Posted 2:00 PM 5/16/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
THURSDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- Having a fast-food restaurant nearby might be a convenience, but living within two miles of one may be a little too convenient.
According to a new study, black Americans who live near these businesses have a higher body-mass index than those living (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 5/14/2013 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Inhaling ultrafine particles from so-called "nanomaterials" -- which are used in a growing number of household and commercial products, including sunscreens, ink in copy machines and lightweight sporting equipment -- can cause lung inflammation and damage, a (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 5/9/2013 by By Amy Norton
THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- Even the minor noise that fills everyday life, from the ring of a cell phone to the conversation that follows, may have short-term effects on heart function, a small new study suggests.
In the study of 110 adults equipped with portable heart monitors (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 5/7/2013 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) -- Dustless chalk may cause allergy and asthma symptoms in students with a milk allergy, researchers have found.
Many schoolteachers use dustless chalk to keep hands and classrooms clean. But this type of chalk often contains a (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 5/3/2013 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Molecules emitted by trees interact with man-made air pollution and create tiny particles that can get lodged in the lungs, potentially leading to lung cancer and asthma, researchers suggest.
Trees produce and emit isoprene, a molecule that protects leaves (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 5/2/2013 by By Kathleen Doheny
THURSDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Lipsticks and lip glosses apparently give you more than colorful kissers, according to a new study by California scientists that contends the products contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other toxic metals.
The research team tested 32 (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 4/30/2013 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to secondhand smoke at home appears to lower teen girls' levels of the "good" cholesterol -- the substance that reduces heart disease risk, researchers report.
The new study included more than 1,000 male and female teens, aged 17, in Australia (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 4/22/2013 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Parks and urban gardens may do more than just get city dwellers back to nature -- a new British study suggests there's also a large benefit to their overall well-being.
Specifically, people with access to numerous green areas (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 4/19/2013 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- Closed windows in large hospital wards may increase patients' risk of getting an infection, a new study suggests.
British researchers used carbon dioxide as a tracer gas to simulate how airborne infections spread in a traditional hospital ward, which (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 4/17/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have decoded the DNA of the western painted turtle in the hopes that a greater understanding of these reptiles could one day improve treatment for people who suffer a heart attack or stroke.
The researchers identified 19 genes in the (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 4/16/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking bans in subsidized housing, including public housing and rental assistance programs, would save $521 million a year, according to new U.S. government research.
The authors of the study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 4/3/2013 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- There were about 4,300 fewer than expected cases of cancer among people in Sacramento County, Calif., in the two decades after the closure of the Rancho Seco nuclear reactor, according to a new study.
The researchers found declines in cancer incidence (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 4/2/2013 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Antihistamines and other medicines disrupt the ecosystems of streams, a new study finds.
"Pharmaceutical pollution is now detected in waters throughout the world," lead author Emma Rosi-Marshall, a scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in (More)