Posted 10:00 AM 12/19/2012 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- While significant progress has been made in the past 10 years, many states still fall short in their preparedness for public health emergencies such as disease outbreaks, natural disasters and bioterrorist attacks, according to a (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 12/18/2012 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Five U.S. eye care providers have been warned to stop misleading advertising about the special lasers used in vision correction procedures such as LASIK, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.
Those ads and promotional materials do not (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 12/17/2012 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A robotic hand that's controlled by the thoughts of a woman who is paralyzed from the neck down provides her with an amount of control and movement never before achieved in this type of artificial limb, say the scientists who (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 12/14/2012 by By Serena Gordon
FRIDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Every Christmas, Linda Russell knows her three children's wish lists will be chock-full of requests for the latest in electronic toys and gadgets. And, like most parents, she struggles to know when to give in and get the requested new (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 12/12/2012 by By Barbara Bronson Gray
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Fainting isn't fun. For those who have ever suddenly and briefly lost consciousness, it's a disconcerting situation that typically triggers a thorough medical workup. Unfortunately, it's often tough for physicians to determine just what caused a first (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 12/10/2012 by By Steven Reinberg
MONDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Using smartphones to coach people as they try to shed extra pounds may make a standard weight-loss program more effective, a new study suggests.
With the technology, patients can report their progress and receive coaching between visits to the clinic. (More)...
Posted 12:00 PM 12/7/2012 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Increased use of electronic medical records and other digital technologies in health care might lead to a significant rise in the number of repetitive strain injuries suffered by doctors, nurses and other medical workers, researchers suggest.
These muscle (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 12/5/2012 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Social media such as Facebook may provide a new way to combat childhood obesity, a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association says.
"Online communication and social media are an increasing part of our lives and our overall social (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 12/4/2012 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Noises, questions and other disruptions in the operating room can cause young, inexperienced surgeons to make serious mistakes, according to a new, small study.
Researchers found that 44 percent of young surgeons aged 27 to 35 made a significant mistake (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 12/3/2012 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Giving patients quicker access to new medical devices is the focus of a new public-private partnership, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Advances in regulatory science -- which refers to the development of new tools and standards used (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 11/29/2012 by By Maureen Salamon
THURSDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans done on groups of men with autism show distinct differences in both the volume of specific regions and the activity of cells that signal a possible immune response, two new studies suggest.
Scientists in England (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 11/27/2012 by By Serena Gordon
TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Use of medical imaging has surged in the past decade, and now a new study suggests the trend carries a risk: Having multiple cardiac and chest CT scans may increase the chances of breast cancer, researchers report.
The risk (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 11/25/2012 by Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, Nov. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Reading, writing and playing cards and board games may be more than just fun pastimes, they may also help aging brains stay healthy, researchers say.
These types of mental activities appear to help preserve structural integrity in the brains of older (More)