Partner's Heart Pump Can Burden Their Caregiver

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A heart pump for someone with heart failure may come with a tradeoff: benefits for the patient, but more stress for the caregiver. Researchers looked at 50 heart failure patients and their caregivers…

Make Losing Weight a Family Affair

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is your family struggling with overweight or obesity? To lose weight, take a team approach. Studies show that when overweight parents shed pounds, so do their overweight kids. Parents hold the…

Stem Cell Clinics Pitch Pricey, Bogus 'Cures' for Knee Pain

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cell clinics are charging big money for knee arthritis "cures" and making extravagant claims about their therapies, a new study contends. A same-day injection for one knee costs thousands…

FDA Approves First Home Test for Breast Cancer Genes

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first consumer test for three BRCA gene mutations associated with breast, ovarian and prostate cancer risk has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The three gene mutations…

Mom's Immune System May Affect Baby's Brain

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If a pregnant woman's immune system is activated, it can affect her child's brain development, new research suggests. A number of triggers -- infections, stress, illness and allergies -- can activate…

There's a Health Dividend for Some Babies Who Look Like Dad

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Looking like a "chip off the old block" may help improve the health of infants being raised by single mothers, a new study suggests. Why? Because the fathers are more likely to spend time with the…

ER Visits for Opioid Overdoses Soaring: CDC

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- America's opioid epidemic is escalating at breakneck speed, with tens of thousands of overdose victims spilling into the nation's emergency rooms seeking lifesaving treatment, a new government report…

What's a Bigger Threat: Wolves, Bears, Sharks … or the Family Dog?

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Dogs, farm animals and insects -- not wild animals -- are the cause of death for most U.S. residents killed by animals, according to a new study. The study reported that 1,610 people in the United…

Vaccines Don't Weaken Babies' Immune Systems: Study

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Another argument used by anti-vaccine groups bites the dust -- research shows no evidence that routine shots somehow dampen kids' immune systems. "Some parents are concerned that multiple vaccines…

Opioids Not Best Option for Back Pain, Arthritis, Study Finds

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Risky opioids are no better at controlling chronic back or arthritis pain than non-opioid drugs, including Tylenol or Motrin, new research finds. With opioid overdose deaths rising in the United…

Marijuana Doesn't Seem to Harm the Kidneys

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As marijuana use has increased in the United States in recent years, medical experts and users alike have wondered about its health effects. Now, a new study finds there's no link between marijuana…

Primary Care Doctors Loosen Type 2 Diabetes Goals

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued new guidance on managing type 2 diabetes -- including relaxing the long-term blood sugar target called hemoglobin A1C. The A1C is a blood test…