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March 16, 2015

Could Your Child Have Migraines?

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Determining if your child has migraine headaches may be difficult because the symptoms aren't always obvious, experts say.

Spring Allergies Coming Into Bloom

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With winter loosening its icy grip on most of the United States, it's time to think about spring allergies, a doctor says.

Health Tip: Dish Up a Healthy Party Buffet

(HealthDay News) -- Party snacks don't have to be unhealthy or tasteless. There are plenty of ways to dish up delicious, fun and healthy snacks to please any crowd.

Health Tip: Balance Work and Home Life

(HealthDay News) -- Stress not only affects your performance at work and home, it can also impact your health.

Study Gauges Value of CT Scans for Heart Patients

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the first head-to-head study of its kind, researchers say that CT scans may offer some advantages over traditional "functional stress tests" for people with symptoms of heart disease.

Procedure May Beat Drug in Patients With Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with heart failure can sometimes also develop the dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, which can raise their odds for stroke.

Tackling Obesity May Ease a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news for people who are obese and have atrial fibrillation, a common form of irregular heartbeat: Losing weight may help restore healthy heart rhythm.

Newer Blood Thinner May Improve Outcomes for Heart Attack Survivors

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of the newer anti-clotting drug Brilinta cut heart attack survivors' future risk of heart attack, stroke or heart-related death, a new study found.

Folic Acid May Help Ward Off Stroke in People With High Blood Pressure

SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Folic acid -- the same nutrient women take in pregnancy to help ward off birth defects -- may also help lower stroke risk in people with high blood pressure, a new Chinese study finds.

CT Scans Might Spot Heart Risks More Clearly in Patients With Chest Pain

SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that CT scans may help doctors do a better job of diagnosing heart disease in patients with chest pain, compared to standard tests.

Better Treatments Helping People With Enlarged Hearts Live Longer: Study

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Advances in treatment mean that people with an enlarged heart now live longer than they did 10 or 15 years ago, a new study finds.

Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk

SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adding an experimental new biologic drug to conventional cholesterol-lowering drugs may result in better cholesterol control and reduced risks of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study.

Health Highlights: March 16, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Low Vaccination Rates Likely Behind Disney Measles Outbreak: Study

MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pockets of unvaccinated children appear to have fueled the recent measles outbreak traced to Disney theme parks in California, researchers report.

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