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  1. Anxiety May Affect Kids' Brains

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children with anxiety problems actually have a bigger "fear center" in their brain, researchers report. The study included 76 children aged 7 to 9, which is when anxiety-related traits and symptoms can first be reliably d

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  2. Whooping Cough Epidemic in California

    June 17, 2014 -- More than 3,400 new cases of whooping cough were reported in California between January 1 and June 10, which means the outbreak is officially an epidemic, according to the state's department of health. There have been about 350 new cases of whooping cough (pertussis) so far this yea

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  3. How Fecal Transplant Eases Tough Infection

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients suffering from the nasty bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile often must choose between standard antibiotics and a procedure known as fecal transplantation to deal with the digestive tract disorder. Th

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  4. Chikungunya: Questions and Answers

    Editor's note: This was updated July 7, 2014. June 17, 2014 -- A crippling mosquito-borne virus with a tongue-twisting name -- Chikungunya -- has spread to the Caribbean, and U.S. travelers have brought it home to more than half the states in the U.S. Here's what you should know about this virus and

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  5. 'Obamacare' May Mean Healthier Young Adults

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A popular provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on a parent's health insurance plan up to age 26 may be good for their health and financial security, a large study suggests. Having that c

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  6. Pros, Cons to Dissolving Lung Clots: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs used to break up blood clots in the lungs may lower the risk of death, but they also increase the risk of bleeding, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 16 trials involving use of clot-busting drugs c

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  7. Vitamin D: A Key to a Longer Life?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of vitamin D may protect people from an earlier death, particularly from cancer and heart disease, suggests a new analysis of existing research. And, the opposite may also be true -- low levels of vitamin D

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  8. MERS Didn't Spread in U.S. Cases: Health Officials

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The potentially deadly MERS virus did not spread from two patients in the United States to any people in their homes or to health care workers who treated them, federal health officials said Tuesday. The cases of MERS (Mi

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  9. Obamacare Credited For Big Drop In Minnesota’s Uninsured Rate

    By Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Public Radio The website malfunctioned. The exchange chief was fired. And many people had to sign up the old fashioned way: pen, paper, with a person. So, Minnesota’s launch of the Affordable Care Act was a clear failure, right? Not so much. A less modest state might

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  10. Use of Beta Blockers Before Heart Bypass Surgery

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even though it's standard medical practice, prescribing beta blockers the day before heart patients are scheduled for bypass surgery may not improve results, a new study suggests. In fact, their use 24 hours before bypas

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