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Survival Tips for Holiday Road Trips

Survival Tips for Holiday Road Trips0

How to Prepare That Holiday Turkey Safely

How to Prepare That Holiday Turkey Safely0

Choose the Healthy Foods Options This Holiday Season

Choose the Healthy Foods Options This Holiday Season0

Global Efforts to Combat TB Epidemic Falling Short

Global Efforts to Combat TB Epidemic Falling Short0

Exercise May Not Lower Women's Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

Exercise May Not Lower Women's Risk of Multiple Sclerosis0

Countless Opioid Pills Unused by Dental-Surgery Patients

Countless Opioid Pills Unused by Dental-Surgery Patients0

Common Culex Mosquitoes Don't Transmit Zika Virus: Study

Common Culex Mosquitoes Don't Transmit Zika Virus: Study0

Can Pregnancy Problems Foretell Future Health Risks?

Can Pregnancy Problems Foretell Future Health Risks?0

To Help Prevent Colon Cancer, 'Listen to Your Gut'

To Help Prevent Colon Cancer, 'Listen to Your Gut'0

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Gardening May Give Kids' Diets a Boost

Gardening May Give Kids' Diets a Boost0

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Letting kids help with gardening may sow the seeds of a lifelong healthy eating habit, according to new research. College students who gardened as a kid, or were currently gardeners, ate more fruits ...

Cancer Treatment More Likely to Leave Blacks in Debt

Cancer Treatment More Likely to Leave Blacks in Debt0

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black cancer survivors are more likely than whites to wind up in debt or forego treatment due to cost, a new study finds. "More than 1.6 million adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States ...

Farm Kids Get Fewer Allergies, International Study Finds

Farm Kids Get Fewer Allergies, International Study Finds0

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Growing up on a farm may help ward off allergies later in life, a new study suggests. The study also found that women who spend their early years on a farm typically have stronger lungs than their ...

Eliminate Sweetened Drinks, Cut Kids' Sugar Intake

Eliminate Sweetened Drinks, Cut Kids' Sugar Intake0

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Looking for the quickest way to cut added sugar from your kid's diet? Eliminate sugar-sweetened drinks, a nutrition expert says. Added sugar is a term used to describe any sugars that are added ...

Many Patients Enter Cancer Trials With Unrealistic Expectations

Many Patients Enter Cancer Trials With Unrealistic Expectations0

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many cancer patients hold unrealistic hopes when they decide to join early stage clinical trials of experimental treatments, new research shows. These trials -- known as phase 1 trials -- evaluate the ...

How Older People Can Head Off Dangerous Drug Interactions

How Older People Can Head Off Dangerous Drug Interactions0

SATURDAY, Sept. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially serious drug interactions are a daily threat to older people who take multiple medications and supplements, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. One drug can affect the ...

Heavy Drinking Can Harm the Aging Brain

Heavy Drinking Can Harm the Aging Brain0

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As people age, the harmful effects of heavy drinking can take a toll on key brain functions, such as memory, attention and learning, a new study shows. Researchers led by Adam Woods, of the ...

How to Protect Yourself From the Seasonal Flu

How to Protect Yourself From the Seasonal Flu0

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Don't let this year's flu season catch you by surprise. Experts say an annual flu shot is the best way to avoid the aches, fever, congestion and fatigue that flu brings -- and to protect those who are ...

Falls a Growing and Deadly Threat for Older Americans

Falls a Growing and Deadly Threat for Older Americans0

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among older people in the United States, and this health threat is likely to grow since 10,000 Americans now reach age 65 every day, a new federal report ...

Scientists Zero In on Cause of Rare, Disfiguring Skin Disorder

Scientists Zero In on Cause of Rare, Disfiguring Skin Disorder0

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The rare genetic skin condition ichthyosis leaves those affected with red, scaly skin. Now, scientists say they may have pinpointed both the cause of the disease and a potential treatment. "These ...

Drug Shows Promise Against MS in Mouse Study

Drug Shows Promise Against MS in Mouse Study0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug, laquinimod, appears to prevent or slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice, according to a new study. "This study has given us more insight into how laquinimod ...

FDA OKs 1st Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

FDA OKs 1st Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy0

Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) was granted accelerated approval to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that progressively weakens the muscular systems of its victims. Most are in a wheelchair by their teens and do not survive past their 20s ...

Surprise! Beer Makes You Happier, Friendlier

Surprise! Beer Makes You Happier, Friendlier0

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Raise a glass of your favorite brew and toast the Swiss researchers who offer scientific proof for what you surely suspected and probably hoped. Drinking beer does make you friendlier, ...

Canada's First Nations People Face Greater Diabetes Risk

Canada's First Nations People Face Greater Diabetes Risk0

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes is more widespread among descendants of people who lived in Canada before Europeans arrived than among the general population, a new study shows. About 8 of 10 First Nations people will ...

Close Bond Between Kids, Parents Has Long-Term Health Benefits

Close Bond Between Kids, Parents Has Long-Term Health Benefits0

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A strong and loving bond with parents may help protect kids' health for decades, a new study suggests. A well-off home also benefits their long-term health, but only if children also have a warm and ...

Scientists Debunk the '5-Second Rule'

Scientists Debunk the '5-Second Rule'0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most people have invoked the "five-second rule" after dropping something tasty on the ground at least once or twice in their lives. Is that food really safe to eat? Probably not, a new study ...

Brains of 'Super-Agers' Look Decades Younger

Brains of 'Super-Agers' Look Decades Younger0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Memory loss and muddled thinking may not be an inevitable part of getting older. New research shows that key brain regions in mentally sharp "super-agers" are similar to those of people much ...

Hearing Loss Widespread, 'Progressive' in Older Americans

Hearing Loss Widespread, 'Progressive' in Older Americans0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds widespread hearing loss among elderly Americans, with an especially high rate for those 90 and older. In the study sample of 647 people aged 80 and above, nearly all had some level ...

Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Considered Suicide Last Year

Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Considered Suicide Last Year0

Rates of suicide are at historically high levels, having jumped 27 percent since 2000, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Nearly three million adults made a plan to take their own ...

Antidepressant Might Prevent Depression Following Brain Injury

Antidepressant Might Prevent Depression Following Brain Injury0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Depression can often follow a traumatic brain injury, but new research suggests the antidepressant Zoloft might help prevent this from happening. One expert said prior studies have produced similar ...

Monkey Study Shows How Zika May Harm Baby's Brain Development

Monkey Study Shows How Zika May Harm Baby's Brain Development0

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus can quickly cross the placenta during pregnancy and rapidly disrupt brain development in a fetus, according to a new study with monkeys. "Our results remove any lingering doubt that the ...

Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Pose Harm to Baby

Diabetes During Pregnancy Could Pose Harm to Baby0

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to women with either diabetes or gestational diabetes -- diabetes that arises during pregnancy -- are at greater risk for complications at birth, a new study suggests. Those complications ...

Heat Waves Hit Seniors Hardest

Heat Waves Hit Seniors Hardest0

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As much of the Northeast struggles with a heat wave that isn't expected to ease until the middle of this week, here are some expert tips on how to spot heat stroke. First off, older people are at added ...

Med Students View Ex-Patients' E-Records to Track Progress

Med Students View Ex-Patients' E-Records to Track Progress0

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. medical students use electronic health records to track the progress of their former patients and confirm the accuracy of their diagnoses, a new study shows. While the practice raises issues ...

Induced Labor Won't Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests

Induced Labor Won't Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests0

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inducing labor won't raise a pregnant woman's risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests. "These findings should provide reassurance to women who are about to give birth, that having their ...

How to Keep Bug Bites at Bay

How to Keep Bug Bites at Bay0

SATURDAY, July 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Bug bites can make you more than itchy. Ticks, mosquitoes and certain flies are known to spread some nasty diseases. But U.S. health experts say there are ways to keep pesky insects in their ...

Sleep Disorders 6 Times Higher Among Veterans

Sleep Disorders 6 Times Higher Among Veterans0

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep disorders are six times more likely among American military veterans than in the general population, a new study finds. And veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) seem to have the ...

New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis0

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New treatments for juvenile arthritis offer hope to children with the chronic autoimmune condition, doctors say. Scientists are still working to understand what causes juvenile arthritis and how to ...

Alzheimer's May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain

Alzheimer's May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain0

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alzheimer's disease may affect people's ability to recognize when they are in pain, a new study shows. Undetected pain may allow underlying health issues to go untreated, leading to serious ...

Poverty Takes Bigger Toll on a Man's Health If He's Black: Study

Poverty Takes Bigger Toll on a Man's Health If He's Black: Study0

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While being poor raises the odds of dying early for American black males, it doesn't seem to have the same impact for white males, a new study suggests. One expert who's long researched health ...

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College Linemen Larger Than Ever, Study Finds

College Linemen Larger Than Ever, Study Finds0

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Offensive linemen who play college football -- even at small Division III schools -- are getting bigger than ever, a new study shows. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston found ...

Cornea Transplants Riskier for Women When They Come From Men?

Cornea Transplants Riskier for Women When They Come From Men?0

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who undergo a cornea transplant may have a worse outcome if their donor is a man, a new study suggests. Subtle differences between men and women may increase the risk of failure or rejection for ...

If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study

If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study0

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests. "The magnitude of the increased ...

Weakened Knees a Big Cause of Falls for Older People: Study

Weakened Knees a Big Cause of Falls for Older People: Study0

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study supports what many American seniors may already know: that knee "instability" boosts their odds for a dangerous fall. "Falls, injury from falls and poor balance confidence are extremely ...

Stillbirths Still Too Common Worldwide

Stillbirths Still Too Common Worldwide0

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a decline in the rate of stillbirths, more than 2.6 million stillbirths still occur worldwide each year -- approximately 7,200 deaths daily, British researchers report. A stillbirth is the ...

Having More Kids May Slow Mom's Aging, Study Says

Having More Kids May Slow Mom's Aging, Study Says0

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The more children women have, the slower they may age, new research suggests. Looking at chromosomes, scientists found that women who have more kids have longer telomeres, which helps slow the aging ...

Tweak in Gene Function Allowed Humans to Walk Upright: Researchers

Tweak in Gene Function Allowed Humans to Walk Upright: Researchers0

THURSDAY, Jan. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have identified a change in gene function that may explain why humans walk upright while other primates don't. Stanford University researchers were studying a tiny fish called the ...

Diet and Exercise Benefit People With Heart Failure

Diet and Exercise Benefit People With Heart Failure0

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet and regular exercise appear to improve heart function and exercise capacity in people with a particular form of heart failure, a new study reports. Heart ...

Newer Blood Pressure Drugs as Good as Older Ones: Study

Newer Blood Pressure Drugs as Good as Older Ones: Study0

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Newer blood pressure drugs are as safe and effective as older medications, new research suggests. Scientists at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City said their findings settle a longstanding ...

When and Where of Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Vitamin D Levels

When and Where of Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Vitamin D Levels0

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery is associated with low vitamin D levels, but new research suggests seasonal changes in sun exposure may play a role in this complication. A Johns Hopkins study involving more than ...

Diabetic Kidney Damage May Start Earlier Than Thought

Diabetic Kidney Damage May Start Earlier Than Thought0

TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney damage from diabetes may begin much sooner than previously thought, according to a new study. Researchers found that higher-than-normal blood sugar levels associated with prediabetes increase ...

Study: Extremely Premature Babies at Greater Risk for Autism

Study: Extremely Premature Babies at Greater Risk for Autism0

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born very prematurely are at higher risk for developing autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests. Researchers found differences in the brains of babies born before 27 weeks' gestation who ...

When and Where of Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Vitamin D Levels

When and Where of Weight-Loss Surgery May Affect Vitamin D Levels0

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery is associated with low vitamin D levels, but new research suggests seasonal changes in sun exposure may play a role in this complication. A Johns Hopkins study involving more than ...

Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes Help Smokers Consider Quitting

Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes Help Smokers Consider Quitting0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Graphic images on cigarette packaging help smokers consider quitting, a new study finds. Researchers from Ohio State University found that photos of damage caused by tobacco use are more effective ...

Hepatitis C May Be Tied to Greater Risk for Parkinson's Disease

Hepatitis C May Be Tied to Greater Risk for Parkinson's Disease0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis C is an infection that affects the liver, but people with the virus may also be at greater risk for Parkinson's disease, a new report shows. "Many factors clearly play a role in the ...

The Pill, Hormone Therapy Safe for Women Taking Blood Thinners: Study

The Pill, Hormone Therapy Safe for Women Taking Blood Thinners: Study0

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women on blood thinners can also take contraceptives that contain estrogen, or hormone replacement therapy, without raising their risk for blood clots or uterine bleeding, a new Italian study ...

Ebola Survivors Face Complications Months After Treatment, Study Finds

Ebola Survivors Face Complications Months After Treatment, Study Finds0

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some Ebola survivors develop vision and hearing problems as well as joint pain months after treatment, suggesting the virus lingers in some body fluids, new research shows. Records from the Ebola Virus ...

Being 'Fat But Fit' Won't Cut Your Risk of Premature Death

Being 'Fat But Fit' Won't Cut Your Risk of Premature Death0

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research seems to contradict the idea that people might escape the health hazards associated with obesity if they're "fat but fit." The new study suggests that the health benefits of physical ...

Reduced Blood Flow to Back of Brain Raises Recurrent Stroke Risk: Study

Reduced Blood Flow to Back of Brain Raises Recurrent Stroke Risk: Study0

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a stroke in the back of the brain and continue to have reduced blood flow to this area have a higher risk of having another stroke within two years, a new study reveals. But researchers ...

Is Brain Wiring to Blame for Some Teens' Bad Behavior?

Is Brain Wiring to Blame for Some Teens' Bad Behavior?0

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young people with behavioral problems, such as aggressive or antisocial behavior, appear to have noticeable differences in certain areas of their brains, new research suggests. Scientists at the ...

How Much Weight Must You Lose Before Others Notice?

How Much Weight Must You Lose Before Others Notice?0

MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- You've dieted and exercised for months, and finally the pounds are falling away. So, when do people start noticing the difference in your face? Canadian researchers believe they've found ...

Endurance Athletes May Pay Physical Price

Endurance Athletes May Pay Physical Price0

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The endurance competition known as the Ultraman could lead to muscle damage associated with insulin resistance, a new study reveals. Ultraman athletes may also experience higher levels of the stress ...

Doctors' Group Urges Greater Use of Generic Drugs

Doctors' Group Urges Greater Use of Generic Drugs0

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Whenever possible, doctors should prescribe generic drugs for their patients, the American College of Physicians suggests. Doing so could help patients save money, and might increase the odds that ...

Physical Fitness Linked to Mental Fitness in Seniors

Physical Fitness Linked to Mental Fitness in Seniors0

THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Connections between different parts of the brain weaken with age, but new research suggests that being physically fit can boost long-term brain function. A study from the University of Illinois at ...

Data on Foodborne Disease Outbreaks at Your Fingertips

Data on Foodborne Disease Outbreaks at Your Fingertips0

THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With one in six Americans infected with foodborne disease -- sometimes called "food poisoning" -- every year, U.S. health officials have upgraded an online resource for local health investigators and wary ...

Good Results From IVF Egg Donors Over Age 35

Good Results From IVF Egg Donors Over Age 350

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Results of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles using eggs from older donors are as good as those using eggs from younger women, a new study finds. Because egg quality declines with age, most IVF ...

Good Results From IVF Egg Donors Over Age 35

Good Results From IVF Egg Donors Over Age 350

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Results of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles using eggs from older donors are as good as those using eggs from younger women, a new study finds. Because egg quality declines with age, most IVF ...

Technique Could Preserve Fertility for Wounded Soldiers

Technique Could Preserve Fertility for Wounded Soldiers0

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Soldiers who suffer lower-body injuries on the battlefield may benefit from a technique to preserve their fertility, a small study suggests. The number of soldiers with lower-body wounds caused by ...

Many Skin Cancer Patients Skip Routine Self-Exams

Many Skin Cancer Patients Skip Routine Self-Exams0

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who've had melanoma skin cancer don't regularly check their skin for new or recurring signs of cancer, a new study reveals. Routine skin self-exams are critical to ensure the early detection ...

For a Better Calorie Burn, Adjust Your Speed While Walking

For a Better Calorie Burn, Adjust Your Speed While Walking0

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Walking is a great way to burn extra calories, but new research suggests you might gain even more benefit if you vary your speed as you stroll. The new research, from Ohio State University, found that ...

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