HealthWatch: World’s Smallest Pacemaker

COLUMBUS, Oh. — For people needing a pacemaker, there is a new non-surgical option. Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are implanting a tiny pacemaker directly into a patient’s heart. It’s only 24 millimeters, which is 90-percent smaller than current models. Because no surgery is required, implanting the new pacemaker only takes … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: More Kids have Diabetes

AURORA, Col. (JAMA) — A new study reveals more kids are being diagnosed with diabetes in America. Type 1 diabetes is a life-long condition, usually requiring patients to inject themselves with insulin every day for the rest of their life. Type 2 diabetes can also be a life-long issue requiring close monitoring and medication if lifestyle changes … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Clues to Illness Trends

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard researchers say Wikipedia searches are more effective and timely than CDC reports, according to a study published in the Journal “PLOS Computational Biology” today. Authors David J. McIver John S. Brownstein found “Wikipedia usage accurately estimated the week of peak ILI activity 17% more often than Google Flu Trends data and was … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Protecting New Drivers

SAN FRANCISCO, Cal. – Teenagers just getting their drivers license worry many parents.  Statistics show it’s with good reason.  Car crashes are the leading cause of death for young people. The Journal of Adolescent Health published a series of articles aimed at helping reduce those deaths. The reports include: -training new drivers to improve attention control … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Alzheimer’s Risk in Women

STANFORD, Ore. — Researchers have new information about why women develop Alzheimer’s at a higher rate than men.  About 1 in 6 women will develop the disease, compared to 1 in 11 men.  It’s long been thought those numbers were because women live longer than men on average. But Michael Greicius, MD, assistant professor of … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: “Hangry” Fighting

Columbus, Ohio — While it is not  uncommon for married couples to argue, Ohio State University researchers say hunger could make the fighting worse. For 21 days, glucose levels were measured in 107 married couples. Then, participants competed against their spouse on a 25-trial task in which the winner blasted the loser with loud noise … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Expired Meds Usually OK

(CNN) – Using an expired drug is probably ok if you have a minor health issue such as a headache or sinus trouble. Many medicines, especially tablets and capsules, have a shelf life well beyond the date on the bottle, experts say. Dr. Sharon Bergquist from the Emory School of Medicine says “The reality is … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Realistic Exercise

(CNN) — Life can feel like a marathon, but you don’t need to run one to stay in shape. Physical fitness experts say walking, riding a bike, even a weekly Zumba class can keep you feeling your best. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average person should try to get in … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Child Cancer Research Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  President Barack Obama signed a pediatric research initiative into law today. Known as the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, the law establishes a 10-year pediatric research fund. Monies previously designated to finance national political conventions will now be used to support research into childhood cancer and other pediatric diseases and disorders. … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Controversial Pain Med OK’d

IRVINE, Cal. — The FDA’s recent approval of a new painkiller is drawing protests. Zohydro ER is the first medication that contains only hydrocodone. The capsules also contain up to ten times more hydrocodone than medications currently on the market. Those who’ve lost loved ones to prescription drug abuse say Zohydro will only create more … Continue reading »

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