All travelers who return from the West African countries plagued by the Ebola virus will be tracked by U.S. health officials. The program, which requires affected parties to have their temperature checked twice daily and report to a local public health department, applies to those who return to the country from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone.
A new study shows that black women who undergo in vitro fertilization are only about half as likely to become pregnant as white women. The study, presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) annual meeting in Honolulu, showed that about 31 percent of white patients became pregnant after IVF, compared to about 17 percent of black patients.
Pregnant women living in areas plagued by high pollution may be more likely to give birth to children with damaged lungs, according to research conducted at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona. The study, published in the journal Thorax, surveyed data on 1,295 women at the beginning of their terms. The research team collected data on exposure to air pollution.
U.S. health officials are tightening recommendations for health care workers handling ebola cases. The guidelines, which have not been released in full, are expected to include the requirement for full skin coverage suits to be worn by health workers. In addition, the guidelines will include provisions for stricter rules for removing equipment and disinfecting hands.
Eating disorders may start in elementary school, according to research conducted at the University of Montreal. The study, presented at a meeting of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada in Vancouver, surveyed data on 215 kids (ages 8-12) with eating problems. The research team found that over 15 percent made themselves vomit from time to time and 52 percent had been hospitalized.
A new study has found that a compound in broccoli sprouts may help improve the behavioral symptoms of autism. Researchers examined the effects of giving sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli sprouts, to a group of 44 boys and men with autism between the ages of 13 and 27. Some received the compound and others a placebo.
Those who drink decaf coffee may enjoy improved liver function, according to a new study from researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 28,000 American adults aged 20 and older who provided details about their coffee consumption. "Our findings link total and decaffeinated coffee intake to lower liver enzyme levels."
MSRA, a strain of antibiotic resistant bacterium, is more prevalent in college athletes who participate in contact sports, according to research conducted at Vanderbilt University. The study, presented at IDWeek 2014, surveyed data collected on 377 athletes from 14 different teams at Vanderbilt. The athletes who played contact sports, like soccer and football, were twice as likely to carry MRSA.
Heavy coffee drinkers may be predisposed toward their caffeine cravings by their genes, according to research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health. The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, surveyed data on 120,000 regular coffee drinkers, finding six new gene variations linked to caffeine consumption.
Teens who send sexually oriented texts, or sexts, may experience a greater likelihood of engaging in sexual activity, according to research conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data on an ethnically diverse group of adolescent students from Southeast Texas over a six-year period.
New research shows that those who abuse painkillers are not properly prepared to handle an overdose. The research, published their findings in a recent issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy, showed that most narcotic abusers are unaware of their options. The study featured in-depth interviews among 46 users aged 18 to 32. All were residents of New York City.
Acupuncture may not be effective in treating chronic knee pain, a new study finds. Researchers studied the effects of administering either needle acupuncture, laser acupuncture, and sham laser and compared it to patients receiving no treatment at all for knee pain. They found that, among the 300 study participants, the patients receiving any kind of acupuncture reported the same reduction.
Those with abnormally large tongues may be at a higher risk for developing sleep apnea, according to research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. The study published in the journal Sleep, collected data on 90 obese adults with sleep apnea and 31 obese adults without the disorder. Obese participants with sleep apnea had significantly greater tongue volumes.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants are the preferred methods of birth control for teenage girls. The new recommendations, published in the journal Pediatrics, notes that these methods should be the first offered to girls who choose not to remain celibate.
Fear of job loss may increase the risk factor of developing asthma, according to research conducted at the Germany's Düsseldorf University Hospital.