Stress, bad nutrition, lack of sleep, and other work-related conditions are making nurses some of the unhealthiest people, according to a new study.
Roger Logan complained to doctors for 15 years that something was wrong regarding his weight gain. Dr. Vipul Dev was the only one to properly diagnose Logan’s condition and treat it with surgery. The 57-year-old Logan had the 130-pound growth removed this week.
By Marilynn Marchione (AP) — A Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola has received a plasma transfusion from a doctor who beat his own infection with the deadly virus after getting a similar treatment. Dr. Kent Brantly went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sunday to donate the plasma to nurse Nina Pham. Brantly got Ebola while caring for patients in Africa, and received plasma from a 14-year-old boy who recovered under his care there. Brantly also received ZMapp, an experimental drug that contains antibodies against Ebola.
Marburg, a virus similar to Ebola, has hit the radar in the African country of Uganda, raising concerns about another deadly outbreak. With two lethal viruses threatening public health, many are questioning why these contagions seem to be flaring up more often — and more important, what we can do to avoid them in the future. The current Ebola outbreak originated in West Africa and has killed more than 3,800 people, more than all other past outbreaks combined.
Photo: PLoS By Melissa Dahl / Follow @melissadahl Yes, Ebola is here. In Dallas, some parents are keeping their children home from school, the Dallas Morning News reported, and some nonprofits told the newspaper that some of their volunteers are refusing to enter the neighborhood where the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, first showed symptoms. On Meet the Press this past weekend, Joe Scarborough made his case for mass Ebola panic, saying, “If you think the Atlantic Ocean is going to stop it from coming over here, you’re kidding yourself.” And on a recent Fox & Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck demanded to know why she should worry more about flu than Ebola, countering infectious-disease specialist Dr. Dalilah Restrepo’s calm but thorough answer with a simple “But it’s here.” In a way, what we’re seeing here is hypochondria manifested on a mass scale, said Catherine F. Belling, an associate professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who has written a book on hypochondria.
Photo by Stockbyte/Getty Images As many people know, a daily aspirin can help stave off a heart attack. Apparently, your ticker isn’t the only part of your body that may benefit from a dose of the drug: Aspirin significantly reduces men’s risk of prostate cancer, reveals a new Duke University study, presented at the 13th Annual American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference , held in New Orleans, La., this week. The 6,390 men, none of whom had prostate cancer at the start of the study, were part of the Reduce trial, a GlaxoSmithKline-sponsored study designed to test whether dutasteride, a drug forenlarged prostate , reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Recently, Duke University researchers decided to pose a second question— this one about an over-the-counter drug: How did the men’s intake of aspirin affect their odds of a prostate cancer diagnosis?
Negative press is nothing strange for reality star Jenelle Evans — one of four drama-prone young women whose lives are documented, for better or worse, on the MTV series “Teen Mom 2.” But this time, Evans, 22, has managed to rile up the neonatal health crowd, with Twitter evidence that she’s been smoking cigarettes — despite still breastfeeding the younger of her two kids, 2-month-old Kaiser. Then came this tweet from Evans — “I’m outside right now smoking a cig lol” —which sent folks into a collective tizzy. “Would be pretty sh***y of her to be breastfeeding if she’s on a ‘no carb’ diet & smoking & drinking,” noted another, while one more chimed in, “It’s absolutely hilarious that a breast feeding, cosleeping mom is smoking.
A few years back, rumors circulated that Sheryl Crow claimed drinking bottled water left in a hot car had given her breast cancer. The result? Since then, the worry over plastic bottles leaching dangerous chemicals into our water has never quite disappeared — and perhaps for good reason, suggests a new study published in the September edition of Environmental Pollution. Scientists from Nanjing University in China and the University of Florida investigated the effects of storing 16 brands of bottled water (all sold in China) at three temperatures: 39 degrees F, 77 degrees F, and 158 degrees F, intended to mimic the temperatures of a refrigerator, a standard room, and the inside of a car, respectively.
“That is the basic question that health psychologists have been examining for the past 30 to 40 years,” James Maddux, a psychology professor at George Mason University and senior scholar at its Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, told Yahoo Health.
Moms-to-be looking for a way to cut down the chances of their kid having autism might start by being vigilant about taking prenatal iron supplements. “This is the first study to demonstrate that maternal iron intake might be associated with autism in the child,” lead researcher Rebecca Schmidt, an assistant professor in the department of Public Health Sciences, told Yahoo Health. “Many researchers have thought that iron could be important for autism, and previous evidence has shown that children with autism are more likely to have insufficient iron status.
French-born actor Gerard Depardieu must have a hollow leg — or one seriously scarred liver. After undergoing bypass surgery (five times), and also because of cholesterol and stuff, I have to be careful.” Related: As Pot Smoking Rises, So Do Addiction Concerns Depardieu, who is currently starring in “Welcome to New York,” based on the Dominic Strauss-Khan scandal, added that drinking a case of wine in one day doesn’t even slow him down. “I have to admit that when I start counting, doctors start worrying.” That’s not exactly a surprise, according to Dr. James Garbutt, professor of psychiatry and a research scientist at University of North Carolina’s Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies.
Your toothbrush bristles may not be the only plastic you put in your mouth this morning — what you probably assume are flavor crystals in your toothpaste may actually be plastic microbeads. Procter & Gamble, the maker of Crest, has just pledged to eliminate microbeads from its toothpastes by March 2016, according to a statement released to ABC15 in Phoenix. The toothpaste controversy started when Trish Walvaren, a dental hygienist in Phoenix, began blogging about the blue specks she was finding embedded in patients’ gums on a near-daily basis.
A lifestyle that includes exercise and healthy eating can reduce your risk of a cancer death. If knowledge is power, then this tidbit should fire you up: More than half of the cancer deaths in the U.S. are preventable. “The important part here is that it points out gaps that we have in translating knowledge into action by much of the population,” Dr. Ernest Hawk, spokesperson for the AACR, told Yahoo Health.
A Utah mom is fighting for her life alongside her premature newborn after receiving a devastating cancer diagnosis at 26 weeks pregnant. Kathy Taylor, 33 — already the mother of five other children — was told she had an advanced form of melanoma earlier this month, prompting doctors to induce her labor so she could start receiving life-prolonging treatments. “He’s about as long as a pencil,” Jocelyn Taylor, Kathy’s mother-in-law, told the Deseret News, adding that Kathy is a devoted mother who has been home-schooling her kids.
Photo by Alexey Klementiev/iStock/ If your head is starting to resemble a crystal ball, prostate cancer may be in your future. Over the course of the study, 1,138 men developed prostate cancer, and about half of those cases involved what were considered aggressive, or fast-growing, tumors. They also asked the men to indicate their level of hair loss at age 45 — and the responses uncovered quite an usual, interesting trend. Related: Why Men Are Going Bald Younger — and 8 Ways to Stop the Shedding Guys who were balding in the front and, to a moderate degree, on the crown of their head at age 45 faced a 39 percent higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer over the course of the study, compared with men who’d had all of their hair intact at 45. About 10 percent of the study participants reported this particular pattern of hair loss, shown below. Past research has revealed a similar association.
When Illinois news anchor Dave Benton made a major on-air announcement recently, it was reportage at its most personal: Benton, 51, revealed that his doctors had told him that he has just four to six months left to live — the latest, most heartbreaking chapter in what has been an ongoing report about his yearlong battle with brain cancer. “We’ve got some serious stuff to discuss, and we are an open book, and we wanted to let you guys in on something that we’ve known for a while,” Benton’s co-anchor Jennifer Roscoe told viewers at the end of their nightly newscast on Thursday. “Basically my cancer is back and it’s too big for surgery and radiation,” Benton said, his voice shaky in an attempt to contain his emotion.
Photo by AP/Steven and Rachel Profitt The parents of the 4-year-old girl who died Monday after contracting E. coli are planning to take legal action against an Oregon hospital, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, that allegedly failed to properly diagnose the illness. Following a Labor Day celebration, young Serena Profitt had complained of a fever and stomach cramps, but the hospital had ruled out E. coli without actually testing for it and sent her home, the girl’s aunt, Aleasha Hargitt, told local television station KATU-TV. Serena was later rushed to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, where she suffered a stroke and died from a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening condition that occurs in 10 percent of those infected with E. coli, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, a 5-year-old friend of Serena’s remains in critical condition with E. coli, and, in an unrelated case, a 3-year-old Washington girl died of the bacterial infection on Sept. 5. Since when is this common food-poisoning culprit so deadly?
Photo by It’s so easy to blame your thyroid for those extra 10 or 15 pounds. An underactive thyroid, referred to medically as hypothyroidism, can lead to unexplained weight gain, fatigue, constipation, brittle nails, dry skin, joint and muscle pain, depression, memory loss and a puffy face. Kathryn Morgan, a 25-year-old ballerina, was forced to leave her promising career with the New York City Ballet in 2010 because of a thyroid illness.
A Pennsylvania woman who is battling pancreatic, liver, and ovarian cancer is also now out of a job, thanks to the oral surgeon, George Visnich, who employed her for 12 years. “You are currently engaged in a battle against cancer that will be demanding physically, mentally, and emotionally,” reads the letter to Carol Jumper, 51, of Hopewell Township. Neither Visnich nor his lawyer, Larry Kelly, returned calls seeking comment from Yahoo Health on Friday.
As the fight against obesity in America continues to ramp up, experts have been busily attacking the problem from all sides: with guidelines on nutrition and exercise, psychological insights, surgical advances, and a small but growing array of medications. Now there’s one more option in the arsenal of anti-obesity drugs, Contrave, which received approval from the FDA on Wednesday after a long review process. “We have to recognize that obesity is probably the most stigmatized condition that we have,” Ethan Lazarus, a Colorado obesity-medicine physician and a trustee with the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, told Yahoo Health.
Photo by Corbis Images How sharp you are at age 65 may be tied to something totally out of your control: your blood type. After following the participants for an average of 3.4 years, the scientists found that those with Type AB blood had an 82 percent higher risk of cognitive decline. Related: Study: Depression Raises Your Risk of Dementia This isn’t the first time blood type has been shown to influence health risks. Another recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostics Research, identified Type A blood as a possible risk factor for oral, esophageal, and salivary gland, cancers, while Type B was flagged as a potential risk factor for laryngeal cancers.
As 2-month-old Hudson Azera Bond of North Carolina awaits a desperately needed heart transplant, his father Kevin Bond has fundraising for the operation in every way he knows how, including through a Facebook page. Facebook quickly reversed its decision, and a representative called Bond to personally apologize Wednesday, but the father said the damage was done. The email from Facebook (a screen shot of which can be seen below), which did include that wording and which also put the photo into the “sensational” category, was an automated generic response explaining why something might have not fit into its ad guidelines.
Photo by Should you get genetically tested for breast and ovarian cancer? Right now the medical community recommends it only for women who have a family history of the cancer. “Based on our 20 years’ experience working with families with cancer-predisposing mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2, it is time to offer genetic screening of these genes to every woman, at about age 30, in the course of routine medical care,” King wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday. “Women with cancer-predisposing mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 are a high-risk group in whom special screening and counseling can be focused.” King, who discovered BRCA1 and who just won the prestigious Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation Award, added, “To identify a woman as a carrier only after she develops cancer is a failure of cancer prevention.” Related: HPV Test Better Than Pap for Assessing Cervical Cancer Risk: Study King came to her conclusion after studying Ashkenazi Jewish men and women living in Israel, a population at higher risk of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
Photo by Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the common cold of sexually transmitted infections: At least half of all sexually active people will contract genital HPV at some point, according to the U.S. Plus, HPV infections generally go away on their own, Juckett said. “Normally our immune systems do a wonderful job of clearing HPV.” In fact, 90 percent of detectable HPV infections become undetectable within two years, said Patti Gravitt, a molecular epidemiologist at the University of New Mexico. Related: New York City Council Speaker: I Have ‘High-Risk HPV’ In some cases, though, the infection lingers, resulting in what’s called “persistent HPV.” And if the strain that sticks around is a cancer-causing variety, your cervical health could be at risk.
People who consume a high amount of protein tend to have a lower risk of high blood pressure, according to a new Boston University study published in the American Journal of Hypertension. The researchers tracked 1,361 people’s blood pressure for an average of 11.3 years and found that those who consumed the most protein — about 102 grams per day, from both plant and animal sources — consistently logged the lowest blood pressure. The high-protein group also had a 40 percent lower risk of developing hypertension over the course of the study, compared to people who consumed the least protein, about 58 grams per day. Related: Why Lots of Bananas a Day May Keep the Doctor Away And it’s not just because people who pack in protein are gym rats: The blood pressure of both those considered overweight and those considered normal-weight people’s blood pressure benefited when they consumed higher amounts of the nutrient. “It may be that people who eat more protein have healthier diets in general,” study author Justin Buendia told Yahoo Health.