Dirty Air Might Harm Your Kidneys

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Air pollution may harm your kidneys, a new study says. “Even levels below the limit set by the [Environmental Protection Agency] were harmful to the kidneys. This suggests that there is no safe level of air pollution,” said study leader Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly. Al-Aly is director of clinical…

Premature Births Cost Health Plans Billions

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Premature births cost U.S. employer-sponsored health plans billions of dollars a year, a new study claims. About 1 in 10 infants in the country are born prematurely (less than 37 weeks gestation), putting them at increased risk for birth defects and long-term health problems. Employer-sponsored health plans spent…

Sound the Mosquito Alarm, Across the USA

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Two species of disease-transmitting mosquitoes could likely flourish in most of the United States, government researchers report. Specifically, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus could survive and reproduce for at least part of the year in three-quarters of the counties in the lower 48 states if introduced there, according…

Asthma Drug Tied to Nightmares, Depression

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The asthma medication Singulair (montelukast) appears linked to neuropsychiatric side effects, such as depression, aggression, nightmares and headaches, according to a new review by Dutch researchers. But experts aren’t yet ready to pull the plug on this class of medication. “In our study, we give prescribing physicians the…