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17 Jun

Measles and Summer Vacation

Why it's important to take extra precautions before traveling to Europe.

14 Jun

Nature May Be One of the Best Prescriptions for Happiness

But how much time do you need to spend with nature to feel better?

13 Jun

Epilepsy Drugs and Birth Defect Risk

Two drugs prescribed to prevent seizures and treat migraine may increase the risk of birth defects if taken early in pregnancy.

Opioids Prescribed in Hospital Often Tied to Long-Term Use

Opioids Prescribed in Hospital Often Tied to Long-Term Use

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People given opioids for the first time in the hospital are likely to continue getting them for months after, a new study reports.

A University of Pittsburgh team found that those first-timers are twice as likely to receive more opioids after discharge than patients who were not given opioids ...

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Did 'Puppy Dog Eyes' Evolve to Please Humans?

Did 'Puppy Dog Eyes' Evolve to Please Humans?

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pooches look up at people with quizzical, pleading eyes that are tough to resist. Now, research suggests evolution played a role in that irresistible gaze.

Dogs were domesticated more than 33,000 years ago and have changed over time to communicate with people, the study authors noted.

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  • June 17, 2019
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Teen Sexting Can Be Warning Sign of Other Risky Behaviors

Teen Sexting Can Be Warning Sign of Other Risky Behaviors

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who find a sex-based text on their teenager's phone should be on the lookout for other problems in their child's life, a new evidence review suggests.

Teens who share sexually explicit images are much more likely to be involved in other troubling activities, including unsafe sex, alcohol ...

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  • June 17, 2019
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Ailing Heart Can Speed the Brain's Decline, Study Finds

Ailing Heart Can Speed the Brain's Decline, Study Finds

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The strong link between brain health and heart health is reinforced in a new study. The research showed that as cardiovascular health falters, so too does thinking and memory.

In one of the largest and longest studies of its kind to date, researchers studied a group of nearly 8,000 people in th...

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Another Reason Breast Is Best for Fragile Preemie Babies

Another Reason Breast Is Best for Fragile Preemie Babies

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Breast milk provides many benefits for babies. And now researchers say mother's milk contains an antibody that protects premature infants from an often-deadly intestinal bacterial disease called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

Immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies protect against this disease. And...

Heading to Europe This Summer? Get Your Measles Shot

Heading to Europe This Summer? Get Your Measles Shot

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As Europe deals with its biggest measles outbreaks since the 1990s, U.S. health officials are urging travelers to be up-to-date on vaccination.

In 2018, European countries reported more than 83,500 measles cases, including 74 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A majority ...

Common Blood Pressure Med Might Help Fight Alzheimer's

Common Blood Pressure Med Might Help Fight Alzheimer's

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with blood pressure medication can improve blood flow to a key brain region in people with Alzheimer's disease, a small clinical trial has found.

Researchers stressed that they do not know whether the brain finding can translate into any benefits for patients. But future studies shoul...

AHA News: This Couple Did Everything Right, Then Their 3-Year-Old Drowned

AHA News: This Couple Did Everything Right, Then Their 3-Year-Old Drowned

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Nicole and Jonathan Hughes, a teacher and a physician with three young children, were acutely aware of the dangers of swimming pools and lakes. From fenced-off pools to life jackets to constant supervision, they did everything right.

Tragedy struck anyway.

Last June...

Swallowing Toiletries, Makeup Sends Thousands of Kids to ER Each Year

Swallowing Toiletries, Makeup Sends Thousands of Kids to ER Each Year

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Take a stroll down the beauty products aisle and you'll see rows of colorful packages, even some with pictures of fruit on them. It's easy to see how about a dozen kids a day end up in the emergency room due to exposure to these enticing chemical concoctions.

Over a 15-year period, nearly 65,00...

How Much Fat Do You Really Need?

How Much Fat Do You Really Need?

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With all the attention that the very high-fat Keto diet is getting, you might be wondering how much fat is healthy and how much your body really needs every day to thrive.

First, know that some fat is essential for most people. Your body uses fat for many health functions, including processing ...

How to Recognize Early Learning Challenges in Kids

How to Recognize Early Learning Challenges in Kids

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many children have difficulty with learning at some point, but those with learning disabilities often have several specific and persistent signs, which can start in preschool years. Recognizing them as soon as possible allows a child to get needed help and make better progress.

General signs in...

Tips for Keeping Your Child Healthy at Camp

Tips for Keeping Your Child Healthy at Camp

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With thousands of kids heading to camp for the summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some tips for keeping them safe and happy.

In a new report, the group recommends that all children have a checkup before leaving for camp.

Parents should also know what health services ...

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Overweight Kids Are at Risk for High Blood Pressure

Overweight Kids Are at Risk for High Blood Pressure

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight preschoolers have twice the odds of developing high blood pressure by age 6, putting them at risk of heart attack and stroke later in life.

And those odds begin building as early as age 4, a new study reports.

"The myth that excess weight in children has no consequences ham...

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Best Gift From Dad for Kids: More Time Together

Best Gift From Dad for Kids: More Time Together

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Father's Day is a once-a-year celebration of the bond between Dad and his kids, but cementing that bond takes a year-round commitment.

A new study suggests the type of involvement (caregiving vs. play) and the timing (workday vs. weekend) make a difference.

University of Georgia research...

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Education, Intelligence Might Protect Your Brain

Education, Intelligence Might Protect Your Brain

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Being smart and highly educated may not prevent Alzheimer's disease, but it appears to delay the disease's impact on everyday life, a new study suggests.

Researchers can't prove that that's the case, but their data suggests it might be.

"Our study was designed to look for trends, not...

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FDA Warns of Infections From Fecal Transplants After 1 Death

FDA Warns of Infections From Fecal Transplants After 1 Death

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fecal transplants -- transferring fecal matter from a healthy person into an ill person with a compromised "microbiome" -- is an increasingly used new treatment for a variety of ills.

But on Thursday federal health officials announced that a patient died after such a procedure, highlighting the...

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Hot Water Soak May Help Ease Poor Leg Circulation

Hot Water Soak May Help Ease Poor Leg Circulation

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could soaking in hot water followed by light exercise work as well on peripheral artery disease (PAD) as a longer bout of exercise does?

The authors of a new study suggest it could, but some PAD experts aren't convinced.

Peripheral artery disease affects about 8.5 million Americans....

AHA News: Are Transgender Men and Women Who Take Hormones at Risk for Heart Disease?

AHA News: Are Transgender Men and Women Who Take Hormones at Risk for Heart Disease?

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- The impact of hormone therapy on the heart health of transgender men and women has been the subject of several studies published within the last year. But medical experts and researchers aren't ready to sound the alarm just yet.

"We have to recognize that hormones can be lifes...

When Healthy Eating Turns Into a Dangerous Obsession

When Healthy Eating Turns Into a Dangerous Obsession

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When eating healthy becomes an around-the-clock obsession, it could be a sign of trouble.

An extreme preoccupation with clean eating is an eating order called orthorexia nervosa. Though less well-known than anorexia nervosa or bulimia -- and not as well-documented -- a new study review says orth...

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  • June 14, 2019
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'Daddy-Do-Overs': Men Increasingly Getting Plastic Surgery

'Daddy-Do-Overs': Men Increasingly Getting Plastic Surgery

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A face-lift for Father's Day, anyone?

It could happen: A new report finds many more men are taking advantage of the same plastic surgeries that have long been associated with women.

The midlife decision by men to try a face-lift or other procedure has been nicknamed the "Daddy-Do-Over...

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  • June 14, 2019
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