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Key West health officer responds to CDC dengue report

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

A study published Wednesday on a dengue fever outbreak in Key West, Fla., has local health officials buzzing.

Prescribing ADHD drugs for healthy kids? Just say no, group urges

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Prescribing psychotropic medications to normal, healthy kids who want to boost their academic performance is "not justifiable" because it contravenes a physician's responsibility to promote a child's "authentic" development and to protect him or her against coercion by parents or peers, a group of neurologists and bioethicists has asserted.

Breast cancer, radiation therapy and heart disease: the risks

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

These days, thanks to advances in treatment and detection, millions of women survive breast cancer.   But surviving the disease doesn’t necessarily mean the entire battle is over, a population-based study of breast cancer survivors in Sweden and Denmark, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, seems to suggest.

Should family members watch as their dying loved ones get CPR?

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

On “Grey’s Anatomy,” doctors steer family members out of the hospital room when they call a code blue and start performing CPR on a patient because it’s just too upsetting to watch. But in real life, doctors should be inviting family members to observe their attempts at cardiopulmonary resuscitation, researchers say.

Nursing longer doesn't protect against obesity, study says

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Getting moms to nurse their babies longer and exclusively did not mean the kids were less at risk for obesity by the time they were 11-1/2 – despite suggestions from other studies that breastfeeding can protect against obesity, researchers in a large study from Belarus said.

Searching for the tapeworm's Achilles' heel

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Tapeworms are among humanity's oldest parasites, and were even studied by the ancient Greeks, yet a safe, effective cure to "bladder-worm" infection remains elusive.

Mosquito-borne dengue virus lands in Key West

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

They call it "break-bone fever" because of the agonizing muscle and joint pain it causes, while extremely severe cases can trigger internal hemorrhaging.

Smokers are better off quitting, even though they'll gain weight

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Attention smokers: Have you been putting off quitting because you’re afraid you’ll gain weight? Do you tell yourself that those extra pounds will be just as damaging to your heart as cigarettes? A new study says it’s time to get real and kick the habit.

FDA warns heart patients of risk from a second antibiotic

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned that the widely prescribed antibiotic azithromycin -- marketed as Zithromax and Zmax -- may cause potentially fatal changes in the heart rhythm of people who are taking medications to treat existing heart arrhythmia or who have a slower-than normal heart beat or magnesium or potassium deficiencies.

Scanning mummies for heart disease 'about as fun as it can get'

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

As medical director of the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, preventive cardiologist Dr. Gregory Thomas counsels modern-day patients, urging them to eat right, exercise and quit smoking to keep their hearts healthy.

Patient awareness during surgery is rare, physicians report

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

It’s hard to imagine anything much scarier than waking up during surgery and realizing what’s going on. 

USC doctors offer advice for L.A. Marathon runners

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Anyone who plans to run the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday should also plan to wear a hat. And old shoes.

Concussions: Even one can change the brain, study finds

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Even a single concussion appears to cause changes in the structure of the brain that may make cognitive problems and depression a higher likelihood, a new study has found.

Microbe vs. microbe: Sharing bacteria at the roller derby

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

What happens in a day at the roller derby?  For one thing, scientists have discovered and reported Tuesday in the journal PeerJ, a lot of bacteria get swapped around.

For frustrated bad boys, violent video games become more alluring

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Are people playing violent video games blowing off steam, or are they developing habits of violence that may play themselves out off-screen? In the wake of a wave of school shootings that have touched off debate about the roots of violence, those are more than academic questions.

Men in same-sex marriages living longer, study says

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Gay men in same-sex marriages are living longer, according to Danish researchers, but mortality rates among married lesbians have begun to rise after a long period of decline.

You may be smart if you 'like' Mozart and curly fries on Facebook

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

What do Facebook users who “like” Mozart, Morgan Freeman’s voice, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and curly fries have in common? They are likely to have high IQs, according to a new study.

Alzheimer's drug add-on brings some memory improvement

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

In patients with moderate Alzheimer's disease, an experimental drug that alters the brain's "fight or flight" impulse succeeded in improving memory modestly when it was added to at least one of the medications already in wide use to treat the memory-robbing disease.

Magnet swallowing a potentially deadly threat to children, study says

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

A new breed of powerful magnets found in toys and jewelry poses a growing and potentially deadly risk to small children who swallow them, according to a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal.

Ask doctors today about running the L.A. Marathon

2 years agoHealth : Booster Shots

Planning to run the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday? Ready for 26.2 miles? Ready for the recovery afterward? A run that long takes preparation to get a body through it without problems beyond the expected aches and pains.

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