Health

How autism in girls may help reveal the disorder’s secrets

CHICAGO (AP) - Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges, but the way autism strikes girls - or doesn't - may help reveal some of the developmental disorder's frustrating secrets.Autism is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are ...

Have a kid with migraines? Sugar pills work as well as drugs

CHICAGO (AP) - Sugar pills worked as well at preventing kids' migraines as two commonly used headache medicines, but had fewer side effects, in a study that may lead doctors to rethink how they treat a common ailment in children and teens.It's the first rigorous head-to-head test in kids of two ...

One-fourth of US cancer deaths linked with 1 thing: smoking

CHICAGO (AP) - Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.The American Cancer Society study found the highest rate among men in Arkansas, where 40 ...

Preteens need fewer HPV shots

NEW YORK (AP) - It's now easier for preteens to get the cervical cancer vaccine.A government panel on Wednesday recommended that preteens get two shots instead of three and space them further apart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately made the change."It will be simpler ...

Study backs kidney transplant method

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 1 in 3 patients who needs a kidney transplant is especially hard to match, and new research suggests a painstaking treatment to help those patients tolerate an incompatible organ is worth considering.More hospitals have begun offering so-called desensitization therapy ...

Critical to monitor babies’ health after Zika, but for how long?

WASHINGTON (AP) - More federal money finally is available to fight Zika, even as the news worsens. Babies who at first seem to have escaped the virus' devastating hallmark defect - an abnormally small head at birth - might not be out of the woods after all.Brazilian doctors have counted a small ...

Contaminated machines linked to surgery infections

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials are warning that small outbreaks of infections spread by contaminated operating room machinery during open-heart surgery could be more widespread than first thought.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted doctors and hospitals.The contamination ...

Paralyzed man feels touch through mind-controlled robot hand

WASHINGTON (AP) - A paralyzed man is regaining a sense of touch while using a mind-controlled robotic hand, feeling subtle pressure in his own fingers when the artificial ones are touched. The experiment reported Thursday is an early step in the quest to create prosthetics that can feel.How it ...

St. Jude warns of battery defect in heart devices

WASHINGTON (AP) - Medical device maker St. Jude Medical is warning doctors and patients about a rare battery defect in some of its implantable heart devices that can cause them to fail much earlier than expected.The company said that two deaths have been linked to the problem and 10 more ...

Blood drive planned in Delta County

ESCANABA - A blood drive will be held in Escanaba Oct. 25 and 26, An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Delta Plaza Mall between noon and 6 p.m and Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Appointments can be made by calling Community Action RSVP at 786-7080, ext 112, or ...

Doctors’ political views may affect patient care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Politics in the exam room? A new study suggests patient care may vary depending on whether the doctor is a Democrat or a Republican - at least when it comes to some hot-button health issues like firearm safety.Health care has long drawn partisan political fights, like state ...

Beware extremes: Exercise, anger may trigger heart attacks

By Marilynn MarchioneAP Chief Medical WriterIf you're angry or upset, you might want to simmer down before heading out for an intense run or gym workout. A large, international study ties heavy exertion while stressed or mad to a tripled risk of having a heart attack within an hour.Regular ...

Don’t expect Fitbits to improve health, help drop pounds

LONDON (AP) - Wearing a fitness tracker may help you keep tabs on how many steps you take, but the devices themselves - even with the lure of a cash reward - probably won't improve your health, according to the biggest study yet done on the trendy technology.Scientists say that although the ...

Walking is medicine? It helped high-risk seniors stay mobile

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not too late to get moving: Simple physical activity - mostly walking - helped high-risk seniors stay mobile after disability-inducing ailments even if, at 70 and beyond, they'd long been couch potatoes.One health policy specialist said the study released Monday suggests ...

FDA approves ‘artificial pancreas’ to manage diabetes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind "artificial pancreas," a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed.The device from Medtronic was approved for patients with ...

Surge in ER visits for injuries from soccer

CHICAGO (AP) - Soccer injuries are sending soaring numbers of U.S. kids to emergency rooms, a trend driven in part by young players with concussions seeking urgent medical care, a study has found.The findings, based on 25 years of data, partly reflect soccer's growing popularity. But the ...

Mother uncovers lasting impact of son’s organ donation

WASHINGTON (AP) - An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for ...

Researchers create antibiotic gel to tackle ear infections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Parents know the frustration of trying to get that gunky pink antibiotic into a tot screaming from an ear infection. A one-time squirt of special ear drops one day might replace that ordeal.It's only been tried in animals so far - chinchillas, to be exact. But researchers ...

New rules for results of medical research

By The Associated PressThe Obama administration is publishing new rules that promise to help doctors and patients learn if clinical trials of treatments worked or not.At issue is how to help people find medical studies that may be appropriate for them - and then to make the results public so ...

Concern over drug-resistant germs prompts response

NEW YORK (AP) - World leaders are pushing to end the overuse of antibiotics and to encourage the development of new medicines, driven by concern that drug-resistant germs could lead to millions of deaths and undermine the global economy.For only the fourth time in its 70 year history, the ...