Posted 3:00 PM 4/2/2013 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Having people test themselves for HIV is effective and could help bring the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic under control, a new study contends.
The researchers explained that self-testing, combined with counseling, could improve rates of early detection (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 4/1/2013 by By Randy Dotinga
MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- It's rare for children in the United States aged 10 to 12 to be sexually active, especially on a voluntary basis, a new study finds. However, almost one in five teens has had sex before age 15, and 16,000 girls under 15 get pregnant each year.
Posted 2:00 PM 3/29/2013 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- It might be possible to create artificial ovaries in the laboratory to provide a more natural form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women, researchers report.
As well as producing eggs, ovaries secrete hormones that are important for bone and (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 3/28/2013 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Although rare in the United States, three babies with birth defects caused by rubella (or "German measles") were reported in 2012 and doctors need to be on the lookout for such cases, a new government report indicates.
Birth defects caused by what (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 3/27/2013 by By Maureen Salamon
WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental therapy for hepatitis C -- a "silent killer" linked to liver cancer and cirrhosis -- has shown promise in tamping down virus levels in early trials.
Experts caution, however, that it's too soon to know if the injectable drug will (More)
Posted 5:00 PM 3/26/2013 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of complications in mothers-to-be and low birth weight in their newborns, a new study finds.
The research shows an association but doesn't prove that insufficient vitamin D (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 3/25/2013 by By Amy Norton
MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who harbor certain infections, such as the herpes cold sore virus, may have poorer thinking and memory abilities than their peers, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that of more than 1,600 older adults, those with signs of chronic (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 3/22/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Use of antipsychotic drugs among Medicaid-insured children increased sharply from 1997 to 2006, according to a new study.
These drugs were prescribed for children covered by Medicaid five times more often than for children with private insurance. (More)...