Prolonged depression may raise stroke risk in adults 50 and older, study shows
A new study suggests prolonged depression raises the risk of strokes in people older than 50, even when depression symptoms have eased. Study participants with high symptoms of depression for four straight years had approximately 114% higher risk of stroke. "If our findings are replicated, they suggest depressive symptoms merit prompt attention soon after they begin, before they have time to substantially impact stroke risk," study author Paola Gilsanz said. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Time.com
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Diabetes among factors that increase acute kidney injury risk
Researchers followed more than 1.3 million hospitalized patients, almost 19,000 of whom were diagnosed with acute kidney injury, and found that the condition was associated with patients who had diabetes, were male, black or older. The findings, published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, showed that abnormal blood and urine test results of kidney function, even if only slightly abnormal, were the strongest risk factor for acute kidney injury. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News
Antibiotic use in infancy may lead to illnesses later in life
A study published in the journal Cell Host and Microbe found that overuse of antibiotics in infants may cause changes in their gut bacteria which can lead to conditions such as obesity, allergies and other diseases in adulthood. "We think these findings help develop a roadmap for future research to determine the health consequences of antibiotic use and for recommendations for prescribing them," study author Dan Knights said. United Press International
Report estimates 10% of children are diagnosed with ADHD
A report from the CDC says that 1 in 10 children and teenagers has been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Boys are diagnosed at about double the rate of girls. Hispanic children and teens are the least likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, and children from more affluent families are less likely to have an ADHD diagnosis than children from lower-income families. HealthDay News
Report: Incidence of E. coli, Salmonella infections drops
The occurrence of infections associated with Salmonella typhimurium and with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 in the U.S. declined 27% and 32% in 2014 compared with 2006 to 2008, CDC researchers wrote in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Despite the drop, infections from Salmonella javiana and Salmonella infantis increased more than twofold during the same period. The report also found a 13% increase in infections attributed to Campylobacter and a 52% rise in infections from Vibrio. HealthDay News
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