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Ear Tubes May Not Have Long-Term Benefits for Kids With Ear Infections : Study

ear tubes benefits

Watchful waiting or ear tube surgery? It is a decision faced by millions of families of children with recurrent or chronic otitis media with effusion (non-infected fluid in the middle ear) each year. Out of concern regarding long-term effects like hearing loss and potential developmental delays, about a million such families choose ear tubes annually, opting for surgery that carries ... Read More »

Laughter and Humor is Good for Your Heart

Laughter and Humor is Good for Your Heart

Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a new study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The study, which is the first to indicate that laughter may help prevent heart disease, was presented at the American Heart Association’s 73rd Scientific Sessions on November 15 ... Read More »

Cancer death rates decline in US : Study

Cancer death rates decline in US

According to the American Cancer Society, there is a steady decline in cancer-related fatalities in the last two decades. The report finds progress has been most rapid for middle-aged black men, whom death rates dropped by 50 percent. Despite the substantial progress, black men continue to have the highest cancer incidence and death rates among all ethnicities in the US, ... Read More »

Preemie Crying Linked to Later Behavioral Problems : Study

Preemie Crying Linked to Later Behavioral Problems

Premature infants who cry excessively may be more likely to have behavioral problems at preschool age, according to a new report published online January 6, 2014, in Pediatrics. Riikka Korja, PhD, from the Department of Child Psychiatry, Turku University Hospital, Finland, and colleagues found that early excessive crying, especially if it lasts up to 5 months of corrected age, is ... Read More »

Lucas Irwin surprises family with weight loss (VIDEO)

Lucas Irwin surprises family with weight loss

Lucas Irwin shocked his parents over the holidays when he showed up 130 pounds lighter than the last time they had seen him. Last year Irwin made a resolution to lose weight, but he wanted to keep it a secret from his family, so he turned to the Internet for support. He maintained a strict eating regimen, kept a food ... Read More »

Fast Weight Loss Program : Plan Diet

Fast Weight Loss Program : Plan Diet

As many Americans resolve to lose weight and lead healthier lifestyles in the new year, U.S. News & World Report today released its Best Diets 2014, featuring rankings and information on 32 diet plans. The DASH diet wins Best Diets Overall, while Weight Watchers continues to hold the No. 1 spot for Best Weight-Loss Diets. The Mediterranean Diet, which received ... Read More »

Shingles may up stroke risk in young adults : Study

Shingles may up stroke risk in young adults

New research shows that having shingles may increase the risk of having a stroke years later. Researchers at the University College London, UK, found that people ages 18 to 40 who had singles were more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), years later than those who did not have shingles. People over 40 who ... Read More »

Vitamin E slows Alzheimer’s progression : Study

Vitamin E slows Alzheimer's progression

Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease were able to care for themselves longer and needed less help performing everyday chores when they took a daily capsule containing 200 IUs of alpha tocopherol, or vitamin E, a study has found. Compared with subjects who took placebo pills, those who took daily supplements of the antioxidant vitamin E and were followed ... Read More »

Painkillers Found in Tesco Ice Cream cones

Painkillers Found in Tesco Ice Cream cones

Tesco own-brand ice creams that were withdrawn from sale after they were found to contain painkiller tablets may have been contaminated deliberately, police have said. North Yorkshire Police’s major crime unit, which was set up to investigate serious offences, is leading the inquiry into the food scare which resulted in the supermarket issuing a nationwide recall of the product in ... Read More »

Alzheimer’s Affected by Cholesterol Level : Study

Alzheimer's Affected by Cholesterol Level

It’s no secret that keeping your cholesterol in check is good for your heart. Now there’s new research showing it could also be good for your brain. Patients like 65-year-old Ed Vitasa take medication to keep high cholesterol under control, and for him it’s working. He has a healthy ratio of good to bad cholesterol, which is good for his ... Read More »