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Health News for 03/30/12

March 30, 2012

Health Tip: Caring for a Chemical Burn

A chemical burn should be treated immediately and with care, since traditional skin remedies -- such as an antibiotic lotion -- can react with the chemical and actually worsen the burn.
Health Tip: Partners Have a Role in Pregnancy

Partners play an important role in helping moms prepare for pregnancy, and in helping to ensure that the pregnancy goes smoothly.
Study Weighs In on Diets for Kids

If you're trying to get your child to drop a few pounds, here's some food for thought: A new study finds that among three types of diets, kids preferred the one emphasizing foods that don't cause blood-sugar imbalances.
Changes in Insurance Make ER Visits More Likely: Study

People who have experienced recent changes in their health insurance status are more likely to use hospital emergency departments, a new study finds.
Secondhand Smoke Affects Young Girls More Than Boys: Study

The health effects of early life exposure to secondhand smoke appear to be greater in girls than in boys, a new study finds.
Two-Thirds of Kids With Autism Have Been Bullied: Study

Nearly two-thirds of American children with autism have been bullied at some point in their lives, and these kids are bullied three times more often than their siblings without autism, a new survey finds.
Diet, Smoking May Affect MS Progression

Dietary factors and cigarette smoking may alter the course of disease in patients with a milder form of multiple sclerosis, a new study finds.
Drugs Previously Thought to Be Toxic May Stop Spread of Cancer

Two drugs previously thought to be too toxic for human cancer treatment may stop the growth of cancer cells without killing healthy cells and damaging DNA when used in small doses, researchers have found.
Warm Weather Triggers Early Allergy Season

While unseasonably warm weather delights many people, those with allergies may not be as thrilled with the early arrival of spring.
Fewer U.S. Med Students Choose Psychiatry: Report

The declining number of U.S. medical students who choose psychiatry as a specialty is cause for concern because there's already a shortage of psychiatrists, experts warn.
Thyroid Surgery Riskier for Older Patients: Study

Seniors who have thyroid surgery are much more likely than younger patients to suffer serious heart, lung and infection-related complications, according to a new study.
For Better Mouse Studies, Let Them Nest

Cold conditions may affect the well-being of laboratory mice and influence the outcome of research studies, a new study suggests.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Be Linked to Depression

There appears to be a link between the common sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea and major depression, a new study suggests.
When Paramedics Suspect Stroke, They're Usually Right

When paramedics say a patient's symptoms indicate a stroke, they are usually right, a new study suggests.
Dating Violence Common by 7th Grade: Survey

Psychological and physical abuse is a common facet of dating for America's adolescents, a new survey reveals.
Health Highlights: March 30, 2012

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
U.S. Women in Labor Longer Than They Were 50 Years Ago

American women today are spending about two hours more in labor during childbirth than women did 50 years ago, a new report says.
FDA Calls on Tobacco Companies to List Harmful Ingredients

FRIDAY, March 30 (HealthDay News) --The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it will require the tobacco industry to report on a range of toxic chemical ingredients, and to also back up any claims for "safer" tobacco products.



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