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17 Jul

Exercise and Brain Health

Exercise helps delay cognitive decline and may protect against Alzheimer's.

16 Jul

Young Adulthood "Critical Period" for Heart Health

Young adults with high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol at increased risk of heart disease later in life, study finds.

15 Jul

What Your Birth Experience Has to Do With Your Adult Social Life

Are adults born preterm more likely to have romantic problems?

Can a Broken Heart Contribute to Cancer?

Can a Broken Heart Contribute to Cancer?

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Broken heart syndrome" may harm more than just the heart, new research suggests.

While the extreme stress of losing a loved one has been linked to heart troubles in prior research, a new study found that one in six people with broken heart syndrome also had cancer. Even worse, they were les...

At Risk for Alzheimer's? Exercise Might Help Keep It at Bay

At Risk for Alzheimer's? Exercise Might Help Keep It at Bay

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you are at high risk for Alzheimer's disease, a little more exercise may buy you time, new research suggests.

Folks with elevated levels of a brain protein called beta amyloid tend to be more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and experience rapid brain decline later in life, prev...

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  • July 17, 2019
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Menstrual Cups Equal Pads, Tampons in Effectiveness, Data Shows

Menstrual Cups Equal Pads, Tampons in Effectiveness, Data Shows

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- They're gaining in popularity among women, and a new study finds menstrual cups to be just as safe and as effective as disposable pads or tampons.

British researchers looked at data on the cost-saving devices, gleaned from 43 studies involving more than 3,300 women and girls worldwide.

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Insect Stings Are Just a Buzzkill for Most Folks

Insect Stings Are Just a Buzzkill for Most Folks

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Although unwelcome, insect stings pose a serious risk threat to only a small percentage of people, a medical expert says.

"While millions of people suffer insect stings, true allergic reactions occur in a mere 0.4 to 0.8% of children and up to 3% of adults," said Dr. Morissa Ladinsky. ...

Obesity May Boost Odds for MS in Kids

Obesity May Boost Odds for MS in Kids

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obese children may be twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests.

And once obese children are diagnosed, they tend to have a poorer response to their initial treatment than average-weight kids do.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder caused by a...

Too Much Smartphone Time May Invite Host of Health Woes

Too Much Smartphone Time May Invite Host of Health Woes

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With most people never far from their cellphones, new research on college students finds that "problematic" use is tied to a variety of mental health problems, as well as lower grades and more sexual partners.

The study, which surveyed more than 3,400 students in the United States, also found ...

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  • July 16, 2019
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Disinfectants Can't Stop This Dangerous Hospital Germ

Disinfectants Can't Stop This Dangerous Hospital Germ

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Standard decontamination methods may not be enough to stop a dangerous hospital bug, known as Clostridium difficile.

In a new study, researchers followed recommended procedures but found that surgical gowns, stainless steel surfaces and vinyl floors in hospitals were still contaminated ...

Tough Rules on E-Cigs Might Push Folks Back to Smoking

Tough Rules on E-Cigs Might Push Folks Back to Smoking

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Banning flavors and lowering nicotine levels in electronic cigarettes is a strategy that could backfire, a new study suggests.

Without those draws, many people would vape less and smoke more tobacco cigarettes, researchers claim.

"Some regulations on e-cigarettes, like making safer b...

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  • July 16, 2019
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Evolution Could Explain Why Staying Slim Is So Tough

Evolution Could Explain Why Staying Slim Is So Tough

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's not easy maintaining a healthy weight. Even when you manage to drop a few pounds, they often return.

Why would the body seem to encourage obesity?

New research suggests the answer lies far back in human evolution, with an anti-starvation mechanism that primes the body to store ...

Hurricanes Can Hurt Survival Odds Among Those With Cancer

Hurricanes Can Hurt Survival Odds Among Those With Cancer

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When a hurricane strikes, as tropical storm Barry did this weekend in Louisiana, most people worry about the immediate health dangers such a storm poses.

But new research suggests that the interruptions in radiation therapy caused by power outages may also lower the chances of long-term surviv...

AHA News: Best Way to End Homelessness and Its Health Impact? Prevent Evictions

AHA News: Best Way to End Homelessness and Its Health Impact? Prevent Evictions

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- The cycle of homelessness can have devastating long-term repercussions on health. A nonprofit program in Boston is tackling the problem by trying to avoid evictions.

HomeStart focuses on ending homelessness, in part by preventing it from happening in the first place.

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Would You Like a Lizard With That Salad?

Would You Like a Lizard With That Salad?

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine this: You open a bag of fresh salad greens and out pops a lizard. Or worse.

Unfortunately, that scenario is more common than many might think.

Researchers analyzed online news between 2003 and 2018 and found 40 articles about U.S. consumers discovering live, dead or severed p...

HIV Lurking in Spinal Fluid Linked to Thinking Problems

HIV Lurking in Spinal Fluid Linked to Thinking Problems

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 -- (HealthDay News) Even with long-term treatment, HIV can still be found in the cerebrospinal fluid of some people with the AIDS-causing virus, a new study reports.

And these patients are at increased risk of having thinking problems, the researchers say.

"It is difficult to target infections that lur...

Healthy, Delicious Cooking With Summer's Peaches, Plums

Healthy, Delicious Cooking With Summer's Peaches, Plums

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet plums and peaches are great on their own, a good source of potassium and a sweet low-cal snack with only 40 calories each. But you can also use them as the foundation of dishes perfect for summer entertaining.

When it comes to picking out the best stone fruit, look for firm, unblemished ...

How to Protect Your DNA for Big Health Benefits

How to Protect Your DNA for Big Health Benefits

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might think that stress affects you only emotionally or that a lack of sleep simply leaves you feeling cranky. But these are among the many lifestyle factors that can lead to health problems because of changes that they cause within your body's cells.

Packed inside every cell is your DNA a...

Newer Lung Cancer Screening Saves More Lives

Newer Lung Cancer Screening Saves More Lives

MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A newer form of lung cancer screening may mean fewer deaths from the disease, a new study contends.

Using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) instead of X-rays helped reduce lung cancer deaths in current and former smokers, the study authors said.

"Lung cancer is the leading cause of...

Opioid Epidemic Doubled Number of U.S. Kids Sent to Foster Care

Opioid Epidemic Doubled Number of U.S. Kids Sent to Foster Care

MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The opioid epidemic appears to be literally tearing families apart.

Children are being taken out of their homes at alarming rates because their parents are abusing drugs, a new study shows.

The number of kids placed in foster care in the United States due to parental drug use has more...

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  • July 15, 2019
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High Blood Pressure, 'Bad' Cholesterol Risky for Young, Too

High Blood Pressure, 'Bad' Cholesterol Risky for Young, Too

MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Act sooner rather than later to prevent heart disease, a new study suggests. This means young adults should not put off treating high blood pressure or unhealthy cholesterol levels.

The study involved more than 36,000 Americans. It came to some sobering conclusions about young adults with high ...

More Evidence That Socializing Helps Protect the Aging Brain

More Evidence That Socializing Helps Protect the Aging Brain

MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Join a book club, take a cruise or just visit friends -- new research supports the notion that social activities help stave off mental decline as you age.

The study found that seniors with high levels of an Alzheimer's-linked protein in their brains were able to slow any mental decline if they ...

Healthy Living Can Cut Odds for Alzheimer's in People at Genetic Risk

Healthy Living Can Cut Odds for Alzheimer's in People at Genetic Risk

MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you are unlucky enough to carry genes that predispose you to Alzheimer's disease, a healthy lifestyle can minimize that risk, new research shows.

The study tracked the genetics, lifestyles and Alzheimer's disease incidence of nearly 200,000 British people over 60 for an average of eight...

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