Posted 12:00 PM 3/29/2013 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- New standards for cleaner fuel and vehicles proposed Friday will reduce air pollution and help prevent thousands of deaths and hospitalizations each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says.
The EPA's proposals to slash emissions of (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 3/28/2013 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- The types of harmless bacteria on the surfaces of fresh fruits and vegetables vary according to the type of produce and farming practices, a new study reveals.
Previous research has shown that these so-called "non-pathogenic" bacteria don't cause (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 3/27/2013 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- New England will have a moderate red tide this spring and summer, scientists predict.
Red tide is a harmful algae bloom. The algae in the water don't pose a direct threat to people, but toxins produced by the algae can accumulate in mussels and clams (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 3/24/2013 by Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, March 24 (HealthDay News) -- Parents and caregivers can help reduce the risk of accidental poisonings by storing pesticides and household chemicals in locked cabinets out of children's reach, experts say.
Each year, more than 145,000 reports made to U.S. poison control centers (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 3/20/2013 by Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- If a woman uses methamphetamine during pregnancy, that illegal drug use along with an unstable home environment may lead to an abnormal response to stress in her children, according to the results of a study of 2-year-olds.
Because methamphetamine (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 3/18/2013 by Robert Preidt
MONDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- Cliff swallows in Nebraska with shorter wingspans that help them take off more quickly and pivot away from passing cars have a reduced risk of becoming roadkill, a new study reports.
The findings suggest that cities can be hot (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 3/14/2013 by Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- About one in every 50 heterosexual Americans living in poorer urban neighborhoods is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
According to the CDC, the 2.3 percent infection (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 3/7/2013 by By Randy Dotinga
THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- New studies suggest that severe stress caused by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and fallout from the Greek financial crisis boosted the risk of heart attack for people living through those crises.
A New Orleans hospital saw a threefold spike in (More)
Posted 3:00 PM 3/5/2013 by Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- Living through a disaster does not diminish people's sense of optimism, according to a new study.
But this type of optimism could undermine emergency preparedness efforts, the researchers said.
They interviewed college students and residents of a (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 3/1/2013 by Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- Children's levels of exposure to lead-contaminated airborne dust while outdoors explain the seasonal changes that occur in their blood lead levels, a new study reports.
Past research has shown that blood lead levels among children living in U.S. cities (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 2/27/2013 by By Carina Storrs
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, two types of chemicals in plastics that have been linked to a number of health effects, could still find their way into your body even if you avoid foods that are shipped, stored or cooked using plastic materials, new (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 2/25/2013 by By Alan Mozes
MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Although the specter of climate change typically raises concerns about acute events such as hurricanes, droughts and heat waves, new research suggests that global warming may have a much broader chronic impact: the permanent unraveling of worker productivity (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 2/22/2013 by By Amanda Gardner
FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Premature babies who spend their first few days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit may be exposed to a possibly harmful chemical widely used in the manufacture of hard plastics, new research says.
The chemical (More)
Posted 12:00 PM 2/19/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
TUESDAY, Feb. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Something to think about next time you're in the dentist's chair: Ancient humans had healthier teeth than people do today, researchers say.
This decline in oral health over the past 7,500 years is the result of changes in oral bacteria due to human (More)
Posted 7:00 AM 2/17/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SUNDAY, Feb. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of ozone and of air pollution are directly linked to heart attacks, according to a new study from Houston.
For both ozone and airborne fine particulate matter (tiny solid and liquid pollutants such as those emitted by cars and factories), peak (More)
Posted 10:00 AM 2/15/2013 by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Small amounts of mood-altering drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders that are making their way into rivers and streams may be changing the behavior of some fish, a new study suggests.
Researchers in Sweden found exposure to the anti-anxiety drug (More)