As Stroke 'Liquefies' Brain Tissue, Lasting Harm May Spread

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Brain tissue damaged by a stroke can liquefy, become toxic and then harm remaining healthy parts of the brain -- possibly causing dementia, new research in mice suggests. "Most people probably assume…

Learning Problems May Accompany Kidney Disease

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic kidney disease may affect brain function in children and teens, especially those on dialysis, researchers say. Results of their study review suggest academic assistance may be needed in specific…

FDA Warns Heart Patients About Antibiotic Clarithromycin

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic clarithromycin (brand name: Biaxin) may increase the long-term risk of heart problems and death in patients with heart disease, according to U.S. health officials. As a result, the…

The Sooner Type 2 Diabetes Arrives, the Worse for Your Heart

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A type 2 diabetes diagnosis that comes early in life carries a deadly load of health risks, new research shows. It was associated with a 60 percent higher relative risk of dying from heart disease…

Antioxidants: The Good Health Helpers

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antioxidants -- it's a hot nutrition buzzword, but do you know what they really are? Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that block the activity of other chemicals called free radicals.…

Poorer Kids May Fare Worse After Heart Surgery

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children who've had surgery to repair defective hearts are more likely to die or require longer hospitalizations if they live in poorer neighborhoods, a new study suggests. The disparities between…

It's Still Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even though it's the end of February, it's still not too late to get a flu shot, doctors say. This flu season is one of the worst seen in the United States in years. Flu-linked hospitalizations were…

For Women, Blocked Arteries Not the Only Trigger for Heart Attacks

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women don't need to have blocked arteries to experience a heart attack, a new study points out. Blocked arteries are a main cause of heart attack in men, according to researchers from Cedars-Sinai…

Americans Still Not Safely Storing Their Guns

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With the deadly mass shooting at a Florida school once again putting U.S. gun violence in the spotlight, a new survey finds that more than half of American gun owners do not safely store all their…

Clues to Parkinson's May Be Shed in Tears

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your tears may reveal if you are at risk of Parkinson's disease, preliminary research suggests. When people shed tears, certain proteins are released. Levels of those proteins are different in people…

New Research Debunks Two Medical Marijuana Myths

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Mention legalizing medical marijuana, and people often think two things: This will prompt teens to think marijuana use is OK, and more will start using it. Legalizing marijuana will reduce the…

Too Much TV Could Boost Your Odds for a Blood Clot

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hours spent binge-watching that hot new series might feel great, but it's doing no favors for your blood vessels, new research shows. The study found that people who spend too much time in front…