Health News

Smoke Signals
Recent studies of smoking cessation medications find that certain drugs are successful at inhibiting brain pathways that enhance feelings of reward and emotion, which smoking activates.
C. Difficile Bacteria, Difficult Indeed
Children admitted to hospitals across the country are becoming increasingly exposed to a bacteria that can cause severe and even fatal gastrointestinal infections.
Don't Get Burned
For children under four years of age, scalds are the primary cause of burn injury. Five thousand US children are sent to hospital emergency rooms each year for scald injuries from hot tap water or bath water.
Difficult Decisions
When severely ill patients are admitted to medical intensive care units, their families have to make difficult decisions.
Seeing is Believing
Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and four collaborating institutions have identified an unexpected biological pathway that may contribute to glaucoma.
War's Effects on the Brain
Soldiers returning from combat experience more complications due to PTSD than concussions, a recent study finds.
Depression DNA
Nearly a decade's worth of studies on a "depression gene" have been examined by the University of Michigan and their findings point to a definite genetic link to depression and anxiety.
Medical Scans Pose Higher Risk for Children
The frequency of children undergoing medical imaging tests that use radiation is becoming a concern, due to potential cancer risks associated with multiple procedures.
Radiosurgery Makes Waves
Trigeminal neuralgia, a painful condition occurring in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), can be effectively treated with stereotactic radiation (radiosurgery), a specialized radiation therapy that focuses radiation beams on a well-defined area.
A Tale of Two Treatments
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine found little difference in the efficacy of the treatments Bevacizumab (Avastin) and Ranibizumab (Lucentis), used to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD).