, federal health officials reported Friday.
While influenza activity remained elevated, it decreased in most areas of the country during the week ending Feb. 2, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 2/7/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans take zinc supplements to zap colds, and a new study seeks to explain how the mineral works.
Zinc helps fight infections by balancing the immune system's response, according to the study led by Daren Knoell, a professor of pharmacy and (More)
Posted 5:00 PM 2/6/2013 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Women exposed to elevated levels of ozone air pollution in the first three months of pregnancy may be at increased risk for complications such as preeclampsia and premature birth, a new study suggests.
Mothers with asthma may be most vulnerable (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 2/4/2013 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- With the height of flu season here, the U.S Food and Drug Administration warns consumers to avoid fraudulent products that claim to prevent, treat or cure the flu.
These products haven't been tested and are not approved by the FDA. They can be found (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 2/1/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Continuing a trend that emerged late last month, flu activity remains high across the United States but there are reports that the number of infections may be leveling off in some regions of the country, federal health officials reported Friday.
For the (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 1/31/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
THURSDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from the flu can give off small virus particles into the air at greater distances than previously thought, putting the health care workers who treat these patients at increased risk for getting the virus themselves (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 1/30/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to chemicals at work causes many cases of asthma, especially for plumbers, spray painters and hair stylists, a new study finds.
Researchers in Sweden found many workers are exposed to toxic substances while doing (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 1/29/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
TUESDAY, Jan. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Lungs of heavy smokers can be donated safely for use in adult double-lung transplants, a new study contends.
Researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia found that lungs from carefully selected donors who smoked at least a pack a day for more (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 1/28/2013 by By Serena Gordon
MONDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have released new vaccine guidelines for 2013.
One change is a recommendation for women to receive a dose of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine with each (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 1/25/2013 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Lead levels in young children in the United States have declined dramatically in recent decades, according to government figures released Friday. But the new report on the environment and children's health also found a rise in asthma among kids.