Hiccups in Newborns Might Help Baby Brains Wire-Up

(Reuters Health) – A long string of hiccups in a newborn can make parents uneasy. But researchers now say that those hiccups may aid in the baby’s brain development. Each time a newborn hiccups, three brain waves are triggered, a large one and two smaller ones, a small new study finds. And those brain waves may help babies learn how …

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Congenital Nasolacrimal-Duct Obstruction Commonly Resolves, Even After Age 1

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Spontaneous resolution of congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction (CNLDO) remains common beyond the first year of life, researchers report. “We can just follow up infants who were diagnosed with CNLDO beyond 12 months of age, because spontaneous resolution occurred in at least 45% of them, in cases (where) the symptoms are mild and their caregivers agree …

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Complementary cancer therapies ‘do more harm than good’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Herbal compounds such as garlic, ginger and ginseng can delay the healing of skin wounds Cancer patients should tell their doctors if they are taking herbal products because some of the ingredients could stop their treatment working, a cancer conference has heard. Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example, can delay the healing of …

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More Than a Quarter of Completed Lung Cancer Trials Are Unpublished

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Approximately 27% of completed lung cancer trials were unpublished as of 2016, raising concern about publication bias, a cross-sectional study suggests. “Most unpublished results are from negative studies where there is often no interest on the side of the sponsoring company to publicize the results,” Dr. Giuseppe Giaccone of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, told …

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China says plague outbreak risk minimal after two new cases in Beijing

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese health officials say the risk of an outbreak of pneumonic plague is minimal after two new cases were confirmed this week in Beijing, the official China Daily said on Thursday. Two patients from Inner Mongolia were quarantined after being diagnosed with the highly infectious and often fatal disease, health authorities in the Chaoyang district of the …

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African Children Exposed to HIV, ART Perinatally Face Higher Risk of Stunting

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Prolonged perinatal exposure to maternal HIV and antiretroviral therapy (ART) is associated with lower height and weight and more stunting in uninfected babies and toddlers, according to data from a study of breastfed children in Malawi and Uganda. “Our findings are likely generalizable to other breastfeeding populations in sub-Saharan Africa with endemic child undernutrition and …

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Special Atrial-Fibrillation Clinics May Help Boost Quality of Care

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – After discharge from the emergency department, patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) assigned to a specialized clinic are much more likely to receive appropriate care, researchers have found. “Our study helps to demonstrate the benefit of a collaborative care model in improving quality of atrial fibrillation care,” Dr. Anil K. Gehi of the University of North …

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General election 2019: Is the NHS the best health service possible?

Image copyright Getty Images Political parties are generally in agreement about one thing – that the NHS needs more money. But is money all it takes? To answer this, it’s helpful to look at whether the NHS is getting the best out of its existing budget – and how that compares with other countries. Value for money There’s no single …

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Deal Reached on Millions in Erroneous Medicare Payments

Federal health officials have worked out an agreement to resolve an overpayment problem with medical providers in Georgia and other states. The terms of that agreement, like the payment issue itself, are complicated. A year ago, Georgia Health News reported that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) planned to recoup $55 million in improper payments to hospitals …

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Teen Instagrammers open up on mental health chat

Two teenagers have set up an online initiative hoping to persuade more young people to talk openly about mental health. Harry Johnson, 19, from Stoke-on-Trent, and Samuel Starmer, 17, from Congleton, run The Compassion Initiative via social media platforms. Harry, who presents the videos, said setting up the programme had helped to save his life. Filmed by Ben Moore Edited …

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Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought

(Reuters) – Nearly twice as many people are dying in the United States from antibiotic-resistant infections than previously believed, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, as so-called “superbugs” alarm experts with their rate of growth and spread. FILE PHOTO: Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attends an event announcing opioid response grants to state governments …

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Getting NHS back on track ‘could take many years’

Image copyright Getty Images NHS waiting times have lengthened so much that it could take many years to get them back on target in England, experts say. There are three flagship NHS waiting time targets covering cancer, A&E and routine operations. It is more than three years since any of them were hit in England. And despite the pledges of …

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Health Effects of Climate Change Aren’t ‘A Lost Cause’

As wildfires increase the likelihood of respiratory illnesses for residents in California and Queensland, Australia, a new report from The Lancet warns that such health risks will become increasingly common without action to address climate change. But, the authors stress, it’s still possible to prevent some health effects and mitigate others. Given the magnitude of the issue, lead author Nick …

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China says plague outbreak risk minimal after two new cases in Beijing: media

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese health officials say the risk of an outbreak of pneumonic plague is minimal after two new cases were confirmed in the capital Beijing this week, the official China Daily reported on Thursday. Health authorities in the Beijing district of Chaoyang announced on Tuesday that two patients from Inner Mongolia had been diagnosed with the highly infectious …

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Climate change exposes future generations to life-long health harm

LONDON (Reuters) – A child born today faces multiple and life-long health harms from climate change – growing up in a warmer world with risks of food shortages, infectious diseases, floods and extreme heat, a major global study has found. FILE PHOTO: A protestor holds a placard in front of the India Gate during a protest demanding government to take …

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Health impacts of climate change on children don’t need exaggerating

A major report warns that children are particularly vulnerable as a warming world exposes them to more infectious diseases, malnutrition and dirty air Source link : https://www.newscientist.com/article/2223241-health-impacts-of-climate-change-on-children-dont-need-exaggerating/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=health Author : Publish date : 2019-11-13 23:30:27 Copyright for syndicated content belongs to the linked Source.

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Genome sequencing in newborns raises ethical issues

(Reuters Health) – Screening newborns for health risks using genomic sequencing can raise ethical and equity questions, the authors of a new paper warn. Testing newborns for a handful of specific childhood conditions is already commonplace in the U.S. “Newborn screening is often done without parental permission and has been justified on the grounds that the direct benefits to the …

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Second surgery for many ovarian cancers found ineffective

(Reuters Health) – Going back into the operating room for surgery to help a woman whose ovarian cancer has reappeared may not help her live longer – instead, it might shorten her life, according to an international study of 485 women. “I do think this study will decrease the number” of such surgeries that now appear to be unnecessary for …

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Threat of Antibiotic Resistance in US Higher Than Thought: CDC

Antibiotic resistance is a greater threat in the United States than previously estimated and is not going away, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a report released today. Each year, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi cause more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the United States. On average, someone in the United States …

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