January 26, 2010
Shot Protects Against Chickenpox After Exposure
There is good news for people who have never had chickenpox or received the vaccine but are exposed to the virus: vaccination within five days of exposure can significantly reduce the risk of illness, or at least make it less severe, Spanish researchers say.
Burning Heart Tissue Beats Atrial Fibrillation
When drug therapy can't control the dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, burning out the cardiac tissue responsible for the abnormality will do the job in most cases, a new study has found.
Amputation Affects Sexes Differently
Men and women who've had limb amputations report similar levels of pain severity, but there are major gender differences in overall pain outcomes, such as emotional health and pain-coping responses, new research has found.
Morphine Sulfate Solution Approved
Morphine Sulfate Oral Solution has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute and chronic pain. Sanctioned doses are 100 milligrams per 5 mL and 20 milligrams per 1 mL, the agency said in a news release.
Decade of Decline in U.S. Teen Pregnancies Ends
After more than a decade of decline, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate increased 3 percent in 2006, which led to a 4 percent rise in teen births and a 1 percent increase in teen abortions, a new study shows.
In Injury-Prone Soccer, Headers Aren't the Problem
Older kids who play soccer -- which has one of the highest injury rates among youth sports -- apparently are less apt to sustain a concussion from heading the ball than from hitting their head against another player or slamming their head into the ground, a new report says.
Health Tip: Dealing With Pinkeye
Conjunctivitis, commonly called pinkeye, is a common infection that is very contagious. Since more serious medical problems can mimic the redness and itchiness that characterize pinkeye, the condition should be evaluated by a doctor.
Health Tip: What's Causing My Shoulder Pain?
The joints, tendons and muscles that make up the shoulder allow for a lot of flexibility. But an injury or a number of medical conditions can cause pain and limit the shoulder's movement.