Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Kids May Have Genetic Cause
TUESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Children with obstructive sleep apnea may someday be able to avoid a tonsillectomy and get an injection or use a throat spray to stop their potentially dangerous snoring, new research suggests.
Too Many With End-Stage Dementia Get Feeding Tubes
TUESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Larger hospitals and those that are set up to make a profit are more likely to use feeding tubes in patients with advanced dementia, despite evidence that the practice does not prolong life or help with bed sores and other problems.
Drinking Milk While Pregnant May Lower Kids' MS Risk
TUESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to mothers who drink lots of milk and have a high dietary intake of vitamin D during pregnancy have a much lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life, researchers say.
Gastric Banding Most Effective for Obese Teens
TUESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Severely obese teens who received gastric banding surgery lost significantly more weight than those who made lifestyle changes such as dieting and exercise, Australian researchers report.
FDA Seeks Reduction in Radiation From Medical Scans
TUESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled a plan Tuesday to reduce radiation exposure from three types of increasingly widespread imaging procedures: computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy.
ICU Patients at Risk for Rare Heart Rhythm Problem
TUESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors and other health-care professionals need to be aware that certain medications can cause a rare, potentially deadly heart rhythm problem called Torsade de Pointes (TdP), says a joint scientific statement by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
Drug May Ease Cognitive Effects of Huntington's
TUESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may improve thinking, learning and memory skills in people with Huntington's disease, an inherited neurodegenerative disorder, new research says.
Tanning Bed Regulation Heats Up
TUESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Tanning beds -- America's latest health scourge -- could come under tighter regulation soon, as a result of studies linking them to cancer.
Medicare Cost-Saving Moves Can Backfire
TUESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- After Medicare sweetened payments for simple office-based endoscopic procedures, doctors in one New York City practice performed many more in-office bladder biopsies, but the volume of hospital procedures stayed roughly the same, a new study finds.
Inflammatory Bowel Ups Risk for Blood Clots
TUESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) -- People with active inflammatory bowel disease are much more likely to develop blood clots than people without the condition, a new study suggests.