Posted 12:00 PM 3/29/2013 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Women exposed to traffic-related air pollution in early pregnancy are at increased risk of having babies with certain types of serious birth defects, a new study finds.
The study included women who lived in California's San Joaquin Valley for at least (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 3/28/2013 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Although rare in the United States, three babies with birth defects caused by rubella (or "German measles") were reported in 2012 and doctors need to be on the lookout for such cases, a new government report indicates.
Birth defects caused by what (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 3/25/2013 by By Randy Dotinga
MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Stress in mothers before and during pregnancy may boost the risk of congenital heart defects in their children, more new evidence suggests. But the findings aren't conclusive, and the effect -- if it exists -- appears to be small.
Still, "there are (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 3/22/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Use of antipsychotic drugs among Medicaid-insured children increased sharply from 1997 to 2006, according to a new study.
These drugs were prescribed for children covered by Medicaid five times more often than for children with private insurance. (More)...
Posted 3:00 PM 3/21/2013 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Despite beliefs to the contrary, overweight people with a serious mental illness are able to make the lifestyle changes necessary to lose weight, a new study found.
The study included 291 overweight or obese patients with a serious mental illness (More)
Posted 2:00 PM 3/20/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- Women who were physically, emotionally or sexually abused as children are more likely to have a child with autism, a new study suggests.
For women who suffered the most severe abuse, the risk more than tripled, the researchers found.
"This is (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 3/19/2013 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Physical therapy is comparable to surgery in improving movement and reducing pain for some patients with knee arthritis and torn knee cartilage, new research finds.
Many middle-aged and older adults have severe knee pain due to a tear in the meniscus (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 3/13/2013 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- People who were vaccinated against the 2009 H1N1 swine flu virus had a slightly increased risk of a paralysis disorder, according to a new study, but the benefits of vaccination greatly outweighed the risks.
Posted 3:00 PM 3/12/2013 by By Steven Reinberg
TUESDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- For people who don't fully respond to antidepressants, adding commonly prescribed antipsychotic drugs appears to be only slightly effective and is linked to unwelcome side effects, a new study finds.
Drugs added to antidepressants (like Prozac, Paxil (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 3/7/2013 by By Amy Norton
THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who get steroid injections for degeneration in their lower spine may fare worse than people who skip the treatment, a small study suggests.
The research, published recently in the journal Spine, followed 276 older adults with spinal (More)
Posted 5:00 PM 3/6/2013 by By Alan Mozes
WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- Short bouts of moderately intense exercise appear to improve the self-control of youngsters and young adults, a broad review of existing research suggests.
The Dutch analysis of 24 prior studies highlights the potential mental health benefit for (More)