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24 May

How Much Coffee Is Too Much For Your Heart?

Researchers say they've discovered the tipping point where coffee becomes a heart health risk.

22 May

Using Homemade Sunscreen Risky

Homemade sunscreen offers very little protection from the sun's damaging UV rays.

21 May

Smoking and Your Immune System

Using e-cigarettes may make it harder for your body to fight the flu.

Who's Most Likely to Miss School Due to Eczema?

Who's Most Likely to Miss School Due to Eczema?

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic and black children are more likely to miss school than white children due to the chronic skin condition eczema, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed more than a decade of data on more than 8,000 2- to 17-year-olds enrolled in a national eczema registry. Overall, 3.3% missed six o...

Good Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar Levels Can Prevent 'Heart Block'

Good Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar Levels Can Prevent 'Heart Block'

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping blood pressure and blood sugar levels under control might prevent a common heart rhythm disorder called "heart block."

That's the finding from a new study analyzing data on more than 6,000 people, aged 30 and older, in Finland.

In the study, the University of California, San ...

AHA News: Many With High Blood Pressure Aren't Worried. Should They Be?

AHA News: Many With High Blood Pressure Aren't Worried. Should They Be?

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer" because there are no obvious warning signs.

That might explain why nearly half of people diagnosed with it aren't worried about having a heart attack or stroke, according to a new survey. High blood pressure, also known as hyp...

Senior Falls a Key Factor for Hospital Readmission

Senior Falls a Key Factor for Hospital Readmission

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fall-related injuries are a major reason why seniors are readmitted to the hospital within a month after being discharged, a new study finds.

"Falls are a trifecta in terms of reasons why they need an increased focus," said principal investigator Geoffrey Hoffman, an assistant professor in the U...

AHA News: Drinking Red Wine for Heart Health? Read This Before You Toast

AHA News: Drinking Red Wine for Heart Health? Read This Before You Toast

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- For years, studies have shown a relationship between drinking a moderate amount of red wine and good heart health, but experts say it's important to understand what that means before you prescribe yourself a glass or two a day.

No research has established a cause-and-effect lin...

U.S. Dentists Prescribe 37 Times More Opioids Than in England: Study

U.S. Dentists Prescribe 37 Times More Opioids Than in England: Study

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the nation's opioid epidemic, U.S. dentists are far more likely to prescribe addictive opioid painkillers than their British counterparts, a new study reveals.

In 2016, American dentists wrote 37 times as many opioid prescriptions as British dentists: 1.4 million versus 28,000.

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Leonardo da Vinci May Have Had ADHD

Leonardo da Vinci May Have Had ADHD

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Leonardo da Vinci's legendary struggles to complete projects suggest he may have had attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a British researcher says.

That's the latest in a series of attempts to understand the genius and work habits of an inventor and artist often considered the most ...

Nerve Stimulation May Help Curb Stroke Damage

Nerve Stimulation May Help Curb Stroke Damage

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could electrical stimulation of nerves that sit behind your nose help limit the harm done to your brain by a stroke?

New research suggests it's possible. In early experiments, blood flow to the brain was increased by widening undamaged arteries and bypassing the clot. This delivered oxygen-rich ...

Roundup Linked to Human Liver Damage: Study

Roundup Linked to Human Liver Damage: Study

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The popular weed killer Roundup might be linked to liver disease, a new study suggests.

A group of patients suffering from liver disease had elevated urine levels of glyphosate, the primary weed-killing ingredient in Roundup, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego (U...

Colon Cancer Screenings Increase When Medicaid Arrives

Colon Cancer Screenings Increase When Medicaid Arrives

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There were greater increases in colon cancer screening rates in states that expanded Medicaid than in those that did not, a new study finds.

It also found that expansion resulted in hundreds of thousands more people getting screened for colon cancer through colonoscopy, stool testing or sigmoido...

Got Knee Pain? What You Need to Know About Alternatives to Surgery

Got Knee Pain? What You Need to Know About Alternatives to Surgery

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Arthritis in the knees can strike people as young as 45, with symptoms severe enough to limit activities and harm quality of life. What can be done about it?

First, know that inactivity isn't the answer. You need to move, so try low-impact exercises like walking and swimming. Researchers are als...

Worry Less for Better Health

Worry Less for Better Health

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Do you worry a lot? Besides the anxiety it's causing you emotionally, it can threaten your health.

Whether you worry over actual problems or the fear of future ones, it interferes with sleep and quality of life. And, according to research done at Case Western Reserve University, it can be so int...

Open Communication Helps Teens Manage Type 1 Diabetes

Open Communication Helps Teens Manage Type 1 Diabetes

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a simple concept, but new research reinforces the idea: Teens with type 1 diabetes benefit when they feel their concerns have been heard.

Teens with type 1 diabetes may experience anger, frustration and anxiety if they haven't met their treatment goals. Their parents and health care prov...

Can the Bacteria in Your Belly Ease Your Worrying Mind?

Can the Bacteria in Your Belly Ease Your Worrying Mind?

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It seems an unlikely way to ease anxiety, but new research suggests that regulating the bacteria in your gut might help.

How? By eating the right foods and using supplements when appropriate, the researchers said.

As many as one-third of people suffer anxiety symptoms during their li...

Infant Pain Heightened After Opioid Exposure in Womb

Infant Pain Heightened After Opioid Exposure in Womb

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Newborns who were exposed to opioids in the womb have stronger-than-normal reactions to pain and may require special care sooner than previously thought, researchers report.

Opioids include prescription pain medications and illegal drugs such as heroin.

The study included 22 newborns...

High-Deductible Health Plans Can Harm COPD Patients: Study

High-Deductible Health Plans Can Harm COPD Patients: Study

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As a rule, high-deductible health plans carry lower premiums than low-deductible plans. But that might not be such a great deal for patients struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests.

Such plans may be impacting the quality of health care for those wit...

Bipolar Disorder a Risk Factor for Parkinson's?

Bipolar Disorder a Risk Factor for Parkinson's?

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Struggling with bipolar disorder is hard enough, but now a new study from Taiwan suggests these patients are seven times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease.

But U.S. experts cautioned that the absolute risk of developing Parkinson's -- an incurable movement disease -- is still very lo...

New Gene Variants for Type 2 Diabetes Found

New Gene Variants for Type 2 Diabetes Found

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It has long been known that lifestyle affects a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Now, researchers report that they have identified rare variants of four genes that may also play a part.

For the study, an international team of scientists analyzed protein-coding genes from nearly 21...

AHA News: Mouth Bacteria Found in Stroke Patients' Brains

AHA News: Mouth Bacteria Found in Stroke Patients' Brains

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Bacteria commonly seen in the mouth has been found in the brains of people who have had a stroke, a new study shows.

The Finnish research group behind the new findings has been studying a possible association between bacterial infections and cardiovascular disease for more th...

Many 'Dehumanize' People with Obesity

Many 'Dehumanize' People with Obesity

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many people -- including those who are overweight themselves -- view people with obesity as less human or less evolved, new research reveals.

In four online studies questioning more than 1,500 participants from the United States, the United Kingdom and India, researchers also found that dehum...

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