Heart Disease Carries Huge Cost for Some Families

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Having a chronic heart condition is stressful enough, but new research suggests the cost of caring for the condition is also a huge financial burden for poorer families in the United States. One in…

New Hope Against Disease That Brings a Colorless World

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine a world in black and white. That's the plight of people with an extremely rare condition called blue cone monochromacy, an inherited eye disease that renders people unable to see color. But…

Kids in Tough Neighborhoods Head to ER More Often

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Growing up in a disadvantaged neighborhood may mean more visits to the emergency room, a new study suggests. When children came from areas of "low opportunity," they were about one-third more likely…

COPD Is an Adult Killer, But Its Origins May Lie in Childhood

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- COPD may seem like an adult disease, often tied to smoking. But two new studies suggest it could have roots in life's earliest years. Kids with issues such as asthma or those exposed to secondhand…

Sometimes, Headaches Can Be an Emergency. Here's When.

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly everyone has a headache now and then. Most of the time, relief is just an over-the-counter pill away. Other times, learning ways to relax and relieve tension, or getting treatment for sinus infections…

Loopholes May Lead Young Facebook Users to Tobacco Products

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Facebook needs to close loopholes on its measures to keep kids away from tobacco, a new study suggests. Although the social media giant doesn't allow paid ads for tobacco products, researchers found…

Why More People Don't Walk or Bike to Work

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Walking or cycling to work doesn't take as long as you probably think, a new study finds. A major reason people favor a car for their daily commute is that they believe they don't have time to walk…

AHA: Can Statins Help Prevent Brain Aneurysms From Rupturing?

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- People who learn they have an unruptured brain aneurysm typically have two options: surgery or watch and wait. Researchers hope to add a third alternative -- drugs to lower the odds of…

Addicts Should Be Trained to Give OD Antidote, Study Finds

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent opioid users may be the best candidates for training to reverse overdoses in other users, researchers say. The U.S. opioid crisis has led many public health departments and community groups…

Older Brains Replenish Cells Just Like Young Brains: Study

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to popular thought, older adults' brains can churn out just as many new cells as younger brains do, a new study suggests. Using autopsied brain tissue, researchers found that healthy older…

Losing Excess Weight in Childhood Cuts Diabetes Risk

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If an overweight child slims down before puberty, the risk of type 2 diabetes seems to slide away with the lost pounds. Later weight loss also lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood, just…

'Magnetic Pulse' Device May Be New Way to Prevent Migraines

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Self-administered magnetic pulses from a hand-held device may help head off debilitating migraines, researchers report. This new way to approach migraine headaches is called "single pulse transcranial…