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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.

20 May

Infant Sitting Devices and Sleep-Related Deaths

The danger of using an infant car seat as an alternative to a crib.

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...

Try This Whole-Grain Lemony Quick Bread

Try This Whole-Grain Lemony Quick Bread

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you love quick breads but crave a healthier treat, this lighter take on Grandma's traditional recipe serves up a lemony lift. And because it calls for whole grains, dried fruit and nuts, it's packed with goodness.

Quick breads are great because they're fast to put together, no kneading nece...

Eating to Reach Health Goals

Eating to Reach Health Goals

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- What and when you eat certain foods can boost how you feel at different times during the day. When it comes to meal planning, timing is everything.

Important for anyone trying to lose weight, research shows that having a high-protein breakfast -- that means 35 grams' worth -- can keep your app...

Poor Diet Might Raise Your Cancer Risk

Poor Diet Might Raise Your Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your unhealthy eating habits could increase your risk of cancer as much as drinking alcohol can, new research reports.

The Tufts University study found that poor diets cause about the same number of cancer cases as alcohol consumption does in the United States.

The researchers said ...

Fewer Deaths Tied to Dirty Air, But Threats Persist: Report

Fewer Deaths Tied to Dirty Air, But Threats Persist: Report

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Significant but uneven improvements in air quality have greatly reduced U.S. deaths related to air pollution over the past decade, a new study shows.

But researchers are concerned that climate change and regulatory rollbacks under the Trump administration will wipe out those advances and put ...

Heart Attack Treatment Could Cut 'Bad' Cholesterol by Half Within Hours

Heart Attack Treatment Could Cut 'Bad' Cholesterol by Half Within Hours

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine a procedure that filters "bad" LDL cholesterol from your bloodstream in a matter of hours.

The procedure, called LDL apheresis, works somewhat like kidney dialysis. Small amounts of blood are gradually removed from the body through an IV, then passed through a machine that removes LDL...

'Watchful Waiting' Less Likely for Black Prostate Cancer Patients

'Watchful Waiting' Less Likely for Black Prostate Cancer Patients

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Watchful waiting" is on the rise overall among U.S. men with low-risk prostate cancer, but black men remain less likely to opt for it, a new study finds.

For the study, researchers examined 2010-2015 data on more than 50,000 low-risk prostate cancer patients in the United States. The invest...

Unfiltered Cigarettes Are Most Deadly

Unfiltered Cigarettes Are Most Deadly

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's no such thing as a safe cigarette, but unfiltered cigarettes are even more likely to kill you, a new study finds.

People who smoke unfiltered cigarettes have double the risk of lung cancer death that other smokers do. And smoking unfiltered cigs was also linked to a 30% higher ris...

Aggressive Approach to Pancreatic Cysts May Prevent Dreaded Cancer

Aggressive Approach to Pancreatic Cysts May Prevent Dreaded Cancer

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest malignancies, so a new study appears to offer some good news: Early removal of a certain type of precancerous pancreatic cyst may prevent the disease in some people.

These cysts -- called intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms -- can cause enlargeme...

AHA News: Need a Break? A Vacation Really Can Be Good for You -- If It's Done Right

AHA News: Need a Break? A Vacation Really Can Be Good for You -- If It's Done Right

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Need another reason to take that vacation? It's probably good for your heart and mind.

Research over the years has suggested that holidays -- and breaking away from a stressful daily routine -- reap more than just scenic photos and souvenirs.

One of the most-cited...

How Does Room Temperature Affect Test Scores?

How Does Room Temperature Affect Test Scores?

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're taking a test, you might want to check the thermostat first.

Room temperature -- a frequent front in the battle of the sexes -- makes a difference in how men and women score on math and verbal tests, new research says.

Specifically, women scored higher when the temperatur...

Blood Banks Could Help Screen for Hereditary High Cholesterol

Blood Banks Could Help Screen for Hereditary High Cholesterol

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 1 million Americans have a genetic condition that pushes their cholesterol to dangerously high levels, but many don't know it.

Now, researchers offer a possible way to get more people with so-called familial hypercholesterolemia into treatment for this potentially life-threatening p...

Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for Seniors

Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for Seniors

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A solid minority of senior citizens still struggles to afford their prescription medications, a new government report shows.

About 5% of adults 65 and older don't take their medication as prescribed to cut costs, according to survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preve...

COPD May Strike Women Harder Than Men

COPD May Strike Women Harder Than Men

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appear to have a harder time than men with the progressive lung disorder, a new study suggests.

Smoking is its leading cause, and while women report smoking less than men, those with COPD have more trouble breathing, more frequent flare-...

Kids of Opioid-Using Parents May Be More Likely to Attempt Suicide

Kids of Opioid-Using Parents May Be More Likely to Attempt Suicide

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children of parents who use opioids have more than double the risk of attempted suicide, a new study finds.

Researchers noted that along with a dramatic rise in suicides among young people in the United States in the past 15 years, opioid use among adults has spiked. This study suggests a pos...

Aspirin, Anti-Clotting Meds Safe After Bleeding Stroke: Study

Aspirin, Anti-Clotting Meds Safe After Bleeding Stroke: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Taking aspirin or anti-clotting medicines like Plavix won't boost the risk of another stroke if you've already survived a bleeding stroke, a new study suggests.

In fact, they might even help guard against a second brain bleed, the researchers noted.

The findings "are reassuring for ...

Women With Sleep Apnea May Have Higher Cancer Odds Than Men

Women With Sleep Apnea May Have Higher Cancer Odds Than Men

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with sleep apnea have an increased risk of cancer, and the odds may be higher for women than men, researchers say.

"Recent studies have shown that low blood oxygen levels during the night and disrupted sleep, which are both common in [obstructive sleep apnea], may play an importan...

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