September 28, 2011
Experts Point Out Signs of Dangerous Heart
People who experience
what feels like drums pounding in their chest, shortness of breath,
chest pain and dizziness may suffer from the common but potentially
dangerous heart arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation.
Health Tip: Menstruation Often Affects Mood
Some women appear to be more sensitive to
the normal hormonal changes that accompany menstruation, making
them more prone to premenstrual syndrome, the womenshealth.gov
Lung Function of Late Preemies May Improve With
Just like extremely
premature babies, infants born between 33 and 34 weeks' gestation
can have impaired lung function at ages 8 to 9, but in these
moderately premature children, lung function may improve by the
time they are teenagers, research shows.
Gene Variant Linked to Failure of Asthma Drug
About one in six asthma
sufferers carries a genetic variant that's associated with a poor
response to commonly prescribed inhaled asthma medications called
corticosteroids, according to a new study.
Number of U.S. Kids on ADHD Meds Keeps Rising
The use of stimulant
medications such as Ritalin or Adderall in children with
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is continuing to
climb, although at a slower pace than in decades past, a new study
Listeria Outbreak Is Deadliest in More Than a
The ongoing outbreak of
food-borne illness connected to listeria-tainted cantaloupes has
now infected 72 people in 18 states and claimed 13 lives, U.S.
health officials said Wednesday, making it the deadliest such
outbreak in more than a decade.
Cheap Drug Helps Smokers Quit, Study Finds
For people trying to
quit smoking, the drug cytisine works better than a placebo, and
its comparatively low cost makes it an appealing alternative to
newer stop-smoking medications, researchers say.