• Health Tip: When to Get the Shingles Vaccine November 20, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Once you have had chickenpox, you are at risk for developing shingles, a painful skin rash and nerve disease that's caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles can strike at any age, but usually affects adults after age 50, the U.S. National Institutes of Health ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Managing Hair Loss From Chemotherapy November 20, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy may damage the cells that make hair and cause it to fall out, the National Cancer Institute says. Hair loss may begin two weeks to three weeks after starting chemotherapy, the agency says. Before hair begins to fall out, consider shaving your head, getting a wig ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 19, 2018 November 20, 2018 - Cap'n Crunch Cereal Recalled Due to Salmonella Scare 11th Child Dies in Respiratory Virus Outbreak at N.J. Care Facility Don't Give Infants Honey-Filled Pacifiers: FDA More Raw Turkey Products Recalled
  • 5 Ways to Get More Whole Grains Into Your Diet November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Making the switch to whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta are good ways to get more unrefined grains (and needed fiber) into your diet. But there's a long -- and delicious -- list of other whole grains to add to your meals ... Read more »
  • How to Avoid Suitcase Strain This Holiday Season November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With holiday travel comes the risk of injury from toting heavy luggage. In 2017, more than 85,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms, doctors' offices and clinics for injuries related to luggage, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. "Hurting your neck, ... Read more »
  • A Slam Dunk: Late-Night Tweets Harm NBA Players’ Performance November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Late-night tweeting leads to poorer next-day performance by professional basketball players, according to a new study that highlights how social media can affect sleep. For the study, researchers examined statistics for games played between 2009 and 2016 by 112 National Basketball Association players ... Read more »
  • Secondhand Pot Smoke Found in Kids’ Lungs November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a pot-smoking parent and you think your kids aren't affected, think again. New research found evidence of secondhand marijuana smoke exposure in nearly half of children whose parents smoke the drug. "While the effects of tobacco smoke have been studied extensively, ... Read more »
  • AHA: Have Diabetes? Make Sure to Manage Cholesterol, Too November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- For people with diabetes, blood sugar isn't the only important measurement. New cholesterol guidelines suggest the more than 110 million U.S. adults with diabetes or prediabetes also should manage their cholesterol. The guidelines released earlier this month during the American Heart Association's ... Read more »
  • Drug Studies in Children Often Go Unfinished: Study November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Drug approvals for adults often require future studies in children, but many of these studies are never completed, a new analysis finds. "More than 50 percent of all drugs approved by the FDA lack information on how to safely and effectively use the ... Read more »
  • Nearly 1 in 12 U.S. Kids Has a Food Allergy November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 8 percent of American children have food allergies, and 1 in 5 of those kids suffers an allergic reaction severe enough to wind up in the hospital, a new study finds. "Childhood food allergies are relatively common and should be taken seriously, ... Read more »
  • Workplace Bullies Can Threaten the Heart November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're bullied by a bad boss or co-worker, your heart may pay the price, new research shows. Victims of on-the-job bullying or violence faced a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, the researchers found. The new study of more than 79,000 ... Read more »
  • For Down Syndrome Adults, Death and Dementia Often Come Together November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Seven in 10 people with Down syndrome show evidence of dementia when they die, new research from Britain reveals. "The link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease has been known for some years now," explained study author Rosalyn Hithersay, a doctoral candidate in ... Read more »
  • Does Air Pollution Raise Autism Risk? November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Traffic-related air pollution may play a role in development of autism, new research suggests. A Canadian study found that exposure to a common air pollutant during pregnancy was tied to higher odds of a child being diagnosed with autism by age 5. That ... Read more »
  • Healthful Diet = Healthy Bones November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Trying to eat a healthier diet? Don't forget that certain foods can help protect your bones, a nutrition expert says. "Bone disease is often preventable by getting enough calcium and vitamin D into your diet," said Kathryn Weatherford, a registered dietitian at Beth ... Read more »
  • When Meds Suppress HIV, Odds of Sexual Transmission Near Zero: Review November 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When someone with HIV has the virus suppressed with medication, there is virtually no chance of passing it on to sex partners, a new review concludes. The Public Health Agency of Canada pulled together studies from the last decade looking at the risk ... Read more »
  • New Treatment Could Be Breakthrough Against Peanut Allergy November 20, 2018 - SUNDAY, Nov. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with peanut allergy can protect themselves from an allergic reaction by consuming a small amount of peanut powder every day, a new study suggests. The "breakthrough" findings mean this new treatment is ready for review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ... Read more »
  • For Kids’ Sports, Diversification Is Best November 18, 2018 - SATURDAY, Nov. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If your kid is highly skilled at hockey but wants to try basketball, new research suggests you shouldn't worry about whether that might cost your child a college scholarship. Researchers surveyed 91 professional and collegiate ice hockey players and found they tended to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Treat Laryngitis November 17, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- When vocal cords become inflamed, it is more difficult to speak and the voice could sound hoarse, the Nemours Foundation says. The voice is produced by the processes of lengthening, shortening, tensing and relaxing the vocal cords. Laryngitis may be triggered by speaking or singing loudly, or ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Safe Walking November 17, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- While taking a long, brisk walk is great exercise, you'll need to pay extra attention if you're walking along busy streets. Here are tips for pedestrians, courtesy of the New Jersey Division of Highway Safety: Only cross the street at a crosswalk. Pay attention to road signs ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 16, 2018 November 17, 2018 - More Raw Turkey Products Recalled 246 Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Ground Beef: CDC Allergen Fears Spur Tortilla Chip Recall by Whole Foods
  • Can EpiPens Still Work After Freezing? November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your EpiPen will still work after being frozen, researchers report. The epinephrine auto-injector can be lifesaving in cases of severe allergic reaction, and millions of Americans carry the devices. In this study, researchers "took 104 same-lot pairs of [EpiPens] and froze one of ... Read more »
  • Pets Can Double as Asthma Antidote November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The "hygiene hypothesis" holds that early exposure to a variety of microorganisms may decrease the risk for chronic inflammatory diseases, like asthma. Two Swedish studies that tracked 650,000 children found that exposure to farm animals and even dogs can have this kind of ... Read more »
  • Many Infants With Milk Allergy Seem to Outgrow It November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Milk allergy affects more than half of American infants who have food allergies in their first year of life, a new study finds. However, study lead author Christopher Warren said, "Our findings suggest that while milk allergy is relatively common during infancy, many ... Read more »
  • Weight-Loss Surgeries Less Common in States With High Obesity Rates November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Americans in states with the highest obesity rates are less likely to have weight-loss surgery, researchers say. Why? "None of the states with the five highest obesity rates crack the top 20 in terms of bariatric [weight-loss] surgery, and all but one are ... Read more »
  • Dining Out With Allergies Is Tough, But These Steps Can Help November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When you have serious food allergies, eating at a restaurant can literally mean risking your life. But new research suggests you can take steps to protect yourself when dining out. In fact, the more steps you take to protect yourself from exposure to ... Read more »
  • AHA: Cold-Weather Drinks Are Here, But Watch Out for the Calories November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Comfort-inducing seasonal drinks abound during the fall and winter. From the sweet, spicy goodness of pumpkin spice latte -- PSL to its fans on Instagram -- to peppermint-flavored, well, everything. But the calories are everywhere, too. And, experts say, those liquid calories ... Read more »
  • AHA: Warm, Wet Weather Linked to Better Outcomes for Stroke Survivors November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Rainy days may bring a lot more than relief from summer heat -- they also are connected to better survival chances and overall outlook for stroke survivors, according to a new study. Researchers examining the connection between strokes and seasonal weather in ... Read more »
  • Cleaning Your Baby’s Pacifier By Sucking On It May Do Baby Good November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sucking your baby's pacifier to clean it may help protect your child against allergies, new research suggests. Researchers interviewed 128 U.S. mothers of infants a number of times over 18 months. Among the moms of babies who used pacifiers, 30 cleaned the pacifier ... Read more »
  • Here’s More Evidence Obesity Can Shorten Your Life November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A study that tracked the weight and survival of more than 6,000 Americans for 24 years reinforces the notion that piling on excess pounds can lead to an earlier grave. Being statistically obese, but not simply overweight, was tied to a 27 percent ... Read more »
  • Under New Plan, FDA Hopes to Cut Use of Dogs in Veterinary Drug Trials November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As part of a new effort to cut the use of dogs in drug trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday launched an initiative to keep canines out of studies for certain veterinary medicines. The project is aimed at "bioequivalence" trials ... Read more »
  • Vapers May Prompt Smokers to Quit: Study November 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could vapers be a good influence on smokers? New research suggests that's so: Cigarette smokers who spent more time with people who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to try quitting smoking. The study included more than 13,000 smokers in England. Of those, ... Read more »
  • ‘Huffing’ Deodorant Cost One Teen His Life November 17, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Aerosol products are found in every household but can be potential killers, doctors warn. Highlighting the dangers posed by "huffing," Dutch physicians outline the tragic case of a 19-year-old who died after inhaling spray deodorant to get high. The teenager, who'd been in ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: How Bad is Your Hearing Loss? November 16, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- You've had a professional diagnose your hearing loss. So how bad is it? Your degree of hearing loss can range from "mild" to "profound," the Better Hearing Institute says. Here's are brief explanation of each degree: Mild -- It's the most common and under-diagnosed degree of hearing ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Think You Have a Broken Toe? November 16, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- If you think you may have broken a toe, it's time to see a doctor, even if you can walk on it. Failure to promptly treat a toe fracture may lead to a permanent deformity, arthritis and chronic pain, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 15, 2018 November 16, 2018 - Allergen Fears Spur Tortilla Chip Recall by Whole Foods Newer Nonstick Coating May Pose Health Threat: EPA Name-Brand Meds Driving Spike in U.S. Drug Spending
  • Sidestep These Menu Minefields November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with food allergies aren't the only ones who need to be aware of menu minefields when eating out. If you're trying to lose weight, it's important that you don't fall prey to these temptations. It's not only supersized meals that can be ... Read more »
  • Ageism Costs Billions in Health Care Dollars November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Prejudice directed at older people results in $63 billion in excess health costs each year in the United States, a new study claims. Ageism, which is the marginalization of the elderly in society, accounts for one of every seven dollars spent on the ... Read more »
  • Like Coffee? You May Be Genetically Wired That Way November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Coffee's bitter taste shouldn't be a selling point. But a genetic variant explains why so many people love the brew, a new study suggests. Bitterness evolved as a natural warning system to protect people from harmful substances. That means they should want to ... Read more »
  • Why Are So Few COPD Patients Getting Vital Rehab Treatment? November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains the fourth biggest killer in the United States. But only a fraction of the millions of people who could benefit from post-hospital rehab for COPD are doing so, new research shows. COPD is a progressive, debilitating and ... Read more »
  • AHA: Achilles Tendon May Be Window Into Heart Disease Severity November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- For people with coronary artery disease, the thickness of the Achilles tendon may be an indicator of the severity of their disease and how likely they are to have a heart attack, new research suggests. The Achilles tendon -- the longest and ... Read more »
  • AHA: Caring for Loved One With Heart Failure Even Tougher for Rural Americans November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Living in a rural area increases the difficulty of caring for someone with heart failure, according to new research. An estimated 6.5 million U.S. adults ages 20 and older have heart failure, a serious condition that develops when the heart can't pump ... Read more »
  • Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Often Begins at Home, With Devastating Consequences November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The new movie "Boy Erased"-- about a gay teen's ordeal when forced to attend a "conversion therapy" program -- is shining a spotlight on a treatment deemed bogus and harmful by most experts. And new research shows the key role parents often play ... Read more »
  • Certain Diabetes Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Amputation November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A specific class of diabetes medication appears to double the risk of losing a leg or foot to amputation, a new study reports. People on sodium-glucose cotransporter2 (SGLT2) inhibitors were twice as likely to require a lower limb amputation as people taking another ... Read more »
  • Climate Change Could Change the Ragweed Sneezin’ Season November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you live in Maine and you've never experienced hay fever, new research predicts that climate change has an unwelcome surprise in store for you. Warmer temperatures in the northern United States will allow ragweed -- the plant that triggers hay fever -- ... Read more »
  • The Jobs That Carry the Highest Suicide Risk November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of suicide among U.S. workers has jumped 34 percent since 2000, and certain occupations seem to be riskier than others, government health researchers report. Those most at risk: men with construction and extraction jobs, and women in arts, design, entertainment, sports ... Read more »
  • Can Protein Keep You Healthier Longer? November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers seeking the elusive fountain of youth are shining the spotlight on protein. Eating more protein may reduce seniors' risk of disability and help them remain independent longer, a new British study suggests. Dietary protein slows the age-related loss of muscle mass, helping ... Read more »
  • FDA Moves to Restrict Flavored E-Cig Sales, Ban Menthol Cigarettes November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will take steps to limit or ban access to flavored e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. The move against flavored e-cigarettes stops short of the full ban that had been expected from the agency. ... Read more »
  • 1 in 5 U.S. High School Students Now Vapes: CDC November 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 20 percent of high school students use electronic cigarettes, risking nicotine addiction, lung damage and the temptation to try traditional smokes, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Between 2011 and 2018, the number of high school teens who started vaping, as e-cigarette ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Long-Term Anxiety Can Affect Learning November 15, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- A young child who has chronic anxiety may have trouble learning, Harvard University researchers say. Fears of the dark, monsters or strangers are common and are considered normal and usually temporary. But when fears extend to physical, sexual or emotional abuse, they can affect a child's developing ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Manage Morning Sickness November 15, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Many women have nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy, sometimes called morning sickness. Symptoms tend to ease as the pregnancy progresses. The American Pregnancy Association suggests how to help manage morning sickness: Eat non-spicy foods rich in vitamin B6, including wholegrain wheat and other cereals, seeds ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 14, 2018 November 15, 2018 - Record Number of Tick-Borne Disease Cases in U.S. Last Year: CDC Primary Care Doctors Should Screen Adult Patients for Unhealthy Drinking: Task Force AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Doctors-in-Training FDA Bans Six Artificial Flavors
  • Selecting the Right Style of Yoga for You November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga has many benefits, from increasing flexibility to reducing stress. The practice offers so much because of its multi-dimensional nature. In addition to its fluid exercises, called asanas or poses, it focuses on correct breathing, posture and meditation with a philosophy that strives ... Read more »
  • Kids Get Caught in Deadly Cross-Fire of Domestic Violence November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty percent of homicides of U.S. children ages 2 to 14 years are related to intimate partner violence, a new study indicates. That's double the rate in the National Violent Death Reporting System, according to Harvard School of Public Health researchers. For the ... Read more »
  • America Is Worried About Antibiotic Resistance November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of Americans believe the health threat posed by antibiotic resistance is real and pressing, a new survey shows. The survey of more than 1,000 adults found that 65 percent believe antibiotic resistance is a public health problem, and 81 percent are ... Read more »
  • Tracking Preemies’ Head Size May Yield IQ Clues November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Head-size measurements can help screen for long-term IQ problems in very premature or very low birth weight babies, researchers say. "Measuring head circumference and thus head growth in early childhood is a proxy measure of brain volume growth in early childhood," said study ... Read more »
  • Teenage Obesity May Raise Pancreatic Cancer Risk Years Later November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity in the teen years may increase the risk of developing deadly pancreatic cancer in adulthood, researchers report. The odds for this rare cancer can quadruple due to obesity, the Israeli research team found. Moreover, the risk rises as weight increases, even affecting ... Read more »
  • Must Blood Pressure Rise Wth Age? Remote Tribes Hold Clues November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to common belief, blood pressure doesn't have to rise as you age, a study of two remote South American tribes suggests. Looking at the isolated Yanomami tribe in the Venezuelan rainforest, researchers found their blood pressure remained low from youth to age ... Read more »
  • All That Social Media May Boost Loneliness, Not Banish It November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For the billions of young people who seek community and connection on social media, new research warns their search may be in vain. Instead, spending too much time on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram may actually increase the risk of depression and loneliness. So ... Read more »
  • AHA: Two Heart Surgeries Before His 1st Birthday. Now He’s 12 and Healthy. November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Born weighing almost 10 pounds, Caden Konecny arrived pink and loud. His mom, Ashlea, loved everything about her first-born child, except his struggles to breastfeed. Perhaps she was doing something wrong? At Caden's six-week checkup, he was down to 7.5 pounds. A ... Read more »
  • You May Be Prediabetic and Don’t Know It, CDC Warns November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of Americans have prediabetes, but 90 percent of them don't know they have it, medical experts say. Prediabetes often leads to type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease and stroke. But research shows that people who ... Read more »
  • Yet Another Selfie? You Might Be a Narcissist November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You might think that taking lots of selfies is just another way of sharing, but a new study suggests you could be headed toward full-blown narcissism. Researchers followed 74 people, aged 18 to 34, for four months. Those who posted a high number ... Read more »
  • Monkeys Can Carry Zika Virus, Scientists Discover November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Wild monkeys in South America carry the Zika virus, which can then be transmitted to people via mosquitoes, researchers report. The scientists said the finding suggests it may be impossible to eradicate the virus in the Americas. "Our findings are important because they ... Read more »
  • Goodbye ‘Gluten-Free’? Celiac Disease Vaccine May Make It Possible November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with celiac disease must follow a very restrictive diet, but an experimental vaccine may offer many of them the freedom to eat more normally. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. If someone with the disease eats gluten -- a protein found in ... Read more »
  • Low-Carb Diets May Work By Boosting Calorie Burn November 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Strictly limiting carbohydrates and eating more fat may help the body burn more calories, a new clinical trial shows. Researchers found that among 164 adults in a weight-loss study, those placed on a low-carb, high-fat diet burned more daily calories, versus those given ... Read more »
  • Two Factors at Birth Can Boost a Child’s Obesity Risk November 15, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who were born large and whose mothers developed a form of diabetes during pregnancy have nearly triple the odds of becoming overweight or obese in childhood, new research shows. "Just like smoking, alcohol consumption and other lifestyle choices, [women's] weight prior to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: What Triggers Peptic Ulcers? November 14, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- The most common symptom of a peptic ulcer is a dull or burning pain in your stomach, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says. Pain typically is felt between your belly button and breast bone, most often when your stomach is empty. The ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Living With a Fungal Nail Infection November 14, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Fungal infections -- common in toenails and fingernails -- have typical symptoms including discoloration, a thick and brittle appearance, crumbly edges and a curled up or down shape. Since fungus thrives in moist places, sweaty socks and shoes provide a great environment for fungus. Such infections are ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 13, 2018 November 14, 2018 - FDA Bans Six Artificial Flavors
  • 5 Diet Foods That Are High in Fiber November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary fiber is a unique component of many foods. It has no actual nutrients yet helps ward off a host of diseases and has even been associated with lower body weight. While women should aim for a minimum of 25 grams a day, ... Read more »
  • AHA: Could Your Race Determine Your Wait for a Donor Heart? November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- The wait for a heart transplant varies widely based on factors such as availability of donor hearts and blood type, but little is known about differences in wait times based on race and ethnicity. Now, preliminary research suggests African-American patients may experience ... Read more »
  • Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetics With Heart Trouble: Study November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with both diabetes and multiple clogged heart arteries live longer if they undergo bypass surgery rather than have their blood vessels reopened with stents, according to follow-up results from a landmark clinical trial. Patients treated with coronary-artery bypass surgery survive about three ... Read more »
  • Even Young Football Players Not Immune to Damage From Head Injuries November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The long-term effects of head injuries in football players begin at a young age, a new study finds. Researchers tested college football players' blood for concussion markers and found that they had elevated levels of these markers before the season even started. "It ... Read more »
  • Murder of Family, Friends Takes Highest Toll on Black Teens November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who lose a family member or friend to murder have an increased risk of suicide, and black teens are most likely to face this kind of heartbreak, a new study finds. University of Pittsburgh researchers analyzed the results of a 2014 survey ... Read more »
  • AHA: PTSD Common Among Those Who Suffer Tear in the Aorta’s Wall November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- The sharp and sudden pain from an aortic dissection, along with the emergency treatment that follows, can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder years later, a new study finds. An aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition in which a tear in the wall ... Read more »
  • Exercise Makes Even the ‘Still Overweight’ Healthier: Study November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Heavyset folks who exercise regularly shouldn't get discouraged if they can't seem to shed more weight, no matter how hard they try. A new study suggests that their regular workouts are still contributing to better overall heart health, making them "fat but fit" ... Read more »
  • Heart Failure Patients Shouldn’t Stop Meds Even if Condition Improves: Study November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's bad news for heart failure patients with dilated cardiomyopathy who'd like to stop taking their meds. Any progress they've seen on medication is likely to fade once they stop taking their heart drugs, new clinical trial results show. About 40 percent of ... Read more »
  • How Your Mother’s Love Life May Affect Your Own November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Like mother, like child? Your mother's romantic history may influence how many partners you have, a new study claims. "Our results suggest that mothers may have certain characteristics that make them more or less desirable on the marriage market, and better or worse ... Read more »
  • Baby Boom or Baby Bust? What Nation-by-Nation Population Trends Reveal November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Birth rates are booming in 104 countries, but declining in 91 others, a new research reveals. The world's population has risen 197 percent since 1950, from 2.6 billion to 7.6 billion in 2017. Between 2007 and 2017, it grew by 87.2 million people ... Read more »
  • Many Drugstores Won’t Dispense Opioid Antidote as Required November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who overdose on opioids have one lifeline, the drug naloxone, but two new studies find that many pharmacies won't offer this lifesaving antidote without a doctor's blessing. Though many states have passed laws mandating that naloxone be made available without a prescription, ... Read more »
  • Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Ahead of the Holidays November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's an urgent need for blood and platelet donations in the United States because donations during September and October fell 21,000 units short of hospital needs, the American Red Cross says. That means blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations ... Read more »
  • CDC Probe Continues as Cases of Polio-Like Illness Rise in Kids November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of a mysterious polio-like illness continue to mount in the United States, and health officials are scrambling to figure out the cause. There are now 252 patients under investigation for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), an increase of 33 patients since last week, ... Read more »
  • Under Pressure, Juul Withdraws Most Flavored E-Cigs From Market November 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Juul Labs, which commands 70 percent of the U.S. e-cigarette market, announced Tuesday that it would cease selling most flavored versions of its popular vaping pods in retail stores. The company said it would also terminate its social media productions related to the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Limit Fat, Sugar and Salt in Your Child’s Diet November 13, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Childhood is the perfect time to start healthy eating habits, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. While children need fat in their diets to get the daily energy they need, too much fat can lead to health problems, especially if it's in the form of saturated fat ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Temper Tantrums November 13, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Temper tantrums are a way of getting attention and expressing displeasure among younger kids who can't express their needs or control their emotions, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Tantrums tend to be worst between ages 2 and 3, and rarely occur after age 4. Being ... Read more »
  • Some Activity Fine for Kids Recovering From Concussions, Docs Say November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children and teens who suffer a sports-related concussion should reduce, but not eliminate, physical and mental activity in the days after their injury, an American Academy of Pediatrics report says. "Athletes absolutely need to take an immediate break from play after a concussion, ... Read more »
  • Breaking the Smoking-Drinking Connection November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking and drinking often go hand-in-hand, stimulating pleasure centers in the brain. But there's even more to this unhealthy relationship than meets the eye. Researchers have found that nicotine in cigarettes cancels out the sleepiness caused by alcohol, basically allowing people to keep ... Read more »
  • Major Injuries Take a Toll on Mental Health November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who've suffered major traumatic injuries are at much greater risk for mental health problems and suicide, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 19,000 people in the Canadian province of Ontario who suffered serious injuries. Most of the injuries ... Read more »
  • AHA: 3 Things to Know About Cholesterol November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- With the release of new guidelines for treating and managing cholesterol, there may be questions not only about the changes in the update, but about cholesterol itself. Most people know that high cholesterol is bad. But there's a bigger picture involved when ... Read more »
  • AHA: Heart Attacks More Common Now in Younger People, Especially Women November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Heart attacks once characterized as a part of "old man's disease" -- are increasingly occurring in younger people, especially women, according to new research. The study, presented Sunday at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago and published in the ... Read more »
  • Breast Milk, Formula Affect Baby’s ‘Microbiome’ in Different Ways November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breast milk and infant formula both encourage the growth of similar types of bacteria in a baby's digestive system, but the bacteria from the two forms of food work differently, researchers report. These differences could have health effects that are currently unclear, according ... Read more »
  • Even a 2-Minute Walk Counts in New Physical Activity Guidelines November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Take the stairs up to your office. Park a little further away from the grocery store. Walk your dog around the block. Carry out the trash. Any amount of physical activity -- even two minutes' worth -- can add up to huge benefits ... Read more »
  • Doctors Aren’t Promoting Breastfeeding’s Cancer-Protection Benefit November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Few American mothers learn from their health care providers that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed more than 700 mothers. Of the 92 percent who said they'd breastfed, 56 percent said they knew that breastfeeding ... Read more »
  • Could a Natural Protein Help Fight Obesity? November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's a finding only observed so far in mice, but researchers say that a naturally occurring protein triggered significant weight loss in obese rodents. The scientists said the protein -- FGFBP3 (BP3 for short) -- might offer a new way to treat obesity ... Read more »
  • Tough-to-Treat UTIs More Likely to Recur November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If your urinary tract infection isn't responding to antibiotics, you could be headed for a fast relapse, researchers say. In a new study of 151 adults with antibiotic-resistant UTIs, investigators found that these patients were more likely to have a relapse within a ... Read more »
  • Your 6-Month-Old Isn’t Sleeping Through the Night? Relax November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If your 6-month-old still wakes up at 2 a.m., a new study suggests you don't lose any additional sleep worrying about it. Even if she's still not getting six to eight hours of uninterrupted shut-eye at night by her first birthday, it doesn't ... Read more »
  • Concussion Tied to Suicide Risk November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who have experienced either a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury are twice as likely to commit suicide than others, a new review suggests. The analysis also indicates that men and women who have had a concussion are also more likely ... Read more »
  • Cancer May Soon Replace Heart Disease as Leading Killer of Affluent Americans November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer is expected to overtake heart disease as the leading cause of death for well-off Americans by 2020. The expected shift owes to advances in technology and drugs that are making big headway against heart disease, according to a new report. But lack ... Read more »
  • U.S. OD Death Rate Worst Among Wealthier Nations November 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With the rate of drug overdose deaths more than doubling since the turn of the century, the United States now leads the world in these preventable tragedies. New research from investigators at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) indicates that drug-related death rates ... Read more »
  • E-Alerts Dramatically Cut Heart Attack Rate for People Hospitalized With A-Fib November 13, 2018 - SUNDAY, Nov. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A simple pop-up alert on a computer screen could help save the brains and hearts of many hospital-bound people with an irregular heartbeat, a new clinical trial reveals. Rates for heart attack and stroke plunged by close to 90 percent in people helped ... Read more »
  • Diabetes Drug Might Also Ease Heart Failure Risks November 13, 2018 - SATURDAY, Nov. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug Farxiga might do double-duty for patients, helping to ward off another killer, heart failure, new research shows. Type 2 diabetics who took Farxiga (dapagliflozin) saw their odds of hospitalization for heart failure drop by 27 percent compared to those who ... Read more »
  • New Cholesterol Guidelines Focus on Personalized Approach November 13, 2018 - SATURDAY, Nov. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A lifelong approach to lowering cholesterol, starting in some kids as young as 2, is the United States' best bet to lower everyone's risk of heart attack and stroke, according to updated guidelines released Saturday by the American Heart Association (AHA). "Personalized" cholesterol-fighting ... Read more »
  • Fish, Fish Oil May Lower Your Heart Attack Risk November 13, 2018 - SATURDAY, Nov. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eating more fish or taking a fish oil supplement can reduce your risk of a heart attack, according to a pair of Harvard-led clinical trials. Heart benefits from omega-3 fatty acids were found both in healthy people and in people with conditions that ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 12, 2018 November 13, 2018 - In-Home Services Coming for Seniors With Private Medicare Advantage Plans Ebola Outbreak Worst in Congo's History
  • Arm Yourself Against the Coming Flu Season November 12, 2018 - SUNDAY, Nov. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If the last flu season is any indication, you need to take steps now to protect yourself against infection, an infectious diseases expert warns. The 2017-2018 flu season in the United States was the worst since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Symptoms of Kidney Stones November 10, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Kidney stones are hard masses that form in the urinary tract, and can cause very painful symptoms if they become stuck and difficult to pass. Here are common signs of kidney stone formation, courtesy of the University of Maryland Medical Center: Persistent pain on one side of ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Warning Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome November 10, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve that runs from the forearm to the wrist becomes squeezed or compressed. The condition can be caused by an injury to the wrist, stress to the joint, rheumatoid arthritis, or repetitive motion of the hand and wrist. Here are some ... Read more »
  • New Ebola Test Produces Results in Remote Areas November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved emergency use of a new Ebola fingerstick test, which includes a reader that makes it possible to obtain results outside a laboratory. The DPP Ebola Antigen System makes obtaining test results possible in remote areas ... Read more »
  • Another Weight Loss Tip: A Quick Fridge and Pantry Remodel November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eating healthier requires a mindset change. But it also helps to make changes in your home environment to encourage a new and better way of approaching food -- starting in the kitchen. First, do a deep dive into your fridge. You want to ... Read more »
  • Aging Face, Uneven Features? November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you think your face is a bit lopsided, just wait until you get older. New research shows that differences between the two sides of your face increase with age. For the study, scientists used 3-D digital imaging to scan the faces of ... Read more »
  • Community Choirs Can Be Social Salvation for Seniors November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Belonging to a community choir may be the best weapon against loneliness for seniors, a new study suggests. Researchers created community choirs for nearly 400 English- and Spanish-speaking participants at 12 senior centers in San Francisco. The choirs were led by professional choir ... Read more »
  • Bringing Baby in a Lyft, Uber? Child Car Seats Are Rarely Included November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are wide variations between states when it comes to child restraint rules for ride-share services such as Lyft and Uber, researchers report. This can cause uncertainty and confusion for parents and other caregivers. Ride-share vehicles typically don't come with a car seat, ... Read more »
  • AHA: Defibrillators Can Help Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest, Too November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Sudden cardiac arrest -- when the heart stops beating -- is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. To help save lives, automated external defibrillators, which shock the heart back into a regular beat, have been placed in many ... Read more »
  • AHA: Flu Season Can Send More Heart Failure Patients to Hospital November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Getting the flu may not only make you feel crummy, it also might land you in the hospital for heart problems. A team of researchers analyzed monthly flu reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in four communities across the ... Read more »
  • Nearly 1 in 10 Americans Struggles to Control Sexual Urges November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The #MeToo movement has given many Americans a glimpse into an unfamiliar world that may have left many wondering, "What were they thinking?" It turns out they might not have been thinking much at all. New research suggests that almost 9 percent of ... Read more »
  • Change Within the Eye May Be Early Warning for Macular Degeneration November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related eye disease is a worldwide problem that costs people not only their vision, but also hundreds of billions of dollars globally. So an international research team decided to look into ways to prevent or treat this type of vision loss. The investigators ... Read more »
  • FDA Will Ban Many Flavored E-Cigarettes November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will soon announce a ban on sales of most flavored electronic cigarettes in retail stores and gas stations across the United States, according to media reports. It's all part of the FDA's efforts to reduce teens' use ... Read more »
  • Mammograms Do Save Lives: Study November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women confused by the conflicting advice surrounding the benefits and timing of mammograms will be interested in a new study out of Sweden. The research, involving more than 50,000 breast cancer patients, found that those who took part in a breast cancer screening ... Read more »
  • Dead End for Treatment of Polio-Like Disorder Striking Kids November 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) is ineffective in treating a rare, polio-like disorder that can cause muscle weakness and paralysis in children, researchers are reporting. In the United States, there have been 219 possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) reported so far this ... Read more »
  • Tennis Elbow ‘Treatments’ Bring Little Relief: Study November 10, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Treatments for "tennis elbow" are generally ineffective, researchers say, but don't despair: The painful condition will usually clear up on its own. Each year, approximately 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with tennis elbow -- inflammation caused by overuse of the tendons in the forearm. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding the HPV Vaccine November 9, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- The HPV vaccine protects against human papillomavirus, which has been shown to cause cancer in males and females, the American Cancer Society says. More than 270 million doses have been administered since 2006, reports the society, saying studies have shown the vaccine is safe. The society adds: ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Keep Toxins from Your Home November 9, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- The average home may be riddled with substances that are potentially toxic. These substances can lurk in building materials, cookware, cleaning products, shower curtains, furniture, carpet and other common items, the National Institutes of Health says. Removing these substances can help keep you and your family safer, ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 8, 2018 November 9, 2018 - 164 People in 35 States Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Raw Turkey FDA Says Primatene Mist Inhaler Is Back for Asthmatics Birth Control Coverage Opt-Out Finalized by Trump Administration
  • Jump Into Plyometrics — the Exercises to Power Muscles November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Plyometrics isn't a new technique, but it's getting renewed attention because of its value as a training tool, the American Council on Exercise explains. Its original name, jump training, describes its focus. Movements are similar to those used in downhill skiing, basketball and ... Read more »
  • Marijuana Use Tied to Serious Diabetes Complication November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with type 1 diabetes who use marijuana may double their risk of developing a life-threatening complication, a new study suggests. Called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), the condition occurs when there is not enough insulin to break down sugar in the body, so the ... Read more »
  • Untreated Hearing Loss Can Be Costly for Seniors November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Having hearing loss and not knowing it might translate into higher medical bills and other health problems for many seniors, two new studies suggest. In one study, researchers analyzed data from more than 77,000 U.S. patients with untreated age-related hearing loss, and compared ... Read more »
  • Smoking Persists for Americans With Mental Health Ills November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While more Americans are quitting smoking, researchers find that people with mental health problems are much less likely to kick the habit. Smokers with mental health issues are only half as likely to quit as those with good mental health, the research team ... Read more »
  • Smoking, Diabetes May Be Especially Risky for Women’s Hearts November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure: all bad for the heart, but perhaps worse for women's hearts than men's, new research shows. Looking at data on 472,000 Britons ages 40 to 69, researchers found that all three of these heart disease risk factors increased ... Read more »
  • AHA: Age, Race Are Leading Predictors of Heart Attacks in Pregnant Women November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Heart attacks in pregnant women are rare, but the number is rising, particularly among older expectant mothers, according to a new study that looked at the most common factors behind the increase. The number of women who had heart attacks during or ... Read more »
  • AHA: Traumatic Childhood Could Increase Heart Disease Risk in Adulthood November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Children who grow up in distressing or traumatic environments are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke by the time they reach middle age, according to a new study. While previous research has found links between adverse childhood experiences and ... Read more »
  • Cocaine Cut With Anti-Worming Drug May Cause Brain Damage November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cocaine is often cut with the anti-worming drug levamisole -- and the combination is linked to brain damage, Swiss researchers report. "We can assume from our findings that it is not just cocaine that changes the brain, but that the adulterant levamisole has ... Read more »
  • Yoga, Meditation Surging in Popularity in U.S. November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If it seems like everyone you know is trying yoga or meditation, you might be right. A new government survey shows that the number of Americans practicing the "mindfulness" techniques has surged in the past few years. In 2017, more than 14 percent ... Read more »
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Hospital With Broken Ribs November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After falling in her office on Wednesday evening, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized with three broken ribs on Thursday morning. The 85-year-old first went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight she was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on ... Read more »
  • U.S. Smoking Rates Hit Record Low November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level ever recorded, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. "This new all-time low in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults is a tremendous public health accomplishment -- and it demonstrates the importance of continued proven strategies to ... Read more »
  • Weight-Loss Surgery May Pay Off in the Bedroom, Too November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery may have a side benefit that most don't know about, with new research showing testosterone levels in male patients jump after the procedure is done. Obesity can lead to lower testosterone levels, lower sexual satisfaction and reduced fertility in men, the ... Read more »
  • You Naturally Burn More Calories at Certain Time of Day: Study November 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) --When it comes to weight gain, what you eat clearly matters. But a small, preliminary study now suggests that when you eat also matters, with people burning off more calories at the end of the day than they do at the beginning. The finding ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Use Petroleum Jelly to Protect Your Skin November 8, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- The skin is the largest organ in the human body. And petroleum jelly is an inexpensive, readily available way to help protect it. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Apply petroleum jelly to damp skin, including lips and eyelids. Apply it to minor cuts, scrapes and scratches ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Ease Separation Anxiety November 8, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- It is common and perfectly natural for a young child to feel some separation anxiety when a guardian isn't nearby, Harvard Medical School experts say. But if separation anxiety is strong enough to interfere with normal activities such as school and friendships, it may be cause for ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 7, 2018 November 8, 2018 - Pro-Marijuana Ballots Pass in Michigan, Missouri Medicaid Expansion Approved by Voters in Three Republican-Leaning States Duncan Hines Cake Mixes Recalled Naloxone Products Remain Effective Past Expiration Date Congo Ebola Outbreak May be Uncontainable: CDC Director
  • Home Health-Care Tests: Proceed With Caution November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Home pregnancy tests are commonplace, but that doesn't mean that every type of self-test for health issues is reliable. And even if results are accurate, you shouldn't forgo getting advice from your health-care provider, especially if the condition is life-changing and requires very ... Read more »
  • Sleepy Drivers Involved in 100,000 Crashes a Year November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Driving under the influence and distracted driving are well-known hazards, but few people think twice about getting behind the wheel when feeling drowsy, a sleep expert warns. "Drivers can reduce the danger by being aware of risk factors and taking precautions," said Dr. ... Read more »
  • Colleges Strain to Keep Up With Students’ Mental Health Concerns November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As stigmas surrounding mental health issues have eased, more U.S. college students are seeking help for emotional problems, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from the Healthy Minds Study, an annual online survey involving more than 150,000 students from 196 campuses. In ... Read more »
  • Only a Quarter of Opioid Painkillers Taken After Most Surgeries November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery patients typically use only one-quarter of the opioids they're prescribed for post-operative pain, a new study finds. And those leftover pills pose a risk of misuse, addiction and overdose, researchers at the University of Michigan said. "It's striking to see the major ... Read more »
  • A Baby’s Laugh Is Truly Monkey Business November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Babies laugh just like monkeys, researchers report. An analysis of recorded laughter from 44 infants, aged 3 to 18 months, revealed that the youngest babies laughed both as they inhaled and exhaled, just like nonhuman primates such as chimpanzees. The older babies laughed ... Read more »
  • AHA: Poor Teeth-Brushing Habits Tied to Higher Heart Risk November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, a new study suggests. Previous studies have found a link between heart disease and periodontal disease -- a condition marked by gum infection, gum ... Read more »
  • AHA: Young Golfer Returns to Sport He Loves After Stroke November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- After stepping out of his golf cart on the 18th fairway, Andrew Lask Jr. felt dizzy and wobbled a bit. He was playing a charity event at Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., where, at age 25, Lask was their youngest teaching ... Read more »
  • Female Genital Mutilation Decreasing in African Nations November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Female genital mutilation/cutting has declined sharply in most of Africa, but the practice is still widespread in western Asia, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data collected in 29 countries in Africa, as well as in western Asia (Iraq and Yemen) between 1990 ... Read more »
  • Kratom Use in Pregnancy Spurs Withdrawal Symptoms in Newborns November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although the herbal supplement kratom is still legal and widely available, its opioid-like effects have caused significant withdrawal symptoms in at least two newborns in the United States and that should raise concerns, researchers say. A case study of a baby boy exposed ... Read more »
  • Blood Test May One Day Help Track Concussion Recovery November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It may be possible to use a blood test to diagnose and manage athletes' concussions, but the results could vary by race and gender, researchers report. In the new study, investigators analyzed the blood of college athletes and found that levels of certain ... Read more »
  • Your Showerhead May Be Bathing You in Germs November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You no doubt think that stepping into your shower will wash away dirt and germs, but a new study shows your showerhead might instead dump nasty bacteria on you that may cause lung infections. Most people know to keep their bathrooms clean, especially ... Read more »
  • Worst Bedsores Still Plague U.S. Hospital Patients: Study November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite years of attention to the problem, U.S. hospitals have made little headway in preventing severe cases of bedsores among older Americans, a new study shows. Researchers found that across hospitals in three states, the rate of bedsores among Medicare patients dropped by ... Read more »
  • New Antibiotic Offers Hope Against ‘Super Gonorrhea’ November 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Untreatable, antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea has become a chilling prospect in the United States, raising concerns that people might someday have to live with the sexually transmitted bacteria. But now there's reason for hope. A newly developed antibiotic pill has proven effective against gonorrhea in ... Read more »
  • Smartphones, Summer Birth Could Raise Kids’ Odds for Nearsightedness November 8, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kids with summer birthdays, especially those who spend long hours playing on smartphones and tablets, might be at greater risk for vision problems, a new study suggests. Nearsightedness, also called myopia, is on the rise worldwide. It's what eye doctors call a refractive ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Tracking High Triglycerides November 7, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) that's found in your blood. If your triglycerides are too high, you're at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, says the American College of Cardiology, which recommends routine blood testing. Here are the group's suggestions for lowering high triglycerides: ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Autoimmune Disorders November 7, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- An autoimmune disorder occurs when the immune system attacks the body itself, rather than disease-causing germs such as bacteria and viruses. The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases says symptoms of an autoimmune disorder typically include: Joint pain and stiffness. Thyroid problems, which ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 6, 2018 November 7, 2018 - Congo Ebola Outbreak May be Uncontainable: CDC Director Cases of Polio-Like Condition Still Increasing: CDC Top American Cancer Society Official Resigns Over Fund-Raising Partnerships
  • Navigating New Parent Nerves November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A newborn can bring a sense of fulfillment to your life … and an equal amount of stress over everything from baby's health to your own parenting skills. A few simple strategies can help both mom and dad relax. First, expect to feel ... Read more »
  • AHA: Meth Use Producing Younger, Harder-to-Treat Heart Failure Patients November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Widespread methamphetamine use is creating a unique form of severe heart failure, according to new research that shows these patients tend to be younger and have poor outcomes. "This is a strikingly different type of patient," said Dr. Isac Thomas, lead author ... Read more »
  • AHA: Stress May Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Women November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Traditional risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle may not be the only predictors of type 2 diabetes. New research points to the role that stress may play in the development of the condition in women. The study, ... Read more »
  • Who Faces Big Threat From Wildfires? The Answer May Surprise You November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When wildfires strike, minority communities are especially vulnerable, a new study finds. "A general perception is that communities most affected by wildfires are affluent people living in rural and suburban communities near forested areas," said study lead author Ian Davies. "But there are ... Read more »
  • Early Birds May Have Lower Breast Cancer Risk November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who love the early hours of the day are less likely to develop breast cancer, a new study suggests. British researchers analyzed two data banks that included more than 409,000 women to investigate the link between sleep traits and breast cancer risk. ... Read more »
  • He Lost His Son at Sandy Hook — Now He Wants You to Know the Warning Signs November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As Mark Barden let go of the hand of his young son, Daniel, and the boy boarded the bus for school on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, he had no idea it would be the last time he would see his child ... Read more »
  • The Sooner You Quit Smoking, the Better November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the well-known dangers of smoking, the sizable benefits of quitting may be overlooked, a new study suggests. "These findings underscore the benefits of quitting smoking within five years, which is a 38 percent lower risk of a heart attack, stroke or other ... Read more »
  • HPV Vaccination Rates Continue to Lag in U.S. November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- HPV vaccination rates are still too low to cut cervical cancer cases as much as is possible in the United States, a new report warns. While HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination has increased in recent years, rates remain well below the federal government's Healthy ... Read more »
  • Over 2 Million Americans Have Hepatitis C; Opioids Help Drive Spread November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 2 million Americans have hepatitis C -- and the opioid epidemic is a major contributor to the problem, according to a new government study. The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, does highlight progress against the potentially ... Read more »
  • High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Tied to Earlier Strokes November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies suggest that when people under 40 develop high blood pressure, their risk of early heart disease and stroke go up significantly. The first study found that in a group of about 5,000 young American adults, having high blood pressure was ... Read more »
  • PTSD Patients Do Best When They Choose Their Treatment November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) choose their own treatment -- be it medication or counseling -- they respond better, a new study finds. The study included 200 adult patients, including military veterans and survivors of sexual assault, seen at outpatient clinics ... Read more »
  • The Bigger the Brain, the Bigger the Tumor Risk? November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The bigger your brain, the greater your risk for a deadly brain cancer, new research from Norway suggests. It's a matter of math: A large brain means more brain cells, and more cells means more cell divisions that can go wrong and cause ... Read more »
  • FDA Takes on Flatulent Cows November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first drug to combat farting in livestock has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Yes, you read that right: When fed to beef cattle under specific conditions, Experior results in less ammonia gas released by the animals and their ... Read more »
  • Think Genes Dictate Your Life Span? Think Again November 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your life partner has a much greater influence on your longevity than the genes you inherited from your family, according to a new analysis of the family trees of more than 400 million people. "While it is a widely held belief that life ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: What Causes a Chronic Cough November 6, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Coughing serves an important purpose -- to help you expel mucus, microbes and other foreign particles from your respiratory tract. This helps protect the lungs from infection and inflammation, Harvard Medical School says. A cough becomes chronic if it lingers for at least three to eight weeks, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: If Your Child Develops a Fever November 6, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- While a fever generally is not something to be overly concerned about, some cases require a doctor's intervention, the Nemours Foundation says. Triggers of may fever include an infection, overdressing (particularly newborns) and immunizations. A high fever should be treated without delay to prevent discomfort and possible ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 5, 2018 November 6, 2018 - First-of-a-Kind Surgery Restores Boy's Ability to Walk After Polio-Like Illness Soda Makers Using Ballot Measures to Fight Soda Taxes
  • If You’re Considering Cosmetic Surgery… November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 17 million cosmetic procedures are performed in the United States each year. Most of these are minimally invasive, designed to improve your appearance in subtle ways without the surgery, stitches and long healing time of early facelifts, once the only rejuvenating ... Read more »
  • Pediatricians Renew Call to Abandon Spanking November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics is strengthening its recommendation to ban spanking and other forms of corporal punishment, citing new research that says that type of discipline can affect normal brain development. Harsh verbal punishment, such as shaming or humiliation, is also a ... Read more »
  • Opioid Use May Sometimes Trigger A-Fib November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid users may be putting themselves at increased risk for atrial fibrillation ("A-fib"), an abnormal heart rhythm that can lead to a stroke, a new study suggests. The preliminary finding stems from an analysis of medical records of more than 850,000 military veterans. ... Read more »
  • Daylight Saving Time Tied to Rise in A-Fib Hospitalizations November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When Americans set clocks an hour ahead in the spring for Daylight Saving Time, hospitalizations rise for people with a common type of irregular heartbeat, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation affects at least 3 million Americans and possibly twice that many. Its ... Read more »
  • Global Melanoma Deaths Up Among Men, But Not Women November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Melanoma skin cancer death rates in men are on the rise in most countries, but are stable or declining for women in some, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed World Health Organization data from 33 countries between 1985 and 2015. Melanoma death ... Read more »
  • A Childhood Full of Happy Memories Might Benefit Your Health Today November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood memories of good connections with your parents can benefit your physical and mental health, according to new research. The study found that older adults with fond recollections of early relationships with their parents were more likely to have better health, fewer chronic ... Read more »
  • Hookah Pipes Far From Harmless, Study Warns November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking a hookah may be as damaging to blood vessels as smoking cigarettes, a new study suggests. Hookahs, also known as water pipes, have been touted as a harmless alternative to cigarettes, but researchers found that blood vessels were affected in the same ... Read more »
  • A Single Energy Drink Might Harm Blood Vessels: Study November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Caffeine-laden energy drinks are popular, but they might make your blood vessels less efficient, a small study suggests. These drinks -- sold as Monster and Red Bull, to name two -- have been linked to heart, nerve and stomach problems, researchers say. "A ... Read more »
  • Why Bystanders Are Less Likely to Give CPR to Women November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some bystanders may avoid performing CPR on women because they fear hurting them, or even being accused of sexual assault, preliminary research suggests. In two new studies, researchers tried to dig deeper into a puzzling pattern that has been seen in past research: ... Read more »
  • AHA: Postpartum Depression May Raise Heart Risks November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Otherwise healthy women diagnosed with postpartum depression may be at higher risk of a heart attack, stroke or heart failure, a new study suggests. Acting on mounting evidence linking clinical depression to cardiovascular disease, researchers sought to explore whether other forms of ... Read more »
  • AHA: Vaping May Do Your Heart No Favors November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- New research shows that electronic cigarettes contain chemicals that cause heart damage, adding to the growing list of concerns about their safety. The study, which will be presented Nov. 12 at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago, investigated the ... Read more »
  • Noisy Neighborhood? Your Heart May Pay a Price November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Living in noise-saturated neighborhoods might be more than simply annoying, with new research suggesting it seems to raise the risk for serious heart problems. Chronic noise from traffic and airports appears to trigger the amygdala, a brain region critically involved in stress regulation, ... Read more »
  • More Americans Are Raising Their Grandkids November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 3 million older Americans are now raising their grandchildren as their own, even as they struggle with health problems and financial stresses, a new survey shows. Not only that, the children they take in are more likely to be troubled as ... Read more »
  • Fewer Pregnant U.S. Women Smoke or Drink, But More Are Using Pot November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past two decades, the percentage of U.S. women who say they've smoked or drank during a pregnancy has fallen, but the percentage who say they've used marijuana has nearly doubled, a new report finds. Between 2002 and 2016, the percentage of ... Read more »
  • Fewer Late-Stage Kidney Deaths After Obamacare: Study November 6, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- End-stage kidney disease patients on dialysis are among those benefiting from Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid, with related deaths declining in states that increased the program's enrollment, research suggests. Researchers followed more than 230,000 non-elderly kidney failure patients undergoing dialysis treatment in the United ... Read more »
  • Soft Furniture No Cushion Against Falls for Young Kids November 5, 2018 - SUNDAY, Nov. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's a scene played out in many homes across America -- parents place their baby on a bed or sofa, thinking the child is safe while Mom or Dad slips away for a few moments. But new research finds that falls from beds ... Read more »
  • Sleep May Speed Kids’ Recovery From Concussion November 4, 2018 - SATURDAY, Nov. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Good sleep helps speed young athletes recover from a concussion, a new study reports. The study included 356 athletes from Texas, age 19 and younger, who suffered a sports-related concussion. At their first clinic visit, 73 percent of the athletes had good sleep ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Warning Signs of Suicide November 3, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Suicide is a key public health concern that claims the lives of more than 40,000 people each year in the United States, the National Institute of Mental Health says. It's the nation's 10th leading cause of death. There are many warning signs that someone may be thinking ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: When Kids Drink Coffee November 3, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Caffeine is a stimulant that is found naturally in some foods and is added to others. It can trigger a fast heartbeat, headache, digestive problems, high blood pressure, moodiness and insomnia, the National Safety Council says. Children may wind up feeling more of caffeine's effects than adults, ... Read more »
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  • Get the Most From Your Cardio Workouts November 3, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've made the decision to meet the 150-minutes-per-week goal of cardio workouts for better health. Now use these tips to make the most of these workouts. If you're using a machine, like a treadmill or stationary bike, check that you're maintaining proper form. ... Read more »
  • Injured Parent Can Mean Sleepless Nights for Kids November 3, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children face an increased risk for sleep problems if a parent suffers a serious injury, especially if the parent has a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study reveals. Researchers used U.S. Military Health System records to identify more than ... Read more »
  • Many U.S. Parents Share Leftover Antibiotics: Survey November 3, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An "alarming" number of American parents save unused antibiotics and give them to family members and other people, a new study finds. This type of misuse helps fuel antibiotic resistance, the study authors said. Their report is scheduled for presentation Monday in Orlando, ... Read more »
  • How Necessary Is HPV Cervical Cancer Screening for Women After Age 55? November 3, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) has become the standard of care in screening for cervical cancer. But now, Canadian researchers say it may become unnecessary in women aged 55 or older who have one negative result with the test. The DNA-based HPV test ... Read more »
  • Guns Kill Fewer Kids in States With Strict Firearm Laws November 3, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kids are safer in states with strict gun laws, a new preliminary study reports. Researchers found that the stringency of a state's firearm legislation has a direct impact on the number of kids killed by guns. Twice as many child gun deaths occur ... Read more »
  • Obesity May Harm Kids’ Academics, Coping Skills November 3, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obese kids may have extra difficulty with schoolwork and coping under stress, a preliminary study suggests. In a survey of nearly 23,000 parents, researchers found that kids who were obese were less likely to show certain indicators of "flourishing," versus their normal-weight peers. ... Read more »
  • ‘Panic Parenting’ Fear Drives Many Women to Freeze Eggs November 3, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Trying to avoid "panic parenting" is the reason why many single women freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons, a small new study suggests. Panic parenting refers to having a relationship just to have a baby. "Whilst the number of women freezing their eggs ... Read more »
  • AHA: She Refuses to Let A Heart-Stopping Moment Slow Her November 3, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Creating art and tackling do-it-yourself projects are soothing pastimes for many people, and 37-year-old Amy Cavaliere is one of them. The mother of three from Royersford, Pennsylvania -- about a half hour from Philadelphia -- enjoys making pallet wall art that combines ... Read more »