Posted 12:00 PM 12/20/2012 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Palliative care improved the quality of life for seniors in long-term care, according to a new study.
Specifically, it led to a significant reduction in emergency room visits and depression among the elderly patients, said the researchers at Hebrew (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 12/19/2012 by By Amy Norton
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Gene therapy could offer a safe option for treating children with a rare degenerative brain disease, a preliminary study suggests.
The condition, known as Canavan disease, is caused by a mutation in the ASPA gene, which codes for an enzyme called (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 12/18/2012 by By Steven Reinberg
TUESDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- People who use aspirin regularly for at least 10 years run a small risk of developing a potentially blinding condition known as age-related macular degeneration, researchers report.
In the United States, an estimated 19 percent of adults report using (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 12/17/2012 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Babies may learn better when they're sitting up, a new study suggests.
"An important part of human cognitive development is the ability to understand whether an object in view is the same or different from an object seen earlier," Rebecca Woods, an (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 12/14/2012 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Dogs have been known to assist their human companions in surprising ways, and now a new case study suggests they can even help patients with severe sleep problems stay awake during the day.
The report, published online Dec. 13 in the BMJ (More)...
Posted 5:00 PM 12/13/2012 by By Alan Mozes
THURSDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- In the ongoing battle to control in-hospital bacterial infections, Dutch researchers think they may have come up with a secret weapon: a dog named Cliff.
Turns out that, when properly trained, a dog's highly honed and superior sense of smell can be (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 12/11/2012 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care doctors provide superior care for patients with diabetes, according to a new study.
"We found that primary care physicians provide better care to diabetes patients when compared to other providers in a primary care setting because they were (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 12/10/2012 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
MONDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Primary-care doctors should offer children and teens counseling and educational programs to prevent them from smoking, according to new recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
This type of intervention is effective in (More)