Zika Infections Through Sex More Common Than Thought: WHO

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 — Women planning to become pregnant should wait at least eight weeks before trying to conceive if they or their partner live in — or are returning from — areas where Zika virus infections are occurring, U.N. health officials…
Source: Topamax

Scans Spot Brain Region That Misfires in Depressed People

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 — A part of the brain that responds to bad experiences acts in an unexpected way in people with depression, a small study finds.
One theory suggested that the pea-sized structure called the habenula was overactive in people…
Source: Topamax

Most Smokers Don't Stick With E-Cigarettes

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 — Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes with the hope that the electronic nicotine delivery devices will help them give up regular cigarettes.
But new research suggests that for most smokers, e-cigarettes aren’t an acceptable…
Source: Topamax

Migraines Take Toll on Spouse

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 — If you suffer from migraines, your spouse probably suffers, too.
That’s the conclusion of researchers who surveyed more than 4,000 people with the debilitating headaches and their spouses/domestic partners.
“This study…
Source: Topamax

Health Tip: Identifying Varicose Veins

– Varicose veins occur when blood pools in the lower leg because vascular valves don’t work sufficiently to promote blood flow back to the heart.
The Society for Vascular Surgery says varicose veins:

May bulge.
Could be painful or cause a burning…
Source: Topamax

Health Tip: Talk to Your Doctor About Heartburn

– Your doctor can suggest ways to cope with heartburn, but it’s up to you to start the conversation.
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests:

Ask about recommended over-the-counter heartburn medications.
Discuss possible causes and…
Source: Topamax

Health Highlights: May 31, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
NYC Can Enforce Menu Salt Warning Rule: Court
New York City can enforce a rule requiring restaurant chains to include salt warnings on menus, a…
Source: Topamax

Lupus a Tough Disease to Spot, Treat

MONDAY, May 30, 2016 — Lupus is difficult to diagnose and treat, but scientists are working to learn more about its genetic causes and to develop better treatments.
The autoimmune disease affects between 300,000 and 1.5 million people in the United…
Source: Topamax

New Test Helps Identify Rare Genetic Diseases in Newborns

MONDAY, May 30, 2016 — New gene screening methods may greatly improve doctors’ ability to quickly diagnose rare genetic diseases in newborns, researchers say.
The new test includes all of the more than 4,800 genes currently known to be linked with…
Source: Topamax