• Health Tip: Keep Your Breath Fresher April 26, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Bad breath affects more than 40 million Americans, the American Dental Hygienists' Association says. Routine dental cleanings can help limit buildup of plaque, which can reduce bad breath. The association suggests these additional bad-breath preventives: Rinse your mouth with water after eating. Chew sugarless gum to stimulate ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Manage Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease April 26, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Crohn's disease is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and irritation of the digestive tract. It affects more than 500,000 people in the United States, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says. People can develop Crohn's at any age, but it's most likely ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 25, 2018 April 26, 2018 - Family Warns of 'Dry Drowning' After Daughter's Near-Death Hospitals Will Have to Post Prices Online: Medicare
  • Stop Burnout in Its Tracks April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Finding the right work-life balance isn't easy. For many people, 9 to 5 has stretched to 9 to 7 -- or longer. And responsibilities can start much earlier in the day, especially for those with kids to corral in the morning. Burnout is ... Read more »
  • Exercise Your Blues Away April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise can reduce your risk of depression, no matter what your age or where you live, research suggests. In a new study, an international team of researchers analyzed data from 49 studies that included nearly 267,000 people in North America, Europe and ... Read more »
  • AHA: His Workouts Helped Him Spot a Dangerous Heart Problem April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Ricky Reyes had just begun a high-intensity exercise program to get in better shape. But instead of feeling energized, the workouts left him exhausted and with spasms in his back, arms and jaw. His fitness trainer had previously told him his body ... Read more »
  • Big Decline in Births to Girls Under 15, CDC Says April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep decline over the past two decades in births to American girls under the age of 15, a new report finds. Overall, "the number of U.S. births to females aged 10 to 14 was a record low in 2016, dropping ... Read more »
  • Advil + Tylenol Better Than Opioids for Dental Pain April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide better relief for dental pain than prescription opioids and are less likely to cause side effects, researchers say. "What we know is that prescribing narcotics should be a last resort," said study co-author Anita Aminoshariae, an associate professor ... Read more »
  • Can Type 2 Diabetes Lead to Irregular Periods for Teen Girls? April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As if coping with type 2 diabetes as a teenager isn't tough enough, it turns out that many girls with the metabolic disorder also have to deal with irregular periods. And menstrual cycles that stray from normal can lead to very heavy bleeding ... Read more »
  • As Weather Changes, So Do Social Media Posts April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Too hot, too cold, too humid: Weather may influence whether or not people post negative comments on social media, researchers report. They compared weather conditions in relation to 2.4 billion Facebook posts and 1.1 billion Twitter posts between 2009 and 2016. And they ... Read more »
  • Don’t Panic Over ‘Dry Drowning’ Reports, ER Docs Say April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite media hype this week around what's being called "dry drowning," a group representing U.S. emergency physicians says the water is still safe for kids this summer. Reports of so-called dry drowning have made headlines, and just this week the family of 4-year-old ... Read more »
  • Restless Legs Linked to Brain Changes April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Structural changes in the area of the brain that processes sensations may be linked with restless legs syndrome, a new study suggests. People with restless legs syndrome experience uncomfortable sensations in the legs and a need to move them. It often occurs in ... Read more »
  • Fetal Immune System May Trigger Premature Birth: Study April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most potential explanations of premature birth revolve around the mother, and what might cause her body to reject her developing fetus. But what if it's the other way around? A new study suggests some preterm births occur because the fetus rejects the mother, ... Read more »
  • HIV Drug Appears Safe During Pregnancy April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs to prevent HIV-positive pregnant women from infecting their unborn babies appear safe and don't raise the risk for premature birth or infant death, new research indicates. The U.S. scientists said their findings should ease worries among expectant mothers treated with antiviral regimens ... Read more »
  • Cases Rise in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of illnesses linked to Arizona romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli have risen sharply, from 53 cases a week ago to 84 on Wednesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that three more states -- Colorado, Georgia and ... Read more »
  • Race Now Plays Smaller Role in Americans’ Risk of Dying Young April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The racial gap between black and white Americans for dying early has narrowed, but opioid overdose deaths among whites might be fueling part of that otherwise positive trend. The new findings stem from an analysis of death records between 1990 and 2014, which ... Read more »
  • Many Opioid Overdoses May Be Suicides April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States grapples with an ongoing opioid epidemic, experts are calling attention to a hidden aspect of the crisis: Many overdose deaths may, in fact, be suicides. The researchers describe suicide as a "silent contributor" to the nation's opioid overdose death ... Read more »
  • Fetal Procedure Prevents Rare Condition That Leaves Kids Unable to Sweat April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors say they've found a way to head off a rare birth defect that causes babies to be born without functioning sweat glands. By introducing a specific protein into the womb, researchers prevented the defect from taking hold in three children. This is ... Read more »
  • A Doctor’s Age May Matter With Emergency Surgery April 26, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you need an emergency operation, you're in safer hands with an older surgeon, new research suggests. "These findings provide evidence of a learning curve in surgical practice that has a meaningful impact on patients' outcomes," said lead researcher Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa. He's ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Ease Pregnancy-Related Leg Cramps April 25, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Leg cramps are a common symptom of pregnancy, often occurring at night. Cramps typically occur only for a short time, but they can be very uncomfortable, the Nemours Foundation says. The Foundation suggests how to ease the pain and reduce the frequency of cramps during pregnancy: Do ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever April 25, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a bacterial disease spread through the bite of an infected tick. More than 3,000 cases are reported each year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. While most tick bites occur during summer, ticks may bite during ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 24, 2018 April 25, 2018 - Committee Investigating Allegations Against Trump Nominee to Lead VA George H.W. Bush Hospitalized Due to Blood Infection New CDC Director's Salary Nearly Twice That of Predecessor New HHS Funding Rules for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Emphasize Abstinence
  • Avoid ‘Text Neck’ From Your Cellphone April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your cellphone puts the world at your fingertips, but it can wreak havoc with your neck. There's even a name for the pain you get when looking down at your screen -- "text neck" -- and it can cause problems along the entire ... Read more »
  • Meditation Can Soothe the Anxious Soul in Just One Session April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A single session of meditation can lower your anxiety levels, a small new study finds. "Our results show a clear reduction in anxiety in the first hour after the meditation session, and our preliminary results suggest that anxiety was significantly lower one week ... Read more »
  • For Soccer Players, Heading May Pose Bigger Risk Than Collisions April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Heading the ball -- not player collisions -- may lead to temporary thinking declines in soccer players, a new study finds. "Unintentional head impacts are generally considered the most common cause of diagnosed concussions in soccer, so it's understandable that current prevention efforts ... Read more »
  • Too Much Drinking May Be Tied to PMS: Study April 25, 2018 - MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- How much a woman indulges in alcohol may have ties to her premenstrual syndrome symptoms, a new global research review suggests. "We estimate that 11 percent of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) cases may be associated to alcohol intake worldwide," according to a team led ... Read more »
  • Extreme Exercisers May Have Higher Odds for ALS April 25, 2018 - MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fitness buffs who push themselves to the limit during workouts might slightly increase their risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests. The same may hold true for working stiffs whose jobs place extreme physical demands upon them, the European ... Read more »
  • Could Caffeine During Pregnancy Spur Weight Gain in Kids? April 25, 2018 - MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's new evidence that even moderate amounts of caffeine consumed by a mom-to-be might affect her child's weight years later. The overall effect was small -- an average of an extra pound by age 8. But children of women who consumed the most ... Read more »
  • Heavy Drinking Could Raise Your Gum Disease Risk April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who drink more than the recommended daily limit of alcohol may harbor an unhealthy mix of bacteria in their mouths, a new study suggests. Researchers found that compared with nondrinkers, those who drank relatively heavily had fewer "good" bacteria in their mouths. ... Read more »
  • Common Colon Cancer Screen May Help Men More Than Women April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sigmoidoscopy, an alternative to colonoscopy, may help one gender more than the other, new research shows. Flexible sigmoidoscopy looks at about a third of the colon, as compared to the whole colon as is seen in colonoscopy. But unlike colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy does not ... Read more »
  • Kids Are Naturally as Fit as an ‘Iron Man’ April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Confirming what many exhausted parents likely already know, scientists say a typical young boy is a sort of super athlete. Compared with adults, preadolescent boys have a near matchless ability to endure and bounce back from high-intensity play, researchers report. When it comes ... Read more »
  • AHA: What Does the Research Say About Coffee and Your Health? April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Coffee. Cup of joe. Java. No matter what you call it, millions of people worldwide wake up and fuel their day with it. And though consumers might be jittery about the recent court battle in California over cancer warnings, experts say most ... Read more »
  • Anesthesia Doesn’t Seem to Harm Child’s IQ: Study April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving anesthesia before age 3 does not appear to affect a child's intelligence, according to a new study. However, having anesthesia a number of times at a young age may affect fine motor skills, behavior and learning problems, the Mayo Clinic researchers found. ... Read more »
  • New Hope Against Disease That Prematurely Ages Children April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In April 2011, at the age of just 10 months, Ohio native Carly Kudzia was diagnosed with the rare and fatal premature aging disease known as progeria. "There was an average life span quoted to me that I shall not repeat," said Carly's ... Read more »
  • Medical Marijuana May Not Help Your Sleep Apnea: Experts April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana shouldn't be used to treat sleep apnea, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says in a new position statement. The group warned that the drug and its synthetic extracts haven't been shown to be safe, effective or well-tolerated by patients with ... Read more »
  • Obese Men Suffer ‘Weight Stigma,’ Too April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's a long-held stereotype that men are less self-conscious about their weight than women. But a new study reveals that obese men are just as likely as women to be mistreated and stigmatized by others due to their excess pounds. Two out of ... Read more »
  • FDA Cracks Down on Youth Access to Juul E-Cigarettes April 25, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A crackdown on the sale of the wildly popular Juul brand of electronic cigarettes to teens was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It includes a nationwide undercover blitz targeting the illegal sale of Juul products to minors at both ... Read more »
  • Got Asthma? Avoid Allergens April 22, 2018 - SATURDAY, April 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you have asthma, it may help to reduce your exposure to allergens. Previous research has shown that roughly two-thirds of all people with asthma also have an allergy, allergy experts say. "What many people don't realize is that the same things that ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Appendicitis April 21, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Appendicitis is a painful inflammation of the appendix. It can be life-threatening if ignored and the appendix ruptures. More than 5 percent of people in the United States will develop appendicitis at some point during their lives, the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Screening for Cancer in Older Adults April 21, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Though a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help prevent cancer as you age, you shouldn't ignore cancer screening tests, the American Cancer Society warns. Otherwise, you may not realize that you have the disease until it's too late, the society says, stressing that early-stage cancer doesn't ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 20, 2018 April 21, 2018 - Dengue Vaccine Use Should Be Restricted: WHO
  • Keep Eating Veggies (and Fruits) for Better Health April 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your parents' advice to eat your vegetables has solid science behind it. Filling half your plate with non-starchy selections, as well as some fruit, provides a high volume of low-calorie food that can tame hunger as it delivers important nutrients. A study done ... Read more »
  • U.S. Better Able to Tackle Health Emergencies: Report April 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The United States is more ready for health disasters than it was five years ago, but certain regions still lag behind, a new report shows. The nation scored 7.1 on the 10-point 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index. That's nearly 3 percent better ... Read more »
  • AHA: Infections Could Trigger Stroke in Pregnant Women During Delivery April 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Pregnant women who have an infection when they enter the hospital for delivery might be at higher risk of having a stroke during their stay, according to new research. The study, published Friday in the journal Stroke, tried to determine if infections ... Read more »
  • Teens Who Cook Set the Table for Healthy Eating as Adults April 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teach teens to cook, and they will eat better as adults. That's the conclusion of a new study conducted at schools in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. Participants reported on their cooking skills in 2002-2003 when they were aged 18 to 23, and they ... Read more »
  • When Does Online Gaming Become an Addiction? April 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For most, playing online video games is largely a harmless hobby. But a new review finds that some fall prey to what experts call "internet gaming disorder." The concept that gaming could become an addiction first gained traction in 2013 when the disorder ... Read more »
  • A Big Belly Bad for Your Heart April 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you're not obese, too much belly fat could harm your ticker, researchers report. "People with a normal weight but a fat belly have more chance of heart problems than people without a fat belly, even if they are obese according to ... Read more »
  • Wrist Device Shows Promise for Hand Tremors April 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A wrist device that stimulates nerves in the arm may bring some relief to people with hand tremors, a preliminary study suggests. The research involved more than 100 patients with essential tremor -- a neurological condition that causes trembling in the hands, legs, ... Read more »
  • Contact Sports May Alter the Brain, Scans Suggest April 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are differences in the brains of athletes who play contact sports and those who play noncontact sports, according to researchers. But they added that it isn't clear if these differences are caused by blows to the head because the study only showed ... Read more »
  • Even Organic Cotton Tampons Can Cause Toxic Shock: Study April 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although still exceedingly rare, menstrual toxic shock syndrome can be dangerous and has been tied to the use of tampons. And new research finds that the type of fibers used in manufacturing tampons doesn't seem to matter -- 100-percent cotton or synthetic-fiber varieties ... Read more »
  • Mucus Test May Help Doctors Treat Sinusitis Better April 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nasal mucus could provide important clues about chronic sinusitis, researchers say. Chronic sinusitis, a common condition, occurs when the sinuses are swollen for more than three months. Analyzing mucus from the nose of someone with chronic sinusitis could help doctors determine whether surgery ... Read more »
  • Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study April 21, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn't take a single pill during their recuperation, said lead researcher Elizabeth Habermann. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Living With Cardiomyopathy April 20, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that causes the heart to become enlarged, rigid or thicker. As the condition worsens, the heart becomes weaker and is less effective at pumping blood, the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says. The agency suggests how to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Healthy Teeth May Signal Healthy Heart April 20, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Your teeth may be a good indicator of your heart health, the American Heart Association says. A recent clinical study focusing on tooth loss during midlife found that people who lost two or more teeth during the trial had a 23 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 19, 2018 April 20, 2018 - No Criminal Charges in Prince's Death FDA Should Approve Marijuana-Derived Epilepsy Drug: Advisory Committee As Prescriptions for Opioids Fall, Use of Anti-Addiction Meds Rises Keeping Donated Livers Warm, Rather than Cool, May Help Them Last Longer: Study Early and Quick Turnaround Deployments Increase U.S. Soldiers' Suicide Risk: Study
  • Meditation: Different Approaches, Different Benefits April 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Deep breathing is a great stress reliever, and the technique called mindfulness meditation is a helpful way to use breathing to get more in touch with your inner self. People who meditate say they feel more positive, and have more energy and better ... Read more »
  • You and Your Pooch May Have Similar Tummy Bacteria April 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The makeup of bacteria in your dog's digestive tract may be more like your own than you think, researchers say. In a new study, investigators analyzed gut bacteria populations ("microbiomes") in two dog breeds. The findings showed that the genes in the dogs' ... Read more »
  • His and Her Knee Injuries Occur the Same Way April 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women are more likely than men to suffer a knee injury called an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But -- surprisingly -- the injury occurs the same way in both genders, a new study reveals. Prior research suggested women are two to four ... Read more »
  • As Younger Men’s Smoking Rises, So Does Their Stroke Risk April 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Men under 50 who smoke cigarettes are increasing their risk for a stroke, researchers warn. And the more they smoke, the greater their stroke risk, reported the University of Maryland investigators. The bottom line: quit. But if you can't, smoking fewer cigarettes may ... Read more »
  • Gene Change May Have Helped Indonesia’s Deep-Sea Divers April 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For members of an Indonesian group known as the Bajau, the ability to dive deeply for long periods of time appears to be in their genes. Specifically, new research suggests their extraordinary breath-holding abilities may be due to genetically enlarged spleens. For over ... Read more »
  • Even Flies Enjoy Ejaculation: Study April 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It seems that males of many species -- even the common fruit fly -- get a real buzz from ejaculation. And, like some human males, if denied sex, male fruit flies will turn to boozing instead. There's actually some scientific purpose to all ... Read more »
  • Healthy Diet, Healthy Eyes April 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy eating may help preserve your vision as you age, eye experts say. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) damages the macula (a small area near the center of the retina, located on the inside back layer of the eye), leading to a decline in ... Read more »
  • Doctor Who Gave Name to Asperger’s Syndrome Worked With Nazis: Report April 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Austrian doctor who defined Asperger's syndrome may have collaborated with the Nazis and likely played a role in the deaths of hundreds of mentally disabled children, new research claims. The findings challenge the "narrative" that pediatrician Hans Asperger was an active opponent ... Read more »
  • Drinking May Worsen Hearing Loss at Loud Concerts April 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- High-decibel music blasting at big concert venues is a known cause of short-term hearing loss. But new research suggests drinking doesn't help matters, with drunk concertgoers actually moving closer to loudspeakers. The study of 51 young attendees at an outdoor music festival in ... Read more »
  • Could a Tattoo Someday Spot Your Cancer? April 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tattoos serve many purposes, perhaps expressing artistry, loyalty or love. Now, scientists working with mice say they've engineered a medical "tattoo" that can screen for early signs of major disease. The biomedical tattoo is made up of cells embedded with sensors that measure ... Read more »
  • More Cases in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce April 20, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The outbreak of E. coli illness tied to tainted Arizona romaine lettuce continues to expand, federal health officials said Wednesday. "Since the last update on April 13, 2018, 18 more ill people have been added to this investigation, bringing the total number to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Recognize Early Signs of Autism April 19, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Autism may be detected at an early age by paying attention to your baby's social and language skills, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. But all children who have autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will not have the same symptoms or severity, the academy notes. Still, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Relieve Your Blister, Corn or Callus April 19, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Blisters, corns and calluses have at least one thing in common: they're triggered by the friction of two surfaces rubbing against each other. The Nemours Foundation suggests how to care for these skin issues: Keep a blister clean, dry and bandaged until it heals. Avoid putting pressure ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 18, 2018 April 19, 2018 - Barbara Bush Dead at Age 92 French Man First in World to Have Second Face Transplant First Drug for Rare Form of Rickets Approved by FDA
  • Turn Chores Into a Fitness Routine April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is the "e" word -- exercise -- a downer for you? If so, you need look no further than everyday chores to find new ways to ramp up your workout level and burn more calories. Remember, if you're moving you're burning calories -- ... Read more »
  • Gene Twist Can Make Your Blood Pressure Spike From Salt April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research sheds light on why some people's blood pressure is especially sensitive to salt. The research team previously discovered that a natural gene variation that occurs in 48 percent of people increases a person's chances of having blood pressure that's sensitive to ... Read more »
  • Add Muscle Weakness as Another Cost of Type 1 Diabetes April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Poor muscle health may be a complication of type 1 diabetes, even in young people who get plenty of exercise. That's the finding of Canadian researchers who analyzed muscle samples from young adults with and without type 1 diabetes who did more than ... Read more »
  • Could Banned Chemicals Be Lurking in Your Kitchen? April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Toxic chemicals that have been banned for nearly four decades may be hiding in kitchens across the United States, new research suggests. Polychlorinated biphenyls, more commonly known as PCBs, might be released when cabinet sealants break down, the scientists warn. PCBs are cancer-causing ... Read more »
  • More Than 40% of Americans Breathe Dirty Air: Report April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than two of every five Americans reside in counties with unhealthy levels of smog and air pollution, thanks largely to the effect of global warming, health researchers report. Ozone levels spiked in the United States in 2016, which was the nation's second-hottest ... Read more »
  • Marriage Means ‘I Do’ for Skin Cancer Detection April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A walk down the aisle may be a healthy step to better skin cancer detection. New research shows that simply by being married, people increase their odds that a melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer -- will be spotted early, ... Read more »
  • AHA: Hypertension Plus Prediabetes a Dangerous Duo for the Heart April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- High blood pressure and prediabetes together may do more harm to the body than either one alone. The first study of its type looking into the association between slightly elevated blood sugar levels and high blood pressure found that prediabetes didn't increase ... Read more »
  • Americans Toss Out Tons of Fruits and Veggies April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Americans may be trying to eat healthy, but they're throwing away mountains of produce in the process, a new study suggests. "Higher-quality diets have greater amounts of fruits and vegetables, which are being wasted in greater quantities than other food," said study co-author ... Read more »
  • Many Teens Don’t Know Juul Contains Addictive Nicotine April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many young Americans don't realize that the wildly popular Juul electronic cigarettes contain highly addictive nicotine, putting them at risk for future cigarette use, a new study shows. Looking much like a USB flash drive, just one Juul cartridge has nicotine levels equal ... Read more »
  • ‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Paralyzed by Spinal Infection April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Reality TV star Abby Lee Miller nearly died after she developed a spinal infection that left her paralyzed from the neck down, People magazine reports. The former "Dance Moms" star sought emergency treatment at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital after the onset ... Read more »
  • Does Pot Really Dull a Teen’s Brain? April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pot-smoking teens may not be dooming themselves to a destiny of dim-wittedness, a new review suggests. The memory and thinking abilities of teenagers do not appear to be as strongly affected by heavy marijuana use as previously suspected, according to an evaluation of ... Read more »
  • Just One Concussion Could Raise Parkinson’s Risk April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you've ever had a mild concussion, your risk of developing Parkinson's disease goes up by 56 percent, a new study of more than 300,000 U.S. veterans suggests. "Upwards of 40 percent of adults have had a traumatic brain injury [concussion], so these ... Read more »
  • What’s the Best Way to Track Your Blood Pressure? April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Blood pressure readings taken with a portable monitor may be a much better gauge of your prognosis than readings at the doctor's office, new research suggests. The study of nearly 64,000 adults found that "ambulatory" blood pressure monitoring was clearly better at predicting ... Read more »
  • Gene Therapy May Be Cure for Some With Rare Blood Disorder April 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Wanda Sihanath didn't like the fact that her inherited blood disorder would not allow her to travel far from Chicago to attend college, but what could she do? Without regular transfusions and blood testing, the beta-thalassemia she inherited from her parents could eventually ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: If You’re Pregnant and Have Diabetes April 18, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Women who have diabetes should take precautions to ensure that both mother and baby stay healthy throughout pregnancy. High maternal blood sugar can harm the developing baby, resulting in birth defects or miscarriage. This is especially true during the first few weeks of pregnancy, the National Institute ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Allergy Blood Testing April 18, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Allergy testing may be recommended for people who suspect they react to allergens such as animal dander, food, dust or pollen. When you have an allergy, your immune system treats this type of harmless substance as a threat. To fight this perceived threat, your immune system makes ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 17, 2018 April 18, 2018 - First Drug for Rare Form of Rickets Approved by FDA Dirty Air a Problem for Most People Worldwide: Report Sen. John McCain Recovering After Intestinal Surgery
  • ‘Flexitarian’ Eating: Part Vegetarian, Part Not April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to eat more vegetables and less meat, but don't want to give up meat altogether, there's an alternative. It's called flexitarian -- for flexible vegetarian. You primarily eat a vegetarian diet, but you eat meat on certain days of the ... Read more »
  • Can Mom-to Be’s’ Weight Affect Daughters’ Risk for Early Puberty? April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Girls whose moms were overweight or had high blood sugar during pregnancy may be more likely to enter puberty early, a large new study suggests. The Kaiser Permanente researchers said their findings could lead to new strategies to curb early puberty, which can ... Read more »
  • Go Nuts for Heart Health April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The crunchy goodness of peanuts, walnuts, cashews and other nuts may be just what the cardiologist ordered, new research suggests. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, the analysis of health data on more than 61,000 Swedes aged 45 and older found regularly eating ... Read more »
  • AHA: Fire Fighters Save One of Their Own After Heart Attack April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Firefighter Tony Spagnoletti was on overnight duty when he woke up with chest pains. He sloughed it off as "gas." "We'd been doing a rope rescue training earlier and I'd spent the day climbing up and down ladders," Spagnoletti recalled of the ... Read more »
  • States Should Help Struggling Teen Moms, Poll Finds April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant teens should receive some state support as long as they meet certain conditions, such as taking parenting classes, many American adults believe. That's the finding of a poll of more than 2,000 adults nationwide with children under age 18. "Teen pregnancy can ... Read more »
  • Organs From Opioid OD Victims Are Saving Lives: Study April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Organ donations from Americans who have died from an opioid overdose have risen dramatically in the past two decades, new research reveals. And investigators say that such transplants are just as successful and safe as those involving organs obtained from trauma victims or ... Read more »
  • Exercise In, Vitamin D Out for Preventing Falls: U.S. Panel April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With aging often comes worry about falls and the bone fractures they cause. Now, a panel of U.S. experts has new advice on what helps and what doesn't when it comes to staying upright. For starters, get off the sofa. And don't rely ... Read more »
  • Skin Sensor Might Someday Track Alcoholics’ Booze Intake April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An injectable sensor that could provide ongoing monitoring of the alcohol intake of people receiving addiction treatment is in development. The miniature biosensor would be placed just beneath the skin surface and be powered wirelessly by a wearable device, such as a smartwatch ... Read more »
  • The Poop on House Mice: They Carry ‘Superbugs’ April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- House mice are ubiquitous in New York City, and those uninvited guests may harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study finds. Researchers found that mice had taken up residence in all of the city neighborhoods they studied -- from the wealthiest to the poorest. ... Read more »
  • Some Blood Pressure Meds Tied to Pancreatic Cancer Risk in Women April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Certain drugs prescribed to treat high blood pressure may boost a woman's risk for developing pancreatic cancer after menopause, new research suggests. In a large study of postmenopausal women, those who had ever taken a short-acting calcium channel blocker (CCB) saw their pancreatic ... Read more »
  • Ketamine Nasal Spray Shows Promise Against Depression, Suicide April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a small, early study, a nasal spray containing the club drug ketamine appears to quickly help ease depression and even curb thoughts of suicide. Psychiatrists were cautiously optimistic about the anesthetic's potential for treating the mood disorder. "This study only had 68 ... Read more »
  • New Therapy May Prevent Tough-to-Treat Migraines April 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope -- the first of a new class of drugs aimed at warding off the headaches. Researchers found that the injected drug, called erenumab, could prevent migraines if other ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: When to Wash Your Hands April 17, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Hand washing with soap and warm water is an effective way to prevent the spread of germs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests washing your hands at these key times: Before, during and after preparing food. Before eating. Before and after caring for someone ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Dermal Fillers April 17, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Dermal fillers can help smooth out smile lines and crow's feet, or plump up lips and cheeks that have lost their fullness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the use of dermal fillers as medical devices. Examples include collagen injections, hyaluronic acid gel or Poly-L-lactic acid. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 16, 2018 April 17, 2018 - Flesh-Eating Disease Outbreak in Australia Dolly the Sheep Creator Has Parkinson's Barbara Bush in 'Failing Health' Animal Feces Found in Counterfeit Makeup: LA Police
  • How to Keep Anger From Getting the Better of You April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Anger isn't just an emotional reaction -- it can affect you physically, too. It's been shown to raise your risk for heart disease and other problems related to stress -- like sleep trouble, digestion woes and headaches. That makes it important, then, to ... Read more »
  • Foodborne Illnesses Can Mean Financial Ruin for Restaurants April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An outbreak of salmonella at a restaurant can not only make diners sick, it can also be a restaurant's worst financial nightmare, new research shows. When foodborne illnesses strike, millions are lost in revenue, legal fees and fines, which could force some establishments ... Read more »
  • Smoking Puts Blacks at Higher Risk for Heart Failure April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may significantly increase black Americans' risk of heart failure, a new study warns. The study included 4,129 black participants who were followed for a median of eight years. Half were followed for a shorter time, half for a longer period. Their average ... Read more »
  • Drug Keytruda May Help Block Melanoma’s Return April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Taking the drug Keytruda after surgery for advanced melanoma significantly reduced patients' risk of their cancer returning, a new study found. Last May, Keytruda (pembrolizumab) became the first ever drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fight cancers based on ... Read more »
  • Transgender Kids Face High Risk of Mental Health Woes April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children and teens who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming are more likely to be diagnosed with mental health woes, new research suggests. People who are transgender or gender non-conforming have a gender identity that's different from the one they were at birth. ... Read more »
  • Love Your Hair Color? You Have Over 100 Genes to Thank. April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The color of your hair turns out to be a complicated thing, with a full 124 genes determining whether you wind up a blonde, brunette or redhead. The researchers who pinpointed the origins of hair hue said their findings could improve understanding of ... Read more »
  • New Drugs May Be Big Advance in Lung Cancer Care April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs designed to trigger a patient's immune system may help boost survival for those battling lung cancer, two new studies found. The first study found that when the immunotherapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) was combined with standard chemotherapy, the chance that a patient would ... Read more »
  • Can ‘Mono’ Virus Up Odds for 7 Other Diseases? April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of young Americans have lived through the fatigue and discomfort of mononucleosis. Now, new research suggests, but doesn't prove, that the virus that causes the illness may be linked to an increased risk for seven other serious immune-system diseases. Those diseases include ... Read more »
  • U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins After Heart Attack April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who survive a heart attack are less likely than men to receive cholesterol-lowering statin drugs that can reduce the risk of another heart attack or stroke, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data on more than 88,000 U.S. adults who filled a ... Read more »
  • AHA: A Call for Deeper Understanding of AFib April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Much of what doctors and researchers know about treating atrial fibrillation is based simply on the yes-no question of whether a patient has the condition or not. But this all-too-common heart rhythm disorder is much more complicated than that -- and a ... Read more »
  • Safety Info for Opioids Found Lacking April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Information about safe storage and disposal of opioid painkillers on the drugs' package inserts is inconsistent, and even missing from some products, researchers report. Incorrect storage or disposal of unused opioid painkillers is common and a major source of illegal opioid medication use, ... Read more »
  • Coffee Safe for Many With Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Review April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Caffeine can send the heart racing, but for some people coffee may help prevent abnormal heartbeats, Australian researchers report. Many doctors advise patients with abnormal heart rhythms ("arrhythmias") to avoid caffeine. But, for most heart patients, coffee and tea are safe and may ... Read more »
  • Too Much Sitting Could Raise Brain Risks April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's been lots of research into how too many hours lounging on chairs and sofas can harm the heart. Now, researchers say all that sitting might be bad for your brain, too. A new study found that too much time spent sitting was ... Read more »
  • Overcoming Fear of Back Pain May Spur Recovery April 17, 2018 - MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic back pain often try painkillers and other treatments without success. Now, a new study suggests a program of education and exercise may provide relief. Helping patients think differently about pain and encouraging them to move in ways they previously feared ... Read more »
  • Company Recalls More Than 200 Million Eggs Due to Salmonella Scare April 17, 2018 - SUNDAY, April 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 207 million eggs produced at a farm in Hyde County, N.C., are being voluntarily recalled because of concerns of contamination with the salmonella bacteria, the egg company announced. In a statement, Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind. said that 22 illnesses but ... Read more »
  • A College Student’s Guide to Avoiding Burnout April 16, 2018 - SUNDAY, April 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Juggling classes, jobs and extracurricular activities can lead to big-time burnout in college, but knowing its signs can help savvy students avoid it, one psychologist says. "Burnout is described as feeling apathy and lack of interest toward activities that were previously enjoyable, some ... Read more »
  • Telltale Clues That Your Child Is Depressed April 15, 2018 - SATURDAY, April 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Know what to look for if you suspect your child or teen may be depressed. "In children and adolescents who are depressed, you may notice more irritability and loss of interest rather than just sadness or a depressed mood," said Kimberly Burkhart, a ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Using Glaucoma Eye Drops April 14, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Eye drops are a popular way to treat glaucoma, a group of diseases that, if untreated, can damage the optic nerve and lead to blindness. To be safe and effective, however, these eye drops must be used as prescribed by a doctor. The U.S. National Eye Institute ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Poisoning at Home April 14, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Some 3 million people -- many under age 5 -- swallow or consume a poisonous substance each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Common sources include medicines, cleaning products, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil. The academy advises on how ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 13, 2018 April 14, 2018 - Prince Philip Returns Home Following Hip Replacement Surgery Arnold Schwarzenegger Healing After Heart Surgery Limit Alcohol To One Drink a Day: Study Canadian Online Pharmacy Faces $34 Million in Fines
  • What You Need to Know About Fever in Adults April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to a fever, what's true for kids isn't necessarily so for adults. Even a slight temperature in a child warrants a call to the doctor. That's not the case, though, for most fevers in most adults. What's considered a normal ... Read more »
  • Yoga Can Soothe Anxious Grade Schoolers April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga at school might work wonders for the younger set, new research suggests. In the study, 52 third-graders who had symptoms of anxiety were randomly assigned to take part in either yoga/mindfulness sessions for eight weeks, or to a control group that received ... Read more »
  • Toxins in E-Cigarettes May Vary by Flavor April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The flavor you choose for your e-cigarette liquid may determine how many toxins you inhale, new research suggests. Those toxins -- called free radicals -- are linked to cancer, heart disease, inflammation and other diseases, the scientists said. In the study, citrus and ... Read more »
  • Preschool, Day Care Not Asthma Triggers: Study April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breathe easy, Mom and Dad. Sending your young children to preschool or day care probably won't increase their risk of developing asthma. In fact, researchers report, it may help protect your kids against the respiratory disease. Investigators at the University of California, San ... Read more »
  • Fewer U.S. Kids Are Getting Cavities April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer U.S. kids are plagued by tooth cavities compared to just a few years ago, but income disparities persist, according to a new U.S. government study. Researchers found that in 2015-2016, about 43 percent of children ages 2 to 19 had cavities. That ... Read more »
  • AHA: Rx for Sedentary Kids — Friends and the Great Outdoors April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Hanging out with friends can make kids less sedentary, but having inviting outdoor spaces and nearby parks can help them be more physically active, according to new research. Both are important for kids' health, said Tracie Barnett, lead author of a study ... Read more »
  • ‘Let It Go’ May Be Good Advice for Health April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The advice to "let go" of negative feelings is repeated in yoga classes and self-help books. Now a new study suggests it really brings a lasting health benefit. The study, of more than 1,100 middle-aged adults, found that those who had a hard ... Read more »
  • FDA Cracks Down on Caffeine-Loaded Supplements April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it has issued tough new restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements that contain dangerously high amounts of caffeine. Supplements that contain pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms are no ... Read more »
  • Another Study Finds Later School Bell Brings Sleep Bonus for Teens April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Singapore's teens are the world's best on an international test of academic performance, but they pay for it with their sleep. Most get well below the recommended eight to 10 hours of shut-eye on school nights. But a new study finds that delaying ... Read more »
  • Busting Myths Surrounding Cancer and Genetic Testing April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, genetic testing may benefit people with a strong history of family cancer, an expert in genetics suggests. This is especially true in families with a history of ... Read more »
  • Fish Oil Supplements Fail to Ease Dry Eye, Study Shows April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There was hope that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil supplements might ease the discomfort of chronic dry eye. But new research suggests that isn't so. "Contrary to a long-held belief in the ophthalmic community, omega-3 supplements are not significantly better ... Read more »
  • Arizona Romaine Lettuce Tied to Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak: CDC April 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You may want to think twice about that Caesar salad. As a recent outbreak of serious illness from the E. coli stomach bug continues to spread across the United States, experts say romaine lettuce grown in Arizona could be the culprit. Since the ... Read more »
  • Doctors Curbing First-Time Prescriptions for Opioids April 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although the opioid epidemic continues to rage in America, promising new data show that first-time opioid painkiller prescription rates have slowed in recent years. The researchers also discovered that people taking medications called benzodiazepines -- used to treat anxiety, panic attacks and mental ... Read more »
  • Spring Sneezin’ Season Has Sprung April 14, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you suffer from allergies, you already know that pollen is in the air -- even in the parts of the United States with unseasonably cool temperatures. So what kind of allergy season can we expect this year? Will we see a return ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Women Have Unique Nutrition Needs April 13, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Women have unique nutritional needs, especially during pregnancy and menopause. Here's how a woman's diet should differ from that of a man, courtesy of the U.S. government's Office on Women's Health: Calories. Women typically need fewer calories because women naturally have less muscle, more body fat and ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Signs of Abuse at an Eldercare Facility April 13, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Each year, thousands of adults over age 60 are abused, neglected or financially exploited, the National Institute on Aging says. The agency mentions these possible warning signs of elder abuse: Trouble sleeping. Depression or confusion. Unexplained weight loss. Acting agitated or violent. Social withdrawal. Unexplained bruises, burns ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 12, 2018 April 13, 2018 - Baby Born 4 Years After Parents Die E. Coli Outbreak Hits 7 States, Source Is Unknown Former U.S. House Speaker Boehner Now Backs Marijuana Legalization, Joins Cannabis Company Board
  • The Bad Habits That Lead to Weight Gain April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's no secret that weight gain results from consuming too many calories. But at its core is an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy habits. On one side of the scale -- the healthy side -- are foods such as whole grains, fruits and ... Read more »
  • Cigarette Tax Hike Could Ease Poverty for Millions Worldwide: Study April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A big boost in cigarette prices could lead to fewer health problems and less poverty for millions of people worldwide, according to a new study. The researchers from the Global Tobacco Economics Consortium used a computer model to predict how a 50 percent ... Read more »
  • Control Blood Pressure to Keep Dementia at Bay: Study April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Bringing high blood pressure under control can reduce older black Americans' risk of dementia, a new study finds. Black people are at high risk for high blood pressure and dementia, the researchers noted. The study included more than 1,200 black Americans, aged 65 ... Read more »
  • FDA Approves AI Device to Spot Diabetic Eye Disease April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Artificial intelligence software that can detect diabetes-related damage to the retina -- called diabetic retinopathy -- has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The IDx-DR program analyzes images of a patient's retinas taken with a special camera. The digital images ... Read more »
  • Want to Help Beat Colon Cancer? Live Healthy April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 1.3 million Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, but new research suggests that adopting a healthy lifestyle goes a long way toward boosting survival. The study followed nearly 1,000 patients with advanced colon cancer for an average of seven years. It ... Read more »
  • AHA: Florida Lifeguards Helped Save Man’s Life After Cardiac Arrest April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- For J.R. Bourne, a day at the beach rekindles good and bad memories. It's the place where the Jacksonville Beach, Florida, resident died and was brought back to life thanks to fast-thinking first responders and an automated external defibrillator. Back in June ... Read more »
  • Who Lives Longer — Night Owls or Early Birds? April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- "Night owls" might pay a price when it comes to their health and longevity, a new study reports. Folks who stay up late and struggle to wake in the morning have a 10 percent higher risk of dying sooner than so-called "morning larks" ... Read more »
  • Is Your Waiter Stoned? Study Finds Pot Use Highest Among Restaurant Workers April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey of workers in pot-friendly Colorado finds the food service industry is the most likely to have employees who use marijuana. The study used 2014-2015 survey data involving more than 10,000 adult workers from across Colorado, which is one of 29 ... Read more »
  • The Traits That Hike High School Dropout Risk April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The reasons students quit high school are complex, but aggression and weak study skills are two key factors, a new study finds. Researchers followed 620 students in Georgia from grades 6 to 12. Teachers completed annual assessments of each student during that time. ... Read more »
  • Philly’s Soda Tax Is Working, Study Finds April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Philadelphia's "soda" tax seems to be getting the results city officials wanted. New research shows that since the city began taxing sodas, energy drinks and other sweetened beverages on Jan. 1, 2017, Philadelphians are about 40 percent less likely than residents of three ... Read more »
  • Tough Times Can Leave Their Mark on the Older Brain April 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Divorce, death in the family, money troubles and serious health problems don't just stress you out -- these negative life events may actually accelerate the aging of your brain, new research suggests. "We used a new algorithm to predict brain aging after horrible ... Read more »
  • Even When You Think You’re Not Sleepy, Your Car Crash Risk Rises April 13, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You might be a drowsy driver without knowing it, and new research finds that can make you more dangerous on the road. People who suffer from chronic sleep apnea are more likely to crash, the study showed: For those with severe apnea, the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Improve Aging Skin April 12, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Aging skin, like death and taxes, is unavoidable. But you can slow down the process and keep your skin looking younger. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests how: Every day, even in winter, protect your skin by using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 or higher and ... Read more »
  • Heath Tip; How to Introduce Your Child to Peanuts April 12, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Peanuts, as with any food that's at high risk of triggering a dangerous allergy -- should be introduced slowly and methodically to rule out a possible reaction. Mild symptoms of an allergy include coughing, sneezing, rash or hives. More serious warning signs include lip swelling, vomiting, widespread ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 11, 2018 April 12, 2018 - Texas's Pregnancy-Related Death Rate Not as High as Thought: Study OxyContin Reformulation Did Not Prevent OD Deaths: Study Mariah Carey Reveals Battle with Bipolar Disorder Human Error Caused Loss of Frozen Eggs and Embryos, Storage Tank Company Says Strawberries Again Top the List of 'Dirtiest' Produce
  • Got Osteoarthritis? Get Moving April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is arthritis pain getting in the way of your fitness plans? That need not be the case. In fact, physical activity can be vital to your continued mobility. Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that affects about 27 million Americans -- most often in ... Read more »
  • Did 2016 Election Unleash OCD in the USA? April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's little doubt that the last presidential election sparked a host of emotions among Americans. But new research suggests it might also have triggered obsessive-compulsive behaviors in Democrats and Republicans alike. "The idea for our study came about while I was taking a ... Read more »
  • Brain Injuries Linked With Dementia Risk April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a mild one such as a concussion, may raise your risk for dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 36 years of data from 2.8 million people and found that those who sustained TBIs were 24 percent ... Read more »
  • AHA: Four-Legged Friends Can Have Heart Issues, Too April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11 (American Heart Association) -- Many Americans spend their lives with their pets -- sharing habits, walks and sometimes even the bed. To help celebrate National Pet Day on April 11 -- yes, it's an actual holiday -- here are seven heart-health facts about dogs, cats and the ... Read more »
  • Peanut Allergy Vaccine Works — in Mice April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental peanut-allergy vaccine proved effective in mice, researchers say. The vaccine protected allergic mice from reactions such as itchy skin and breathing problems when they were exposed to peanuts two weeks after their final vaccine dose, according to the University of Michigan ... Read more »
  • As Menopause Symptoms Get Worse, Heart May Pay a Price April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There could be a link between the severity of a woman's menopausal symptoms and her risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. While the research couldn't prove cause-and-effect, it's "yet another important study which highlights gender-specific risk factors for heart disease," said ... Read more »
  • Another Wildfire Danger: Heart Attacks April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Wildfire smoke may trigger a heart complication or stroke in vulnerable people, a new U.S. study suggests. Looking at the impact of the widespread California wildfires of 2015, researchers found a spike in emergency department visits for heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular ... Read more »
  • Cataract Surgery on Ebola Survivors Safe for Docs April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors needn't worry when they perform cataract surgery on Ebola survivors with eye problems caused by the highly contagious virus, a new study finds. Between 13 percent and 34 percent of Ebola survivors develop eye inflammation (uveitis) that causes problems ranging from mild ... Read more »
  • U.S. Heart Disease Rates Falling, But Gains Vary by State April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The overall rate of heart disease in the United States has declined 38 percent since 1990, a new report shows. Not every state has benefited equally, however. Between 2010 and 2016, 12 states actually saw their heart disease rates begin to creep up ... Read more »
  • Could Earlier Menopause Mean Poorer Memory in Senior Years? April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are older when they enter menopause may have a slight advantage when it comes to keeping key memory skills as they age, British researchers report. The study was decades long and tracked outcomes for more than 1,300 women. The research showed ... Read more »
  • Zika May Linger in Semen for Shorter Period Than Thought: Study April 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Guidelines in place for protecting against the sexual transmission of Zika virus need to be re-evaluated, based on a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC currently recommends that men who have traveled to a Zika-active region ... Read more »
  • Tiny Juul Device Getting U.S. Teens Hooked on Vaping April 12, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny e-cigarette devices that look like USB drives are making it tough for parents and educators to keep their kids from vaping. And these devices are producing a new generation of nicotine-addicted Americans, experts say. "The way these products are able to be ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Speak With Your Doctor if You Aren’t Sleeping Well April 11, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- If you aren't getting enough sleep, you'll probably feel very tired during the day. And you may not feel alert and refreshed when you wake up. While everyone has a sleepless night now and then, chronic lack of sleep can lead to a host of medical problems ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Practice Window Safety April 11, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- As spring approaches and the weather warms, you should be thinking about window safety and how to prevent falls and fire hazards. The National Safety Council suggests: Never paint or nail a window shut. Do not install an air conditioner in a window that may be needed ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 10, 2018 April 11, 2018 - Strawberries Again Top the List of 'Dirtiest' Produce Abortion Opponents May Get Exemption From Health Insurance Requirement U.S. National Academy of Medicine Member Should be Expelled for Ethics Violations: Complaint Girl With 3D-Printed Hand Throws First Pitch at SF Giants Game No Heart Risk From Stop-Smoking Drugs Chantix and Zyban: ... Read more »
  • First Auto-Darken Contact Lenses Approved April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first contact lenses that automatically darken in bright light, the agency said Tuesday in a news release. The technology, used for years in eyeglasses, stems from an additive that's added to the lenses, which ... Read more »
  • FDA Approves Contact Lenses That Shade the Sun April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The lives of contact lens wearers just got a whole lot easier. On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first contact lenses that can act like sunglasses. A special additive automatically darkens the lenses when exposed to bright light, while ... Read more »
  • Help for When You’re Wide-Eyed at 3 a.m. April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Something like this has happened to most of us: You wake up, wide awake, only to discover that it's 3 a.m. Suddenly your mind fills with worry about how hard tomorrow will be if you don't get more sleep. The problem is, you ... Read more »
  • Human Cancer Meds Might Help Save Tasmanian Devils April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs that fight cancer in people could help treat cancers that put Tasmanian devils at risk of extinction, researchers report. They found that two transmissible cancers -- devil facial tumor 1 (DFT1) and devil facial tumor 2 (DFT2) -- are closely related and ... Read more »
  • Who Do City Mosquitoes Bite Most? April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In cities, the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes varies according to neighborhood income -- and middle-class residents may be at greatest risk. That's the upshot of a study done in Baltimore, where researchers spent two years analyzing DNA from mosquitoes' stomachs. They ... Read more »
  • The Focus Shifts in Alzheimer’s Research April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The way that Alzheimer's disease is defined for research should be based on brain changes rather than symptoms. That's what leading Alzheimer's scientists are proposing in what could be a major policy change for investigating the brain-robbing illness. "We have to focus on ... Read more »
  • Sugar-Craving Gene Helps Lower Body Fat, But Has Downside April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A common version of a gene that makes you eat more sugar also plays a role in reducing body fat, surprised researchers report. "This goes against the current perception that eating sugar is bad for health," said study first author Timothy Frayling. The ... Read more »
  • Eyebrow-Raising Finding on How Human Communication Evolved April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Highly expressive eyebrows likely played a big role in humans' evolutionary success, researchers report. Early ancestors of humans had a large, bulging brow ridge -- a permanent signal of dominance and aggression, according to the team at the University of York in England. ... Read more »
  • Video Games May Be OK for Toddlers — If Mom or Dad Join In April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Parents, you may be able to stop feeling guilty about letting your toddlers play video games -- as long as you're playing with them. That's the suggestion of a small study on the effects of touchscreen technology on kids' development. The research dovetails ... Read more »
  • Common Gynecologic Condition Linked to Mental Health Issues April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) be at increased risk for mental health problems? And are their children more likely to have autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? That's the suggestion of a new British study that hints at a connection ... Read more »
  • Even Toddlers Endangered by Opioids, Other Addictive Drugs April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April, 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The youngest victims of America's addiction crisis are not the teenagers tempted by tobacco, pot and pills. Rather, they are tens of thousands of toddlers and preschoolers who are accidentally poisoned when they get into the drug stash of a parent or older ... Read more »
  • Many Parents Unsure of Talking About Sex With LGBT Kids April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens feel uneasy and uninformed when it comes to talking to them about sex and dating, a new study shows. The study included 44 parents of LGBT teens between the ages of 13 and ... Read more »
  • Study Highlights Vast Health Differences Between States April 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- How long you might live may depend on where you live. New research suggests that if you spend your days on a sunny Hawaiian island, your life expectancy is more than 81 years. Halfway across the country in Mississippi, however, you can count ... Read more »
  • One Man Got a Nasty Surprise From World’s Hottest Chili Pepper April 11, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Forget what a hot chili pepper can do to your stomach: A new case report suggests that eating some of the hottest ones may give you a headache that can send you to the emergency room. A young man was taking part in ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer April 10, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, trailing only lung cancer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Some 140,000 Americans get colorectal cancer each year, resulting in more than 50,000 deaths, the agency says. Your risk of developing ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Considering Breast Implants? April 10, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- If you are considering breast implants, you should be aware of potential risks, including breast pain and potential rupture of an implant, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA offers this information for women who are considering breast implants: Understand that breast implants may require ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: April 9, 2018 April 10, 2018 - No Heart Risk From Stop-Smoking Drugs Chantix and Zyban: Study Opioid Painkiller Hashtags Blocked on Instagram U.S. Plutonium Plant Demolition Halted After Workers Exposed to Radiation More Muscle Improves Breast Cancer Patients' Survival Odds
  • What Your Kids Want to Tell You About Social Media April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Memo to Mom and Dad: Rein in your screen time. That's one of the things that kids say they'd like to tell their parents, according to a survey on families' technology rules and expectations. To better understand the tug of war between parents ... Read more »
  • COPD Patients May Breathe Easier With Tai Chi April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People struggling with COPD might find some relief in an ancient art. The centuries-old practice of tai chi appears to boost the exercise capabilities and the quality of life of those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a study from Chinese and British ... Read more »
  • Belly Fat Tied to Lower Kidney Cancer Survival Odds in Women April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Belly fat reduces a woman's chances for surviving kidney cancer, but not a man's, a new study suggests. The study included 77 women and 145 men with kidney cancer. Half of the women with high amounts of belly fat died within 3.5 years ... Read more »
  • AHA: Asthma as Kid, Stiffer Arteries as an Adult? April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Having asthma as a child is associated with developing stiff arteries earlier in adulthood, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the journal Hypertension, sought to explore the link between asthma, a chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult, ... Read more »
  • Exercise Cuts Heart Risks, Regardless of Your Genes April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Staying physically fit can help ward off heart trouble, even if your genetics put you at higher risk for clogged arteries, a new, large study suggests. The researchers looked at nearly 500,000 middle-aged and older adults and found those with higher fitness levels ... Read more »
  • Reading to Your Kids Might Boost Their Social Skills April 10, 2018 - SATURDAY, April 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who read to their infants and toddlers may help them develop skills that pay big dividends when they start school, a new study suggests. Specifically, reading aloud and pretend play may offset disruptive behaviors -- such as hyperactivity and aggression -- and ... Read more »
  • Diet, Exercise Can Ease Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise and healthy eating can counter the harmful side effects of hormone therapy for prostate cancer, a new study suggests. Androgen-deprivation therapy suppresses testosterone and other male hormones that drive prostate cancer growth. But suppressing those hormones leads to loss of muscle mass ... Read more »
  • Sleepless Nights Show Ties To Alzheimer’s Risk April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even one night of lost sleep may cause the brain to fill with protein chunks that have long been linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, a new study warns. People deprived of sleep for one night experience an immediate and significant increase ... Read more »
  • Expert Tips for Taming Oily Skin April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Oily skin isn't all bad. And there are a number of things you can do to control it, an expert says. "There are many reasons for oily skin, including stress, humidity, genetics and fluctuating hormones," said Dr. Deirdre Hooper, a dermatologist in New ... Read more »
  • Common Antidepressants in Pregnancy May Alter Fetal Brain Development April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who take certain antidepressants may unknowingly compromise the brain development of their child, researchers suggest. The concern is based on a new analysis of brain scans involving nearly 100 newborns, some of whom were born to mothers who took selective serotonin ... Read more »
  • FDA Puts New Restrictions on Contraceptive Implant Essure April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- To help curb complications tied to the permanent contraceptive implant Essure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday slapped new restrictions on the sale of the device. The step was taken to ensure that all women considering the device "are provided with ... Read more »
  • Mom’s Marijuana Winds Up in Breast Milk April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding has known benefits for both baby and mom, but if a new mom also smokes marijuana, does the drug turn up in her breast milk? Yes, says new research. But the exact consequences of the small amount of marijuana that makes it ... Read more »
  • Exercise for High Blood Pressure? Most Not Keen on Idea April 10, 2018 - SATURDAY, April 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to lowering high blood pressure, exercising is pretty much the last thing people want to do, a new survey shows. Much more preferable was popping a pill or sipping a cup of tea every day, the poll of 1,400 people ... Read more »
  • Looking for Online Advice on Your Heart Device? Beware April 10, 2018 - MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Folks using online message boards to learn more about their heart implant should take any advice they come across with a grain of salt. Researchers report it's as likely as not the guidance they find will be bogus. About half of the advice ... Read more »
  • Safeguard the Arms of Young Pitchers April 9, 2018 - SUNDAY, April 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young baseball pitchers are at risk for overuse injuries, but there are ways to reduce that risk, a sports medicine expert says. "Pitching year-round, inadequate rest between seasons and pitching in multiple leagues all have been linked to an increase in elbow and ... Read more »